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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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NIGHTMARE OPERATOR is the PS1-style action-horror game I’ve always wantedGare – Thursday, July 18, 2024 5:08 PM

NIGHTMARE OPERATOR is the PS1-style action-horror game I’ve always wantedNIGHTMARE OPERATOR takes place in the ruins of Tokyo (in 2036, to be precise) as it’s being haunted by eldritch monstrosities, that is, youkai inspired by urban legends and Japanese folklore.

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.

The Nameless City Review – A brief but enjoyable low-poly descent into Lovecraftian cosmic horrorGare – Sunday, July 21, 2024 6:25 PM

The Nameless City Review – A brief but enjoyable low-poly descent into Lovecraftian cosmic horrorThe game wastes no time when it comes to grabbing you by the collar and pulling you right into its creepy, Lovecraftian bog of otherworldly secrets, utilizing narrated quotes from the original story to set its eerie mood.

Mountains of Madness Review – Aimless wandering with brief moments of genuine atmosphereGare – Wednesday, July 17, 2024 10:15 PM

Mountains of Madness Review – Aimless wandering with brief moments of genuine atmosphereMountains of Madness is pretty much an exploration simulator, where 90% of your gameplay will consist of wandering around massive open spaces and trying to find your way forward with varying levels of success.

Promising Indie Game Releases – July 2024 – Post-apocalyptic Japan, dystopian sci-fi New York and the continent of AtlantisGare – Tuesday, July 16, 2024 6:05 PM

Promising Indie Game Releases – July 2024 – Post-apocalyptic Japan, dystopian sci-fi New York and the continent of AtlantisWelcome to GTOGG’s July 2024 edition of Promising Indie Game Releases, where we highlight indie and non-mainstream titles that we believe deserve your attention – in other words, “look at all this potentially cool stuff you might’ve missed otherwise”. That would’ve been too long for a title, though.

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.