Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Games Release Roundup!
This week, Story of Seasons, Ghost Trick and a new mystery from the Danganronpa team!
This week you essentially have three options – solve crime, do crime or retire to the countryside. Want anything else? Well, okay, there’s also a mech game. Although I haven’t played Front Mission so I can’t verify if war crimes occur in that game or not.
Definitely an interesting week though. So much so that I have a few possible recommendations. Ghost Trick looks neat, and I’m definitely curious about Crime O’clock and Kingdom Eighties. But this week’s Game of the Week is something I’ve been excited about for a while now. Read on to see what I’m talking about.
Also, housekeeping time! There will not be a new edition of the Games Release Roundup next week. It’s an exceptionally quiet week, so I’ll be moving those games to the following week and taking some time off. So enjoy this week’s releases and I’ll see you again on the 14th!
Previously released for Switch, Front Mission 1st Remake comes to PC, PlayStation and Xbox this week, so now everyone can enjoy this revamped Super Famicom mech strategy game.
Another remaster, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) sees the return of the DS detective game about a ghost trying to prevent crimes. Also you have a dog buddy. There’s your selling point right there.
Releasing in Early Access for PC, One Lonely Outpost is a farming game. IN SPACE! You are a colonist whose job is to take a barren alien land and turn it into a lush, verdant home across the stars.
Pekoe (PC) is a game about managing a teahouse and serving a clientele of feline customers. Cats AND tea? You bet this is a cosy game.
A Long Journey to an Uncertain End (PC) is a narrative adventure about being a sentient spaceship with a crew of misfits. Explore the galaxy and try and find your freedom in this interactive space opera.
Crime O’clock (Switch) is a point and click game about being a time detective. However, in practice, it’s more like Where’s Wally, as you move your magnifying glass across bustling scenes in search of crimes. Releases for Switch now, but a PC release is also coming in July!
Sludge Life 2 (PC) is the sequel to Devolver’s utterly bizarre graffiti tagging game. Full of weird NPCs and a cat with a double butthole, I don’t think I can begin to explain what’s happening here.
Do you enjoy the Kingdom games but feel they would be better if they dropped the fantasy setting and moved the action into a Steven Spielberg movie? Kingdom Eighties: Summer of Greed (PC) has you covered. It’s the latest in Raw Fury’s side-scrolling, base-defending strategy game, only you are no longer a king on horseback, you’re a rad teen on a BMX. No idea how this happened, but here it is anyway.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life (PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox X/S) is a remake of the Gamecube title of a similar name (it was Harvest Moon back then). Expect more of the usual cosiness of that game, only now with greater options for romance and gender identity, and a bulletin board to better manage requests from townsfolk.
Game of the Week
Game of the Week this week is Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (Switch), a mystery game from Spike Chunsoft.
You play as Yuma, a detective in training who is haunted by a spirit named Shinigami. Together they solve crime! You can also get assistance from the World Detective Organization, each of whom has their own unique special ability. You solve crimes with these abilities in the Mystery Labyrinth, a realm that reveals the truth.
Look, I got HEAVILY into Danganronpa this year. Yes, late to the party, but I had a review to do about Process of Elimination and needed to make the comparison. Then I discovered that the intriguing detective game I’d seen in a Nintendo Direct was from the exact same team as the Danganronpa series. Well, the writer, artist and composer at least.
So yes, I’m excited about this one. It’s not exactly more Danganronpa, as the premise is much more complex and out there. However, with that team and yet another cast of delightful weirdos (who may not die horribly?) I can see this being an excellent mystery game in its own right.