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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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  • svgMay 23, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Fishbowl, developed by imissmyfriends.studio, is a captivating slice-of-life game that delves into the coming-of-age tale of Alo. Step into Alo’s shoes over the span of a month as she embarks on a journey into the working world in a bustling new city. Every decision you make as you navigate your new position in life matters. At its core, the game is a heartwarming narrative centered around solitude, forging friendships, and grappling with loss; it’s an experience designed to be cozy and wholesome.

    Immerse yourself in a solitary yet interconnected existence by engaging in various activities. Work from home editing videos for a social media star by playing an engaging arcade-style matching game. As well as embrace the mundane routines of daily life, from scrubbing dishes to tending to your balcony garden. However, Fishbowl also presents a sentimental journey through Alo’s past. Explore your late grandmother’s possessions, solving puzzles along the way. Uncover childhood mementos that offer glimpses into your childhood. More importantly, stay connected with your circle of friends and family through heartfelt video calls. These interactions and conversations are especially important as they deepen the storyline! 

    Release Date

    Fishbowl currently has no release date. However, there is a demo on Steam. It’s also set to release on PlayStation!

    Coffee Talk 2 and Tavern Talk are both wonderful visual novels, too.

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  • svgMay 22, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Cat Life Simulator by Life Game Developers is an adorably realistic simulation game where you play as a cat! Explore the wide world around you as you interact with the environment. You’ll get to explore a vast open world  full of different areas to discover. From your cozy apartment to the busy city streets and local parks, you’ll find a variety of unique adventures. Plus, this game features realistic cat behavior so you can experience the world around you as a cat. Hunt, cause chaos, play with toys, or just wander around. 

    As you explore, you’ll learn new skills, too. Your cat is constantly evolving and learning new ways to hunt or be stealthy. Learn these skills by completing missions and achievements throughout Cat Life Simulator. These newly learned skills will help you in later missions, or will even just help you discover new aspects of the world around you. You can even create a cozy nest for yourself to call home. Create corners for play time and a comfy resting spot to lounge in between missions. Decorate your nest to suit your tastes, too, and have the perfect cat getaway! 

    Release Date

    Cat Life Simulator currently has no release date. It’s coming to Steam and PlayStation, though!

    Prefer to care for a virtual cat rather than be one? Try Catgotchi: Virtual Pet or LEGO Cat Island Adventure.

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  • svgMay 9, 2024Reviews

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    Whisker Waters is a cute fishing-focused RPG where you play as a cat in a world of other cats, bears, and birds. Explore a lovely world full of beautiful vistas as you take on some serious fishing expeditions. Learn how to master the art of fishing through a variety of mini games and tool upgrades. Gather quests from the folks who inhabit the towns, and build relationships with them. Even learn the distinct narratives each area you visit possesses! 

    Finally, a Fishing Focused Cozy Game

    I know there are tons of different fishing games out there, but none ever seemed to quite scratch that cozy, casual gaming experience itch. Many focus on just fishing, or the RPG games only use it as a side activity instead of the main activity. Whisker Waters ticks all of those boxes, though. Fishing is the name of the game, though you’re also exploring the world, getting to know other people (or animals, really), finishing quests, and solving mysteries. It’s the fully-involved type of game I’ve wanted. 

    I find the fishing aspect of this game quite interesting, too. As the Steam page says, fishing is easy to learn, but difficult to master. And that holds true. Casting your line into the water is as simple as a few clicks. You can aim where in the water you want the bobber to land, and how far away from the shore it lands. Then, when a fish is hooked on your line, simply line up the pointer with the green bar and keep it in the green bar to reel in your catch. Easy! It’s when the mini games start showing up where things get a little more complicated. There’s a whole host of different mini games you might encounter while fishing in order to get the fish. Untangle from the reeds, pull the fish out from the rocks, sudden whirlpools, and more. It’s a pretty engaging experience that can change depending on the fish you’re catching, which kept me on my toes. 

    There’s More to Love

    Start your adventure with a very lovely intro story scene that really sets the stage for this adventure. You also get to customize your very own cat character. In Whisker Waters, You can choose from several different fur colors and patterns, ear and eye shapes, and even the size of the fluff on your face. It’s possibly the cutest character creator I’ve come across. Plus, as you play the game you do come across accessories you can equip to your character to make it even more unique. 

    The environments are gorgeous, too. From the lush grass and greenery to the beautifully clear ponds, lakes, and rivers, it’s easy to get absorbed in your surroundings. Plus, there are some unusual creatures wandering around. And the fish are also well done. There’s a variety of them to be found across the different fishing spots in each area. They’re all unique looking from the surface, which helps with quick identification when trying to fish for specific types. 

    What I Had Problems With

    This truly is a lovely game that could benefit from some optimization efforts. I initially struggled playing because the camera moved so wildly and it triggered my motion sickness. I finally figured out it was because you can control the camera with the mouse, but the camera also moves on its own as you move your character. It really needs to be one or the other, and preferably mouse-controlled over movement-based. The camera also gets stuck on objects, or zooms into your back so close because of objects behind you that you can’t see what’s going on. Better camera operation would greatly improve the gaming experience. 

    I would like to see the quest system of Whisker Waters receive some reworking, too. They’re fine and interesting on their own, but once you’ve accepted them, good luck. You better have read and memorized exactly what to do and where to go, because the quest log does not give you hints on how to complete nor are there map markers for fetch quests. For the fishing quests where you have to catch certain fish, it’s fine, as your fishing log records what areas, types of water, and time of day the fish can be found. Otherwise, you just have to run around and hope for the best. 

    Final Thoughts

    I enjoy this game, truly. It’s adorable, playing as a cat is great, and the focus on fishing is refreshing. It does have some issues, but I’m confident the developers will remedy many of the problems players have brought up. In fact, they’ve already released a hotfix patch to address some of the easier issues. I look forward to what other fixes they have in store for Whisker Waters!

    I give it:

    You can find Whisker Waters on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation now!

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  • svgMar 27, 2024Indie Highlight

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    If you’ve been looking for a cute fishing-focused game, then let me introduce Whisker Waters by developer Underbite Games! This casual game blends fantasy with fishing elements to make an intriguing concept for players. Start by creating your very own cat character by choosing from a number of fur colors and accessories to make a cat that’s uniquely yours! Then, set out on a journey of whimsy and wonder as you explore different regions while mastering fishing. 

    Whisker Waters takes place in a beautifully designed world where you’ll experience a distinct narrative and adventure. Solve some mysteries and unravel some stories to get to know the place, as well as make some friends along the way. Cats, bears, and birds all live in harmony, and you can befriend them or help them out with tasks. They’ll even reward you with some cool gear! As for the fishing, this isn’t your usual simple fishing game. While it’s easy to play, it’ll take time to master the sport. Each fish has its own tricks to avoid capture. Plus, you will have to deal with some obstacles like a tangled line, whirlpools, and stuck fish. Each one requires prowess and thought to overcome, but offers a wholly rewarding experience once you learn! 

    Are you ready for your next great fishing adventure? 

    Release Date

    Whisker Waters is set to release on April 25th on Steam, Switch, and PlayStation!

    Captain Pawesome is another cat-centric fishing game. Plus, there’s Catch and Cook: Fishing Adventure and DREDGE for more fishing-centered fun.

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  • svgMar 21, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Set out on an exciting adventure in this whimsical exploration platformer Promenade! The Great Elevator has been broken, and its cogs are now scattered across the world. It’s up to you to explore the world and find those missing cogs. You’re not alone, though. Your trusty little poulp friend has many abilities that you’ll find useful in your journey.

    Promenade is a colorful and cute game that features a unique world full of puzzles, mysteries, and so much more. Encounter unique characters. Explore dungeons and defeat the bosses you find there. Use different items you find to your advantage, too. Nothing is off limits! 

    Inspired by classics like Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro, this game is sure to be entertaining. 

    Release Date

    You can find Promenade on Steam, Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation now!

    Re:Fresh is another cozy platformer you should check out!

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  • svgJan 25, 2024Snack Size News

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    House Builder is a first-person immersive sim where you become a one man construction crew who builds homes. Travel the world and through time to build different designs. Learn about new technologies as you progress. Use different techniques and tools as necessary to create a variety of beautiful homes across the world. Sometimes even demolishing things is necessary! 

    If you enjoy simulation games like Zoo Tycoon, where you have a hand in every aspect of things, House Builder is likely a great one for you. Take a hands-on approach as you process materials and use tools to build a mud hut in Africa, an igloo in the Arctic, a log cabin in Siberia, and many more. Each house consists of hundreds of elements you need to match to the design plans. As you progress through the game, and the ages, you’ll learn about different technologies that will help you build better homes. From materials, to structures, you’ll get the chance to use everything you learn. Use tools to craft the houses, and upgrade your skills to use better tools which will make building go faster. Build to your heart’s content with this beautiful sim.

    Limited only by your imagination and bank budget, what will you create?

    Release Date 

    House Builder is available now on Steam. There is also a VR version if you really want to immerse yourself! Plus, you can find this game on PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch

    I’m also excited for the upcoming Paralives game, where home building is available too!

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  • svgJan 10, 2024Reviews

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    The year is 1986 and you play as Meredith Weiss as she takes a step back from her busy tech career to deliver mail in her hometown. Lake follows Meredith as she returns to her lovely home town of Providence Oaks, Oregon, a sleepy lake-side town with just a few residents. You’re filling in for your dad for the next two weeks as you explore the town and get to know the residents. Some are friendly new faces, and some are familiar pals you grew up with. Deliver mail during the day, then spend your after work hours keeping to yourself or hanging out with friends. There are no wrong or right answers in this game, but they all shape your experience! 

    Gameplay

    I found Lake to be somewhat frustrating at first. You walk SO slowly, and there’s not a ton to do besides deliver mail and talk to people. Then I realized, that’s the point. In a world full of high adrenaline platformers and fighting games, this one forces you to slow down and enjoy the simple things in the world around you. There are no cell phones or modern computers to distract you. You deliver mail in a gorgeous town, build relationships with the townspeople, and just take in the scenery. Plus, driving around is fun, and the autopilot feature allows for some great sightseeing. 

    This is an ideal walking simulator, really. The mountains in the distance paired with the lovely wooded areas of town, and the idyllic small-town are so peaceful and perfect to just stroll through. The sun shining adds a relaxing atmosphere to the unhurried little town. Plus, there’s no timer or clock to compete with. Lake doesn’t have you on a schedule to deliver to each house by a certain time or within a certain limit. You can just get to it when you get to it, so take the scenic route around the lake! When you’ve finished your mail route and any side tasks you want to complete, you can return to the post office to end the day. Then, you’ll have the chance to hang out with friends or chill out at home. Rinse and repeat. 

    Graphics and Audio

    The graphics in the game aren’t top tier, mind-blowing by any means. However, the scenery is still beautiful. Providence Oaks is adorable, and driving through some of the tree-lined roads is highly cathartic. Lake’s homes and their yards border on perfection, which makes them a little too cookie-cutter, but they’re well designed. The character’s facial features seem a little plastic as only the eyes and mouth move, but they’re always well dressed. The clothing choices often scream ‘80s, which helps with setting the time period. Otherwise, there isn’t a ton that makes the game feel like it’s in the ‘80s besides some of the movie posters at the rental store. 

    As for the audio, Lake’s mail truck is equipped with a radio that plays country-pop songs. Thankfully, you can toggle the radio on and off, because the songs are far from my idea of enjoyable. They often were too loud for my tastes, too. I would have much preferred some ambient muzak or lo-fi jams, but these songs are fairly on-brand for the time. They felt overpowering, though. The music didn’t fade into the background and mix with the scenery to create the perfect relaxing experience. 

    Final Thoughts

    Overall, I really enjoyed Lake. It was relaxing and set in a gorgeous area. I know many people had issues with glitches early on, but I’m guessing they’ve been patched out by now as I had no issues. Engaging in a short story delivered through character interactions made it easy to learn who people were while getting some backstory on Meredith, too. Plus, no timer or clock lets me chill out and explore and get things done at my own pace. It really allowed me to just take in the scenery. 

    If you enjoy walking simulators with little to do gameplay-wise, and enjoy slower games, this is for you! 

    I give it:

    You can find Lake on Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation.

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