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  • svgNov 16, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Relax and Build

    City building games certainly aren’t a new concept. We’ve even covered a few of them, like The Colonists, where you control a fleet of robots who do your bidding. Harvest resources, refine them, and use them to build your city. There’s also Before We Leave, which has you rebuilding settlements on the surface of the earth and eventually colonizing space. You’ll have to manage your resources, build, and harvest crops. SimCity is also a popular one where players have to make certain decisions to keep their citizens happy while building up the city. Gourdlets stands slightly apart from the rest.

    Gourdlets is a cute city builder by developer AuntyGames promises to be even more relaxing. There are no tasks to complete, no resources to gather or refine, and no citizen requests to meet. It’s simply a delightful little sandbox city builder perfect for those who want the creativity of a city builder without the pressure of tasks and requirements.

    You start the game with a railroad, a small piece of land, and a bench. It’s up to you to grow the land and make it the city you want to see. You can lay down several types of terrain, like grass, sand, dirt, and snow. There are trees, flowerbeds, and even fences to use for decoration. And of course, there are a few different homes you can place. Design and build the wonderland of your dreams in this charming pastel sandbox, and watch as the Gourdlets move in and live their little lives. What will you create?

    Available Now

    Gourdlets is available now to play for free on itch.io. It is also coming to Steam, but currently has no release date available. You can add it to your wishlist, though. You can also follow the developer, AuntyGames, on Twitter for updates, or read the comments on itch.io for information on updates, as AuntyGames is active there too.

    For another city builder, check out Biz Builder Delux!

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  • svgSep 29, 2019News

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    Coffee Talk is a narrative game currently in development and production by Toge Productions. You may know Toge for games like She and the Light Bearer or Magicat.

    Although seemingly dark, we find Coffee Talk to be a warm and relaxing story of everyday problems through the lens of magic.

    About Coffee Talk

    Set in an alternate version of Seattle, Washington, you will be a barista serving fantastical patrons. As rain fills the night outside, you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of orcs, elves, mermaids, and more. You will participate in dialogue with customers while also trying to perfect whatever drink they order.

    Unlike other narrative-based games, the storylines and decisions will branch not from your dialogue options but from “how you treat and serve the customers of your café.”

    A dark and earthy color scheme meets with a ‘90s anime-inspired art style that is both beautiful and calming. On top of that, the music is a jazzy assortment of lo-fi. Toge calls the game “an experience to make you think, feel, and help rest your body and soul.”

    Game Features:

    • Fantasy Characters: Although the problems are familiar, the characters are anything but. Meet mermaids, orcs, elves, and other yet-to-be-disclosed fantasy races.
    • Unique Outcomes: The way you treat characters while serving them will change the decisions they make.
    • Chill Aesthetics: Along with the look of the game, you will have a selection of chillhop music to help set the scene.

    Here’s the teaser trailer

    Coffee Talk is slated for a PC and Mac release “sometime after midnight” this year. A playable demo is available on Steam, itch.io, or directly from Toge Productions’ website. You can follow updates for the game on Twitter.

    Need a relaxing game while you wait? We recommend Unpacking. Want more visual novel games? We’ve got that, too, with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and What Remains of Edith Finch.

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  • svgSep 27, 2019News

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    Calico: Magical Girls Running Cat Café is a relaxing simulation game created by CatBean Games. It has a release date window of the year 2020 for Steam, PC and Mac, with the hopes that it will eventually be on consoles (PS4, Switch and Xbox One).

    About Calico

    This project started with a love for magical girls, cats, and a want to create a game that’s light, pink, cute, fluffy, and feminine. It also incorporates everything that’s enjoyable from a simulation game like Animal Crossing (furniture, decorations) but the animals will not leave/die, the shop will never close and the crops will not rot.

    The objective of the game is to make the town’s cat café active and full of cuddly creatures again such as cats, deer, raccoons, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes and more! All animals can be befriended, petted, and played with! You can customize your café as mentioned above and you can also add pastries in your displays to sell. There will also be a drinks menu. Did I mention you can also ride the cats? Giant cats!

    Two players to choose from; Heartgirl and Flowergirl

    Key Features

    • Explore the village to find cats and other animals, including raccoons, deer, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes, and many, many more cuties!
    • Interact with cats and other animals by petting and playing, all animals are interactive!
    • Run your café by filling it with animals, furniture and yummy café eats!
    • Use magic potions to change your animals and environment
    • Get involved in a town community of magical girls, witches and other townspeople who you can help and befriend!

    If you’re as excited as I am to play yet another magical cat game, go to their website here and help spread the news! For more cat games, go here for Cat Quest II and here for Snacko.

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  • svgAug 6, 2019News

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    Sayri Adventure is developed by Vidloonnya Reborn, a game development company located mainly in Ukraine. This game is about meeting new friends on another planet and using their unique abilities to help you find a new home. The creators, a team of 6 people, say they were specifically “inspired by masterpieces such as Journey, ABZU, Ico, and Fe”. Thus, they created this beautiful world to explore. Sayri Adventure will be releasing in 2019 for consoles and PC.

    Due to disastrous events, Sayri and the other inhabitants of its planet must escape and leave their home-world using ships built by their ancestors. Sayri’s capsule has now landed on an unknown planet, left alone and lost without any family. Nevertheless, Sayri survived and not without hope!

    Sayri landing on an unknown planet

    Sayri is a cute alien with telepathic abilities which allows you to physically affect the environment. Interact with friendly NPC characters, all with different behaviors and personalities. As a result, you get to embark on an emotional experience by forming relationships with these creatures. Bring up to four companions with you at a time and use their combined skills to solve puzzles.

    Sayri and companions

    Key Features

    • Friendship and cooperation
    • Adventure and exploration in a magical vibrant immersive world
    • Relaxing gameplay without violence
    • Puzzle-solving with unique obstacles
    • A heart-warming and emotional story

    Learn more about this visually-stunning game on the official website here. For another heartfelt game about friendship and love, check out our article about Ghost Giant here.

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  • svgMay 16, 2019News

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    Last year, you may remember us announcing a 3D animated series based on the heartwarming adventure game of Rakuen.

    Rakuen is a beautiful adventure game that features a hospitalised boy, who travels to the fantasy world of Rakuen with his mother. Upon its release, Rakuen was a firm favorite here at MPG, despite flying under the radar a little at first. Since then, however, the game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam, earned a rating of 9.5/10 on Polygon, and received a Metascore of 84/100 by Metacritic. Priced at £6.99/USD$9.99, the game offers very good value for money.

    Rakuen

    On August 10th 2018, Laura Shigihara (the developer and publisher of Rakuen), posted a surprising and exciting trailer to her channel, announcing the future release of a 3D animated Rakuen series, entitled The Farmer in the Sky.

    The cute trailer gave us a sneak-peak of what to expect in the animated series, which is set in the whimsical world of Rakuen. Since the trailer’s release, The Farmer in the Sky has been in development by Laura Shigihara and animator Slamacow.

    However, fans of Rakuen will be pleased to know that the wait is over, as the first episode of the series, (entitled ‘Too Many Minimoris’) was posted on the YouTube channel of Morizora Studios three days ago on the 13th May. The Rakuen Steam page has confirmed that there will be more future episodes, and therefore to subscribe to the channel.

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  • svgApr 2, 2019News

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    The start of a brand new month means multiple free games for those subscribed to various online services. Amazon and Twitch Prime Members have a great lineup for April 2019, including two fun games: Joggernauts and Inner Space!

    Joggernauts

    In this 1-4 player cooperative game, you coordinate a team of adorable cartoon characters who are stuck on auto-run. Discover various platforming puzzles and help the Joggernauts find all of C.O.A.C.H.’s missing trophies!

    For more information about Joggernauts, check out one of our other articles featuring the game and other family-friendly favorites:

    http://www.mypotatogames.com/5-family-friendly-games-recently-released-on-steam/

    Inner Space

    Inner Space is a relaxing, beautiful exploration game. Soar through skies and dive into deep oceans in search of the ancient gods of the Inverse.

    For the month of April, all Amazon and Twitch Prime members can grab their free copies: Here!

    Don’t have Twitch or Amazon Prime? No problem, both of these games are available for purchase on PC and console. Happy Gaming!

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  • svgAug 14, 2018News

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    [dropcap]R[/dropcap]akuen is a beautiful adventure game that features a hospitalised boy, who travels to the fantasy world of Rakuen with his mother. Upon its release on 10th May of last year, Rakuen was a firm favorite here at MPG, despite flying under the radar a little. Since then, however, it has obtained a well-deserved overwhelmingly positive review score on Steam, and captured the hearts of many. ????

    As an indie game, it was assumed that Rakuen would be something of a one-hit-wonder. However, Laura Shigihara (the developer and publisher of Rakuen), recently posted an exciting trailer to her channel. Entitled ‘The Farmer in the Sky – Trailer (Rakuen 3D animated series)’, the cute trailer gives us a sneak-peak of an upcoming 3D animated series, which is set in the whimsical world of Rakuen. The Farmer in the Sky is currently in development by Laura Shigihara and animator Slamacow. The series has its own YouTube channel, which will provide more details about its launch in due course.

    To celebrate the exciting news of an imminent animated series for Rakuen, the game is currently 40% off on Steam!

     

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