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    Solo sails onto consoles this Summer!

    Team Gotham and Merge Games are delighted to announce that Solo: Islands of the Heart, the colorful and thought-provoking puzzle experience, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Summer!

    Solo is a game about love. About love as fuel, the force that drives us.

    It is a universal feeling, but each of us experiences it in a different way. Individually, it holds different meanings depending on a variety of factors such as culture, gender, sexuality or traumas. That’s why Solo explores this theme in an introspective way, to have the players identify and reflect on their own experiences.

    Solo is a contemplative puzzler set on a gorgeous and surreal archipelago. Reflect on your loving relationships by exploring contemplative, dream-like islands.

    • Reflect on love’s place in your life with a personal and introspective branching narrative.
    • Combine blocks with different properties offering multiple solutions for most puzzles.
    • Contemplate and explore a living world: take photos of the charming, colourful islands amidst tranquil tunes or play the guitar for cute creatures.

    Nature and contemplation are also a huge part of Solo – you could feed the animals or just sit on a bench and take the time to think. After all, it’s up to you – Solo provides you with the opportunity to explore at your own pace.

    The world is divided into archipelagos, and each archipelago is formed by small islands. Each island represents a unique puzzle the sailor will have to solve before getting to the Sleeping Totems and awakening them to answer a question about love and relationships. Using boxes, each with different properties and behaviours, the sailors can build their own paths to the Sleeping Totems on each island.

    However, as is the case with love, most puzzles offer no unique solution.

    Solo: Islands of the Heart releases on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One soon. The Xbox One version will be released on the 31st July, and the Nintendo Switch version will be available on the 1st August. Solo will be coming to PlayStation 4 very soon, with a date to be announced shortly. The game will be priced at £14.99/ $19.99/ €19.99.

    Solo is also available now on PC!

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    Staxel Plucked Out of Early Access

    Full Game Launch

    Developed by Plukit, Staxel‘s team started with Bart van der Werf and Conor Goodman. Bart was originally a programmer with Chucklefish and worked on Starbound. They originally started Staxel in 2014 then releasing it to early access January 2018. The game is now out of early access and retails for $20 USD with a 25% discount during launch.

    Staxel main character standing on their farm with a field full of crops and their cat  and dog

    Staxel is a farming voxel based sandbox game heavily influenced by games like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You’re able to customize your character and the farm you live on. Customizing even runs into the town! Not only do citizens ask you to build amenities, you can build homes for new citizens. Of course, the process can be a bit of a grind to get the required materials for different home designs.

    Also there’s more to Staxel than farming or befriending the town people. With an assortment of bugs, fish, foragables, and mineraly things to collect. Staxel has a decent sized map with an abandoned mine to explore, and islands to discover!

    Probably one of the highlights of Staxel is that it can be an online multiplayer. That way you won’t be alone when you have to grind for those counters and floors when you want Rosemary to move to town. You’re able to live on the same farm or be neighbors with the people you invite. If you’re like me and don’t have someone to play with fortunately you start off with a puppy or kitty to keep you company.

    Staxel possible pet variations of the cat and dog
    Possible pets

    Over all I really like Staxel. This is going on the growing list of games that I can’t put down and will keep coming back to. Although I can see how it wouldn’t be for everyone because of the art style and how much you have to grind for items. If those things don’t bother you, then this might be a game for you.

    Staxel is currently on sale for just $14.99 in the Humble Store. Pick up your copy here and enjoy!

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