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INDIKA Review – A tragicomic journey that ends too soon
If you’ve played the demo of INDIKA, you probably understand why it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year – a strange, historical narrative game taking place in a bizarre, alternate version of 19th century Russia that presents its dramatic story with a healthy dose of absurd comedy, developer Odd Meter’s odd little project is something that I can only describe as... a genuine breath of fresh air.
Jim's Nightmare: Chapter 1 Review – Has potential, but is still rough around the edges
This time I went into Jim’s Nightmare, a point & click psychological thriller from developer Pumpkiny Games, with cautious optimism – it’s a story about mental illness, crime and inner demons, following the daily routine of Jim, a former criminal who’s trying to start his life anew with a clean slate.
The Thaumaturge Review – An intriguing narrative RPG that blends early 20th century European history with supernatural fiction
The Thaumaturge is a game I’ve had my eye on for a while – created by developer Fool’s Theory, it transports players into a world of turmoil, uncertainty and conflict, mixing a very specific historical period with its own rich lore and fascinating supernatural elements, even reminding me of the illustrious Shadow Hearts series to a certain extent.
Blood West Review – A satisfyingly challenging stealth FPS dripping in style and atmosphere
When I first laid eyes upon developer Hyperstrange’s retro-style FPS Blood West, I thought it’d be another “boomer shooter” type of game, with endless waves of enemies, non-stop action and gameplay reminiscent of old classics like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior.
DreadHaunt – Early Access Impressions – A promising idea that could still use some work
Digital Happiness is an indie developer that fans of Indonesian horror will no doubt be familiar with as the team behind the Fatal Frame-inspired DreadOut series.
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Narrative FPS sequel INDUSTRIA 2 gets a new gameplay teaser that shows off stealthGare – Wednesday, June 26, 2024 4:00 PM

Narrative FPS sequel INDUSTRIA 2 gets a new gameplay teaser that shows off stealthSet years after the events of INDUSTRIA, the sequel will follow the adventures of Nora, a scientist from East Berlin, 1989, who ended up stuck in a parallel dimension while trying to find her missing colleague.

First-person puzzle adventure game Dimhaven Enigmas heads to Kickstarter, launches playable demoGare – Tuesday, June 11, 2024 6:16 PM

First-person puzzle adventure game Dimhaven Enigmas heads to Kickstarter, launches playable demoTaking place on the now-abandoned tourist paradise of the titular Dimhaven, the game will follow protagonist Emily Ravenstone on her journey of discovery as she attempts to unravel the mysteries behind the scenic island’s fate – while also trying to find her missing uncle.

Become a dryad in a land of the dead in retro-style metroidvania Alruna and the Necro-IndustrialistsGare – Tuesday, June 4, 2024 7:02 PM

Become a dryad in a land of the dead in retro-style metroidvania Alruna and the Necro-IndustrialistsExploring a land sucked dry of all life, you’ll play as the dryad Alruna who’s... not having a particularly great time in this world of the dead: ruled by the necro-industrialists, the wasteland is littered with skeletons and dead things, with salvation being worryingly out of reach. Maybe.

WW1 survival horror game Conscript gets a new gameplay trailer and a new demo for Steam Next FestGare – Wednesday, May 29, 2024 6:45 PM

WW1 survival horror game Conscript gets a new gameplay trailer and a new demo for Steam Next FestIf you’re not familiar with the title, Conscript is a gritty upcoming survival horror game with a focus on methodical gameplay, resource management and intricate puzzle solving, which, understandably, should very much be familiar territory for fans of the genre – except the story takes place in 1916, during the First World War’s Battle of Verdun, as players take on the role of a French soldier looking for his missing brother in the trenches.

Gestalt: Steam & Cinder has been delayed to July 16Gare – Monday, May 27, 2024 8:19 PM

Gestalt: Steam & Cinder has been delayed to July 16Well, this is sadly no longer the case: as announced by the development team, the project has been moved to July 16 and will instead be debuting this summer. The delay, as you can see, isn’t tremendously long, and it’s for a good reason: to iron out some unforeseen issues that cropped up during testing.

Felvidek Review – Don’t judge a book by its cover, szivecskeGare – Tuesday, July 2, 2024 6:28 PM

Felvidek Review – Don’t judge a book by its cover, szivecskeWhen I first came across Felvidek, the initial emotion I felt was probably... confusion. I was taken by surprise by what I was seeing: a retro-style RPG set in medieval Europe (more specifically, 15th century Slovakia), with engaging turn-based combat, extremely lofi graphics, dialogue scenes that alternate between the serious and the outrageously comedic, and a plot that takes a handful of unexpected turns?

Firebat Revolution Review – A retro-style brick breaker filled with creativity and cool ideasGare – Friday, June 21, 2024 4:28 PM

Firebat Revolution Review – A retro-style brick breaker filled with creativity and cool ideasThe genre of brick breaker video games is as old as time itself – a genre that most people probably associate with oldschool, tried-and-true titles like Breakout and the original Arkanoid. Needless to say, I approached Firebat Revolution, an absolute love letter to that bygone era of gaming, with ample curiosity; as I wrote in my initial coverage of the project, Firebat Revolution does a great job of authentically recreating the style and feel of a game that could’ve come out for PC in the mid-1990s.

Five memorable indie game demos from June 2024’s Steam Next FestGare – Tuesday, June 18, 2024 5:46 PM

Five memorable indie game demos from June 2024’s Steam Next FestThe sun is out, our drinks are cold and we’re sweating buckets – in other words, summer is officially here, and with it, yet another Steam Next Fest has arrived to give us a lovely truckload of indie demos to look through. As usual, we’ve found a handful of gems we’re very much looking forward to sharing with you.

Does it Bite? – V Rising – 1.0 Very First ImpressionsEmily – Saturday, June 15, 2024 5:21 PM

Does it Bite? – V Rising – 1.0 Very First ImpressionsYou awaken as a vampire, weakened and ravenous, driven by an insatiable thirst to reclaim your former power and forge a dark empire. The game thrusts you into a world where survival hinges on resource gathering and castle building, all in the relentless pursuit of becoming the ultimate vampire overlord.

Yomi 2 Early Access Impressions – Fighting game fundamentals meet card game strategyGare – Friday, June 7, 2024 4:49 PM

Yomi 2 Early Access Impressions – Fighting game fundamentals meet card game strategyInstead of making you memorize and practice combos like most fighting games, Yomi 2 focuses entirely on the mental aspects of the genre, choosing to instead represent its flashy brawls in the form of quick card matches where planning – and listening to your gut – is key.