Felix “January Groans” Threepaper
Welcome folks, and happy 2021! I love how pretty much no one is bothering with New Year’s resolutions, lest they give the fickle fates any ideas. The practice of making New Year’s resolutions began with the Babylonians over 4,000 years ago, but it was mostly promises to return borrowed things and pay debts. In case anyone is still doing resolutions for 2021, mine is to do a TWA entry so artistic, so poignant, it gets a Graham Rowat reading.
There’s still a few days left of the holiday sales, which is handy because the new-release pickings are even slimmer than last week. I’m sorely tempted by the first price drop for games on my 2020 list that I haven’t gotten around to yet, like Immortals Fenyx Rising or Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
If you want to dip into the new releases, it’s a grab bag of indie games from nearly every genre. There’s even an inordinate number of Trump-themed meme games; I can’t ironically detach myself enough to see the lulz in those, though.
As the Simulator genre matures, increasingly esoteric activities are being simulated. This week throws up some doozies. First off, there’s Ship Handling Simulator, which is all about steering and mooring ships with tugboats. Then there’s Taekwondo Demonstration Team Simulator, which (as far as I can tell—there’s no English language support) is about choreographing your team’s moves and picking their uniforms. If you’ve got an Oculus or Steam VR, there’s CanopySim-Skydive Landing Simulator.
Pretend is an Among Us clone set in an office. It’s free-to-play (with in-game purchases, of course) and promises to flesh out the available player roles soon.
Iris.Fall is a largely monochromatic, puzzle platformer that uses light and shadow as a core theme, mechanic, and puzzle element. The sound design is amazing—they even made their own instruments for the music.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest is a choose-your-own-adventure visual-novel based on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse RPG, which is like a werewolf version of Vampire: The Masquerade. I’m guessing not being a werewolf is not an option.
Blacksmith of the Sand Kingdom is a JRPG that’s graduating from mobile devices.
If you want gothic tension, there’s first-person survival-horror Noch. If you want pixelated chill, there’s the Stardew Valley-ish A Little Shop in Squirrel Town.
There’s not much in my wheelhouse this week, but I’ll give a nod to Iris.Fall for sheer artistic dedication to its sound production.
Here's the list, now in release-date AND alphabetical order!
- Asteroids Belt: Try to Survive!
- Fly The Cloud
- Impossible Pixels
- Kill Fish
- Orion: The Eternal Punishment
- Ship Handling Simulator
- Taekwondo Demonstration Team Simulator
- Trump VS Covid: Save The World Clicker
- Amazing Joes Journey
- CanopySim-Skydive Landing Simulator
- Champoo Club
- Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues
- Driving License Test
- Racing Djani 2
- Tears of Luna
- The Penguin IQ Test - Series 1
- Traceur's Dreamlab VR
- VR Basketball Hoops
- VR Immortal Fight
- VR Mad Asylum
- Winter Sleigh
- Zombie Alert
- Biography: Revolutionary War
- Jing 'an District Copstories
- Ralf's Adventure: Aztec Mystery
- Save daddy trump 2: The Final Triumph
- Star Mine
- Super Donald World 2020
- The Miserable Crimson Hooded Girl
- Block Destruction
- Fat Prisoner Simulator 3
- Francisca 2
- Iron Conflict
- Press Any Button
- A Little Shop in Squirrel Town
- Bigfoot Forest
- Black Maou and Rainbow Kingdom
- Candy Disaster
- Critters for Sale: SNAKE
- Diving Disorder
- Endless Voyage
- EXOTIUM - Episode 2
- Maniac Path 2
- Mission Z
- Orange Santa
- Panmorphia: Enchanted
- Puff Puff The Magic Pipe
- Mambo Wave
Xbox Series X
- Blacksmith of the Sand Kingdom
- Charge Kid
- Red Colony
- Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest