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Looking Forward to 2019

This week we take a little bit of a look forward to some games coming in 2019 which I've got my eye on.  Rather than the full articles which I usually do, this will be a short synopsis of the game with a couple of press shots provided by the developers.  We've got a few things to look at, some will definitely have coverage when they come out, others will depend if I'm able to get my hands on them. NOTE: Any release dates are taken from press releases or store pages and a subject to change.

I'd also like to thanks everyone who has visited the site, helped me out with advice and given me their support over the last few months.  It's been a great ride so far, starting out from an idea which I didn't know if it would work or I would stick with it, into the growing platform it is.

In 2019 I will be continuing my usual schedule of reviews and first looks on a Wednesday and the monthly Flashback Friday at the start of each month.  I'm also going to be adding a Mobile Monday into the rotation.  This will look at games released on the Android platform and I'll be trying to stay away from games using the freemium model.

Resort Boss: Golf

The first of two games on the list being brought to us in Q1 by Excalibur Games, Resort Boss: Golf is the product of frustration trying to get SIMGolf working on modern systems.

The game will allow you to develop and manage all aspects of a golf resort.  Not only will you be placing service buildings, such as a hotel and golf shops, but also sculpting the landscape to give complete customisation to your gold course.

Not only will you be able to plant trees, add hazards like bunkers and hire/fire staff to help balance your books, but you will also be able to ensure your courses are functional and enjoyable by playing a round yourself.

Start off with a one-hole course and build up to the ultimate resort.

The game will be released into Early Access on Steam on 14th February (add to your wishlist now) at a cost of $12.99/€11.99/£10.99.  Look out for our review coming mid-February!

Willowbrooke Post

The second game on out list by Excalibur Games, Willowbrooke post is a Story-based management game.  Using the familiar trope of games such as Stardew Valley and My Time At Portia, your parents have left you in charge of their beloved post office.

Starting with only a small number of coins, you must provide the postal service to Willowbrooke, and, importantly, uphold the reputation of your family.  Hopefully when your parent return in 1 year you won't have run the post office into the ground!

As part of running the post office you will need to process the various items.  This includes sorting parcels, stamping letters and ensuring that your ledger remains balanced.  The game also features a social system meaning you need to manage your relationships with members of the local community.

The game is to enter Early Access on Steam on 14th March.  Add it to your wishlist and look out for the review nearer the time. 

Factory Town

Being developed by Erik Asmussen of 82 apps, Factory Town is a game about logistics planning and optimisation.

Starting with only a simple base and 4 workers, you must build your colony, ensuring adequate resources to drive your supply routes and, ultimately, colony growth.

Not only do you have the usual workers and roads you would expect in a colony builder, you can also harness advanced technologies.  These will allow your supply chains to work more efficiently, and allow for a degree of automation.  These include 'marble-run' type delivery chutes and minecarts.  Prevent bottlenecks in your network and develop into a sprawling metropolis.

Factory Town will be released on Steam in Q1 of 2019 and can be added to your wishlist now.  If you can't wait you can purchase the game on itch.io for $20 which will give you immediate access to the beta and a steam key upon release.  Keep an eye out for my review coming soon.

Arcade Tycoon

Have you ever dreamed of being Kevin Flynn and running your own arcade?  Arcade Tycoon allows you to live out that dream!

Starting from scratch with an empty building you will decide what cabinets to purchase, how to lay out your arcade for maximum impact and when to hire (or fire) your staff for maximum profit.

With both a 20 level campaign and a sandbox mode, and featuring over 100 arcade machines and a plethora of scenery items, the game promises to have something for everyone.

Get your virtual quarters at the ready and wishlist the game on Steam now, prior to the start of Early Access in April.

The Murder Mystery Machine

This game is a bit different from anything I've covered before, but it's being made by a local dev team so feel it would be good to give them some coverage.

Being developed by Glasgow studio Blazing Griffin, The Murder Mystery Machine is a procedurally generated detective game.  Drawing inspiration from the likes of Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and True Detective, you will need to examine and analyse the available information to solve the crimes.

Combining abstract story telling and puzzle-solving, you are presented with a scene and mus decipher the clues, and write your own version of events to work out what happened.

Scheduled for a Steam release 'Early 2019' the game is available to add to your wishlist now.

The Best of The Rest

This is simply a list of some other games I'm looking forward to and is no reflection on the quality or anything at all, just trying to keep my article a reasonable length.

And Finally

The last project I want to mention is an interesting new indie launcher called Meditations which will deliver one small indie game per day for the next year.  This seems an interesting project and something I hope to look at in more detail.

As I mentioned earlier, thanks to everyone who has visited the site and offered support over the past few months.  Since starting out in August there has been almost 3000 page views, more than I thought I'd be at by this point. 

I am looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring, and looking at ways to further develop and diversify.  All ideas, thoughts and suggestions are welcome.  Please reach out via Twitter, Discord or the contact form to the right.

Wishing each of you a very happy, safe and prosperous new year!

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