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  • svgAug 22, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Become the most powerful and astute magic-law practitioner you can in Lawmage Academy.

    We’ve all imagined what life would be like if we lived in a world full of actual magic. How wondrous and amazing each day could be with the unexpected waiting around every corner. Well, Lawmage Academy gives you a taste of that life, but with just a touch more, and is actually being developed by a real lawyer.

    In Lawmage Academy, you live in a world that is protected by magical lawyers called Lawmages. They defend the community from some of the more malevolent magical forces that roam the land. They are the only thing standing between the peace we know, and the everything plummeting into ultimate darkness.

    The beautiful grounds.

    Sounds exciting, right! Well, you don’t just come a powerful lawmage over night. The only way to become a full fledged protector is by doing your best at the Lawmage Academy. This is where you will learn everything you need to become everything the world needs!

    About the Lawmage Academy

    Over the years, we’ve all become quite accustomed to the magical repertoire of the average witch or wizard. You must first hone your knowledge of spell casting, above all else. This will be accomplished by reding the books of the magicians that came before you, as well as attending class and paying close attention to your studies.

    A peek inside the academy.

    Then comes the more intricate task of potion making. You must gather all the ingredients necessary from the breathtaking lands that surround the academy. Be careful, though, as there are baddies lurking about. Baddies that you may have to dispose of in some Final Fantasy style turn-based battle. You will be able to use the potions that you craft to aid you in battle; either by slowing or poising your enemy, or healing or resurrecting your allies.

    Battle time!

    You will also be able to meet some really cool and interesting people along the way. Feel free to befriend them, that way you may assist, and get some assistance, on this epic and intricate journey. Who knows, a friend may even be able to help you find some secret rooms in the academy, possibly leading to all kinds of powerful and helpful goodies.

    Lawmage Academy Trailer

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    Lawmage Academy is currently set to release on PC sometime in 2022.

    For more information on Lawmage Academy, you visit the games official page on Steam (don’t forget to wishlist while there). You can also follow the game on Twitter.

    For more great indie games to look forward to, check out my coverage of Dragon Acres.

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  • svgAug 20, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Raise special dragons that will help your crops grow in this unique farming and life sim!

    With all the amazing and wonderful farming games that have been popping up lately, I was totally surprised to find a new game that is both adorable and unique. That game is Dragon Acres.

    In Dragon Acres, you are starting a brand new life in an unknown world. What better way to sustain said life than to start your own farm! Grow crops for food to eat, but also to get some monies for expanding operations.

    Dragon Acres

    Monetary assistance aside, there will be another feature of the game that will help things along in a very dramatic way. You will get to raise your very own adorable dragons that will each have a unique effect on Gameplay.

    You can also do some fishing in your spare time. Or even hit the mines for some gems and whatnots when you start to run low on funding. Or just go to hit the mine carts for a silly fun time.

    A bit about the dragons.

    How you treat and interact with your dragon will determine how much it can help you in return. Play hide and seek, go for walks, feed them when hungry, and partake in other activities so that your dragon may come to love and care for you.

    Dragon Acres

    You will even get to make a nice little space for your fiery buddy to call home. There will be Dragon Den Customization, that way your dragon will be as comfortable as possible, and their happiness level will have nowhere to go but up!

    A lively community.

    There will also be lots of fun and interesting townsfolk to meet along the way. This is how you will obtain quests throughout the game. You will also have a mentor that is specific to the play style that you choose.

    The different ways to play and paths to choose give Dragon Acres infinite playability that I can’t wait to experience for myself. However, the game is still currently in production, with a release date set on Steam for September 30th, 2022.

    Dragon Acres is currently in development by the small team at Wyldfire Games, with cooperation from Angel Star Studios.

    Dragon Acres Official Trailer

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    For more information on Dragon Acres, you can visit the official website for the game. You can also follow the developers on Twitter, and join the conversation on Discord.

    You can also now wishlist the game on Steam!!

    For more great indie farming and life sim games, check out my coverage of Ova Magica.

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  • svgAug 18, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Announced at the Indie World Showcase, A Short Hike releases on Nintendo Switch today!

    A Short Hike is a wonderful little indie that was released in July of last year, and has received overwhelming positive reviews since. With lots to discover and many interesting folk to meet a long the way, fans have been raving about this peaceful little jaunt through the woods.

    Now, even more lovers of nature will get the chance to try this game for themselves, as it is now available for Switch through the eShop for just $7.19. It is quite a great price for such a peaceful and relaxing indie game about exploration and finding oneself embraced by the splendor that is our natural world.

    Features List

    • Explore at your own pace, and in any manner you like. Be it flight or by foot, discover everything your environment has to offer.
    • Take your time! Do a little fishing or even stop for a chat with the locals. No need to rush.
    • Enjoy an original soundtrack by Mark Sparling that “progresses dynamically as you explore the wilderness.”

    A Short Hike Trailer

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    For more information on A Short Hike, you can check out the game on Steam. Also, be sure to follow the developer on Twitter.

    For more great news from the indie world, check out my coverage of the multiplayer update coming to Untitled Goose Game.

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  • svgAug 18, 2020Indie Highlight

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    After releasing the Garden Story Demo that left all of us wanting more, the developers finally announced the game is coming to Nintendo Switch!

    During the Nintendo Indie Showcase, it was revealed that Garden Story – previously only on PC, is now also coming to Nintendo Switch. Yay!

    About Garden Story

    For the ones who don’t know Garden Story is an adorable game where you play as Concorde, a grape who happens to be the towns guardian.  It’s a task that would normally only require one to keep the village in good shape and the villagers happy, but something terrible has snuck onto the island under Concord’s watch.  ROT.

    Rot has begun to spread through the island, and it must be stopped before it overtakes everything.  Thankfully, Concord lives in a village of nice peop…fruits.  They’re a great bunch!  If Concord is a good guardian and helps the villagers with their problems, they’ll be inclined to return the favour. 

    Concord will have to be wise with time, because there is an environment to take care of, an island that needs exploring, friendships to make, and puzzles to solve.

    Garden Story Release Date

    Garden Story is currently still in development but expected to bloom on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021. Take a look at everything new in Garden Story right here.

    Love Gardening without the hassle?

    If you want to garden yourself, take a peak at this Animal Crossing themed gardening kit that comes with a tiny bag of soil, seeds, instruction card, a planter and more!

    tiny garden pals

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  • svgAug 18, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Prepare to team up with a friend for a honking good time when Untitled Goose Game gets local co-op update next month.

    The Indie World Showcase sure did have some goodies when it comes to the Nintendo Switch indie community. One of the most exciting pieces of news came at the very end of the presentation. Untitled Goose Game will get an update next month that will add another goose for your friend to play as.

    As if terrorizing the town alone wasn’t fun enough, now you can cause mayhem with a buddy. The update will be free to download for all that already own the game. The update also came with a trailer, which you can view below.

    For those that missed it, the local co-op isn’t the only news we’ve had from House House recently. The game also just got its very own special physical edition, for everyone who wants to cement this wacky title in their games library forever!

    Not only that, but the developers have announced that their game will be coming to Steam and Itch.io on September 23rd, this year.

    Unititled Goose game Lovely Edition
    The Lovely Edition

    Multiplayer Update Trailer

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    For more info on Untitled Goose Game, you can visit the official website, or follow the developers of the game on Twitter. 

    For more whacky indie action, check out my coverage of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout!

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  • svgAug 18, 2020Indie Highlight

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    Spiritfarer was one of my favorites games shown at E3 back in 2019. During Nintendos Indie Showcase today a surprise release for the cute simulation game has been announced.

    The cozy management game is all about farming, mining, fishing, harvesting, cooking, crafting – all set inside a beautifully hand drawn world. 

    Spiritfarer has everything you’d want in a laid back sorta game, but this title comes with a heartfelt storyline that will guide players through an emotional journey. Spiritfarer is essentially a game about dying – which makes the time alive just so much more precious. 

    You play as Stella a ferry master to decreased as the developers of the game describe her. You will enjoy many activities and one of them is building a boat so you can explore the world around you. Of course you don’t have to enjoy your time on the open water alone, you can meet and befriend the many sprits before releasing them into the afterlife.

    Spiritfarer Co-Op Fun as a Cat!

    The game can also be played in a two player co-op mode where the second player will jump into the role of Daffodil – a cat! Take a peak at the super cute trailer below!

    Spiritfarer Available on Nintendo Switch

    Spiritfarer was expect to release sometime in 2020 but no exact release date was given. Today developer Thunder Lotus surprised fans with a release on the Nintendo eShop. Spiritfarer is now available and you can get it right here!

    Kind Words

    Kind Words

    For some cute and heartfelt games, check out Kind Words, a game where you send and receive loving letters from real people all over the world.

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  • svgAug 17, 2020Indie Highlight

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    A new Indie World Showcase means a bunch of new indie games are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

    Seeing as how we got an in depth look at Summer in Mara at the last Indie World Showcase, I have high hopes that this airing will bring news of even more absolutely wonderful Indies coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch already has a pretty expansive list of great indie games to peruse, from epic life sims like Stardew Valley, down to quirky party games like Moving Out.

    While not everyone is in to the whole indie scene, I certainly find that there are some real amazing works of art being shared by the indie community. Where would we be without all those innovative minds taking the risks that some of the big studios refuse to take, resulting in some of the best games in human history.

    Leaks / Rumors

    For those that don’t totally dig Indies, there is other news with this Indie World Showcase. This Indie World Showcase was once again predicted, giving the hope that the predictions of an upcoming Nintendo Direct may be a reality. (deja vu much)

    Watch the Indie Showcase 2020

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  • svgAug 14, 2020Indie Highlight

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    The new update for Stardew Valley will change everything…about your thoughts on moving beds.

    The latest Tweet from Concerned Ape about update 1.5 has absolutely stunned the entire community. With a revolutionary stunt, Concerned Ape has now taken gaming into the next generation as he implements the ability to move your bed in the game.

    What exactly does he mean by “move your bed”? Will we be able to rotate it? Flip it? Will it levitate? Will it become a new form of travel? Or does this just mean we will now have the ability to drastically effect the emotions of the bed? Only time will tell.

    Stardew valley Multiplayer PlayStation 4

    And what’s more, what sort of implications could this have on the rest of the game. Will the creatures in the mine be brave enough to approach after you’ve performed such a feat? Will your crops grow twice as strong knowing they have such a capable horticulturalist at the helm? I can only speculate, but this certainly very exciting stuff!

    The source.

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    For more information on the update, you can follow Concerned Ape on Twitter. For more news from Stardew, check out my coverage of the collectors edition.

    For more awesome indie farming games, check out my coverage of Ova Magica.

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