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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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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.

Cyberpunk metroidvania Blade Chimera gets a new trailer and an August launch windowGare – Monday, May 27, 2024 7:49 PM

Cyberpunk metroidvania Blade Chimera gets a new trailer and an August launch windowAn “occult-inspired” metroidvania with tons of futuristic elements, Blade Chimera will have you play as Shin, an amnesiac demon hunter who’s trying to figure out exactly what happened to his missing wife while fighting off the monstrous inhabitants of his dystopian, near-future world.

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.

Promising Indie Game Releases – June 2024 – Dragons, demons and haunted oil rigsGare – Wednesday, June 5, 2024 3:52 PM

Promising Indie Game Releases – June 2024 – Dragons, demons and haunted oil rigsWelcome to GTOGG’s June 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.

Five games that channel the spirit of Lovecraftian cosmic horrorGare – Friday, May 31, 2024 2:46 PM

Five games that channel the spirit of Lovecraftian cosmic horrorI think we can all agree that H.P. Lovecraft’s works have had a tremendous influence on the horror genre – particularly when it comes to the realm of video games. The fear of the unknown, and the sheer terror of indescribable cosmic entities has permeated the gaming sphere for a while now, resulting in countless games that try to tap into this very emotion.

Promising Indie Game Releases – May 2024 – Ghosts, devils, steam and cinderGare – Friday, May 3, 2024 5:06 PM

Promising Indie Game Releases – May 2024 – Ghosts, devils, steam and cinderWelcome to GTOGG’s May 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.

INDIKA Review – A tragicomic journey that ends too soonGare – Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:54 PM

INDIKA Review – A tragicomic journey that ends too soonIf 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.