Caught inside during a summer storm like this fair reviewer is? Well, hopefully the JayIsGames Vault can bring you a little sunshine, with some excellent games from our archives. Today we'll got classic works from the visual novel, arcade, and interactive art genres, no umbrella neccesary
- Air Pressure - It's a rare work that can simulatenously serve as both an introduction to a genre, as well as a treat for experienced fans. Air Pressure, a visual novel by Bento Smile, pulls it off. It's a story of a man who must choose whether to ignore or deal with the worries he has with his girlfriend... or maybe not. If you haven't played it before, it's a game worth going into with a blank slate. A heady, symbolic work, Air Pressure is not for everyone. Still, you should definitely give it a chance to blow your mind.
- Doeo - Doeo! Raitendo's 2008 arcade release clearly had the Moai series in mind when it was created, but it manages to stand on its own two lack-of-feet. The colorful, constantly-changing environments, bouncy music, and kawaii character designs call to mind a demented Nick Jr. program, but the good kind of demented. It's hard not to crack a smile as the screen fills with those little pink uni-browed rectangles, and you won't stop playing till you've caught all that you can catch. Doeo!
- Immortall - Call me a sucker for emotionally manipulative narrative techniques, but man, every book/TV show/movie/game about an initially-frightening cryptid/alien/robot/Sloth who forms a protective bond with a cute kid always gets me right in the feels. Immortall, a 2010 artsy platformer by Pixelante is right up there with the best. Presented with stark visuals to match it's wordless-but-powerful storytelling, Immortall manages to display a surprising amount of emotion in its short length. And while I know that the NPCs are all just characters on a screen controlled by their programming, it doesn't stop me from feeling that there's some life in this simple story of a Girl and her Blob.
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