Shortly after the launch event of Summer Game Fest on June 9, the Not-E3 summer break continued with Developers Day 2022 and Devolver Digital Direct 2022 presentations. Day of the Devs, which aired live right after the Jeff Cayley-hosted event, celebrated its 10th anniversary by presenting even more outstanding indie games.
At 6:00 PM EDT on the official twitchgaming channel and the official Devolver channels, Devolver Digital held its annual one-of-a-kind conference. As usual with Devolver presentations, they were filled with hilarious jokes in which Devolver executives (and guest star Suda51) accidentally broke the fabric of the universe while announcing some projects like Anger Foot.
Choo-Choo Charles – A unique horror experience
Probably inspired by many memes about Thomas the Tank Engine, Choo Choo Charles is an upcoming open world horror game, due out sometime this year. On the island where the player lives, there is a terrifying monster that looks like a train, known by the locals as “Charles”, that likes to eat people. Using the old yellow train, the player has to explore the island, complete missions and find the necessary debris that can turn the train into an unstoppable killing machine that can kill the beast.
But when exploring the area, the player should be careful because there may be a spidery creepy monster around the corner. During the Day of the Devs live broadcast, the developer commented on some gameplay footage that showed that this game is actually terrible, despite its absurd premise.
While Triple-A games have only recently started adding more female protagonists, indie games have had an excellent representation of minority groups in recent years, including many great LGBTQ+ protagonists. Ustwo Games, developers of the award-winning Monument Valley puzzle series, are continuing this positive development by releasing the new turn-based tactics bagel Desta: The Memories Between, featuring the titular non-binary protagonist Desta.
According to a short presentation during Day of the Devs, the game focuses on a 20-year-old Deste struggling with the loss of his father. As she explores her dream world, Desta encounters their past, fears and worries. As with Supergiant’s Pyre, the game, which has no release date yet, combines sports gameplay with emotional storytelling.
Time Flies – a cute game about death
Created by Michael Frey, who has also created other monochrome games such as Plug & Play and Kids, Time Flies is an upcoming monochrome death adventure game to be released in 2023. In this game, players control a fly in a human house. When a small insect buzzes and interacts with the environment, it can perform several crazy tasks from its to-do list.
But the fly does not have long to live and the number of seconds is determined by the average life expectancy in real countries. During the presentation of Day of the Devs, Frey talked about this latest art project.
A well for animals is an artistic achievement
While many indie pixel games have been released in recent years, most of them just try to mimic the old pixel graphics games to return to the nostalgic style. This year, during Developers’ Day, some developer Billy Basso instead wanted to use modern technology to take pixel graphics to a new level in the upcoming metroidvaniya Animal Well, whose release date is still unknown.
In Animal Well, players explore a dark maze filled with puzzles, upgrades and strange creatures. Since modern computers have more powerful visual and computing capabilities, the game will have dynamic lighting and other features that would not be available in retro games, which will lead to an exquisite visual pleasure for the eyes.
Bear And Breakfast – relaxing management simulator
Set for release on July 28, Bear and Breakfast is an upcoming unique management simulator in which the player controls a bear named Hank. When Hank and his friends come across an abandoned cabin in the woods, they decide to open a new hotel there. Players can design every detail of their new business with all kinds of furniture, carpeting, decorations and much more. They will also serve guests and even cook food, and there are many interesting characters to meet.
But the forest also hides some dark secrets that Hank will gradually discover as the company grows. In addition, another interesting management simulator was announced during the Day of the Devs presentation, the Stone Age farming simulator Roots of Pacha, which will be released sometime this year.
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