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Wholesome Direct Recap – Unfiltered Indie Bliss

So damn wholesome

There isn’t another form of video game announcement that gets the gaming community as hyped as a Nintendo Direct. PlayStation have tried emulating the format in the form of State of Play broadcasts with varying levels of success, but nobody has ever really been able to deliver a performance on the same level as that of Nintendo. Wholesome Games, a collective that seek to spread the word of wholesome indie games today aired their very own Wholesome Games Direct, and I’m not being dramatic when I say it was the best Direct I have ever seen.

The indie showcase presented over 50 wonderfully wholesome games throughout its roughly 35-minute runtime, with not a single game failing to leave me intrigued. As you’d expect from indie games, there were plenty of pixel art titles, unique art styles and numerous games that seek to mimic the wholesome anthropomorphic village vibe of the Animal Crossing games. Despite many games having the same overall aesthetic, each looked unique in their own right.

Considering there were over 50 games shown I’m not going to cover them all in detail here (I may do a top picks soon though), however I’ve listed each game title in announced order, alongside the developers name and the games slated release window.

  • Button City (Subliminal Gaming)2020
  • Errand Boy (Tree Interactive) – Q2 2021
  • Ooblets (Glumberland) – 2020
  • Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) (Popcannibal) – Out Now
  • Snacko (Bluecurse Studios) – 2021
  • Chicory (Greg Lobanov) – TBD
  • The Spirit and the Mouse (Alblune Games) – 2021
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus) – 2020
  • Sayri: The Beginning (Vidloonnya Reborn) – Q4 2020
  • Mondo Museum (Viewport Games) – Early Access 2020
  • Bird Alone (George Batchelor) – 2020
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Sunny Side Up) – 2021
  • TOEM (Something We Made) – Q1 2021
  • Winding Worlds (KO_OP) – Out Now
  • Tokotoko: Hako & Friends (Kalank) – Out Now
  • When the Past was Around (Mojiken Studio) – 2020
  • A Space for the Unbound (Mojiken Studio) – 2021
  • Book of Travels (Might and Delight) – October 2020
  • Garden Story (Picogram) – 2020
  • Dépanneur Nocturne (KO_OP) – Out Now
  • Calico (Peachy Keen Games) – October 2020
  • Rainy Season (Inasa Fujio) – 2020
  • Wayward Strand (Ghost Pattern) – 2020
  • KeyWe (Stonewheat & Sons) – 2021
  • Tracks of Thought (linktree) – 2022
  • Melon Journey 2 (Froach Club) – 2020
  • Weaving Tides (Follow the Feathers) – 2020
  • A Fold Apart (Lightning Rod Games) – Out Now
  • SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games) – 2021
  • Unpacking (Witch Beam) – 2021
  • Sylvan Meadows (paranoodle) – TBD
  • Haven (The Game Bakers) – 2020
  • Tracks – The Train Set Game (Whoop Group) – Out Now
  • Frogsong (Brandon Braun) – 2022
  • Later Daters (Bloom Digital Media) – Out Now
  • Clouzy! (Tiny Moon) – 2021
  • Creature Resort (BIGUMAKU) – TBD
  • Pushy and Pully in Blockland (Resistance Studio) – Out Now
  • Onshen Master (Waking Oni Games) – Q4 2020
  • Old Friends Dog Sanctuary (Runaway) – 2020
  • Critter Cove (Gentleman Rat) – 2021
  • Roots of Pacha (Soda Den) – Q2 2021
  • A Monster’s Expedition (Draknek and friends) – 2020
  • The Other Side (Florian Games) – 2020
  • BattleCakes: A Snack-Sized RPG (Volcano Bean) – Q1 2021
  • Alchemic Cutie (Vakio, Viridian Software) – Q3 2020
  • Pekoe (Kitten Cup Studio) – TBD
  • Ollie-Oop (Almost Playable Games) – 2021
  • To The Rescue! (Little Rock Games) – 2021
  • Rolling Hills (Catch & Release) – TBD
  • Himig (Onion Blaze) – September 2020
  • Orange Island (Ted Sterchi) – Q2 2020
  • Misc (Fluminus)- 2020
  • Hoa (Skrollcat Studio)- Q4 2020

A giant list of games doesn’t do the Wholesome Games Direct justice. If you have any interest in indie games or games in general with wholesome vibes, please watch the Wholesome Games Direct below:

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Dylan is an avid gamer on all systems and believes that console wars are dumb. He owns over 60 amiibo however, which is a bit of an issue. You can find him on PSN @PlushyPants49 and Twitter @GrumpyGoron




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