ARTICLE: Pixelpop Festival Recap

ARTICLE: Pixelpop Festival Recap

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Well this is one game festival I had no idea about until an upcoming game I’m excited about announced their participation. As always, I’ll list the games participating below, but check out their schedule to see their various talks and check out their Twitch to see their broadcasts.

  • A Lozenge
    This is a short interactive story where a mother and a daughter takes a road trip and hits upon motion sickness and children of divorce. You’ll play as the mother where you’ll hear her thoughts, feel her doubts and anxieties, and help comfort her daughter through occasional dialogue choices. This is available now.
  • An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs
    This is set to be an open world comedy adventure game where you’ll talk to stock dog photos, help them solve their problems, and try to catch your flight as you deal with alien logic, translate alien language, and travel issues. And yes, you can pet the stock photo dogs.
  • Calico
    A day-in-the-life community sim where you’re tasked to rebuild the town’s cat cafe and fill it with cute creatures (mostly cats), furniture, decorations, and pastries. This is aimed to release this year, but you can play the demo now.
  • Cold Calling
    Be ready to take control of a telephone switchboard as you’ll need to route diplomatic calls between the United States and the Soviet Union. You can download and play the first chapter now on itchio.
  • Even in Arcadia
    Taking play in a distant future where capitalism and consumerism has run rampant, you attend a launch party for the most recently developed planet called Arcadia where you’ll be able to wander around and listen in on conversations. You can download this now on itchio.
  • Ever Forward
    An adventure puzzle game where you play as Maya as she’s lost in a strange world between reality and imagination. You’ll need to use your observational skills and intelligence to solve puzzles so you can piece together Maya’s past and the secrets she buried. This is available now.
  • Floppy Knights
    A deckbuilding tactical adventure where you’ll be fighting with floppy knights, tangible projections summoned by floppy disks, and help Phoebe and Carlton earn cash and maybe save the world.
  • Flux
    An interactive fiction where you can alternate between chilling and playing a series of minigames the challenges you to type, hack-n-slash, organize, and fidget to earn credits. This is available now on itchio.
  • Garden Story
    Become a newly appointed Guardian tasked to unify a broken community, traverse a vibrant island, combat Rot, inspire residents, and rebuild your home. This is set to release next year, but you can play the demo now.
  • Gladius
    A physical tabletop game, you’ll be playing as Roman spectators trying to make the most money by betting on gladiators competing in gladiatorial games. With the use of underhanded tactics, you’ll be able to help or hinder teams to alter the outcome.
  • Heart of Enya
    Play as Willow Wisp, a campfire spirit, guiding a group of amateur adventures in harnessing the warm magic of self love to fend off the Frost. You’ll cycle between helping them connect and advising them in battle. You can download this now on itchio.
  • Homing
    A 3D low-poly epistolary game where you’ll be navigating a messenger pigeon through a city. You’ll be able to hear the letter’s contents as you fly and flying over specific buildings will change the narration to reveal memories tied to those locations. You can download this now on itchio.
  • Honey & Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Art Games
    Like the title suggest, this is an anthology of games about sex by nine different designers from just talking about sex to larping sex acts. This looks like it’s more of a tabletop roleplaying game rather than a PC game and you can buy the PDF now.
  • Hot Pot For One
    What else is best on a cold night than a hot dish? In this game, you’ll be cooking a hot dish intended for six for yourself and is based on the designers’ own experiences as international students seeking comfort in making food from home as they reside in an unfamiliar environment. You can download this now on itchio.
  • Onsen Master
    A hot spring customer management game where you’ll be challenged to revitalizing various hot springs across the fantasy island of Izajima. You’ll be able to creat ingredients to match customer aliments, reconnect communities, and discover the supernatural world that has long since been disconnected.
  • She Dreams Elsewhere
    A surreal adventure RPG about dreams and the extent they mirror reality. You’ll play as Thalia on her journey to defeat the nightmares preventing her from awakening. This is set to release next year, but you can play a demo now.
  • The Excellents
    A tabletop RPG where you and your friends take the role of various princesses and go on adventures worthy enough to be in cartoons. You can purchase this now on the team’s website.
  • The Forest Cathedral
    A first person psychological thriller set on a remote island where you’ll be playing as a scientist slowly uncovering the effects of DDT by using advanced technologies to solve 2D/3D puzzles. This is aimed to release next year.
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September 2020

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