Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another edition of Screenshot Saturday, where talented developers and more take to social media with the #screenshotsaturday tag in order to show off their latest and upcoming games, which will hopefully become the hits of the future, and which we put a focus on! But this past week, this focus has mainly been on Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online and the amazing runs pulled off by insanely talented players, who ended up raising over $2.3 million for Doctors Without Borders, and are just wrapping up as I type this. And I highly suggest checking out their YouTube page for any runs you may have missed, including Buffet Table’s jaw-dropping Half-Life: Alyx run. And yes, I admit that I’m bringing this up just to make small talk, but who knows? Maybe some of the games featured this week will become beloved enough to lead to equally impressive speedruns of them in the future. And with that note, let’s get on to the games themselves…
Bear and Breakfast- A mix of management and adventure games where you’re a bear trying to run a B&B? That certainly looks and sounds charming, unique, and fun, and even manages to squeeze in a mention of TV Tropes, so it certainly has my attention! Though admittedly, that may be because this also could have been a perfect We Bare Bears tie-in game. Should’ve hired these guys, Cartoon Network…
Don't get caught off guard by his Electric Strike
— Grimware Games, LLC (@Grimware_Games) August 22, 2020
Ghost Knight: A Dark Tale- I’m getting some shades of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts from this platformer…except now you’re the ghost, trying to stop a mad king that’s opened up a portal which has unleashed monsters upon the land. But no matter what its influences are, it still looks like a solid platformer with an eye-catching style and some nifty boss battles, as seen here.
Set up YOUR strategy (defensive or offensive) that will keep you and your brother in arms alive.
— The Arcade Crew (@TheArcadeCrew) August 22, 2020
The Last Spell- Speaking of hordes of invading monsters, fending them off in order to protect your town in a tactical RPG like this will require you to come up with clever, strategic approaches…that just so happen to involve party members leaping into the middle of a horde and dismembering a whole batch of them all at once. Hey, whatever gets the job done, and whatever makes this a satisfying RPG!
Voyage- A gorgeous, hand-painted, wordless journey about two people just trying to get home…that may be interrupted by the occasional giant ghost snake that uses part of a wrecked UFO as some sort of armor. That’s not a complaint or anything, though. If anything, it makes me want to check out this journey more than ever, just to see what else pops up!
Yan's World is coming to #kickstarter on September 5th! If you like puzzle-platformers with unique #pixelart and music, please check it out! Alongside Kickstarter will be a game demo, which will also be available at @SAGExpo! #screenshotsaturday #indiedev #gamedev #indiegame pic.twitter.com/zoKDzdgTnu
— Yan's World (@YansWorldGame) August 22, 2020
Yan’s World- Well, the resurfacing of this platformer turned out to be a bit timely, as Virtual Boy Wario Land made it’s debut at Summer Games Done Quick this week, becoming the first Virtual Boy game featured at any GDQ event. So it may have helped put a promising throwback to VB games such as this into the limelight, if only by a bit. And hey, here’s hoping this all gives the upcoming Kickstarter campaign a boost!
It's your decision how you run your gang, but remember the enemies are waiting for your mistake!
— RockGame (@tRockGame) August 22, 2020
Yakuza Empire- Well, it may lack the likes of Goro Majima, but this still looks like a strategy game with a lot of potential, seeing you managing the clan in order to craft the Japanese crime empire of your dreams. But just because the emphasis is on simulation doesn’t mean that there won’t be bursts of action, as seen here.
— Spencer Yan (@spncryn) August 22, 2020
My Work Is Not Yet Done- Described as a “pilgrimage simulator,” this game is set to be a unique take on survival games and horror, with the emphasis on being alone and lost, living out your final days as the last remaining survivor of a former empire. And indeed, there’s just something about the mix of stark, monochrome visuals, detailed pixel art, and sounds of nature that make things perfectly beautiful yet unnerving…
WE KILL MONSTERS- And while on the subject of monochrome visuals, pixel art, and scenes of nature, we come back to Glass Revolver’s latest, which as far as I can recall, hasn’t shown off any actual monsters to kill yet. But I kid, because the focus right now is on building an effective and captivating atmosphere, as seen here with two friends relaxing in a bit of a creepy forest.
I have been working on the later levels of my game, bringing some more playtime to your journey!
( Give the game a go at either Itch or GameJolt!https://t.co/vr9NoCOKj2https://t.co/0ZIszlR4kC )#indiedev #gamedev #screenshotsaturday #pixelart #ForzoGravity pic.twitter.com/H3FHLyrsZK
— Ronny E G T (@RonnyEGT) August 22, 2020
Forz’o Gravity- Platformers based around manipulating gravity aren’t exactly anything new, but it’s the surprising bit of speed shown off here that caught my eye when it came to this particular game. A nice blend of colors and a cute and simple character design helped as well, but yeah, can’t wait to see what other levels are in store!
Alpaca & Bobo Farm??????????????
— Nana ナナ – KEYLOCKER | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action (@moonana_) August 22, 2020
Keylocker- No other games featured in Screenshot Saturday have featured an alpaca farm run by clones, therefore all other games are inferior to this colorful cyberpunk RPG. Sorry, but it’s a fact.