Like falling into an old habit, I come back. Not because I need you. Not because I want you, even. But because I can’t pull myself together and let go of what’s easy and safe.
Doki Doki Literature Club is a free visual novel that presents itself as a totally normal game, where you’ll meet some cute girls at an after school club. There’s more than meets the eye to this one, though.
2017 has been so relentless in the release of top-tier games that it’s hard to justify spending time with stuff that is merely “good.” Why settle for anything less than “great”? Despite the incredible competition facing it, Butterfly Soup, a game about queer Asian women who play baseball, still shot right into my top…
In Mushroom Heroes, I’m looking at a fast-moving platform over a bed of spikes. Timing my jump is one thing, but figuring out which character should jump first is another. There could be a monster on the other side of the ledge, and there’s only one person who uses arrows. There might be blocks to push around,…
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the most influential mangas of all time. References to it show up in dozens of anime, and Hirohiko Araki, the manga’s author, has even shown his work in the Louvre. Despite all these accolades, you’ve never been able to kiss any of the characters, until now.
Hospice is a moving autobiographical game about losing someone you love.
Localhost is a disquieting adventure game where you interrogate some artificial intelligence, think about death and lie to your boss.
With its lush art and lovely music, visual novel He Beat Her sounds like an easy sell. The way it handles its subject matter, however, lacks the nuance it deserves.
Recently, a user of independent digital game store Itch.io was thrilled to find a copy of Rimworld for 75 percent off. He snapped it up immediately. Problem: Rimworld isn’t available for purchase on Itch.io. At least, not legally.
Glitched out texts, lush water colors and abandoned towns: Yurei Station, a visual novel that came out a few weeks ago on itch.io, uses these elements to create a horror game that lingers with you long after you’re done with it.
Two game devs made up a classic JRPG to help promote their new title, a twine game about fandom, nostalgia and Usenet boards. What they didn’t count on was people believing the fake game was real.
Twitter can be a pretty awful place. The Subtweet Game makes the worst parts of it into a romance game.
Cultist Simulator is a “one person boardgame” from Alexis Kennedy, creative director and lead writer on Sunless Sea and Fallen London. It’s a fun, tactile game of studying the dark arts and performing human sacrifices.
World of Horror, or Kyofu no Sekai, is an indie game inspired by the works of acclaimed manga artist Junji Ito. We played through the demo, where we solved some mysteries, met a nice dog, and died as the Old Gods returned to this world.
The Lady’s Choice is a visual novel that takes its inspiration from Regency era novels. Its arch writing and wry sense of humor give in the same sense of charm and intrigue as the best of Jane Austen.
When I was a child I had an inexplicable fear of opening games on my family computer. They were often my brother’s games, and I was terrified of him finding out. But also, in the brief moment of blackness before a pre-rendered video or pixelated graphic filled the screen, it wasn’t just that I feared being caught—I…
In The Chinese Room, a game developed for Ludum Dare 37, a zombified human has to infiltrate a triad and steal their crime secrets. But pretending to be alive is a lot harder than it looks.
Self care can seem like an unnecessary indulgence when you’ve got a million things to accomplish. Who has time for a manicure when there’s bills and deadlines? But it turns out being good to yourself, especially when you feel like you can’t or don’t deserve to, can make a huge difference in your outlook. Twine game …
Right Click to Necromance is a free game by Juicy Beast. It is a one year old game jam title that’s finding renewed popularity as some of the biggest YouTubers share the game with their followers. There’s good reason for that. Right Click to Necromance is simple to play and a ton of fun.