I love simulation games of all kinds. Give me Dwarf Fortress, SimCity 3000, or The Sims and I can get lost in them for days. Sometimes, I don’t have days in which to get lost in a game. Simmiland scratches my simulation itch without taking too much time away from my life.
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I collect games like I do books: stacking them on shelves or in boxes, never quite finding the time to finish them but always enjoying simply having them around. Owning physical games provides a sense of history and future possibility and makes me feel like I have some sort of handle on this unwieldy hobby I've constructed a large part of my life around.
But as that habit evolved beyond the physical into the digital, I've found myself increasingly overwhelmed.
Kindness Coins is a dating sim, released on itch.io in 2013, that asks the question: What is it like to be on the receiving end of the protagonist's flirting in a dating game?
Edutainment games like Number Munchers or Big Thinkers! always felt like they had a sinister side. There's something weird about someone emphatically telling you how cool learning is. As I perfunctorily did maths equations in games like these I always kind of felt like I was being brainwashed. Baldi's Basics, a hilarious horror-parody of edutainment games, embraces that.
What do you do when your body is telling you to have sex -- but you'll die if you do? It's probably not a relationship problem that many people have dealt with, but it's the central conundrum in the game Don't Make Love.
2017 has been so relentless in the release of top-tier games that it's hard to justify spending time with stuff that is merely "good". Why settle for anything less than "great"? Despite the incredible competition facing it, Butterfly Soup, a game about queer Asian women who play baseball, still shot right into my top five games of the year so far.
In Mushroom Heroes, I'm looking at a fast-moving platform over a bed of spikes. Timing my jump is one thing, but figuring out which character should jump first is another. There could be a monster on the other side of the ledge, and there's only one person who uses arrows. There might be blocks to push around, requiring a different character. I won't know until I cross. These are the kind of chances you take when playing Mushroom Heroes, a platformer that lets you play as three adorable mushroom men.