Come see all the games, more games than one can play. I put some of them in my special book, thinking of days distant with hours unturned.

In this episode, twenty-three more games I have not played are added to the Crashbook.

183/ SIGNALIS

A classic survival horror experience set in a dystopian future where humanity has uncovered a dark secret. Unravel a cosmic mystery, escape terrifying creatures, and scavenge an off-world government facility as Elster, a technician Replika searching for her lost dreams.

Crash notes: Heard about this on release day. Can’t really tell how it will play from the trailer, especially the combat, but it looks good.

Windows | Steam Link | Just Released

184/ TEOCIDA

Explore the cryptic pathways of a distorted microcosm reality fueled by a symbolic landscape of faith and erotic nightmares.

Crash notes: Brazilian developer Vikintor does a lot of this sort of thing. It’s difficult to pick out just one game for Crashbook…

Windows | Steam Link | Released Dec 2021

185/ Boots Quest DX

An offbeat adventure game about traveling to the ends of the earth in search of the Best Boots. Solve puzzles, complete quests, collect items, and don weird hats as a hapless young boot enthusiast in a compact open world full of strange friends and foes. You can even jump.

Crash notes: A recommendation from Jay Tholen (Dropsy, Hypnospace Outlaw); it looks warm and lovely. I’m not sure this screenshots particularly well but the message in the screenshot above should give you a flavour.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Just Released

186/ Botany Manor

Welcome to Botany Manor, a stately home in 19th century England. You play as inhabitant Arabella Greene, a retired botanist. Explore your house and gardens, filled with research, to figure out the ideal habitat of forgotten flora. Grow each plant to discover the mysterious qualities they hold…

Crash notes: Trying not to see The Witness here. Gorgeous. However, the puzzling here is all about “growing plants”.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

187/ A Castle Full of Cats

A Castle Full of Cats is a catvania hidden object game where you need to find all the cursed cats in the castle. Save each and every cat and unleash the power of love! ♡

Crash notes: Look, I don’t think I’ll ever play this, but this hidden object game is the followup to A Building Full of Cats which has Overwhelmingly Positive reviews. The developer, Devcats, only makes games about cats.

Windows | Steam Link | Just Released

188/ Ringlorn Saga

Ringlorn Saga is an adventure RPG inspired by the Japanese PC classics. Prince Gerhard the Brave embarks on a journey to the neighboring land to investigate the appearance of a magic barrier and his father’s disappearance.

Crash notes: Steam description goes on describe it as “short but sweet”. I don’t know whether this is going to be fun or not – the trailer shows a lot of stabbing creatures repeatedly – but it has some charm.

Windows, Linux | Steam Link | Just Released

189/ MORSE

Use timing, tactics and telegraphy to try break the bitter attrition of the Great War in MORSE, a single player typing game that teaches you the lost language of Morse code. Can you change the world with the push of a button?

Crash notes: It’s been seven years since the prototype for MORSE could be played in your browser. The developer was awarded a UK Games Fund grant in 2020.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

190/ McPixel 3

McPixel 3 is a mind-blowing save-the-day adventure that sees the titular wanna-be hero avert one disaster after another at every turn using unconventional yet entertaining methods of mayhem.

Crash notes: Fun fact. I played the original McPixel a little. It was a strange, funny thing with extremely rapid play.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Just Released

191/ Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration takes players on an interactive journey through 50 years of video games via interviews with designers, developers and industry leaders, documentary footage, product design documents, high-res original artwork, and a curated list of more than 90 playable games.

Crash notes: This came to my attention after Kyle Orland wrote about Vctr Sctr inside this package for Ars Technica.

Windows | Steam Link | Just Released

192/ PRODUCER 2021

a ~2 hour long graphic adventure novella. Tasked with disrupting the end of the world, you explore, investigate and produce your way through a strangely familiar world.

Crash notes: I really like the pixel-grunge look of this and the janky animations.

Windows | Steam Link | Just Released

193/ Innkeep

Innkeep is an immersive job sim with an RPG core and a dark twist. Run your own fantasy world inn. Serve ale. Share rumors. Tell jokes. Rob your guests…?? Well, maybe just a little.

Crash notes: Have no idea how this will play but the trailer implies plenty of stuff to do and discover.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

194/ A Little to the Left

A Little to the Left is a cozy puzzle game that has you sort, stack, and organize household items into pleasing arrangements while you keep an eye out for a mischievous cat with an inclination for chaos. Check out this playful and intuitive puzzler with 75+ satisfying messes to tidy.

Crash notes: Wholesome game alert, although I’ve seen some complaints that it’s “expensive” considering the game’s brevity.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Just Released

195/ The Banished Vault

The Banished Vault is a strategy video game about exploring space in an interstellar gothic monastery. Yours is a crew of exiles, perpetually on the run in your vault — a vast megacity surrounding a monastery, built for thousands to explore space on behalf of the interstellar churches.

Crash notes: Incredibly early in the development cycle for this game, but definitely looks like one to keep an eye on.

Medium Link | Unreleased

196/ Remote Planets

A journey through a vibrant alien world filled with unique box-pushing puzzles.

Crash notes: Not sure of the full extent of Remote Planets’ unique ruleset, but trailer shows off platforms that are relocated by pushing boxes around.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

197/ SHINOBI NON GRATA

Shinobi alert! Use your 7 shinobi weapons to survive the bloodshed! Introducing a hard core 2D ninja action game by Hyper-retro graphics.

Crash notes: This really looks like a Sega game I might have played back in the day. Top nostalgia points.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

198/ Rail Route

Rail Route is a tycoon & management game inspired by railroad dispatching. Construct your own sprawling rail network, control the traffic, and expand to your heart’s content! Unlock new technology, upgrade your infrastructure, and automate. You can even design your own maps with our in-game editor!

Crash notes: Curious about this as the abstract visuals makes me think more Uplink than Mini Metro.

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Early Access

199 / UnDUNE II: The Demaking of a Dynasty

A strategy-based resource management simulation, where three houses fight for control of the planet Dune – the land of sand and home of the spice.

Crash notes: This demake was written in PICO-8 from scratch… stunning work. PWYW.

Windows, Mac, Linux, Browser | Itch Link | Released Jan 2022

200 / Titan Station

Far into the future, in the year 1999: David, a systems operator, runs from his troubles by taking a job on a space station. After arriving, his mundane work turns into a struggle for his very life as he makes a shocking discovery.

Crash notes: I can’t help but get some INFRA-but-in-space vibes from this.

Windows | Steam Link | Just Released

201 / Ministry of Broadcast

Ministry of Broadcast is a narrative-driven single player cinematic platformer mixing Orwell’s 1984 with modern reality TV. A country divided by The Wall; to cross it and reach your family, you must compete on – and win – a reality TV show broadcast by the Regime.

Crash notes: Checked out the trailer. Production values look good but I’m not sure exactly what kind of experience it wants to project. Is it serious or black comedy?

Windows, Mac | Steam Link | Released 2020

202 / Turbo Sloths

Become the new star of the Wasteland League. Your task is to bring a multi ton clumsy car to frantically speeds with powerful turbine. Pimp your Turbojunk, set powerful boosters, stock up on active gas and go ahead – show what speed is.

Crash notes: I don’t really play racing games much I can’t help smile at Mad Max post-apocalyptic style steamroller racing.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

203 / Beyond The Edge of Owlsgard

Save a peaceful world from being annihilated by machines in this oldschool point&click tale, inspired by classic animated movies and adventure games of the 90s.

Crash notes: Not sure I’m convinced by the voice acting on the trailer but looks like a lot of work has gone into this.

Windows, Linux | Steam Link | Unreleased

204 / Witchbrook

Discover the magic around you in Witchbrook – a spellbinding social RPG! Spark life into a charming seaside town when you become Mossport’s newest resident witch. Make friends, master spells, and maybe even find love along the way…

Crash notes: Old news as Witchbrook has been in development for ages. Appears to be a beautiful game in the Stardew Valley vein.

Windows | Steam Link | Unreleased

205 / Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime

Cross blades with space knights in an epic roguelike where the futuristic and the medieval collide! Battle, loot and upgrade your way across the galaxy, defeating rival ships in gripping melee combat on a quest to save your kingdom from destruction.

Crash notes: Having a brief rifle through screenshots and trailers conjured up something that plays like Out There.

Windows | Steam Link | Early Access

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9 thoughts on “Crashbook #13

  1. Wait a second… there was a McPixel 2?!

    Lots of interesting-sounding stuff in this roundup. The Dune II demake is a bit mindblowing, and the Banished Vault has me enticed with that striking key art.

  2. The McPixel 2 documentary made me wonder, are we ever going to find out anything about LMNO? And then I looked on Wikipedia and discovered that details about LMNO were revealed in a 2020 documentary, and also realized that I actively do not want to know them. Bandersnatch 2.

    Anyway I enjoyed the McPixel 3 demo and kinda feel like that fulfilled my lifetime ration of McPixel.

    “The developer, Devcats, only makes games about cats.” 😀
    “Windows” 😮

  3. I had to get this post out. After joining Mastodon, I saw so many indie games I’d not heard of before that this episode fattened up quick sharp. And now perhaps I can buy SIGNALIS.

    Ori, thanks for that recommendation! I didn’t think I’d heard of developer zuza before, but I might be wrong.

    Shaun, exactly my reaction!

    Matt, I’d never heard of LMNO! Gosh how could I could I have missed a high-profile project like that?

  4. LMNO’s teaser video was a big deal when it was released. The mentioned Noclip documentary about Arkane is worth watching for other reasons – they had many projects that didn’t see the light of day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4kdqwdbZZ8

    I only know of zuza from Bunny’s Flowers and viral shitposts on twitter, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  5. Great list, Teocida seems interesting, always inspirational to see the work of my compatriots. I’m playing Signalis, still in the very beginning, but so far so good, it do really looks amazing, I love this aesthetics, it should be more games with this style. Very refreshing when a game developer actually keep up the hype in the game release. The gameplay is similar to old horror games, with means having elements of a adventure point and click, puzzles, everything feels fluid, full of details and immersive, I don’t have any verdict obviously, but I guess its worth it. I got interested in this Producer 2021, the time of play or game novel is only 2 hours make me think twice, but I will certainly want to check.

  6. Just finished SIGNALIS, the game has some endings depending on your play style, got the Promise ending, take a lot of damage, take a lot of time, die a lot and don’t quite, reset a lot, continue playing without healing, kill a lot of enemies, that’s old school playing for ye. What can I say, would take a lot to say everything I’m thinking, amazing gaming experience, fantastic horror game and game in general, some puzzles and secrets that made wonder if I was really using 100% of my brain, even a secret that can be decoded as SSTV signal, lot of details to look for, it seems they put a lot of work and passion on this game. Almost forget to mention, anyone worried with that classic horror gameplay, with tank movements, difficult combat, etc, although you can adjust yourself if you want to, can rest assure and have fun. I highly recommend!

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