Version: April 1
Developer: Andrew Wellman
Launch price: $ 14 | £ 11 | AU $ 19.95
Crystal Project is a great old looking JRPG with a more open approach to exploration compared to its contemporaries. Here, you and your party have a vague goal – to beat the bosses, collect the “crystals” – but you’re welcome to do all of this whenever you want, and in any order you want. In other words, it’s a sandbox JRPG, which is uncommon for a genre that likes even when the “open world” is to guide the player along a critical path. The art style is similar to Octopath Traveler, with a mixture of 3D environments and 2D sprites with pixel art, but refreshingly (and completely unlike Octopath Traveler) there are no random encounters. Seems like a hit for fans of retro turn-based combat.
Version: April 2
Developer: Daisy Games
Launch price: $ 4.24 | 3.39 GBP | AU $ 6.37
It’s an ancient Greek themed Sokoban, basically. Across 60 levels you’ll build various Greek buildings and monuments by pushing the correct blocks into place, but these blocks must be the right color, which means you’ll need to go around to the correct paint block. It’s fun, simple, stressful, and presented as a Greek tragedy too, in a way. There’s a leaderboard and “infinite undoes,” which should make things less stressful.
Quote: Searching for glory
Version: March 31
Developer: Cubus Games
Launch price: $1.49 | £ 1.49 | AU $ 2.95
Here’s a tactical card strategy based on the classic Don Quixote novel by Cervantes in the 15th century, so expect fun, and perhaps a scene involving windmills. Quijote launched in Early Access last week, and delves into Don Quixote’s “highlights”, which supposedly involve conflict, as the core of the game revolves around tactical card battles. Card battles against windmills? We can only hope. The Early Access release has two of the seven chapters planned, and is expected to be released in version 1.0 by spring 2022.
Version: April 1
Developed by: Samobee Games
Launch price: $15 | £11.39 | AU $21.50
Combining visual novel and match-3 genres with super colorful pixel art, the team at Samobee Games must have definitely invented new ones. It’s a pleasure to take a look, although whether or not the game will fully resume depends entirely on your patience with match 3. The film revolves around the story of the Princess Farmer, who mysteriously gained the ability to “easily raise entire rows of vegetables to make sticks.” matches and break down obstacles. Something strange is afoot in the woods, and Princess Farmer must find out what this strange thing is by matching things. Local co-op play is supported.
J Darius HD
Version: March 31
Developer: Taito Corp, M2 Co.Ltd
Launch price: $25.49 | £21.24 | AU$38.24
Here’s the HD remaster of G-Darius, a completely brain-melting schmup since 1997. Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of G-Darius play sidecrolling shooters, but I’m a big fan of pattern A side shooter of the ’90s, G-Darius has some of the most amazing presentations you’ll see, with a soundtrack that feels timeless and a mind-boggling futurism. This bundle contains five versions of the original: the “arcade-perfect” ports of G-Darius and G-Darius Version 2, plus HD versions of both. There’s also the console port on the G-Darius, with a new widescreen option. If you haven’t played it, you should at least watch it.