Collect Creatures, Battle Beasts, and Solve Puzzles
Join two young runaways as they unearth the mysteries of a lost realm in The Wild at Heart. Explore a world reminiscent of old storybooks, rich with history and full of beautiful scenery. Discover dark caves, beautiful woods, fascinating coastlines, and ancient shrines that hold untold secrets. The Deep Woods is full of mystery and secrets for you to uncover.
As you explore the stunning landscapes, collect a herd of Spritelings to help you in your adventures. Spritelings are quirky little magical creatures who can help you break things, collect loot, connect paths, and fight beasts. The Spritelings’ unique abilities will be especially helpful for fighting. You’ll also be able to fight the supernatural creatures of The Wild at Heart with your trusty vacuum, the Gustbuster!
The Wild at Heart has a useful crafting mechanic, too. Gather needed resources like magic crystals, scrap, electrical components, and more. Build new structures, create useful items, or upgrade what you have. Don’t forget to make yourself a light source! The shadows at night hide malevolent beings. You may want to stick around a campfire until the morning!
Jump into the fantastic world of Togges, where an endless wall keeps the known universe safe from the dangers of the unknown. The leaders of each domain maintain the balance, and the King protects all of existence.
It’s your job to solve puzzles and use the living blocks, called Togges, to do so. Spread and stack the Togges around the vibrant world to keep the threat of the void at bay and save the galaxy. Complete 7 massive levels, but take your time. There’s so much to discover and look at in the world. You’ll discover a futuristic city in the Savannah, and explore the whole kingdom that’s made out of carrot cake. There’s no lack of interesting and fun things to find in Togges. Make friends all around the cosmos as you adventure, too. Each character has a unique story for you to listen to, packed with humor.
Along with the 7 main levels, Togges has 30 bonus levels for you to puzzle through. Use the different abilities of the different colored Togges to solve puzzles, as well as find all sorts of collectibles. This game takes inspiration from fan favorites like Katamari, Pikmin, and Super Mario Galaxy, and boasts about being a revival of the golden era 3D platformers, so it’s sure to be packed with loads of fun.
Lumbearjack is an adorable and charming puzzle adventure where you play as Jack the bear. Jack is a humble bear with a very simple dream. He wants to defeat the dishonest industrial giant, Evil Works, and restore nature. Join Jack, his trusty axe, and his wacky woodland friends on their mission.
Hack and slash your way through forests, construction sites, and other exciting locations. Solve various environmental puzzles as you explore. Upgrade your chopping skills when you reduce, reuse, and recycle! You’ll also take time to rescue the adorable cast of critters, then join forces with them to defeat Evil Works. Can you put a stop to the environmental havoc?
Jack and his friends have also teamed up with Ecologi to restore their home. Ecologi empowers everyday people to make changes for the betterment of the environment. And for each copy of Lumbearjack sold, Ecologi plants one real life tree!
Guide Lila the Mouse Through a Heartwarming Adventure
After a terrible thunderstorm passes through the French village of Saint-de-clare, and bestows one unlikely creature with a new power and a new friend! The Spirit and the Mouse follows Lila, the mouse, as she works with her new ally, Lumion the spirit, to restore peace and balance to their village. Lila will also need to befriend the Kibblins, to help in her quests. Kibblins are playful electricity spirits who are running wild through Saint-de-clare, and will be the key to solving the village’s electricity problem. By helping the Kibblins and the villagers, Lila will be able to return Lumion to where he came from too
The Spirit and the Mouse is a rich, narrative-focused adventure game where you play as adorable Lila. Explore every dark corner and each little hidden spot you come across to complete objectives and collect items you’ll need to aid you in your journey. Meet the villagers, listen to their problems, then go find the Kibblins to solve the problems. You’ll complete cute mini-games to appease the Kibblins, as well as help you complete your quests for the villagers. Use Lila’s new-found electric powers to help solve puzzles and travel around Saint-de-clare. You’ll also want to collect energy and happiness to unlock new abilities through your journeys.
Venba isn’t your average cooking game, and certainly doesn’t feature the usual recipes. Instead, the game serves up a delicious array of Southern Indian fare that will make your mouth water. Plus, you’ll embark on a journey through the life of Venba and her family in the 1980s, who have just immigrated to Canada.
Spend time with Venba and her family in this stylistically and visually cozy game as you experience love, loss, and so much more. Cook up authentic Southern Indian dishes, sometimes from memory. Venba’s precious cookbook, her connection to a home left behind, was damaged in the move to Canada. Now, it’s up to her to solve some puzzles and remake the recipes.
Venba also features a soundtrack inspired by Indian Musicals, and poems from Tamil poet Valluvar. Developer Visai Games has left out no details, and Venba feels like it will be an exceptionally immersive game.
Developer Visai Games announced on Twitter that Venba will release for Nintendo Switch in Spring of this year. The game will also be available on Steam this Spring, and is currently available to Wishlist!
Down in Bermuda is a pleasant and colorful little puzzle game featuring Milton, the adventurous airplane pilot. A bizarre and abnormal storm has swept through Milton’s path and has left him stranded on the infamous islands of Bermuda for decades. Milton will have to work to overcome a number of different obstacles in his search for a way home.
Milton has discovered he’s trapped inside a baffling time bubble, and needs your help to escape and get home. He’ll have to overcome creatures of the deep, as well as crack various codes. Collect mysterious orbs, and also solve a number of puzzles on 6 of the islands of the notorious archipelago. Can you help Milton find his way home and escape the beautiful, but mystifying island?
I don’t know about anyone else, but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I especially love the cuter side of things. And what’s better to help get into that Halloween spirit than playing Halloween games? Below are some cute games I’ve discovered.
Cat Saves Halloween
It’s Halloween and the monsters are attacking the town. Luckily, there’s one person, or cat, standing between the monsters and innocent townspeople. You! Play as a magical cat who is tasked with saving the town from the monsters. Don’t worry, though, you aren’t a simple house cat. You’re a magical cat. So, use a variety of cat powers to go toe-to-toe with the monsters to save the day. Running, jumping, sleeping, hairballs, controlling people, and casting magic can all help you in some way.
Explore a large, interactive open-world map. Complete quests and side quests you get from various NPCs. Gain new powers in your exploration and fight the monsters. Or, if you’re not keen on saving the day, go cause chaos while the townspeople are distracted!
Return to a world of charming horror in Little Nightmares 2. Again you’ll play as Mono, a little boy trapped in a world that’s been distorted by the humming transmission of a tower. With Six, a little girl wearing a yellow raincoat, Mono sets out to investigate the secrets of the Transmission Tower. It won’t be easy, though. Both Mono and Six will face some new challenges from the residents of this spooky world.
Available here for Steam, PS 4 and 5, Xbox One and X|S Series, and Nintendo Switch.
Next on the Halloween Games list is Escape Simulator! This is a first person puzzle game that you can play solo, or in online co-op. You explore different escape rooms that grow in difficulty and complexity. As you advance, there will be more furniture to move around, more pots to smash, and more locks to break! There are 23 rooms for you to explore and escape, with community-made rooms also available to play.
Why this makes the Halloween list, though, is because developers Pine Studio created a special, eerie escape room level to celebrate Halloween! Players can now explore a creepy graveyard, and of course, try to escape from it. With a special new soundtrack and the new ability to customize your outfit so you can dress-up in costume, it’s bound to be a spooky good time.
In this brightly colored side-scrolling puzzle game, you play as a ghost who is going haunting the townspeople. Leave the dusty, abandoned clock tower behind to float through town and cause chaos. Possess objects to scare people away from the museum, the hospital, the theatre, and the cruise ship. The game features a plethora of townsfolk to haunt, and hundreds of different items to possess each with different powers to try. Also available are three free expansions. Scare everyone and try to reclaim what’s been lost all in one night!
Available here for Steam, PC and Mac, Google Play, and the Apple App store.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Stardew Valley
Ok, so this is a two-for-one special, but they’re tried and true games that really embody the Halloween vibes many of us are looking for. While players can’t do a ton, Stardew Valley’s Spirit’s Eve sets an incredible Halloween mood with its cute and creepy, but simple hedge maze and chill atmosphere. You get to talk to the townsfolk and enjoy the mood without the pressure of completing any games for special prizes or solving quests.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, on the other hand, is perfect for those of us who enjoy creating our own designs and settings. From spooky cute to scary and creepy, the towns users have designed have been incredible. Players can use skins and eye colors for their players, a variety of costumes are available to wear, plus Halloween themed items can be used to create your Halloween wonderland. It’s hard not to get excited for the season when you can decorate and wear costumes to your heart’s content!
Complete Puzzles, Solve Mysteries, and Play Mini-Games
Lost in Play is crafted to look similar to many of the popular cartoons of the last decade, like Gravity Falls, Hilda, and Over the Garden Wall. Go on a nostalgic trip and relive that childhood imagination. Explore old ruins, fly through the sky on a giant stork, and even lead a rebellion in a goblin village.
Get lost in the child-like wonder and imaginations of Gal and Toto on an adventure. Explore fantastical dreamscapes and make friends with the magical creatures. Lost in their imagination, the brother and sister team must stick together to solve the various puzzles and mysteries they come across in their journey until they find their way back home.
While you explore the dream-like world of Lost in Play wrapped up in a modern point-and-click adventure, you’ll encounter plenty of fantastical creatures and puzzles. Help a team of frogs pull a sword from a stone. Collect the pieces to build a flying machine. Even challenge a pirate seagull to a game of clicking crabs.
Perhaps one of the best parts of this game is that it’s entirely family friendly. So, if you’re looking for a game to get the kids in on, this is a good one to give a chance. There’s also no dialogue. Everything is communicated visually, making it easier to play with your young ones too!