Life is Strange is one of my Favourite series. I was a little worried that True Colors would drop beneath a very high bar. I’m so very happy to be wrong.
It would be easy to dismiss Lake as another example of the “Pastoral Saviour” genre, akin to Animal Crossing/Stardew Valley. A stressed city slicker takes a break and goes out to the country to find themselves, their love and reset their life. They fix their life, and bring a little modern culture back to the boonies. You know this plot, because it’s also every other Hallmark movie. But that would be doing Lake a disservice. Because it is sort of that, but presented so beautifully and interrogated in such a meaningful way that it’s hard not to fall for the quiet pines and placid Lake.
Townscaper is a thoughtful small scale city builder that understands the small details are the most important thing to get right.
Twelve Minutes is a time loop thriller that doesn’t hold together as a mystery, a narrative or in some ways as a game.
Road 96 is a structurally interesting road trip indie game, with a deeply political narrative, slightly muddied by trying to do too much.
Last Stop is almost everything I want from narrative games. An anthology of well presented short stories, each with a solid thematic throughline. It falters slightly with the wrapper story that the whole game comes in, but the experience is a delight for the most part.
A Trufflepig is a type of pig that sniffs through mud and find truffles. The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a grandiose name for a very sedate interactive drama that doesn’t quite reach truffle levels of richness.
We haven’t had a good single player 40k first person shooter in such a long time. Depending on your opinion of Fire Warrior, we’ve never had one. Necromunda: Hired Gun changes that spectacularly.
Biomutant, appropriately, feels like the hybrid blend of so many existing games. But there’s more than a few evolutionary dead ends to deal with in this flawed creation.
Adios is a remarkably uncomplicated game in scope. 90 minutes of conversation and inhabiting a space as a gangster tries to convince the farmer not to give up working for the mob.