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A chill video games podcast about interesting and creative games, from indie to AAA. Your host: Iceland-based games critic John Rogers.

Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch to stay in touch and keep up with new episodes - find links at http://gaminginthewild.com.

Gaming In The Wild is a listener-supported. You can support the show at http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild to join the listener community, and get bonus episodes and other fun perks. Continue Reading >>
A chill video games podcast about interesting and creative games, from indie to AAA. Your host: Iceland-based games critic John Rogers.

Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch to stay in touch and keep up with new episodes - find links at http://gaminginthewild.com.

Gaming In The Wild is a listener-supported. You can support the show at http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild to join the listener community, and get bonus episodes and other fun perks. << Show Less
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118: Yoku's Island Express, Forza 5: Hot Wheels, FFVIIR, & More This week I opened a fairly random Games With Gold title just for a quick try — and ended up finishing the whole thing in just a couple of sittings! Yoke's Island Express in a 2018 game that combines beach holiday atmosphere, metroidvania structure and... bug pinball? Hear all about it in this week's featured review!
Also mentioned: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade, Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, Stray, Nobody Saves The World, Tales of Arise, Hot Spring Story, and more!
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
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118: Yoku's Island Express, Forza 5: Hot Wheels, FFVIIR, & More This week I opened a fairly random Games With Gold title just for a quick try — and ended up finishing the whole thing in just a couple of sittings! Yoke's Island Express in a 2018 game that combines beach holiday atmosphere, metroidvania structure and... bug pinball? Hear all about it in this week's featured review!
Also mentioned: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade, Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, Stray, Nobody Saves The World, Tales of Arise, Hot Spring Story, and more!
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
117: Stray It's finally here! "The cat game" we've been waiting for since 2020 — and my most anticipated game of, um, 2021 — dropped on PS+ and Steam this week, and it's something special indeed. Exploring a mesmerisingly detailed, neon-lit cyberpunk city as a cat is something truly unique, and it was a lot of fun to talk it through in this spoiler-free review.
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And find any and all of these links at http://gaminginthewild.com!
As always, thanks for listening!
116: The Wild At Heart I’m back from Covid, with lots of games to talk about, including It Takes Two, Xenoblade Chronicles, and this week’s featured game – an indie-game love letter to some Nintendo classics called The Wild At Heart.
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
115: PS+ Picks – Rez Infinite, The Last Guardian, Bound, Concrete Genie, Miles Morales I've got the 'rona this week, so this episode is a compilation of some reviews plucked from old episodes. These picks are all on the new PS+ service: The Last Guardian, Rez Infinite, Bound, The Artful Escape, Miles Morales, and Concrete Genie. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week! 
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. 
If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. 
You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
114: Chorus (CHORVS) This week's episode comes direct from sunny Margate, as I'm on my holidays in the UK! The featured game is Chorus (also sometimes typed CHORVS because they used a weird font for the logo) - a simple vehicular space shooter with fun dogfighting and exploration. It's an episode of two halves, in which I sing the praises of the combat, graphics, and the sense of open-galaxy freedom, then go ham on the straight-up awful voice acting and truly execrable story. Enjoy? Enjoy!
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
113: Summer Indie Games – Silksong, Naiad, Highwater, Schim, Birth, The Garden Path & More It’s a crazy time of year for game reveals, with over 100 announcements and updates being shown over the last week. So, it seemed like a fun time for a rare midweek episode. Here’s a rundown of ten indie games that particularly caught my eye, and a bit of chat about the biggies like Silksong and Starfield.
Watch the Wholesome Direct: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRgvwWLpbA
Watch Day of the Devs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kHHqR3uSq0
Watch the MinnMax coverage of the Xbox/Bethesda showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOYHDhc34eE
Music used in this show (all from wonderful games I've covered in the past, please support these artists!):
Amos Roddy - In Other Waters: https://amosroddy.bandcamp.com/album/in-other-waters-original-soundtrack
Ratvader - The Gunk: https://ratvader.bandcamp.com/album/the-gunk-original-game-soundtrack
Disasterpeace - Hyper Light Drifter: https://music.disasterpeace.com/album/hyper-light-drifter
Alec Holowka - Night In The Woods: https://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/album/night-in-the-woods-vol-1-at-the-end-of-everything

If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
112: Interview - NORCO creator Yuts (Geography of Robots) I’m joined this week by Yuts of Geography of Robots - the developer behind one of 2022’s best indie games, NORCO. We talked about how much of this mesmerising near-future world is based on current day events, local myths, and intertwined histories of Louisiana; about psychogeography, psychedelia, reality and unreality, and much more besides.
Thanks to Yuts for the great conversation. Note: the episode contains spoilers for Norco. If you’re yet to play, I recommend listening to episode 109 - https://anchor.fm/gaminginthewild/episodes/109-NORCO-e1it6cb - for a review of the game, and coming back to this episode later. Follow Geography of Robots on Twitter at @roboticgeo - http://twitter.com/roboticgeo - and play NORCO on PC or Mac, including Game Pass (PC only).
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild. And as always, thanks for listening!
111: Card Shark, Behind The Frame, The Almost Gone, Super Mario 3D World This week’s episode is a roundup that includes some chat about Sony’s State of Play, and especially Stray and Season, as well as a first impression of newly released Card Shark, mini-reviews of The Almost Gone and Behind The Frame, and a look at Super Mario 3D World and the future of Mario.
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
110: Citizen Sleeper (ft. Gianni from Sifter) Citizen Sleeper is the featured game this week. It's the second game by Jump Over The Age aka Gareth Damian Martin, and it's a deep, fascinating sci-fi saga set on Erlin's Eye: a crumbling space station on the edge of the galaxy. It's a rare game that fuses a compelling scifi story with clever mechanics, poetic text, and far reaching themes from selfhood and sublimity, to AI ethics, and politics that are both speculative and close to home.
My special guest this week is Gianni of Sifter, an Australian podcast network and video games website. Find them at sifter.com.au. Sifter interviewed Gareth Damian Martin about Citizen Sleeper on their Lightmap podcast series - find that episode here: https://www.sifter.com.au/post/citizen-sleeper-is-pure-dystopian-science-fiction-with-a-hopeful-heart.
You can also find a GITW interview with Gareth Damian Martin about their excellent first game, In Other Waters, here: https://anchor.fm/gaminginthewild/episodes/41-Interview---In-Other-Waters-Creator-Gareth-Damian-Martin-eptdml/a-a4hn21f
If you enjoy the show, you can come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch - find the links at http://gaminginthewild.com. If you'd like to support the show on Patreon, you can do so from $1 per month and get exclusive episodes, sale recommendations, and an invite to the show’s Discord community – go to http://patreon.com/gaminginthewild for that. You can also support the show via Ko-Fi if that’s your preferred creator platform: http://ko-fi.com/gaminginthewild.
And as always, thanks for listening!
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