Deck the Halls with Awesomeness
Roguebook is a roguelite deck builder game that puts players into a world of strange creatures, mysterious abilities, and curious scenarios. With multi-faceted combat and exploration elements, paired with a slew of options on tackling both, Rougebook is an addictive adventure worth exploring.
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Purring ‘Til Your Heart’s Content
Cat Cafe Manager is an adorably chill and fun simulation game where it places you squarely in the whisker-filled faces of cute cats to befriend while managing a modest cafe. With plenty of mechanics to manage and a categorically loveable premise, I thoroughly enjoyed my time delving into its gameplay and joyous vibe.
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Lost, But Not Forgotten
Aztech Forgotten Gods is the latest game from the developers at Lienzo based in Mexico. Previously known for their award winning game, Mulaka, I was intrigued to see their new game creation. Unfortunately, despite a strong score and fantastic mythological inspirations, Aztec Forgotten Gods is a flawed game with uninteresting combat and flat story.
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Echo Generation is a voxel-style turn-based RPG where a pair of siblings investigate supernatural events, sketchy adults, and alien creatures – all within a small town (think Stranger Things meets Earthbound). Though there are some pacing issues to progress the story, the active turn-based combat and beautiful visuals manages to create a fun experience.
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Garden Story is a wholesome adventure where a grape called Concord, begrudgingly takes on the role as the Guardian of the Grove to protect the residents and defend from the mysterious rot. The pixelated aesthetic, along with its moving story and score, gives a very cozy and enjoyable 12-15 hour venture.
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A Great Bridge Worth Crossing
When I first heard that an animation studio was shifting gears to create a video game, I really didn’t know what to expect. Would it be only cutscenes? Would there be bad mechanics? Would it just be riddled with performance issues? Luckily, Ember Lab quelled all the possible discourse with an intriguing and captivating game called Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
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PAX West 2021 was its own adventure full of fun new games, exciting demos, and wonderful memories from Seattle. Among the dozens of games I previewed during the event, I was happily surprised about a totally unknown-to-me game that flew right under the radar.
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PAX West 2021 brought people from around the world to Seattle in celebration of games, community, and fandom. As my first PAX West, it was an absolute delight to be in a safe space full of care and love. Over the four days, I was able to play and see dozens of games and below are six of the super-fantastic ones that have me wanting more.
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Nowhere Prophet, developed by Sharkbomb Studios and published by No More Robots, is a challenging card-based roughelite strategy game where surviving and escaping an Indian-inspired wasteland is paramount for success.
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Tender: Creature Comforts, by Kenny Sun, is a narrative-driven game where you are swiping left and right for potential relationships within this new app that you downloaded. As a newcomer to this planet, you’re hoping to build relationships, where you can decide how you want to approach the app, and eventually go on various dates to see if anything will progress.
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