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  • svgJun 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    For those who are unfamiliar with this adorable game, Gourdlets is a sandbox city builder. It has no goals, no missions, and no end game objectives. You’re simply the architect of the world, building for little creatures called Gourdlets. Don’t worry, though, they’re chill and will love anything you make for them. Build a village, town, city, or whatever! It’s up to you to decide how to lay out the buildings and water features. Include cafes, lighthouses, parks, and much more to create the perfect living spaces. 

    And now developer AuntyGames has announced a release window for the Steam version of the game! We can expect this lovely game some time this summer, and packed full of new features. Gourdlets now has our tiny little friends sleeping, doing laundry, making toast, and much more. Plus, there’s an idle mode where the game will sit at the bottom or side of your screen. Browse the internet or do work as your city creation does its thing in the background! There’s even a new demo available now on the Steam page for players to check out. 

    Release Date

    Again, Gourdlets is set to release on Steam at some point this summer. Plus, the demo is available on the Steam page for you to try. You can also find the game on itch.io! 

    Tiny Glade is another free-form building game that I recommend you check out!

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  • svgJun 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Camper Van: Make it Home explores a wholesome experience that proves that life can be simpler, while still being satisfying and beautiful. The point of this relaxing game is to set out on a journey of personal discovery while turning your cozy van into a cozier camper van. Build and decorate the interior of the van to suit your on-the-go life and decor tastes as you solve satisfying puzzles. 

    Interact with each piece of furniture in your van to learn all the possibilities each piece has to offer. Camper Van also has some fun puzzles for you to try out when organizing your items. It’s a small space, so finding a spot for everything will take some skill and a keen eye. Complete different missions to earn new decor and advance to new destinations. You’ll get to see snowy landscapes, beautiful beaches, and lush forests. Plus, you aren’t traveling alone. You have an adorable pet friend accompanying you, and yes, you can pet them! 

    Release Date

    Camper Van: Make It Home is coming to Steam at some point. You can add it to your Wishlist now, and even try out the demo!

    Cozy Space is another great home designing game, without the puzzles!

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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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  • svgMay 15, 2024Indie Highlight

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    In Urban Jungle, you decorate your tiny apartment to transform it from a lifeless concrete box into a warm and welcoming cozy home. Indie developer Kylyk Games has created a lovely relaxing game that’s perfect for the super casual gamer. It’s especially great for players who want to have a plant collection, but lack a green thumb! Take your time arranging and decorating your apartment with a variety of plants. There are no care requirements, either. You don’t have to worry about watering each plant or preventing nasty pests. Simply decorate the room and experience a simple story told through the environment of the room. There’s even a cat you can pet! 

    Release Date

    You can find Urban Jungle listed on Steam where you can add it to your Wishlist. There’s also a demo available, but no release date set other than some time this year!

    Plantabi is another great indoor gardening game.

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  • svgMay 9, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Monterona is a charming city building game by developer Slava Korolev. Similar in feel to games like Townscaper and Summerhouse, this game lets you build beautiful cityscapes while experiencing grandma’s stories. Unlock different buildings and decor as your progress through the game. And even explore different cities! 

    This is another one of those perfectly cozy games that has no goals and no pressure. You simply build winding streets, lush gardens, and tranquil canals to create a gorgeous city. Monterona features an uneven grid system so you have the freedom to build how and where you want. Unlock new buildings and objects to help further your creative ideas. And as you build and create, listen to stories about grandma’s hometown. You can even go visit other players’ creations and explore their cities by walking through the streets! 

    Release Date

    Monterona is coming to Steam at some point. There is no exact date listed. However, you can add it to your Wishlist now to keep an eye on it!

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  • svgMar 20, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Meowjiro is a charming combination of job sim, raising sim, and collection game. You work part-time in a convenience store. There, you need to work hard and complete a number of tasks in order to earn your paycheck. Stock shelves, prepare soft serve ice cream, heat up food, and run the cash register. You want to build your skills as a clerk and make a comfortable life for you and your cat, Meowjiro! 

    Your goal to become an all-can-do clerk in Meowjiro will take some work and planning. You need to juggle customer needs with basic duties. And when it’s super busy, you’ll need to learn how to prioritize and work quickly to satisfy all of your customers. Many of the tasks are completed through mini-games within the game. Like serving the soft serve ice cream! You must time the machine correctly to achieve the appropriate size for the order and turn it off once it has reached the size needed. As you work, you’ll earn a paycheck, which you can spend on food for Meowjiro. Once your furry friend has enough food, you can also buy furniture and decor for your home to make it cozy! 

    Release Date

    This adorable game is available now on Steam.

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  • svgMar 14, 2024Reviews

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    Spirittea is a cozy life sim all about helping out mischievous spirits. Developed by Cheesemaster Games, this relaxing sim is perfect for anyone looking to branch out from the usual farming sim. You play as yourself with some customization options, and you’ve just moved to a tiny town in what feels like the middle of nowhere. It’s generally a peaceful town, but the spirits have become restless and lost now that the townspeople have stopped worshiping them. It’s up to you to not only restore the bath house to give the spirits an outlet, but you’ll need to track them down and solve their problems, too!

    Overall, It’s an Enjoyable Game

    I’ve followed the development of Spirittea for a while, because as much as I love farming sims, having something different in the cozy game category is great. Plus, I love the idea of living in a rural Japanese-inspired town and running a bath house for spirits. It’s like my own personal Spirited Away without the consequences and bad guys. 

    The game starts with you meeting all of the townspeople, much like every other life sim out there. This time, though, you have Jan the dog to show you around. Speak to Jan and they’ll lead you to the villager, instead of aimlessly wandering around the town looking for people. It was an enjoyable way to force you to meet everyone and get a chance to see the town as you do it. 

    Being able to sleep at any time of day to advance the day by a few hours, or all night, is seriously one of Spirittea’s best assets. Sometimes you don’t want to open the bath house. Instead, you want to go fishing and catch some bugs, but you also want to do it at night. So, hop in your cozy bed and advance the clock! It was great when I was just done with the day and wanted to move on period. 

    Throw in the spirits with their different storylines and histories, and Wonyan being a sassy bit of comic relief, and it’s an intriguing game overall. Each of the spirits shows up in their own way, and requires some type of help that differs from the last. Plus, they look unique and have some great dialogue of their own. The character designs are done well, so everyone looks different from each other and easy to distinguish. The town is easy to navigate and explore, too. Everything together makes for a delightful experience. 

    There Are Some Cons, Though

    As much as I enjoy Spirittea, there are some problems with the game. I thankfully didn’t encounter any bugs or glitches, so I suppose these are more gripes than anything. However, there’s definite room for improvement in some aspects. 

    My biggest issue is the map. It sways. When you open it, instead of the landmarks, houses, and trees being stationary, the sway and bounce to the music. It was a motion-sickness dilemma that posed a problem throughout my whole play. Plus, trying to find someone in the apartment building can be difficult because the sprites stack on top of each other so it’s hard to distinguish who is who. And if you’re at the apartment trying to see if your target townsperson is there, your marker is huge and covers up a good portion of that stack. 

    I enjoyed Spirittea’s addition of mini-games, and that they were unique. There was no carbon copy with a slight difference. I initially picked the hardest song possible in karaoke and wondered why it was SO hard, until I realized my mistake. The controls for that mini-game are great, though. My problem was with the fishing mini-game. You move your thumbstick the opposite direction instead of in the direction of the circle you want to select. It’s not very intuitive, and it wasn’t very cozy to have to stop and struggle every time I fished. Worse was the drinking mini-game not telling you anything about how to play or what controls to use. You just have to figure it out. Good luck!

    Final Thoughts

    I would still recommend Spirittea to cozy gamers looking for something different than the usual farm sim. It really is a delightful game, despite some of the issues. The storyline is unique, the characters are fun, and the visuals are nice. I really enjoy running my own bath house, too. It was simple and easy, and just overall fun! 

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    You can find Spirittea on Steam, Switch, and Xbox!

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  • svgFeb 22, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Welcome to Minami Lane! This lovely little life sim by indie developers Doot and Blibloop is a short, but wholesome play. It lets you build your very own street where you can decorate and manage shops. Build cozy homes to attract villagers to your street. Choose from a number of different colors for the roof and walls to create the perfect look. Your villagers need more than just a comfortable place to live, though! 

    Keep the villagers of Minami Lane happy by meeting several of their needs. Beautify the neighborhood with decorations, shops, and attractions. Parks add a beautiful pop of natural color and provide the perfect spot to relax. Ramen shops serve up delicious steaming bowls of food. Boba shops give villagers tasty treats to boost their mood. There are other shops your villagers may want, too. Plus, 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. 

    Release Date

    Minami Lane releases in just 5 short days on Steam! Grab the demo now to prepare for the release on February 28th. 

    If you prefer a free-form building game with no objectives, try Tiny Glade!

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