Last week, I visited Berlin for the first time and, although only there for seven nights, I struggled to justify returning home. The culture, the history, the nightlife, the fact that there is a burger restaurant that was once a public toilet and maintains the old facade - every quirk about the city seemed to capture my heart.
Coincidentally, BerlinGameScene.com have revamped their Games Made In Berlin Collection over on Itch, bringing us a lovely gathering of neat games created in the German capital, the majority of which are free. Is this a sign for me to return? I think this might be a sign.
Before I dig out my passport again, though, I'll tell you about the 14 indie delights that comprise the Games Made In Berlin collection. Like a sizable number of Itch games, most of the ones listed here were originally made in conjunction with various game jams. Here's the list in full, some of which you might've spotted lining the pages of RPS over the last wee while:
City Planning for Idiots
Legends of Pixelia ($14.98)
The Mammoth: A Cave Painting
No Male Heroes
Of Carrots And Blood
Pictures of a Reasonably Documented Year
Of those, DYO is the standout for me - a two player co-op puzzle game that lets you operate independently on either side of a moving split screen; or work in concert to overcome obstacles and traps by locking the central divide, allowing you to cross over into each other's half. It's a really cool idea and looks a bit like this:
Made for the Berlin Global Game Jam a few years back, Pulse is a wonderfully relaxing adventure that's about single cells bouncing off one another and "swimming in the primordial soup and making friends," so say its creators. Here's a quick look at that:
Even if music-based rhythm games aren't your cup of tea - I could generally take them or leave them - I'd recommend giving quadrant a bash. It's both meditative and distinctly stressful which makes for a hugely engaging experience. Look, see: