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  • svgMay 30, 2024Indie Highlight

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    If you’ve been looking for another enchanting game about magic and just being a witch or a wizard, then perhaps Hollowmoor is for you! This cozy magic life sim developed by Small Town Ghosts, sets you on a new adventure. You’re a budding witch or wizard just trying to manage your farm and live life. Explore the world, gather items, and much more! 

    Hollowmoor uses charming pixel graphics and features a relaxing color palette to make the overall feel super relaxing. The town is a sleepy, but bustling little hamlet where you’ll meet 20 different characters. Get to know their stories and even complete orders for them. Build enough of a bond, and you could even date someone! Of course, you’re the only witch or wizard in town, so all the ingredients you need for brewing potions is up to you to grow. Nurture a variety of crops and care for different mythical creatures to get all you need. Or go explore the world to uncover the secrets it holds. Take a train to a nearby town, explore the ruins of a magic school, and much more in this fantastic little game. 

    Release Date

    You can find Hollowmoor listed on Steam. There is currently no release date available, but you can go ahead and add it to your Wishlist! 

    If you’re looking for a short, witchy visual novel-type sim game, check out Witchy Life Story! It’s fantastic!

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  • svgMay 8, 2024Indie Highlight

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    If you’ve been searching for a relaxing aquarium game, then look no further, because Fishlets will fill that hole! Indie developer Pixlin not only brings this beautiful aquarium to life, but also lets you pick between the casual mode and an adventure mode. Adventure mode offers an exciting, active play that requires hands-on attention. You’ll complete 7 unique levels that unlock different types of fish, critters, and decor items. The casual game mode lets you simply raise fish and decorate their environment! 

    Fishlets has over 48 fish with over 350 different color variants for you to unlock and collect. There are also other critters for you to collect, though. Snails, shrimp, and even axolotls are available to add to your tank. Plus, you can decorate the aquarium to your heart’s content with fun items like a pineapple house and plants your aquatic friends will love. Once you’ve gotten the tank how you want it, sit back and watch your creatures swim in peace and harmony!

    Release Date

    Fishlets is coming to Steam May 13th! There’s also a demo available so you can try before you buy.

    Aquarium Designer is another lovely aquarium-based game you should try.

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  • svgApr 25, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Pixadom is an upcoming cozy 2D pixel art social game. This cute game will be fully browser-based and takes inspiration from classic retro games like Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda, but also draws inspiration from the ever popular Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing. This community-driven game set in a colorful fantasy world will be full of fun activities to try out with your friends! 

    Explore the different areas of the Pixadom world and take in some pretty sights. Go shopping for new character customization items, as well as visit a cafe, hang out at a nightclub, and visit other shops. Play mini games with friends to socialize and have fun. Attend weekly events with your friends and make new friends through interacting. You can also battle monsters! The road map promises even more fun activities like fishing, gardening,  pets, quests, crafting, mounts, player housing, and boss fights. 

    Release Date

    Pixadom is currently in early development, but does release progress updates so you can follow along on their Youtube channel or website!

    Utopia No. 8 is an upcoming social MMORPG and so is Galactic Getaway!

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  • svgApr 17, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Neko Odyssey by developer SECRET CHARACTER is for the cat lovers out there. Set out on a casual adventure in this beautifully atmospheric pixel art game where you take pictures of cats. Upload each of your photos to your social media in order to earn likes from your followers. As your popularity increases, your followers will even share tips on where to find more cats! 

    It’s not as easy as pointing and shooting, though. Each cat in Neko Odyssey is different and may require you to establish a friendship first. That’s not all you get to do in this charming game, though. As you explore the town and find different cats, you’ll unravel a storyline full of mysteries about the town. The pictures you capture will help you unwind those mysteries as they contain necessary information about what’s going on! 

    Release Date

    Neko Odyssey is set to release on Steam sometime this year!

    Cat Cafe Manager is another cat-centric cozy game to try!

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  • svgApr 17, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Play as a rancher by day and a vampire by night in this upcoming new farming sim called Vampire Rancher by solo developer borispixel. In this charming new game, you must balance your life as a rancher and vampire. You require blood, which you can take from the town’s visitors, but you need to make them happy by restoring the town or they won’t come visit! That blood essence you get can be used to upgrade different skills like turning into a bat, resisting garlic, and being immune to sunlight. 

    Run your ranch and care for chickens, pigs, and cows in Vampire Rancher. Pet them, feed them, and generally tend to their well-being, and they’ll take care of you, too. You can also farm a variety of different crops, which you can use in recipes to attract visitors. But more importantly are your responsibilities to the town! It’s up to you to restore the town so you can have more tasty meals of blood, er, visitors! Plus, you can get to know a unique cast of neighbors who will task you with different quests. Or go explore the vampiric ruins to find rare resources. 

    This game promises a uniquely cozy experience with a vampiric twist!

    Release Date

    Vampire Rancher is currently listed on Steam, where you can add it to your Wishlist. There is no release date available, but remember the developer is solo! 

    For more vampire fun, check out Brocula, Voltaire: the Vegan Vampire, and Moonlight Peaks!

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  • svgMar 21, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Play as the fierce former Fae Queen in the cozy Final Profit: A Shop RPG by developer Brent Arnold. Your daughter felt your plans to save the realm from financial ruin were too radical so she exiled you. You merely wanted to beat the financial predators at their own game! Even the Fae Council thinks you don’t have a chance at taking down the Bureau of Business, but you’re determined to prove them wrong. Starting with nothing and certainly with no help from your kingdom, you set out to become Lord of Business by creating a successful business! 

    Final Profit offers a combatless experience where progression is tied to running your shop. Gather products and find customers to buy your wares in order to earn a profit. You can buy different buildings to add to your passive income, as well as invest in stocks. Spend your money on upgrades and paying off your debts. Automating your shop is even possible. Then, set out to explore an exciting world full of quests, minigames, and magic. Learn spells to help you in your adventures. Make decisions as you interact with people that will add to your Generosity or Ruthlessness stats, and affect how the story unfolds for you. 

    Will you save your people or will you reject your morals and become a ruthless agent of capitalism?

    Release Date

    Final Profit: A Shop RPG is available now on Steam!

    Wonder Wandelier is another fantastic shop management game!

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  • svgFeb 21, 2024Indie Highlight

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    In Grimshire (from developers Acute Owl Studio, who also made Bone’s Cafe, your town has been enveloped in chaos. You barely made it out of there safely, but you did and have found the quaint village of Grimshire. It’s an isolated little mountain town full of friendly residents who are happy to welcome you to your new home. You are given an old farm and you get to spend your days tending to your farm, restoring the house, and more. Your idyllic peace is in danger, though. The plague is coming, and you need to work together with the community to survive it. 

    The muted color palette of Grimshire really gives the feel of doom and gloom to this cozy game with a twist. Even the villagers are different, giving this game a great sense of uniqueness. The villagers, including your character, are anthropomorphized creatures. And the critters you can tame from the wild are fantastical looking creatures that will provide you with milk, eggs, and meat. Work hard to keep your root cellar stocked. Salt, pickle, can, dry, and smoke different foods to preserve them. Explore the valley and go fishing in the lakes, mine ore, and decorate your homestead. Befriend the villagers, 10 of whom you can romance. Help them gather resources and build up the town, or donate items for research to increase the odds of survival against the plague. 

    Not everyone will survive the plague. Will you?

    Release Date

    This adorable game isn’t set to release until all the way into 2025. You can currently add it to your Wishlist on Steam, though!

    REKA is another upcoming dark, but cozy game.

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  • svgFeb 7, 2024Reviews

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    It’s February already, and that means it’s Steam Next Fest time! I’ve written about past Next Fest demos that I fell in love with here and here. This time, I’m bringing you an even bigger list of cozy games because this Next Fest is packed full of great ones. From interior design games, farming sims, and creature collectors, to gardening and diorama makers, there’s so much to see this time around. So, without further ado, here’s a whopping 10 different Steam Next Fest demos you need to try this month!

    Make Room

    Make Room is a relaxing little diorama designer game. Use hundreds of different items to craft the perfect spaces in each environment. Set up a charming country kitchen, build a comfy reading nook, or design the coziest living room you can think of. You have total control over where items are placed, so you can make your interior design visions come true. 

    The icons in this game are SO small, but the item options and color choices are perfect for creating some great rooms. The sandbox mode is great for strictly creating on your terms. The objectives mode is easy and relaxed, even though you must build to certain specifications. And creating things on a smaller scale makes creating a lot less overwhelming.

    Critter Crops

    Critter Crops is a gorgeously designed game where you play as Sylvie. She’s a newfound witch who’s been run out of her town because of her abilities. As Sylvie, you arrive on Mutter Island where you discover you can grow magical Critter Crops. These special plants can help you restore the island to its former glory. When you’re not farming, explore the lovely little island you now call home, gather resources, mine, and get to know the people you come across.

    What a delightfully whimsical game! The art is very unique, and the crops are too. Raise creatures by growing crops that are very, very different from what you’re used to. The town and crops and creatures are all slightly spooky, which is perfect for the Halloween-loving player who dislikes actual scary things. The color palette and the music is super pleasing, too. Talk about a farm sim with a twist!

    Everholm

    In Everholm, you play as Lilly, a young woman looking for her lost sister, Melanie. While out searching, you come across a mysterious portal that beckons you to the cute and cozy little island of Everholm. Weirdly, everyone there seems to recognize you, too, like you’re an old friend. So, embark on an adventure full of mysteries, magic, and relationships as this sim game is all about learning new skills and living together in harmony with others. Farm, forage, fish, raise livestock, and more. 

    Here’s another beautiful game. This time, it’s a lovely pixel art style game with a great story behind it. I like that your character actually holds a conversation with the NPCs, too. You’re not just subjected to a one-sided monologue. Plus, the NPCs exhibit some really great personalities through their speech. It’s clear this game was lovingly made. 

    Furnish Master

    Furnish Master is a relaxing interior design game where you furnish apartments, houses, commercial estates, and outdoor spaces. Use intuitive controls to place each piece of furniture and decor how you like it. Painstakingly choose color schemes and materials for your furniture to match the theme of each room. Even resize items so they fit perfectly in a space. As you complete spaces, earn money so you can buy new properties to continue decorating. You can also engage in story mode where you can buy properties across a single city. Even take on some challenges and puzzles in story mode to unlock new items.

    Here’s another diorama-like interior design game, but this time has a far more complex system and more involved missions. Paint the walls to certain specifications, furnish a whole kitchen with specific items, and use your hard-earned money to decorate your own place or buy other properties. There was even a puzzle level in the story mode where you search a room for puzzle pieces and put it together. If the levels have that much variation, I think it’ll be a really fun game. Not to mention the furniture options are varied, there’s a pretty great placement mechanic that includes snapping, and the graphics are nice. This is great for folks who want a little more direction and a more involved interior design game. 

    Botany Manor 

    Botany Manor takes place at a stately home in 19th century England, and you play as Arabella Greene, a retired botanist who lives at the manor. Spend your days exploring the different rooms of your historically accurate manor. Get to know Arabella and her career as a woman in science through your explorations. Discover beautiful gardens and sprawling countryside vistas as you take in the relaxing nature around you. Take care of a variety of plants by finding their seeds and planting them in the appropriate environments. Inspect newspapers, letters, paintings, and more to get a better understanding of the needs of your plants. Care for them and help them flourish by meeting their exact needs, and watch as your efforts are rewarded!

    The visuals are just breathtaking in this game. They’re by no means highly realistic levels of art, but the designs of plants, the architecture, and the dynamic lighting work perfectly together to create such a charming environment. The manor grounds are to die for. I’d love to have my own home with a garden and orchard as beautiful as this one! Searching for clues on how best to grow the plants adds an element of fun beyond simple gardening. It gives you a reason to look around the manor, but also makes you feel like a researcher, which the character you play is! If you play nothing else on this list, play this game. It’s so worth it.

    Minami Lane

    Welcome to Minami Lane! This lovely little life sim lets you build your very own street where you can decorate and manage shops. Build homes to attract villagers to your street. Keep them happy by beautifying the area with decorations, shops, and attractions. Build ramen shops, boba cafes, bookstores, and more. Each shop has its own inventory and effects on the neighborhood. Play missions for a challenge or sandbox mode to focus on the creative side of building. 

    This was such an enjoyable experience. There are goals and missions to complete, but they weren’t super high-stakes or difficult to complete. The overall graphics are gorgeous and soft and adorable. I love the Japanese-inspired architecture and street design. It’s nostalgic for me, and brings a sense of comfort. Overall, this game is perfect if you want a city-builder with more than just creative building. 

    Lightyear Frontier

    Lightyear Frontier is the cozy farm sim set on an alien planet and uses mechs to farm! That’s right, you get to pilot your own fleet of mechs to get things done around the farm or go out exploring the gorgeous world around you. Build your new home and develop a flourishing farm by growing alien crops. Explore your surroundings and restore them by cleaning up pollution and clearing invasive weeds. Discover the secrets of the world, and do it all while playing solo or together with friends.

    What’s better than a farm sim? A farm sim with semi-realistic art where you pilot a mech suit to farm and explore, of course! This is seriously such a fun concept, and the different advanced tools you have access to make things even more fun. Vacuum up some water or seeds. Use your spikesaw to obliterate rocks and bushes. It’s a very modern sci-fi take on farm sims, and I love it! 

    Night Stones

    In Night Stones, you find yourself trapped in a dream in a world full of magic and a rich story. Upon waking, you find yourself still in this world and must discover the secrets of the world and find a way home. Explore the beautiful world of Mythica where you’ll encounter Night Stones. These stones will turn night into day, and vice versa, allowing you to meet new characters. Complete quests to gain new abilities that will help you to further your mission. There’s no combat in this game, but there are enemies you’ll need to outsmart to accomplish your goals!

    This was such a short demo, but I loved it. Movement is smooth. Controls are super easy. The art is cartoony, but lovely. Animations looked great, too. All of it comes together to present such a good demo that makes me excited for the full game!

    Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge

    Kamaeru is an adorable farm sim where you farm, raise frogs, and preserve nature. Transform the surrounding wetland into a hospitable home for your amphibian friends. Meanwhile, feed, breed, and care for a variety of frogs. In fact, there are over 500 frogs for you to collect! You’ll need to figure out how to attract new types of frogs, then breed them together to unlock rare colors and patterns. Take pictures of your cute pals, and decorate the refuge to make the coziest little from rescue! 

    I loved the watercolor-like art in this game, and a comfortable creature collector. Playing is calm and easy. The frogs are adorable, plus restoring the wetlands is a fulfilling objective. Decorations are adorable and fun to place. There is a tic-tac-toe mini game to breed frogs together that adds a fun element, and there are more minigames mentioned to be coming with the full version. This makes me excited for the full version because it ought to be packed with a lot of great things to do. 

    Summerhouse

    Summerhouse is a relaxing building game. That’s it! Build structures on a small scale to create cute neighborhoods. Set your neighborhoods near the sea, in the middle of the city, or nestled in the majestic mountains. There are no rules, no goals, and no objectives to this game. The focus is purely on creative building. So, kick-back and relax with some building!

    This one reminds me a lot of Townscaper. You just simply unleash your creativity and build, but instead of creating whole cities and villages, you’re creating houses, apartment buildings, or shops. The art is beautiful and relaxing, and so is the music. This is a great game if you’re looking to get creative without the constraints of missions or timers.

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