What’s Under Your Blanket?! is the debut Steam outing for One Game Studio, a development team or one-man operation I can’t find anything else about on-line anywhere. It was slapped on the Steam Greenlight program, and received enough votes to be released on that digital marketplace surprisingly quick. However, much like the recently released Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad title, this one also comes with a decent amount of controversy, ranging between how this service is allowing this type of game to exist to how sexualized the content is and how it can be observed by both children and those easily offended by it. But is there really anything more to this one than just a one-joke gimmick about masturbation, or is there more to this title than meets the eye?
Long Beach, New York’s independent comic publishing company Terminal Press was started back in 2001 by Brian Ferrera. It’s best known for Toxic Teddies, 2008’s Candy Stripers, not to mention has worked with Nuclear Blast Records with Dimmu Borgir and Exodus. For the end of 2015, however, we are greeted with the first game release for the company: Death Goat. A throw back to the classic days of arcade shooters, the game has just released on PC through Steam, but was initially released in 2013 through Nocturnal Studio for the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace. But does this romp through gritty metal landscapes worth checking out, or is it far from an impressive debut under the monicker?
Star Sky is the latest mobile title/port from developer Mårten Jonsson, better known for Meadowland and But the Paint a Universe. This new entry, released under the JMJ Interactive monicker, presents another casual walking simulator that focuses greatly on atmosphere more than gameplay. This one has also been released for PC users on the Steam marketplace through AGM Playism, a distributor known for issuing titles like One Way Heroics, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, Unholy Heights, and many more. But, with many a digital marketplace oversaturated with walking simulators, both in high and low quality, does this new offering have anything to really justify throwing your money at, or is it one of the less memorable experiences you’ll have on either location for the style it presents itself as?
When it comes to the Steam Greenlight program, there’s a lot of crap that somehow manages to make it onto the digital store shelves. However, none quite as literal in that concept than Freedom Poopie. It was developed by Electroplastic Games, which was greenlit on that very program. Intentionally or otherwise, this cheeky one-joke game approaches the gripes of quality control in released games on Steam by allowing the player to actually navigate the pipelines as a cute mound of poop. But does it at all hold up beyond that one joke, or does this game only exist to beat that punch line into the ground, followed by your controller and keyboard?
When it comes to games from Devolver Digital, it’s almost a no-brainer that what lies in wait for the gamer is something good. Unlike much of the cheaper, or even high-ticket titles flooding PCs today that either look and/or play bad, are asset flips, or are just carbon copies of largely successful titles, this publisher is known for putting out one memorable title after another on the digital gaming platform that is Steam. This time around we have Downwell, a small title from new independent development team Moppin. But does this debut venture/nod to the glory days of the eight bit gaming era stand as one worth checking out, or is it nothing more than a waste of your money?