There’s still no word on the return of physical games events, but thanks to the regular Steam Game Festival we’re getting our fair share of new and tasty video games. The winter edition, which hosts over 500 demos, is in full swing and there’s a couple of Belgian games competing for visibility. So let’s help them out a bit, shall we?
Start your journey on the Rogues, a quiet island group where you can go for a relaxing walk on the beach to empty your mind and … talk with a ghost that’s stuck in your head. Ghost on the Shore is the first commercial release of narrative game studio like Charlie and blends the best parts of The Chinese Room’s walking simulators and Firewatch’s interactive dialogue into a highly evocative narrative experience. By exploring the islands, you’ll learn more about the history of the people who lived there, and develop an emotional relation with the person inside of you.
A different kind of spooky is offered by the horror game Alisa. Chasing a criminal, Elite Royal Agent Alisa stumbles across a big victorian mansion, where she’ll have to fight for her life against an army of mechanised dolls. The game features a 90’s look and feel and recalls horror classics like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. Solo developer Casper Croes succesfully Kickstarted the project last year and is now working towards a late May release.
Every time we get a fresh look at Happy Volcano’s You Suck at Parking it looks better than before. The concept of sliding your car in the designated parking spaces as quickly as possible is so simple yet brilliant. Somewhere between What The Golf and TrackMania, the charming presentation (just look at that overworld!) equals the whacky gameplay. With its easy to learn, hard to master design and editor to create your own crazy levels, we can see a lot of people playing this for a very long time.
If you can tempt Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield to work on your game, it seems to us like you’re doing something right. Roguebook is the next roguelike deck-builder by Faeria developers Abrakam. Inspired by genre progenitor Slay the Spire, it sees you travel through the pages of a magical book, splashing ink to reveal new opportunities on the map. Find gold, strengthen your deck, and above all, play your cards right to emerge victorious against the boss waiting at the end of each chapter. The game is published by Nacon and will release on 24th June.
The Steam Game Festival continues until 9th February 7 PM. Some demos might be up a bit longer, but why take the risk if you’ve got the weekend ahead of you?
PS: We carefully combed our way through the demos, but do give us a shout if we missed your game and we’ll gladly add it!