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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 6, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Play as a down-on-his-luck duck detective on his latest and greatest case about a… salami? That’s right! This fully voice acted, goofy detective game is Duck Detective: The Secret Salami and you’re searching for answers about what happened. Use your skills to investigate potential crime scenes and interview a cast of quirky suspects. You need to learn the hidden secrets of each person you interview in order to accurately judge who’s involved and who isn’t. Judge everyone you encounter on first impressions and make deducktions about the case as you gather information. The results of this cozy mystery rely on you and your skills, after all! 

    Release Date

    You can find Duck Detective: The Secret Salami now on Steam, Switch, and Xbox!

    And if you haven’t, take a look at the next Detective Pikachu game!

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  • svgApr 24, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Ready to make sushi and friends? I sure am! Play as a state-of-the-at Sushi Bot in Rolling Hills: Make Sushi, Make Friends by developer Catch & Release, LLC. You have always dreamed of becoming a world-renowned chef, and you’re just in luck. The town of Rolling Hills is looking for someone to take over the local sushi shop. So, run your very own restaurant and become a sushi master!

    Help turn the lovely little hamlet of Rolling Hills into a popular food destination for tourists. Rolling Hills lets you build your recipe repertoire by collecting new recipes that suit the tastes of the townsfolk. Buy the freshest ingredients from the local store, and make the best sushi possible! Your restaurant duties don’t end there, though. You need to serve your tasty dishes to customers, and even decorate the place to make it inviting. You also get to build relationships with your neighbors by going out for coffee with them or helping them with their day-to-day tasks. Working together with your neighbors will turn Rolling Hills into a beautiful, thriving community!

    Release Date

    Rolling Hills: Make Sushi, Make Friends is coming to Steam and Xbox June 4th!

    If you enjoy cooking-centered games with RPG elements, take a look at Chef RPG, too!

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  • svgApr 22, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Tales of the Shire has been drip-feeding gamers teaser images and short videos via their Instagram since September of last year. From the snippets and absolute lack of information about the game, people have speculated that it would be a cozy game that takes place in the Shire with our favorite halfling people (obviously). Otherwise, there has been no real information on what the gameplay is going to be like, until now! Wētā Workshop has teamed up with Private Division to bring this lovely-looking game to life. If you’re unfamiliar with Wētā Workshop, they’re responsible for creating many of the memorable props, weapons, armor, and costumes for the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. 

    Now, they’re bringing us a cozy hobbit experience with Tales of the Shire! In this game, you get to live the life of a hobbit in the serene landscapes of the Shire. Start by creating your very own hobbit. Then, spend your idyllic days gardening, fishing, or cooking meals for fellow hobbit friends. Even forage for fruits and herbs or trade with locals. Explore the picturesque forests and lakes that surround your home. Plus, take advantage of the grid-less placement mechanic to decorate your very own hobbit hole! Place furniture and decor wherever you like to create your perfect home for you. 

    This is sure to be a great cozy game for those of you who loved The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and always wanted to experience the charming, relaxing life of the hobbits!

    Release Date

    Tales of the Shire is coming to Steam, Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S sometime this year!

    The art of the hobbits reminds me vaguely of Fae Farm, without the vibrancy!

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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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  • svgMar 20, 2024Snack Size News

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    I recently wrote a review for Spirittea, which is a lovely cozy game where you run a bath house for spirits instead of the usual farming that’s taken over the cozy genre. Overall, I enjoyed the game as the characters are fun and unique, the spirits add a sense of levity (especially your guide Wonyan), and the art is pretty. I’m really excited that there’s a new update for it called the” SpecQUACKular Update”! 

    This fun new “SpecQUACKular Update” adds a few fun new things, plus fixes a bunch of bugs! Spirittea now has ducks, which I’m sure you could guess from the name of the update. The ducks can swim around the baths in the bath house, eating the algae that forms. So, not only are they cute, but they’re helpful too! There’s also a new vendor who will roll into town every once in a while carrying new items to sell. Seasonal mechanics are now present in the bath house, too. Depending on the seasons, the baths will fill with algae (hence the ducks), ice over, or fill with fallen leaves. You need to keep the baths clean and employ the new bath heaters! Bruce has new animations, and the fishing pole has a reticle so it’s easier to see where you’ve thrown your line. 

    Bug Fixes

    Fixed error where items could be lost by placing them on shelves and tables

    Fixed issues with items disappearing within inventory

    Fixed issue where NPC’s would disappear behind the restaurant

    Fixed bug where NPC’s would become stuck on a path upon reload

    Fixed issue with Quill where on Saturday nights at the food stall he would ask if you want to stop hanging out with him

    Issue fixed with NPC’s appearing on the map at a certain location but them actually not being there

    Fixed issue where NPC’s couldn’t be found during tutorial quests whilst with Amelia if you had quit to main menu mid game

    Fixed multiple issues in Miko’s quest around the mysterious rabbit and cake

    Fixed issues with a softlock during Leigh’s quest if you spoke to the spirit behind the canvas

    Doubled ugligrass spawn rate

    Fixed issue with Clarence’s quest where the statues wouldn’t come back if you left the room

    Fixed issues with the boar where they could hit the player when they were passing into another room

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

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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 28, 2024Indie Highlight

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    Lightyear Frontier by developers FRAME BREAK and Amplifier Studios is a peaceful open-world farming sim set on a planet at the edge of the galaxy. Live a quiet life on this breathtaking planet as you settle into farming and exploring. So, hop into your customizable mech and see what this alien planet has to offer.

    Lightyear Frontier combines modern technology with classic farming. Customize your mech with fun paint choices and use a variety of tools to accomplish tasks. Need to plow some land and water seeds? There’s tools for that! You can also unlock new things through upgrades, making your mech more powerful. Raise a variety of fun crops and trade them for credits or materials to be used on building up your homestead. Explore the gorgeous planet to discover the planet’s past and gain lost knowledge. While out exploring, take time to nurture your relationship with nature by cleaning up the environment, removing invasive weeds, and replanting trees you harvested. 

    Play this lovely farming sim solo, or with up to three of your friends. Create your perfect homestead, and uncover everything your new home has to offer! 

    Release Date

    Lightyear Frontier is coming to Steam and Xbox March 19th!

    Check out Sugardew Island, another upcoming farming sim!

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