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  • svgJun 20, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Times & Galaxy is a vibrant and quirky interplanetary adventure game developed by CopyChaser Games. You play as the brand new intern at the Dorp system’s favorite regional holopaper, Times & Galaxy. You’re even the very first robot reporter to write for a newspaper, too, so don’t waste this opportunity to become something incredible! Take on different assignments, journey to other planets, interview witnesses, and construct engaging, informative articles. If you work hard, you might be able to prove you belong on the staff full time. 

    During any given cycle, you have the choice between a few different assignments, all with their own intrigue. Cover a mysterious shuttle crash, let the world know about the intersolar cat show, or even attend a ghost funeral. Choose your assignment, then set off to a new planet to take in the scene. Interview sources. Investigate the scene and dig up clues as to what happened. Then, use the information you gathered to write your story using the Build-a-Story™ tool. Your tone and the quality of the article matter for your success, as does your ability to gather all of the relevant information. Were you a diligent reporter bot, or did you slack on gathering clues? 

    Of course, Times & Galaxy isn’t all about interviews, gathering clues, and publishing articles. Your fellow staff all live and work on the Scanner, the spacebound newsroom. Then, between assignments, you can explore your workplace and get to know your fellow crew members. There are over 20 colorful and unique employees for you to get to know, including writers, photographers, pilots, and more. Encounter aliens of all kinds right in your newsroom as your fellow employees hail from all corners of the galaxy, and also possesses their own personality and stories for you to get to know. 

    So, take off on an exciting interplanetary adventure full of fun characters and use your investigative abilities to dig up the best and juiciest information for stories. Your future as a reporter depends on it! 

    Release Date

    Times & Galaxy is finally releasing everywhere, too! June 21st you’ll be able to pick up a copy of this excellent game on Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

    If you want more newspaper fun, try News Tower!

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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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  • svgJun 14, 2024Feature

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    Thank you to Prideful Sloth and CULT Games for this early access copy!

    Go-Go Town is an adorable city builder and management game where you’re the mayor. Your job is to plan, build, and prosper! Rise through the ranks as you surpass other towns as a prime tourist spot. Turn the rundown town from not to hot by cleaning it up and building things people want to see. Food stalls, knick knack shops, and beautiful parks all make for a fun experience for visitors. There’s a little more to it than just building things people want to see, though. Being mayor isn’t easy! 

    What’s New

    The first time I was given the chance to play Go-Go Town, it was a simple and limited playtest that barely scratched the surface of the game. This time, there’s so many new features and cool additions to the game that it’s like playing a whole new thing! There are new areas to explore, upgrades and progression that didn’t exist, plus fun cosmetics. 

    You now start the game with a humorous and easy tutorial that walks you through how to play while setting up a simple story behind why you’re suddenly a mayor. You can access the information via your in-game phone at any time, too. Then, you’re set off on your own to explore town and do almost anything you want. You are limited in what you can build until you unlock more things. However, you can build something and move it any number of times you want with ease. So it’s easy to redesign if you change your mind! 

    As the mayor in Go-Go Town, your prime objective is to restore the town. To do that, you’ll build interesting attractions to lure in visitors. To do that, you’ll need construction materials! Go mine some stone to turn into bricks, and cut down trees to turn into planks. Eventually, you can automate those jobs by hiring some of your new inhabitants. As you progress further through the game, you’ll be able to automate just about everything from farming and fishing, to courier services and trash pick up. In order to progress, you earn EGO points you can use to unlock more options. You’ll get the chance to have town decorations, upgrades to farming, fishing, mining, and forestry, as well as new home types, shops, and more! Progression is easy, but still satisfying. 

    What Else Is New

    Your handy in-game phone now has several apps to help you manage your town, too. The tourist tracker lets you know if any of the visitors are unhappy so you can fix the problem. The calendar shows you what time trains arrive, but also lets you schedule your leaderboard challenges. These challenges can be scheduled once you’ve bought every EGOTech currently available, and completing a challenge increases your town rank, unlocking more EGOTech to buy. Challenges are pretty easy to complete, and can be rescheduled with no negative outcomes should you fail. My first challenge needed me to earn 100 coins (which will happen through your shops), build some shops, and build a few lamp posts. The leaderboard app shows you how your town ranks amongst other towns. Keeping an eye on your apps will help you learn how to progress, but also lets you see how far you’ve come! 

    The potential new residents that show up in Go-Go Town now require you to meet some demands before they’ll accept an invite to move in. That means you’ll need to pay a fee, build something specific, or even just give them a high five! You can then assign them to a specific home and give them a job. Hiring residents will help you automate the town and take some tasks off your plate. If you’re getting overwhelmed, though, you can close the train station to visitors. This lets you restock shops, redesign and redecorate, build, clean up the trash and spills left behind, or even explore the new areas and biomes in peace! Of course, you won’t earn any money, but that’s an easy trade-off for momentary peace. 

    While you’re designing the town, don’t forget to give yourself a redesign! Visit the little kiosk next to the train station to change your hair, facial features, and clothes. As you find loot throughout the world, they’ll be sent to this kiosk. So, you can change clothes and add fun accessories like heart-shaped glasses. There are even a variety of hats to choose from, plus different baskets to carry your stuff in. 

    Overall

    Go-Go Town is such a great game. It’s exactly as chill as you need it to be since you can close the train station, but even then, it’s not an overly demanding or hectic game. The art is lovely. The music is perfect and not overwhelming. Being able to decorate and manage a town makes for a cool concept, but with the addition of the progression tiers, it’s a super engaging game. There are an almost endless list of possibilities for your little town, too! 

    There is a new demo available for the current Steam Next Fest, too. Even more exciting is Early Access drops on Steam June 18th! That’s just next week. So, if you haven’t already, add the game to your Steam Wishlist to be notified when it’s live.

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  • svgJun 12, 2024Feature

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    Thank you to Pixeduo Studios and Crytivo for the copy!

    The solo developer at Pixeduo Studios describe To Pixelia as the “ultimate” life sim. It is an extremely robust entry into the life sim genre, too. The game starts as you arrive in the city of Pixelia. You’ve traded your life in some unknown town for the hustle and bustle of the city. Create your story on your own terms through carefully crafting your character. Choose hairstyle and color, clothing to wear, and even personality traits that will play a role in the game. 

    You need to care for your character’s needs through food and drinks, using the toilet, bathing regularly, sleeping, and even entertaining them through different activities. Buy or rent property and decorate it how you like. Start your To Pixelia life with a basic job and work your way up the ladder towards your dream career. Engage in different hobbies for fun, and drive around on a fun motorcycle or in a cool car. Cook meals, fight your rivals, and so much more! 

    The Ultimate Life Sim

    The open-world nature of the game makes for a fun time exploring. You aren’t limited to just a few areas, but instead have a wide, open city. Fill in your map by visiting each of the available shops and businesses and see what all there is to do. Grab wallpaper and floor tiles to redecorate with, buy groceries from the market, cheese store, and butcher, and even buy a motorcycle or car to make getting around easier. There’s a gym, music store, recording studio, florist, basketball courts, library, academy, internet cafe, casino, and SO many more places. It’s easy to get lost without using the map, but it’s so hard to get bored in a place like Pixelia. 

    And like many life sims, you do need to care for your character’s needs, or they’ll refuse to accomplish anything. Grab slices of pizza from the pizza cart, or perhaps a steak dinner from the restaurant would satisfy you more. Of course, To Pixelia gives you the option to buy ingredients and make different recipes too. Not only do you get a satisfying homemade meal, but you get to increase your cooking skills too! Make sure you bathe regularly, too, and entertain your character with dancing or other leisure activities. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? 

    What to Do For Fun

    As for the fun stuff, you can visit the casino to play some games. Perhaps you’ll win some money, or perhaps you’ll run into a streak of bad luck and lose some money. Visit the nightclub in the unsavory portion of town to engage in some dancing fun. Maybe even head over to the shops and pick up some stuff to grow your own plants in your apartment. Walk around the city talking to everyone you meet to build friendships and even get close to someone in preparation for when marriage is added to the game. There’s even pets you can get so you have that fluffy companion to come home to every day. Or take a reckless drive around town on your hot new motorcycle, unless you prefer a sleek car instead. Both are available for purchase. 

    Careers

    Not only are there a great many different features in To Pixelia, each of those features is incredibly in-depth. The jobs and careers portion is probably my favorite of any game. Start by visiting the Job Office to apply for a starter job. There is only one to begin with, waiting tables, but there are a couple more options later on. Starter jobs don’t require any specific skills, so are perfect for just earning income to pay bills. The best part is the jobs don’t take place off-screen or in a cutscene. You actually do them! To wait tables, you wait for orders, relay them to the chef, then deliver the orders to each person. The cleaning job at the hotel entails walking up to each dirty spot and sweeping or wiping it up. The experience is far more engaging and rewarding than having it happen off screen! 

    However, you won’t be stuck waiting tables or cleaning the hotel forever. You also get to choose a dream career to work towards. Choose to become a business guru, renowned artist, rockstar, elite fighter, basketball star, bestselling author, supermodel, family person, the president, or even a criminal mastermind. As you live your life balancing work and leisure, you can also take time to fulfill tasks that level up your dream career path. For example, I chose the bestselling author path, and I can spend time reading books on writing and practicing writing in order to hone my craft. Practice makes perfect after all!

    Home Design 

    You start out with a super dingy, fairly small apartment, but it’s not your forever home. In fact, To Pixelia has several different apartment options for you to rent or buy. And you can decorate each one! Grab some fun wallpaper and floor tiles to match to give the place a makeover. Add some necessary furniture to meet your character’s needs. Then, throw in some accessories to make the place feel more like home. Rugs will brighten up a room or help give it some depth. Outfit the kitchen with an oven and fridge so you can get down to business cooking, but don’t forget the microwave for easy reheating! Even make room for a computer and hobby items like a guitar or keyboard. Get creative with your decorating to turn your apartment from a place to simply live into a place to enjoy.

    You can find To Pixelia listed on Steam now! Go ahead and Wishlist the game so you get notified when it releases. Which, it’s set to release later this year!

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  • svgJun 7, 2024Feature

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    Little Sim World is an adorable upcoming cozy sim that has been in development for several years now. Taking place in the center of London, this little life sim is more than just a game where you care for a person, but it’s an opportunity to shape that person and influence their story! Move into your rustic little home in the heart of London and take time to explore, work, collect items, decorate, and so much more. This game is packed full of all the sim features you could possibly want to create an exciting and engaging experience. 

    Kickstarter Now Live

    Now you have a chance to help Little Sim World by supporting their Kickstarter, which just launched today June 7th! There are an immeasurable number of games out there, but this one deserves the support from interested gamers so it can deliver all of the content that’s been promised. And the developer Blue Gravity Studios has already done some incredible work delivering on promised content so far! 

    Start your new sim life by fully customizing your character with hair types, hair colors, clothing, and personality traits. Start your new life by moving into a rustic, cozy home, but visit the local DIY shop to buy stuff for house upgrades. Also explore a bustling piece of the city where you’ll find shops, NPCs, and even vehicle traffic. Stop in the gym to get your sweat on, or run around collecting coins to donate to the museum. There’s even fishing to be done in Little Sim World. Visit the quaint Grosvenor Canal to catch all kinds of fish. Or go chill at the library to read and learn something new. Perhaps even fall in love? The opportunities are nearly endless.

    Every day isn’t all fun and games, though! You must manage your character’s needs for food, water, hygiene, even entertainment and comfort. Plus, a job is necessary to obtain funds for your decorating endeavors and expenses. So you must learn to balance everything well in order to achieve success, but this offers a truly excellent life sim experience. Never mind that the game’s visuals are absolutely charming and adorable. Throw in the dynamic weather and different seasonal changes, Little Sim World has a lot to offer and is well-worth backing on Kickstarter! 

    Release Date

    Again, the Kickstarter for this great sim game launches June 5th. There’s also a Steam page that lists the release date for the game later this year! 

    Kickstarter is Now Live!

    You can help developers unlock even more features by supporting their Kickstarter right here.

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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 5, 2024Indie Highlight

    Farmwand is the absolutely charming indie game by developer Irreverent Software that nails the nostalgic storybook feel. It’s a farm sim at its heart, but has some magic sprinkled in. Explore a world inspired by classic fairytales as you get to know the locals, brew potions, discover magical creatures, and more. The world is ripe with a deep lore for you to uncover while you get to know the townspeople or spend leisurely days on your farm!

    You play as a fresh graduate of the Wizarding Academy. You’re finally ready to face the world and start your own life. Settle on a lovely plot of land where you can start your very own farm where you can grow dozens of crops, raise chickens and cows, and plant some beautiful flowers. But simple farming isn’t all there is to the game. You can fully customize your character and your home. Utilize spells and potions throughout your adventure to help you solve puzzles or even help (or annoy) the townspeople. They’ll also come in handy to defeat enemies out in the world! 

    Of course, you’ll have a chance for a more chill experience with talking to the townsfolk and building relationships. There are creatures and characters, non-magical and magical, to interact with. Some of them might even catch your fancy and make the perfect partner! Collect various resources across Farmwand to use in your crafting recipes. And don’t forget about the pets. You can befriend cute critters and magical creatures who will need your love and care. Dress them up in adorable outfits, and just show them your love through pets and hugs. They love it! 

    Demo Now Available

    The two person team over at Irreverent Software have been hard at work building this beautiful game. They’ve just released a demo that lets you take a look at the character customization options. I’ve been following the development of this game for some time now and I’m so excited to have the chance to see even just a touch of what’s to come. And this demo is adorable! 

    While a simple and short demo, this is a great look at how you’ll start Farmwand. You’re greeted by Augustus Mysticus Turnip, who interviews you about your character. You’ll choose important things like your name, age, and preferred pronouns. You’ll also choose things that I assume will affect how your game plays or what your character is like. For example, you get to choose which academy you graduated from and each one seems to have a specialty. 

    Plus, your major will likely affect what skills you’re good at in game. You also get to pick some background information, how you prefer to play the game (chill, challenge, or what I assume is the middle road), and whether you’re ok with insects or not. My guess is that the last choice will determine if you see insects in your gameplay or not, which is cool! My favorite choice to make, though, is your house. There are 4 different adorable options and I love them all. And of course you get to design your character by picking skin color, facial features, body shape, hair style and color, and clothing. 

    I won’t spoil everything about the demo because you should go grab it! It’s free on Steam, where you can also Wishlist the game. 

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  • svgJun 3, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is perhaps the pinnacle of cozy productivity programs. Not only can you create to-do lists to keep track of your busy schedule, but you can use the journal option to just let things off your chest. There’s even a Pomodoro timer built into the game. If you’re unfamiliar with the Pomodoro timer, it’s a technique that breaks your work down into manageable intervals that are separated by breaks. This allows you to be productive while also ensuring you take appropriate breaks for stretching, food, and water! 

    What makes Spirit City: Lofi Sessions so much more than just a simple productivity tool are all the added extras. You get to customize your own character using a variety of hairstyles and colors, clothing options, and even accessories. Plus, you get to decorate your room! Choose from fun paint colors or wallpapers, flooring options, and fun furniture options to create the perfect cozy room.

    Hop between activities, change the time of day, and pick one of several background noise options like chirping birds of gentle rain. You’re not alone in your comfy room, though. You’re accompanied by an adorable spirit companion named Lenny, and as you earn experience points to level up, you’ll unlock new companions who each come with a number of different colorways to unlock. You just have to follow the hints to find them! 

    The Update

    The developers at Monocube Games recently released an excellent update to Spirit city: Lofi Sessions, too. They have added three new spirit companions for you to discover, bringing the total up to 18! And of course they each come with different color options. Plus, you can now customize your character with bunny ears and a variety of adorable tank tops to reflect those summer vibes.

    There are now 7 different bubble tea drinks you can decorate your desk with, too. Half walls can have a different paint color or wallpaper than the rest of the walls now, so you can further customize your room. Perhaps the most exciting part is the addition of rotational playlists, though! These playlists will change periodically. Currently, there is a limited-time playlist perfect for Spring, which is great if you need some background music to get that spring-cleaning done. 

    Where You Can Find It + Giveaway

    Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is listed on Steam, and is actually on sale until June 6th! Of course, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist to save it for later, but now is a great time to grab it. You can also try your hand at grabbing a copy for free by going over to my Twitter page and entering the giveaway!

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