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    Summer Catchers

    Time for an epic road trip!
    Summer Catchers title screen image, a silhouette of a girl looking out on the beach with sun and seagulls

    Jump in Chu’s wooden car for an adventure in Summer Catchers, a beautiful little game from Noodlecake Studios. Venture from the cold, snowy north down south in pursuit of warmer weather and sandy beaches. The best part is that you can pick your platform of choice: PC (Steam), Mac, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, or Android.

    Since I’ve been without my PC for a while, I requested a copy for the Switch to review (Thank the gods for mobile solutions!). I honestly didn’t have any idea what kind of game to expect, I was just drawn in by how pretty the screenshots were. Sue me, I like pretty games. And after playing several hours of it, I can report I am not at all disappointed!

    Chu from Summer Catchers meets a spectral elk in the forest. Text reads: "You met a beautiful sparkling spirit. What will be your next move?" Choice selections are "Close your eyes, trying to hide yourself" or "Come closer, trying to say hello"

    Pros and Cons

    Obviously, the biggest draw to this game is how gorgeous it is. I mean, look at it! Each of the different segments in the road trip has a different atmosphere and the art never stops being satisfying. The interface is clean and fits in with the style so well.

    The only con I can find to Summer Catchers is the repetitive nature of it. You race through different areas to complete tasks before moving on to the next segment of your journey. I feel this type of gameplay is really good for mobile applications and the Switch is definitely the largest platform I’d want to play something like this on. I’ve found it to be a great game for short spurts (under an hour) when I am just wanting to chill or waiting on something. I imagine it would be really good on a phone as the UI seems designed well for touch input.

    TLDR

    Gorgeous game! Pick up a copy of Summer Catchers on your phone or Switch to make waiting on your next appointment more enjoyable. Be sure to come back and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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    Little Big Workshop Coming Soon to Steam!

    Little Big Workshop, a little big factory game

    You are the Big Boss and it’s time to take charge of your very own tabletop factory. Little Big Workshop is a sandbox-experience where you think, ponder and poke at things until you get it to work the way you’d like. Supply products to clients and an ever-changing market, as you produce over 50 unique product types, built from multiple parts and pieces.

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    Telltale Opens the Book on The Wolf Among Us

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    Hot on the heels of other licensed games like Back to the Future and the award-winning The Walking Dead, Telltale Games is diving into the storybook world of DC Entertainment’s popular Vertigo comic series, Fables, with the upcoming release of The Wolf Among Us.

     

    A consistent New York Times bestseller, Bill Willingham’s modern take on the storybook characters we all grew up on has been one of DC’s longest-running Vertigo series since its debut in 2002.  With over a dozen Eisner Awards, including Best Writer, Best New Series, and numerous wins for Best Serialized Story, Fables has become one of the richest mythologies in the world of comics, imagining that characters like Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf and Pinocchio from the world’s most beloved storybooks are real and living among us, with all of their powers intact.

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    A prequel set before the first issue of the Fables comic book series, The Wolf Among Us puts players in the role of Bigby Wolf, a man once more infamously known as The Big Bad Wolf.  Now the sheriff of a hidden community in New York City, home of those exiled from the land of fairy tales, Bigby is tasked by the bureaucrat Snow White to keep order within a society of mythical creatures and characters trying to remain undetected in the world of the mundane.  From a chain-smoking member of ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ to a car-stealing Mr. Toad itching for his next wild ride, The Wolf Among Us examines the lives of beings straight from the pages of myth and lore, now trying to survive on the meanest and most run-down streets of New York City.

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    Currently, The Wolf Among Us is set to premiere later this summer on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution outlets. For more information, visit the official website.

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