Graveyard Keeper Adds a Darkly Humorous Twist To The Village Simulator Genre

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At a glance, you might confuse Graveyard Keeper with similar games like Stardew Valley and others. That's part of the game's charm though; in many ways, Graveyard Keeper relies on the familiarity with the elements of those games to makes its morbid twist of said elements work. Because in this simulator/RPG, you aren't lovingly tending to a farm, but managing a graveyard and figuring out how to profit from those corpses rotting under the ground.

Of course, you could just leave the bodies to rest and build up your cemetery and its value through legal means. But for more money, you're going to get bloody, hacking at bodies to harvest this flesh, eventually improving your tools to harvest organs and bones. More damaged corpses reduce your cemetery's worth but you can always cremate the bodies or just dump them in the river, although that may have dire consequences later.

Townsfolk love meat as a delicacy so selling those organs and meat to the local butcher can be worth decent money if you're not discovered. You'll need that money to keep your corpse-cart-pulling donkeys fed and to purchase better equipment and keep your farm running smoothly. Or you can descend into the surrounding dungeons to gather loot yourself, engaging in hack-n-slash action to complement your graveyard management above.

Help Hurt Hopp Delivers Hectic Three-Way Platforming

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Help Hurt Hopp Delivers Hectic Three-Way Platforming

Daniel Linssen's library is one packed with quirky games and concepts, often ones that play with the form and functionn of familiar genres. In the vein of the border-manipulating vampire-hunting puzzler Windowframe to the multi-game platformer HopSlide, his latest is Help Hurt Hopp, a three-player precision platformer where one player tries to leap through a challenging gauntlet while the other two players try to help and hinder the first.

Played locally, with three gamepads or two gamepads and a keyboard, Help Hurt Hopp pits one player Hopp against a randomized labyrinth of spikes and hazards in classic wall-jumping precision platforming fashion. The other two players see the stage through a level editior; Help's goal is to place level tiles that assist Hopp in completing the level, while Hurt's goal is the opposite, trying to kill Hopp by adding hazards to the level.

Earning five points (whether by causing death or survival) results in a win, turning Help Hurt Hopp into a hectic push-pull of shifting map and frantic platforming, as roles shuffle across rounds. Help Hurt Hopp isn't the first game to tackle a concept like this - 2016's Ultimate Chicken Horse also turned platforming into a player-guided multiplayer challenge - but Help Hurt Hopp's tight maps, quick pace, and simultaneous gameplay make it stand out among similar works.

'Helping Hand' Is About Eloquently Expressing Yourself With A Finger

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Helping Hand is about suing your fingers to communicate, and while you can say a whole lot with a single finger, this title asks you to say a whole lot more than that, bringing all your digits in to help. After all, how well do certain one-finger gestures translate to alien beings? Best learn to embrace the full spectrum of what you can say with your fingers in these silly situations.

You find yourself in a rough situation, one where you can only move the fingers of your left hand. Each of these have been assigned a button, and depending on which fingers you choose to move, you'll act out an array of gestures that will hopefully get your message across. Depending on what that message is, though, you may find yourself moving from your hospital bed to outer space, underground lairs, or the seat of global power. Which ain't bad for only seven gestures.

Naturally, restraint will be key in finding all of the various places and situations you can find yourself in, as the urge to flip everyone off may be great, and making everyone mad isn't the best idea when you're bedridden with only control over your left hand. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had with just five fingers, finding all manner of routes and secrets depending on what you choose to do with those digits.

Regular Human Basketball Is A Quirky Robot-Controlling Version Of A Certain Sport

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Regular Human Basketball is a sports game recreating a popular American sport, involving players throwing or dunking a ball into a hoop to score points. Also, the players are giant mechs controlled by drivers inside their robotic innards. Just your typical sports game.

Reminiscent of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime or the recent Far: Lone Sails, Regular Human Basketball fits into that niche style of game where you control hulking unwieldy machines by platforming around their interior controls. Online or in split-screen, in one-v-one duels or with up to ten players, Regular Human Basketball turns the titular sport into a humorous tangle of rusty metal limbs and magnet-assisted dunks. Various buttons let you walk, rotate, jump, and control your magnet, resulting in a tricky control scheme (so also placing the game in the "hilariously frustrating and awkward control scheme subgenre).

Besides the hectic switch-flipping action on the court, you can also leave your mech to invade your opponent's robot and disable various controls, turning off thrusters and forcing them to improvise with their lopsided controls. Regardless of whether you're scoring points through mechanical acrobatics or subterfuge, Regular Human Basketball is always a charmingly colorful sports game, using its different controls to deliver uniquely funny gameplay.

Wadjet Eye Games' 'Unavowed' Spins A Near-Perfect Urban Fantasy Yarn

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Dave Gilbert's Blackwell games have been some of my favorite point & click adventures for years. Good stories, likeable protagonists, a distinct sense of place, and that trademark Wadjet Eye style had me anticipating each new episode like Christmas. I was certain that Gilbert's games couldn't get any better, that he had "found his voice" as a game developer, so to speak.

Well. I was wrong.

Unavowed switches the old amnesiac protagonist trope around. You know who you are - problem is that you've been possessed by a demon for the past year. And thanks to your "guest's" murderous rampage across New York City, you're now a wanted criminal. It's a good thing, then, that your saviors, a group that calls itself the Unavowed, not only banish that demon, but also recruit you into their ranks to find out exactly what the demon wanted and why there have been so many supernatural occurrences lately.

Shattered's Bird Hero Dispels Evil With A Magical Bell

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In the platforming, puzzling adventure of Shattered, an adorable blue bird seeks answers about nightmare creatures and missing siblings. You'll be tasked with searching for the bird's brother across some beautiful landscapes and vanquishing some terrifying creatures using your magical bell.

While venturing out to look for his brother, a little blue bird finds himself in the middle of a terrifying situation. Creatures are terrorizing a village of helpless birds, but, luckily, he has just the weapon - a magic bell. With the help of his trusty bell, the creatures can be felled, but what sort of terrible evil bothers cute birds, anyway? That's the mystery you'll be working to uncover.

It's not all shadow creatures and danger, though, as Shattered takes you to a beautiful painted land, letting you explore gorgeous, colorful places as you strive to find answers and meet new avian allies. It's a journey well worth taking just from how pretty it all looks, and besides, who wouldn't help out a cute little bird?

'Life In The Dorms' Is An Adventure In (Somewhat Silly) University Life

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Dack Peeples just wants to get through orientation and deal with his mounting homesickness, but these are just the beginnings of problems that will come up in adventure game Life in the Dorms. Although, honestly, doing emergency surgery on your friend's mom or dealing with serial killers roommates aren't exactly the usual kinds of problems you come across in university.

Life in the Dorms will have you dealing with day-to-day college life with murderous buddies, distant pals, wild animal fights, and amorous attention, all while dealing with classes, loneliness, and just figuring out what life is like on your own. It's a lot to keep track of, but the mayhem honestly keeps the mind busy from the more emotional problems, doesn't it? When you need to find the right items to solve puzzles involving wild animals and killer roommates, you kind of forget about how you miss the folks back home.

Full of ridiculous humor, Life in the Dorms offers some silly point-and-clicking that may take you back to the dorm days you're honestly still content you forgot about.

Llama Villa Is A Llama-Loving Life Sim

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Llama Villa Is A Llama-Loving Life Sim

Are you passionate about Llamas? Is your every want and need fulfilled by watching them thrive? Llama Villa is the game for you and your peculiar (and spectacular) taste! To be concise, 'It's The Sims, but with llamas"!

There's a lot to monitor with these furry roommates. You'll have to make sure they have water, food, fun, toiletries, and respite. Who knew Llamas were so high maintenance? You'll even have to make sure they get sheared! This will be your bread and butter and help pay for your expensive furnishings. Cozy beds, modern toilets, and radios to blast music a Llama just can't resist - you've got to have it all.

If Llama care is your passion, and you enjoy creating actual mansions for these four-legged divas, you'll have your work cut out for you (In a good way!) with Llama Villa.

Take On Co-Operative Puzzles In The Rabbit And The Owl

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Enjoy a good brain-teasing, platforming puzzle? What about one you solve with a friend? Look no further than The Rabbit And The Owl, a game where players will be able to control both of these light and dark entities and attempt some tricky challenges. In solving these confounding levels, you'll unveil the truth as to why the Rabbit and Owl spirits exist in the world.

Fans of platforming and rich puzzlers may find their next brain bender in The Rabbit And The Owl. In it, you'll guide the Rabbit through the fractured light world and Owl through the dark, utilizing their unique situations to solve its puzzles. These puzzles will be gentle on new players as well, focusing on figuring out what to do rather than on being able to do complicated mechanical tasks. That doesn't mean it's easy, as the game rapidly builds on introduced concepts, guiding players to use techniques from earlier levels and evolve them. It can be hard to solve, but you'll get a great feeling of accomplishment when you have the 'A-ha!' moment.

If you're finding yourself staring blank at a screen, try to invite a friend along to brainstorm a solution. With a co-op mode, players can enjoy The Rabbit And The Owl together, with each person controlling one of the characters as they take down puzzles and delve into the game's solemn story.

'Anamorphine' Turns Dark Emotions Into Striking Landscapes

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Anamorphine creates beautiful, sweeping landscapes out of hurtful memories and lost pasts, following the story of a once-loving couple who've been consumed by depression and darkness after an accident.

Elena has lost her livelihood and artistic outlet after an accident, and Tyler is facing his own crippling mental issues as he watches his beloved wife fall into depression while he is helpless to fix it. Tyler's guilt now begins to warp his memories, spinning them into surreal places, unsettling lands, and visions that tell his story and visually convey the weight of his feelings.

By exploring these beautiful, melancholy places, you'll steadily unveil the couple's story, feeling their pain as you embrace these abstract visions of their lives and meanings to one another. It's a heady, taxing journey despite how pretty the game can be, one even more grueling in VR, and yet it offers a powerful means of feeling the difficult emotions some may go through. Anamorphine offers a lens through which you can truly feel this story for yourself, creating a powerful experience through its visuals and lands.