If this can avoid being sued into the Gamma Quadrant by Paramount/CBS, it could be the Star Trek: Bridge Crew for the new decade. Starship Simulator is promising a fully simulated “Magellan Class deep space exploration vessel,” yours to explore and poke around at your leisure, and then fly around what they claim will be a “scientifically accurate Milky Way.” It sounds bloody marvellous, if they can pull it off. There’s a demo if you want to check how it’s shaping up.
While the title might sound like the nicest possible thing I can imagine right now, the game itself is made of heavier stuff. This is a collection of short stories on the subject of men and their relationship with mental health. Which is up there with the most important discussions we need to be having. The beautiful monochrome line art could be just the right medium from which to broach the topic, so long as it’s handled with deft care, and hopefully consultancy with mental health experts.
Due out in Fall 2023, Somnipathy is a pixel point-and-click horror game, which is a genre description I haven’t read in far too long. It is, its store page says, about helping a character called Aggy survive “nightmarish sleep disorder-themed dungeons,” which sounds terrifying if you’re as tired as I am.
Please, I beg of developers Tearcell Game Studio, get rid of those awful, barely legible fonts that appear in a lot of the screenshots, so the game can be properly loved when it appears later this year.
If you accused me of only including this game because of its title, you’d be entirely right. Yet despite this, in the two years it’s been on sale, it’s garnered almost no attention and a measly single Steam review. (Positive!)
I’ve just had a quick go, and it’s as mad as a box, insisting on running in the top-left corner of my monitor. It’s about being a student required to write a group report on Gandhi, Churchill and the Rai, through the medium of post-colonial 4X strategy. I, er, didn’t have any idea what was going on, but then I never did in Civilization either. But it apparently takes a stand against nationalism and encourages a non-violent route through history.
With the most spectacularly peculiar voiceover, Kritter’s trailer shows what looks to me like a cross between, er, Vampire Survivors, Sands of Time, and a survival base-builder. Yup! There’s waves of enemies, rewinding time mechanics, and a base to ever grow and improve. Gosh, it’d be splendid if this all comes together.