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  • svgJun 20, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Set off on an exciting adventure across an open world featuring 100 islands ripe for exploration in Moonstone Island! While adventure is a major aspect, this adorable game, developed by Studio Supersoft and published by Raw Fury, also includes a little bit of everything. It’s a creature-collecting life sim with fun deckbuilding and also unique puzzles and mazes, some farming, and resource collecting too. Get to know the locals, brew potions, collect Spirits, and work on completing your alchemy training!

    Following the long-standing traditions of your village, you move to a sky island to complete your alchemy training. Pick from any of the 100 different islands to settle on. Then, you can start your new adventure by building a cozy home to call your own.

    Use over 200 pieces of fun furniture and decor to make your home the coziest around. If you grab the Decorator’s Pass, you’ll gain access to all of the DLC cosmetics that have been added since launch, and more that are to be added later. Plus, you can start your own garden full of crops and flowers to use in your alchemy or to tame Spirits with.

    Don’t forget to go talk to the cast of diverse and intriguing NPCs while you’re at it. You’ll become a valued member of the community and can even find someone to fall in love with and marry. You’ll not only experience a newly added wedding scene, but you can move in with your new spouse, too!

    When you’re not spending your time at home, take the chance to go explore Moonstone Island. Travel via balloon, broom, and glider to see some unique biomes. Tame and befriend over 70 extraordinary Spirits (a roster that has only grown bigger since the PC launch) while you uncover secrets about your new sky-based home. Battle other Spirits with your own in engaging encounters where you’ll use a deck of cards as the battle system.

    Solve unique mazes and puzzles, then battle against fun dungeon bosses, and earn rewards. Earn helpful new upgrades, useful loot, and island secrets. You can also take on the newly added INFINIDUNGEON for an unending challenge!

    This game is perfect for the gamers who love Pokemon, Stardew Valley, and even Slay the Spire. The combination of collecting Spirits with a card-based battle system makes for a cozy, but engaging experience. Yet, it has that cozy no-rush aspect (with farming) like Stardew Valley has. So, complete your quests and explorations at your own pace with no time limits!

    Moonstone Island is NOW AVAILABLE on Switch!

    It’s now finally out on Nintendo Switch, so you’ll be able to take it wherever you go!

    For PC players, you can also check it out on Steam.

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  • svgJun 20, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Times & Galaxy is a vibrant and quirky interplanetary adventure game developed by CopyChaser Games. You play as the brand new intern at the Dorp system’s favorite regional holopaper, Times & Galaxy. You’re even the very first robot reporter to write for a newspaper, too, so don’t waste this opportunity to become something incredible! Take on different assignments, journey to other planets, interview witnesses, and construct engaging, informative articles. If you work hard, you might be able to prove you belong on the staff full time. 

    During any given cycle, you have the choice between a few different assignments, all with their own intrigue. Cover a mysterious shuttle crash, let the world know about the intersolar cat show, or even attend a ghost funeral. Choose your assignment, then set off to a new planet to take in the scene. Interview sources. Investigate the scene and dig up clues as to what happened. Then, use the information you gathered to write your story using the Build-a-Story™ tool. Your tone and the quality of the article matter for your success, as does your ability to gather all of the relevant information. Were you a diligent reporter bot, or did you slack on gathering clues? 

    Of course, Times & Galaxy isn’t all about interviews, gathering clues, and publishing articles. Your fellow staff all live and work on the Scanner, the spacebound newsroom. Then, between assignments, you can explore your workplace and get to know your fellow crew members. There are over 20 colorful and unique employees for you to get to know, including writers, photographers, pilots, and more. Encounter aliens of all kinds right in your newsroom as your fellow employees hail from all corners of the galaxy, and also possesses their own personality and stories for you to get to know. 

    So, take off on an exciting interplanetary adventure full of fun characters and use your investigative abilities to dig up the best and juiciest information for stories. Your future as a reporter depends on it! 

    Release Date

    Times & Galaxy is finally releasing everywhere, too! June 21st you’ll be able to pick up a copy of this excellent game on Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

    If you want more newspaper fun, try News Tower!

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  • svgJun 20, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Everafter Falls is a cozy farming sim that lets you rediscover the simple life. You once lived in this quaint place, actually, but a terrible accident happened. When you wake up from that accident, you learn your previous life wasn’t actually real. It was all a simulation! You no longer remember your adorable animal neighbors, the charming little farm you called all your own, nor any of the inviting flowers and cool breezes you used to enjoy. You remember none of it! 

    There’s nothing to do but to get back into the swing of things, though. So rejoin life in the quaint town of Everafter Falls. Reacquaint yourself with your old friends. Learn how to farm and fish again. Your cute pet will help you along the way, and so will automated drones. They can help with expanding your inventory and caring for your crops. If you crave some action, then take up your trusty old sword once more to fight your way through the dungeon! Earn upgrades to better defeat dungeon enemies and use those automated drones to help you fight for even more success. 

    The question is, is Everafter Falls really as peaceful as it seems? 

    Release Date

    Everafter Falls is available everywhere now! The game launches today and you can find it on Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch

    Vampire Rancher is another adorable farm sim you should take a look at!

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  • svgJun 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Play as a down-on-his-luck duck detective on his latest and greatest case about a… salami? That’s right! This fully voice acted, goofy detective game is Duck Detective: The Secret Salami and you’re searching for answers about what happened. Use your skills to investigate potential crime scenes and interview a cast of quirky suspects. You need to learn the hidden secrets of each person you interview in order to accurately judge who’s involved and who isn’t. Judge everyone you encounter on first impressions and make deducktions about the case as you gather information. The results of this cozy mystery rely on you and your skills, after all! 

    Release Date

    You can find Duck Detective: The Secret Salami now on Steam, Switch, and Xbox!

    And if you haven’t, take a look at the next Detective Pikachu game!

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  • svgJun 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    For those who are unfamiliar with this adorable game, Gourdlets is a sandbox city builder. It has no goals, no missions, and no end game objectives. You’re simply the architect of the world, building for little creatures called Gourdlets. Don’t worry, though, they’re chill and will love anything you make for them. Build a village, town, city, or whatever! It’s up to you to decide how to lay out the buildings and water features. Include cafes, lighthouses, parks, and much more to create the perfect living spaces. 

    And now developer AuntyGames has announced a release window for the Steam version of the game! We can expect this lovely game some time this summer, and packed full of new features. Gourdlets now has our tiny little friends sleeping, doing laundry, making toast, and much more. Plus, there’s an idle mode where the game will sit at the bottom or side of your screen. Browse the internet or do work as your city creation does its thing in the background! There’s even a new demo available now on the Steam page for players to check out. 

    Release Date

    Again, Gourdlets is set to release on Steam at some point this summer. Plus, the demo is available on the Steam page for you to try. You can also find the game on itch.io! 

    Tiny Glade is another free-form building game that I recommend you check out!

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  • svgJun 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Camper Van: Make it Home explores a wholesome experience that proves that life can be simpler, while still being satisfying and beautiful. The point of this relaxing game is to set out on a journey of personal discovery while turning your cozy van into a cozier camper van. Build and decorate the interior of the van to suit your on-the-go life and decor tastes as you solve satisfying puzzles. 

    Interact with each piece of furniture in your van to learn all the possibilities each piece has to offer. Camper Van also has some fun puzzles for you to try out when organizing your items. It’s a small space, so finding a spot for everything will take some skill and a keen eye. Complete different missions to earn new decor and advance to new destinations. You’ll get to see snowy landscapes, beautiful beaches, and lush forests. Plus, you aren’t traveling alone. You have an adorable pet friend accompanying you, and yes, you can pet them! 

    Release Date

    Camper Van: Make It Home is coming to Steam at some point. You can add it to your Wishlist now, and even try out the demo!

    Cozy Space is another great home designing game, without the puzzles!

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  • svgJun 5, 2024Indie Highlight

    Farmwand is the absolutely charming indie game by developer Irreverent Software that nails the nostalgic storybook feel. It’s a farm sim at its heart, but has some magic sprinkled in. Explore a world inspired by classic fairytales as you get to know the locals, brew potions, discover magical creatures, and more. The world is ripe with a deep lore for you to uncover while you get to know the townspeople or spend leisurely days on your farm!

    You play as a fresh graduate of the Wizarding Academy. You’re finally ready to face the world and start your own life. Settle on a lovely plot of land where you can start your very own farm where you can grow dozens of crops, raise chickens and cows, and plant some beautiful flowers. But simple farming isn’t all there is to the game. You can fully customize your character and your home. Utilize spells and potions throughout your adventure to help you solve puzzles or even help (or annoy) the townspeople. They’ll also come in handy to defeat enemies out in the world! 

    Of course, you’ll have a chance for a more chill experience with talking to the townsfolk and building relationships. There are creatures and characters, non-magical and magical, to interact with. Some of them might even catch your fancy and make the perfect partner! Collect various resources across Farmwand to use in your crafting recipes. And don’t forget about the pets. You can befriend cute critters and magical creatures who will need your love and care. Dress them up in adorable outfits, and just show them your love through pets and hugs. They love it! 

    Demo Now Available

    The two person team over at Irreverent Software have been hard at work building this beautiful game. They’ve just released a demo that lets you take a look at the character customization options. I’ve been following the development of this game for some time now and I’m so excited to have the chance to see even just a touch of what’s to come. And this demo is adorable! 

    While a simple and short demo, this is a great look at how you’ll start Farmwand. You’re greeted by Augustus Mysticus Turnip, who interviews you about your character. You’ll choose important things like your name, age, and preferred pronouns. You’ll also choose things that I assume will affect how your game plays or what your character is like. For example, you get to choose which academy you graduated from and each one seems to have a specialty. 

    Plus, your major will likely affect what skills you’re good at in game. You also get to pick some background information, how you prefer to play the game (chill, challenge, or what I assume is the middle road), and whether you’re ok with insects or not. My guess is that the last choice will determine if you see insects in your gameplay or not, which is cool! My favorite choice to make, though, is your house. There are 4 different adorable options and I love them all. And of course you get to design your character by picking skin color, facial features, body shape, hair style and color, and clothing. 

    I won’t spoil everything about the demo because you should go grab it! It’s free on Steam, where you can also Wishlist the game. 

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  • svgJun 3, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is perhaps the pinnacle of cozy productivity programs. Not only can you create to-do lists to keep track of your busy schedule, but you can use the journal option to just let things off your chest. There’s even a Pomodoro timer built into the game. If you’re unfamiliar with the Pomodoro timer, it’s a technique that breaks your work down into manageable intervals that are separated by breaks. This allows you to be productive while also ensuring you take appropriate breaks for stretching, food, and water! 

    What makes Spirit City: Lofi Sessions so much more than just a simple productivity tool are all the added extras. You get to customize your own character using a variety of hairstyles and colors, clothing options, and even accessories. Plus, you get to decorate your room! Choose from fun paint colors or wallpapers, flooring options, and fun furniture options to create the perfect cozy room.

    Hop between activities, change the time of day, and pick one of several background noise options like chirping birds of gentle rain. You’re not alone in your comfy room, though. You’re accompanied by an adorable spirit companion named Lenny, and as you earn experience points to level up, you’ll unlock new companions who each come with a number of different colorways to unlock. You just have to follow the hints to find them! 

    The Update

    The developers at Monocube Games recently released an excellent update to Spirit city: Lofi Sessions, too. They have added three new spirit companions for you to discover, bringing the total up to 18! And of course they each come with different color options. Plus, you can now customize your character with bunny ears and a variety of adorable tank tops to reflect those summer vibes.

    There are now 7 different bubble tea drinks you can decorate your desk with, too. Half walls can have a different paint color or wallpaper than the rest of the walls now, so you can further customize your room. Perhaps the most exciting part is the addition of rotational playlists, though! These playlists will change periodically. Currently, there is a limited-time playlist perfect for Spring, which is great if you need some background music to get that spring-cleaning done. 

    Where You Can Find It + Giveaway

    Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is listed on Steam, and is actually on sale until June 6th! Of course, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist to save it for later, but now is a great time to grab it. You can also try your hand at grabbing a copy for free by going over to my Twitter page and entering the giveaway!

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