Review: “What Happened Here” and When You Finally Step Out That Door

Review: “What Happened Here” and When You Finally Step Out That Door

Many immersive theater experiences and various LARP groups have learned how to innovate and adapt in response to the cautions and concerns created by the ongoing pandemic. Mirror World Creations offers a whole catalog of experiences that can be played remotely, while Lucid Immersive recreated the work-from-home conference call.

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Preview: Face Your Dreams and Fears in I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Preview: Face Your Dreams and Fears in I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

I have been a big fan of child-raising simulation games from as far back as the iconic Princess Maker, developed by Gainax, to the more recent Growing Up, developed by Vile Monarch. I was immediately pulled in by I Was a Teenage Exocolonist because of its premise as another game of this genre, as well as its very lovely visuals. Not only have I been intrigued by what I have tried of it so far, I was also pleasantly surprised to find something with darker depth underneath its surface. (more…)

Preview: Glitchhikers Meditates on the Journey, Not the Destination

Preview: Glitchhikers Meditates on the Journey, Not the Destination

We rarely ponder or stress the importance of the moments in between the journeys that bring us where we need to go. As little as we pay attention to those gaps, they are necessary to get to our destination. After all, how do you get from point A to point B without a bridge? (more…)

Review: Haulways Trucking Inc Provides A Much-Needed Escape

Review: Haulways Trucking Inc Provides A Much-Needed Escape

When I started playing Haulways Trucking Inc in December, I was interested in how playing as a long haul trucker might be a way for me to reflect on my own sense of isolation, brought on—and this may come as a surprise to many—not by lonesome cross-country drives but by a combination of being disabled and living through a pandemic in a wildly ableist society. My intention going into the game was to draw heavily on this theme, exploring how my character felt about encountering strange and scary things on the road, with nobody else to lean on and only their vehicle as reliable refuge. What I wasn’t expecting was how leaning into the game’s sense of adventure and magic also provided me with a much-needed escape from my real-life loneliness.

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Review: Wytchwood Is Easy But Not Accessible

Review: Wytchwood Is Easy But Not Accessible

Sidequest was provided with a copy of Wytchwood for PC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about “flare games,” what I’ve been calling games that make good companions when you’re experiencing a chronic illness or chronic pain flare. For me, these games offer an engaging distraction from pain and discomfort without demanding too much from me when my mobility and brain aren’t functioning well. When I heard about Wytchwood, a crafting game from developer Alientrap, I immediately wanted to know whether it could be a good addition to my collection of flare games.

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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…)