5. The Pinball Wizard
Developer: Frosty Pop
Pinball, but make it (dungeon-crawling) fashion.
While I refuse to apologize for that joke, I will say that The Pinball Wizard is a delightfully arcade-like experience and RPG at the same time. It isn’t easy, and you’ll find your wizard-self getting plenty of game over’s, but the game does a great job with rewarding you for each of your attempts with new upgrades and stat boosts each time you level up. You’ll need to be a true pinball-wiz (Aren’t I hilarious?) to get through the various enemies and obstacles with each level, but when you finally do it feels fantastic.
Developer: Die Gute Fabrik
Mutazione is chill. Almost too chill, at times, but it’s a fulfilling adventure game that gives you a sense of comradery as you explore the environment that your character Kai is visiting in order to care for her ill grandfather Nonno. There are mystique and intrigue in nearly every crevice of Mutazione, and plenty of twists and story bits develop along the way. It’s the type of game meant for those rainy days when you’re not quite feeling up to anything, and simply want to explore and hang out with mutant folk in an incredibly immersive narrative.