UNPACKING

Unpacking Presents a Version of Normalcy I Will Never Understand

The final level of indie-puzzler Unpacking awoke a great green-hued beast within me. Jealousy took hold as I was tasked with outfitting a full-sized, multi-level home containing a perfect little nursery and its own fenced-in backyard. Narratively, this ascendant moment is the culmination of Unpacking’s story: the protagonist has a…

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An Unpacking Clone Has Been Delisted from Storefronts After Devs Put it on Blast

Within the same day, two indie games were subject to their game’s likeness being used by someone else. Outerverse’s assets were used in an NFT scam, and Unpacking was subject to a ripoff making its way up the iOS charts. However, while Outerverse is dealing with the legal side of things, the game using Unpacking’s…

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The Fancies 2021: Dillon Skiffington Breaks the Rules Again

I’m going to go ahead and rip the Band-Aid off right now — my game of the year lists are always a bit strange. As a guide writer, I get far too into a couple of games per year (many of which never end) and spend five to ten hours…

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The Fancies 2021: Natalie Flores’ Game of the Year List

2021 has often been pretty terrible, but at least it’s been a fantastic year for video games. I genuinely mean that. Video games are in some way tied to every source of happiness I’ve had throughout the last 12 months. That they’ve had such a spectacular year, offering plenty of…

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Unpacking Is a Zen Puzzle Game about the Joys of Moving in and Moving On

I don’t have a great relationship with moving. My family has only ever been able to afford moving between small, rented apartments within a 1.5-mile radius of each other all my life. In recent years, moving signified my constant travels between the comforting but oppressive environment that is my home…

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REVIEWS

The 12 Best Demos We Played From the Steam Next Fest

Sable, one of the year’s most anticipated indie games and a favorite among Fanbyte staff, was far from the only game with a great demo for the Steam Next Fest. There were so many games you could try out — and try out many, I did. While not every demo…

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Wholesome Games Are a Growing Trend, but What Does ‘Wholesome’ Really Mean?

When we talk about “wholesome games,” we talk about them in a variety of ways, from colorful and vibrant colors, to charming and lovable characters, and even a distinct absence of violence. It’s easy for us, as the audience, to sit back and assign labels like “wholesome” to different games.…

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