Wholesome Direct Showcases 55 Feel Good Games in One Stream

The calm before the storm.

As part of the neverending stream of digital events attempting to replace E3 in a world dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, this Tuesday afternoon we turn our attention to the Wholesome Direct, which featured over 50 indie games that are decidedly chill and not at all taxing on the brain. If you missed the show, here’s a quick, bulleted recap of everything shown off:

  • Button City, a game about a group of friends attempting to save their local arcade from being shut down, is inspired by 90s movies like Little Rascals, and is launching on Steam this year.
  • Errand Boy, a story about the end of the world and finding meaning in your final days, is an adventure game with what looks like some Zelda influences. It’s coming in Summer 2021.
  • Ooblets, is coming “pretty soon” to the Epic Games Store and Xbox One.
  • Kind Words’ new update is available now, and features a new room to write nice things to one another.
  • Snacko looks like some Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon crossover, as you maintain both farm life and an island community. It’s on Kickstarter now.
  • Chicory is an art-based game that lets you color in the world to both customize it and solve puzzles.
  • The Spirit and the Mouse stars a mouse that is able to travel through power lines in order to help citizens.
  • Spiritfarer is described as a “cozy management game about dying,” which basically lets you play as a grim reaper figure that collects spirits and help deliver them into the afterlife, but with a much nicer aesthetic.
  • Sayri: The Beginning, looks evocative of PS1 adventure platformers in terms of aesthetic.
  • Mondo Museum is a museum management sim and will be coming to early access later in 2020.
  • Bird Alone is a kind of social sim but where the only person you can talk to is a bird. The subjects you can talk about change overtime, as well.
  • Little Witch in the Woods is a game about a witch’s apprentice who is learning how to become a full fledged witch, exploring the woods to learn witchcraft and interact with the wildlife there.
  • Toem is a photography-driven game where you travel to different locations, learning more about the people who live there, all way capturing their stories through your camera.
  • Winding Worlds is available now on Apple Arcade.
  • Toko Toko launches today on iOS and Android.
  • When the Past Was Around is a point-and-click adventure coming later this year.
  • A Space for the Unbound is a story about overcoming anxiety and depression framed with a love story with a supernatural twist, and it’s coming next year.
  • Book of Travels is coming in October, and is a social RPG experience where you can either explore its world together or all by your lonesome.
  • Garden Story gets some spotlight, but still doesn’t have a release date.
  • Depanneur Nocturne is an adventure game about trying to find a gift for your girlfriend late at night when nothing’s opened. And it’s available today.
  • Calyco is all about bringing the local cat cafe back to a small community, and is coming to PC and consoles in October.
  • Rainy Season is coming this summer, and is an exploration-based adventure game about a family stuck inside during a rainy day.
  • Wayward Strand takes place in an airborn hospital where you can learn more about the patients, all according to an in-game schedule that runs in real time.
  • Cue the montage of probably as many if not more games than were given direct spotlight.
  • As we sign off we’re told that there will be another one of these next year, which hopefully does not mean that we can expect every video game announcement in the world to be announced in a four-week span in 2021.
  • But then, there’s the “one more thing” moment.
  • Hoa, a side-scrolling platformer is coming to PC and Switch in late 2020, and it got a brief teaser trailer to close the show.

If you missed the stream and want to see all of the above in motion, here’s the archived presentation:

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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