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  • svgJul 1, 2024Reviews

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    Rusty’s Retirement is a cute farming idle game that sits at the bottom, or vertically on the side, of your computer screen. It’s a farming sim, so you plant crops, raise animals, and decorate. But instead of requiring your full attention at all times, it chugs away at whatever tasks it needs to while you do other things. You start out with just Rusty running the show, but as you progress, you can automate by building robots who will plant, water, and harvest crops for you. It’s perfect for the busy person looking to take short breaks playing a little something cozy! 

    It’s The Perfect Idle Game

    I really don’t generally enjoy idle games, honestly. They don’t hold my attention and the progression never feels good. Nevermind that most idle games I come across are combat-based and require repetition of levels to get good enough to advance. I’ve found myself trying different ones before, but always forgetting they exist after a while. I just can’t get into them. 

    Rusty’s Retirement, though? It’s perfect in my eyes. Perhaps it’s because I already enjoy farming sims, but I think it really is more than just that. The game uses some lovely pixel art that I’ve grown to love over the years as it represents a sense of nostalgia for me. Plus, the color palette used for everything works well. The grass, farm plots, and buildings aren’t overwhelmingly bright. They’re actually a fairly subdued color, which helps things like the different decorative flowers pop when they’re placed. It makes for a really pleasant look overall. 

    Which brings me to the different options. You initially start with just Rusty’s house, a biofuel converter, and water well. The rest is an empty plot of grass, much of which you need to unlock to expand. Place down farm plots where you want them to begin growing crops. There are 42 different crops to grow in Rusty’s Retirement, and 7 different houses to build. Each house serves a different purpose in unlocking new options for you. Decorative flowers and other natural decor, berry bushes and bees, bot upgrades, farm animals, and farm statistics all come in handy at some point. The bees provide honey and the animals produce fertilizer that help crops grow. Everything has its place and works together with everything else to create a balanced game. Of course, the decorations are just for fun and to make your farm a creative outlet. 

    Easy to Play and Perfectly Cozy

    I really appreciate that Rusty’s Retirement is easy and casual. There’s no huge learning curve. There isn’t some big, hidden challenge. What you see is what you get, which is exactly what I want from it. It’s easy to come back to. And your little helpers are fairly intelligent when moving buildings and plots. The ones performing the move will grab a box, move it to the new area, then head back. They focus on finishing that one task before moving on to something else. No one is performing tasks like I do when I’ve had too much coffee: a little bit of everything here and there so nothing really gets done well or in a timely manner. Plus, the unlock progression feels appropriate. It doesn’t feel like an overwhelming grind. It also doesn’t feel too quickly achieved. There is a balance that’s been struck that feels just right. 

    Final Thoughts

    If you haven’t tried Rusty’s Retirement, please do. It’s so relaxing and chill. You can play while completing important homework tasks or answering work emails. Or you could even let it run while you play other games. Your options really are nearly endless. It’s a great bite-sized game that deserves every bit of love and attention it gets from the gaming community. 

    I give it:

    You can find Rusty’s Retirement on Steam now!

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  • svgMay 15, 2024Indie Highlight

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    First came Rusty’s Retirement, a farming idle game that chills at the bottom of your screen while you do other things. Next comes Idle Waters! Only instead of being a farming game, this idler focuses on fishing! This game also sits comfortably at the bottom of your screen so you can focus on other tasks while it runs. 

    Idle Waters fishes while you’re busy doing other things. Simply click to catch the fish at your leisure. You’ll catch different types of fish from several different ecosystems, too. It looks like there’s at least 100 “common” fish varieties, which seems to indicate there are other rarities to catch! Plus, there’s a fish tank feature you can edit and decorate to observe the fish you’ve caught over time. 

    Release Date

    Idle Waters will release on Steam at some point. There is no date listed, but you can add it to your Wishlist now!

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  • svgFeb 28, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Micro Macro Farm by developer Diego Schram is a small farming game and idler wrapped up into one. Kick back and relax with this low-stakes game. Plow the land by hand. Then, plant seeds from over 25 different varieties of crops. Water each plant, and go about your other daily tasks. The plants will grow while you’re busy with work, homework, or even playing other games! 

    Use the produce and crops you grow in Micro Macro Farm to cook some tasty meals, too. Cook up over 30 different recipes using several different machines like a stove. Take your leftover crops and delectable delights and sell them to earn some money. You’ll even earn experience and gain levels as you progress through this fun little idler. 

    Release Date

    You can find this cute idler game on Steam now!

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  • svgDec 14, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Have you been wanting to care for a host of houseplants, but don’t have the green thumb or the space necessary? Then Taking Root could be perfect for you!

    Taking Root is a cozy and casual game all about taking care of houseplants. You’ll take time to water them, and prune the plants as necessary. Ensure their growth by preparing the perfect environment for them. This game takes “realistic” seriously, too, as the plants all grow in real time. Then, you can even propagate offshoots and cuttings of your plants to create a flourishing at-home garden! Sell your cuttings to earn some money that you can use to decorate your space, too. There are over 100 pieces of furniture and decor items for you to choose from. Plus, furniture is customizable. 

    Taking Root is sure to be a comfy and cozy gardening experience!

    Release Date

    You can find this lovely game on Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist. However, there is no release date listed. It’s just expected to release sometime next year.

    Want more gardening? Try Garden Galaxy and Botany Manor!

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  • svgDec 7, 2023Snack Size News

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    Remember Garden Galaxy, that adorable little cozy idle game I talked about here? In that one, you’re collecting coins from random visitors to spend in order to get decorations. Then, you take the decor and build your own little landscapes. It’s perfect for really casual gameplay, and so is this next game! 

    Rusty’s Retirement is another idle game I came across, but this time instead of decorating you’re running a farm. The game sits comfortably at the bottom of your screen so you can continue your tasks while it chugs along doing its thing. You’ll plant crops and watch as Rusty does his thing taking care of them. He’ll water, nurture, and harvest everything you plant. And as you progress, you’ll unlock new crops to plant. 

    Then, take those crops and manufacture biofuel. Rusty’s Retirement’s biofuel is clean and energy-efficient, and sells for a good bit of money so you can reinvest in your farm. You can also employ a host of cute robots who will help with planting, watering, and harvesting crops. Even customize and upgrade them for increased efficiency. 

    Don’t worry too much about getting distracted by Rusty’s Retirement, though. You can turn on “Focus Mode” to slow down production to allow you to concentrate on your tasks!

    Release Date

    This fun farming idler is listed on Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist. However, there is no specific release date listed. It’s set to come out sometime in the first quarter of 2024, though!

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  • svgNov 23, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Are you looking for a cozy idle game that doesn’t involve leveling up fighters to defeat bosses and enemies? Garden Galaxy might be perfect for you, then! This relaxing little game is a unique sandbox idler where you take time to craft your ideal landscape. 

    You start with a blank canvas of a few white tiles, and a mysterious looking pot. Every few seconds in Garden Galaxy you’ll have a cute little flame-like visitor pop-up for a visit. Click them to earn a coin. Then, feed the coin into the mysterious pot to earn a reward! The pot will spit out cute decorations like lanterns and planters, helpful piggy banks, and terrain tiles. Rearrange the terrain tiles and decorations as you please to create a beautiful garden space. You’ll even be able to change the background color and the time of day to achieve the perfect aesthetic.

    Take a moment to embark on a chill and creative journey with this pretty little idle game!

    Available Now

    You can find Garden Galaxy on Steam now! There’s also a demo available so you can try out the game first.

    Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is another cozy idle game worth taking a look at!

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  • svgNov 9, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Have you been looking for something chilled out and relaxing to sit in the background while you complete homework or just take a break? Perhaps a gamified version that you can interact with and still achieve things in? Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is perfect for that! 

    Start by customizing your character with lovely hairstyles, outfits, and custom colors. Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is an idle game that lets you set the mood with lofi beats, background noises like rain or a fireplace burning, and the overall lighting. Pick the time of day and relish in the comfort of your spacious room. Laze about on the bed, sit on the comfy bean bag chair by the fire, or get studious by sitting at the desk. You can even customize the space with decorations, so it can reflect your mood. 

    What really makes Spirit City: Lofi Sessions much more than just your run-of-the-mill idle game, is the productivity tools. You can craft your personal to-do list to keep you on track. Use the pomodoro timer to complete work, but also take necessary breaks. All work and no fun, after all! Which, you’ll earn experience as you use the game, and those points can be used to unlock more customization and lore about Spirit City. Plus you can collect a number of different fun spirit friends to accompany you while you work!

    This seems like the perfect productivity game!

    Coming Soon

    You can find Spirit City: Lofi Sessions on Steam, where you can currently Wishlist it. Expected release is Q2 of 2024.

    Perhaps check out this list of games from a recent Steam Next Fest while you’re at it!

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  • svgJul 1, 2019Mobile Game

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    LEGO has been at the forefront of wholesome games for decades. Now, they have joined forces with mobile producer and developer Nimblebit LLC to create LEGO Tower. We can’t wait to dive into this virtual brick building experience!

    About the Game:

    LEGO Tower is very similar to Nimblebit’s Tiny Tower. Your main objective is to build the biggest and best tower you can. Each floor fits into a different category. These range from residential apartment floors to restaurants, gyms, and more.

    Instead of Tiny Tower’s “bitizens”, you have LEGO minifigures. Your minifigures live and work in your creation. You can customize the appearance of your minifigure residents and assign them jobs.

    The biggest difference seems to be the graphics. Instead of Nimblebit’s signature pixels, the graphics look like LEGO pieces. What is really neat about this is the potential customization. In Tiny Tower you had a forever growing gray skyscraper with an orange crane on the top. In LEGO Tower your tower can be green with a dinosaur on top or red, mimicking LEGO’s NINJAGO collection.

    Like Tiny Tower, you can visit your friends’ towers. It seems friendship is important to the game, as you have the ability to gift friends materials to help them build.

    There seems to be a focus on collection in LEGO Tower. You can supposedly collect “hundreds of unique minifigure pieces.” There are also hidden characters you can find, along with unlocking vehicles.

    Watch the trailer:

    LEGO Tower is out today for Android and iOS! Get it for free on the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

    Want more mobile games? Check out the myPotatoGames approved Forgotton Anne. Like running virtual businesses? Try The Sushi Spinnery and Little Dragons Cafe. We also suggest keeping an eye out for Creature Resort.

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