Hello! Welcome to this week’s Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup!
This week, a simple release roundup.
In re-releases, the Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection comes to Switch, bringing together Life is Strange and Before the Storm into a single package, as the games have been optimised specifically for Switch separately from the previously released remastered collection on other systems. The Switch (and PlayStation) also gets Tunic, the cutesy fox-driven Zelda-like that was a previous Game of the Week upon its PC/Xbox release earlier this year. If you haven’t played it, now’s a great time to rectify that.
Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator (PC) is a deep simulation of brewing your own beers and ales, balancing out fermenting and mixing, with the goal of creating your own award-winning concoctions. Basically, this is for anyone who’s obsessed with trying out the latest IPAs. (I don’t drink, I don’t know what half of this means, sorry)
NeverAwake (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox) is a twin-stick shooter about a girl trapped in a never-ending dream. Every night she battles her fears and dislikes like it’s R-Type
Witchy Life Story (PC) is one of several witch-themed indie games that we can expect to see in coming months. This game is all about craft spells and gathering ingredients in anticipation for a (presumably magical) harvest festival.
Dome Keeper (PC) is a combination of roguelike and tower defence, where half your time is spent building up the defences for your underground base while the other half is spent heading out to collect resources to help with this task.
The Spirit and the Mouse (PC, Switch) is the latest in the growing genre of “be an animal” games. In this one, you’re a tiny mouse in a quaint French village working hard to restore light to the people with the power of little magical spirits. It looks adorable.
Wadjet Eye Games have a track record of being a small publisher quietly putting out small yet excellent point and click adventures, and The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow (PC) looks like no exception. Starring a researcher documenting the barrows of England who is called to a mysterious village. Expect a bunch of folk horror and suspicious NPCs.
Moonscars (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) is a dark, moody side-scroller clearly drawing more than a little influence from Fromsoft’s work. You know the drill – you’re a dark warrior seeking answers in a dying world, and brutal combat awaits you at every turn.
Railgrade (PC, Switch) is for anyone mourning the lack of a Railroad Tycoon game because, well, this is basically a Railroad Tycoon game. In space. Yes really.
Moonbreaker (PC) is a game from the developers of Subnautica with writing from fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. It’s a turn-based strategy game presented entirely as a tabletop experience, with every character being a figure that can be painted.
Game of the Week
I don’t know if I ever made it entirely clear that my personal Game of the Year for 2019 was Remedy’s Control. The atmosphere, the SCP-style files, the visual design, it all made for a game that appealed directly to my specific brand of weird.
So imagine my reaction to our latest Game of the Week, The Fridge is Red (PC), when I first saw it in action, because oh boy does this look like someone just did a PS1 demake of Control. And I am HERE for this.
It’s an anthology game, telling six different horror stories, all set in spooky liminal spaces and featuring strange characters, all tied around a mysterious red fridge. I honestly have no idea what to expect but it’s definitely got one of the more intriguing trailers I’ve seen all year, and it’s a perfect choice as we move into spooky season.
And that’s all for now! See you again next week with more news and releases in games!