Happy Sunday, friends! We hope you’re doing well today, and that you’re appropriately bundled up if the weather outside is starting to get frightful. Even if you aren’t, let us warm your heart with the following list of feel-good selections. They’re sure to help thaw any heart after a few do-good efforts, even in the chilliest weather.
For those of you who are new to our weekly series! This is the time when we present to you, our lovely community, all the people and projects that we see are doing great things in the gaming industry right now. From indie games with big hearts to safe spaces like our own, we’re happy to cover just about everything if it pushes for positive change. Because that’s what we’re about here at FemHype: boosting the work of incredible people while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
This is a game we couldn’t possibly recommend enough—and it’s immediately apparent why. After School offers an entirely unique experience despite its seemingly conventional story. You follow the tale of a girl who wishes the object of her affections would look up from his book and notice her. Enveloped by a heartfelt tale of yearning and utterly stunning visuals, this game reimagines a well-loved narrative.
What’s truly magnificent about this is that the game was created by hand using paper, pencils, and watercolors in only two days during a masterclass. Read that again. Yeah, we’re just as impressed. Naturally, this means After School is a short game, but it’s absolutely worth your time. It’s available for free right now on Windows, OS X, and Linux. Let us know what you think of it!
An undeniably skilled independent developer, Arielle Grimes has eleven projects under her portfolio belt—and counting! Her interactive work focuses on mental health and queer experiences, which is subject matter that is so desperately needed in the industry. You can play all of her games for free right now on Itch.io, which is super great, because Arielle is currently looking for YouTube channels that might be interested in featuring her work. You should totally join us! We’ll be playing her games very soon on our own channel.
If you’re able to support or signal boost Arielle’s work, please consider doing so. It’s so important to support the talent of developers pushing for change, and that’s precisely what she’s doing. Let’s show her just how much we appreciate all of that incredible, inspiring work, okay?
With only 52 hours to go on Kickstarter, this game absolutely needs your signal boost! Failsafe is a parkour game “inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling, reminiscent of the fluidity of Journey and the monolithic scale of Shadow of the Colossus.” That’s literally all our favorite things wrapped up into one game—not to mention that the main character, Isra, is a woman of color! (For the record, Ashly Burch is signed on to voice her. We’re already in love.)
What’s also really wonderful about Failsafe is that it will also offer both first and third person camera for those of you (like me) who might experience a bit of simulation sickness. You should definitely hop on this train before it passes!
La Chica Gamer
In our continued effort to bring you new and exciting communities creating positive change in games, we’re delighted to mention this one in particular! La Chica Gamer is an absolutely necessary space run by María, a Puerto Rican geek culture blogger who is making some serious waves in the gaming industry right now. But that’s not all she covers! Geek culture is the name of the game here, including everything from comic books, movies, and technology.
María also creates a wide range of YouTube content and has spoken at conferences about her experiences, which is so wonderful to see. Her incredible blog, La Chica Gamer, is an inspiration to all of us, particularly for the latinx community. We’re so excited to follow her journey!
Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Do men in uniform make you weak in the knees? Not to worry, that’s what Regency Love is for. You can now celebrate your love for all things lace and empire waist by playing this incredibly well-written dating sim. It’s available for purchase on the app store for $4.99 right now. You’ll be helping support a small game development team while romancing your way through a wide selection of eligible bachelors! What could be better?
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Tumblr user @studyinstyle penned an absolutely delightful review of the game (complete with gifs), which you should read after you’ve had a cuppa. Let us know what you think of it! And, of course, who you chose to romance. 💕