GDC Day Three is coming to a close, but there’s still more content to come! Keep an eye out as we update this article live in-between our meetings with some of the best game developers currently working in the industry.
If you’re wondering what we looked at yesterday, you can have a read of the full Gamezebo at GDC 2023: Day Two Diary now. We’ll wrap this introduction up by mentioning that the rest of the Gamezebo team, Meriel and Adele, are still continuing to deliver the usual gaming content throughout the day.
Master Detective Archives: Rain Code
Rain Code’s story centres around Yuma and Shinigami as they work to solve mysteries throughout Kanai Ward. The game’s developer, Spike Chunsoft, has described the game as a lucid-noir detective adventure. We reckon the game has taken great influence from Blade Runner – check out the trailer and see for yourself!
Bad Seed presents Crime O’Clock – a top-down mystery solving game. Play as a detective in charge of solving Police cases in a small town. But that’s not all! The developer puts an interesting spin on this Where’s Wally? inspired game, as you have access to time travel.
Check out Crime O’Clock, which is coming later in 2023, on Switch and Steam.
Stop the narcissistic monarchy from ruling the 2D kingdom! Play through a roguelite puzzle genre-mashup, flipping tiles, and uncovering the secret path to the king in order to put an end to his tyranny once and for all.
Check out BUCK’s upcoming title and add it to your Steam wishlist now!
Drop Bear Bytes presents: Broken Roads! The game is a top-down survival life simulator set in a post-apocalyptic Australia. If you’re from the land down under, you’ll be happy to see some of your favourite monuments make cameo appearances throughout the carefully crafted map.
The game takes a focus on moral dilemmas, as you’ll navigate between doing what’s right and what’s wrong, whilst also trying to survive. Things start getting interesting when you’re presented with a situation where there are no good choices – but you still have to choose! This is where we think Broken Roads shines, bringing a riveting experience to those who want to play close to truth and justice. However, if you’re only in it for yourself, then you’ll be having a blast choosing the darkest paths possible.
Featuring a 30 hour campaign, as well as plenty of alternative endings, Broken Roads is coming to Steam, as well as the other major consoles, in 2023. Make sure to add it to your wishlist as soon as possible!
Rendezvous is Hitcent’s upcoming puzzle side-scroller! The game features a Cyberpunk-like narrative set in 2064 Indonesia, and we follow a security guard, Setyo. Our protagonist is an ex-hacker who’s managed to turn his life around, and just wants to live an apple-pie life.
The stakes start to rise when Setyo learns that his sister has started working for one of the most dangerous groups in Neo Sureaya. Now, the former hacker must turn to his old ways in order to save his own blood from following in his dark footsteps.
Rendezvous features traditional 2D gameplay, as well as a beautiful pixel aesthetic. Hitcent is launching the game next month, on April 11 on Steam. Make sure to add it to your wishlist now!
Kalypso Media had a booth on the showfloor at GDC, and we stopped by to learn about two upcoming games that are set to launch earlier this year. The team was absolutely lovely, and were very enthusiastic about the upcoming games.
Railway Empire 2
The first game we learned about was Railway Empire 2, which is a direct sequel to the original of (almost) the same name. You play as an entrepreneur, who runs a small railway company in the early 1800s.
You have to grow your company by building up the perfect rail network. You’ll actually map out the rail lines yourself by drawing them across the landscape, which is made up of the entirety of US and continental Europe. There are also 60 period-authentic trains to place on your tracks.
Check it out now, and wishlist it, on Steam.
Next, we saw and learned a lot more about Dungeons 4, which expands on the gameplay of the first three entries. You play as ‘The Absolute Evil’ and have to build up horrifying dungeons that suit your evil creature minions’ needs.
You then send them out into the overworld to turn its inhabitants over to the dark side. Think of yourself as Sauron, as you strive to corrupt the entirety of Middle Earth.
If you’ve played Dungeons 3, this is a bigger and better entry, with more richly-detailed visuals, a lot more objects, and even the arrival of dwarves. Go ahead and wishlist it on Steam right now.
Pocket Oasis is an adorable plant manager that features uniquely hand-painted graphics. The game, developed by Miracle Tea, is aimed at casual gamers who need a relaxing time out. You can create your garden in a variety of places, such as an outdoor balcony. Decorate it to your liking, and welcome visitors, from friends all the way to NPC animals.
Pocket Oasis is coming soon to PC and Nintendo Switch.
If you’re looking for a fun, co-op party game to play with your mates, then Pool Party might be the one! Developed by Lakeview Games, Pool Party sees you and three other friends play through a bunch of chaotic, fun mini-games in local co-op in a race to the top of the leaderboards.
Pool Party is coming to Steam soon. Make sure to add it to your wishlist!
Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold
Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold is Surprised Turtle Studios’ latest co-op adventure game. In the roguelike, you play as the Seven Dwarfs, as you embark on an adventure to save Snow White from the forces of evil. Each Dwarf has their own special ability, and you’ll each work together to make it through a multitude of levels and boss fights.
Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold’s release date is currently unconfirmed, but you can add the game to your wishlist on Steam now.
The Wandering Village
Stray Fawn Studios previously debuted The Wandering Village through an early access build on Steam in September of 2022. The game is a city building simulation with a twist. The land you’re plotting on is actually the back of a giant, wandering creature (hence the game’s title!) Maintain a symbolic relationship with the creature as you build up your city and appease the residents.
Grab The Wandering Village on Steam as well as the Xbox One/Series X/S now.
Train to become the ultimate escape master! Play through a series of connected escape rooms, competing against a friend, in an attempt to reach the end. Add the game to your Steam library now.