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Wholesome Gaming Round-Up March 22nd, 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Wholesome Gaming Round-Up. Don’t forget to take our survey to kick off our 10-year anniversary for LadiesGamers! This week, we have news about:

Wildmender is now Steam Deck certified, Dorfromantik has a physical version, there are more details on Radiant Tale – Fanfare, and we introduce cosy storybook puzzler Tell Me Your Story. Planet of Lana is coming to Switch, village builder Stacklands is coming soon to Switch, Kickstarter Cinnabunny is live, and Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling introduces a Limited Edition. Which Way Up gets funding from Screen Australia, there’s a free update live for FaeFarm and details of Stardew Valley 1.6 update and patch.

Wildmender Steam Deck Certified

A while ago we reviewed Wildmender, a survival simulation game that emphasises crafting your own oasis in the desert. Wildmender is procedurally generated, meaning each time you start a new game, the world changes. So your world and your adventure will be unique to only you. We liked the game a lot, and now there’s good news: Wildmender is now Steam Deck Certified!

Two characters from Wildmender are standing beside a reflective stream, surrounded by a lush array of greenery and cacti, with vibrant red flowering plants and a flourishing pink tree adding a splash of color. The characters, one wearing an orange cloak and the other in white with a blue sash, are turned towards each other in a moment that suggests interaction or conversation. Behind them, a large, twisted tree trunk provides a majestic backdrop, and golden orbs float in the air, lending a magical feel to the setting. The lighting suggests a tranquil, overcast day, and the overall scene portrays a moment of peaceful coexistence with nature. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Dorfromantik Physical Version

Dorfromantik is a strategic puzzle game that challenges players to build an ever-expanding map while getting as many points as possible. It looks beautiful, was ported well from Steam to the Switch and we gave it our highest praise: Two Thumbs Up. Six-sided tile-based games are all the rage these days, but Dorfromantik is often named the original one.

Nice news that there is now a physical version exclusive for Nintendo Switch through the Rare Games Storepage. However, as the release was on March 21st and there are only 4,000 copies, I’m afraid we may be out of luck. Still, good news that Rare picked up another good game to bring to physical form!

Promotional banner for Dorfromantik, showcasing an isometric view of a serene, stylized countryside. The landscape features a patchwork of hexagonal tiles with quaint houses, verdant forests, winding rivers, and a prominent church with a bell tower. The game's title, 'DORFROMANTIK,' is overlaid in large, white block letters that span the width of the image. Cloud icons float gently above some of the trees, adding to the game's charming aesthetic. Published on: LadiesGamers.

First Asset Pack for Cities: Skylines 2

The first asset pack is almost here for Cities Skylines 2, called Beach Properties. It will be released on March 25th, and alongside the pack, there will also be in-game modding options and tools included.

Colossal Order is releasing three developer diaries this week about what to expect from the in-game modding. Tuesday will feature an introduction to Paradox Mods, Wednesday will look at the Map Editor, and Thursday will look at Code Modding.

Promotional banner for 'Cities Skylines 2: Beach Properties', a downloadable content (DLC) asset pack. The image features a modern beach house with solar panels on the roof, located next to a palm-fringed beach with a clear view of the ocean and distant mountains. A seagull is flying in the sky, enhancing the coastal vibe. This asset pack likely offers players new building designs and scenery options to customize their urban landscapes with a beachfront theme. Published on: LadiesGamers.

More Details on Radiant Tale – Fanfare

Aksys Games has revealed more details about the fan disk to Radiant Tale – Fanfare. This fan disk includes three new play modes with fresh stories and new routes with two side characters, enhancing the complete Radiant Tale adventure! The Nintendo Switch game is expected to launch on June 27th.

If you haven’t played the original game yet, know that we liked it a lot, as you can read in Caroline’s in-depth review. In Radiant Tale Tifalia is recruited to help an unlikely group of performers make a last-ditch effort to reform a failing circus. A crazy dragon, a sombre clown, a hesitant magician, an acrobat who can’t entertain, and a reluctant ringleader… it’s up to her to turn this dysfunctional troupe around and make them stars.

So what can you expect in Fanfare?

  • After Story – Tifalia continues her journey with her choice of the five quirky performers she meets. Will she find her happy ending beyond the big top?
  • If Story – an inventive, original tale in which Tifalia becomes Jinnia’s secretary, but a planned celebration introduces new complexities and emotions…
  • Interlude – a set of unrevealed mini-episodes taking place behind the scenes during the course of the original game, providing new perspectives, fun, and insight into the fantastic world of CIRCUS.

The Aksys Online Store is offering two unique extras: a pre-order bonus of eight character cards and an exclusive edition of the game that includes the Radiant Tale -Fanfare!- soundtrack CD.

"Illustration from Radiant Tale – Fanfare, depicting two anime-style characters in a close, intimate scene. On the left, a female character with brown hair smiles contently with her eyes closed, holding a spoon near a dessert. To the right, a male character with dark hair and a knight's attire looks thoughtfully at the viewer, his chin resting on his hand. The warm, glowing background suggests a cozy, romantic setting. The image has a watermark stating ©2024 IDEA FACTORY/DESIGN FACTORY All rights reserved, licensed to and published by Aksys Games. Published on: LadiesGamers."

Tell Me Your Story Cozy Storybook Puzzler

Tell Me Your Story is a cosy puzzle game about the importance of grandparents and adventure. The game will put you in the shoes of Amelia, a young girl who visits her grandmother and discovers that she used to be a globetrotting adventurer.

In Tell Me Your Story, you are tasked with helping Grandma Rose complete everyday chores, from washing dishes and organizing boxes to feeding her cat and re-stocking the bathroom. Along the way, you’ll stumble upon interesting artefacts of a life well lived and find yourself exploring the world through Rose’s eyes. Each artefact sheds light on Grandma Rose’s globetrotting adventures in South America’s rainforests, the Chinese province of Yunnan, and the track of the Orient Express’ first route. There’s a full world of adventures to uncover!

This bite-sized puzzle game is perfect for all ages and has a charming storybook art style, cosy soundtrack and relaxing puzzles. The game is set to launch in Q2 2024 on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.

Graphic for Tell me Your Story, featuring a colorful array of scrapbooking elements. At the center is a vibrant yellow notebook with the title 'TELL ME YOUR STORY' inscribed in whimsical, bold fonts, accompanied by a blue pen. Surrounding the notebook are various scrapbook details including stickers, stamps, and snapshots, all hinting at a personalized and creative journaling experience. The image conveys a sense of warmth and nostalgia, inviting players to explore and document their own stories. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Planet of Lana is Coming to Switch

When Kalina reviewed Planet of Lana on Steam, she loved it, giving it Two Thumbs Up. This is what the game is about:

You travel in a breathtaking world with your loyal companion Mui as you navigate stunning landscapes, solve puzzles and overcome mysterious dangers. Kalina added in her conclusion: “It is clear that for Thunderful Publishing, it was a labour of love, from the premise to animation, world lore, music, and sounds. Even more impressive, the whole game studio was created around this project, and this game is their first.”

Wonderful news then that this puzzle platform game will be coming to the Switch and PS4/5 on April 16th.

Key art for Planet of Lana, presenting a tranquil yet evocative scene set on an alien world. In the foreground, a young girl looks towards a towering, tripod-like robot standing atop a rock formation. The landscape is lush and verdant, under a vast, clear sky with gentle clouds and a distant planet visible on the horizon. Above, the title 'PLANET OF LANA' is emblazoned in large, minimalist font, punctuated by three small circles that evoke a sense of mystery. The overall atmosphere is one of peaceful coexistence in a sci-fi environment. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Village Builder Stacklands on Switch

Sokpop, a four-person video game collective from the Netherlands, has announced that their village builder game Stacklands will be available on the Nintendo Switch starting March 28th. After achieving success on Steam, this management roguelike game is set to reach a broader audience on the Switch platform. The gameplay involves using cards to manage resources and develop a village, requiring strategic thinking to progress.

In addition to the Switch release, Sokpop will introduce a new DLC, Stacklands 2000, later this year for the PC version. This update will bring post-industrial elements to the game, expanding the player’s experience with new content. Stacklands offers an engaging experience through its unique card-based system for those interested in strategy and management games.

Promotional image for Stacklands, featuring a playful and cartoonish art style. The top half of the image displays the game's title in bold, white letters set against a dark blue background adorned with whimsical tree and bush illustrations. The lower half shows a series of colorful, card-like illustrations with simplistic icons, including waves, a strawberry, a puzzle piece, and a skull, hinting at the game's stacking and resource management mechanics. The playful art style conveys a lighthearted and strategic gameplay experience. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Wholesome Kickstarter Cinnabunny is Live

Patrick Gauthier, the man behind Reky Studios, must really love bunnies. After the relaxing, wholesome game Bunhouse, he has brought Cinnabunny to Kickstarter. Fancy backing goodies with your bunnies? You can find the Kickstarter campaign here.

Promotional artwork for Cinnabunny, showing two anthropomorphic rabbits in a cozy, rustic kitchen setting. To the left, a grey rabbit wearing an apron stands by a wooden table, mixing ingredients in a bowl. On the right, a brown rabbit with an apron holds a towel, standing near a brick oven where a warm light glows, suggesting fresh baking in progress. Herbs and kitchen utensils line the shelves in the background, evoking a homey and inviting atmosphere. The game's logo, 'Cinnabunny,' is whimsically styled with cinnamon roll-inspired lettering and bunny ears, centered above the characters. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling Limited Edition

Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling will be released later in 2024. The game will be available physically and digitally in North America and Europe for the Nintendo Switch. You can soon indulge in some sweet and spicy delicacies with the reveal of the Limited Edition bonus items for the otome visual novel.

The Limited Edition includes:

  • Official Hardcover Art Book
  • Audio Drama Set
  • Postcard Set with Display Booklet
  • Steel Game Case
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve
  • Collector’s Box
  • Exclusive Trading Card

A spread of Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling Limited Edition items, beautifully arranged to display the collectibles. Included are the Nintendo Switch game case with a reversible cover featuring vibrant character art, a sleek steel game case, and a set of engaging audio dramas on CDs. A luxurious hardcover art book sits beside a collector's box adorned with intricate illustrations. Also shown is an array of colorful postcards within a display booklet and an exclusive trading card marked as 'Art not final'. The background is elegantly faded, focusing attention on the richly detailed merchandise, perfect for fans of the game. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Which Way Up Gets Funding from Screen Australia

Which Way Up: Galaxy Games formerly named Which Way Up: Space Olympics, has just received grant funding from Screen Australia to help with the game’s development.

The Games Production Fund provides grants of up to $100,000 towards supporting the development of original, Australian independent games, with a budget of up to $500,000 at the time of applying to support the game towards a significant milestone of its development. Which Way Up: Galaxy Games is featured alongside a total of 26 other Australian-made video games. This funding goes towards improving the games’ development and ensuring the quality of production.

James has checked out the game in early development and wrote:

A jolly party game focusing on simple controls and loose platforming. Created by space enthusiasts from Australia, Which Way Up looks to create a memorable game night experience for the entire family and gamers of all skill levels.

Screenshot from Which Way Up: Galaxy Games, depicting a colorful and chaotic four-player gaming scene set in outer space. Each corner of the image highlights a different player's character, represented by adorable, cartoonish creatures with unique designs and expressions. The center of the screen shows a lively mini-game where characters float in star-shaped pockets of gravity, trying to collect items while avoiding obstacles like planets and asteroids. The top center displays a countdown timer at 19 seconds, adding a sense of urgency to the gameplay. The playful visuals and engaging multiplayer setup convey a fun and competitive atmosphere. Published on: LadiesGamers

Free Update Fae Farm

Fae Farm has released a new Spring update, which includes several additions and improvements to the game as well as a pack of free cosmetic items for players’ homes and characters. Below are all the changes and additions made:

To make Fae Farm an even cosier experience, a new “double-day length” option has been added to make time on the world clock pass slower, allowing players who decide to use it to do more in a single day.

A new cool decorating option aptly named “Stuff-on-Stuff” is also part of the update. Players can now place various decorative inventory items such as candles, books or vases on tables and other specifically tagged decor items.

This Spring, what if significant others became more significant? Marriage in Azoria is now more wholesome, with post-wedding dialogues for each character and new interactions. In addition, if a player’s fae bae is hanging out on their homestead, sitting in the cosy area will invite them to come and join them there.

Several new options have been added to the character creator menu, including 16 new vibrant dyes (usable on hair, facial features, face markings and eyes), 16 new non-human skin tones, one new “stubble” hairstyle, and nine new eye styles. All these options are unlocked automatically in character creation to let players unleash their creativity and build an even more unique character of their own. But that’s not all: six new sets of wings including the Marquis’ are now offered by the Wisp Mother.

And finally, to celebrate Spring and thank all the players, a pack of free cosmetic items is offered as part of the update, including four new full-size constructible items to decorate the outside of your homestead further, and a new “Spring Petal Dress”.

Promotional image for FaeFarm's Spring Update, featuring two 3D-animated characters in an enchanted forest setting. On the left, a fairy with orange hair, blue wings, and a green dress gestures excitedly. Beside her, a character with gray hair and dark skin gives a thumbs-up, wearing a brown vest and a leaf headband. They stand near a table displaying spring-themed items like a cake topped with a fondant flower, cheese, and a green bottle. The ground is dotted with colorful tulips and other flora. The FaeFarm logo with a 'Spring Update' tag overlays the top right. The scene is bursting with vitality and whimsical charm. Published on: LadiesGamers.

Stardew Valley 1.6 Update and Patch

After all these years, Stardew Valley still gets updates and additions making the gameplay even better than it already was. We are already at update 1.6 and an additional patch which are brimming with loads of new content.

Players will enjoy two new mini-fishing festivals, a captivating three-day spring festival, and a special summer event. Among the standout additions is the Meadowlands Farm, a new farm type that offers players a chicken coop, two starting chickens, and unique blue grass that’s particularly appealing to animals. A new “mastery” system promises to reward players with powerful perks and items, found in an entirely new game area.

For those in need of extra storage, the Big Chest arrives as a welcome feature. Additionally, players can embark on a new quest, interact with new neighbours, enjoy a prize machine with enticing rewards, undertake four home renovations, choose from new cat and dog breeds, and even have multiple pets. Plus, the ability to accessorize your pets with hats adds a whimsical touch.

With eight new achievements to unlock, the 1.6 patch offers plenty of reasons for players to return to their farms and discover all the new content.

Promotional graphic for Stardew Valley's 1.6 Update, featuring pixel art style text against a starry night sky. The game's title, 'STARDEW VALLEY,' is rendered in large, orange pixelated letters, adorned with green leaves and brown acorns, suggesting a theme of farming and nature. Beneath the title is the '1.6 Update' text, accompanied by an acorn icon on each side. Fluffy white clouds drift at the bottom of the image, giving a sense of the serene, pastoral setting the game is known for. The overall design has a nostalgic feel, reminiscent of classic video games. Published on: LadiesGamers.


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