With its vibrant artwork and nostalgia-inducing soundtrack, Fire Tonight is a low-pressure journey through young love and all its joys, even against the backdrop of a city on fire. It’s a short-but-sweet experience that’s really more about the story than the challenge of the puzzles, which, considering its lighthearted vibe, is totally okay.
Omno provides a great escape from this suffocating world we live in today through its complete absence of any gloom and doom. Jonas Manke a.k.a. StudioInkyfox initially created this passion project as an escape on Kickstarter, and it really does deliver. Just be sure to play this game on a platform that doesn't just fulfill its minimum requirements-I had the misfortune of installing it first on a PC that was so choppy and laggy I couldn't even make the shortest jump across two platforms.
With its intriguing narrative hook, Erica's premise is enough to pique any FMV fan's interest. Sadly, clumsy plotholes and unnecessary choices weigh the game down, and it doesn't quite deliver in the end. It's still entertaining enough if you're looking for a different kind of movie night, though.
Memories Of East Coast is an aesthetically pleasing visual novel that draws you in with stunning hand-drawn art and lo-fi beats in the background. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same masterful execution when it comes to creative writing, but if all you want to know is how the story plays out, then game can be a non-demanding way to pass the time.
Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is a fun and quirky retelling of storybook faves packaged nicely in an adventure game. There are multiple paths you can take to get to your goal, and supposedly multiple endings too-so if you can get past the odd mouse-slash-keyboard controls and the occasional rage-inducing puzzle, it's a steal.
Can't Drive This takes the typical driving game and twists it into this insane, chaotic, ultra-fun couch co-op that honestly makes me wonder where this game has been all my life. The gameplay is simple-one player builds the road while the other drives-but it's guaranteed to demand all of your time and effort, so be prepared to laugh (or fight) with your family and friends for hours on end.
Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse stays true to the zany antics and dark humor of the franchise, and packages it as a point-and-click adventure that makes absolutely no sense (but that's actually okay). It may not appeal to players who have no clue about the franchise, but it's bound to be an absolute delight for fans-or anyone who appreciates a twisted joke every now and then.
Bonkies offers families and friends a hilarious way of playing together through intense cooperation set in the vast unexplored unknown of space. The relaxing background music adds to the overall light-hearted nature of the game, but that's not to say you can take it easy. You'd better be ready to get your act together and use your hand-eye coordination like your life depended on it-because when it comes to space construction, there's definitely no monkeying around.
Watch Me Stream My Mental Breakdown is great fun for a couple of hours or so. The casual nature almost made me wish I could play it on my phone every so often, if only really for the card game. Still, it's a nice break from the more demanding games out there today, especially if you're looking for something new.
When The Past Was Around is a unique point-and-click game that invites players to go on an emotional journey in a dreamlike, almost fragmented state. Mojiken Studio's love letter to simple couplehood takes a minimalist approach to living life to the fullest and learning how to move on, so it just might be the perfect game to play during this stressful pandemic.