Continuing with IGN Expo 2022, a new and exclusive trailer has been released for Super Zoo Story, a Stardew Valley meets Zoo Tycoon sim. Build and manage your own personal zoo by constructing your park and caring for your animals.
Super Zoo Story has over 70 different animal types which include exotic animals and dinos, all with different requirements to their enclosures. Combining DNA of animals with dinosaur species will create different colours and patterns! However, you’ll have to go exploring to find those fossils!
Keeping the townspeople happy is just as important as keeping your zoo animals happy. The island will have over 40 different characters. Not only can you befriend them, but you can even start a family with them!
Fly on a Magic Broomstick, Explore an Open-World Island, and Deliver Packages to Friends
Not only are we getting Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara in 2022 from studio Chibig, but we’re also getting Mika and The Witch’s Mountain! Together with developers Nukefist, Chibig will basically be bringing us Kiki’s Delivery Service as an adventure game. Who wouldn’t want that?
In Mika and The Witch’s Mountain, you play as Mika the witch delivering packages to townspeople on a magic broomstick! Since you’re still in training, with every successful delivery, you will earn upgrades to help you navigate this sandbox island. Not only will flying be a bit of a challenge, but so will be protecting your packages from the elements!
On the island, there are also secrets to uncover along with the overall narrative. Even the townspeople will have interesting stories to tell as you get to know them better!
Coming in 2022 on Steam and All Consoles
You’ll be able to soar the skies later this year on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (Steam).
Koa and The Five Pirates of Mara is a 3D platformer created with the combined efforts of the following three indie game studios: Talpa, Undercoders, and Chibig. In this mash-up, you’ll get to play as Koa and her best friend Napopo from Summer in Mara (extra chibi-fied), with levels that are reminiscent of adventure game Mail Mole.
Unlock an archipelago one after the other and dodge traps, fight pirates, solve puzzles, and find collectibles! All islands throughout the world of Mara have a variety of biomes like “sandy beaches and bubbling volcanoes”.
Out of all of the adorable games that include cats mentioned here, Cattails has been a favourite among our readers. The small indie team, Falcon Development, is now back with a sequel to the beloved feral feline colony life sim that promises to deliver an even better experience than before!
Cattails: Wildwood Story will take you to the mysterious Wildwoods where you can discover fresh herbs and ancient treasures. You’ll have to not only defend your customizable settlement from dark intruders, but thrive by hunting for food, becoming friends with the residents, and growing the size of your litter! This stand-a-alone title will have new game mechanics, features, and neighbours.
Cattails: Wildwood Story is on Kickstarter Now for Q4 2023 Release
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.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons couldn’t have released at a better time. I know for me personally, its delayed release was a blessing in disguise. The game has facilitated online friendships with like-minded people (and therefore lessened loneliness) and been a wholesome distraction during these difficult times.
But these are just ways in which the game has helped me. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has helped people cope with so many other disappointments. For example, with many weddings having been cancelled, gamers have been creating virtual wedding ceremonies instead, something which is now considerably easier with Reese and Cyrus’s new wedding season furniture this month.
Students with postponed graduation ceremonies have been holding their very own, in-game birthday parties are now a common occurrence, and Black Lives Matter Designs are being made and shared so that players can still show support and solidarity. We are now in June (this year has flown!), which means that it’s finally Pride month!
Celebrate Pride in Animal Crossing New Horizons!
With Pride events being cancelled/disrupted, or being a very different experience from what most are used to, you may have sadly decided to give Pride a miss this year. But this doesn’t have to be the case! You can celebrate Pride in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in style with these fantastic fan-made LGBTQ+ designs. 😎
Let’s face it, we’re in uncharted territory. Not unlike the deserted island many of us traveled to on the 20th March. And whilst we can’t simply just pretend that things aren’t happening in the real world around us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons released at the perfect time.
Why? You may ask. Well there are many reasons why the game’s delay from 2019 to 2020 was a blessing in disguise.
The Animal Crossing franchise is notorious for allowing players to immerse themselves in a wholesome environment. Starting with not a bell to your name, as your house grows, so do your flowers and your friendships. If you don’t have many friends in real life, or are self-isolating like most of us are right now, you can seek comfort in the animals inhabiting your island. With the introduction of terraforming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can get really creative and make your island your very own. Hours really do fly by when playing the game. The multiplayer feature, alongside the Animal Crossing forums and social media groups, can also help lessen loneliness. You can play with a bunch of other people who love playing the same game as you. Therefore it’s not surprising that friendships and even relationships have been formed through the magic of the franchise.
You have no bills to pay (or at least until you feel like it), and who cares if you have no money? You don’t have to distance yourself from your in-game neighbours, nor do you have to wash your hands until your skin starts to crack. You won’t get fined for leaving your house, and you can buy as many toilet rolls as you like.
There is no danger in the game (apart from wasps, tarantulas and scorpions) but death is non-existent and medicine is abundant. You can even be self-sufficient with the new DIY crafting feature in the game. Fruit is plentiful, although your character doesn’t need to eat.
Just A Wholesome Distraction Where The Fun Doesn’t End
This is especially pertinent when taking into consideration the game’s slow-pace. There’s something to do everyday, and Animal Crossing games have never been games you can ‘beat’.
If you look out towards the sea from the secret beach on your island on a clear day, you can see New Horizons.
In the words of Katrina, let us remember that bad times, are just times that are bad.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons just screams adorable, although not literally, because that would be terrifying. With a load of amazing clothing available, residents doing wholesome little things, and a whole bunch of adorable items, it’s hard to narrow down the cutest of things. But one can try. And so here are just some of the cutest things in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Residents Wearing Raincoats
Residents will wear raincoats and hats if its raining outside. So if you celebrate something like upgrading Nook’s Cranny on a rainy day, they’ll all appear in their waterproof gear
The Elephant Watering Can
The elephant watering can will occassionally be one of the tools for sale in Nook’s Cranny. It costs 2,500 bells to purchase and it originally comes in yellow. However, whilst that’s adorable in itself, you can also change its colour and demeanour by customizing it.
The Star Net
The star net is also one of the tools that may appear in Nook’s Cranny. This tool is also priced at 2,500 bells. Like the elephant watering can, you can customize the star net and change the colour of it.
The Ability To Wish Upon A Star
On nights where meteor showers occur, players should listen out for a twinkling noise. If you raise your right joycon towards the sky and see a shooting star, your player will make a wish.
The Various Different Wands
There’s a variety of different wand recipes available to craft. However, the Star wand, Cherry-Blossom wand, and Bunny Day wand are extremely cute.
K.K. Slider Performing (Stale Cupcakes) ?
After you have managed to get K.K. Slider to visit your island, he will hold a concert. He will play ‘Welcome Horizons’ at the concert which is the main theme. However, he will also be in the plaza every Saturday at 6pm where players can make requests.
The Able Sisters
Label and Sable had a fall out after the tragic death of the three hedgehogs parents. However, it seems that the three siblings are getting along much better and it’s so wholesome to see.
The Ability To Wear PJ’s Wherever & Whenever
Not only are pyjamas and slippers clothing that you can wear in New Horizons, they are absolutely adorable, and there’s nothing stopping you from walking around the island in them. Then again, you can wear a paper bag over your head, so maybe this isn’t that unusual.