Sometimes Always Monsters by Vagabond Studios
Sometimes Always Monsters is the ‘antithetical’ sequel to Always Sometimes Monsters. Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful but so is this game. While the first game Always Sometimes Monsters begins with a struggling author trying to win back the love of his life. Sometimes Always Monsters inverts the premise, starting you as a successful writer whose life starts falling apart. The premise sounds simple but brings to the forefront some pretty glaring subject matter, such as homophobia, drug abuse, suicide and more. You’ll be given a lot of choices as the game progresses and as it is with life the consequences to these choices will be unpredictable.
Sometimes Always Monsters is developed by Canadian indie game studio Vagabond Dog with a 2020 planned release date. Wishlist it on Steam here. Or Pre-Order it here for USD$14.99. If you’ve played Always Sometimes Monsters you’ll be able to bring your whole story to the next game. You can get it on Steam for USD $9.99.
Neo Cab by Chance Agency
Like Solace State, Neo Cab was featured in our 5 Visual Novels That Will Change Your Mind About The Genre article. Set in a world overcome by automation, you’re one of the last human cab drivers. Lina Romero driver-for-hire- roams the streets of Los Ojos looking for her friend who has gone missing. With no money and nowhere to stay, you only leads are the passengers that get in your car. Each character you meet has their own story to tell and secrets to share if you can figure out what they want to hear. But watch what you say—you’ll need to maintain your star rating to stay on the road. In Neo Cab, every choice you make affects your mood, and your mood will affect what choices are available to you.
Telling Lies By Sam Barlow
Probably the least indie selection for the LudoNarraCon list, it’s still no doubt a great game. The successor to the critically acclaimed Her Story, Telling Lies is another investigative thriller game. Telling Lies features a series of one-sided conversations from four different people, brought together by one lie. Just like it’s predecessor you’ll have to watch through the secretly recorded video conversations to discover the truth. Every clip uncovers a series of shocking truths. But it’s up to you to spot the liars. I can’t tell you too much about the story or I’ll risk ruining it for you. But trust me Telling Lies is an intimate and intense experience that’ll be different for everyone that plays.
There’s an amazing selection of narrative games from LudoNarraCon 2020. Even though this is just a short sneak peek of our favourite games so far, all the nominees deserve some spotlight. We’ll be doing more features as the game list lengthens but in meantime you should check out some of the games already out. See you guys at LudoNarraCon 2020!