i’ve been playing Hyper Light Drifter finally!
the subtle worldbuilding it does is incredible. especially given it totally lacks dialogue. i feel like it was intended to channel the original Legend of Zelda, but it also reminds me of being a kid, playing my older brother’s games. it had been a looong time since i’d had that feeling of being dropped into a world that you straight up cannot fully comprehend. it really forces you to read into the game’s environments, in all their beauty and horror. and jeez, does it have a lot of both of those.
i also played through a game called Secret Little Haven. i would heed the CW for parental conflict and gaslighting the author included. i could see parts of it getting uncomfortable.
its a game framed within an old Mac OS interface, and it uses that really interestingly. computer files and forums give some exposition in a way that felt really natural. the writing is spot on, and evokes that early 2000’s feel perfectly. it tells a story about fandoms, gender, and the internet. i only just caught the tail end of that ‘era’ of internet, but a lot of it still really resonated hard with me.