PAX East 2019: The Games

Games I Watched Enough to Have an Opinion

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Developer: Simogo
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, “Other Platforms
Price: TBA
Genre: Rhythm, Action
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Unknown
Games as a Service Plan:Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Unknown

Stylish game that looks like a mix of Sonic style running with quick-time, possibly rhythm based dance fights. Has magical girl transformations and tarot-card based characters, so color me interested. Didn’t get the chance to try it out though.
The game apparently has a custom written pop album as the soundtrack, and the developers describe it as a playable pop album on the website.

Headliner: NoviNews

Developer: Unbound Creations
Publisher: Unbound Creations
Release Date: October 23, 2018 (Already out)
Platforms: Steam, Mobile version planned.
Price: $13.99
Genre: Adventure, Choices
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: None
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Control Options: Mouse and Keyboard only.

A game about controlling the news cycle. Inspired by current events, the team consulted a number of professional journalists to try to capture the essence of the news, and the problems you can cause with it. As you get to choose what news gets published and what dies on the desk, you can see the effect that information has on people in your city and in your personal life. Bonus queer points:

Arcade Spirits

Developer: Fiction Factory Games
Publisher: PQube Limited
Release Date: Feb 12, 2019 (Already out!)
Platforms: GameJolt, Humble Store, Steam, Green Man Gaming, Kartridge, itch.io
Price: $19.99
Genre: Visual Novel
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Artbook for $3, Soundtrack for $5
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Control Options: Full controller support.

A visual novel about running an arcade in a world where the 1980’s crash never happened to the industry. The goals of the project were three-fold: an unusual premise with realistic people and most importantly, realistically portrayed romances. The developer running the station pointed out that you secure that date halfway through the game–the rest is the oft ignored state in dating sims of actually being in a relationship with the person. Queer points: Main character’s gender, name, and appearance are customizeable.

A Fold Apart

Developer: Lightning Rod Games
Publisher: Lightning Rod Games
Release Date: Spring 2019
Platforms: Steam, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Price: TBA
Genre: Puzzle, Strategy
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Full controller support.

I watched through most of the demo, and once you’ve seen a puzzle solved it’s a little boring to immediately solve it so I didn’t wait to try it. An adorable puzzle game where the world is made of paper that you fold and unfold to create the path you need to walk. The game is about a long distance relationship and the struggles that can occur within it, and gets bonus queer points for letting you choose Male or Female for either of the two main characters. The flyer was a sheet of origami paper and instructions could be found online on how to make it into a heart with any of the possible pairings from the game featured. Overall seems lovely.

Astrologaster

Developer: Nyamyam
Publisher: Nyamyam
Release Date: May 5(iOS), May 9, 2019 (Steam)
Platforms: Steam, iOS
Price: TBA
Genre: VIsual Novel
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass:Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Mouse and keyboard, touchscreen.

A narrative game about real lie Simon Foreman, a medical astrologer in from 1500’s England, who, in response to pressures to only be able to practice medicine with a proper license, is trying to get one to stay in business. The catch? He wants to do so without learning medicine, preferring his astrology. The game involves diagnosing and recommended treatment for various ailments based on astrology, and trying to get your patients to recommend to the board that you be given a license. You will likely fail, and the game is meant to be replayed.

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