Every game revealed at Wholesome Direct 2020

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A myriad of inspiring, one of a kind games were shown off at today’s inaugural Wholesome Direct brought to you by Wholesome Games which popped up out of nowhere and pulled over 35,000 followers on Social Media with 2,000 YouTube subscribers in a very short time. In addition to some promises from the team’s Community Manager about the future of the showcase, this very first presentation was quite a show as well.

The theme of this variety of games across multiple platforms like Epic Games Store, Steam, Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, etc. is obviously that they are wholesome! These are games which are designed to experience a wide range of human emotions gaining enjoyment and entertainment through peaceful titles or games which focus on compassion and life stories. But all around, the gameplay is meant to be fun.

Here is the lineup from today’s event, as well as where to get more information about a game, the developer’s genre verbiage, and a brief synopsis as well as video to give a taste. Around 10,000 viewers tuned in simultaneously, but the replay value will likely reach millions over the next few weeks among the Summer Game Fest 2020 umbrella of live events.

BUTTON CITY

2020, Sub Liminal, ButtonCity.com
Save the arcade, games within a game, Fluff Squad

ERRAND BOY

Summer 2021, Tree Interactive
Puzzle, story, adventure, End of the World as a small creature

OOBLETS (EARLY ACCESS)

Glumberland, Farming and Creature Collecting, Ooblets.com
Coming SOON to Epic Games Store & Xbox One

KIND WORDS

Available Now on Steam, Popcannibal, Music, Poetry
People around the world writing letters to lo fi chill beats

SNACKO

2021, Brand New on Kickstarter, Blue Curse Studio
3D Farming Cat Adventure

CHICORY: A COLORFUL TALE

Release Date TBA, ChicoryGame.com
A Painting Adventure by Greg Lobanov and Finji

THE SPIRIT AND THE MOUSE

2021, TheSpiritAndTheMouse.com
A small mouse, trying to help people the best she can

SPIRITFARER

2020, Thunder Lotus Games w/ Kowloon Nights & Canada Media Fund
Coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4, Steam, GOG

SAYRI: THE BEGINNING

2020, Vidloonnya Reborn, Crytivo, Discord.GG/SAYRI
Action, Adventure, Exploration, Puzzles, Telekinesis, Deep Story, all on an Alien world

MONDO MUSEUM

2020, Kitfox Games, Steam Early Access Coming Soon
Design and curate the world’s greatest museum

BIRD ALONE

2020
A Peaceful and artistic sort of game, Gardening, Zen, Meditation, Abstract

LITTLE WITCH IN THE WOODS

2021, Developed by Sunny Side Up, @SunnySideUp_DEV
Fantasy, RPG, Life Simulator, Magic, Made in South Korea

TOEM

Q1 2021, Something We Made, @SWMGames, Steam
Scandinavian Adventure, Photography, Community

WINDING WORLDS

Available Now on Apple Arcade, KO_OP
Montreal Indie Dev Studio Presents, Mystery, Minigames, Story, Adventure

TOKOTOKO

Available for iOS 13 Today Also for Android
Drawing, Augmented Reality, Journey, Hako and his Friends

WHEN THE PAST WAS AROUND

Mojiken Studio, TOGE Productions
Try the prologue chapter (FREE)

SPACE FOR THE UNBOUND

Mojiken Studio, TOGE Productions
Try the prologue chapter (FREE)

BOOK OF TRAVELS

October 2020, Might and Delight
Serene online multiplayer RPG

GARDEN STORY

Coming Soon on Steam, Picogram
Adventure, Indie, RPG, Social Simulator, Fishing, Farming, Gardening

DÉPANNEUR NOCTURNE

Now Available on Steam, G.P. Lackey, KO_OP Mini
Short, Atmospheric, Exploration

CALICO

October 2020, Steam, White Thorn Games, Peachy Keen Games
A day-in-the-life community sim game w/ an important and adorable task

RAINY SEASON

Q2 2020, @Inasa_Fujio, Relaxing Short Story about Family
Friendly monsters? And they’d like a word with you young man…

WAYWARD STRAND

2020, Steam, Ghost Pattern
Casey Beaumaris (teen journalist) uncovers mystery in this emotional interactive fiction

At the very end of the show a quick sizzle reel gave us a sneak peak at even more games that we will be seeing in the wholesome category.

Sizzle reels are notorious for leaving viewers confused as to what game they’ve just seen. You’d be forgiven for missing a game or two given how quickly a sizzle reel is. Luckily, Wholesome Direct team went ahead and labelled each one – so that helps a lot. We have provided some additional resources from each of the titles which were shown during the segment below, as to help prevent any titles from being overlooked.

KEYWE – Releases 2021

TRACKS OF THOUGHT – Releases 2022

MELON JOURNEY 2 – Releases 2020

WEAVING TIDES – Releases 2020

A FOLD APART – Available Now

SKATEBIRD – Releases 2021

UNPACKING – Releases 2021

SYLVAN MEADOWS – Release Date TBA

Demo Available Now

HAVEN – 2020

FROGSONG – Releases 2022

LATER DATERS – Available Now

CLOUZY! – Releases 2021

CREATURE RESORT – Release Date TBA

PUSH AND PULLY IN THE BLOCKLAND – Available Now

ONSEN MASTER – Releases 2020

OLD FRIENDS DOG SANCTUARY – Releases 2020

CRITTER COVE – Releases 2021

ROOTS OF PACHA – Releases 2021

A MONSTER’S EXPEDITION – Releases 2020

THE OTHER SIDE – Releases 2020

BATTLECAKES: A SNACK-SIZED RPG – Releases 2021

ALCHEMIC CUTIE – Releases 2020

Pekoe – Release Date TBA

Ollie-Oop 2021

TO the Rescue 2021

Rolling Hills To Be Announced

Himig – 2020

Orange Island 2020

Misc. 2020

HOA

The final teaser, final surprise looks like a Studio Ghibli style art but playable. It starts off side scrolling

With beautifully painted scenes, HOA is Coming to PC and Switch Late 2020.

Co-founder took stage, side scrolling adventure, hand painted art, listen to awesome music, experience calm and relaxing atmosphere.

FINAL VERDICT

This was a very well put together event by people who certainly know what they’re doing and avoided many pitfalls of presentations like this while capitalizing on what works best. The entire theme of wholesome gaming is a positive one for the game industry right now, which is helping the world cope with global events ongoing. We look forward to continuing to see niche events like this which revolve around a particular theme with a passionate community behind them. This is certainly a bright future for parts of the trade event industry to partake in, and we are excited about that.

WHOLESOME DIRECT 2020 FULL REPLAY