Assassin At Crimson Keep by Shadow Glass Studios is a short visual novel set in a dark, quasi-fantasy world. The mission is to assassinate the King, but players must pursue him into his lair known as the Crimson Keep to finish the job after a botched first attempt. However, while tracking him down, small choices can be made that can have big consequences. Check out the video below to see some of the encounters players can have in the game
sfäre by Falkenbrew is a software toy that gives users the opportunity to relax and enjoy what their minds create. This title, scheduled for a release on Steam Early Access on 11 January 2022, features simple controls that allow for an endless stream of entrancing new patterns. Check out the video below to see how users will be able to play around with the patterns in sfäre and be sure to try out the demo for a hands-on experience
Aspire: Ina’s Adventure is a 2D side-scrolling adventure that bears more than a passing resemblance to classic titles such as Gris. It features beautiful and vibrant environments mixed with light platforming and puzzle-solving. The game isn’t too taxing overall, thanks to generous checkpoints as well as a lack of combat. Players still need to stay on their toes, though, and some of the puzzles require a bit of thinking. The whole experience is over in less than three hours, but considering the price and lack of pointless filler, this is not bad.
Gameplay: Platforming mixed in with some puzzle solving.
Graphics: Distinct areas with vibrant and detailed visuals.
Sound: Great soundtrack and good sound effects
Aspire: Ina’s Tale by Wondernaut Studio and Untold Tales is a game about traversing marvelous scenery, meeting enigmatic characters, solving intuitive puzzles, and conquering platforming sequences. The protagonist, Ina, was trapped and placed in perpetual slumber inside the Tower until one day when she is suddenly and unknowingly woken up. Now, Ina must explore the Tower’s inner chambers in search of a way out while also trying to find the reason for her imprisonment. Check out the video below to see the opening moments of this beautiful 2D platformer
Wytchwood by Alientrap, Whitethorn Digital, and WhisperGames is a crafting adventure game set in a land of gothic fables and fairytales. Stepping into the shoes of a mysterious old witch of the woods, players must explore a strange countryside, collect magical ingredients, brew sorcerous enchantments, and more. These can be used for devious spells and sorceries, such as turning the greedy into frogs. Check out the video below to see the game’s opening moments in action
Looking For Aliens by Yustas Game Studio and Alawar Entertainment is a hidden object game viewed through the lens of an alien TV show. The 25 vibrant locations on offer include Area 51, outer space, and more as players hunt for more than 250 hidden items. Along the way, they also get to follow the adventures of earthling Sean on his quest to prove the existence of aliens. Check out the video below to see the first three levels in action
STUFFED by Waving Bear Studio is a procedurally generated first-person shooter currently out on Steam Early Access. Players take control of a teddy bear on a mission to fight the waves of nightmares threatening their owner. STUFFED can be played solo or by joining up to three other players for four-player online co-op. Check out the video below to see the tutorial and a few waves from the solo mode in action
Rubber Bandits by Flashbulb is a criminally fun multiplayer party game for up to four players. It features three action-packed game modes, highly destructible levels, plenty of bandit disguises, and twenty different wacky weapons. Check out the video below to see the Arcade, Heist, and Brawl modes in action
Pretty Girls Rivers stays true to the series tradition and features six different girls with a variety of outfits to unlock. This is done by playing Shisen-Sho, which is an easy to learn Mahjong-style tile-matching game. The addition of time limits keeps the pressure up, but the game also has an “easy” mode that is perfect for casual players. Overall, fans of the series will enjoy this game even if it doesn’t stray very far from the original formula.
Gameplay: The tile-matching gameplay is easy to grasp, but strict time limits can make later levels challenging.
Graphics: The usual assortment of beautiful 2D character sprites and colorful backgrounds.
Sound: The characters are voiced in Japanese, and the soundtrack isn’t bad either
Exo One by Exbleative and Future Friends Games sends players on a gravity-defying journey through space and time with an alien craft. The blueprints for this craft were sent to humanity via an alien signal on the anniversary of the Jupiter disaster. As a result, players must master the truly alien traversal system to move through enigmatic and desolate alien landscapes in ways they’ve never experienced before. Check out the video below to see Exo One in action