2022 Competition Entrants

by MythicOwl
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Harmony's Odyssey is a wholesome 3D adventure puzzle game taking place on mythical, jigsaw-like dioramas filled with riddles, mini games and fabled creatures - tangled between myths and modernity.

by Dark Quixote Studio
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In a simulation, programs delicate coexistence is coming to an end. Virus rise and many sectors are being destroyed. Lead, a shattered program with a lost purpose, will have to take the fight against them and a shadowy organization; even if it means, dealing with her past mistakes.
Seeking answers in the very end, Lead will get to know the best and the worst of Ha_Bits town and its inhabitants, and their connection with the mysterious Overclock; when time runs out and only seven cycles remain.
Ha_Bits features two different worlds to be explored, the haunting and beautiful Ha_Bits town and the Overclock: a dangerous plane of existence that keeps many secrets and knowledge.
Two different game modes connected to tell the story integrated on the game's world.
Dress up to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Each with unique powers and skills.
Original art and soundtrack to entertain you up to the end of cycles.
A story full of mysteries and riddles to be solved on the simulation.
A cute cat to save your game! :3

by CoffeeBean Interactive
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The gameplay revolves around adapting and evolving as the game goes on until you reach the last evolution point where your character turns into their final form. These can take the form of a giant bat in Aca's case or a big cat in the smell character Radon's case. These final forms are usually really powerful but far from unstoppable. As the game goes on you'll find you end up dying to a certain class more often than others. If the smell character Radon is giving you a hard time for example, Vision can upgrade his bear trap to include a slab of meat which gives off a fake sent trail which can bait Radon into the open where he becomes an easy target.

We have many examples of this back and forth rock, paper, scissors mechanic which helps to make every game feel very different with the players feeling encouraged to try a different path until they find a gameplay style they vibe with the most.

by Sokpop Collective
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Hellblusser is a hot, fast-paced first-person rogue-like. You play as a young prince who is sent by the moon to extinguish the fires of hell. On the way to hell you'll use your sword and fire magic to beat enemies. Drop the tears of your enemies in fountains to obtain blessings that will alter the way you play, and buy magical items like bracelets and rings in shops to become even stronger.

by Flat Head Studio OG
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Solve action-packed shooter puzzles by cloning yourself and playing around with time!

Help Yourself is a puzzle shooter where you must work together with yourself - be your own best teammate! Every action you perform in a time loop is precisely replicated by a clone of you in the next loop. You have to cleverly plan ahead and cooperate with your clones across multiple timelines.

by ThingOnItsOwn
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A fast turn-based strategy RPG with real-time combat. Develop your cities and armies, level up your heroes to gain new, powerful spells and skills, and explore the wonders and dangers of the procedurally generated maps as you aim to conquer your enemies before they do the same to you.

by Oleander Garden
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Crash back to the world as the servers go dark; a solitude season now ends with a start. Cryptic connections, dreadful deceptions — HEXCRAFT: Harlequin Fair.

Harlequin Fair is an experimental RPG and immersive sim set in the mooncast shadows of Toronto by night. Follow the footsteps of those who've gone before, digging through every nook and cranny of this ever-changing dynamic world as you try to escape your baleful masquerade. Watch zones shift and develop as a motley cast of characters procedurally pursue their own thoughts, feelings, and goals. Featuring an extraordinary level of reactivity, Harlequin Fair blurs the line between simulation and role playing game. Cast dreadful spells, buy small arms with cash: cling to the light 'til the light bites you back.

by Konstantin Koshutin
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Highfleet is a strategic survival game with arcade air combat.

In a world with no memory of its past.The House of Sayadi, sends its thousand-ton military ships to the skies. Stirring the tranquility of nations inhabiting the earth. They strive to bring back what they have lost.

by Triple-I Games
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Hindsight 20/20 - Wrath of the Raakshasa is a 3D third-person action RPG where players can fix mistakes from past playthroughs and relive them for vastly different gameplay and story experiences. Discover the power of morality in each journey where choices and actions have meaningful consequences.

Hindsight 20/20 is founded on five pillars:

1. Choice in Combat:
Decide the fate of two kingdoms as one-armed warrior Jehan. Will he choose to respect the values of his former home by respecting life in all forms? Or will he choose the path of conflict and violence? Before every battle, make the conscious decision to wield a non-lethal stun rod to pacify enemies or a ruthless sword to put them down for good.

2. A Malleable World:
Champaner and its inhabitants switch between several states of disdain or acceptance for Jehan. Each playthrough shows only one version of the world as both the town and its inhabitants experience the effects of Jehan's choices and actions.

3. Interesting AI and Bosses:
All NPCs react to the world Jehan shapes. Dialogue options and weapon choice are only two factors in how the AI behaves. Hindsight 20/20's bosses exhibit emotion, making them more relatable. Nuances in their personality come to light as Jehan continues on his journey. The line between good and evil blurs as they react to Jehan.

4. The Experience Engine:
The Experience Engine is a hand-crafted, in-house gameplay engine driven by player choice. This engine is solely responsible for creating the dynamic gameplay and story experiences Jehan witnesses. Every action and choice made is observed and recorded by the Experience Engine leading to a high level of replayability. This feedback loop of choices, actions, and reactions affect the flow of the story and drives the gameplay of Hindsight 20/20.

5. Ten different endings:
Hindsight 20/20 has 10 different endings and four of those endings have absolutely no overlap. Each ending is carefully tailored to the choices and actions made in that journey. And unlocking each ending grants specific achievements as well.

by Mad About Pandas and Versus Evil
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Hitchhiker is a mystery game set along lost highways, where your goal is to solve the puzzle of your own backstory. As a hitchhiker with no memory or destination, you catch a series of rides across a strange and beautiful landscape, tracking the mysterious disappearance of a person close to you. Your drivers range from stoic farmers to off-duty waitresses, and each one has a story to tell. Clues appear, alliances emerge, and nothing is quite what it seems. As your journey continues, you must decode the events of your past while confronting the dangers that lie ahead. Hitchhiker is a road-trip odyssey about exploring the unknown in order to find yourself.

Hoa

by Skrollcat Studio
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Hoa is a beautiful puzzle-platforming game that features breathtaking hand-painted art, lovely music, and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Experience the magic of nature and imagination as you play the main character, Hoa, on her journey through breathtaking environments back to where it all began.

by Team Hook Up
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A woman matches with her high school bully on a dating app and chaos ensues...

Play as Alex, a sex positive 20 something, by exploring her dating profile. Manage her bio, swipe on other profiles, and talk to her matches to uncover her story. Hook Up is a text based mobile game for Android (soon to be available on IOS) about sex, trauma, and online dating.

by WhyKev
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Hoplegs is a different kind of platform game where you control your character using 4 different legs. Looks easy? Each of the four gamepad buttons where you usually jump, interact, crouch and change weapons are now your legs! Master the unique controls, and navigate through loads of developer and community-created levels!

by Rachel Li, Qin Yin
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You are alone on a cold, Christmas night, stuck at home, in a foreign country. You get through it by cooking a hot dish intended for six people. Hot Pot For One is a game about the bitterness of lonely times, and the sweet comfort of food that keeps us going. It is inspired by our personal experience as international students living far away from your friends and family.

by Euphoric Brothers
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An unknown deadly virus has suddenly spread. It turns people into brain eating zombies, the whole world goes into chaos, etc. You know the rest.

However, in this game, a cure has been found. All the infected people have been treated and are now normal, functioning, harmless humans again.
Except for one thing, the cured people's skin color is still green. Not everyone is convinced that the zombie apocalypse is over.

Play as a Green man. You just moved to a new town for a new job, but things are not that easy anymore when there is discrimination and racism towards the new Ex-Zombie race.

Human Apocalypse is a game focusing on story, characters, decisions, and exploration. The dark, bizarre world of this game has a deep thought-provoking story, full of interesting characters to meet, a city to freely roam and explore, tough decisions to make, an original soundtrack, beautiful visuals, lots of secrets to uncover.

by End Flame
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Ikai is a first-person psychological horror game drawing inspiration from Japanese folklore. Live the horror by the hand of its defining yokais and submerge into the superstitions of the past driven by a unique story and exploration.

Ikai embodies the spirit of the classical psychological horror genre with a defenceless main character incapable of attacking the evil creatures. However, it explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the threats directly neither fleeing nor attacking.
Every mechanic of the game is meant to raise this relatable feeling of helplessness and create a tense atmosphere. The slow, precise and natural movements as a way of interaction resemble real life's to foster immersion in the uncanny world of Ikai.

by Selva Interactive
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Bring back light into a world overtaken by darkness. Control a swarm of intelligent robots while mining resources, building bases, and crafting weapons to defend them. Manage multiple bases simultaneously while also researching new technologies. Forge powerful golems to capture new locations and liberate the world of Illuminaria in this strategic resource management game.

by Jens Isensee and Martin Wahnschaffe
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Imagine Earth is a self-published two man indie project. In this economic strategy game you'll build your own global civilization and you'll have to prevent it from falling into a climate catastrophe. Imagine Earth is a relaxed building simulation with resource and trade management that can turn into an environmental survival thriller based on your development decisions.

The game puts you into the position of a global economic player. You have to build and supply your colonies on distant planets, produce and trade goods into space. Form alliances or compete against other corporations. In order to preserve quality of life for your colonists and to avoid rising sea levels and a climate collapse, you have to do research and development to establish a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability sooner or later.

by Andrew Gibson
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A daily map-like puzzle for everyone. Just place the tiles according to simple rules to make a map and score.

But every day the Imp resets the world - a new pack of tiles, dealt in a new order all day. A new starter map and new wildcard. Even the Imp's path is the same all day so there's no luck, it's all down to your skill at placing each tile to score the maximum. Check your map score against everyone else on the daily leaderboard.

And certain tiles hold secret bonus scores if you can work out how to place them.

by We Create Stuff, Modus Games
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From the creators of cult classic Nightmare House 2 comes an imaginative psychological horror experience that challenges your expectations and ushers you through the deepest corners of your mind.

Featuring frenetic puzzles, unique boss fights, and original music by The Living Tombstone, you will need to survive the waking nightmare and piece together what happened to the town of Milton Haven. Unlike traditional horror games, In Sound Mind invites you to explore and fight through a series of unsettling memories as you journey within the inner workings of the one place you can't seem to escape—your own mind.

A completely original soundtrack by YouTube musical sensation The Living Tombstone provides an eerily beautiful backdrop to the player's journey through the psyche.

by Ambroise
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Inari's Tale is a 2D story-driven hand-drawn action-puzzle-platformer. The story is set during the mythical origins of Japan. You play Inari, starting as a tadpole. As you progress in the story, you grow limbs and add to your skills. Don't get fooled by the mellow art style and the simple mechanics, there are plenty of challenges, secrets to unlock, collectibles to gather, and player skins to use.

Inari's Tale is a solo dev project built in Construct3. It is focused on providing a visually impactful experience with Minimal UI and fitting music to allow for full immersion.

by Daniel Mullins Games
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From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards...

In Inscryption you will:
Acquire a deck of woodland creature cards by draft, surgery, and self mutilation
Unlock the secrets lurking behind the walls of Leshy's cabin
Embark on an unexpected and deeply disturbing odyssey

by Radiangames
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Instruments of Destruction is a vehicle-building sandbox featuring advanced physics-based destruction. An intuitive vehicle creation system lets you build and customize crazy construction vehicles using a wide array of parts. Those creations are used to destroy structures in a highly-detailed destruction-physics simulation, and complete other various objectives.

by Nullpointer Games
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In Into the Pit, you play as a member of a family of lore-hunting mystics. You and your cousin Luridia separately wander the land following rumors of occult power. After discovering a demonic pit in a nearby village, Luridia's once prolific letters grow silent. Something has gone terribly wrong. Now it is up to you to journey to the desolate hamlet under dark eldritch skies. What did Luridia discover? And what great power has this village unearthed?

by Iko / The Pixel Hunt / ARTE France
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Inua is a mystical narrative adventure spanning several time periods in the Canadian far north.
Follow the story of Taïna, Peter and Simon, three characters separated by more than a century but whose destinies are mysteriously intertwined with Nanurluk, the great polar bear.

10 000 thousand years ago, nanurluk lived peacefully with her cubs. One day, motivated by ambition and their desire to show their superiority, humans attacked her. After a long and dire hunt, Nanurluk was slain, disturbing the balance between man and nature.
Navigate through time and instill ideas into the minds of characters to bring back harmony to the world.

by Grimbart Tales
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YOU ARE THE ONLY HUMAN LEFT IN A WORLD FULL OF MASKS

Discover the world of Nahucan in this 2.5D action platformer. You are Itorah, the only human in this strange place. Explore, fight and survive to uncover your past and save Nahucan from its biggest threat, a mysterious plague!

Guide Itorah through a fantastic world inhabited by strange masked beings.
Mankind has vanished and Itorah seems to be the last of her kind! To uncover her past she will have to pick up her loud-mouthed axe and fight her way through lush forests, dangerous temples, stormy cliffs and more hand-painted biomes.

Their innocent quest for knowledge quickly turns into a mission to save this strange new world from its biggest threat: A mysterious plague that threatens to consume everything.

by Walaber Entertainment
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Drive a squishy "JellyCar" in a bouncy jelly world, trying to reach the exit across a variety of obstacle-course like levels in this unique 2D action/puzzle driving/platformer.

Soft-body physics, combined with a car that can grow, shrink, and gain abilities, make for a unique and tactile experience unlike any other game.

JellyCar Worlds is a new, modern sequel to the popular JellyCar series of games, which were mostly known as a mobile franchise spanning 3 versions, and ports to Nintendo DSi, Wii, and Sony PSP.

Walaber, the original creator of JellyCar is back and creating this new version as a primarily solo development effort.

by Superbrothers A/V + Pine Scented
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JETT invites you on an interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion in this cinematic action adventure.

As scout and 'anchorite' Mei, be the first to deploy to a mythic ocean planet. Take the helm of a 'jett' and explore a vast unknown - skim low over waves, roar up pristine coastlines and carve through otherworldly woods. Adapt to an intricate, systemic open world and persevere through adversity alongside an intimate ensemble cast in this story of courage, wonder and regret.

EMBARK on an exploratory single player adventure presented in five captivating acts encompassing monumental moments, laid-back exploration, occasional white-knuckle action, moments of heartfelt companionship, and a helping of existential dread.

SOAK in a sea of music and 3D sound, with a breathtaking score by Scntfc.

DEPLOY to the surface of a mythic ocean planet: skim up undiscovered coastlines, inspect indigenous flora and fauna, adapt to new perils, and problem-solve tough obstacles using your jett's array of scientific tools.

INVESTIGATE the source of 'the hymnwave', an interstellar invitation that propelled a people to look beyond their troubled skies and across the sea of stars, for salvation

RENDEZVOUS at 'Ground Control' and get to know fellow scouts in relaxed first-person sequences, as the scouts struggle together to "satisfy 'Jao's directives'" and acquit themselves with honor.

ENDURE hardships, evade pursuers and grapple with massive 'kolos' creatures by out-pacing or out-smarting adversaries and navigating hazards.

by Team Jivana
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Jivana tells the story of a community who runs away from its homeland, destroyed by the sudden appearance of a devastating cataclysm, and gets started for a trip to find a safer place to live.

Alma, the elder of the village, tells her own about a sacred cathedral which would have saved the ancient civilizations from the same cataclysm.

Guided by their faith, and Aelis' water manipulation powers, they begin this long journey which they hope, at the end, will save them.

by Finicky Fox LLC
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Johnny Chainsaw is a narrative-driven indie platformer where players don't have a jump button. Immerse yourself in this story of power structures, ethical dilemmas, and struggles in responding to change. Unravel the destructive secret and decide the world's fate.

by JollyCo LLC
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Are you up for a new sweet challenge?

Grab the Sundae Cannon and defend the Cake Palace from Num Nums and the Moon! Dive in the sea of laughs and enjoy the sweet plot twists!

Become a special guest at Princess Fidget's wingding birthday party, meet the Royal family, learn the secret booster recipes, and defend the Cake Palace!

The only way to stop the invasion of Num Nums and the Moon is to feed them as much ice cream as they can eat. There's a surprise waiting for you at the end of the adventure: time travel!

The game features:
• an amazing story,
• funny characters,
• weapons of enhanced sweetness,
• hilarious Num Num enemies,
• secret colorful boosters.
The family game Jolly Battle: Sugar Mess is great entertainment for kids and a challenge for grown-ups!

Remember: laughing makes you lose calories! Join the fun!

by Rock&Bushes
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Choose your mech, customize your loadout, and build your perfect deck. Experiment with cards to find powerful combinations as you enjoy the tactical combat and deckbuilding in this roguelike adventure!

Jupiter Moons: Mecha puts you in the pilot seat of a bounty hunting Mech. Take on the industrial muscle of the Taka Construction, outsmart the elite swiftness of the Gendai Spec and fight beard-to-beard with a group of mech pirates. With the corruption spreading, more bounties mean more danger...more danger means more profit!

by Samurai Punk
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JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED is an stealth/action game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a 90s TV universe. Stalk your prey, hack smart devices, turn them into deadly traps and consume the blood of your enemies to unleash devastating powers.

You play as Dusty, a robot vacuum that gains sentience after fighting off burglars during a break-in. Your family is brutally attacked by the FamilyCorp warranty squad and in the battle you're thrown into the living room TV. On the brink of robodeath, your consciousness enters "the TV dimension" to gain the abilities you need to rise from the ashes and rescue your family.

by Henry's House
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Move to the seaside, and open your own game shop! Decorate your new store, befriend customers, collect magical cards, and be the best game shop in the town!

You are the newest owner of a local game shop in the thriving town of Parakeet Bay.

Live the ultimate card enthusiast dream! Collect, buy, and sell rare cards to drive your sales up and develop a bond with the locals to increase your reputation.

Beautify your space by decorating it from a wide assortment of unlockable embellishments and awards to solidify your spot in the Kardboard Kingdom.

by Jules Maurer
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Karvan is a tactical roguelite game. A gigantic tree grew a few years ago, many are exploring it and exploiting the incredible resources that grow there, be the first to send a caravan all the way up, or die trying

by Platonic Pineapples Entertainment
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Play as Kathairein Sloane, a veteran combat medic, haunted by her own survivor's guilt. Join her as she struggles to come to terms with her past mistakes and help her fight to forgive herself.

by Clifftop Games
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A point & click detective mystery adventure game set in the 90's, Kathy Rain: Director's Cut tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather.

Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy begins to delve into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey full of emotional and personal turmoil.

by Ember Lab
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Immerse yourself in a story-driven action-adventure set in a charming world rich with exploration and fast-paced combat. Play as Kena, a young Spirit Guide travelling to an abandoned village in search of the sacred mountain shrine.

Find and grow a team of tiny spirits known as the Rot who maintain balance by decomposing dead and rotting elements. Enhance your companions' abilities, create new ways to manipulate the environment and uncover the secrets of a forgotten community hidden in an overgrown forest where wandering spirits are trapped.

by Stonewheat & Sons
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KeyWe is a cute, co-operative postal puzzler starring Jeff and Debra, two small kiwi birds working in a whimsical post office. They must jump, flap, peck and butt-slam their way across an interactive landscape of levers, bells and buttons to get those messages delivered on time!

by City From Naught Inc.
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Become an investigator in Keyword, a narrative thriller where you'll depend on skills of logical deduction, hacking, and social engineering to solve challenging puzzles as the only means of finding your missing daughter. Play as Guo, a father with a complex past, who must use all the tools at his disposal to find his daughter, Sala.

Solve problems as you would in real life, hack into emails and social media, and dive into the dark web to find your daughter's whereabouts, all the while uncovering secrets within your own home. Use binoculars to spy into the homes of neighbors, discover lurking enemies, and look over the city of Toronto to find important clues and put the pieces together.

Straddle the line between reality and the game as you depend on your natural intuition to guide you to your next step. With no dialogue prompts revealing answers it will be up to you to save Sala. Get lost in time loops as you discover if your past is all an illusion, or if it really is as you remember. Can all be forgiven? Is redemption possible? Or is there truly no way out?

by Freaking Games
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Congratulations on owning your very own store! Design your store layout. Buy and sell goods. Hire and manage your staff, take care of your customers and plan the perfect marketing campaign. Make yours the most popular store in town - but watch out, running a store is not as easy as it sounds!

by Ibe Denaux & Rupert Cole
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A cute turn-based tactics game about growing stronger, making friends and conquering foes! Become a cat, expand your territory and reign supreme over your enemies through dynamic tactical combat!

by Ryan Goward
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A Kokeshi (こけし) is a small, wooden child's doll from the north of Japan. These dolls are traditionally sold at northern hot springs, called Onsen, as souvenirs. Kikō (紀行) translates to 'travel journal', so in English the game could be called "The Travel Journal of a Kokeshi".

The project is a unique computer game adaptation of Bashō's 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' where the characters are all Japanese Kokeshi dolls and the environment is made to match. The gameplay is interspersed by the original Haiku which have been wonderfully narrated by the talented Chizuko Nakamura.

Experience a tranquil story about the player's ascent up a mountain to reach the soothing Onsen at the summit.

by Happy Broccoli Games
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Make friends, free spirits and make sure that the world doesn't end! Welcome to Kraken Academy, a technicolor fever dream that for legal reasons can only be described as "technically a school." Join forces with a magical kraken to manipulate a time loop and save the world.

While saving the world is definitely an important goal there's a whole range of other activities to dive into. Learn teachers' and students' routines as you explore every corner of the campus during this three day loop. Attend a costume party, become a detective, and help the school's janitor bring down a crime syndicate.