Small Saga by Jeremy Noghani is a fantasy JRPG where players guide a group of rodents….yes you read right, rodents with different powers, skills, and god weapons, and it’s truly fun. Players explore London and see things from the eyes of an angry mouse looking for revenge.
In-Game Background Story
After an unfortunate event where Verm, the main hero, lost part of its tail and more.., he is now on a journey looking for the Yellow God responsible for that event. Players guide Verm and new friends around the streets of London in his journey for revenge.
Small Saga plays like a classic JRPG. Everything is handmade, and that means no random encounters, no randomly generated items, and no airships to go around…Players explore sewers and humankind places, and everything is presented in a pixel art style with real proportions that sometimes give the party a very small look.
Don’t expect the classic fairy tale, though. The game sometimes it’s harsh and a little bit crude. But its humor and straight-to-the-point speeches give the game a smooth and nice progression. The combat system presents turn-based battles where each party member has action points used to unleash their skills, and at each turn, they recover one or more points spent. Weaknesses system, branching skill trees, weapon, armor and items slots, trinkets to find along the road, and more.
Team up with a colorful cast of misfit rodents.
Encounter awe-inspiring titans. Clash with a swashbuckling water vole, a pious lab rabbit, a poetry-spewing kraken, and many more.
Meet the hideous vermin who run society, then overthrow them.
Brandish your tiny weapons in strategic, turn-based combat.
There are no random encounters, and no grinding. This game is all about a rich story and memorable boss fights.
About the developer of Small Saga
Jeremy Noghani is a London Indie dev who previously worked on a game called Aviary Attorney. Since 2018 he has been working on Small Saga, responsible for all aspects of development.
The visual novel JRPG adventure Path of the Midnight Sun developed by Studio Daimon is getting a release date. In this RPG players take control of 3 charismatic characters inside a world filled with betrayals, romances, and dark monsters giving a 30-hour experience. Path of the Midnight Sun is a Pc game expected to be released on January 10th, 2023 via Steam.
Screens, press news, and trailers below
Developer Studio Daimon is excited to announce that the highly anticipated turn-based RPG Path of the Midnight Sun will release January 10th 2022. This unique adventure takes players on a 30-hour journey through a mysterious fantasy world, where survival relies on the relationships built outside of combat.
Path of the Midnight Sun is an JRPG-inspired tale that follows the story of three unique playable protagonists in a world under threat from an ancient Demon King. Once vigilant in its eternal battle, the kingdom’s shared complacency provides the ancient king the perfect opportunity to possess a key figure.
Relationships and communication are just as important as battle in Path of the Midnight Sun. Players must cook, craft and care for companions, managing their mental state through communication. Neglect those companions and players may find themselves at a disadvantage during the game’s many tactical battles. Build a close enough connection, and players will have the option to choose their soulmate.
Initially conceived as ‘Midnight Sun’, a mod for Fire Emblem, its popularity inspired creator Alfred Kamon to pivot the project into a standalone release. In 2019, Kamon launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of Path of the Midnight Sun, successfully raising over £30,000 to make the game a reality.
Everything players see in Path of the Midnight Sun is hand-drawn, and animated using Live2D, creating a world that feels colourful and alive. This unique visual direction is backed up by a cast of professional voice actors who have lent their voices to over 50 in-game characters, alongside over three hours of orchestrated original music.
Alfred Kaman, lead developer for Path of the Midnight Sun, said: “As a psychologist and game designer, my goal was to create a world full of characters that felt compelling and realistic. In Path of the Midnight Sun there is a time for laughter, one for tragedy, and one for self-reflection and rebirth. In a way, I like to see it as a deep and modern take on the classic anime-fantasy story, and I hope players enjoy every moment of it.”
Path of the Midnight Sun will be available globally from January 10th on Steam, priced $24.99 / €24.99 / £22.99.
One of my weakest points is pixel art. Give me an appealing pixel art style, and I will do hell for you. That’s why I write about Saghala: Heroes of the Last World. A post-apocalyptic survival Strategy RPG developed by indie dev KovalGames with a lovely pixel art style and some promising features. I played the demo available on Steam, and below, I give you some info about what to expect from this promising indie RPG.
In-Game Background story
The year is 2081, and humanity is facing the consequences of a nuclear world war that happened 60 years. Earth is now called Saghala, and four factions fight for its last fusion reactor called The Core.
Saghala: Heroes of the Last World offers features from various genres. Players impersonate a character chosen from one of the four factions available, free to move inside the world map using a top-down view, going around collecting materials and items, taking on quests, and exploring vaults and dungeons. Management and strategy are things as players must produce five main resources to develop the shelter and build new structures.
The combat system presents quite basic (at least the one I tried during the demo gameplay) card-based mechanics where each card has a cost to be used, and players can utilize heal cards and attack cards.
4 factions (Brotherhood of Atom, Flaming Skull, Worshipers and Mutants)
4 bioms (Underground, Deadly Plants, Wasteland and Greenlands)
You will be able to explore inside of buildings/shelters!
Manage your settlement – you will be able to upgrade buildings and build new ones.
Collection and production – in the game you will manage 5 main resources: Coins, Food, Wood, Steel and Scrap.
CRAFT NEW COMBAT CARDS for your Hero!
Random characters, settlers, traders, bandits and more.
Upgrades, weapons and items to find during your adventure.
NPCs in the game may have a lot of side missions
for you to complete… with someblack humor 😉
Once a week your settlement may be attacked by the bandits from a Clan of Nomads.
The day and night system and the passing weeks.
Combat is built like a card game!
About the developer of Saghala
Behind KovalGames there is a solo Poland dev called Lucas, who has been in game dev since 2010 and previously worked on a platform game called DARK MINUTE: Kira’s Adventure. Saghala is his second work.
Release date & Platforms
Saghala project is still in work and is expected sometime in 2023 on Pc via Steam.
Space Wreck by Pahris Entertainment SIA is a retro-inspired sci-fi RPG where players go through a branching storyline where combat is 100% optional. The game is available in early access on Steam. Screens, trailer, and info from its Store page.
Inspired by classic western isometric RPGs (Fallout, Fallout 2, Arcanum), this is hardcore role playing game set in space 20 years post major conflict over asteroid mining.
Built on classic RPG fundaments
Post-apocalyptic space exploration.
Focus on role-playing (…sometimes to the extreme!).
It’s ok to fail – because there are many ways to solve every problem.
Completely optional combat.
This is the most important part of the game – you can play whatever character you wish, play however you want to. You can be smooth talker, sneaky hacker or brawling bully; or something else – it’s your choice: distribute the points in character creation and make decisions when playing.
But once the character has been created, be ready for not only abilities but also limitations.
For example, characters with low CHARM value will find that often NPCs won’t even talk to them because of how repulsive they are; or speech – if low, that means you are a shy introvert, unable to initiate the dialog yourself. Lacking computer skills (scitec)? You accidentally crash terminals when trying to use them. Low tinker? Tools might break in your inept hands. Sometimes even too much is not good – too strong (PHYSICAL) and you cannot squeeze into vents thus unable to make use of some shortcuts. And so on – your character stats will signifcantly affect your gameplay style.
There are always multiple ways to solve problems (quests), usually tied to your character skills and abilities – play to your character’s strengths, work around its weaknesses. For example, if you cannot convince someone to help you, hack his computer and blackmail him. Or just straight-up pickpocket the guy – all items are always realistically placed in NPC inventories.
Note: there are usually 3-8 ways to complete a quest in the game. They can trigger related events in near future or lead to a different ending in the end slides.
Choice & Consequence
Your actions, your decisions matter to the game world. Make an enemy, you may need him/her later on. Opt for an easier solution to the current problem and you might have to deal with a bigger problem later. And in the end, you will get a unique game ending showing you the future fate of your character and those who he/she impacted through gameplay.
You have an objective but how you approach it – it’s up to you; the game map is as open to you as reasonably possible (it’s a stranded spaceship after all) and there is no single true path to the end. If you know where to go, what to do – you can try to sequence break the game. Combine that with multiple solutions to every quest and you’ve got freedom to spare.
Optional but unlimited violence
You can complete the game without killing anyone. In fact, combat is completely optional. But if you want to fight – there are no immortal or “essential” NPCs – everyone everywhere has finite amount of HP and is fair game.
Game features old-school tactical turn-based combat with grid based movement, action points and dice rolls.
When it comes to JRPG the future is bright. Lots of new projects on the horizon and Alterium Shift by Indie devs drass_ray & Mottzy is one of the most promising. Players guide a party of three young adventures on their training across the world and fight in turn-based combat inspired by Chrono Trigger and SNES games.
The Alterium Shift new demo (version 2.0) adds 3 new story paths, new missions, new areas, and new story content! So if you have never tried it, now it’s the best time to do it. The game is planned to be released in Q4 2023 on PC via Steam.
Join three heroes in training as they learn to master their individual strengths and harness the power of Alterium Essence. With their training nearly completed, Dolion, their teacher, prepares them for the most important mission they’ve faced yet.
You’ll begin your journey with three heroes in training; Pyra, Atlas, and Sage. Their teacher, Dolion, strives to mold his students into heroes, ones better than himself. The three heroes are taking their final test before being sent off on an important and life changing mission. What fate awaits these heroes and can they accomplish the tasks set forth before them?
Dolion: From war hero to teacher, Dolion seeks individuals to mold into heroes themselves.
Pyra: A strict and loyal leader, Pyra steers her team as straight as she does her spear.
Atlas: A young, shy, and nimble Archer, Atlas delivers every shot with deadly accuracy.
Sage: A very talented weaver of Alterium Essence, with an ego that matches their skill.
Alterium Shift has a full featured turn-based combat system with a turn-order display for important decision making! Exploit enemy weaknesses and gain experience to grow your party into an unstoppable force! Of course, the loot you earn will also help you a long your journey as well.
Explore the world of Alteria. Meet new and diverse people. Find loot and hidden treasure! Take on new quests. The decision is yours and every decision is important!
About Alterium Game and Developers: Alterium Shift is a SNES JRPG inspired indie game developed by two friends (Mottzy and Drass_Ray) who want to share their love for games like Chrono Trigger and FFVI through their own games.
December is here, bringing lots of new stuff for turn based lovers. This week some great releases like Marvel’s Midnight Suns and the glorious remake of Front Mission 1st, but also a Persona-Inspired Brand New Game, an intriguing indie strategy, some PC games available on Switch, release date announcements, and exciting news regarding Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader. Let’s start
Get ready to unravel the mysteries in Mato when the visual-novel-inspired JRPG releases on March 10th next year. A new trailer revealing a different side of Detective Doe in the game is now available and can be viewed by following the link inside the description below. Playing the role of Detective Doe, users need to fight their way across Mato – a neo-futuristic megalopolis in the orient – investigating strange happenings across the city and uncovering secrets along the way, eventually meeting a great cast of friends. The game will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, XBox Series X | S , Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) – both physical and digital – on 10 March 2023.
Mahokenshi is a deck-building roguelike game developed by Game Source Studio and published by Iceberg Interactive. Players can choose between 4 Samurai houses and explore the Hex-based Celestial Islands, looking for Shrines, villages to save, and demons to defeat using a deck of cards. Iceberg Interactive just announced the release date of Mahokenshi, set for the 24th of January 2023, on Pc via Steam.Learn more about Mahokenshi
A brand-new strategy game was just announced by indie dev Lockbow Games called Monstrous Realms. The game puts players in control of a Kingdom and everything related to it. Diplomacy, research, exploration, build are some of the tasks the players are called to. A strong grand strategy component but also detailed RPG mechanics like tactical battles, heroes with different classes to unlock and dungeons to explore. Trailer, screens and info about Monstrous Realmshere. Monstrous Realms is a PC game planned to be released in late 2023/early 2024 via Steam.
It’s the start of a new era for Blood Bowl 3! For the first time, this new adaptation, which introduces the latest rules and features from the legendary board game, gives Blood Bowl players a season update, a format that encourages competition. There will also be new content in the form of a battle pass, called the Blood Pass.
The initial launch version of Blood Bowl 3 will include 12 factions, which is four more than featured in Blood Bowl 2. Every 3 months, a new season will begin, with each season adding a new faction and a new Blood Pass. The Blood Pass has 50 tiers that players achieve over the course of the season’s matches. On successfully reaching certain tiers, players receive free rewards that they can use to customise their teams, including new accessories, balls and dice. The top tier in the Blood Pass unlocks that season’s new faction. Check out Blood Pass video, as Gautier Brésard and Clément Nicolin explain how it works.
The second content update called Astra’s Story for the digital tabletop Moonbreaker is now live, adding a new map, more Cholek culture to discover and quality of life improvements. Moonbreaker, released in early access on the 29th of September 2022, is the new game from Unknown Worlds Entertainment, the devs behind Subnautica. Check out the Second Update changelog by following the link.
Developed by Ukrainian Indie Dev Andriy Bychkovskyi, Farlanders is a turn-based strategy game where players must build Mars colony and take care of its citizens and uncover the secrets of the red planet. Dev just announced its release date set for January 17th, 2023 on PCvia Steam. In the meantime, a free demo is available on the store as a new gameplay trailer. Follow the link for more details.
Loop8: Summer of Gods is a Turn-Based JRPG developed by Xseed Games and presents a sort of Persona-Inspired Social mechanics where players, during the non-battle sequences, must improve characters’ bonds and get busy in various activities. Anime style and something that look like a classic turn-based combat system. Loop8: Summer of Gods is expected on Switch, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam in spring 2023.Info, screens and trailer.
With great surprise, Owlcat Games has announced the start of the Alpha phase for its new Warhammer cRPG Rogue Trader. The Alpha stage starts on the 7th of December and is available for everyone who purchases the Digital Pack or Collector’s Edition versions of the game. Learn more about it.
Top Releases of the week
Now let’s take a look at all the latest releases.
Another great remake is available on Nintendo Switch. Front Mission 1st: Remake is, of course, the remastered version of one of the greatest Square Tactical RPGs where players take control of giant mechs called Wanzers and face worldwide conflict in the Year 2090. Below are some review scores so far, info from its Store page, and the trailer.
PC gamers have already experienced the frightening world of Inscryption, and this December, you’ll be able to take the plunge into this card-based horror game on your Switch! It’s one of the most surreal games of the last few years, and secrets are hidden behind every turn. From point-and-click puzzles to card game battles, Inscryption nails the creepy vibe at every moment. It’s perfect for dark winter nights… if you dare. Inscryption was released for Nintendo Switch on December 1st. Get Inscryption on Switch
Legendary parody romp Munchkin is only just getting a digital release now. Better late than never, though, you can now kick down doors, fight monsters, and betray your friends online! Munchkin has always been good for a laugh, and its iconic art style has been faithfully brought to life by the adaptation. Best of all, playing online with strangers means you can stab them in the back without any guilt! Munchkin Digital entered early access on 1 December on Steam.
The SaGa series is one of the all-time greats regarding classic JRPGs. While the franchise has largely been dormant, Square Enix is willing to open the vault and remaster old favorites. Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered is an HD upgrade that’s perfect for newcomers and old fans alike.
Romancing SaGa Remastered is launching on several platforms, ensuring that JRPG enthusiasts will be able to play it on their favorite hardware. The journey started once more on 1 December. On PC, Switch and Playstation.
Another PC game getting a Switch release, The Outbound Ghost is a story of helping souls reach the afterlife. Its lighthearted tone makes it a great choice for players looking for a fun RPG adventure. With exploration and battles inspired by the Paper Mario series, it also makes a great gift!
A new Final Fantasy Tactics-inspired game is now available on PC via Steam and it’s called Eden’s Last Sunrise. In the game players fights in tactical combat inside a world where magic and technology clash and where every decisions lead to a different path.
Old-school RPG fans may have gotten their hands of Siralim Ultimate when it launched around this time last year. Soon, Switch owners will be able to start delving dungeons and catching monsters in this deep retro adventure as well!
Siralim Ultimate boasts randomly-generated dungeons and over 1200 summonable creatures – that’s more monsters than the entire Pokemon franchise! The game launched for Switch on 2 December.
The world’s most popular superheroes and XCOM-style battles sounds like a match made in heaven. In Marvel’s Midnight Suns, you’ll assemble your very own team drawn from the likes of the Avengers, X-Men, and more to fight a cosmic threat. Even if superheroes aren’t your thing, a new title from Firaxis is always worth checking out! Marvel’s Midnight Suns is available on PC and all major consoles.
With great surprise, Owlcat Games has announced the start of the Alpha phase for its new Warhammer cRPG Rogue Trader. The Alpha stage starts on the 7th of December and is available for everyone who purchases the Digital Pack or Collector’s Edition versions of the game.
Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader is an isometric cRPG where players impersonate a Starfleet captain or Council Spectre, going around the galaxy, completing quests, and meeting strange inhabitants. The game will be exclusively Turn-Based instead of the latest Owlcat Pathfinder game, where players could switch between RTWP and Turn-Based mechanics. Below some screens, the latest gameplay trailer and info from its Steam Page.
Explore the Koronus Expanse.
Traverse incredible distances in your giant voidship, traveling between a multitude of systems across the Koronus Expanse, a barely charted and incredibly perilous area of space. Despite being considered al backwater of the Imperium, this region encompasses an enormous stretch of the void filled with prodigious opportunities for profit and exploration.
Your decisions matter, Lord-Captain.
Show your subjects mercy or disdain, stay faithful to the God-Emperor, or consort with enemies of Mankind – every decision and every act of the Rogue Trader sends ripples throughout the entire sector, changing the in-game world and those who inhabit it.
Gather your crew.
Rogue Traders never travel alone. Gather your retinue that might include holy warriors, twisted psykers and perfidious xenos. All of them are ready to follow you into the darkness between the stars. They will offer you counsel, aid you in battle, and allow you to gather ever more power. In return, you can guide them through their personal journeys, changing their destinies forever.
Plan your actions carefully.
Slaughter the enemies of Mankind in a fully-fledged turn-based combat system. Take advantage of cover, the environment, and careful positioning to overpower your enemies. When that is not enough – use your companion`s powerful abilities to turn the tide of battle and achieve victory even in the direst of situations. Our video game adaption of the classic Rogue Trader rule set allows an enormous number of possibilities for you to explore.
Loop8: Summer of Gods is a Turn-Based JRPG developed by Xseed Games and presents a sort of Persona-Inspired Social mechanics where players, during the non-battle sequences, must improve characters’ bonds and get busy in various activities. Anime style and something that look like a classic turn-based combat system. Loop8: Summer of Gods is expected on Switch, PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam in spring 2023.
Below are some screens, a Gameplay Trailer, and the press news.
XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today shared a more expansive look at the narrative-driven, time-traveling RPG, Loop8: Summer of Gods, which is scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam in spring 2023. The publisher released the first fully translated trailer and screenshots highlighting the cast of characters and their interactions with the protagonist in Ashihara, including a closer look at the turn-based combat in the title.
Watch the Loop8: Summer of Gods GameplayTrailer Above
Loop8: Summer of Gods is a narrative-driven, time traveling RPG using an emotion-based AI system, where the players’ decisions and interactions with other characters impact their emotions and how their stories unfold. These interactions can also impact how allies perform during combat, creating a unique experience for players as their decisions can change the outcome of battle. With the power to travel back in time, players can rectify mistakes or chart a new path forward to explore the myriad possibilities of an August that never ends.
A coming-of-age adventure, Loop8: Summer of Gods follows protagonist Nini and his classmates as they try to defeat the Kegai, demonic entities who have forced humanity to the brink of extinction. Raised on a failed space station known as “Hope,” Nini returns to Earth to spend his summer in Ashihara, one of humanity’s last remaining sanctuaries. Gifted with “Demon Sight,” Nini can use his special connection to the gods to reset the world, with each loop allowing him and his allies to relive the 8th month over and over until they get it right…or the Kegai overwhelm them entirely.
The team behind Loop8: Summer of Gods includes senior producer Yoichi Miyaji (Lunar series, Grandia series), game designer Yuri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu), character designers En Morikura (Kizuna Ai) and Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online), mascot character designer Ryudai Murayama (Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin), concept artist Kitsuneiro (Amatsu Kitsune) and composer Noriyuki Iwadare (Ace Attorney series).
Developed by SIEG Games together with Marvelous Inc. and published by XSEED Games, Loop8: Summer of Gods will release in spring 2023. The game will be released on console platforms by publisher Marvelous Europe in Europe. The title has not yet been rated by theESRB.
Developed by Ukrainian Indie Dev Andriy Bychkovskyi, Farlanders is a turn-based strategy game where players must build Mars colony and take care of its citizens and uncover the secrets of the red planet. Dev just announced its release date set for January 17th, 2023 on PCvia Steam. In the meantime, a free demo is available on the store as a new gameplay trailer that you can find below.
Lead the charge in establishing a colony on Mars in this turn-based strategy game with a nostalgic look but fresh gameplay. Use specialized tools to terraform the planet, build residential areas for your colonizers, and construct resource-producing factories in an effort to become a self-sustaining society.
7 campaign missions with narrative tied to the Farlanders: Prologue
Competitive freeplay game mode with 2+ scenarios
Build your own colony on (and below) the Martian surface using more than 50 different structures
Terraform the planet using a variety of tools
No 2 maps are ever the same with procedural map generation
Dynamic weather changes and anomalies
Research tree with more than 30+ technologies. Combine randomized elements of the game with the technology tree to pick a direction for your colony’s development
Trade with other colonies that will reflect fluctuating market prices and demands
The second content update called Astra’s Story for the digital tabletop Moonbreaker is now live, adding a new map, more Cholek culture to discover and quality of life improvements.
Moonbreaker, released in early access on the 29th of September 2022, is the new game from Unknown Worlds Entertainment, the devs behind Subnautica. Check out the Second Update changelog here. Below are some screens and info from its Steam Page.
Moonbreaker is a turn-based strategy, tactical skirmish game developed by Unknown Worlds, the team behind the Subnautica series. It is designed to be a true digital miniatures experience, set in an expansive sci-fi universe crafted by best-selling sci-fi and fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson. Through approachable turn-based competitive gameplay, ongoing content releases, and deep customization, Moonbreaker offers a variety of gameplay experiences for all types of players.
TURN-BASED, TABLETOP TACTICS: Lead your Units in fast-paced, turn-based strategic skirmishes. Play against other players online, against AI offline, or in the single-player roguelike mode “Cargo Run.” It’s quick to pick up, hard to put down.
BUILD YOUR ROSTER: No two Units are alike and no two Rosters play alike. Each Unit has its own special set of abilities, playstyle, personality, and more. Refresh your Roster with brand-new Units – Each with unique advantages – immediately available at every Season release.
EXPRESS YOURSELF: Harness your creativity with Unit painting, designed to capture the feel of real miniature painting – Without the real-world limitations. Professional digital painting tools go beyond what is traditionally possible (undo! mask! zoom!), creating the perfect space for blissful player expression.
DISCOVER THE REACHES: Crafted by beloved fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, the Reaches is filled with vibrant, diverse characters and cultures. Through Unit details, fully-voiced in-game dialogue and Audio Dramas by renowned voice actors, unravel the ever-expanding lore of Moonbreaker.
Moonbreaker is not finished! As an Early Access game, it is in active development: That means you may encounter bugs, in-development features, and potential performance issues. If you would like to play Moonbreaker when it is finished, join us on Discord, follow us on Twitter, or sign up to our Development Newsletter for progress and announcements.