Here are 8 delightfully rewarding indie games to check out

Screenshot of A Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim showing the protagonist Gigachu kissing a colossal butterfly monster.

Wholesome Games Direct Presentation just concluded, and after about an hour of trailers, the livestream highlighted one thing for me: there are sure to be plenty of farming sims out in the wild. Hey, I don’t mind the abundance of these games. Farming in games can be a cozy haven, but it was strange to see so many people trying to snack on the successful formula of games like Animal Crossing as well as Stardew Valley. However, the broadcast featured some compelling indies, from turn-based rhythm games to visual novels, some of which are coming sooner than you might expect.

In case you didn’t know, the Wholesome Direct, now in its second year, is a live streaming show dedicated to convenient and cozy indie games, usually developed by marginalized creators. So you get an experience that goes beyond the beaten path, stories about a subject that is often thrown aside in the development of AAA. As such, these games tend to be overshadowed by the glitz and glamor (and huge marketing campaigns) of big-budget games. That’s where Wholesome Direct comes in: to shed light on developers pushing the environment into often uncharted territory. This is amazing stuff!

In any case, out of almost 100 useful games shown during today’s broadcast, here are eight that you should definitely keep an eye on:


Tale of the frog

Collaboration between indie studios Norman Company and Mythcarver Games, Tale of the frog is a charming turn-based RPG where you battle to the beat of powerful 80s synth beats not unlike Crypt of the Necrodancer. I love the pixel art aesthetic and the adorable characters. This gives me a lot last fantasy matches the rhythm of the gameplay, the energy, and it spanks.

Tale of the frog expected on PC sometime in 2023. You can add to wishlist on steam right now and support his Kickstarter campaign.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly

It was so great to see! Original coffee talk was a cute visual novel whose creator,Mohammad Fahmitragically died this year. So I’m thrilled that the spirit of the first game seems to live on in this sequel from Toge Productions. Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly continues the OG game story with new characters, additional features like temperature control, and even more drinks to serve to patrons.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly will be released sometime in 2023 for the Nintendo Switch, macOS and PCPlayStation consoles and Xbox systems.

Kaichu – Kaiju Dating Sim

So while I was taking notes during the Wholesome Direct livestream on my second monitor, Squiddershins Kaichu popped up and all I could type was “WHAT?” kaiju dating simulator, Kaichu – Kaiju Dating Sim puts you in the role of Gigachu, a big romantic looking for love. You go on dates with six other mega monsters, doing things like destroying buildings, kissing in between carnage. It’s cute and funny and I want it now.

Kaichu – Kaiju Dating Sim is coming to PC this summer.

Lumbar Jack

If the title says nothing about the premise, then the description of the game does. “Take your ax and save the environment by cutting and recycling all the man-made things in your path.” Yes, it’s pretty much Smokey the Bear: The Game. The FinalBoss Games’ LumbeerJack, you play as Jack, the bear who acts as the last savior of the environment. Armed with your trusty – and customizable – axe, you destroy human creations while solving puzzles in the hope of saving the environment for all. Hmm, now this sounds like an important topic that we should talk about in more detail.

Lumbar Jack out now on Nintendo Switch and PC.

Melatonin

Rhythm platformer developed by Half Asleep. Melatonin is a collection of mini-games about how to put together different scattered dreams. Each chapter has different challenges that require you to shoot UFOs in rhythm, jump between platforms in rhythm, and eat donuts on a chair in the sky. Yes, it’s weird. But hey, weird is cool. As well as Melatonin it is both.

Melatonin coming to Nintendo Switch and PC 16 of September.

Role play with paper animals

Cuddling Raccoon Studios’ Role play with paper animals clearly takes inspiration from Nintendo Paper Mario franchise, but at the same time a very independent thing. A cute roguelike set in a colorful world the size of a board game. You help a little chicken named Pip and his friends find the king by strategically outplaying enemies, meeting adorable animals and leveling up around the campfire.

Role play with paper animals no release date yet, but you can add to wishlist on steam. BUT Kickstarter campaign launching this summerand if it receives funding, it will appear on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation consoles, and Xbox systems.

Toad OllyFrog Skater

Screenshot of an Olliefrog Toad Skater showing an amphibious skateboard doing what appears to be a gripping Method in a large bowl.

None of my list would be complete without a skateboarding game. Mr. T Toad OllyFrog Skater is a mixture Tony Hawk professional skater as well as skateboarding game Wave breaking the best way. You play as a customizable frog in a so-called “accurate recreation of skateboarding gameplay from the late 90s and early 2000s”. In other words, an Indy 900 that defies gravity. But like an amphibian. Yes, it hurts!

Toad OllyFrog Skater “hopefully” will release in late 2023, according to his Steam page. You can add to wishlist on pc now and support his Kickstarter campaign. Oh and there demo for Toad OllyFrog Skater available now on the itch.io.

Souliter

A relaxing story game about one of the most boring card games imaginable, Beardshaker Games. Souliter more like a tarot spread than a game of solitaire. Using ambiguous soul cards, you interpret the meaning of the symbols on the cards to predict the future of your clients and friends. It has beautiful illustrative graphics full of rich colors, a chill guitar soundtrack with a heavy reverb, and some hidden mystery that seems intriguing. I’m in

Souliter does not have a release date, but you can add to wishlist on steam currently.


Ugh. It was quite a bit. And again, those were just the eight games that I found most appealing. Much more was showcased during the Wholesome Direct live stream, so be sure to share with me in the comments some of the comfortable and cozy experiences you remember. Oh and be sure to press WholesomeGames.com to learn more about the aforementioned elections and more.

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