To officially christen this new position, I’ll be taking over Jaz’s weekly Digital Gems column from here on out, as independently developed and overlooked games are kind of my bread and butter.
South Korean developers Cheritz crafted a smartly-designed game that takes place only in the realm of a smartphone (which, fittingly, is playable on smartphones), as you navigate romancing miscellaneous suitors. Mystic Messenger is a game about forging a connection with a potential boyfriend (or even best friend) through digital communications that we use daily, whether it’s IMs or phone calls—something we’re all too familiar with. Developed during the Gameboy Jam 5 and Yuri Jam 2016 by developers Rose Abernathy (the project’s artist) and Celia (the game’s writer), Witchwood Academy is a dating sim in the style of a Gameboy game—itty bitty aspect ratio, olive palette, and all.Whether you have date night plans tonight, or plans with a carton of ice cream, or are fine with ignoring the Hallmark-branded holiday entirely, these dating sims might provide you with a lovesick click or two. Or sweet, or caring, or even should warrant your cute protagonist’s attention.Platforms: PC, PS Vita If you’re used to dealing with stubborn or downright insensitive crushes, Amnesia: Memories might feel nostalgic. Alas, the start of Amnesia: Memories is awfully cliche, as you suffer from amnesia, not remembering who your alleged boyfriend is, or what led you to this predicament. Those gray, feathered creatures that hang out by convenience store curbs.So before this week's column gets started, I figured I should introduce myself. I'm Caty Mc Carthy, and I’ve joined the USgamer team as the shiny, new Assistant Reviews Editor.In the past I’ve written for Kill Screen, The AV Club, Waypoint, Polygon, and IGN, and I’m looking forward to writing (a whole lot more) here!