WARGROOVE IS FINALLY HERE!!!
Sorry, what I meant to say was it’s February and love is in the air, love of indie games. Love of weird ideas, spiritual successors, and probably cool art. Not of people; people are monsters, and usually dirty. Go have a bath.
Anyway, let’s have a look at what will be stealing our hearts this month shall we?
Come on, put it in my Switch, all the way inside. Yeah, I’m not meant to be biased but I’ve played this game at two separate conventions now and the fact that it is actually being released is wonderful. Wargroove is an Advance Wars inspired turn-based strategy game in which you can be a doggo commanding other doggos to destroy a no-doggo nation. It looks great, it plays great, and if it isn’t a GOTY contender I will be surprised. It is here 1st February (PC, Switch)
Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey
It’s rare you get to play as a mother in a video game. Annoyingly rare – games industry, make more of this kind of game. In Macrotis you play as Mother Bilby, an adorable little rodent who just wants to find her children. To do this you will jump, gnaw, and dig your way through platforming sections and puzzles alike. You even unlock some supernatural abilities as you go, the things a mother can do eh? To be honest, if the story ends sadly then I’ll probably never recover, so here’s hoping it’s a happy ending when it releases on PC 8th February.
So, we finally reach a romantic visual novel in these little lists. Arcade Spirits is set in the year 20XX in a world where the 1983 video game crash never happened. You play an incredibly unfortunate person who has just landed a new job at Funplex. It is from here that your custom character will get into a plethora of awkward situations and maybe find love. Awwww. You can see what happens 12th February (PC)
Degrees of Separation
We’ve got another pretty platform puzzler. It’s a good job this looks like it’ll be great to play too. Degrees of separation has you controlling Ember and Rime, two people who love each other, but are kept apart by unknown forces. You’ll have to progress through the beautifully animated world in order to see if you can solve the mysteries that are plaguing them. Degrees of Separation is being released on the thematically appropriate 14th February (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Norse mythology is cool. Comics are cool. Video games are cool. (Cool is a relative term, not sure what scale we are using but it helps the writing so go with it.) Fimbul is what happens when you smush all three together like some kind of nerdy smoothie. Set in the final winter before Ragnarok, Fimbul has you trying to save the world from the impending end. You do this by both hacking and slashing your way through anything that stands in your way, human or otherwise. See if you can avert the apocalypse 28th February (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)