LudoNarraCon 2021 is now in full swing, and I’ve been having great fun checking out a number of demos from the event. There’s such a vast variety of games being showcased throughout the digital event and for this post, I’ve picked five games that stood out to me the most and these have been the games that I’ve played through first.
I was kindly sent a Steam Key by Fellow Traveller as part of the LudoNarraCon Press Pass. This allowed me to take a look at many of the game demos ahead of the event. Thank you for the opportunity to take a look at so many amazing games.
Game Director Story
“Game Director Story is an unflinching and satirical look behind-the-scenes at how big-budget AAA games are made. Based on first-hand accounts by industry veterans, Players experience the emotional roller coaster of guiding a team through the agonizing decisions and compromises needed to ship a game.” – Double Blit Games
This game stood out to me because it draws on real life experiences and events from those who have worked in the gaming industry. It’s always something I’ve been curious about especially when you hear and read about the different things that happen within games development.
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
“I Was a Teenage Exocolonist is a narrative life sim with a card battling component and a queer-friendly science fiction vibe.
Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.” – Northway Games
When I was looking at the games being exhibited at LudoNarraCon, I found myself frequently scrolling back up to this game. There was something about it that was telling me “you need to check this game out” and I am glad that I did. I’m interested to see how this game grows ahead of the full release in the future.
“Beacon Pines is a cute and creepy adventure game within a magical storybook. You play as both the reader of the book and its main character, Luka. Explore the town to find word charms. Use your charms to change the course of fate!” – Hiding Spot Games
Even though at first glance I wasn’t too sure about this game, the more I played the demo, the more I knew I needed more of this game. Described as a mixture of Winnie the Pooh meets Stranger Things I knew I couldn’t miss out on this game and I quickly added it to my wishlist.
A Space for the Unbound
“A slice-of-life adventure game with beautiful pixel art set in the late 90s rural Indonesia that tells a story about overcoming anxiety, depression, and the relationship between a boy and a girl with supernatural powers” – Mojiken/Toge Productions
I was drawn to A Space for the Unbound as I was able to relate to some of the themes within the game on a personal level. Then add in a dash of supernatural and away you go. I’ve enjoyed playing the demo so far, and I’m interested to see how the story plays out overall.
“Wayward Strand is a heartfelt interactive story, told in a unique and curious way. Play as Casey Beaumaris – intrepid teenage journalist – as she visits an airborne hospital for the first time. Uncover the airship’s mysteries, and explore the lives of its inhabitants.” – Ghost Pattern
I won’t lie, the promotional image for this Wayward Strand is what caught my attention. It’s not every day you see a boat floating in the air and anchored to the ground. Curious to find out more I knew I had to check out the game’s demo. It was definitely an interesting demo to play and not at all what I was expecting and that made my experience even more unique.
There are a number of games featured at LudoNarraCon that are worth checking out. In fact, all of the games taking part in the event are. It was difficult to chose just five games to talk about in this post, but rest assured, I have a long list of games to work through next!
Don’t forget you can find about more about the games I’ve mentioned in this post and many more over on the official LudoNarraCon site!
Let me know what games you are looking forward to exploring during LudoNarraCon!