WHOLESOME DIRECT 2022

Terra Nil Aims to Respectfully Rebuild the City Builder Genre

Terra Nil, a “reverse city builder” from Free Lives, blew me away earlier during the 2022 Wholesome Games Direct. In the trailer, we see a game that feels familiar for those of us city-building perverts who enjoy the relaxing nature of infrastructure design without thinking too much about how said…

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Oddada Looks Like The Perfect Little Musical Terrarium

It’s rare when a thing comes across my radar that just drifts gracefully into my wheelhouse and Oddada might just be the magical musical fidget cube for my life right now. As someone who went through the hell of moving within New York City for the thousandth time (with COVID…

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Oddada Screenshot from Wholesome Games Direct

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Wholesome Direct 2022: 14 of the Best Games from the Showcase

Today, Wholesome Games streamed Wholesome Direct 2022 (the third of their annual showcases), which included looks at a massive slate of upcoming indie games. With over 90 games shown back to back, it might feel a little overwhelming to some viewers. If you need a focused refresher (or missed the…

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Delicious Puzzler Freshly Frosted is Out Now, Has Chu Chu Rocket and Cosmic Express Vibes

Watching the Wholesome Direct today has been an especially pastel-hued feast for the eyes, but one game that stuck out for me immediately was Freshly Frosted, a puzzle game from the folks at The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (who are actually responsible for publishing my beloved Cozy Grove). I’ve been watching…

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Freshly Frosted moon donuts

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Predict the Future in Soulitaire, A Story-Driven Psychic Card Game

Card games are sometimes one of the most peaceful experiences you can have. Other times, they’re also a great way to get to know someone better as you move cards back and forth across a table from one another. The very story-heavy card game called Soulitaire seems to get both vibes…

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Little Bear Chef Looks Adorable, and Maybe a Little Evil in Wholesome Games Direct

The Wholesome Games Direct, an annual summer livestream that promotes a wide variety of cozy games, had over 90 games to showcase today. The stream had a ton to offer, and some of our favorites include standouts like SCHiM, Soulitaire, Lumbearjack, Freshly Frosted, and so much more. But my focus…

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