- On 12 June 2020
You’re pondering getting the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality by Itch.io. Supporting a good cause and getting more than 1600 (!) games: what are you waiting for? The bundle is available until the end of this weekend and it already reached its $5 million goal, which will be split 50/50 between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund.
The reason why Itch.io created this bundle:
“We live in a time of racial injustice, inequality, and police brutality against black people. We hope that everyone takes a stand in any way that they can. We’ve partnered with creators from all across our platform to support organizations that are working directly with those affected.”
To get you started on your quest of finding the gems in this abundant bundle, our team has curated a list of ten games we think need playing. In no particular order:
Oxenfree: “What starts as a seemingly high-school drama quickly turns into an extensive story about growing up, friendship and a slew of mysterious experiences. Though subtle in its visuals, the themes are heavy and the relationships between the main characters is what keeps me coming back to the game. Being able to ‘deal with each other’ in extraordinary circumstances is a topic that does not lose its relevance and the story is so well-written that it keeps coming back to me in unexpected moments”.
Celeste: “Who can resist the hardcore mechanics of Celeste in combination with meaningful, well-written dialogue? Do not think this is just another Super Meat Boy, with nearly impossible wall jumping and excruciatingly difficult hair-pulling moments. Expect everything in a platformer to have meaning and you and Celeste will get along fine. The feel and sound of the game are awesome and know little competition. Despite the looming feeling of ‘hardcore platforming’, Celeste turns into an experience that I’d recommend to even those friends and family members that normally would not try games. Celeste is an experience, a piece of art and a very, very good platformer”.
Beacon: “You play as a space privateer, on her search for her crashed ship’s emergency distress beacon. It’s an awesome game because it brings some much-needed refresh to the genre. Plus, the way you are turned into a Nutribullet smoothie when you’re killed makes it a whole lot more fun”.
Quiet as a Stone: ”A game about creation in a peaceful manner. I’m a fan of RTS and base defense games, but oftentimes they can really be exhausting after playing. This one’s a bit different. It’s fun to sometimes just build things for the sake of building. It really helps you see the beauty of small things and relax after a day of hard work”.
Super Hexagon: “Its deceptive simplicity results in an intense rhythm game and a test of your reflexes. Achievers will easily find themselves spending dozens of hours practicing”.
Hidden Folks: “Wonderful Dutch game by Adriaan de Jongh. Find various curiosities in a gorgeous hand-drawn black and white cartoon world. The mouth-originated sound effects are great fun”.
Kenney Game Assets: “With over 20.000 game assets free to use for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, I just have to mention Kenney Game Assets. These assets are known for their superb quality and ease-of-use. They’re customizable and make quick visual prototyping easily accessible”.
Nuclear Throne: “The kings of game feel, Vlambeer, released this masterpiece in 2013. Since it’s homebrew (made in the Netherlands), it was an easy pick. Nuclear Throne is a well-designed shoot ‘em up, roguelike game and has set the bar high for many other indie developers”.
Milkmaid of the Milky Way: “Award-winning point-and-click adventure game about a milkmaid that spots an alien craft in a fjord in 1920’s Norway. Its peaceful pixel art atmosphere and dialogues in rhyme make it well worth the time (beware, see what I did there?)”.
Astrologaster: “In this funny adventure game set in Shakespeare’s London you play as ‘Doctor’ Simon Forman who treats his patients using astrology. Highly entertaining with great voice acting”.