Wattam Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Wattam RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 14 Relaxing Games You Can Play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:47:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Tell us which of these 14 games you plan on playing by sounding off in the comments below. Be sure to let us know what game takes the edge off for you or which games should be on this list that aren't!

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Of course, not everyone will want their gaming to be all teddy bears and rainbows. If you'd rather get your frustration out by fragging hordes of enemies or engaging in a thousand or so turns of a complex strategy battle title, there's still tons of options.

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To get started, take a look at all the free games currently available, and stay tuned for our upcoming list of great games with the longest campaigns!

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Wattam

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Another extremely laid back game without combat, the oddly intriguing Wattam is all about reconnecting with old friends while dancing, holding hands, and even skyrocketing off by using your odd hat.

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Although there's perhaps more poop than you might care for in a relaxing game, Wattam is undeniably charming and a joy to play when you don't want something too heavy.

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Gris

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Watercolor is already pretty relaxing, so it just makes sense to use it as an art medium in a game meant to offer hope like Gris. You don't have to worry about combat or dying here, and this is one of those rare platformers where you won't be constantly frustrated while trying to figure out the mechanics.

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What really makes Gris stand apart is its lack of dialog. Everything in this story is told through emotional connections and visual cues, which makes it extremely soothing to play.

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Bejeweled 3

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The original time waster. Bejeweled should always be in your backup list of quick and easy games to jump into. When you need the problems of the day to fall away and for your mind to focus on soothing colors and patterns, this is the way to go. 

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For that rare group of people who didn't spend hours playing this online back in the day, Bejeweled is a Match-3 where your goal is just to swap jewels around the board causing larger and larger matches (and corresponding cascading explosions if you manage to get 5 in a row). It simple, low stakes, and addicting.

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Imminently relaxing even when it was just a simple web game a decade back, Bejeweled has only increased its relaxing gameplay options since then, as the more recent PC and console editions also include Zen Mode.

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The Room

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Point-and-click puzzle titles may not be the first choice for a relaxing experience, since there are so many opportunities for frustration to arise with obtuse mechanics or high difficulty. The Room avoids those problems through the strength of its gameplay and the overall immersion of its sounds and visuals.

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You can get lost in this one, especially if you prefer games to be a little on the creepy side. Essentially, you've got an escape room in digital form, but all the levers, knobs, and pulleys are just really satisfying to play with in this particular iteration of the genre.

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A World Of Keflings

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Oddball title World Of Keflings probably would have forever faded into obscurity (and let's be honest, it still isn't that well known) if it hadn't been one of the early free Games With Gold to hit the Xbox 360.

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If you missed out on it way back when, now is a great time to jump back in, because there's not much room for frustration in this adorable city builder. Your Xbox (or Wii) avatar serves as the only giant in a world of very small inhabitants, so you get to help the Keflings build their utopia.

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Gather sand and clay to make glass, stockpile planks to take to the carpenter for making carved wood, and so on until you get into a zen-like groove of harvesting and building.

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Eastshade

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If you like the idea of Abzu but would prefer the grandeur of the open world of nature instead of what's found beneath the waves, then Eastshade is for you. As a free spirited traveling painter, your only goal here is to wander around and paint pictures of beautiful scenery.

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Along the way, you can help people out with their problems and make the world a little bit better of a place. This is a game that's more about the journey than the destination, as its basically an open world simulator but without a ton of objectives other than to enjoy the scenery and chat with some fine folks.

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Abzu 

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The polar opposite of Subnautica, the ocean-exploring Abzu focuses on the calm, peaceful aspects of life beneath the waves. Swim with whales, weave through coral reefs, and experience life to the fullest while following schools of fish in this incredibly vibrant and visually stunning experience.

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There's not a ton of actual "game" here, but that's alright: sometimes you just want to live in an underwater paradise and not have to save the world or rack up a high score.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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If you've already played My Time At Portia or Stardew Valley, then Yonder is the next farming game that should have your attention. Forget about combat or anything stressful, because The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a wonderful lazy Sunday of a game.

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Unwind while exploring a gorgeous island, building a farm, taking time out for a fishing break, and helping people out while learning skills like carpentry and sewing. It's simple, it's easy, and it's exactly what you need when the real world is too much to handle.

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Slime Rancher

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Back in days of yore, heroes slaughtered slimes by the thousands in the various Dragon Quest games. Now we live in more enlightened times, and realize slimes are an adorable, intelligent species that should be sustainably farmed in Slime Rancher.

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The concept sounds bizarre, but it is wonderfully relaxing to suck up carrots, beets, and even chickens into your suction gun and then plop them out to feed slimes as you build up your ranch.

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It is important to note that as you get towards the end, the puzzles can, in fact, become difficult and stressful. That being said, most of the game is wildly comforting and incredibly low stakes.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons

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New Horizons is just about the best way to take things at your own pace and forget the troubles of the world right now. Dig up fossils, catch bugs, build your house, make animal friends.

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This next gen reboot of the classic Nintendo franchise lets you live out your interior (and exterior!) decorator fantasies across a whole island while slowly expanding access to new areas. Whether crafting, buying, hunting, inviting new creatures to live nearby, or just enjoying the scenery, there's also something relaxing (and fun) to do in Animal Crossing.

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Stardew Valley

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You had to know the country living sim Stardew Valley would make the list, right? Take things at your own pace as you learn to live off the land by farming, fishing, raising animals, and forging relationships with other members of the local community.

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Of course, Stardew Valley isn't totally without stress as you manage various resources, especially if you see everything as a challenge to overcome as quickly as possible, but for the most part, this is laid back gaming at its finest. There are a good number of mods to make things more relaxing. 

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Stardew Valley also (finally) features multiplayer, so you and your friends and family can all farm together. 

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For those looking to take a darker route, Graveyard Keeper offers a different, but definitely less relaxing, take on the farm-life genre. 

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Industrial Petting

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Farming and ranching simulators are some of the best go-to titles for relaxing games, and there's no shortage of options there. While the big names like Farming Simulator are worth trying out, there's also plenty to explore if you dig into the indie scene. 

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Industrial Petting is one of those lesser-known titles that's currently available in Early Access. While the content isn't overflowing yet, there are still tons of adorable animals to enjoy while building up an empire of ethically sourced, fair trade exotic pets.

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Coffee Talk

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Sitting somewhere between a visual novel and a barista simulator, there is something weirdly relaxing about brewing up a cup of joe in Coffee Talk while listening to people's problems.

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The twist, of course, is that in Coffee Talk's universe, supernatural beings walk among us. Think of it as a low-key Shadowrun, with none of the violence and a lot more coffee. You'll get to offer advice to an elf and a succubus whose parents don't approve of their relationship while learning how to make lattes, teas, and smoothies.

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I dunno' if actual real-world baristas will get the same soothing level of therapy out of it, but everyone else is in for a wonderfully relaxing time. Not sure if this format is right for you? Grab the free demo at Steam to try it out before you buy!

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Everything

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A truly odd and offbeat offering from DoubleFine, Everything is sort of like an anti-Katamari Damacy. Instead of collecting everything and going inward, you constantly expand outward, so far, in fact, that you might start over at the beginning again! There's no end goal and now way to win or lose. You just exist and explore while philosophical concepts are presented as voiceovers.

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Everything's non-traditional gameplay is particularly helpful in stressful situations, as this bizarrely wonderful simulator makes you feel connected to the universe at large no matter where you are. 

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This imminently weird but wildly intriguing title made our list of the top bizarre games. They aren't all relaxing, but all of them offer something outside the norm. 

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It can be pretty relaxing to mow down hordes of gangsters and aliens while imbued with superpowers in Saints Row 4 or to plow through crowds in GTA 5. But not all games are conducive to lowering your stress levels. Fast-paced shooters like Doom Eternal might not be the best way to keep your blood pressure in a happy place.

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For those of us in need of something calmer, this list of 14 extremely relaxing games is just the ticket. Core gameplay in all of these titles is explicitly soothing and meant to put you at ease. 

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Wattam Review: Wattam I to do With You? https://www.gameskinny.com/d0w1g/wattam-review-wattam-i-to-do-with-you https://www.gameskinny.com/d0w1g/wattam-review-wattam-i-to-do-with-you Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:33:42 -0500 Jason Coles

Wattam is one of those games that should probably become part of a mandatory syllabus in gaming. It’s a game that perfectly captures a feeling while using very few words.

There’s no violence to indulge in, no racing or, other nonsense, and Wattam's puzzles are fun rather than frustrating. The point of the game isn’t to be hard or even challenging; it’s simply meant to be.

Wattam exists solely to be played, and playing it will put a smile on your face. Wattam is here purely to inspire joy, and it succeeds in every possible metric with that in mind.

Wattam Review: Wattam I to do With You?

If you’re unfamiliar with Wattam, it’s understandable. The title comes from the mind of Keita Takahashi, who created the Katamari games. Takahashi makes experiences for players to take in, rather than games. It sounds a little pretentious, but it seems to just be his design philosophy.

It doesn’t matter how you specifically interact with any of his worlds, just that those worlds are entertaining  and a bit different.

The distinction here is that Wattam is a more emotional journey than Katamari. While Katamari has you rolling up balls of stuff to create new celestial bodies because your dad is a layabout, Wattam has you reconnecting with old friends, and solving their problems along the way.

You start off as a green cube with a hat called the Mayor. He’s all alone at first until he discovers his friend Stone. You then find Rock, and you continue to discover new friends as you play through the game.

Your interactions with the world vary depending on the character you’re controlling, and, as such, switching between them is incredibly easy, and also vital to your success. You can hold hands, dance around in circles, and occasionally do other context-sensitive things like eat, poop, and flush, depending on what you’re controlling.

You can also  and this is the most important thing  lift your hat up revealing an explosive present which can send you rocketing through the sky while laughing.

Explosions Unite Us

What makes it so enjoyable is the incredible undercurrent of hope flowing throughout the game. Every time a new friend comes back to you, you get a welcome back message, and as you uncover the mysteries of the world and its setting, there’s always talk of cherishing the things that you have, even in the face of adversity or loss.

I can’t talk about a lot of Wattam without spoiling it, but the game often feels like a hodgepodge of multiple titles instead of one. You flit between different one-off mechanics just because you can. You’re welcome to use those mechanics in your time with the game, but they’re not needed again after their initial use. It’s fascinating, and it’s fleeting — and it's one of themes that Wattam deals with.

Though I may be reading into some of it, the tones weaving through Wattam are all fairly obvious. I could easily talk about how it dips into the idea of rebirth and cycles of karma. I could talk about how there is an obvious reference to the myth of the Tower of Babel, and how language can separate us, but explosions can unite us in luminous, colorful light.

Wattam Review — The Bottom Line

Pros: 
  • More charming than Paul Rudd
  • Wonderful music 
  • Good story
Cons
  • A bit short 
  • The gameplay won't appeal to everyone

Wattam manages to deal with a multitude of things while wrapped up in an adorable and vivid shell. It’s incredibly easy on the eyes, and the trademark charm of Takahashi is present throughout. Plus, the soundtrack capital "S" Slaps. It flows brilliantly as you go from place to place and even character to character. In a phrase, it’s wonderful.

Wattam is a delight to play, to watch, and to take part in. It tells a story full of hope in a world that is so frequently without it, and it's all about connections (it's not Death Stranding, so stop it).

The happiness you'll get from playing Wattam is reason enough to embark on this strange quest, but the emotions you'll feel along the way are the true gift that Wattam gives. It is a world that asks you only to accept it's strange logic and rewards you with pure joy, and that's a really good deal. 

[Note: Annapurna Interactive provided a copy of Wattam for the purpose of this review.]

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The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date and Satanic Drinking Matches Define PlayStation State of Play https://www.gameskinny.com/ts0xj/the-last-of-us-part-2-release-date-and-satanic-drinking-matches-define-playstation-state-of-play https://www.gameskinny.com/ts0xj/the-last-of-us-part-2-release-date-and-satanic-drinking-matches-define-playstation-state-of-play Tue, 24 Sep 2019 17:02:21 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After a long hiatus, Sony's State of Play was back today, with some updates on soon-to-be-released games and one long-awaited announcement. 

The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date, Trailer

The last thing shown certainly wasn't the least anticipated. Naughty Dog finally delivered a new trailer for The Last of Us Part 2, in conjunction with PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

The trailer didn't show us all that much outside of some tense action as Ellie faces off against nightmarish foes and humans alike.

But we did get a a release date: February 21, 2020.

Humanity

Humanity, a brand-new title from Enhance Studios, received an exclusive first reveal during State of Play.

It's not completely certain what Humanity is, apart from something with lots of people that makes beeping sounds, but it looks like it could possibly be a physics-based puzzler. Check it out below

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare got some attention ahead of its next big beta. The State of Play trailer showed off some of the game's storyline and the tension involved not just in facing off against one's own countrymen, but in the moral grayness that comes from everyone in war having their own motivations. 

For more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, here's everything we know. You can also see our beta impressions here

Wattam

Katamari Damacy Reroll re-introduced the world to Keita Takahashi's unique and eclectic design sense, and it's about to be taken even further with Wattam. After a long wait and talks of cancellation, Wattam is set for a December 2019 launch. 

Details are still thin, but the game appears to take its marketing slogan of "reconnect the people" very seriously. It's all about forging physical and emotional connections with a variety of, well, not exactly people, but lifeforms, forming chains, and generally just making the world a brighter, more colorful place.

 

Arise

Techland Publishing and Piccolo introduced Arise during another exclusive first look today.

Arise looks to be a somber adventure revolving around journeying to the next life. After being set ablaze on his own funeral pyre, the main character awakens in a snow-covered wasteland and endeavors to find his way back to a beautiful world of light, warmth, and vibrant color.

Not much else is known apart from that, but it's coming soon.

MediEvil Demo

Ahead of its spooktacular October release, the MediEvil remake is getting a demo on the PlayStation 4, available now, and those who play the demo can claim the special Dan's Helmet item ahead of release.

Civilization VI for PS4

Sid Meier's Civilization VI has graced PC and even Nintendo Switch, while PlayStation 4 players have so far missed out on all the world-conquering fun.

But that's about to change. Civilization VI is bringing its humorous take on empire building to the system along with the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm bundles on November 22.

The PS4 is getting exclusive Nubian, Khmer, and Indonesian DLC packs as well.

Death Stranding PS4 Pro Bundle

We still don't really know what Death Stranding is about, but we do know it's getting a special PS4 Pro bundle launching alongside the game on November 8.

Afterparty

The creators of Oxenfree are bringing a completely new experience to PS4 on October 29, with Afterparty. It's a game about two friends, Milo and Lola, who die right before graduating college.

They go to hell, but on their way, they're informed of a loophole that might just let them outwit Satan and escape hell: they have to out-party Satan and his hellish overlords in a series of drinking, dancing, and karaoke matches, among other things.

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That was it for this State of Play, and there's no telling when we might get another. Regardless, even with the PlayStation 5 on the horizon, it looks like there's plenty of upcoming goodness to keep PlayStation 4 owners busy.

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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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