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  • svgMay 29, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Interact with nature through music in Echo of the Waves, a beautifully hand-drawn watercolor exploration game. Play as Zephyr, a young cartographer and musician who hails from a distant ocean. Zephyr has set out on a journey to discover and preserve the ancestral bond to nature. Play music while you work your way through the colorful islands of the archipelago to uncover the secrets hidden within nature! 

    When you immerse yourself in the breathtaking world of Echo of the Waves, watch as the environment comes alive. Use Zephyr’s musical instrument to interact with your surroundings, unveiling magic and awakening dormant creatures. Then, shift through different layers of the world to discover hidden secrets like portals and symbols. Even document your journey using Zephyr’s notebook, and relax to a lovely soundtrack as you take in the beautiful scenery. 

    Release Date

    Echo of the Waves is coming to Steam sometime. You can add it to your Wishlist now while you wait for the release date to be announced! 

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  • svgMay 22, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Lately, there’s been some demand for cleaning-focused cozy games, and Spilled! by Lente looks like a perfectly cozy one to add to the list! This short game can be played in one hour, but is a wholesome little snippet of fun. You command an ocean clean-up boat that you’ll sail across 8 different areas. Each area is bigger than the last, which means even more to clean up! Clean trash, oil spills, and dirty water from the oceans. Recycle what you collect to earn coins and upgrade your boat for a faster, more efficient clean up process. Completely restore an area to move onto the next one and save the ocean! 

    Release Date

    Spilled! has no release date at this time. However, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist and even try out a demo! 

    Fresh Start Cleaning Simulator has you cleaning up a post-apocalyptic world!

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  • svgApr 11, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Ready for a quirky life sim where you run a summer camp where absolutely nothing strange happens ever? Then give Camp Canyonwood a try! You are the newest camp counselor and you’re in charge of running and maintaining this cozy campsite. It’s a little bit neglected, so you’ll need to fix it up some while managing your campers. Restore the beautiful campground to its former glory and teach your young campers valuable skills they can take home with them. Just keep an eye out for some weird activity! 

    Camp Canyonwood is beautifully hand-drawn with a look reminiscent of old Cartoon Network cartoons. Take part in fun camp activities like fishing, archery, stargazing, and more. Be careful on your adventures as you need to carefully monitor the health and well-being of your campers, as well as keep an eye out for grumpy bears and chubby raccoons! If the campers are unhappy, their parents won’t pay at the end of summer, and you need that money to upgrade the campground. There are tons of decor items you can collect. Choose different tent and cabin styles to spruce up the place, too. 

    And remember, nothing strange ever happens at camp. There’s totally never any ghosts or UFO sightings.

    Release Date

    Camp Canyonwood is currently available on Steam!

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  • svgNov 16, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Have you ever watched a post-apocalyptic movie or show and felt a spark of joy at nature slowly reclaiming vast cities? Well, Cloud Gardens might be perfect for you! It’s a chill game where you grow the plants that take over decaying urban dioramas. It’s a charming mix of sandbox toy, gardening sim, dystopian landscape builder, and puzzle game. 

    Cloud Gardens lets you engage in the freedom of sandbox mode with its lack of goals, or take on the multi-chapter campaign mode to complete tasks. Strike a balance between nature and manufactured by placing different items in the scene. The objects encourage plant growth, but each object needs to be covered in plant life before you can continue. 

    Once you’ve created beautiful landscapes, you can then download looping videos of them to commemorate your work and share it! 

    Available Now

    You can find Cloud Gardens on Steam now!

    Gourdlets lets you build adorable little cityscapes!

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  • svgNov 2, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Re:Fresh is a short 3D platformer with a focus on exploration. Your town has been wiped out by a torrential rain storm. Things are in need of repair, and it’s up to you to collect the materials for those repairs. Run, jump, and dash your way across a beautiful landscape at your own pace. Explore an open-ended environment where you’ll collect solar cells to upgrade your movement options. Those energy cells are your main source of energy that allow you to jump and dash, so be sure to pick them up! You also get to interact with all of the lovable townspeople, too. Get to know the cast of goofy villagers, each with their own unique lines of dialogue. They’ll give you tidbits of information that will help you in your adventure!

    Available Now

    You can find Re:Fresh on Steam now!

    Pile Up is another cute 3D platformer you should check out!

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  • svgOct 11, 2023Reviews

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    It’s Steam Next Fest time again! Last time, I found five cute and cozy games to play and wrote about them here. This time around, there are 10 games I thought fit the bill. These games are a fairly wide variety, so hopefully you’ll find one you love, too! One has combat, but the rest are perfectly relaxing and stress-free, so perfect for kicking back for some fun. If you haven’t tried any of these demos yet, I suggest you do it!

    Bug & Seek

    First up on the Steam Next Fest list is Bug & Seek! Once the lifeblood of the town, as well as the center of its economy, the Insectarium now stands abandoned. Someone stole all of the bugs and displays in the dead of night one day. Now, it’s up to you to restore the Insectarium, and even solve the mystery of the Great Bug Heist! Catch over 175 real-life types of bugs. Use those bugs to fulfill requests, as well as restore the Insectarium to the once fantastic bug display it used to be. 

    This demo was much shorter than I expected, and left me wanting more! With its charming pixel graphics and simple gameplay, Bug & Seek promises to be a perfectly relaxing game.

    Coming this year to Steam!

    Cupid Island

    Cupid Island is a cute life simulator all about bringing together couples and nurturing their blossoming relationships! You play as a Cupid, and it’s your job to explore the human world and make couples. Once coupled, you can bring those humans to live on Cupid Island where you’ll collect their Love, Joy, and Passion which will help expand the island. Build and customize absolutely everything from your own home to the looks of your couples. Farm, fish, dance, and even play soccer in your down time. And who knows, maybe you’ll find your very own true love!

    This was another short Steam Next Fest demo that I really enjoyed. It’s adorable, charming, and just so positive. It definitely will give you the warm and fuzzies!

    Coming to Steam January 2024!

    Vexlands

    If you enjoyed Forager, give Vexlands a try. You’re a lone survivor deep within a cursed land and you need to explore the world by unlocking surrounding tiles. You do this by gathering resources that appear around you, sell them, and use that money to unlock new tiles. Those tiles will reveal more resources, loot, dungeons, monsters, and even disasters! Unlocking a tile also cleanses it of the mysterious curse surrounding it. Craft gear to help you in your adventures, and even build your very own home base with decor. You’ll also unlock the ability to raise animals as you grow your home base. There’s even cute hats to collect!

    Coming soon to Steam!

    Manitas Kitchen

    In Manitas Kitchen, you play as Trexito, a Tyrannosaurus who has a dream to make pizzas! Your short little arms make that difficult, though. Under the supervision of a tiny, rude boss, however, you’ll gather a team of other dinosaurs to make up a kitchen full of the best cooks. With a humorous crime drama narrative, you’re sure to have a ton of fun with this one. You’ll learn to make pizzas and get to unlock new recipes as you buy ingredients from the store. 

    I found this Next Fest demo to be quite a bit of fun. You get a little bit of story and a little bit of gameplay to get a peek into the whole picture. I did find Trexito to feel a little slow, and the movement felt a little clunky. However, this one seems like it’ll be a ton of fun once released!

    Coming to Steam and PlayStation this year!

    Snufkin: Melody of Moomin Valley

    Snufkin: Melody of Moomin Valley is a charming game with a classic storybook art style. It’s easy to play and easy to navigate with a compelling storyline. You play as Snufkin, who’s returned to the valley after a long winter, only to find a series of parks has popped up. These parks ruin the natural beauty of Moomin Valley, and Snufkin’s determined to get rid of them all. Explore the beautiful valley as you remove ugly signs, knock over unsightly statues, and dismantle grotesque park fencing. Complete puzzles and gain friendly help using your trusty harmonica. Even sneak around park patrols to restore the beautiful valley to what it once was! 

    I loved this demo. It’s an absolutely gorgeous game. I felt like I’d been dropped down into one of my childhood storybooks. Plus, it’s easy to learn how to play. It’s perfect for relaxing after a long day, and great for adults and kids alike! 

    Coming to Steam and consoles early 2024!

    Nom Nom: Cozy Forest Cafe

    Ever wanted to escape city life and run a cute, cozy little cafe out in the woods? Now you can in this Steam Next Fest demo, Nom Nom: Cozy Forest Cafe! This game is a relaxing cafe management game where you complete simple rhythm minigames to bake tasty treats. Serve a variety of adorable animal customers, and even talk to them while they enjoy their food. Even decorate the cafe to your liking with different wall colors, flooring options, windows, signs, and more! You can also design custom t-shirts to give away to your customers as a thank you. 

    This demo was WAY too short. I got to experience a single customer, made one item for that customer, and decorated the cafe with a few options. I wanted more! What was there was so, so cute, though. Definitely keep your eyes on this one!

    Coming to Steam soon!

    Time to Morp

    Time to Morp is like Pokemon meets automated machine production, and I’m all about it! You’re in charge of building up this planet, starting with making use of the cute little creatures name Morps. Build them suitable enclosures, and feed them different materials to watch them transform and produce resources! Explore a vibrant, colorful world in search of new Morps, new resources, and exciting new biomes. Then, settle in and build a network of pipes, pumps, wires, tubes, and more to create an automated system. Use it to feed your Morps, or direct them where to go, and more! 

    This demo was a lot of fun. The colors are super vibrant, but work really well within the game. The Morps are fun to take care of, and exploring is interesting with the wild variety of terrain and plants. Plus, the people you interact with are quirky, which makes for fun dialogue. This game doesn’t take itself too seriously. 

    Coming to Steam early 2024!

    Horticular

    Next up on my Steam Next Fest list is Horticular! You’ve been magically summoned by gnomes to restore a garden that’s seen better days. You’ll engage in a fantastic world where you have total creative freedom. Build and expand your garden. Use hundreds of unlockable surface types to create lush grasslands, lavish pond habitats, and ornate rivers. Decorate with a variety of items and plants, too. Create inviting habitats to attract back animal friends in order to restore the ecosystem. Just be sure to maintain the magic elements as magic will help you with unhappy animals, garden decay, and corrupted agents sent to sabotage you! 

    I really enjoyed this demo, too. It was relaxing, even though there were objectives to complete. There wasn’t a rush to complete them, and I could rearrange and redo my garden however I wanted. Plus, the sheer number of items promised in the full game, just makes me more excited. This will be the perfect game for designing gardens! 

    Coming to Steam soon!

    Chill Town

    Chill Town promises to be a soothing blend of idle game and life sim. And really, it reminds me of ACNH, but people instead of anthropomorphic creatures. You run around collecting resources on a beautiful island. Catch bugs, visit the shops or town hall, fish, farm, and tame cute creatures. Unleash your creativity in build mode and create your perfect home using a variety of different decor items. Even add your personal touch to the outside of your home with benches, light posts, and more. Even take care of your very own furry friend! 

    This demo was super cute. You got to interact with some of the townspeople and get an idea of what they’re like, while learning how to fish and collect items. I’m thinking this will be a great alternative to players looking for more ACNH-like games! 

    Coming to Steam soon!

    A New Leaf: Memories

    A New Leaf: Memories is an adorable new farming sim where you wake up on a mysterious beach with no memories of how you got there. The mayor has graciously gifted you a plot of land, and the townspeople helped equip you with the necessary tools. Grow a number of fruits and vegetables on your farm, and sell the produce or use them to cook fun recipes. Explore the island to find a network of caves where you can gather resources. Even take a moment to fish in the different bodies of water found across the island. Plus, raise farm animals, complete quests and build relationships, befriend an adorable cat or dog, and decorate! You’ll be able to customize your look, as well as change your clothes. And of course decorate your home to create a cozy escape from farm work! 

    I’m sure we’ve all been eagerly awaiting A New Leaf: Memories, and thankfully they released this demo during this Steam Next Fest, because boy was it adorable. The demo shares just the basic first steps, but it was beautiful to run around and explore. Plus, the plot of land you get for your home is massive! I can’t wait to see all of the fun farms people create! 

    Coming soon to Steam

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  • svgSep 13, 2023Indie Highlight

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    In Fossil Corner, you’re a retired paleontologist who enjoys the calm environment of their garage. There, you’ve created a peaceful sanctuary to hang out in and build your fossil collection. Then take some time emailing old friends to stave off the loneliness, or stare out the window at the beautiful fall leaves swirling in the wind. 

    To really pass the time in your retirement, you’ll focus on building your fossil collection. Fossil Corner features a variety of randomly generated fossils, trilobites, and crinoids for you to collect. You’ll work through a number of puzzles, too. Each puzzle is a box of procedurally generated fossils that form a whole family tree. It’s your job to unscramble that family tree by observing how the species changed over the generations. Once you complete a puzzle box, you receive a fossil to display!

    Available Now

    You can find this cute fossil collector on Steam now!

    For another cozy puzzle game, try A Little to the Left.
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  • svgJul 27, 2023Indie Highlight

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    Was wandering around your island and traveling to other islands in search of all the different bugs in Animal Crossing your favorite things? Did you take joy in collecting each one to turn into the museum for the living bug display? Then Bug & Seek might be for you!

    Catch Bugs and Revitalize the Museum

    You’ve just sunk your life savings into buying the rundown, abandoned insectarium with the lofty dream of restoring it and refilling it with varieties of local bugs. The museum in Bug & Seek was once the lifeblood of the town, but someone stole the bugs in the dead of night. Now it’s up to you to hone your bug catching skills and breathe life back into the place.

    Bug & Seek has over 175 different real-life bugs for you to capture. Ranging from super common, to some of the most rare bugs to exist, you’ll have a long list of exciting species to look for. You’ll find them throughout the cozy world of Buggburg. Visit the sandy beaches, dark caves, lush forests, saturated wetlands, and even the local university. Each bug comes with a humorous tagline and informational description so you can learn about them, too. Once you’ve captured a bug, take it to your museum to put it on display.

    At the museum, you have total control over everything. You can choose from different wallpaper, flooring options, even the tanks you’ll display bugs in come in a variety of options. Expand the museum and build new wings as your collection grows. Bug & Seek even allows you to change your wardrobe and upgrade your tools to make bug catching even easier. 

    While you’re running around Buggburg, get to know the locals, as well. Bug & Seek has over 17 townspeople for you to meet. They’ll give you missions to complete, and reward you with new gear, items, secrets and gossip, and maybe even haiku. Maybe you can even solve the mystery of the Great Bug Heist!

    Coming Soon!

    Bug & Seek is coming to Steam sometime this year! There is currently a demo available, and you can add the game to your Wishlist to keep an eye on it.

    For more creature collection games, check out Cassette Beasts, Alekon, and Monster Harvest.

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