Ooblets Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ooblets RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Ooblets: How to Get Bean Juice https://www.gameskinny.com/xj9na/ooblets-how-to-get-bean-juice https://www.gameskinny.com/xj9na/ooblets-how-to-get-bean-juice Thu, 15 Sep 2022 14:31:52 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Among the four drinks available in Ooblets, Bean Juice is one of the most preferred because it returns a good bit of energy and its speed boost effects are stackable. Early in the game, it's hard to come by, but it becomes much more plentiful as you play — if you stay focused on making friends, that is.

This Ooblets guide will tell you how to make Bean Juice and how to get some for performing other tasks. 

Preparing Bean Juice

Bean Juice is made from Ground Springbeans. However, you will still need to purchase the Bean Juice recipe from the Wishy Well for 50 Wishies to be able to make it.

Where to Find Ground Springbeans

First, grow Springbeans on your farm and harvest them. Typically, the Springbean growth period is roughly five days (which can be sped up by using Speedy Grow), and each seed produces around three Springbeans.

You can purchase Springbean seeds at the Meed's Seeds in Badgetown for six Gummies a piece after you've purchased the shop's first expansion upgrade from the Wishy Well.

Once you have some Spring beans you can grind them in the Crunchster. You should already have a Crunchster at this point in the game (a gift from Sprin on Day 5), but if not, it can be crafted using the following recipe at the Fabricuter in Manatwee furniture shop:

  • 10 Nurnies.
  • 10 Planklets.
  • 1 Oobsidian.

You can also purchase Ground Springbeans at the Cuddlecups Cafe for 16 Gummies each, but it's not advised to spend your money on them since the ROI is so low.

How to Prepare Bean Juice

Once you have at least one portion of Ground Springbeans, you can prepare Bean Juice at the Kettle and Cup, which can be purchased in Cuddlecups Cafe for 1,500 Gummies. Put the Ground Springbeans into the crafting station and wait. 

Raise Friendship Levels for Bean Juice

As you play through Ooblets, you will get rewards for increasing your friendship levels with the residents of Badgetown. Make sure to speak with them every day, complete their quests, and give them gifts once you unlock the Hankerbot in the Lernery. 

Each new level of friendship you achieve comes with rewards; many of them are Bean Juice. For example, you will get x10 Bean Juice by raising Dubile's Friendship level to Level 1, and x4 Bean Juice from multiple NPCs at multiple levels. 

Buy Bean Juice

You can buy this drink from Cuddlecups Cafe for 30 Gummies, but just as it's not advised to buy Springbeans from the shop, it is best not to spend your hard-earned Gummies buying Bean Juice. 

Bean Juice Buffs

  • +40 energy.
  • 15% speed boost for 60 seconds.

Note that you can also simply purchase the ready-made Bean Juice at the Cuddlecups Cafe for 30 Gummies each, or if you have a surplus, then you can sell it for 15 Gummies.

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Ooblets: How to Eat and Drink to Restore Energy https://www.gameskinny.com/nthxe/ooblets-how-to-eat-and-drink-to-restore-energy https://www.gameskinny.com/nthxe/ooblets-how-to-eat-and-drink-to-restore-energy Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:25:53 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Energy is the most important resource in Ooblets. You'll need energy not only to farm and grow crops, but also to forage important supplies like Plankets, Oobsidian, and Clothlets. One way to do so is to take a nap or sleep through the night, but eating food and drinking items like Bean Juice and Spressy keeps you awake and doing more things throughout the day. 

This Ooblets guide will provide you with tips on how to eat and drink in Ooblets, including the list of the best energy items, both raw and cooked.

How to Consume Food and Drink

All food and drink you find, buy, or make in Ooblets goes right into your inventory. The wrinkle is that you can't assign an item to your quick menu and consume it. So when you need more energy while farming or foraging, you'll need to:

  1. Press "Tab" on PC, "Y" on Xbox, or "X" on Switch to open your inventory.
  2. Select the "Stuff" option.
  3. Hover over a food or drink item that you wish to consume.
  4. Right-click on PC, or press "X" on Xbox, or "Y" on Switch to open the context menu.
  5. Select the "Consume" option to eat or drink the chosen item.

Once this is done, your energy will be replenished immediately depending on that item's energy stats.

Best Raw Food

Not all food needs to be cooked in Ooblets in order to be consumed. There are some raw options, which can be farmed or foraged across Badgetown and the game's other areas.

Here is a list of the best raw food items, which provide the highest amount of nourishment:

  • Hyperglob: 100 energy.
    • Purchased at the Nullwhere seed stall for 40 gummies.
  • Dregplant: 30 energy.
    • Purchased at the Nullwhere seed stall for 40 gummies.
  • Fartichoke: 30 energy.
    • Purchased at the Mamoonia seed stall for 8 gummies.
  • Cellulettuce: 15 energy.
    • Purchased at the Port Forward seed shop for 45 gummies.
  • Sporbet: 10 energy.
    • Obtained while foraging in Badgetown.
  • Sweetiebeetie: 10 energy.
    • Purchased at Meed's Seeds for 5 gummies.
  • Zinooka: 10 energy.
    • Purchased at Meed's Seeds for 10 gummies.

Note that Boregus mushroom, although classified as a raw food, is actually inedible and shouldn't be consumed.

Best Cooked Food and Drink

Although raw food is very convenient since you don't need to cook it, still the best and most potent food and drink items are the cooked ones. Cooking can be done either on the stove or using hotplate, while drinks must be made with the Kettle and Cup purchased in Cuddlecups Cafe for 1,500 Gummies.

Here is a list of the best cooked food items, including their recipes:

  • Zinooka Cake: 150 energy.
    • 3 Zinooka.
    • 3 Flooti Sauce.
    • 3 Quib.
    • 3 Froobtose.
    • 3 Muz Flour.
  • Go Go Cupcake: 100 energy.
    • 1 Muz Flour.
    • 1 Spressy.
    • 3 Flooti Sauce.
  • Blue Goo Pie: 90 energy.
    • 1 Froobtose.
    • 3 Zinooka.
    • 1 Muz Four.
  • Mamoonia Macaroon: 80 energy.
    • 1 Pompadoot Juice.
    • 2 Sparkflower.
    • 1 Muz Flour.
  • Caroot Cake: 70 energy.
    • 1 Froobtose.
    • 1 Muz Four.
    • 3 Caroot.

Here are the recipes for all the drinks:

  • Lurge Latty: 70 energy (+25% speed boost).
    • 2 Ground Springbeans.
    • 1 Pompadoot Juice.
  • Spressy: 60 energy (+25% speed boost).
    • 2 Ground Springbeans.
    • 1 Froobtose.
  • Beanjuice: 40 energy (+15% speed boost).
    • 1 Ground Springbeans.
  • Sootheysip: 40 energy.
    • 8 Balmybloom.

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Ooblets: How to Get Clothlets and Seeds https://www.gameskinny.com/wwzud/ooblets-how-to-get-clothlets-and-seeds https://www.gameskinny.com/wwzud/ooblets-how-to-get-clothlets-and-seeds Mon, 12 Sep 2022 09:37:28 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Clothlet is one of the most valuable resources in Ooblets because it's used in so many recipes, is required to complete a number of Tinstle Tasks, and may show up as a Clubhouse request. There are plenty of ways to get the resource, but you won't be swimming in it early on. With a long growth cycle and low spawn rate outside your farm, Clothlet is one of the biggest bottlenecks in this cute life-sim. 

Grow Clothlets on Your Farm

The most consistent way of obtaining Clothlets is by purchasing Clothlet seeds from Meed's Seeds in Badgetown. You can find her shop as soon as you enter town from your farm. Look for the green seed pouches in the shop; Meed will move seeds around the shop as you expand it later in the game, so they may be in different places every time you visit. Each bag of seeds costs 32 Gummies -- a steep price at any point in the game -- and results in a single Clothlet plant.

Alternatively, you can also find seeds by removing the weeds on your farm. Enter farming mode, and interact with the red weeds on the ground. Each time you pull a weed, there is a (very) low chance you'll receive a handful of Clothlet seeds (3-4 seed pouches). If you have a Level 1 Oobcoop or higher, any assigned Ooblets will automatically weed in the 8-block square surrounding the Oobcoop. 

Find Them by Foraging

Clothlets can also be found in Badgetown while foraging. They grow in random spots, so be sure to look around for some to harvest. Good places to check are:

  • Near the Learnery.
  • By Gimble's Balloon.
  • Near the Dance Barn.
  • In front of Churles' Shop.
  • By the fountain in front of Town Hall.

Make sure to visit these places each day to maximize your efforts. Their spawn rate is heavily governed by RNG, so it may be days before you see any. 

Purchase with Wishies

Lastly, you can purchase Clothlets from the Wishy Well for 10 Wishies each. However, doing so is not recommended -- especially in the early game -- unless you really need Clothlets right away. There are far more important items and recipes to focus on. 

Clothlet Recipes and Uses

Without any Speedy Grow, Clothlet Seeds take about three days to grow into ripe Clothlets. They are be used in various crafting recipes, such as:

  • Basic Sprinkler: 1 Clothlet.
  • Medium/Good Sprinkler: 2 Clothlets.
  • Oobcoop Level 1: 3 Clothlets.
  • Oobcoop Level 2: 4 Clothlets.
  • Oobcoop Level 3: 4 Clothlets.
  • Oobcoop Level 4: 5 Clothlets.

Quests: 

  • "Repair the Old Farmhouse": 5 Clothlets.
  • "Fix Gimble's Balloon": 8 Clothlets.
  • "Patch a Hole in Our Roof": 6 clothlets.

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Ooblets: How to Win Dance Battles https://www.gameskinny.com/qa3vb/ooblets-how-to-win-dance-battles https://www.gameskinny.com/qa3vb/ooblets-how-to-win-dance-battles Fri, 09 Sep 2022 09:56:50 -0400 Serhii Patskan

It's all about your sweet moves Ooblets' dance battles. Getting the right number of points faster than your opponents can be tough, especially when you're flustered or have a hand full of useless cards. 

This Ooblets guide will provide you with tips on how to win dance battles to complete challenges or gather more seeds to hatch more Ooblets. There's an ebb and flow to rules that'll help you light up the dance floor once you know what to do.

Win Dance Battles With the Best Moves

Once a dance battle starts, you'll select an equal number of Ooblets from your Follow Babies squad to that of the opposing team (you can't select those from your Home Buddies). If you have more Ooblets than the required number for the dance-off, you should focus on the highest ranking from your troupe until you know the movesets of the opposing Ooblets for future battles.

It is possible to win dance-offs without the best team makeup; it can just be more difficult. As you level more Ooblets, you'll want to include a few low-ranking ones, as well, so that they are able to gain experience and unlock their signature moves. 

Each team has white cards and different-colored cards based on the Ooblet that denote signature moves. For example, Shrumbos have red cards, Clompers have green cards, Fleebles have purple cards, and Wigglewips have brown cards. It's these cards that can turn the tide of a Dance Battle.

New signature ability cards unlock at Level 1, Level 3, and Level 6. To view an Ooblets' unique dance moves, open your Grumboire, go to the Ooblets tab, hover over a character, and choose "Manage." Then select the second-to-last option in the right-hand menu, "View Moves." You can add Ooblets from your Home Buddies in this menu, as well. Manage them and select "Add to Team." 

All cards have a cost in beats (some cost 0 beats and should always be played), and each turn allows you to spend only a limited number of beats per turn. You can see this in the lower left portion of the screen underneath the points bar. Here is a complete breakdown of beats within various match-ups:

  • 1v1 Dance Battle = 20 Winning Points (3 Beats per turn).
  • 2v2 Dance Battle = 25 Winning Points (4 Beats per turn).
  • 3v3 Dance Battle = 30 Winning Points (4 Beats per turn).
  • 4v4 Dance Battle = 35 Winning Points (5 Beats per turn).
  • 5v5 Dance Battle = 40 Winning Points (5 Beats per turn).
  • 6v6 Dance Battle = 40 Winning Points (5 Beats per turn).

There are only eight white, general-move cards in the game:

  • Lil Lindy: Earn 2 points.
  • Gavotte Trot: Earn 4 points.
  • Flip Floss: Earn 7 points.
  • Takey Tap Tap: Steal 3 points.
  • One Step Pep: Gain 1 hype.
  • Rhythm & Grow: Gain 1 beat.
  • Rig-a-Jig: Add 1 move to your hand.
  • Trepidation: Adds useless cards to opponent's deck.

In general, the most useful of these cards are Flip FlossTakey Tap TapRig-a-Jig, and Trepidation. Although these white cards are helpful, you need to mostly rely on signature moves to win. Each Ooblet has three signature cards. These are the best ones:

  • Legsy (Pike Drop).
  • Derble (Bon Bon Bop).
  • Dooziedug (Todoozie Three).
  • Fripp (Loaded Lindy).
  • Grebun (Todoozie Three).
  • Gumple (Todoozie Three).
  • Hermble (Hokeyokay).
  • Kingwa (Todoozie Three).
  • Oogum (Counter Projection).
  • Petula (Blue Sky This).
  • Radlad (Big Flourish).
  • Spuddle (Group Think Slink).
  • Tamlin (Todoozie Three).

Hype and Fluster Buffs and Debuffs

It's important to remember that while you can't win without getting the necessary number of points in each match, focusing on points every turn could actually make you lose. That's because of the game's Hype and Fluster mechanics.

  • Every 1 point of Hype increases the point total for every card by 1 point.
  • Every 1 point of Fluster decreases the point total for every card by 1 point. 

That means you should always play cards that increase your Hype level and cards that increase your opponent's Fluster level. Take the time to look over your deck at the start of each hand and play Hype cards first since they instantly raise the point total of all cards. You can win without Flustering your opponent, but more Hype always means quicker victories.

Also keep in mind that each point of Hype counteracts each point of Fluster, and vice versa. If your opponent has added 2 points of Fluster to your group, you can play 1 Hype card to decrease that total to 1 Fluster — or a 2 Hype card to remove it completely. The same goes for your opponent and their Hype. Hit them with Fluster to decrease or remove any Hype they've accrued.

Lastly, there are unique cards that allow you to convert your opponent's Hype into points for your team or convert your own Hype into points, so keep an eye out for those, as well.  

Be sure to practice your moves and strategies in the Dance Barn once you open it up about mid-way through the game. You can take on other Ooblet troupes for prizes like Oobsidian and Wishies, but each dance-off also teaches you about different situations you might find out in the wild. 

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Ooblets: How to Craft and Use Oobcoop https://www.gameskinny.com/wqjl3/ooblets-how-to-craft-and-use-oobcoop https://www.gameskinny.com/wqjl3/ooblets-how-to-craft-and-use-oobcoop Fri, 09 Sep 2022 09:23:31 -0400 Serhii Patskan

You need an Oobcoop in Ooblets to make the most of your little home buddies. It's a structure placed on your farm that allows your Ooblets to help out with farming and cleaning. There are four Oobcoop tiers, granting more help with each upgrade, but you've got to build the initial tier to get started.

This Ooblets guide will tell you everything you need to know about getting Oobcoop blueprints and stationing Ooblets to help you farm. 

Crafting and Using Oobcoops

Oobcoop Level 1

Although this is the very first level for the building, it is the hardest one to get because you must wait for the Fabricuter to become available at Manatwee Furniture Shop (found to the right of Churles' clothing store) and have enough Wishies from completing badges and other challenges to purchase the blueprint. To craft an Oobcoop, make sure that you have the following ingredients first:

  • 3 Clothlets.
  • 15 Nurnies.
  • 10 Planklets.
  • 1 Oobsidian.

Then, follow these steps to build your first Oobcoop:

  1. Purchase Oobcoop Level 1 blueprint at the Wishy Well for 100 wishies.
  2. Go to the Manatwee furniture shop.
  3. Interact with the Fabricuter on the far left side of the shop. 
  4. Craft Oobcoop Level 1 at the Fabricuter.
  5. Return to your farm. 
  6. Enter Farming Mode.
  7. Place the crafted Oobcoop.

There are eight square plots around each Oobcoop that can be tilled and used for growing crops like Clothlets or various Ooblet seeds. These are the effects and functions for Level 1 Oobcoops:

  • Increase crop growth rate by 5%.
  • Ooblets remove twigs, logs, rocks, and weeds from surrounding plots.
    • Assign 1 Ooblet

How to Assign Ooblets to Oobcoops

Ooblets must be assigned to your Home Babies group before they can be assigned to an Oobcoop; you cannot put an Ooblet to work if they are following you around. Eventually, the game will force you to build Oobcoops to cultivate any Ooblets, no matter which group they are part of.

To move an Ooblet to your Home Babies: 

  • Open your inventory from anywhere. 
  • Select the Ooblets tab. 
  • Hover over an Ooblet. 
  • Select "Manage." 
  • Click "Send Home" in the options that appear on the right. 

To assign an Ooblet to an Oobcoop: 

  • Go to an Oobcoop on your Farm. 
  • Go inside the Oobcoop.
  • Interact with the empty square in the top left corner of the screen. 
  • Select an Ooblet from the menu that appears. 

Oobcoops can be moved around your farm after you place them, but you must first remove the assigned Ooblet. Assigning a Gleamy Ooblet to an Oobcoop has a chance of producing Oobsidian at random

How to Upgrade Your Oobcoops

Oobcoop Level 2

To upgrade your Oobcoops, first purchase the Oobcoop Level 2 blueprint from the Wishy Well for 100 Wishies. There's no need to go to the furniture store; instead, go up to your Oobcoop, and interact with it to crawl inside. Once inside, press the button assigned to "Upgrade Oobcoop" in the bottom right portion of the screen.

You will see the necessary upgrade ingredients; select "Yuh" beneath the ingredients to upgrade the Oobcoop. 

For Level 2, you will need: 

  • 4 Clothlets.
  • 20 Nurnies.
  • 12 Planklets.
  • 1 Oobsidian.

These are the effects and functions for Level 2 Oobcoops:

  • Increase crop growth by 10%.
  • Water crops.
  • Remove twigs, logs, rocks, and weeds.
    • Assign 2 Ooblets.

Oobcoop Level 3

Once again, purchase Oobcoop Level 3 blueprint, and use the following recipe to craft it:

  • 4 Clothlets.
  • 25 Nurnies.
  • 14 Planklets.
  • 1 Oobsidian.

These are the effects and functions for Level 3 Oobcoops:

  • Increase crop growth by 20%.
  • Water crops.
  • Harvest crops.
  • Remove twigs, logs, rocks, and weeds.
    • Assign up to 3 Ooblets.

Oobcoop Level 4

The last bluprint will allow you to craft your Oobcoop Level 4 using this recipe:

  • 5 Clothlets.
  • 30 Nurnies.
  • 16 Planklets.
  • 1 Oobsidian.

These are the effects and functions for Level 4 Oobcoops:

  • Increase crop growth by 40%.
  • Water crops.
  • Harvest crops.
  • Plant seeds.
  • Remove twigs, logs, rocks, and weeds.
    • Assign up to 4 Ooblets.

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Ooblets: How to Get Oobsidian https://www.gameskinny.com/1lliv/ooblets-how-to-get-oobsidian https://www.gameskinny.com/1lliv/ooblets-how-to-get-oobsidian Mon, 12 Sep 2022 18:33:02 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Oobsidian is a crafting material in Ooblets that's an important component of several recipes and necessary for completing certain quests and Tinstle Tasks throughout the game. Whether you're building your first Oobcoop or gathering items to repair Gimble's balloon, you'll need the resource within your first couple of days in Badgetown, but where do you find it?

There are a handful of ways to get your hands on Oobsidian, though none of them are efficient or what one would call easy. This guide will tell you everything you need to know. 

Before we start, it's worth knowing what this material looks like. Oobsidian is a black stone with diagonal gray markings and resembles a smooth river rock. Unlike most of the other naturally occurring crafting materials in Ooblets, Oobsidian is very rare and highly governed by RNG. You won't find it in droves. 

Buy Oobsidian with Wishies

Every time you complete a daily challenge, get a badge, or complete a dance-off in the Dance Barn, you'll get a certain number of Wishies, which you can spend in the Wishing Well to unlock new recipes, bring more Ooblets to Badgetown, or buy specific, hard-to-find items.

You can buy one Oobsidian for 100 Wishies. To access the Wishing Well: 

  • Open your Grumboire.
  • Select the "Stuff" tab.
  • Click the fountain icon underneath your player level on the left.
    • There will be a banner next to it with the number of Wishies you currently have. 

Forage for It

Foraging for Oobsidian is perhaps the most effective method for getting the coveted resource — and saying it's effective is pushing the definition of the word. Regardless, keep your eyes peeled as you roam around Badgetown completing Tinstle Tasks, scanning Ooblets, and talking to the townsfolk. 

Since Oobsidian is black, it stands out against the vibrant colors of Badgetown. You'll also notice a sparkle above and around Oobsidian, unlike other forageable items. Also keep in mind that it can be found inside some of the houses, as well. Here are some places to look: 

  • By the Badgetown Oobnet Tower and gate to the Wildlands
  • In the yard of the white house between Arah's house and the Dance Barn.
  • In the chest in the purple house to the left of the Lernery. 
  • Underneath the Badgetown map next to Meed's Seeds.
  • On the Badgetown beach. 

Break Rocks on Your Farm

You'll need to break rocks on your farm to keep it clean and make new plots. There are also some daily challenges that reward a small number of Wishies for breaking rocks. But you should also do so for the small chance of getting a piece of Oobsidian. It's rare, but it can happen. 

Seadangle

Every once in a while, you can hook a piece of Oobsidian by seadangling. Make sure to put items into the Reconstitooter to get Basic Bait, which increases your slim chances of getting the crafting material. You can spend Wishies upgrading the Reconstitooter to process items faster and craft High Quality Bait and Super Bait, but as with buying Oobsidian, save your Wishies for other upgrades and items first.

Go to the Ephemeral Ooblet Vacation Spot

Once you fix Gimble's Balloon, you'll be able to travel to new locations, like Mamoonia and Nullwhere. Every once in a while, you may find a message in a bottle on the Badgetown beach. This is an invitation to an Ooblet island vacation spot. You can only travel to this location with the invitation, but always go when you have the chance to collect the Oobsidian littering the island

Win Dance Barn Dance-Offs

As you level up, you'll get new Tinstle Tasks, one of which is called "Reopen the Dance Barn." Once completed, you'll have access to the Dance Barn in the northern portion of Badgetwon, to the left of the Frunbuns Clubhouse. 

Here, you can participate in Dance Battles with unique rules, such as only being able to use signature abilities or removing all beat costs for all moves. You'll also get unique rewards, such as Oobsidian.

There's currently no specific rotation in which Oobsidian appears, but be sure to check the Tournament Schedule by entering the barn and interacting with the sign-up sheet on the table on the right side. 

It's worth noting that you must beat three opponents to win the daily prize. The first dance-off is a 1v1 battle, the second 2v2, and the third 3v3, so be sure to bring your best, most powerful Ooblets.

Get It From Gleamy Ooblet Poop

Gleamy Ooblets are about as rare as Oobsidian, so it makes sense that they'd have the ability to make the material ... by pooping it out. If you're lucky enough to come across the glittering, shining Ooblets in your travels, challenge them to a dance battle and get one of their seeds; it doesn't matter which Ooblet type. 

Plant the seed, wait for them to grow to maturity, and harvest them. Then leave the Gleamy Ooblet on your farm. Don't assign them to an Oobcoop, but instead let them roam around free. Pet them from time to time (not sure if this is a requirement, but it doesn't hurt to be nice), and every blue moon, they'll poop out one piece of Oobsidian. 

The main takeaway from this guide is that getting Oobsidian isn't an easy task. As one of the most elusive crafting materials in the game, you'll be chasing it just as you will Clothlets. But with these tips, you should up your chances, even if by a little bit. For more on Ooblets, check out our guides hub right here

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12 Great Games You May Have Missed in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/vmq12/12-great-games-you-may-have-missed-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/vmq12/12-great-games-you-may-have-missed-in-2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:30:01 -0500 Mark Delaney

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Roundguard

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile (iOS)

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"How about Peggle but it's a dungeon crawler?" is something no one said until the three-person team at Wonderbelly Games did it. Roundguard is the Peggle 3 EA didn't want to make, and it carries the pinball-esque game forward more than Peggle 3 probably would've anyway.

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Using roguelite elements, players bounce around levels very much like the PopCap favorite, only death means it's back to start. But fear not, you'll acquire some bonuses on the way to use game after game, while you see how high you can climb the leaderboards and with which of the game's three different classes. It's Peggle, but deeper, smarter, and often tougher. In short, it's Peggle but better.

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Those are some of the best games you may have missed in 2020. Are there any games you think should have gotten more recognition this year but didn't? Let us know what they are in the comments below!

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Pumpkin Jack

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

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3D platformers have undergone something of a renaissance lately, with the resurgence of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, and more. One game that understandably didn't get the same love but totally deserves it is Pumpkin Jack.

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Though it's best played at Halloween given its spooktacular visuals and setting, the gameplay is solid and fun enough that it's still a great game year-round. Plus, not to spoil anything, but playing it in December may prove timely too. If you long for the days of Banjo-Kazooie and games like it, the solo-developed Pumpkin Jack is 2020's greatest love letter to the era.

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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Platforms: PC, iOS

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On the list of games that are kind to their animals, Alba is just behind Ooblets for the best of the year. In this Apple Arcade and PC game, you play Alba, a young girl with a camera and a passion for nature. Exploring a seaside villa on a trip with your grandparents ends up more like a freeform — and even educational — Pokemon Snap.

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Photograph the birds that fly by, look out for the elusive lynx, or just snap pictures of the townspeople living their lives. If you like photo modes or games that promote being a supportive citizen of the environment around us, Alba's little girl with a big heart storyline is a warm and fuzzy way to overcome some 2020 blues.

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The Last Show of Mr. Chardish

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One

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Fans of Edith Finch need to make time for the new name in genre-defying adventure games. The Last Show of Mr. Chardish is about a woman who returns to a theater of great importance to say goodbye to an old friend. What begins in the real world with her exploring halls abandoned by the late playwright soon unfolds as flashbacks through ever-shifting worlds where memories and feelings collide in often beautiful displays.

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Though these variable gameplay sections aren't as varied as Edith Finch, their overarching watercolory aesthetic is great and the story it tells in its two to three hours is worth seeing in one go if you've got a free evening.

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Suzerain

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Platforms: PC

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Speaking of politics, if reorganized classic literature about a farm in revolt isn't your thing, perhaps running your own nation will suffice. In Suzerain, you've just won the election of an imaginary country after decades of political turmoil. Running on a platform of your choosing, this adventure game asks you to balance promises made with the stark realities of politics. Quickly, it's shown just how delicate that balance is.

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Suzerain isn't afraid to slow the game to a crawl, which will truly be fascinating for the right players. You literally start each day reading (or ignoring) briefings from departments around your administration. For those who want to simulate a true-to-life career in federal government, with all the highs and lows that may entail, I don't know of another game that captures the process as well as Suzerain.

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Orwell's Animal Farm 

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Platforms: PC

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Nobody was likely clamoring for a video game based on a decades-old allegory about the Russian Revolution, but Orwell's Animal Farm masterfully reimagines Orwell's classic in a video game context, giving players Reigns-like control over the animals and their titular farm after they overthrow their farmer. How will you lead? Will you head down the same tragic path of the book, find new ways to suffer, or perhaps rise above and deliver prosperity to the herds?

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With multiple endings and an excellent audio mix of original music and the narration of Abubakar Salim (Assassin's Creed Origins), Orwell's Animal Farm is an unfortunately timely reimagining of the corrupting influence of power over those who seek to lead.

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Unto The End

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia

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More than the Zelda-likes listed before, the Soulslike genre is one that has already been going very strong for years. For a look at something different but still akin to the brutal tests seen in such games, try Unto The End.

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Presented in a cinematic 2D, voiceless world where one man fights tooth and nail to get home to his family, Unto The End demands you master a harsh world of traps and unforgiving enemies at every step — seriously, watch your step! Using bonfires and crafting vital resources, it can feel just as exhilarating as the Souls games even in its new perspective.

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If Found

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Platforms: PC, Switch

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If Found is one of the best kinds of games for your end-of-year backlog. It can be played in one sitting if you define a sitting as about two hours. Using the overarching metaphor of a space explorer, this drama focuses on the experiences of a trans individual as they reflect on what's come before and where they're going next.

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It uses an inventive touchscreen mechanic that has players literally wipe away memories, making it a perfect fit for Switch. It's certainly not the lightest story on this list, so maybe it's not the sort of fare you're seeking for a holiday break, but in its brevity, it reveals a ton of heart and could bring forth an empathic response in even the skeptical players.  

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Ooblets

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One

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Animal Crossing got all the glory, but it was actually Ooblets that pushed the farm sim genre forward more than anything in years. The extraordinarily silly game begins with a familiar premise — arrive in a new town and set off to make friends and grow out your farm — but it does everything with a conscious awareness of the casual violence these games normally include.

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In Ooblets, turn-based fighting is now dance battling, while fishing is "sea-dangling" for crafting objects. None of the titular creatures are ever put in harm's way, and beneath the adorable language the game has built for itself lies a game with a strong point to make about living in harmony with the beauty around you.

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Windbound

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia

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2020 was the year we saw the dam holding back Breath of the Wild's influence on the games industry break. Games like Genshin Impact and Immortals Fenyx Rising borrowed major aspects of the beloved Zelda game and applied them to new contexts. But did you hear about Windbound?

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On the surface, Windbound looks like another branch of the Zelda family tree, but it ends up playing quite differently, with a strong and enjoyable focus on survival elements like crafting your boat in every act. That boat soon becomes the symbol of your progress as an adventurer, going from a simple rowboat to a much grander wind-catching trophy of perseverance.

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Spellbreak

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

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Battle royale has proven to be more than a fad, in part because innovative studios keep rethinking what the genre may mean.

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In one of the year's best examples, Spellbreak takes the last-player-standing mode and puts it in a world of spellcasting and elementals very much like Avatar: The Last Airbender. Even better, its first major update, which just launched on December 15, adds story missions to the game, so you'll be questing to uncover more lore in the middle of a battle royale match.

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It's sort of uncharted territory even as others have tried to add context to their massive battles. Spellbreak is the battle royale for fantasy fans who'd prefer to trade in their M16 for a fireball.

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I Am Dead

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Platforms: PC, Switch

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Every year Annapurna Interactive blows my mind by continuing their streak of never publishing a bad game. Like If Found below, I Am Dead is one of 2020's great games.

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This quirky adventure game about being dead has you explore an afterlife with your dog, swirling through the memories of those the dead have left behind like a spoon in hot chocolate. Along the way, you learn who these people were and what kind of legacies they left behind. It's a lighter way to broach the subject than we usually see in games, and ultimately reminds you how we all touch the lives of others even if we don't always realize how.

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If you liked Spiritfarer's cathartic look at death, I Am Dead makes a strong companion piece.

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You don't need to have your finger on the pulse of the games industry to have heard about the year's biggest games such as Call of Duty Black Ops Cold WarWatch Dogs Legion, and, of course, the lightning rod that has become Cyberpunk 2077. These games command the zeitgeist like few can.

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A notch or two below those are the indie darlings that rose to moderate fame. Hits like SpiritfarerHades, and Fall Guys each took a bigger share of the attention pie than many would've predicted.

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But what about the games that never really got their time in the sun but totally deserved it? We've been tracking several throughout the year and caught up with a few more. Here are a dozen of the best games you may have missed in 2020.

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Ooblets Movelist Guide: Every Ooblet Signature Move https://www.gameskinny.com/gfzg4/ooblets-movelist-guide-every-ooblet-signature-move https://www.gameskinny.com/gfzg4/ooblets-movelist-guide-every-ooblet-signature-move Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:03:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Ooblets may not have the most in-depth battle system, but that doesn't mean there isn't a bit of strategy involved in every dance battle. While the most generic cards will help you win early on, you'll need to rely on ooblet signature moves once you begin taking on more diverse teams. They become even more critical after repairing the Dance Barn. 

Below is a list of every ooblet signature move. It includes the levels at which those moves become available, how many beats they cost, and what they do. As I'm still collecting every species of ooblet and leveling them up, this list is currently incomplete. 

It's worth noting that as of right now, uncommon ooblets and gleamy ooblets have the same signature moves as common ooblets. It also appears that ooblets only gain new signature moves through Level 3. As far as I can tell, anything above that doesn't reward you with any new signature moves. 

Finally, it seems that it's possible to get all of the ooblets listed in the Almanac. Though Nullwhere and Port Forward are not yet accessible (and Elswair isn't even listed as a travel option), I've gotten ooblets from those regions through Dance Barn tournaments and by increasing my friendship levels with townsfolk (Gimble gave me a Kingwa seed and Tinstle gave me a Skuffalo seed). 

Bittle
  • Pilfer Polka
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 4 points
  • Flout or Doubt
    • Available: Lv.2 
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to opponent team
  • Capoeira Copy
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Steal a random opponent signature move
Bristlebud
  • Prickle Prance
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun Target for 2 turns
  • Spiny Spin
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 3 fluster to opponent team
  • Stompulent
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Increase opponent move cost by 2 beats for their next turn.
Clickyclaws
  • Marginal Mamba
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 1 point
  • Hopping Mad
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Gain 1 hype
  • Just a Taste
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 5 points
Clomper
  • Shock 'N Shimmy
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 2 turns
  • Jittershrug
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Stun target for 1 turn
  • Astound Around
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Stun opponent team for 1 turn
Dooziedug
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Dumbirb
  • Jolt 'N Bolt
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Stun target for 1 turn
  • Dawdle Waddle
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 trepidation (useless) card to the opponent's deck
  • Muster Fluster
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent team
Firmo
  • Hydraulic Hornpipe
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Earn 6 points and gain 1 beat
  • Gear Glissade
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Steal a random opponent signature move
  • Soft Shoe Servo
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Lower your move costs by 1 beat this turn
Fripp
  • Fair Port-De-Corps
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to your team, earn 4 points
  • Loaded Lindy
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 18 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Swing Crimson
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 3 trepidation (useless) cards to your deck, earn 6 points
Grebun
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Gubwee
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Gullysplot
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Isopud
  • Hunker Down
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Get 3 extra beats after 2 turns of warm-up
  • Spin Up
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Join a teammate's warm-up move and increase any points it earns by 50%
  • Repress Duress
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Clear all stun, trepidation, and fluster from your team
Kingwa
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Legsy
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Lumpstump
  • Put Down Roots
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain 3 points and 1 hype
  • Boogie Blossom
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Gain 6 points and 2 hype
  • Shake the Tree
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Steal 5 points and add 3 fluster to the opponent
Nuppo
  • Friend Flurry Floss
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain 2 hype
  • Flummoxtrot
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 5 points and add 1 fluster to opponent team
  • Grand Adage
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 3 turns
Oogum
  • Displace Dervish
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Discard a random move and get another move from your deck
  • Counter Projection
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 16 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Backward Limbo
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Lower all your team's future warm-up times by 1 turn for the match
Petula
  • Blue Sky This
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 20 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Design by Committee
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 turn of warm-up to all of the opponent's warm-up moves for the rest of the match
  • Bike Shed Cred
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 turn of warm-up time to the opponent's warm-up move in progress
Plob
  • Loot Scoot
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain a basic resource (nurnies, blankets, etc.)
  • Crop Bop
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain a basic random crop seed
  • Sow Glow
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Gain a better random crop seed
Radlad
  • Slow Jam
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 6 points after 2 turns of warm-up
  • Cancel Prancel
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Interrupt and cancel an opponent's warm-up move
  • Big Flourish
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 20 points after 3 turns of warm-up
Shrumbo
  • Shake It
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 6 points
  • Sashay
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 4 points
  • Showcase
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 8 points
Sidekey
  • Finite Loop
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Play next move twice
  • System Pause
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 2 turns
  • Machine Spurning
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Increase opponents' beat cost by 1 per move for the rest of the battle
Spuddle
  • Risky Shift
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: 50:50 chance of earning 9 points or giving opponent 9 points
  • Berserka Mazurka
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Stun a random ooblet from either team
  • Group Think Slink
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 10 points to both teams
Tamlin
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Unhunny
  • Sugar Pan Shuffle
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 6 points and get a new move from your deck
  • Fresh Start
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Start with 2 extra beats next turn
  • Let Loose
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Join a teammate's warming-up move and decrease its warmup time by 1 turn
Whirlitzer
  • Gracing Pacing
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Get 2 extra beats after 1 turn of warm-up
  • Abrupt Disrupt
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Interrupt and cancel all opponents' current warming-up moves
  • Fateful Flourish
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Opponent draws 1 fewer moves each hand for the rest of the match
Wigglewip
  • Gyrate Fete
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Add 3 trepidation (useless) cards to the opponent's deck
  • Rattle 'N Addle
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 2 fluster to the opponent's team
  • Plie DJ
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Increase opponent card cost by 1 beat for their next turn
Related Content

That's it for our Ooblets signature movelist. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above. Stay tuned for more guides as the game makes its way through early access! 

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Ooblets: How to Fix Gimble's Hot Air Balloon https://www.gameskinny.com/t5ls6/ooblets-how-to-fix-gimbles-hot-air-balloon https://www.gameskinny.com/t5ls6/ooblets-how-to-fix-gimbles-hot-air-balloon Mon, 20 Jul 2020 22:03:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Much like the Friendship Sticker Printypress, fixing Gimble's hot air balloon in Ooblets is pretty straightforward. However, there is a slight difference that may make you think you've done something wrong. 

Gimble's hot air balloon is the only mode of transport between Badgetown and Mamoonia, the other available area in Ooblets' early access period. You'll find the balloon on the far western side of the map, to the left of Arah's house. 

If you can't find it for any reason, go to the town map to the left of Meed's Seeds and look for the big red and white hot air balloon.

Though you can find Gimble as soon as you get off of the boat in Badegtown, you won't be able to repair the hot air balloon until after you've restored power to the Oobnet tower, which is in Mayor Tinstle's second set of tasks after you:

  • Repair your farmhouse
  • Fix the Printypress
  • Scan your first ooblet
  • Reconstitoot the mystery cans

How to Repair GImble's Hot Air Balloon

The Badgetown city map showing the location of Gimble's balloon.

To repair Gimble's hot air balloon, Ole Burpy, you'll need 20 planklets, eight clothlets, 12 nurnies, and one oobsidian. 

You should already know how to get most of these, but you get planklets from chopping up wood, clothlets by foraging or farming, nurnies from breaking rocks on your farm, and oobsidian from random sources, such as breaking rocks as well. 

It's worth noting that I've found three random pieces of oobsidian while exploring: one in a house, one on the beach, and one under a tree near the town square. So keep a look out! 

Once you have all of the necessary materials, dump them in the wooden box in front of the hot air balloon. Unlike most other repairs you've completed in Ooblets, you'll have to wait a full day for Gimble to repair the Ole Burpy.

The day you give Gimble the materials does not count; you'll have to play one more subsequent day. Once the balloon is upright and fired up, you're free to travel to Mamoonia. 

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That's all you need to know about how to fix Gimble's hot air balloon in Ooblets. Unfortunately, the game's other areas, Nullwhere and Port Forward, aren't available yet. But once they do open up, Gimble's balloon will be the way to get to each location. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above. 

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Ooblets Friendship Sticker Printypress Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lu23x/ooblets-friendship-sticker-printypress-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lu23x/ooblets-friendship-sticker-printypress-guide Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:26:54 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Once you fix the Friendship Sticker Printypress in Ooblets, you'll be able to start earning friendship points with the residents of Badgetown, either through speaking with them or giving them gifts. Each of the 16 townsfolk has six unique stickers, alongside a number of other useful rewards and funky cosmetics.  

To start work on the Printypress, you'll first have to beat the Clickyclaw in the town hall via the sacred rights of the dance-off. After that, Mayor Tinstle will give you your first set of tasks, one of which is speaking with Arah about the Printypress. 

With the town hall in front of you and the wishywell behind you, take the steps to the left. Go left at the top. Arah's house the dark purple house on the right, just past the house with the white picket fence. Go inside. 

The Printypress is against the wall on the right-hand side of the room. Interact with it to begin the task. 

Arah's house is the dark purple house next to the house with the white picket fence.

You'll need six sporbets, 10 nurnies, and one sweetiebeetie. It's anyone's guess why veggies/fruit are needed to fix a pinrting press, but here we are. Gather the needed items and deposit them in the wooden box outside of Arah's house. 

Sporbets are pinkish-orange mushrooms that grow on the groin in groups of three. They're all over town, but check around houses, in the town square, and the small grassy area with trees in front of Kibbonbon (the clothing store). 

Nurnies are easy to find. All you have to do is smash rocks on your farm. You'll get at least one if not four or five for each rock you smash. You could sea dangle for a nurny bundle, but the discovery rate for nurny bundles while sea dangling is excruciatingly low. 

Finally, you should have already planted several sweetiebeeties by this point. Simply wait three days for them to grow and pick one. If you want to speed up the process, use speedy grow or speedy grow pro, both of which you can find by sea dangling. 

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That's all you need to know about getting the Friendship Sticker Printypress back online. Now you can start befriending townsfolk and getting sweet swag and useful items for your farm, including the spiffy bowtie and monocle, as well as two basic sprinklers. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check the links above. 

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How to Change Your Hairstyle in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/5hm4l/how-to-change-your-hairstyle-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/5hm4l/how-to-change-your-hairstyle-in-ooblets Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:15:22 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Just as you may want to change clothes in Ooblets, there's a good chance you may want to change your hairstyle, too. You can do this from the very beginning of the game, with all options for hairdos, beard styles, and hair colors available. 

This Ooblets guide will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the right look for your mop and facial hair regardless of why you might want to make changes. 

Changing Your Hairstyle and Color

Snups barbershop is easily found by looking for the shop with giant scissors above the door.

You'll need gummies to pay for your new hairdo and/or face-do, but you can quickly get those by doing a few simple tasks. Head to the Learnery in the far upper right corner of Badgetown, and scan your first ooblet in Rugnolia's scanner. She'll give you 50 gummies, more than enough to change your hairstyle. 

Next, head back down to the main part of town and hang a left at the bottom of the stairs. You're looking for Snups, the barbershop. It's just to the right of Cuddlecups Cafe. You'll notice it by the large pair of pink and purple scissors above the door.  

Once inside Snups, you'll notice three chairs to the right. 

A catalog of various hairstyles in Snups, with the player portrait to the left.

  • Sit in the first chair to change your hairstyle. Right now, since Ooblets is in early access, there are only 17 hairstyles to choose from. Each one costs 16 gummies

  • Sit in the middle chair if you want to add facial hair to your character. Currently, there are nine facial hairstyles to choose from. Each style costs 15 gummies

  • Sit it the third chair to change your hair color and facial hair color. There are currently 17 different hair colors for both, and it costs 20 gummies for each color. 

To change your hairstyle, facial hairstyle, or hair color, all you have to do is select the option you want and confirm it. The changes will be applied automatically. However, you'll have to pay to go back to your previous style, so make sure to take advantage of the preview before dishing out gummies. 

You may also see Snups' barber, Padrig standing in the middle of the shop, though you may not. Padrig doesn't have to be in the shop for you to change hairstyles, facial hair, or hair color.

Eventually, you'll be able to expand the barbershop and add more hairstyles by purchasing the Snups Expansion and the Snups Expansion II upgrades with Wishies in the Wishing Well. 

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That's all you need to know about how to change your hairstyle in Ooblets. For more on the eccentric farm sim, be sure to check the links above or head over to our dedicated Ooblets guides page! Hopefully, more styles will be added in the future so that we can all hone in our perfect look! 

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How to Change Clothes in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/zpotn/how-to-change-clothes-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/zpotn/how-to-change-clothes-in-ooblets Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:13:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When you start Ooblets and create your character, you're able to choose the clothes your character wears. The thing is, your options are very limited and pre-defined by the game. Because of that, there's a good chance you'll want to change clothes once you start playing. 

Doing so is easy, and technically, you can change your clothes as soon as you get off of the boat in Badgetown and complete Mayor Tinstle's first real task (beating the Clickyclaw in the Town Hall).

However, you have to buy new clothes first, and you won't have enough gummies saved up to buy anything for a little while longer. 

Get Gummies to Buy Clothes

Meed's Seeds shop and Plenny's kiosk next to the Badgetown map.

As soon as you can, go to the Learnery in the up right-hand corner of the map. Help Rugnolia with her ooblet research project by using the scanner at the back of the room. Scan your ooblet, and Rugnolia will give you 50 gummies. That's enough to buy a few accessories or an item of clothing at Kibbonbon (more on that below).

To get more gummies, forage everything you come across, from clothlets and gastroglobs to buttonboys and sporbets. You can sell these at Meed's Seeds, which is the green building next to the Badgetown map on the far left side of the main area, just where you exit to go to your farm. 

You can also sell crops at Meed's and Plenny's Bulk Orders, the kiosk just to the right of Meed's Seeds. However, Plenny only buys crops and other items in bulk, while Meed buys them individually. 

Eventually, you'll also be able to take on small tasks for many of the townsfolk. Typically, your reward will be gummies. Not a lot of gummies, but it helps! 

How to Change Clothes

Kibbonbon is recognizable by large teal cat above the door.

Once you have enough gummies to buy a piece of clothing or an accessory, go to Kibbonbon. This is Churles' shop, and you'll find it to the right of Meed's Seeds; it has the big teal cat above the shop door and clothes on stands.

Most everything is 50 gummies, though some things sell for as low as 16 gummies. The Basic Bum Bag, which increases your inventory slots, is 250 gummies. 

To buy an item, simply walk up to it and interact with it. Confirm you want to buy, and it's yours. It automatically goes into your clothing and accessories inventory. Press "Tab" on PC or "Y' on Xbox One to open your inventory

You'll see your character on the left-hand side of the Grumboire, as well as your current level and a string of icons. Choose the icon with the shirt symbol under the "Stuff!" tab

The Ooblet's inventory screen with the round, shirt icon highlighted.

When you click that, you'll be taken to another screen (seen at the top of this guide). There is a box to the right that contains all of your clothing and accessories, and there are tabs along the top for different categories, such as shirts, pants, shoes, etc. You can choose options from either; they're the same. One option is just more organized than the other. 

To put on a piece of clothing or accessory, simply click it, and it will automatically appear on your character. Exit the menu and then your inventory and voila, you've changed your clothes! 

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That's all you need to know about how to change your clothes in Ooblets. Currently, clothes don't take up any actual inventory space, so you're free to continue harvesting crops and foraging for items. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above! 

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How to Get Nurnies in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/d9fix/how-to-get-nurnies-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/d9fix/how-to-get-nurnies-in-ooblets Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:04:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As with any game in the farming sim genre, Ooblets has a lot of different items you can use to craft or improve things like your house. Nurnies are one of the first items you'll need to find, and since the tutorial doesn't tell you much about them, you may be wondering how to get nurnies. 

When you first visit your dilapidated farmhouse to repair it, Arah will give you 3 nurnies for free (check your mailbox). But you'll need to find many (many) more nurnies to complete even the first of Tinsle's Tasks. 

How to Find More Nurnies in Ooblets

Breaking a rock on an Ooblets farm, looking for nurnies.

The easiest way to find nurnies is by breaking rocks on your farm. You can also find them by weeding weeds on your farm, though your chances of getting nurnies by weeding are very slim.

You always get nurnies by breaking rocks. Every time. I've received as many as four nurnies and as few as one nurny for breaking rocks. But I always get them. Weeding, on the other hand, is much harder. Of the about two dozen weeds I've removed from my farm, I've received roughly 3-5 nurnies. Total.

To break rocks or weed, you'll need to enter farming mode. To do so, press: 

  • "Q" on PC
  • "LT" on Xbox One

Breaking rocks takes 6 energy, while weeding takes 3 energy. So, it's much more efficient to just break rocks if you're only after nurnies. Luckily, you also don't need any special tools to break rocks; you simply break them after several hits. 

When you break a rock, the nurnies inside burst out in an umbrella around you. While the inventory symbol for nurnies is a metal coil, nurnies look like all kinds of junk in the wild, such as the metal coils mentioned above, combs, paper clips, and even small beach balls. Some even look like rolls of toilet paper (because why not?). 

You will automatically collect the nurnies around you, as they often fall closeby. If they fall further away from you, just run up to them, and you'll collect them. 

It's also possible to find nurny bundles by exploring and sea dangling. When exploring, look for sparkling areas and interact with them. There's always something good, and it could be a bundle of nurnies! On the other hand, it's possible to get nurnies when you sea dangle, though the drop rate is very low. 

The Ooblets Grumboire (inventory book) showing 45 nurnies (metal coils) in an inventory.

It's good that nurnies are easy to find once you know how because you'll use them in quite literally everything in Ooblets. From rebuilding your farmhouse to fixing the printypress and repairing the hankerbot, you'll be searching for them.

Nurnies can also be used in the Reconstitooter to make basic bait to sea dangle. One nurny equals two slurry, and you need 10 slurry to make one basic bait. 

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That's all you need to know about finding nurnies in Ooblets... at least right now. I'm still early on in the game, so there may be other ways to get nurnies I haven't yet come across. However, I'll be sure to update this guide if/when I find them. Be sure to check out our other Ooblets content by clicking the links above!

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How to Open and Expand Your Inventory in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/ligcd/how-to-open-and-expand-your-inventory-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/ligcd/how-to-open-and-expand-your-inventory-in-ooblets Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:22:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

OK. It's easy to overlook things in a tutorial or simply forget them in the flurry of learning a new game and its mechanics. It happens. Ooblets is cute AF and full of character, so it's understandable if you were a little bit distracted early on and have forgotten how to open your inventory. 

Your inventory is found in the Grumboire, a tome full of useful information about ooblets, recipes, badges, friends (frenz), and more. 

To open your inventory in Ooblets, simply press: 

  • "Tab" on PC 
  • "Y" on Xbox One
  • "X" on Switch

Technically, the above inputs open your Grumboire. However, your inventory is the first thing that pops up; it's under the red "STUFF!" tab. Your equipped items are found in the top row, and everything else in your inventory is found below. 

You'll also see how many Gummies you have (in the top right corner), as well as how many Ooblet Club items you have to the left of that. 

How to Get the Grumboire in Ooblets

Standing on a brick pathway speaking to Rugnolia by the Town Hall in Ooblets.

Getting the Grumboire is super easy. In fact, you may already have it. 

When you arrive in Badgetown at the beginning of the game, you'll first speak with Mayor Tinstle. Afterward, you'll be tasked with speaking to eight of the townsfolk. To get the Grumboire, speak with Rugnolia

Leave the dock and go up and left. You'll quickly come to the town square, a green patch with a fountain. Above that is the Town Hall. Rugnolia should be standing to the left, near a stack of cardboard boxes. If not, she's walking around close by. 

She's wearing an orange jacket, a bright teal dress, and bright teal shoes. She's hard to miss. If all else fails, go to the top right-hand corner of the map to find her in the Learnery (a white and yellow trailer that looks like an Airstream). 

Expanding Your Inventory

When you start out, you'll have 15 slots in your Grumboire/inventory, as well as space in the suitcase in your house. As you grow your farm and collect more resources, clothing items, cooking ingredients, and more, you'll need more space. 

To expand your carrying capacity inventory, you'll need to buy backpack upgrades from Churles' clothing shop, Kibbonbon. It's the purple and teal building with the cat sign above the door to the right of Meed's Seeds and Plenny's. Each bag can be found on the left side of the store, just beneath Churles, and it takes a few days for new bags to appear once you've purchased one. 

  • Basic Bum Bag (250 Gummies): +5 slots.
  • Kinda Normal Backpack (350 Gummies): +7 slots.
  • Teal Backpack (500 Gummies): +10 slots.
  • Mega Rucksack (600 Gummies): +15 slots.

Note that you needn't wear the newest bag you've purchased to increase your inventory space. Each upgrade applies no matter which you're wearing. 

Chests can also be purchased from Manatwee for 100 Gummies a piece. The furniture store is to the right of Kibbonbon. Common Treasure Chests are to the left of Sprin, just as you enter Manatwee. Each provides 16 more storage slots. 

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That's all you need to know about how to open your inventory in Ooblets. Be sure to check out our early access review by clicking the link above, and check out our other guides for the farming/dance-off simulator here

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Ooblets Early Access Review: The Greatest Non-Violent Game of the Generation https://www.gameskinny.com/ofzte/ooblets-early-access-review-the-greatest-non-violent-game-of-the-generation https://www.gameskinny.com/ofzte/ooblets-early-access-review-the-greatest-non-violent-game-of-the-generation Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:29:02 -0400 Mark Delaney

Where do I begin with Ooblets? How about here: it's amazing. Its colorful world imbued with saccharine creatures quickly reveals a sarcastic, slightly subversive sense of humor. 

The daily to-do list is better organized than just about any of those seen in genre peers, teasing players to play forever on a day/night cycle that isn't dependent on the real-world calendar.

Townsfolk are interesting, and the turn-based battle system is approachable yet revolutionary. This is an early access review, so don't expect a score at the bottom, but understand this: Ooblets is nonetheless a Game of the Year contender.

Ooblets Early Access Review: The Greatest Non-Violent Game of the Generation

In Ooblets, the everpresent trope of a boat ride into a dazzling new town gets players into Badgetown, a rather bustling village in the land of Oob. While you'll soon get to explore neighboring areas, Badgetown is where your custom character plants their flag. 

Unlike the year's other big farm sim, Animal Crossing New Horizons, the land you settle on is not up to you. Instead, you are gifted a fixer-upper farmhouse and asked by the mayor (Mayor Tinstle, a rainbowish girl with a welcoming demeanor and a reward system of badges for you to chase) to introduce yourself to everyone.

Badgetown seems to have about 20 or so permanent residents, and they each have set personalities, allowing you to get to know each of them. A friendship system even incentivizes chatting with them and giving them gifts regularly.

For the first few days of your new life, you'll work to revitalize the neighborhood. This means learning how to craft, cook, garden, and shop. You'll also need to repair places around town like the dance barn, the hot air balloon, and a mission board that constantly offers fetch quests for big payouts in the town's currency, gummies. 

For veterans of the genre, this likely all sounds very familiar, and pleasantly, it is. It helps you hit the ground running. But, as I said, Ooblets is a Game of the Year contender, and for that, the small team at Glumberland would need to raise the bar somehow. 

How they do that, in my view, is threefold. 

First, the titular creatures themselves bring a major second point of emphasis alongside Ooblets' typical farm life mechanics. By collecting these adorable creatures, which alternatively appear like sentient plants or robots (but are always grown out of the ground like the former), Ooblets brings an element of Pokemon to the genre in a way nothing before it has.

A turn-based battle system allows players to collect more of them as they progress, and in turn, unlock new moves to use in battle. This is no small wrinkle for Ooblets. The battles are one of the game's best elements, and though they're currently without any difficulty settings, they haven't been difficult to handle thanks to a familiar, somewhat simplified system of action points and damage.

The battles also reveal another of Ooblets' strongest features: its universal commitment to non-violence. While many wholesome games smuggle in the casual violence of fishing, crafting with animal parts, or direct creature battles (sorry, but Pokemon is dog-fighting, folks), in Ooblets, every single aspect has been reimagined in a pacifistic context.

How? They're dance battles, which the Ooblets, according to the game's lore, take part in enthusiastically. The "fishing" you do involves no hooks through the faces of animals. Instead, you "sea-dangle" for non-sentient objects, like crafting supplies or food. Even the food itself is entirely vegan. You won't have to worry about the moral implications of eating some Ooblets and caring for others.

While the creatures themselves are sentient plants, there are unconscious crops with which to make food, each of them with names as silly as anything from Adventure Time, such as a carrot hot dog called a hop dob or sugar called froobtose. 

Ooblets invents its own silly language, and while it's adorable on its own, it's made much more charming to see how it's used by Glumberland to carefully avoid any instance of harm to the game's conscious creatures. As an animal rights activist, Ooblets fills my heart with intense glee.

Even if you're unphased by this avoidance of the genre's casual violence, Ooblets is, quite simply, one of the best-made games in the genre regardless. With a tantalizing XP system, virtually all actions big and small, from chatting with neighbors to completing quests to even something as common as picking or planting crops, earns you XP.

As you level up, you can spend Wishies to improve your character by giving them more energy in the day, or expanding their farmhouse, or even introducing new types of Ooblets to town, among a growing list of other features.

Farming is much more engaging and speedier than many games like it too. With the hold of a button, you transfer into gardening mode, and your crop space becomes a grid for you to work on. This system seamlessly allows you to clean up the backyard, plant, and harvest in no time, all the while making it so it feels decisively yours. Everything goes just the way you want it, and the UI helps you know exactly what your plants need, be it time or water or the clearing of some encroaching weeds.

While initial customization options are purposely sparse, you'll soon unlock a wealth of options for your hair, clothes, and farmhouse, meaning the sim-like aspect of living the life you want is present as well. I haven't grappled with those elements too much yet in my 10 or so hours, but a look at the stores tells me they run quite deep. I'm eager to turn my brown shack into a party pad for dancing Ooblets in due time.

As this is early access, I expected bugs  the game even reminds you of this when you load it up  and yet, I didn't find anything too problematic. The worst case I saw was when one of my crops disappeared. That happened once. Other than that, the UI does trip on itself at times, with descriptions of items overwriting some other icons in a way that feels unpolished.

The quick-access inventory is a key feature, but it needs to be brushed up a bit too, as moving things into it can get clunky in the full inventory menu thanks to that aforementioned issue with your item descriptions. I've seen somewhat regular clipping too, usually when you enter a store or a home. My wife witnessed one character running on the walls of their home, but I only heard this one secondhand.

Ooblets Early Access Review — The Bottom Line (So Far)

Pros
  • Unprecedented respect for its creatures
  • Engaging XP system keeps you chasing great rewards and upgrades
  • Adorable, funny world full of color
  • Smart gardening system keeps those mechanics fun, never dull
  • Ample secrets to discover, friends to make
  • Dance battles bring rewarding turn-based combat without the casual violence
Cons
  • Unclear today what the endgame may look like
  • Bugs are along for the ride in early access, as expected

In addition to bugs, I'm wondering what the pull may look like after many more hours. Some farm life games have a clear endpoint, while others go on forever. With so much scripted content, Ooblets seems to fall in the first category, so I wonder how long its tail will be at launch, but the journey so far has been awesome. I wouldn't mind a finite amount of story and exploring to do, so long as the rest is as fun as it has been so far.

After four years of clearly hard work, Ooblets feels like it's hardly an "early access" game at all. I've seen plenty of games launch in worse states than this pre-release title has done today, and that makes for an exciting starting place. When Ooblets exits early access, I'll offer my final verdict including a score and some renewed thoughts as needed, but for today, even as it's not officially out, it's absolutely my new frontrunner for Game of the Year.

We'll see how the year shakes out, but one distinction I'm quite comfortable awarding it even today is perhaps a more important one; for so many reasons, Ooblets is the greatest non-violent game of the generation.

[Note: An early access copy of Ooblets was provided by Glumberland for the purpose of this early access review.]

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Ooblets Might Actually Arrive This Year — Maybe https://www.gameskinny.com/dvz0e/ooblets-might-actually-arrive-this-year-maybe https://www.gameskinny.com/dvz0e/ooblets-might-actually-arrive-this-year-maybe Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:56:05 -0500 Calen Nakash

Ooblets, which made our most-anticipated games of the year list three years in a row, might actually be coming out in 2020 according to its developers.

In a recent devlog, Glumberland (and what a name for a developer) hinted at the possibility of a release this year, though there was nothing official mentioned. 

I don’t want to get you excited, but ¡GET EXCITED! because 2020 is the YEAR OF THE OOB. It’s been foretold in the prophecies/milestone calendar. That’s really all I can say about that right now so feel free to draw all sorts of wild conclusions.

The devlog also outlines a new feature coming to the game called "Sea Dangling." That's Ooblet for fishing, but developer Glumberland assures players they "won't be harming any animals." Other additions include a badge-delivering ooblet, new animations, mystery can files, new moves, and new lore. 

More about the update can be found here.

We can only keep our fingers crossed that this tease actually comes to fruition this year, and that we don't have to wait another three years for the game's final release. 

The E3 2018 Ooblets trailer, seen above, comes off as a really trippy fever dream at first but quickly develops into a mishmash of colors and Katamari-Damacy vibes. As we showcased before, that's about what it is. Instead of Ooblet battling, however, players will face off in tense Ooblet dance battles.

We'll have more information if and when Ooblets releases this year. Saty tuned for more updates on the game's development. 

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10 Anticipated Upcoming Indie Games of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/tz43f/10-anticipated-upcoming-indie-games-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/tz43f/10-anticipated-upcoming-indie-games-of-2020 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:00:01 -0500 Mark Delaney

I don't mean to alarm you, but a new year is upon us. While you gather your best New Year's resolutions and finish up any shopping you may need to do for the holidays, it's time to peek ahead at what kind of presents the gaming industry may give us in 2020.

After a summer of conventions and expos and plenty of awesome looking reveals since, we're ready to share our most anticipated upcoming indie games of 2020. 

From far-off games with assumed launch dates to set-in-stone 2020 arrivals, there's a lot to look forward to. We could've gone on forever with how strong the industry is right now, but we've narrowed it down to 10 indies. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!

Tunic

Developer: Andrew Shouldice
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

Tunic may be familiar to some as it was featured on the Microsoft stage at E3 way back in 2018, which came as a surprise to even the game's developer, Andrew Shouldice.

To his credit, Shouldice corrects the oft-repeated record that he is the only developer. In fact, he says, he's had help with some audio work, but even a two-person team making something like Tunic is exciting.

Tunic plays like an isometric Zelda with a bit of Dark Souls flair thanks to a labyrinthine level design that wraps around itself, some tough enemies, and resting at bonfires. It also features an adorable fox who looks way in over his head. 

Temtem

Developer: CremaGames S.L.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: January 21, 2020

Whether or not you enjoyed Pokemon Sword and Shield, you need to have Temtem in mind for next year. The game takes all of the beloved foundations of Pokemon but has aspirations to outshine Game Freak's best-seller with some features the former has still failed to introduce.

With a true open-world MMORPG setup, Temtem will allow players to explore, battle, cooperate, and trade with other players all while collecting and leveling up their titular creatures. They'll then take down boss dojos, the game's equivalent to gyms. Could this be the Stardew Valley of creature collectors?

Fall Guys

Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2020

Just when it seemed like the battle royale genre was slowing so soon after it began, along came Fall Guys. The game looks to revitalize things with a colorful and absurd physics-based battle royale that plays more like a Japanese game show.

One look at the trailer tells you all you need to know about Fall Guys, but we mean that in a good way. One hundred players start out by running through an obstacle course that's constantly shifting below their feet, and only one will win. Can you survive next year's most ridiculous round of Ultimate Knockout? 

12 Minutes

Developer: Luis Antonio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

12 Minutes dazzled when it was shown on stage at E3 2019, and knowing it comes from Annapurna signals to us that we can probably expect another solid game from the publisher who has a keen eye for quality. 

12 Minutes will be the latest in a recent string of timeloop games, but it doesn't exactly play like the others. In a top-down view, players will continuously relive the night their home is invaded and their wife is killed. Why it's happening and how to stop it seem like just the tip of the iceberg of this mysterious thriller, and we can't wait to unravel the rest of it.

Spiritfarer

Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: TBA 2020

Spiritfarer is unforgettably advertised as "a cozy management sim about dying," which may lead you to ask, "what's so cozy about dying?". But that's precisely what has us excited for Thunder Lotus' latest hand-drawn adventure.

The game's premise seems to take an adult and cathartic view of death as players steer a ship in the afterlife, transporting the dead to their destinations. It's exactly the kind of concept that would only be made by an indie studio. It stands as a testament to the industry's growth that we can now enjoy something with a concept so esoteric and niche.

The Outlast Trials

Developer: Red Barrels
Platforms: TBA
Release Date: TBA 2020

We don't know much about The Outlast Trials yet, so much so that there isn't even a trailer to see, as it was just announced days ago. But what we do know is it's another Outlast game from Red Barrels — an already exciting proposition — but this one comes with a twist.

Four-player multiplayer is coming to the series for the first time ever, and though the reveal uses the word "cooperate," something about this series and the key art tells us we should instead maybe expect a social engineering element. Perhaps we'll be playing out scenes that would fit into SAW, where survivors have to risk saving themselves at others' expenses.

Time will tell if our hunch is right, but even if we're off base, a new Outlast is only a good thing.

Atomic Heart

Developer: Mudfish
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

Give a game some BioShock comparisons and it'll pick up steam in a hurry. That's the case with Atomic Heart, whose only issue has been radio silence since its reveal. 

The trailer depicts some sort of Russian post-apocalypse where players will battle with monsters both mechanical and fleshy. It even stars the iconic wrench as a melee weapon, so let there be no mistake what Mudfish is going for with this one.

Coming up on a year since we got a fresh glimpse at Atomic Heart, we're hoping to hear more on the game soon. As of now, there's no reason to think we won't. 

Way to the Woods

Developer: Anthony Tan
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: TBA 2020

What 2018 did for Tunic, 2019 did for Way to the Woods. By that we mean it was a surprise featured game on stage at the Xbox E3 presser, and it turned a lot of heads. Whereas Tunic stars a fox, Way to the Woods stars two deer.

We love the look of this one because it may deliver some well-timed commentary on human impact on the environment. The pair of deer explore a post-human world, but we don't know why that is yet. Might this be a story of the planet's resiliency after brushing off its greatest polluters? It could be, and that's a point we need more games to make in the years to come. 

Ooblets

Developer: Glumberland
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

No most-anticipated list is complete without Ooblets, the oft-delayed controversy-courting mash-up of all things wholesome and cute. With a bit of Animal Crossing mixed with some Pokemon and a dash of Adventure Time, Ooblets is not the direct take on creature collectors like Temtem is.

Instead, Ooblets combines life sim activities like farming with the creature collecting of Pokemon to give players the most Nintendo game Nintendo never made. It also apparently features trippy dance battles, as you can see in the above trailer. We're sold.

Table Manners

Developer: Echo Chamber Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2020

Just revealed weeks ago, Table Manners is our favorite indie VR game to look forward to in 2020. While Half-Life: Alyx allegedly pulls the platform away from the edge of irrelevance, it's the quirkiness of stuff like Table Manners that fills the platform's believers with both joy and hope.

Table Manners is a dating sim like no other. Using VR controls, you're tasked with having successful dates while trying to navigate a crowded dinner table full of opportunities to break, spill, and spoil the evening while your date looks on. Can you win their affection, or merely stain their shirt? Check, please! 

For more of the most anticipated games of 2020, be sure to head over to the lists below: 

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10 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:38:28 -0500 ESpalding

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So then, there you have it! Ten great indie games which are going to be heading our way in 2019. Of course, we've only scratched the surface as there are so many amazing indie games in development at the moment and many we will see in the coming year.

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Are you looking forward to any of these ones? Maybe you are excited about something else?

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Let us know which games you are most looking forward to seeing and we will try to keep you informed about them as well as many other titles arriving next year and beyond!

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Trine 4

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Developer: Frozenbyte
Release date: TBA 2019

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Not much is known about what Frozenbyte will be bringing us with Trine 4; there isn't even an official trailer for it, but given that Trine 3 gained quite a lot of negativity, fans are hoping that they have learned what wasn't done well last time and have built on that. 

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This time around they have partnered with Modus Games and Trine 4 will eventually be available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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As the news of a new Trine game was announced by accident by someone that wasn't the developer, we still don't know all that much about it. But we'll be sure to let you know when we do. 

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Spelunky 2

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Developer: Mossmouth
Release date: TBA 2019

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There is currently a frenzy of excited Spelunky fans eager to find out when the next installment is coming to our screens. Those who went to PAX West this year have already had a look at it and, judging by the chatter, it is looking like a worthy successor! 

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In Spelunky 2, you play as the daughter of the spelunker from the first game, who is trying to make her own way in the underground world. She has taken to the skies and is now exploring the tunnels on the moon. There are plenty of new dynamics, critters, and mobs to fight against.

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Phoenix Point

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Developer: Snapshot Games
Release date: June 2019

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It is always exciting when a founding father of a genre returns to their roots. That is what Phoenix Point is.

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It is being made by the creator of the original X-COM series, Julian Gollop. It is a squad-based game using turn-based tactics and strategy and is said to be the true spiritual successor of the original series. It has already got a massive fanbase, which is evident from its hugely successful Fig campaign, launched in 2017, where it raised $765,948.

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In the future, Earth is decimated by a deadly outbreak called the Pandoravirus. It has the ability to mutate a being almost instantly by combining human, animals and alien DNA. This gives the game an ever-evolving menace to deal with. The aliens themselves are procedurally generated so players will constantly be having to evolve their own tactics in order to defeat them.

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Upon release, Phoenix Point will be available on PC, Mac and Xbox One.

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In the Valley of the Gods

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Developer: Campo Santo
Release date: TBA 2019

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The last time developers Campo Santo were on the scene was back in 2016 with their sensational mystery game Firewatch. Their latest game, In the Valley of the Gods, aims to take you on a journey through 1920s Egypt while out to discover new archaeological discoveries.

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You play as an explorer named Rashida who has one more shot to make it to the big time as a filmmaker. She has been sent out to Egypt to try and uncover new ancient relics and to document the whole thing. Unfortunately for you, the only other person on this adventure is your former partner who you have absolutely no desire to work with again.

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In the Valley of the Gods does not have an exact release date just yet, but we do know that when it becomes available it will be on PC, Linux and Mac.

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Sable

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Developer: Shedworks
Release date: TBA 2019

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Undoubtedly, the first thing that grabs you about Sable, by UK-based developer Shedworks, is its unique comic book art style. It went down a storm at E3 2018 and gained a lot of interest from fans and press alike.

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The story starts when the titular character sets out into the desert for her tribes "right of passage". To become an adult, Sable must explore her surroundings, unlocking ancient histories and learning about the world around her. This is very much an exploration game with some platforming and puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no combat in the game at all. Everything is focussed on exploration.

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There is no definite date for Sable's release but, until we know, here is the E3 announcement trailer for you to watch.

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Session

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Developer: crea-ture Studios
Release date: Q2 2019

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Fans of the skateboard subgenre have been hoping for a follow up on the vastly successful Skate 3 but, as it has already been confirmed by EA that there isn't going to be a Skate 4, there was a big hole in the market which needed to be filled.

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Enter crea-ture Studios and their game Session. Back in 2017, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to make and release their own skateboard game. They were initially looking to raise CA$80,000 but managed to get a massive CA$163,700 in funding.

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Session promises to reignite your passion for skateboarding and wants you to explore what it means to be a street skater. The only limit to the tricks you can do is your creativity and your dedication. Some of the game's features include a video editor which will allow you to film, edit and create your own montage to then show to the game's community.

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PHOGS!

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Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release date: TBA 2019

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If you love bright colors, puzzles, and physics-based games, then, my friend, PHOGS! is going to be the game for you. Developed by Bit Loom Games and published by Coatsink, both in the UK, the game has been doing the round on the expo circuit this year and has been a roaring success.

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In PHOGS!, you play as a creature which resembles two dogs who are connected to each other via the mid-section. The aim is to travel through the "Phoggyverse" completing puzzles and overcoming various obstacles. Sounds pretty straightforward but with two characters for the price of one to control, things could get interesting!

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It is going to be released across multiple platforms but, as of yet, we don't know which ones that will be.

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Creaks

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Developer: Amanita Design
Release date: TBA 2019

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You might think that this is an obscure choice, but the folks at Amanita Design have a pretty good cult following thanks to their smash hit point-and-click Machinarium. The artwork of their games is unmistakable!

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There isn't a whole lot known about this game. In fact, on the game's Steam store page, all it says is "meet your new neighbors".

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In the teaser trailer for Creaks, you get the impression that this is going to be another point-and-click adventure which is heavy on puzzles and problem-solving. The setting looks dark and eerie with great attention to the smallest details.

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Once we know any more details about Creaks, we will let you know. 

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Sunless Skies

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Developer: Failbetter Games
Release date: January 31, 2019

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Even though Sunless Skies has been in Early Access on Steam for quite some time, it is finally getting a full release at the beginning of next year. Since hitting Steam back in 2017, it has been getting positive reviews all the way through its development, so this is looking like it is going to be a great addition to your indie collection. 

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In the second of their Sunless games, Failbetter Games wants you to take command of a flying locomotive and explore the reaches of space in this Victorian Gothic adventure RPG set among the stars.

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Sunless Skies is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Sea of Solitude

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Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Release Date: Early 2019

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Sea of Solitude was announced last year as one of EA Originals' next indie titles, but it was at E3 this year that we got to see more of this stunning indie game.

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The game follows a young woman called Kay as she battles loneliness while trying to survive in an abandoned, submerged city. Her feelings and fears have turned her into her own personal enemy and the only hope she has of getting back to normal is to get help from the monsters lurking around the city. 

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Sea of Solitude will be available on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

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This year has been a fantastic year for gaming. Both indie and AAA developers have pushed out some amazing games and, if conferences like E3 are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for gaming.

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Most of you will already know which AAA games you are most excited for in the coming year, but there are also some great indie games coming up, too!

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Join us as we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated games heading our way in 2019.

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Ooblets Replaces Traditional Monster Battling with Dance-Offs https://www.gameskinny.com/7mcns/ooblets-replaces-traditional-monster-battling-with-dance-offs https://www.gameskinny.com/7mcns/ooblets-replaces-traditional-monster-battling-with-dance-offs Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:53:09 -0400 Erroll Maas

Indie developer Glumberland has revealed that its monster-raising-life-simulation game, Ooblets, has replaced traditional monster battles with dance-off battles in a new trailer from E3 2018.

Ooblets will have different dance moves to perform, which can agitate opponents or boost your team's confidence. Ego is the dance-off version of health, and Ooblets will run back home in shame if they lose all of it.

Crash is a randomized event that can cause a move to miss and can be affected by accessories and other moves, while Fresh is another randomized event more akin to a critical hit; it is also affected by certain accessories and moves.

As Ooblets gain experience, they can be taught more dance moves and each of them will have different movesets and specialties.

There will also be a Dance Barn that will let players engage in friendly dance-off battles against in-game Ooblet trainers.

To learn more about Ooblets and the details on why the developers made this change, you can read the devlog post on the Ooblets website.

Ooblets is slated for a 2018 launch for Xbox One and PC.

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The Top 5 Cutest Indie Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/zfkae/the-top-5-cutest-indie-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/zfkae/the-top-5-cutest-indie-games-of-2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:05:55 -0500 pithyalyse

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Moss

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PSVR
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Ok, so Moss may stretch the definition of "indie" just a bit -- its developer, Polyarc, was formed by three ex-Halo and Destiny developers and funded by over $3 million in seed money -- but it is firmly within the realm of adorable. 

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The PlayStation Virtual Reality exclusive brings players down to the perspective of its teeny protagonist, a young mouse named Quill, as you help her explore lush environments, solve puzzles, and fight a newly awakened evil that's taken root in her otherwise quiet home. All the while, your identity as the player, an "other" in her world, is apparent in your manifestation as a masked figure or floating orb. 

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You won't have to wait long to get your hands on this cute adventure -- it's slated to come out next month.

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Are there any upcoming releases you think could thrash these titles in a cute-off? Post your picks below. Or if you're interested in other indie game suggestions (of all aesthetic varieties), you can check out more of our content here.  

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Wandersong

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PC, Switch
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"Save the world with singing" goads the Wandersong Kickstarter page. This side-scrolling adventure encourages players to solve puzzles and build relationships through music by breaking into song at any time. Literally, any time. Even when some NPCs would really rather you shut up.   

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Last year, Wandersong exceeded its Kickstarter goal, earning $21,000, with plans for release on PC and Switch in 2018's first quarter. It draws inspiration from other quirky narratives like Earthbound and Over the Garden Wall, as well as some of the personal encounters creator Greg Lobanov experienced as he biked 5,000 miles across the United States. 

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Tala

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PC
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If Tala looks like an art project that sprouted legs and ran off into the sunset, that's no coincidence. Matt Petrak, its sole developer, recounts on his game's website that it began as an art test combining traditional animation and nature photography. After he was exposed to the corrupting influence of Unity, however, it began to take root as a point-and-click puzzle adventure. Adding to its charm is a completely visual dialogue system and, from the looks of the trailer, plenty of quirky humor keeping those conversations interesting.

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Tala's website states its release date as simply "when it's done," but PC Gamer's indie issue lists this PC title as a 2018 release So fingers crossed! 

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Wattam

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 PC, PlayStation 4
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Only the minds behind Katamari Damacy could hatch up such a delightfully wacky concept for a game.

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In Funomena's Wattam, players take on the role of a bowler hat-sporting green cube known only as the Mayor. Everything in the environment is sentient, and by extension, everything is capable of being controlled. The aim? Get everyone to hold hands together in a circle so the Mayor can set off the bomb under his hat.

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Why? Who knows! Maybe we can all figure that out together when Wattam comes out later this year. In the meantime, players can look forward to the idea of playing as a giant mouth that poops ... and then getting to play as that poop.

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Ooblets

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PC, Xbox One
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Have you ever been playing Animal Crossing and thought, "You know what would make this better? Pokemon!"

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"And what if they grew out of the ground? And after I farmed them, they waddled after me everywhere I went! And I could even dress them up in little outfits..."
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Did I lose you there?

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If not, then you might want to watch out for Ooblets, a monster tamer/farming simulator combo scheduled to release mid-2018 for PC and Xbox One. The first game by two-person developer team Glumberland, Ooblets' adorable aesthetic captured the heart of Double Fine Productions after a reveal trailer. And with the Psychonauts publisher's support behind them, the team received an invite from Microsoft to unveil its demo at last year's E3. 

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With so many great-looking indie games slated to release in 2018, it can be overwhelming to keep track of them all, especially with how many platforms there are to watch out for now. You've got Itch.io, Humble Bundle, Steam Direct -- even the Nintendo eShop is attracting droves of developers. Don't worry, though. This list is here to help make sure you don't miss out on this year's truly important titles: the most adorable ones.

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