Review: Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue Propels With Earnest Despite Usual Roguelite Setbacks

Review: Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue Propels With Earnest Despite Usual Roguelite Setbacks

Sidequest was provided with a copy of Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue for the PC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As fires will always keep blazing, someone has to put them out! Following in the footsteps of her father, a young woman takes on the firefighter mantle to put out fires and rescue lives, all while trying to help her local fire station recuperate from its dilapidated conditions. (more…)

Review: Love Closes the Distance in Fire Tonight

Review: Love Closes the Distance in Fire Tonight

Carrying a lighthearted phone conversation with her boyfriend, Nevin, Maya touches upon her anxieties and expectations after having just freshly moved into a new city. Unexpectedly, a mass fire breaks out. When the telephone lines jam and power goes out, the long-distance communication limitations of the year 1990 cut Maya and Devin’s conversation short. The two soon take their own separate journeys across the city and through memory lane in order to reunite.

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Review: The Sisters Savitree’s Simplicity Leaves Complex Questions Unanswered

Review: The Sisters Savitree’s Simplicity Leaves Complex Questions Unanswered

This review references politics and illness of a child. The review also includes spoilers for The Sisters Savitree.

Although many immersive theater groups have figured out how to adjust to an ongoing pandemic by adapting these experiences to online forms, the future of live shows remains uncertain.

The Sisters Savitree is described as a “limited-interactivity story game” in which interested participants can sign up to receive emails over the course of about one week. A family of witches made a bargain with Hell, and they now have to turn to a third party to determine who will ultimately sign off their soul to the Devil in exchange for whatever they want. (more…)

Animal Crossing’s Merchandising Efforts Tell Me That Suffering Yields Stuffing

Animal Crossing’s Merchandising Efforts Tell Me That Suffering Yields Stuffing

Animal Crossing fever will probably never die, and the well of merchandise has continued to be full since Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release in March 2020. This huge merchandising campaign is still trucking along to commemorate that game’s release. Animal Crossing, the aesthetic, will remain a spark of joy for many, but that feeling becomes a susceptible, vulnerable target for new ventures despite New Horizons’ latency. (more…)

July Roundtable: Summer Barbecue (With Our Faves)

July Roundtable: Summer Barbecue (With Our Faves)

It’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere! Time for lake swimming, marshmallow toasting, and the ever-important summer barbecue. Oh, and games. Don’t forget the games.

When we brainstormed this month’s topic, we came up with a few different ideas: astronomy, astrology, the dog days of summer, dogs… hot dogs… and barbecuing. Which leads to two important questions that will form the backbone—but not the entirety—of this month’s spicy, grilled discussion.

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