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All the games shown at Day of the Devs 2022

There are some great titles here, folks!

Day of the Devs 2022 has just concluded, and with it has come a deluge of charming, adorable, or just downright amazing titles.

In case you missed the event, we’ve compiled each and every title below.

Time Flies

  • Developers: Michael Frei and Raphael Munoz
  • Platforms: PlayStation, Switch, Windows PC, Mac
  • Release date: Sometime in 2023
  • Premise: You’re tasked to tick off entries on a bucket list of items — die old, learn an instrument, get drunk — before your short life as a fly is over (or you end it even sooner). You can set your life expectancy to a number of real-life countries.

Planet of Lana

  • Developer: Wishfully
  • Platforms: Xbox, Windows PC
  • Release date: 2022
  • Premise: A side-scroller where you’ll take control of Lana as she embarks on a quest to save her sister. You’re aided by a mystical creature that will help you solve puzzles as you progress. We got huge vibes from the likes of Limbo and Child of Light.

Choo-Choo Charles

  • Developer: Two Star Games
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Premise: A first-person horror game in which you’re being hunted by a freakin’ Thomas the Tank Engine-style character wants to eat you. You’ve a train of your own — sadly, tied to the tracks unlike Charles — and you’ll need to upgrade it in order to survive. Your one goal is to summon Charles to a 1v1 duel and battle him to the death. You also have to contend with cultists in addition to the terrifying spider tank that is Charles.

Escape Academy

  • Developer: Coin Crew Games
  • Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox, PlayStation (also on Xbox Game Pass)
  • Release date: 14 July
  • Premise: Developed by real-world escape room designers, this is Hogwarts crossed with escape rooms. A timed adventure game that’s playable solo or in co-op. You’ll play as a student in an escape academy and working towards building your skills.

A Little to the Left

  • Developer: Max Inferno
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam, Switch
  • Release date: 2022
  • Premise: A “cozy puzzle game” that’s got some Unpacking vibes to it. You’ll be tasked to “sort, stack and tidy up the house.” You’ll need to arrange items “in a very particular way” in order to progress, though many levels (thankfully) have multiple solutions. The devs’ cat Rookie will occasionally pop-in and make things a little more difficult.

Bear and Breakfast

  • Developer: Gummy Cat
  • Platforms: Windows PC and Switch
  • Release date: 28 July
  • Premise: A “laid-back management” game where you control Hank the Bear. Gummy Cat also wanted to add in a linear narrative on top of traditional management mechanics. To succeed in the management aspects of the title, you’ll need to maintain certain room scores to please the guests in your bed and breakfast. That said, you’ll be able to play at your own pace without fear of failure.

Animal Well

  • Developer: Shared Memory
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam, PS5
  • Releae date: Unknown
  • Premise: A pixel art, side-scrolling puzzler from a one-man team. It has really neat looking dynamic lighting effects that aren’t usual in titles of the genre. It promises hidden items and lots of secrets to uncover too.

Naiad

  • Developer: HiWarp
  • Platform: PC, consoles
  • Release date: 2022
  • Premise: A top-down game about swimming where you control a water nymph. You’ll acquire new skills as you progress and use those new techniques to avoid obstacles and dangers in the world. All up, it appears to be a very relaxing romp down the river.

Roots of Pacha

  • Developer: Soda Den
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam
  • Release date: Unknown, but a demo is available today
  • Premise: Set in the stone age; you’re tasked to build your clan’s village and thrive in this new simulator. You’ll eventually farm, domesticate animals, build tools and other key events that are inspired by real-world innovations and advancements.

Desta The Memories Between

  • Developer: ustwo Games
  • Platform: Multiplatform; shown off on Switch
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Premise: The newest from Monument Valley‘s ustwo, Desta is about “dreams and conflicting fears” where characters exist in a world between worlds. More information is coming soon.

Schim

  • Developer: Ewoud Van Der Werf
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Premise: A platformer puzzle game where you control a shadow creature that jumps from shadow to shadow; you’re tasked to get to the end of a level. You’ll also help fellow schims find the objects they’re normally attached to. And with absolutely charming design and music, too!

Fox and Frog Travellers The Demon of Adashino Island

  • Developer: Rias (Rias Coast)
  • Platforms: Unknown
  • Release date: “In a few years”
  • Premise: A very stylised action-adventure game set in Japan. You’ll control the game’s titular Fox and Frog as you do your best to avoid that other titular demon.

Goodbye World

  • Developer: YO FUJII
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Steam
  • Release date: 2022
  • Premise: A narrative game about a pair of friends, one shy and one extroverted. Heavily inspired by Nintendo’s works, looking like a Pokemon game and offering up gameplay through the lens of a Game Boy.

Birth

  • Developer: Madison Karrh
  • Platforms: Unknown
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Premise: A point and click puzzle game focused on the experience of living alone in a new city. You’re tasked with the collection of bones and organs to build a friend in an effort to combat your loneliness. Physics-, pattern-based and abstract puzzles.

How to Say Goodbye

  • Developers: Florian Veltman, Baptiste Portefaix, ARTE France
  • Platforms: Unknown
  • Release date: Unknown
  • Premise: Another puzzler where you’re tasked to rearrange the tiles on a board to progress. It’s got a cool, kooky aesthetic that usually only has one or two featured colours per level.

Little Nemo and the Guardians of Slumberland

  • Developer: DIE SOFT
  • Platforms: Windows PC via Switch, Steam
  • Release date: Unknown, but it’s on Kickstarter now
  • Premise: A stylised and charming side-scrolling title that tasks you, Little Nemo, in charge of saving… Slumberland?

That’s it! What’s your favourite thing from the list above?



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