With Halloween quickly approaching, I think this is another lovely game to get into the Halloween spirit. Featuring beautiful art with a vibrant, but dim ambience, Strange Horticulture is another gorgeous game with a slightly spooky feel to it.
Run a Plant Store and Solve Puzzles
Welcome to Strange Horticulture, your very own plant store where you are the owner! You’re a horticulturist living in the peculiar town of Undermere surrounded by mountains and forests full of hags. As you meet the distinctive and varied cast of local customers, you’re quickly thrown into the weird and occult mysteries of Undermere.
Spend your days exploring the lands surrounding your mysterious little town, but be sure to take care of where you journey. Not everywhere is safe! Discover clues and determine which places are safe and which places you ought to avoid. And who knows, you may gain powers you’d never dreamed of, or lose your mind. Tread carefully.
While you search for plants to sell in Strange Horticulture, you’ll learn more and more about their uses. You’ll be able to consult your trusty encyclopedia and any clues you discover while exploring to learn about the plants you encounter. Identifying each plant opens up the possibility of using it and its special effects to influence the story. Make hallucinogens or even poisons to use to advance the story and see what mysteries you can solve.
From developers Splashteam, and publishers tinyBuild (the team responsible for Graveyard Keeper), comes Tinykin, a cute, cartoony 3D puzzle platformer. Milo the astronaut has re-discovered Earth! As he arrives on planet Earth, he realizes things aren’t as they should be. Milo is curiously small. Time has also stopped, and Earth is stuck in 1991. Even more mysterious is that everyone has disappeared!
Play as penny-sized Milo the astronaut as he skateboards around on his tiny soap-board, jumps up obstacles, and hovers around. Explore cities built by ants, beetles, and other insects, all located inside a giant house. Discover the stadium in the bathtub, restore the nightclub in the couch, and strike it rich at the casino under the bed!
Capture hundreds of strange creatures known as tinykin, and use their different abilities to solve puzzles and explore the house. Meet the society of insect characters along the way to hear their stories. Also collect upgrades for Milo’s bubble-pack, build a museum, and finish Ridmi’s mysterious machine. Do all of this all while seeking answers to Earth’s biggest mystery and help Milo find his way home.
Coming Later This Month
Tinykin releases August 30th. You will be able to find it on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X Series, Playstation 4, and Playstation 5. There is currently a demo available only on Steam and Xbox.
During Devolver Digital’s showcase for The Summer Game Fest 2022, one game stood out as colourful and wholesome. The adorable adventure game features some 2D moments inside a storybook, then transitions to a 3D “real-world” realm.
The Plucky Squire follows the magical adventures of Jot and his friends. The goal is to stop the villain of the book from rewriting the happy ending. You’ll come across many challenges such as: solving puzzles, boxing badgers, and flying with a jetpack!
Coming in 2023 for PC and Consoles
The Plucky Squire is developed by All Possible Futures and published by Devolver Digital (Fall Guys). The game will be releasing in 2023 on the Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PS5, and the Xbox Series X.
Sort, Stack, and Organize Things Into Just the Right Spot
Another wonderful indie game was showcased at Day of the Devs just now, and it will entice people who love cleanliness, organization, and having things in their home placed just right. Especially those of you that have played and enjoyed Unpacking. With A Little to the Left, you’ll be tidying up the things that you own for that sense of satisfaction.
This game has over 75 unique logical puzzles. Your tasks will consist of: sorting and stacking receipts, placing books in alphabetical and sizing order, colour-coordinating notepads, etc. There will be the occasional pesky cat getting in your way and messing things up. However, cat lovers should be used to that kind of nonsense.
Releasing in 2022 on PC
A Little to the Left is developed by Max Inferno and published by Secret Mode. It will launch sometime in 2022 on Steam and itch.io. Both sites now have a limited free demo that you can try out now!
Autumn is nearly here, which means we can expect to see warm drinks, cold weather, and leaves beginning to fall from trees. However, leaves aren’t the only thing to drop over the next two months. Much more exciting than the dropping of leaves, is the dropping of these five wholesome games onto the Nintendo Switch in September and October.
Pode (Physical Release) – 4th September
Released digitally on Nintendo Switch back in June of 2018, a physical version of Pode will release on September 4th. Pode is a beautiful indie puzzle-adventure game that is inspired by Norwegian art and nature. The game features a rock called Bulder, and a falling star named Glo. The two characters work together in order to solve ancient puzzles. The digital version is already available from the Nintendo eShop for $24.99USD.
Enjoy a soundtrack created by the infamous Austin Wintory.
Explore a beautiful and ancient cave system full of secrets.
Overcome numerous obstacles and solve plenty of puzzles, riddles and mysteries. Utilize the special abilities of Bulder and Glo in order to overcome any barriers you encounter.
Enjoy playing the game by yourself, or with another person in Co-Op mode, if you so desire.
Appreciate the game’s stunning art style and beautiful world that is inspired by Norwegian art and nature.
My Universe: School Teacher – 15th October (Europe)
My Universe – School Teacher is an upcoming life simulation game developed by Magic Pockets. In the game, you will play as a teacher and must educate a classroom of children with different abilities. In an attempt to become the best school in the city, you must manage daily tasks and successfully complete a myriad of mini-games. The game will release on multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows and MacOS. My Universe – School Teacher will be released on the 15th October 2020. The physical version of the game can be pre-purchased on Amazon for right here.
Participate in a variety of entertaing minigames.
Decorate your classroom using items that you unlock.
Organize school festivals where you can win prizes and improve your school’s reputation.
Customize your teacher with skin tones, haircuts and clothing.
Experience unique gameplay with each lesson.
Meet the game’s many different characters.
Explore the school’s premises and the varying environments ithat it contains.
Improve your school’s rating by completing quests in Story Mode.
Or alternatively, play and discover at your own pace in Free Mode.
Compete against rival schools and beat them to improve your school’s reputation.
Expand your classroom and decorate it with the new items that you unlock.
My Universe – Fashion Boutique
My Universe – Fashion Boutique is an upcoming life simulation game developed by Black Sheep Studio. In the game, you must launch and successfully manage your own fashion store. In an attempt to build your brand, you must give personalized advice to customers, design your own clothing collection via mini-games, and arrange your shop in a way that attracts customers. The game will release on multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and MacOS. My Universe – Fashion Boutique will be released worldwide on the 27th October 2020.
Create your own ideal clothing from thousands of potential combinations.
Customize your character’s appearance, wear your own creations, and decorate your showroom.
Play a variety of different mini-games in order to create outfits and entice customers.
Strive to become the most infamous fashion designer in town and online.
Organize fashion shows in locations such as Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, and Milan.
Instant Chef Party
Instant Chef Party an upcoming cooking simulation game that will be published by Merge Games. In the game, you must cook your way to the top of a hilarious cooking-themed television show. In order to do this, you must participate in a variety of mini-games (that involve food and cooking) with up to four other players. The game will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Instant Chef Party will be released on the 27th October 2020, and will cost $34.99USD in the United States.
– Pick from two different mouth-watering boards upon starting the game. – Pick your avatar from six different wannabe-chefs (Maï, Luc, Giovanni, Sidney, Pedro & Sarah). – Roll unusual dices in an attempt to (hopefully) move forward! – Compete with up to four friends in a multitude of different mini-games. – Spice up your gameplay with the game’s Chance Cards, Co-Op mode, and One Versus All mode. – Finish first and become star of the show by being the fastest and most skillful cook.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is an upcoming enhanced version of real-time strategy game, Pikmin 3. The game (which will be published by Nintendo), will release worldwide on the 30th October. This Nintendo Switch remake will contain all of the DLC featured in the original WiiU game, as well as some exciting new content. Players can either play on their own, or with one other in Co-Op mode. Pikmin 3 Deluxe will release both digitally and physically. The physical version of the game can be purchased from Amazon for $59.96USD.
Command your plant-like Pikmin and return to your ship before you run out of time.
Play at your own pace and enjoy beautiful graphics due to the newly-added difficulty options.
Strategically choose the right Pikmin for the job in order to overcome obstacles, defeat creatures, and ultimately, save your planet!
Buddy up and explore with a friend (using the same console) in Story Mode or Mission Mode.
Alternatively, compete head-to-head with another player in Bingo Battle.
Experience all of the DLC stages from the original release, as well as some brand-new missions.
Locomotion is a cute railway-themed puzzle adventure game. Both the developer and publisher of the game are a small UK indie studio Polyfox. The objective is to guide a train through a variety of different worlds to reclaim your gold which has been stolen by an alien. Here’s what you should know about Locomotion on Nintendo Switch.
Initially released on Steam on May 10, 2019, Locomotion has received positive reviews and holds an 8/10 rating on Steam. It is currently on sale with a 20% discount until July 9th. You can purchase it here.
Featuring 52 increasingly difficult levels, you must guide your train to the exit of each level, whilst also collecting gold, solving perplexing puzzles, and avoiding along the way.
Guide your train through 52 levels that increase in difficulty. The levels divide into 4 worlds, each with different themes.
Reclaim the stolen gold hidden within each level to help the frantic train conductor.
Safetly navigate your train to each exit whilst encountering mechanisms, dangers, and inconveniences. Examples include lifts, switches, pressure plates, magnets, fans, crumbling blocks, exploding carriages, plus more, as you ‘make tracks’ through the game.
Experience awesome isometric views and a distinct and dynamic soundtrack that changes throughout the game.
Whilst exploring the assortment of levels and worlds, untangle a story of loss, revenge, and of course, unidentified flying objects.
The family-friendly game will cost $10.99, and releases on the Switch eShop on July 30th 2020. You can find out more information about the game as well as pre-order it here.
What’s even more amazing is that iam8bit, a production company, is officially selling physical copies of Wattam for the PS4 with 3 alternative covers! You can pre-order your copy here for $29.99 which will ship in Q2 2020, if you’ve decided on which cover you’re going to get, Sushi, Apple, or Sun. Here’s the details of the listing:
Wattam (PlayStation 4 Physical Edition)
Collect All Three Covers – Apple + Sushi + Sun
Pack-In Bonus: Original Instruction Manual written & illustrated by creator Keita Takahashi
Music by Asuka, Brad, Sam and Timmie
Region Free Worldwide Compatibility
As a special bonus, a handful of randomly selected orders will receive a one-of-a-kind, original drawing by Keita Takahashi. These drawings will remain a surprise until orders ship.
In Melbits World there are 4 worlds, each one with 9 levels where you can dodge evil viruses, collect seeds, rotate platforms, and utilize springs. It’s a family-friendly game you can play with up to 4 players and collaborate and communicate with each other! To find out more about Melbot’s upcoming projects, check out my article on the Melbits POD; a toy for mobile devices.