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?
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
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.
Zainabb Hull is an editor at Sidequest, a freelance writer and videographer, and sort-of artist. They’re also a trans, queer, and disabled brown femme. They tweet into the void at @ZainabbHull.