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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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  • svgMay 23, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Pixel Colony by Studio Gimbap is a game where you’re the governor of a new island, and it’s yours to build up and manage. To keep your citizens happy, you need to ensure their access to resources and services. Collect and gather the necessary items, like food and building supplies, for building your new society. Also provide services, luxuries, and medical supplies to keep your citizens healthy and happy. What will really make your new town successful is establishing production chains to make operations run smoothly. Resource processes will start simple, but as your city grows, you’ll need to upgrade to more complex production chains in order to produce new buildings, medicines, and foods on your tiny island. 

    Release Date

    You can find Pixel Colony on Steam now! There’s even a demo available.

    This game is similar in feel to dotAGe!

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  • svgMay 16, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Step into the darker side of cozy with Dystopika by Voids Within. This game is a sandbox city builder, but instead of the light and fluffy kind, it has a more somber atmosphere. Inspired by cyberpunk and wanderlust vibes of cities that never sleep, you’ll create exciting cityscapes. Place buildings and giant electric billboards. Use holograms and traffic lights to create your perfect dystopian metropolis. Much like the rest of the cozy city builders, this darker version features no goals, no time limits, and no pressure. So, if you’ve been looking for a game with more gloomy, shadowy vibes but no pressures, this one’s for you! 

    Release Date

    Dystopika is set to release on Steam sometime this year! You can play a demo now, and also add it to your Wishlist.

    Fabledom is a more wholesome city-building experience if you prefer that!

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  • svgMay 16, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Reus 2 by developer Abbey Games is the exciting and long-awaited sequel to the 2013 God game and colony sim, Reus. Become a God and utilize 6 powerful Giants to terraform the world. Create ecosystems for resources in order to enable the survival of humans. Your ultimate job is to shape humanity and determine which direction they should develop. Your choices matter in this game. Everything you do will decide the fate of humans, so choose wisely.

    You have 6 Giants at your disposal to do your bidding. Each of the Giants in Reus 2 is a master of a unique ability that will help you shape the world. Their abilities in plants, animals, and minerals will let you create unique biomes for your humans to settle into. As the game progresses, you’ll unlock new useful abilities for the Giants so you can further shape the world. In order to help the humans flourish, you need to create livable environments beyond just the plants and animals. Work to evolve their primitive societies into advanced civilizations and reach for the stars! Just make sure to meet their needs appropriately, or they will rebel, and rebellion can lead to the end of the world. 

    Release Date

    Reus 2 is set to release on Steam May 28th, 2024! You can go ahead and Wishlist it now, though. 

    As Far As the Eye is a beautiful and engaging colony sim you should also check out.

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  • svgMay 1, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Coffee Caravan by Broccoli Games promises an engaging coffee shop management experience. Become a barista in your very own tiny coffee shop on wheels. Immerse yourself in 3D, pastel-colored environments as you design your shop, brew up tasty coffee recipes, and serve your customers. Plus, explore the world through a road-trip type adventure, where no two journeys are the same! 

    Start the game in a small caravan where you hand-place your equipment to ensure the perfect set-up for you. You also get to choose your coffee recipes for the day in Coffee Caravan, which allows you to cater to your customer’s tastes! Use that money to buy new, more efficient appliances to make your business run smoother and faster. You can even buy decorations like trees, lampposts, flowers, and more to beautify your seating area. There are also different coffee recipes you can buy and experiment with to create the cozy coffee empire you always wanted! 

    Release Date

    The most exciting thing about Coffee Caravan now is that Broccoli Games announced that the game will release May 20th! That’s just a few weeks away. Then you get to experience the cozy wholesomeness of running your own tiny coffee shop. Until then, add the game to your Steam Wishlist and check out the demo, which has quite a few levels for you to play!

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  • svgApr 4, 2024Indie Highlight

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    There’s something so satisfying about playing restaurant management sims. Managing the decor, the employees, food options, and customer satisfaction without the real life clean-up is so much fun. But what if you had to deal with difficult workers and had to fend off disasters? Well, Recipe for Disaster lets you experience both! The game expertly captures the fast-paced, drama-filled environment of a professional kitchen. Build and decorate your dream restaurant, build your own menus with recipes you’ve created, manage staff, and satisfy customers! 

    Assemble your perfect restaurant using intuitive built-in tools. Design the layout and decorate with furniture and decor to create your ideal environment. From plants to lamps and lanterns, fun table designs and wall textures, you’re able to create whatever type of restaurant you want. Hire staff from a pool of people. Consider their traits and skill levels to gather a competent staff. You need to manage their mood and stamina levels to avoid breakdowns and poor work ethic. Recipe for Disaster also lets you assign each person to a specific task. They may or may not enjoy that task, so shuffling workers around may be necessary to find balance. Even use the recipe editor to freely create your own recipes, but remember that the customer is always right, so your recipes may need to be adjusted to suit their tastes or even allergies. 

    Release Date

    Recipe for Disaster is available now on Steam!

    This game reminds me of Restaurant Empire II in the management sim-type similarities. However, I think you should try out Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, too!

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  • svgApr 3, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Growing Up by developer Vile Monarch puts you in control of your life as you control every aspect of your childhood and on into parenthood. Choose your friends, learn what you want, and find that perfect someone to raise a family with. Customize your character with a wide range of clothing and hairstyles. And explore a unique game with rich storytelling full of choices for you to make! 

    Get lost in the nostalgic sceneries of the 1990s as you navigate life with friends and family in Growing Up. It was an era of rapid social change, plus saw the rise of pop culture, and you get to experience it all by visiting 30 different locations across your city. Visit the movies or listen to music at the local street shop. Learn and master over 200 different skills that can land you in some pretty incredible jobs like astronaut or video game company CEO. Build friendships, get into arguments, fall in love and start a family, and more. Each choice you make influences the narrative you unlock, making this a great game to replay to get different outcomes. 

    Where will your story take you?

    Release Date

    Growing Up is available now on Steam!

    Millenials is an immersive college life sim that lets you experience life as a dedicated college freshman.

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  • svgApr 3, 2024Indie Highlight

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    I’m taking it back a couple of years for this one because who doesn’t love a good tycoon game in the same vein as RollerCoaster Tycoon and such? This time, though, you run your own music festival! Festival Tycoon gives you the design and micro-management powers to create and run your dream music festival right from the comfort of your home. Plant flowers, fix toilets, book shows, and sign deals to grow your music show into a great success! 

    Use ‘create mode’ in Festival Tycoon to design your perfect festival grounds. Start from a modest backyard bash and grow into an international success. Pick from a variety of biomes to set up in, and place stages as well as food options and bathrooms to appease your guests. Set up a killer lineup from different music genres like folk, rock, and techno with your limited budget. And don’t forget the sponsors. They can help fund your dream festival, but they come with high demands you must meet. Plus, your customers need to be happy in order to have a successful show! 

    Will you build a globally successful festival?

    Release Date

    Festival Tycoon is available now on Steam and Epic!

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