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The holiday is done; we are back from our visit to the Highlands of Scotland. We did a tour visiting six different places, and we had a great time. Now it’s back to reality again and, of course, gaming!
Here’s this week’s news.
LadiesGamers at Gamescom 2023
Usually, we cover the news and do interviews from behind our desks. In a couple of weeks though, I will be at Gamescom 2023 in Cologne! I’ll take the opportunity to bring some news and interviews straight from the action! Looking forward to it, and for starters, I wonder if I will stick out like a sore thumb as a 59 years old female gaming fan!
New Trailer Sunny Side
Back in 2021, we wrote about Kickstarter Sunny Side and since then, development is going well. Developer Rainy Games and publisher Merge Games have released a new trailer to meet the neighbours you’ll get to know in SunnySide! There are some 30+ characters that you can meet, befriend or romance, each with their own personalities, likes and dislikes. With a deep and nuanced social system, players can build a unique relationship with each resident in the cosy town of SunnySide.
Visit local hangouts, build relationships and more, all while running your farm and building your perfect forever home. SunnySide is an innovative farming and life simulation set in a small diverse Japanese town with deeper stories to uncover. You can read more about Sunny Side and wishlist it on the Steam page.
Train Valley 2 is Coming
A year ago, we reviewed the management puzzler Train Valley on Switch. A good game, though Paula did struggle with the controls on the Switch. Now, Train Valley 2 is coming to all consoles on October 17.
It has been available on Steam for quite some time, but with this console edition, you get the full package. At a price of € 24.99, this edition of Train Valley 2 includes the DLCs Passenger’s Flow, Myths & Rails and Editor’s Bulletin and a selection of 158 community-made levels carefully curated by the developers.
New Atelier Game on Mobile
I mentioned last week that Gust was hyping a special reveal this week, so here it is:
Koei Tecmo, Gust and Akatsuki Games have announced Atelier Resleriana: Forgotten Alchemy and the Liberator of the Polar Night. Talk about long titles! As it stands now, it will be released on PC, iOS and Android sometime in 2023. But so far, only in Japan. And if gaming consoles are going to follow is not sure yet.
The game follows Resleriana, a young girl on the continent of Lantana. Due to the number of comets dwindling, alchemy has become a forgotten art as mana from the stars depletes. Resleriana wants to spread alchemy again throughout the land and sets off on a journey to “The Continent of the End” which harbours clues and secrets.
Sounds and looks interesting, but I wonder if this game will reach us too. Mobile often means a low or no entry price and a gatcha mechanism…
Let’s Build a Zoo DLC Aquarium Odyssey
On August 17, Let’s Build a Zoo gets a new DLC called Aquarium Odyssey, releasing on all consoles and Steam. In the DLC, you can escape to an aquarium island and discover a world of seafaring beasts. Start a brand new zoo complete with adorable water splashing and ocean-dwelling creatures, brand new themed shops and a whole host of new decorations to give your guests the ultimate aquatic experience!
Platformer Spica Adventure Coming
ININ is excited to announce that they are partnering with TAITO to release the 2005 2D platformer Spica Adventure on consoles. ININ has made it possible for the game, previously a Japan-only arcade-exclusive, to be available to players everywhere for the first time ever!
In Spica Adventure, players will use their wits and quick reflexes to guide the heroine, Nico, through challenging stages filled with abstract and cartoony dangers. The game will be available on all modern platforms digitally – Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5. Spica Adventure is scheduled to release in Spring 2024, with boxed editions available (for Nintendo Switch, PS4 & PS5) for pre-order on November 14, 2023.
Indulge Your Inner Goth
As you know, we love a good visual novel, and those published by Aksys certainly fit our bill. So I include news of Virche Evermore -ErroR: Salvation- though I’m not yet sure we can cover it. The rating is still pending and the game might not be reviewed when it’s released November 9th on our family-friendly site. Still, it sounds very interesting!
A bit of background first for the game. Arpéchéle is a small island country surrounded by the sea and black flowers of misfortune called Lycoris Noirges. The people of this country are born with a curse that leads to death at the age of 23.
They lament and oppose their short-lived fates. After many years of research, a system was created, a “memory download” system. Once the body dies, the memories may live on in a clone known as a “Reliver.” These Relivers continue to resist their fate for another 23 years.
The story of Virche Evermore -ErroR: Salvation- follows a girl known as “Death,” as everyone she is involved with dies before the curse can consume them. Just as she is about to end her own life in regret, a mysterious man who calls himself the “Watchman of Death” appears before her. Under the watchman’s guidance, the girl will approach the truth of the various mysteries of death that haunts this country, whether she likes it or not, and without knowing that despair is the fate that awaits those who are loved by Death.
Anyway, this week, Aksys has revealed a glimpse of the exclusive set of seven full-colour character cards that will be included in all first-run copies of the upcoming otome game!
Calico on PlayStation
Publisher Whitethorn Games and developer Peachy Keen Games are excited to inform you that Calico, the cute cat café game, is coming to PlayStation 4 and 5. With that move, the game is available on every console. So if you have a PlayStation console, you’ll soon get to enjoy the day-in-the-life community sim game, where you are given an important and adorable task: rebuild the town’s cat café and fill it with cute and cuddly creatures! Build up your café by filling it with cute furniture, fun decorations, and yummy pastries, and get it bustling with animals again!
We reviewed the game back when it was released in 2020, and Paula wrote in her conclusion:
Calico is a magical game about witches, cats, cute villagers and a cat café, what more could you want! While there is no denying that Calico has a few problems on the Switch, I hope this is a game that will be regularly updated and more added to the game in future.
If you’re looking for a game to get lost in a whimsical, magical pink infused world where you can wear cats as hats then Calico is the game for you.
That’s it for this week; thanks for reading!