Two Perspectives on Remember August

Two Perspectives on Remember August

In Shing Yin Khor’s Remember August, players exchange letters with a former friend who’s become unmoored in time. The live game was played by mail (or email, or digital files) in February 2022, with Khor sending out letters through the USPS that players could respond to and send back to themselves with the assurance that August, the recipient, would find and read them in their journeys through time. Rather than leaving randomness up to dice rolls or other typical game mechanics, Remember August used the postal service. Letters could arrive out of order or not at all, changing the narrative and the player’s response to it. (more…)

Review: Freshly Frosted Is a Friendly, Funky Flare Game

Review: Freshly Frosted Is a Friendly, Funky Flare Game

I’ve written before about the importance of a good flare up game—that is, a game that’s enjoyable to play during a chronic illness or chronic pain flare. Even better than discovering a new flare game is discovering one that makes you screech with excitement when you first boot it up, and that’s exactly what happened when I played Freshly Frosted. (more…)

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

The Final Destination films are something of a guilty pleasure in my household. If you’re not familiar, the series follows teens and young adults who narrowly avoid death thanks to a premonition and are then stalked and systematically murdered through strange “coincidences” as Death tries to settle the score. Also, Tony Todd is there. (more…)

Review: Enjoy the Pastoral Fantasy of Beecoming a Beekeeper in APICO

Review: Enjoy the Pastoral Fantasy of Beecoming a Beekeeper in APICO

I’m both a sucker for a cozy crafting sim and an aspiring beekeeper to boot, so I couldn’t resist APICO, a beekeeping simulator from TNgineers and Whitethorn Games, whose Steam tagline is “Stress-free games for nervous people.” How could I resist the promise of something stress-free and targeted at me, a nervous person?

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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…)