Bugsnax by Young Horses sees players journey to Snaktooth Island after being invited by the intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig. However, upon arrival, Elizabert is nowhere to be found, her camp is in shambles and her followers are scattered everywhere. Players must solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island while discovering, hunting, and capturing all 100 different species of Bugsnax lurking everywhere. Check out the video below for a quick look at the action
Trek to Yomi by Leonard Menchiari, Flying Wild Hog, and Devolver Digital sees a lone samurai voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward. The game aims for a true cinematic experience with breathtaking camera angles and striking visuals as well as a thrilling soundtrack. In addition, the mythic storytelling is backed up by stylish combat. Check out the video below to see Trek to Yomi in action
Arise: A Simple Story by Piccolo Studio and Untold Tales is a game about manipulating time, solving puzzles, and reshaping surroundings as you push forward into the bittersweet recollections of a past life. This emotional journey of losing the love of one’s life is also out now on Nintendo Switch with some exclusive goodies, such as gyroscope functionality. This video features a special look at the PC version of the game
Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread by Allods Team Arcade and My.GAMES is a 2D metroidvania adventure starring a crack team of heroes on a mission to save the world. Players can switch between the four playable characters on the fly, and they each have unique abilities to help them against the enemies, puzzles, and epic bosses on Dr. Cread’s island. Check out the video below to see the game’s prologue in action
FixFox is a unique game that combines many different gameplay styles with a surprisingly deep storyline. Exploring the various areas while looting stashes is fun and using unorthodox tools to repair machines never gets old. Unfortunately, the game lacks any real challenges, and having to perform the same actions in new areas does become repetitive towards the end. Nevertheless, FixFox is an ambitious title considering a very small team made it, and this passion can be seen everywhere in the game.
Gameplay: Despite some repetition, FixFox combines many different gameplay elements with a wholesome story that will keep players coming back for more.
Graphics: The art style can be a bit of an acquired taste, but there’s no denying the amount of detail packed into each aspect of the visuals.
Sound: The chiptune soundtrack is very catchy and features unique music for each new area in the game
JANITOR BLEEDS is a first-person, retro-themed horror title set inside the confines of an old arcade. Players must explore the arcade while avoiding a malevolent entity that has escaped the confines of a sinister arcade machine. Finding tokens and playing this arcade game, called JANITOR, is also the only way to influence players’ surroundings in the actual arcade, which makes for interesting puzzles. There’s not much here that hasn’t been done before, but JANITOR BLEEDS is brief and entertaining enough to keep players hooked to the end.
Gameplay: Exploring the creepy arcade is fun and avoiding the entity isn’t too much of a chore.
Graphics: The low-poly visuals ups the creepiness of the game, but the art style is not for everyone.
Sound: The sparse music and creepy chiptune theme of JANITOR BLEEDS keeps the game suspenseful
Train Station Renovation – Germany by Live Motion Games features new stations for players to clean, fix and decorate. Along with nine unique new stations, the game also adds over 30 items that players can use for furnishing purposes. Rounding out the package is updated graffiti scattered across the new stations and ten brand new songs for the soundtrack. Check out the video below to see the tutorial for the base game as well as a look at the first station from the Germany DLC
Submerged: Hidden Depths builds on the solid foundation of the first game with a bigger world, better visuals, and more things to do. Unfortunately, the game is still devoid of challenges, but its accessibility and lack of threats make for a very relaxing experience. While it will not appeal to everyone, it is a great title for fans of the first game or anyone looking for something calming to play between more challenging titles.
Gameplay: The game is devoid of any challenges but enjoyable and relaxing to play.
Graphics: Beautiful environments coupled with excellent water and weather effects.
Sound: The haunting soundtrack and immersive sound effects complement the visuals nicely
Thief Simulator by Noble Muffins, PlayWay, and Console Labs is a game that is all about doing anything that a real thief does. Players must observe their targets, plan the best approach, find and steal as many valuables as possible and then sell the loot to buy useful equipment. The game is 70% off until April 4, 2022, as part of the Steam Simfest Hobby Edition sale, so check out the video below to see Thief Simulator in action
Ghost on the Shore is a first-person exploration game that is thin on puzzles or challenges but delivers in terms of story and characters. Players are taken on a walking tour of the Rogue Islands with a headstrong ghost as a companion. Together the duo has to figure out what happened in the past on this charming but seemingly desolate island and what it means for their futures. Players who dislike walking simulators can give this game a miss, but anyone who enjoys a good story and memorable characters should definitely give it a shot.
Gameplay: There is lots of walking, but the environments are pleasant to explore, and the story is captivating.
Graphics: The watercolor painting aesthetic of the game is a good match for the story.
Sound: Decent voice acting and a great soundtrack