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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Dynastic Farming” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “72nd Anniversary of the first toy advertised on TV” week!

On 30 April 1952, an ad for Mr. Potato Head appeared on TV. It was the first ad aimed at children, and the first toy to be advertised on TV. Back then, Mr. Potato Head was just the arms and nose and other stuff, and you had to get an actual potato to stick them into. In any event, the ad campaign was a wild success and the crass commercialisation of childhood was underway. You may all celebrate by playing a game where you have to watch an ad to get something.

We kick off May with no big releases, just a bunch of indies and ports. It’s a good week to get stuck into your Pile of Shame. I’m still enjoying Dragon’s Dogma 2 and have Immortals of Aveum lined up for afterwards.

Echoes of the Plum Grove is a Kickstarted, Stardew Valley-type cozy game, with a Paper Mario, 2D-on-3D art style. As well as managing your farm, you can get married, have kids, and eventually play as your kids. The game harshes the cozy a little with its severe winter season that can cause you to lose family members if you fail to plan for it, and by giving dialogue choices that lets you be a jerk to your neighbours. Hands up, who wants to play as the village Scrooge?

Sea of Thieves makes its way to PlayStations, giving Sony owners a chance to get into this MMO AaaarghPG.

Front Mission 2 Remake is the console release of this tactical RPG that got mixed reviews on its initial release.

Similarly, Armed and Gelatinous: Couch Edition is a console port of a 2016 collection of competitive multiplayer minigames where you play blobs of gel that absorb weapons but get slower the more weapons they pick up, so you trade firepower for agility.

Tales from Candleforth is a gothic horror, fairy tale puzzler that plays like an escape room.

Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World is a re-rerelease of a 1992 action-platformer.

Let Bions Be Bygones is a neo-noir detective story that looks like a 1990s adventure game—jaggy lines and all—but plays a bit more like Disco Elyisum. You interact with things and talk to people, and most of your important skill checks and choices happen in the dialogue box. The futuristic detective story has multiple endings after 5-odd hours, and you can choose different personality types for the main character. The devs want you to replay it and marvel at how branchy the story is, rather than try to see everything in one playthrough. It’s also published by the venerable MicroProse, who published CIvilization and XCOM back in the 1990s, and has been through many, many hands since then.

While the story of Let Bions Be Bygones looks intriguing, I’ll give the GOTW to Echoes of the Plum Grove. When one of these cozy games gets their hooks in you just right, they can give you untold hours of fun.

GWJ Word of the Week

Pile of Shame: Back in the days of physical media, publishers would create an air of scarcity around big game releases that would cause gamers to do extreme things to get their hands on a copy, such as camping out all night in front of game stores. This false sense of scarcity, plus a collector mentality, prompted many gamers to buy new games whether they needed them or not, like a goldfish impulsively eating whenever food is put in the tank. The Pile of Shame is a reference to each person’s stack of unplayed games. Nowadays, with Steam sales and digital subscription services, you can have a much larger, yet far less physically embarrassing, collection of unplayed games.

Here's the list, in release-date AND alphabetical order!

PC

  • 04-30

  • 3AM CORP: The Balbazar Resort
  • Advancing Chess
  • Adventuro
  • Argumentum ad culpam
  • Balance
  • Bloody Feet
  • Blue
  • Bot Hunt
  • Brids Huddled Together
  • Bump Egg
  • Cat Got Your Tongue
  • Clean Energy Creatures
  • Coneru: Dimension Girl
  • Corrupted Spirits
  • Cotton Candy's Terror Factory
  • Deck Remover
  • DIROK
  • Dragon Ruins
  • Dungeon Renovation Simulator
  • dWARf
  • Echoes of the Plum Grove
  • Event Horizon
  • Factory Tower
  • Find X
  • Fish Hero
  • Five Elements: Ghosts Delivery
  • Footgun: Underground
  • Front Mission 2 Remake
  • Garm Ruins
  • Go! Save The Queen!
  • GuDaiFengLiuZhuan
  • Heather The Smither
  • HELLAXY
  • Hellfire (Paracosm Studio)
  • Hidden Old House Top-Down 3D
  • Hoping this Finds You Well
  • Impact Trial: First Encounter - Prologue
  • Let Bions Be Bygones
  • Lila's Synthetic Shadows
  • Mechanical Trap
  • Miami Hotel Simulator Prologue
  • Mid-Death Crisis
  • Mineval
  • Mini Settlers: Prologue
  • My Demonic Romance
  • Observe and Report
  • Paradox Wars Shattered Time
  • Pet Crossing
  • Piron Virus
  • Project of Cooling the Earth
  • Searching
  • Sheep's Symphony
  • Ships That Fight Underground (S.T.F.U)
  • Sift Heads Cartels
  • silkbulb / flathead
  • Sime Is Back
  • SKUF BACKROOMS
  • Space Outpost Silicon One
  • Spellbrew Express
  • Stolen Memories
  • STRONG FORTRESS:Prologue
  • Summer's Gone - Season 1
  • Survivor in the Forest
  • Tendryll
  • The Aquarians
  • The Butler Did It
  • The Curse Of Grimsey Island
  • The Foretold: Westmark Legacy
  • The Great Pass and the Long Road, a Dream of Ten Thousand Miles
  • The Six Dragons
  • Timeless Tesseract
  • Tow Truck
  • TRIB3
  • Ultimate Fatal Octopus
  • Unable to escape
  • Voyager-19
  • Wandering Planet: Prelude
  • Warfare : Battleground
  • Water Buddy
  • We Need Space
  • Weird Meese
  • XiuzhenWorld
  • Zombie Battle
  • Zombieland: Survivors
  • 05-01

  • Alchemy Frogs
  • Astro Pig
  • BACKROOMS INVASION
  • Banana Step
  • Blood Poker
  • BOMB
  • Check in
  • Creature Match
  • Doodle Factory
  • FANTASYQUEST: ERRANDSAGA
  • Get Slapped!
  • I'm a Rocker!
  • Karting with Animals
  • Mashiroiro Symphony HD -Love is Pure White-
  • Mashiroiro Symphony HD -Sana Edition-
  • memorel
  • MidNight Cemetery
  • Mission: Mars
  • Paratbellum
  • Poltergeist Watcher
  • Silent Code
  • Space Wars (Jason Huang)
  • The Last Spin
  • The Reeve
  • TR-12
  • 05-02

  • Ai no Karakuri
  • Archery Simulator 2
  • Bear Warrior
  • BREAK IT!
  • Cards and Guns
  • Chill Pulse
  • Honor Battle
  • INDIKA
  • King of Hell
  • MADiSON VR
  • Mareld
  • Mega Mosaic
  • Meme Christmas
  • Mimic Search
  • Mochi Sprint
  • MotoGP 24
  • Night at the Cabin
  • OLD SKOOL RACER
  • Riptide
  • SP-LIGHT
  • Suika Jelly Game
  • Surmount: Little Climbers on a Big Adventure
  • The Political Machine 2024
  • Touhou Kourinden ~ Mythos of Phantasmagoria
  • Type Galaxy
  • Yukionaga
  • 05-03

  • 99 Seconds
  • Almost Dungeon
  • Banana Hell: Mountain of Madness
  • BLOODKILL
  • Bob Fight
  • Chambers: The Outlaw
  • Cozy Space Survivors
  • Crop and Claw
  • Darts Up
  • Dimenshift: Direction is Meaningless
  • Dungeon Mercenaries
  • EXTANT: Zombie Eradication Co-op Simulation
  • Forest of Tails: Arena
  • I commissioned some mice 4
  • Ingression: Platforming with Portals
  • Keeper's Curse
  • Not Alone
  • Oil Truck Transporter
  • Orange Cat Fantasy
  • Outbreak The Fedora Files: What Lydia Knows
  • Paper Flight - Future Battles
  • RefleXion
  • Stories to Tell - Downhill Cemetery
  • Surveillance
  • SYNC
  • Tempus Bound
  • The Braves
  • Turmoil

Xbox Series X

  • 04-30

  • Front Mission 2 Remake
  • Tales from Candleforth
  • The Fall of Elena Temple
  • 05-01

  • Space Mercenary Defense Force
  • 05-02

  • Armed and Gelatinous: Couch Edition
  • Candle Knight
  • Full Metal Sergeant
  • MotoGP 24
  • Pool Slide Story
  • Sclash
  • The Manga Works
  • 05-03

  • Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World

Xbox One

  • 04-30

  • Front Mission 2 Remake
  • Tales from Candleforth
  • The Fall of Elena Temple
  • 05-01

  • Space Mercenary Defense Force
  • 05-02

  • Candle Knight
  • Full Metal Sergeant
  • MotoGP 24
  • Pool Slide Story
  • Sclash
  • The Manga Works
  • 05-03

  • Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World
  • Ready, Steady, Ship!

PlayStation 5

  • 04-30

  • Front Mission 2 Remake
  • Gordian Quest
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Tales from Candleforth
  • 05-01

  • Space Mercenary Defense Force
  • 05-02

  • Armed and Gelatinous: Couch Edition
  • MotoGP 24
  • Sclash
  • Who's Your Daddy
  • 05-03

  • Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World
  • Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition

PlayStation 4

  • 04-30

  • Front Mission 2 Remake
  • Gordian Quest
  • Tales from Candleforth
  • 05-01

  • Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs
  • Space Mercenary Defense Force
  • 05-02

  • Armed and Gelatinous: Couch Edition
  • MotoGP 24
  • Sclash
  • Who's Your Daddy
  • 05-03

  • Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World
  • Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition

Nintendo Switch

  • 04-30

  • Before The Green Moon
  • Braid Anniversary Edition
  • Space Routine
  • Tales from Candleforth
  • The Fall of Elena Temple
  • 05-01

  • Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs
  • Space Mercenary Defense Force
  • 05-02

  • Armed and Gelatinous: Couch Edition
  • Chigau no Atta!
  • Endless Ocean Luminous
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
  • Kurukuru Puzzle Shougakusei de Shiritai Chiri
  • Lucky Happening
  • Matsutake Game
  • MotoGP 24
  • O Juken Quiz mini Yomo Kansatsu
  • Slot & Learn KANJI
  • SOWON: The Toy Wonderland
  • Surmount: Little Climbers on a Big Adventure
  • Touhou Mystia's Izakaya
  • Tractor Farming Simulator 3D
  • Train Your Brain! Spot the Difference with Dog Photos
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • 05-03

  • All Noobs must die
  • Baking Time
  • Bomb Cat
  • Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World
  • Exit Slum 11
  • Knight Sim Life
  • My Horse Stories
  • Outbreak The Fedora Files: What Lydia Knows
  • Pirates Golden Quest
  • 05-04

  • Corgi's Travel
  • DungeonSmash - Medieval Dungeons
  • 05-05

  • Ninja Shuriken Master

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