My personal recommendations! Why would you trust me? I don’t know.

Screenshot of Music Machine

The Music MachineRecommended!

Category: Adventure Games
David Szymanski’s best, in my opinion. A haunting story about a couple of fucked up folks trapped exploring a creepy world.Read more...

Date posted: Mon May 7, 2018

Screenshot of Night Walk in Marseilles

Night Walk in MarseillesRecommended!

Night Walk is a Google-sponsored (and probably developed) experience using Google Maps Street View, audio clips, and video/photography to create a digital “guided tour” of Marseilles, France. You click and pan to follow a preset route, discovering hotspots that provide information on local sights, and you can go off-course and follow some side paths. While there isn’t a real game here, it’s a fun website and a cool use of the Google Maps API.Read more...

Date posted: Mon May 7, 2018

Screenshot of Exit 19

Exit 19Recommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
Great, polished, short (~20 min) desert-noir horror game. Nice low poly graphics and great sound design.Read more...

Date posted: Sat May 5, 2018

Screenshot of Myst

MystRecommended!

Category: Adventure Games
In Myst, you’re dropped onto a sunny but creepy island with no backstory and no context, and you’re left to explore and figure things out yourself. It’s a precursor to a lot of the more obtuse and “lore-heavy” games available now, but at the time it was something of a revelatory mechanic, at least to me. Myst was a minor cultural phenomenon at the time, and deservedly so, as it combines surreal (and, for the time, advanced static CG graphics), a dark story told through magic books and video clips, multiple surreal and beautiful zones to explore, and tricky, multi-screen puzzles that are still challenging.Read more...

Date posted: Fri May 4, 2018

Screenshot of ALIEN CASENO

ALIEN CASENORecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
My daughter calls this “Alien Supermarket” and I don’t have the heart to correct her. There’s a lot of fun stuff packed in here, including a pizzeria, a dance party (to Las Ketchup, of course), an alien kiddy pool, a bus service, a cocktail bar, a little stargazing dude, and some shady security guys. See if you can find the developer’s hidden head. Just awesome.Read more...

Date posted: Wed May 2, 2018

Screenshot of Anatomy

AnatomyRecommended!

One of, if not the best, horror game I’ve ever played. An incredible sense of dread really permeates this game, and it’s all done with a very stripped-down design. I kept being reminded of the novel House of Leaves, which explores similar themes of domestic space and creeping dread. Highly recommended.Read more...

Date posted: Wed May 2, 2018

Screenshot of Grave Apologies

Grave ApologiesRecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
Walking sim inspired by Forest Lawn Cemetery, made by Connor Sherlock. This is one of his early works but one of my favorites. As you wander around the music changes based on what’s close by, similar to Proteus. Wonderful, meditative game, and one of my first introductions to walking sims. I also discovered you can hop the fence and explore the background city and walk around the buildingsRead more...

Date posted: Wed May 2, 2018

Screenshot of Forest Egg

Forest EggRecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
“Egg-Like” walking sim released on Glorious Trainwrecks. Really nicely done environment constructed with pre-made assets ( the term “Egg-Like” refers to ironically shitty games that use little or no original assets). The walking simulator tag on Glorious Trainwrecks has some interesting looking games as well, but this one stands out for it’s clever use of assets, sound design, and general classy weirdness.Read more...

Date posted: Tue May 1, 2018