Platypus Adventures is an action-adventure, story-driven single-player game currently in early development by solo developer David Richards. We here at myPotatoGames spoke with the creator himself during an interview about some of his future plans and things he is currently working on. David Richards was inspired by the Australian beauty that surrounds him and wanted his artwork to feature that subject matter to which he is deeply passionate. All characters in the game will be anthropomorphic animals based in Australia. The platypus is an extremely iconic animal in his hometown, and since they happen to be his favorite, wanted to raise awareness on these beautiful creatures.
We’d like to thank David Richards for answering our questions and providing us with beautiful screenshots. We’d also like to reiterate that this game is in early development therefore everything mentioned below is subject to change.
You mentioned the animals will be anthropomorphic. Do they speak?
David: The sound they make is a single localisation and not an entire spoken sentence. You’ll see the translation of sorts via speech bubbles above their heads. I’ve effectively recorded a bunch of vocal cues from voice actors to date.
Is there a story? Does this platypus have a long journey ahead?
David: The game has some sci-fi themes and some darker themes which I haven’t touched on yet. It’s a relatively short game that could last about 2.5 hours.
What kind of gameplay mechanics or actions players can perform?
David: There’s swinging, climbing, swimming, sliding and a whole lot more! There’s this whole action side that includes combat, that I haven’t really shown off yet. For the most part, the gameplay consists of environmental hazards which are all completely unique to each area. Exploration is key here as there will be no mini-map or anything like that. Meaning, you have to guide yourself around the world using real visual cues in-game.
Are there any secrets for the players to discover?
David: Yes there are huge secrets! Some are even very hard to find. So hard actually, that I don’t expect people to ever find them. Others are more obvious, and are supposed to be seen. For example: I’ve signed my name in the game, and I’ve got a little shout-out to the love of my life in there too, etched on a rock.
Are planning to release Platypus Adventures on PC?
David: PC for sure. I’m looking into some pretty big prospects, which could allow me to do a console release too however this would probably add at least another year of development time.
Quench is a story-driven puzzle game set in a colorful world. Help an adorable elephant to guide herds of animals while using the weather to your advantage. Quench is developed by Axon Interactive Inc., an indie studio based in Ontario, Canada. As of August 7th, 2019, you can purchase the game at the following locations: Nintendo Switch (North America), Nintendo Switch (Europe), Steam, and itch.io. Find out more about the game below and how you can help bring clean water to a community in need IRL.
Charity Initiative for the Month of August
Axon Interactive Inc. has announced on their Steam page the following: “We are proud to announce that $1 from all sales in the month of August will be donated to charity: water, an international non-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Up to $10,000 will be raised to fund a water project for a community in need, with real-time progress reported back to all players. We’re super excited to see what we can all make happen together.”
Become Shepherd, an avatar of nature, and guide herds of animals on a perilous journey. Each generation, the Elephant Tribe makes a grand pilgrimage. But this time, something is different… Help Shaman, the young Elephant leader, convince the other animal tribes to join her. Protect your herds as they are beset by flood, fire, drought, and the dark smokebeasts that have spread across the land. Control the environment to guide herds of animals and restore their home in this colourful narrative puzzle game!
Change the environment around the animals with the powers of the Elder Tree: grow grass and trees, start forest fires, shift sand dunes, or create new rivers and lakes.
Overcome treacherous encounters with creatures and obstacles while carefully guiding your animals to safety.
Fall in love with a papercraft-inspired landscape set to a joyful original score by Adam Sakiyama.
Through gorgeous illustrated cinematics and in-game dialogue, explore how kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are powers unto themselves in this fable about overcoming differences to restore the world.
For another great game with a great real-life cause, check out our article here: To The Rescue: A Little Help For Our Friends. Moreover, you can still make a pledge on their Kickstarter, which has officially been a success and now aiming for their stretch goals. Know that 20% of the profits of the game will go toward actual dog shelters!
Playful Fox Games Inc is an indie development studio based in Canada. Their main focus is about building a strong narrative experience that creates an emotional connection. In Animal Bar, you play as the bartender and serve all of the drinks to a wide range of adorable anthropomorphic animals each with their own unique personalities. Get to know your customers by interacting with them and solving their problems. Below are the biographies of four characters in development with a plan to add a total of twenty in the final product. Please note that this game is very early in development and is still a work-in-progress. Therefore, a lot of the things mentioned in this article are subject to change.
About Animal Bar
Animal Bar is about understanding and learning about your customers and their personal stories as you try to build and run a successful Coffee/Tea/Soda bar. Create an identity for yourself and your bar, specialize or generalize as you choose whether to cater to your customers or create the experience and aesthetic that you want.
Each customer has their history, their own story, and will deal with some type of dilemma. As you build up a friendship, you can help guide the customers through their stories, and help them make key decisions in their lives. Based on your decisions of décor, the times of day that you show up to run your bar, your interactions with your customers and more, you can guide the experience that you, the player, will have with the game.
Simon grew up with a lot of siblings. A middle child, he was largely ignored by the rest of his family and struggles with self-worth issues, constantly seeking approval. In high school his grades were on the higher end but did not stand-out. He hasn’t figured out what major to take in college, only that accounting seems to be something his parents might approve of. Simon is very timid, but also very anxious.
Star is a pop-star phenomenon. Bringing back the retro look and sound of the 80s-90s, she was built for the spotlight and performed on stage from a young age. She was the star of her elementary and high school plays and talent shows. In her senior year, a talent agent picked her up and she’s been a star ever since. She goes by her stage name to all but a select few.
Zoe is a yoga instructor. She’s been on top of all the exercise trends for women including Zumba, step class, and even had a series of workout VHS tapes in the early 90s. She can only ever be seen in active wear, giving the impression that she’s just coming from or going to another class. She runs her own yoga studio which includes a shop selling salt lamps, candles and diffusers.
Stephen once worked as a roadie for some metal bands touring around the country. He has since settled down and started a music shop to spread the tunes to the next generation. Some say he used to be a drummer in a well-known band, but he left because the band went too mainstream. Stephen looks intimidating, but he’s a nice chill guy when you get to know him.
We’d like to thank Ryan from Playful Fox Games for providing myPotatoGames with this information and these exclusive character screenshots! If you love the idea of serving customers and getting to know them, check out our article here: Coffee Talk – Make Coffee & Conversation. This game is about being a barista to fantastical characters. Stay tuned with myPotatoGames as we keep you apprised on these relaxing wholesome games.
Errand Boy, a magical story-driven adventure game, is currently in development by Tree Interactive, an independent game development studio based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The story follows the life of an orphan boy named Watt with a lot of love to give. This adorable little monster delivers errands and spreads joy to the whole town! At Tree Interactive, they’ve been “polishing up a demo that you will hopefully soon be able to play”. Moreover, they’ve also listed the platforms for this game as PC/Steam as well as the Nintendo Switch.
We don’t know much else about the game so far and their intentions on other platforms for their release of Chapter 1 but we do know that the art-style is stunning, the music is great, and the optimistic hero of the story, Watt, is all about helping others during their time of need. See below for the description and sneak-peek trailer of Errand Boy.
About Errand Boy
Errand Boy is a story about an orphan boy looking for his place in the world. Establish relationships with other creatures and find meaning through the acceptance of responsibility. Help the town flourish through help and avoid crisis of an incoming catastrophe. Errand Boy is the first chapter of a five chapter game.
A Juggler’s Tale is an atmospheric 3D puzzle sidescroller set in a medieval puppet theater play. The game is currently in development by a team of indie developers made up of: Sven Bergmann, Steffen Oberle, Enzio Probst, Dominik Schön. The release date window is between late 2019 and early 2020 coming first to PC, and then PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.
This hauntingly beautiful and creepy art-style coupled with the story’s tragic tale reminds us of the movie Coraline. Alternatively, Coraline is turned into a ragdoll when stumbling upon the Other World. In A Juggler’s Tale, you’re trying to escape the life of a controlled puppet forced to perform! All the while you can hear the narrator explain Abby’s actions and the voice of the antagonist tempting you to return. Most of which is being recited in rhymes might we add. Although you must forge on and help Abby to navigate the dangers of the world, and free her from her strings (shackles)!
About A Juggler’s Tale
Play as the string puppet Abby as she flees from her captors into freedom and adventure: a world of beauty and wonder – but also danger! She finds herself in a war-torn, medieval fairytale, surrounded by ravaged, starving citizens and hunted by the relentless cut-throat, Tonda. Who can she trust? Can she avoid the traps and betrayal? Despite dangling from her threads, Abby learns that she can still influence her destiny – if only by winning over the audience. Help Abby navigate a traumatized, yet hauntingly beautiful world. Lead her forward through riddles and around traps, evade her pursuers and find – perhaps – freedom!
As E3 2019 is winding down, we here at myPotatoGames would like to list a few games that may have been overshadowed with all of the news going on on Twitter! If you’re a fan of marriages in games like Story of Seasons, or Rune Factory, then maybe these games are perfect for you! See below for the latest news on these very popular dating simulation games!
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is now coming to “Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android soon”, says publisher Game Grumps. To celebrate the new releases, the creators have made special mixtapes for each Dad on Spotify here and there may be new characters in the near future! In addition, the game has already been released on Steam and PS4. However, we recommend waiting for the new features if you haven’t already played this.
About the Game
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is a game where you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other hot Dads. You and your daughter have just moved into the sleepy seaside town of Maple Bay only to discover that everyone in your neighborhood is a single, dateable Dad! Will you go out with Teacher Dad? Goth Dad? Bad Dad? Or any of the other cool Dads in this game? With minigames, sidequests, and a variety of paths and endings, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is this year’s most anticipated Dad-based game.
Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season
Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season is the sequel to indie game Monster Prom, a multiplayer dating sim. Beautiful Glitch, the creators based in Spain, have surpassed all of their Kickstarter goals and the game should release sometime in 2020 on PC. This new title is basically 3-games-in-1 with 3 separate vacations you can take: Summer Camp, Winter Retreat and Roadtrip. Moreover, each game is smaller than the original one, but they’re the same size when put together if you want to try out all three!
About the Original Monster Prom
You have 3 weeks to get a date for Monster Prom! Go through absurd and funny situations, raise your stats and seduce one of your classmates. Beautiful art, bold, unapologetic dialogue and hard choices make up this Multiplayer (1-4 players) Dating Sim. Be your worst self.
Half Past Fate
Half Past Fate is a romantic narrative-adventure game about three relationships that form either over the span of eight hours or eight years. It’s developed by Serenity Forge, published by Way Down Deep, and is set to release in 2019 on Steam here. Half Past Fate is currently being showcased at The Mix in Los Angeles.
About the Game
Follow the adventures of six people who stumble their way through love and companionship in a hybrid 3D pixel-art world. Lead them through their daily struggles, quirky events, and life-changing decisions. Featuring a full cast of diverse characters with contrasting personalities, Half Past Fate takes you through intersecting stories over varying time-spans that show how love can grow and develop in unexpected ways.
Want to know more about our most recent announcements of E3 2019? You can check out our article on indie games here.
ThroughLine Games is an independent game development studio focusing on story-driven games with high artistic ambitions. The team, located in Denmark, are the ones behind Forgotton Anne, a seamless cinematic adventure game that released on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2018.
The creators have won numerous awards for their visual design and writing since then! Therefore, it comes to no surprise that in addition to the platforms mentioned above, we can enjoy the game for iOS devices today (June 26th, 2019)! What’s new on the iOS is: gameplay trailers, splash screens, and minor updates. The game is free with some in-app purchases. See below to learn more about Forgotton Anne!
About Forgotton Anne
Forgotton Anne is a cinematic game that combines puzzle platforming and adventure game elements. You are Anne, the enforcer keeping order in the Forgotten Lands, as you set out to squash a rebellion that might prevent your master, Bonku, and yourself from returning to the human world.
The World of Forgotton Anne
Imagine a place where everything that is lost and forgotten goes; old toys, letters, single socks. The Forgotten Lands is a magical world inhabited by Forgotlings, creatures composed of mislaid objects longing to be remembered.
Discover a beautifully realized world of wonder filled with Forgotlings, charming everyday objects brought to life, bursting with personality.
Uncover the truth behind the harrowing conflict taking place between an impassioned ruler and ruthless rebellion.
Harness the power of Anima, the energy that brings life to the Forgotten Lands. Use it to solve puzzles and command ultimate control over Forgotlings’ lives.
Choose carefully. Your words and actions can alter the tale being told thanks to a branching dialogue system that places the power in your hands.
Run, leap, and soar as you strive to guide Anne home, unlocking areas and abilities along the way.
Enjoy hand-animated visuals created using the same traditional techniques that brought your favourite animated movies to life.
Immerse yourself in a soaring orchestral score performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Get it on the App Store here and embark on a breathtaking journey today! To find out more about Forgotton Anne or to purchase some beautiful merchandise, go to ThroughLine Games’ official website here. Similarly, for another thrilling story-driven game, check out What Remains of Edith Finch, now coming to the Nintendo Switch!