Saturday, February 3, 2018

Step Back into Another Time... || I Am Here[DEMO]

"It hurts to know you'll never remember the things I'll never forget." --Tiffany William

I am Here.

I am Here is a narrative driven story in the works by Lavalamp Games. You play as Karen, a woman who was once a successful writer, and is looking for her partner, Lisa. You’ll get to explore your surroundings, and memories, as you unfold the story and struggles of Karen and her partner as a gay couple in the 1960s.

The graphics are beautiful, and the style and aesthetic of the house makes it feel like a 60’s styled house (my great grandma’s house STILL looks like this…). The voice acting is nice, although it seems a little flat. If there was just a little bit more emotion in some parts, I think it would be spectacular.

Hard decisions need to be made in life.

Second to the story of a gay couple in the 60’s, I also get the feeling of there being a memory disorder effecting Karen. Perhaps Alzheimer’s? Before the job I have now, I worked in a nursing home where I saw many residents in many stages of Alzheimer’s and memory loss. It’s truly heartbreaking, so I can imagine the stress and pain that Lisa speaks of in the game.

This demo is very touching, and I wonder where the developers plan to take the game in the future. The game, despite the sentimental nature, does have some spooky sequences, that did me quite a frighten. I walked through the dark sequences wholly expecting something to jump out and scare me.

Seriously looks almost exactly like my Great Grandmother's...

I hope you’ll all give this lovely demo a try, it’s free and you can download it from *here*. Be sure to leave your feedback and encouragement for the developers. I can’t wait to see where it goes! Be sure to stop in every Tuesday and Saturday at 11 AM to see what we play next! Until next time, happy gaming!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Romance is Magical || Floret Bond[DEMO]

"Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic." --Frida Khalo

The art is so beautiful!

Floret Bond is a super sweet otome in development from GBPatch, the makers of XOXO Droplets, A Foretold Affair, and My Magical DivorceBureau.  Floret Bond is all about developing a polyamorous relationship between the main character, Peony, and the male leads, Gata and Krishin. Peony studies the art of neutralization, meaning she is able to negate the effects of some spells and curses. Krishin and Gata come to her, because it seems that Gata has cast a spell to keep the two of them bound together. While Gata doesn’t seem to mind, Krishin wants the spell removed.

Krishin and Gata are both interesting characters, though the mysterious Gata quickly became my favorite (I may have a type). Peony herself is a sweetheart as well, and I like her as a character. The art style for the game is soft and beautiful. I love the watercolor look of the whole game. The characters also seem diverse and unique, which makes them more interesting. I want to learn more about them.

Krishin and the mysterious Gata.

This game is still a demo, so it’s missing some parts, such as the crafting system. Peony will have to manage her time, forage for items, craft, trade, and even make gifts to give to the guys to earn their affections.  This will be a great addition to the final build of the game and I can’t wait to try it out.
Overall, I’m excited for the game, and I hope that you’ll give the demo a try for yourselves. You can download and play free from *here*. Also, be sure to leave your feedback and encouragement for GB Patch as well.

Thank you, as always, for sharing some of your time with me today. Let me know what you thought below, and be sure to check back every Tuesday and Saturday at 11 AM to see what we’re going to play next! Until then, happy gaming, Jammers!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Knees Weak, Palms are Sweaty... || Sweaty Palms[DEMO]

"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides." --George Sand

Sweaty Palms is a climbing adventure made by thecalooch. You play as an old acrobat preparing for The Show™. You’ll have to climb through the stages to reach the top and ring the bell, fighting off crows (and death, probably) the whole way.

The controls are interesting, if a bit frustrating at times. Old man acrobat moves with the use of your mouse. You have to click on one of his limbs, then move it into a suitable position. If the limb isn’t flat against a solid surface, though, it won’t do you much good. There were some issues I had with the hands and feet not registering where I wanted to place them. It was a little frustrating, but it was simple enough to just try re-placing them.

Just... a little... further...!

I like the graphics and the overall aesthetic, as well as the sound effects. Most of all, I had fun playing. I used to play a game called Catherine on the ps4, where you had to climb towers, and this gave me a similar feel to that game (even though they are quite different).

The developer has said that its current state is a demo build, but if you enjoy the demo, please be sure to let the developer know, and perhaps we can see a full-length game from this. You can download the demo and play it free from *here*. Let me know what you thought down below!

Until next time, Jammers, happy gaming!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Free Games #24

1. May I Take Your Order


May I Take Your Order is a short visual novel created by AlexisRoyce. You play as a waiter/waitress catering to a couple who have some rather peculiar tastes. Be careful of your choices though, your life might depend on it! Survive the 3-course meal and hope that you get a big tip for all of this!

I rather enjoyed this short little experience. I played through it 3 times and got 3 different endings, including one where I rather unceremoniously was killed. The art is nice, and the music and sound effects are nice as well.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and I look forward to what this developer makes in the future! Please download May I Take Your Order free from *here*. Be sure to leave your feedback and encouragement for the developer, and let me know what you thought down below.

2. Healthy Breakfast

Align the glass shards to show the door!

Healthy Breakfast is a quirky little exploration game created by Boogie Knights and friends, about an elusive donut and pink flamingoes. Find your way through a bright, colorful, and sometimes surreal environment to find your way. Just follow the flamingo!

I really enjoyed this little adventure more than I expected to. The mechanics are interesting, and I left as though the environment was changing and shifting around me, which I thought was neat. Some doorways, for example, will only be visible through a mirror so you’ll have to maneuver your way to the door while keeping that mirror in your sight to locate the door. If you turn away, the door will be gone.

The music is interesting, though I was so focused on the visuals that I honestly didn’t pay that much attention. The ending was also a bit of a surprise! I really enjoyed this little game though, so I hope you’ll give it a try as well. You can download it free from *here*. Be sure to leave your feedback for the developer and let me know what you thought below!

3. I’ll Take You to Tomato Town

Won't you take me to.... tomato town?

I’ll Take You to Tomato Town is a quirky shopping simulator created by adamgryu, along with friends.  You play as a character in a shopping mart, and your friends call and tell you what you need to buy. Seems easy enough, what could go wrong?

The colors are all bright and vibrant, including your Armstrong stretch arm. The sound effects are fun, and the calls from your friends are silly and fun to listen to. The game is rather short, but fun all the same. You can download this game free from *here* and you too can go to Tomato Town!

4. Rose in Bloom

My Chihuahua loves to do this...

Rose in Bloom is a cute visual novel style game created by Lynnaira. You play as Rose, an artistic shut in who lives alone on a house on a hill (my dream). The choice you make through the game decide how the story goes.

One day, Rose is painting when she hears a knock on the door. It’s Jackie, a young lady who seems to have lost her dog. You can decide whether to help her or not. She seems nice enough, and a dog’s life is at stake here! I don’t want to spoil any of the story, so I won’t talk about what happens after.

The graphics and aesthetic of the game are very cute. Both Rose and Jackie are cute characters, and I also like their personalities. The music and sounds were quiet, but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed the game over all. You can download Rose in Bloom for yourself free from *here*

Be sure to leave your feedback for the developers, and let me know what you thought down below!

Thank you for stopping in, and until next time, Jammers, happy gaming!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Classic Whodunit || Rainswept[DEMO]

"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." -Mark Twain

Rainswept is a murder mystery adventure game in the works from Frostwood Interactive. You play as Michael Anderson, a detective sent to investigate an apparent murder suicide. The couple in question, Chris and Diane, have an unknown history, as they generally kept to themselves and didn’t really involve themselves in the community. The case seems pretty cut and dry… but is it?

Something seems off. There was only one gun shot reported being heard, but 3 bullets missing from the ammo box and the chamber of the gun used. Where are the other two? Michael will have to investigate the crime scene, question the locals of Pineview, and fine the truth of what happened.

Apart from trying to solve the mystery of what really happened, Michael is also facing some issues of his own. The demo doesn’t go into much detail, but it’s clear that Michael has a past of his own, and it’s haunting him. I’m curious to know what has hurt Michael so badly.

The art of Rainswept is beautiful and simplistic, the colors are pleasing to look at. The music is also very beautiful and nice to listen to. I’m really looking forward to seeing the game develop further. You can see more about the game, follow development, or add it to your wishlist on Steam *here* and you can also download the demo from *here*.

As always, be sure to leave your thoughts and feedback on the demo for the developers, and let me know what you think down below. Are you looking forward to solving the mystery? Until next time, Happy Gaming!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Small Gesture, Big Impact || Tiny Echo (PC)

"Meraki (v.)  to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself in your work.

Tiny Echo is an adorable exploration adventure style game created by Might and Delight. You play as Emi, an adorable character tasked with delivering messages to the spirits in the other realm. Emi has 13 messages, and a lot of ground to cover, so she better get a move on!

I was looking forward to getting this game, and it did not disappoint. The art style is what originally drew my interest, you know I love a game with hand drawn quality. Emi and the spirits all have their own unique appearances, and even the side characters and creatures of the world are quite cute. The music is wonderfully composed and fits well with the overall feeling of the game.

I just love the artistic style of this game.

The puzzles are a nice challenge, but not too difficult that it took me too long to figure anything out. I do wish Emi moved a little faster at times, but that may have just been me being impatient. I wish there was a little more use for the side characters, other than there just being an achievement for talking to them all. Maybe some integration into the puzzles, or something. That’s really the only criticism I have for the game though.

The story is simple, and a bit short (about an hour and a half of game play for me), but it was heartwarming, with a happy ending. I really enjoyed it, and I think you will too. You can buy the game on steam at full price for 7.99 *here*. Or add it to your wish list and wait for a sale (like I did!) and get it for 5.99. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy it as I did!

Stay safe, until I see you next time, Jammers! Happy Gaming.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blessing and a Curse || What Remains of Edith Finch (PC)

"Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy." F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is not in any way ominous...

What Remains of Edith Finch is heartwarming game about exploration and discovering the stories of the past, created by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive. You play as Edith, returning to the Finch home after years away. Edith is the last remaining Finch, after the loss of her mother. Her mother left her a key, so Edith takes it and returns to the Finch home to unravel the secrets of her family and the “curse” that afflicts them. And, oh, what an adventure awaits.

This game has to be one of my favorite games that I have played in the last year. The story is well crafted with mystery, intrigue, and tragedy. As you explore the house through secret passages and hidden doors, you learn about each member of Edith’s family tree, and how they met their untimely ends. I loved playing the short vignettes of each family member, and despite some minor issues with the controls not working as smooth as I liked, many of the stories stuck with me and often had an element in them I could personally relate myself to.

Such a beautiful house with a view.

Edith’s brother Lewis, I think, was my favorite of them all to play. Simply because I can understand the desire to escape your reality and imagine something more—something grand and all your own. There were a few times I felt tears welling inside me (reminder: I cry so easily) and approaching the end of Lewis’ story, since I could see what was coming, was one of those times. Well done.

The graphics and music are both beautiful and fitting for the game, I took far too many screenshots to share in this blog entry, but I hope they showcase the game accurately. The music is well composed, and I even have the OST saved on my computer to listen to myself. Milton’s tower theme is just beautiful.

I wish my brother and I had this room growing up.

The story easily blew me away, the tragedy of Edith’s family members’ deaths, and her wondering if it was really a curse, of it the family’s belief in the curse made it a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Strange coincidences happen, after all.

I love the strange, the mysterious and the unexplained, so the “unsolved mystery” feeling of the game and the stories that Edith read from her family really spoke to me. I would recommend this game highly to anyone. What Remains of Edith Finch runs 19.99 at normal price, though I received my copy free, as I won it as a part of a random prize drawing. On sale, I believe it was priced at 12.99 during the winter Steam sale, so I, myself, always wait for a sale. This game is more than worth the experience, in my opinion. You can view the Steam Page *here* to purchase, add to your wish list, or get more information.

Thank you all once again for stopping in. I always take recommendations for games, so leave a comment if there’s something I should play, or if there is an error or anything. Take care, until next time. Happy gaming, Jammers!