… [A] digital convention celebrating narrative video games, hosted on Steam. An initiative of indie label Fellow Traveller, it aims to create a platform to showcase and celebrate interesting and innovative narrative games, replicating as many of the aspects and benefits of the physical convention experience as possible within a digital format.
Okay, how did I not know this was a thing until today?! Story-driven narrative games are my JAM! I’m glad I caught Krikket’s posts about it so I could make the most of the sale before it was over (most are still on sale, and demos are available through May 2 or 3, but knowing me, I’d forget all about it if I didn’t pick things up right now).
So, I caved and picked up a few games and added quite a few more to my Wishlist.
Detective Grimoire: I picked this one up because it was cheap, but also looks to be a prequel of sorts to Tangle Tower, which I absolutely added to my wishlist.
Unheard: I’m typically not one for cop games, but this struck me as more detective-based than cop-based, so I picked it up, and am looking forward to trying it out.
Whispering Willows: The art style is what caught me on this one, to be honest. Though I’m also a sucker for horror games and female protagonists, so I figured why not pick it up on the cheap.
Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy!: I had already added Nelly Cootalot to my cart when I stumbled on this one, and thought it was only proper to pick up the prequel. If it spawned a second game, then it had to be worth picking up the original.
Kind Words: I will never say no to games that play to my desire to cheer others up. And this game is specifically about, well, restoring our faith in humanity by being kind to strangers. I very much had to pick it up. Besides, the lo-fi seems to be pretty good, and I adore some lo-fi to help me concentrate but not fall asleep.
Monster Prom: Second Term: I’ve yet to actually play through Monster Prom (sorry, Bel, it’s just been sitting there after you gifted it to me. 🙁 ), but I absolutely know it’s a game that I will enjoy. So I went ahead and picked up the expac for it. Maybe I’ll make it one of the games I try to dive into during May.
Elsinore: When Steam sales happen, and I plan to purchase more than a single game, I have a rule for myself: No games over $10 on sale. This was the one game I had to make an exception for. While Hamlet is not my overall favorite Shakespeare play (that honor would go to Taming of the Shrew), I very much enjoy it. I also love that Ophelia is POC. Time loop is also a genre that is of interest to me, so I very much had to break my rule to pick this one up.
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet: Silly puns, pirates, female protagonist, and Tom Baker? SOLD! Actually, the trailer was what sold me on this to begin with. It was spectacular, and absolutely worth the laughs even if you don’t pick up the game.
Later Daters: Dating sim where you’re in an older-folks home. DONE. PURCHASED. If you know anything about me, you know dating sims/otome are quite possibly (okay, okay, they are) my number one favorite genre of games. So this was a no-brainer to pick up!
The World Next Door: I’ve been in a bit of a match-three rut since it gives me time to just… turn my mind off. I thought the art style for this one was interesting, and I won’t say no to some story mixed into my match-three, so I figured why not give it a try. Plus the art style drew me in, as did Krikket’s thoughts on her time in the game.