📰 2024 February Zine Issue and Wrap-Up!

2024年 2月 29日

Happy Year of the Dragon! We've been dealing with a lot of chaos behind the scenes (new job! health issues! general holiday stress!) but we hope that things will settle down soon so that we can get back into the swing of things. And without further ado, today we've got the インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2024 February zine issue!

インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2024 February Issue

Get the 2024 February zine on itch!

The zine is viewable in browser, and available for download in PDF, ePub, and MOBI formats. We also have digital postcards (PDF and PNG) and the インタビュー特集 (Japanese interview edition) for download. Our zine is on a pay-what-you-want system so anyone can read it! We really hope that you will check it out!

Here's what's inside:

2024 February インディー通信 Indie Tsushin Zine Issue

🎮 Magicube

Magicube by nebu soku

Guest writer Squimmy talks about the thinky puzzle game Magicube, a game by nebu soku that works within the limitations of the PICO-8 engine and simple game mechanics to create dozens of challenging puzzle levels!

🎮 里山のおと 夏草こみち (Satoyama Note: Natsukusa Komichi)

Satoyama Note: Natsukusa Komichi by nyacchu and michi

Head into the peaceful countryside of Japan with Satoyama Note: Natsukusa Komichi by nyacchu and michi of satoyama note! Brush up on your knowledge of animals, traditional Japanese customs, and natural phenomena as you follow the summertime story of Fox, Tanuki, and Frog. Can you pass the Tanuki University exam?

🎮 Death Palette

Death Palette by SleepingMuseum

Daikon plays through the horror adventure game, Death Palette by SleepingMuseum! Who is this mysterious girl in the cursed painting, and can you finish her portrait without meeting an untimely demise?

🌟 Spotlight on Furige 20XX

Furige 2023: The Final

We look back at Furige 20XX, an annual event from 2008 to 2023 where people could vote for and share their favorite free games. We spoke with organizer Yatarou Akamatsu about running the event, about free games, about online bubbles of video game discourse, and much more.

🎤 Interview with nebu soku

Opening scenes of Magicube where the tutorial skull greets the player with 'Welcome, new challenger'

We had the chance to pick the brain of thinky puzzler nebu soku! We talked about designing puzzle mechanics and levels using PuzzleScript and PICO-8, and about working on their first full-fledged release, Magicube!

🎤 Interview with satoyama note

Fox and Tanuki wearing Japanese festival masks and dressed as humans.

We spoke with nyacchu and michi of satoyama note about making games that capture the feeling of the present-day Japanese countryside in the lovely visual novel, Satoyama Note: Natsukusa Komichi!

🎤 Interview with SleepingMuseum

Super close-up shot of the girl's eye in Death Palette. The screen is overwhelmingly red.

We could bear-ly (sorry) contain our glee when SleepingMuseum agreed to speak with us about the horror adventure game, Death Palette! We also talked about their previous escape room games and auto-runners, and where they got the idea of bargaining with paintings. Check it out, kuma!


🫙 リブートジャム // Reboot Jam Results

リブートジャム // Reboot Jam

For the month of 2024 January, we ran the リブートジャム // Reboot Jam! This was a game jam about rebooting a project they had started on in the past but never finished. We also asked that all participants write about the things they learned during this process. It was a lot of fun, and we had a great time learning that we could make cool stuff by trying something new! Thanks again to everyone for participating, and we hope to see again in future jams!

🍂 2023 Autumn Collection

インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2023 Autumn Collection

We released the 2023 October, November, and December-January issues into the 2023 Autumn Collection! It contains no bonus content, but is a way to support the site for a minimum of $10 and get all three issues in one convenient itch page.

📖 インディー通信 Indie Tsushin: Year 1

Title card for インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2022: Year 1

We are pleased to announce インディー通信 Indie Tsushin: Year 1, a digital book that includes all of our material from 2022 to 2023. The gorgeous cover was done by none other than Ruby May Valentine! The book is available on itch and Ko-Fi.

📰 2023 December-January issue

インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2023 December-January Issue

Check out the 2023 December-January issue and its games if you haven't yet. And be sure to look through our full catalog for more great stuff!

🍸 Happy Hour!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in every Thursday from 9PM for Happy Hour, a bilingual show introducing some indie games!

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