Envixer March 27, 2021 New Games to Check Out This March

New Games to Check Out This March

Every now and then, it’s good to trawl through new demos and releases to see which of the current crop of games are worthy of support. This time, I thought we’d change up the format a little and expand our range of recommendations.

The Good

Mythos

Mythos

by Nine of Swords
Engine: Ren'py
Genre(s): 3D CG Fantasy Harem Humor
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This game is one that was highly anticipated by a fan base that had grown on the promise of a good game. The developer, Nine of Swords Studios, did a lot of good work building up hype, and the game delivers on its promise. There’s a good, well written and edited story, a wide range of humour, and some memorable characters. I truly enjoyed my playthrough, and I’m looking forward to the next update. Definitely worth a try!

Affexon

Affexon

by NaughtyDeveloper
Engine: Ren'py
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A sci-fi / fantasy tale of superpowered people that’s nicely written with decent art and some nice production touches, Affexon could be a game I’ll return to over and over again. Definitely a promising start.

One of the things that stood out for me with the game is the responsiveness of the dev to feedback. NaughtyDeveloper should get kudos for that.

A Man for All

A Man for All

by Venus Waltz
Engine: Ren'py
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This game is interesting in that you can play each love interest a different way. There are three main conversation styles and the same style will not work on every woman in the game.

To be successful, you have to be a different person for each woman, hence being A Man For All.

Trends of Love

Trends of Love

by SirSnake
Engine: Ren'py
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The renders and heavy use of animation in this intro / demo are really good, but the whole thing is let down by what appears to be machine translated English.

It’s heavy work to make sense of some of the text, and the story doesn’t appear to be ground-breaking, but from a purely visual perspective, this is one I can recommend. I truly hope SirSnake gets a few good proof-readers to help!

The Bad

Hidden Games

Hidden Games

by VNorth
Engine: Ren'py
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While there are some beautiful renders in this game, after a few minutes of gameplay you’re dumped into a free-roam with no hints, and no idea what to do.

As this game is from a seasoned developer, I’m hoping it’ll get better and have more content, but for now, the whole thing is just a pointless tease.

The Downright Ridiculous

23 Sisters

23 Sisters

by Doc5252
Engine: Ren'py
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Okay, from too many fireflies in the renders to an apparent inability to put text in italics or find some other sign to indicate inner thoughts, there’s a lot wrong here. I should really hate this game. Thing is, it’s bloody funny. It’s so ridiculously bad that it becomes even more hilarious because of it. While I’d love it if the dev, Doc5252, got some advice on coding in Ren’Py and cleaning up renders in Daz 3D, some polish might actually ruin the game. Check it out for a laugh!

The Worst

The Duumvirate

The Duumvirate

by Marc Anthony
Engine: Ren'py
Genre(s): 3D CG Male Protagonist
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I’m not one to really put a game down, but the character designs of some of the people in this game are just so wrong. The bodies may be fine, but faces and expressions are often painful to look at. No, I’m not talking about making the character stylised in a certain way. I’m talking about, possibly accidentally, making the character as unattractive as possible, while having the MC find her attractive. How can a game have decent renders and decent English, and still leave a bad impression? This is how. The first person you see in the game just makes you want to put it down and not touch it ever again. I forced myself to play through the whole thing, and while the story looks promising, unless the expressions (on more than one character) improve, I’ll be giving this one a hard pass.

Have you found any good games recently that you think we should look at? Let us know in the comments!

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GrollenFloh
GrollenFloh(@grollenfloh)
8 months ago

I really like this kind of article! Usually I’m looking for finished games and am not as much interested in stuff that is still in-progress, but this short overview was definately a good read. Both for having the good titles already in the back of your mind once they get finished as well as for the good laugh you get from the bad ones.