SunnySide is an upcoming game published by Merge Games with a mix of farming and a dash of dating sim. The graphics are reminiscent of the Lake so it really has a relaxing vibe. SunnySide is inspired by the Japanese countryside and will have you fermenting your own soy sauce and slicing tofu, and gazing upon cherry blossom trees!
Much like My Time at Sandrock, SunnySide has more of a modernised take on farming by giving you access to solar panels, electric water pumps, and other such contemporary machines. You’ll be totally self-sufficient when it comes to growing and cooking your own food and generating your own power. There will be no shipping boxes or other tedious tasks!
With that extra free time, you can really get to know the locals. Moreover, form friendships or romantic relationships, join groups, attend events, and more! With the use of technology, like your in-game smartphone, you can keep in touch with new friends, access online shopping, and store your favourite farm fresh recipes.
Coming Soon to Switch and Steam
The developers behind this beautiful farming JRPG plan to release it on PC and Switch in 2023, with PlayStation and Xbox to follow soon after. For now, you can Wishlist SunnySide on Steam here.
Craft, decorate and farm as much as you like alone or with your friends in a fun co-op experience.
The last Nintendo Direct May have been a while ago but it brought a lot of exciting new game announcements. From a new Zelda game, to Pikmin, Kirby, and so much more, there’s a ton of games for players to get excited about.
What I’m personally extremely excited about is the upcoming game Fae Farm a Nintendo Switch exclusive farming and life sim game. There isn’t a ton of information out about it yet, but the little we do know looks great!
Located on the island of Azoria, gather 3 of your friends to play in local wireless or online play to start a magical fae farm together! Customize each of your characters with different physical characteristics and fun clothes. Tend your crops, craft items, or explore the beautiful island of Azoria.
Learn magic and use it in everything you do –fighting enemies, exploring, or tending your farm. Enter dungeons and ruins to uncover the secrets of Azoria’s past. Meet and befriend the variety of townsfolk to learn their stories and complete quests. You can even decorate your Fae Farm homestead with many different decor items!
Coming Spring 2023
This fun title has no specific release date yet, but will be on the Nintendo Switch in the Spring of 2023.
In case you missed it, here is the Nintendo Direct video so you can catch up on all the other game announcements.
Rune Factory meets Final Fantasy
For more even more farm sim fun, check out Harvestella an absolutely stunning take on the farming genre with a sprinkle of Final Fantasy.
Run a Courier Service While Uncovering Secrets in The Courier
With the incredible popularity of cozy games such as Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, it comes as no surprise that others have tried creating their own versions of comfortable, cozy games. A large part of that has been various flavors of farming games. However, for players looking for something different, there is The Courier. Created by indie developer Crescent Moon Games, comes a mail delivery and puzzle game with a cozy, mysterious atmosphere.
Welcome to the island of Orda, a very peculiar and mysterious place. You play as a woman who is the courier of the island. She runs her very own mail delivery service on this curious island. Follow a compelling story line as you interact with the residents of the island. Uncover the many dark secrets of the island and deliver mail. The more mail you deliver, the more secrets about Orda you’ll discover.
Explore an open world full of beautifully crafted areas. Sling newspapers at the front steps of home. Also solve exciting environmental puzzles. Use different vehicles to get around the island as you deliver mail to residents. Explore on foot, by bicycle, by boat, or even by hang glider. Complete challenges, missions, and even mini games. Spend time fishing, walking dogs, mowing lawns, or even shearing sheep.
Coming Fall 2022
Although there is no specific release date for The Courier as of yet, we hope it’s soon! The game is expected to release on Steam, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
In Ooblets, you will get to fully customize your character with a ton of different styles and accessories. Then, spend your days renovating your farm. Turn your ramshackle home into a beautiful place with numerous design items and pieces of furniture you can collect.
Grow some otherworldly crops, make them into treats, and sell them in your shop located in town. Raise weird, magical creatures called ooblets to participate in dance tournaments. Build your team of ooblets and level them up to win the card-based dance-offs with wild ooblets or other ooblet trainers.
You’ll also get to explore numerous unique regions, all of which have different characteristics and plant life to discover. Forge new friendships with the townsfolk, and help the mayor save Badgetown. Perhaps even join a club that suits you. Play mini games and take part in daily challenges, such as dance-offs, quests, and earning badges. You may even unearth some secrets along the way!
September 1st Release for Nintendo Switch
Wholesome Games announced on their official Twitter that Ooblets is not only releasing on Nintendo Switch on September 1st, but that version 1.0 will also be available. Unfortunately, no release date has been released for the Steam version, though you can add it to your wishlist. Xbox players can also find the game here. You can also find it on the Epic Games store.
You can check out our coverage of previous Ooblets updates here. For another game that takes place in an alien world, check out One Lonely Outpost, or Peridot for more creature collection.
Fall, Struggle, and Get Yeeted in the Most Whimsical Obstacle Course Ever With All of Your Friends!
Mediatonic, the creators behind Fall Guys, an online multiplayer racing game with colourful beans, just announced that they’re going free-to-play! Starting June 21st, 2022, you can play Fall Guys for free on Epic Games, Xbox (all gens), PS5, and the Nintendo Switch! Furthermore, all players will have cross-platform, cross-play, and cross-save capabilities!
Existing players of the PS4 and Steam versions, will continue to receive all updates (new seasons, patches, and new features). However, new players will no longer be able to purchase the game for Steam. Rather, you will have to go to the Epic Games Store to play on PC. Moreover, if you already own the game, make sure to sign up for the Legacy Pack before the new release date. The Legacy Pack will contain a nickname, nameplate, the Regal costume, the Veggie Dog costume, the Feisty Dwarf costume. It also will have a Season Pass for Season 1 (Free For All) for, well…for free.
Pre-Register on the Epic Games Store for the June 21st, 2022 Free Release
If you buy the Season Pass, via Show-Bucks (in-game currency), you’ll get new unlockables, and 100 new levels at launch. If you pre-register now through Epic Games right here, you can get lots of goodies! Awards will later be handed out on June 27th, 2022. For more information, check out the announcement trailer below!
Full Version Includes New Areas, Wildlands, Shopping, Card Battles, Friendly Neighbours, Mini-Games, Farming, Dancing, Rollerskating and More!
During Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase (May 2022), we were treated with a never-before-seen Ooblets trailer. Announcing, version 1.0 coming to the Switch this Summer! That means that the adorable creature-collecting dance-partying adventure simulation game will be leaving Early Access and releasing in full!
A lot of updates have been added since Ooblets launched in 2020. Most recently the additional feature of running your own store. In case you have been waiting for the full version of the game and haven’t kept up with news, Ooblets will now have new levels and a complete campaign. For example, Port Foward includes a boardwalk where you buy tokens to play arcade games/mini-games. Furthermore, Pantsabear Hill is an area which is covered in snow, puzzles, and Pantsabears. You’ll also have many more accessories, clothing, furniture, and over 45 Ooblets to clutter and decorate your farm with.
Ooblets 1.0 Coming to PC, Xbox, Switch This Summer
You can find Ooblets’ official Nintendo Switch listing right here. There isn’t a more specific date other than Summer 2022, however the developers, Glumberland, assure players that “unless something goes really wrong” they will have one soon.
PuffPals: Island Skies is indeed fluffy and puffy! This farming simulation game is all about living your best life on magical floating islands. Like Garden Paws, your neighbours are talking animals that you can’t help but get to know better. Interacting with them is definitely an option, but you’ll also be able do quests and play mini-games with them.
You can create and design your own farm and plant various flowers, trees, and crops. When some of your crops are ready to harvest, they come to life and follow you around like in Ooblets! Not only can you customize the exterior layout of your land, but you can also decorate inside your home. When customizing your own character, there are many choices of skin color, outfits, accessories, hair styles, and other traits that aren’t even human!
You’ll live in a main hub town but you’ll get the chance to do a lot of exploring and foraging at several unique connecting biomes. It will be every collector’s dream to discover new items and to even uncover artifacts.
Kickstarter Campaign Available Now
Backers for PuffPals: Island Skies will have Alpha access to the game for PC fairly soon. There’s still time now to contribute to the Kickstarter Campaign here! Although they have already surpassed their main goals, there are stretch goals that include a Nintendo Switch version and even mobile! The developers behind the game, FluffNest, are also selling adorable plush toys of their characters here. *UPDATE: New trailer and info. Coming to PC, Switch, iOS, and Android in 2025*
Rune Factory 5, by Marvelous (XSEED), released on the Nintendo Switch in America on March 22nd, 2022 and in Europe and Australia on March 25th, 2022.
Since hearing the news back in 2020, and waiting such a long time since the release of the previous game in the franchise Rune Factory 4 on the 3DS in 2013 (although now there’s a Special Edition for the Switch), it stands to reason that fans are nervous with exactly what has and what hasn’t changed with this beloved Story of Seasons (formerly Harvest Moon) spin-off series. Well, after playing countless hours of the JRPG/farming sim mash-up, I’m here to tell you what to expect before buying!
Rune Factory 5 VS. Rune Factory 4
Rune Factory 5 starts you off with the same amnesiac trope as usual as you’re brought to a small, quiet town called Rigbarth. Rather then issuing “Orders” as a prince or princess in Rune Factory 4, you’ll become a ranger for the organization, SEED, by protecting the town from monsters. In the same way, you’ll be able to spend these reward “points” toward town festivals, storage upgrades, and more! Moreover, you’ll be farming on the backs of a total of 5 Farm Dragons! See below for other such changes that might interest you!
Fully 3D environments. However, no top-down camera views or grid lines for placing items.
Same-sex marriages! Your choice between 6 bachelorettes and 6 bachelors regardless of your own gender.
Items on the ground can be automatically added to your inventory. Or you can manually pick up several of the same item while running.
Location markers are visible for all main quests and notable interactions, including scenes with marriage candidates.
Several fast-travel locations within the town, as well as new outside areas. In dungeons, you can travel to any newly uncovered floor.
Available Now on the Switch
Although Rune Factory 5 suffers from some rather extreme lagging and loading issues and minor quality-of-life inconveniences, it’s still a welcome step in the right direction for future iterations of the series! Let’s us know what you think of the game so far! If you haven’t already, get Rune Factory 5 on the Nintendo Switch here!