Hello? Is this issue on? It is superior to be back! I took a handful of weeks off to create exams (thank you all for your effectively-wishes!), and now I am returned to the RPS feeding tube of content material. I’m poised and prepared with my itch.io firehose, seeking forward to blasting y’all week immediately after week with these sweet, sweet video games.
In my weeks off, my schedule was crammed complete. I longed for a day to myself with out the nagging responsibilities of reading, writing, feeding myself, feeding my cat, sitting in L.A. targeted traffic, sitting in L.A. targeted traffic on the way back from wherever I went that initial time I sat in the traffic… And so, this week’s iteration of Priceless Play is devoted to games that ease the sting of becoming alive.
Right here are some quick, sweet, life-easing games I’ve played to get back in the swing of factors.
Now, prior to we commence I want to make a speedy note: It is October. That hallowed month of Halloween. I know this, you know this, we all know this. Subsequent week I’ll be bringing you the cream of the crop of (cost-free) on the net horror games. Till then, right here are some games significantly less probably to make you jump out of your skin or preserve you up at evening.
Irori from PomePomelo
In my ongoing mission to deliver you with games that teach you how to cook, I’m ecstatic to incorporate Irori in this week’s list. In Irori, you assume the part of a chef who prepares and flame-grills meals in the irori auto of a moving train. Yes, like most cross-nation locomotives, this train has been outfitted with a conventional stone Japanese sunken hearth for cooking meals — and it is your job to deliver scrumptious and nourishing meals to the adventurers who need to have it. Irori is a comforting game to play, crackling to life with smaller particulars, like hand-drawn images of skewered cooked mushrooms, or the satisfying swing of a knife into dragon figs.
A Small Bus Cease from Tom Kitchen
In A Small Bus Cease, you watch (and encourage) a couple obtaining a conversation even though waiting at a snowy bus cease. The game is quick, and it is extra of a voyeuristic conversation-watching-simulator, but the practical experience is effectively worth your time. The smaller, diorama-like scene is gorgeously rendered, and the rest of the game feels purposefully understated: the white-space surrounding the couple taking shelter in the bus cease is vast, the music is low, the wind is howling.
A Small Bus Cease tends to make me assume about all the distinctive conversations I’ve had with folks at bus stops — they’re strange spaces, are not they? Peculiarly transitional not-locations, normally in the exact same spot (assuming your bus driver has the patience and targeted traffic is forgiving).
【ＬＯＦＩ ＣＨＩＰ－ＨＯＰ ＭＡＣＨＩＮＥ】 from Fricochet
When I’m writing, I can only listen to 1 issue: lofi hip-hop. The lofi hip-hop can be beats to study/unwind to (studying anime girl gif inclusive) or it can be the playlists Spotify spits out to me week immediately after week or any other selection in amongst. But the fi- has got to be lo- and the beats have got to be lush and there’s got to be some crackly 1930s film dialogue in there someplace. And so, I think that the Lofi Chip-hop Machine was produced for me.
Lofi Chip-hop Machine (stylised as 【ＬＯＦＩ ＣＨＩＰ－ＨＯＰ ＭＡＣＨＩＮＥ】, because… vaporwave?) is a music tool with pre-loaded drumbeats and chippy-tunes to loop and cycle by way of to make your personal lofi hip-hop beats to study/unwind to. I spent ages joyously fussing with dials and loops to make some actually sick tunes, and I want I could place these tunes proper by way of from my screen to yours. As an added bonus, the Machine was produced from 1 of my favourite yearly game jams, the Famicase Game Jam! Right here is the faux game cartridge Fricochet’s game is primarily based on.
Flirting from Josie Brechner
In Flirting, you play as a nonbinary individual in a mech, who has taken a break from stomping about a major city to flirt with a further nonbinary individual in a mech. They have also been stomping about in their major mech. Dialogue can carry on for specifically as extended as you want it to, or you can bail at any point to descend your mech and head on more than to your crush’s major ol’ meg. The game is very cute, lighthearted, and a excellent antidote for any sad mech media you could have inadvertently consumed, such as from the Sad Mecha Game Jam (a jam I’ll plug from now into infinity).
If Josie Brechner’s mellow tunes in Flirting really feel familiar, it could be mainly because they are: Brechner composed the soundtrack for Intense Meatpunks Forever. Be gay, smash mechs.
Procedural Animal Generator from Silas Charnon
Appear, in some cases it is just superior to make a bunch of very angular procedural animals, okay?
See you subsequent week, when Priceless Play kicks off on its Halloween Spectacular!
Ed. – Priceless Play is ordinarily on a Saturday, but there was a wrinkle in the CMS scheduling this time!