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Crashbook #3

I have a list of games.

It is a list of games that I have not played. There is no guarantee that I will ever play these games. There is no guarantee these games are any good. But maybe someone else will play them. Maybe someone else will discover they are good.

In this episode, 14 more games are added to the Crashbook.

30/ Pill Baby

A stylish hack and slash game about an immigrant girl beating up parasites and feeling tired. Play Anna, finding a job and moving to a new country. Explore her new life, struggles, loneliness, relationships, language barrier.

Crash notes: From the team that brought you Soul Searching. Trailer is trippy.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

31/ Eronoctosis: Put Yourself Together

A 2-Player Networked Horror Co-Op game. Explore the deepest recesses of your mind to put yourself back together. Work together to defend yourself from its denizens.

Crash notes: Free. Also features the following Mature Content description: "Explicit & sexually inspired monsters and head-ripping gore when these monsters get too close".

Windows, Linux | Steam Link | Released Oct 2021

32/ An Outcry

A critical reading of modern Europe in the shape of a branching path RPG. Created in RPG Maker 2003, as inspired by games like Space Funeral, OFF and Ib; heavily surrealist in tone, character-focused. AN OUTCRY takes place in an apartment building in Vienna, Austria, upon which a force descends that cannot understand its residents.

Crash notes: Demo featured as part of Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2021. Amon26 talked it up on Twitter.

Windows | Itch Link | Unreleased

33/ Negative Nancy

Negative Nancy is a choose your “no” adventure for people who have had enough. An interactive sitcom where you can only say “no” (or nothing at all). Your choices control the story.

Crash notes: The screenshot should tell you precisely what kind of game this is.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link, Itch Link | Released Oct 2021

34/ Midnight Scenes: The Nanny

The Nanny is a short interactive horror story about the supernatural. Follow siblings Oliver and Tina in their quest to find their nanny after she disappears in the middle of the night. Welcome to a new dimension of horror. Welcome to Midnight Scenes.

Crash notes: This is the third episode of Midnight Scenes but this is the first time I've heard of them. Sounds like they're good?

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Released Oct 2021

35/ UNSIGHTED

EXPLORE YOUR WAY. Awoken to a world ruined by war, Alma must traverse the vast city of Arcadia before the life force of her friends and herself withers away. Time is ticking, and every moment matters. Who will you save, and who will you leave to turn UNSIGHTED?

Crash notes: I immediately thought Hyper Light Drifter when I saw this and I haven't even played Hyper Light Drifter. Apparently so does everyone else on the internet, so I feel ashamed for bringing no insight to the table.

Windows | Steam Link | Released Sep 2021

36/ You Will Die Here Tonight

Survival horror where survival is impossible. Lead each member of your team to safety as they pursue a ruthless murderer. Take what you need, but leave some for the others...

Crash notes: Looks like a JRPG with some shooting sequences which reminded me of House of the Dead. I think I put money into a House of the Dead machine once. Anyway, not sure how this one is going to play out but seems like you play different characters but there is continuity from one death o the next?

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

37/ The Well

The Well is a compact (avg. play time 20 mins) one-button horror game based off of a poem by HP Lovecraft.

Crash notes: Caught this on the itch.io YouTube channel, looked enticing.

Windows | Itch Link | Released Sep 2021

38/ Unpacking

Unpacking is a game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking. Over the course of eight house moves, you are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told.

Crash notes: From the team that brought you Assault Android Cactus.

Windows, Mac, Switch and Xbox | Link | Released Nov 2021

39/ CLOSED HANDS

CLOSED HANDS is a groundbreaking work of interactive fiction that explores the tangled intertwined stories of five people thrown together by a fictional terror attack.

Crash notes: This title doesn't seem to be getting any traction at all - just a couple of reviews on Steam.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Released Oct 2021

40/ Inscryption

Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards...

Crash notes: I don't know anything about the game, but I love its verve.

Windows | Steam Link | Released Oct 2021

41/ Fireside

Fireside is a wholesome and calm game about the breaks on a journey. Trade and talk at the campfire, rebuild your shrine with the energy you gathered and invite friends you made along the way to visit you at your home.

Crash notes: Not due for release until 2023 but you can request access to the playtest.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Unreleased

42/ 31 Unmarked Games

In 31 unmarked games, you'll receive 31 unmarked cassette tapes in a little digital mailbox. Some contain short experiences: playable practical jokes, maybe. Some are little finishable arcade games or platformers. A few of the thirty-one are confounding puzzle-boxes that might even last you an hour or two each.

Crash notes: Our good friend droqen created one game each day in October. This is the result.

Windows, Mac | Itch Link | Released Nov 2021

43/ You Suck at Parking™

Drive, drift, and park in You Suck at Parking™, the simple and accessible yet challenging game where parking is more important than your driving skills. Collect cars, learn new mechanics, challenge the world, and customize your ride in this ever-evolving parking simulator.

Crash notes: The look and physics reminds me of Fling to the Finish.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

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  1. Heads up, the link for CLOSED HANDS goes to something called Elec Head, which the reviews make sound really cool while also revealing absolutely nothing whatsoever about what it’s like. Windows-only, anyway.

    Also the reviews for CLOSED HANDS said it’s like Orwell but not, which made me realize Orwell is mega on sale for a few days longer, should I buy it? The answer to this is almost certainly that if I don’t go back and play Mutazione, which I really liked, then I’m not up for another story-based game right now.

    I don’t know anything about Inscryption either but I know this: a roguelike is just any old thing with random encounters and permadeath these days, huh. And maybe not even those.

  2. Oh my GOD I’ve got to double-check these links

  3. Fixed the links for CLOSED HANDS and also You Will Die Here Tonight.

    A roguelike is a game.

    a game is

  4. a roguelike, duh

  5. Was inspired to look at the Steam page for Unexplored and the description begins “The ROGUELITE that feels like a ROGUELIKE.”

    I assume they are deliberately screwing with me.

  6. Midnight Scenes (and Octavi Navarro’s other short horror tales) is available for free on Itch. The Steam paid versions include additional behind-the-scenes content: https://octavinavarro.itch.io/

    I heard good things about Inscryption. There’s more to it than card battles.

  7. I’m about to submit a game to the Steam store where you take on the role of a faulty LED in a string of Christmas tree lights. Your goal is to survive the whole festive season while avoiding detection. I’m not sure what genre would best describe it, I was initially thinking stealth but there’s one here called rogue light which seems like a good fit.

    I assume nobody has a problem with this

  8. CA this is top quality Matt trolling which I had to share on Twitter. It has received a decent number of likes and retweets, you’re now an international viral sensation. (that’s what 35 likes means, right?)

  9. I approve heartily!

    Also you could probably get a good puzzle game out of holiday lights.


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