📰 2024 March-April Zine Issue and Wrap-Up!

2024年 4月 29日

Hello and welcome back to Indie Tsushin! Sorry for the impromptu break, I have been battling some health issues as well as general hay fever misery (augh!). I hope you're ready for Golden Week and for the インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2024 March-April zine issue!

インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2024 March-April Issue

Get the 2024 March-April 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 March-April インディー通信 Indie Tsushin Zine Issue

🎮 3文字限定・対戦クロスワード (Three-Character Limit: Battle Crossword)

Title screen of 3文字限定・対戦クロスワード (Three-Character Limit: Battle Crossword)

Daikon wrote about 3文字限定・対戦クロスワード (Three-Character Limit: Battle Crossword), a competitive crossword puzzle game by Motteke! Find and place as many three-character words on the board before you run out of time. Who will be the last one standing in this battle of wits?


Title screen of MOTION●REC

We looked at MOTION⚫︎REC, a puzzle platformer made in PICO-8 by Shoma, with cute one-bit pixel art by m7kenji! Record your actions using a giant magic tape player, then play back and rewind the cassette to move through the world!


SIGN, a card game about making word constellations

Daikon talks about the communicative card game SIGN, created by the staff of a local board game café, Asobiba! Players try to convey a secret keyword using word association, and then discuss their reasoning why. Let's make a constellation together!

🎮 DriveCrazy

Title art of DriveCrazy

Daikon drives us up the walls (literally!) in the kei truck action game, DriveCrazy by TubezGamez! Tear your way through this bizarre and high octane world of aliens, rampaging vacuum cleaners, and kaiju bears!

🌟 Developer Spotlight: nizakashii

Level starting page from ROMGADR with a large block with eyes and 'WARNING: HEROES ALWAYS DISAPPOINT YOU, 100%, #102 Press-Kun' and the player avatar

Guest writer GSK goes over the many and quite varied works of nizakashii and how they reflect the storied history that traditionally went into making shooting games!

🎤 Interview with Motteke

Two words 'musashi' and 'mugen' in hiragana overlapping on a board in Battle Crossword.

We got to speak with puzzle maker Motteke about creating challenging mobile games like the competitive word game, Battle Crossword!

🎤 Interview with Shoma

Screen is blue and character in MOTION⚫︎REC is rising vertically through a line of coins

We spoke with Shoma about doing game jams, working in PICO-8, and making the cassette-themed puzzle platformer, MOTION⚫︎REC!

🎤 Interview with nizakashii

Four colorful characters from MagicVigilante sitting on top of a concrete apartment building and looking out over the city

We had the opportunity to speak with nizakashii about old school STGs, loving and hating your hometown, and making games as a means of creative expression!

🎤 Interview with Naoki Sekino

SIGN, a card game about making word constellations

We spoke with Naoki Sekino of the board game shop Asobiba about what it's like working together with the rest of the shop staff to create the word-association card game, SIGN!

🎤 Interview with Takao

Shiny gray alien holding a large red button in one hand and pushing it with the other

We had a chance to talk with Takao of TubezGamez about working on the bombastic kei truck action game, DriveCrazy!


🎪 Tokyo Game Dungeon 5 this weekend!

The next Tokyo Game Dungeon is happening this Saturday! This time, we don't have a booth, but we will be roaming around and checking out cool games. Be sure to check out the full exhibitor list and see all the neat stuff that people have made!

📋 Steam Curator page

Indie Tsushin now has a Steam curator page that lists all of the games we've showcased on our site that have Steam pages! If you are interested, please give us a follow and check out these games!

💽 Moved servers

We recently moved servers from Neocities to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET! You may have noticed some weird server issues last week, and that's why. Hopefully things have migrated over by now. You shouldn't need to re-subscribe to our RSS feed, but if you haven't been seeing recent updates, please check the RSS URL. If you run into any broken links or the like, please don't hesitate to let us know!


📰 2024 February issue

インディー通信 Indie Tsushin 2024 February

Check out the 2024 February issue and its games if you haven't yet. And be sure to look through our full catalog for more great stuff!

🍸 Happy Hour!

Nice Gear Games presents 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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