When I wrote that article and described my ideal farming sim as "Harvest Moon but Depressed," I never imagined that a day would come when I would play the game that scratched that itch. Yet in 2020's (after)life sim Spiritfarer, I found the melancholy I sought - plus a little hope to go along with it.
Spiritfarer is not just a life sim or farming sim - it is a platformer, and the satisfaction of movement that comes from that genre adds so much to what Spiritfarer accomplishes.
If you choose to play the game at a higher difficulty, Bug Fables gives you the tools you need in order to have a fighting chance at doing so.
With so many card types and unique mechanics to engage, One Step From Eden makes each experience unique not just with its procedural generation but also with the creative possibilities available to you during a run.
As a turn-based strategy veteran, I'm having to overcome a lot of bias to give Wargroove a fighting chance.