“Stray”, “Cult of the Lamb”, “Immortality”… Ten video games that you cannot miss this summer

“Stray”, “Cult of the Lamb”, “Immortality”… Ten video games that you cannot miss this summer


There was no summer vacation in the planet of video games. Since June, the Pixels service of the World you have explored a labyrinthine city in the skin of a cat, established a bloody satanist cult, followed a course in an escape game school or joined the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team… Summary in ten stages of exits highlights that you may have missed over the summer.

Our five favorites

  • “Stray”: gently

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a cat? The first game from French studios Blue Twelve puts us in the shoes of a lost feline trying to find his family after an accidental separation. The animal thus seeks to escape from a labyrinthine city populated by robots. Jumping over roofs from window sills, moving through gutters, sneaking into houses through small holes or scratching the carpet… all of this is curiously exotic, and directing this quadruped reminds us of the extent to which the video game generally reproduces a vision anthropocentric world. Delightful to both the eye and the ear, this five- to six-hour experience stands out for its moving narration.

Available for €27 on PC and €30 on PlayStation 4 and 5.

Also read: We tried… “Stray”, a feline trip to the city of lost robots
  • immortality » : an amazing cinematic puzzle

The new game by the British Sam Barlow (His story, Telling lies) tells the tormented fate of a fictional actress who mysteriously disappeared and whose films have never been shown in theaters. We have at our disposal to solve the investigation: the shots (invented for the game but shot in real images) of three feature films made between 1968 and 1999 that can be viewed on a Moviola, a machine that allows an editor to view the tapes of a film . Navigating through these archives blurs us and exploits the usual linearity of cinema. Here, we are looking at raw footage, as if it had just been filmed and out of order. Only the meticulous examination of the scenes and their backstage allows us to reconstruct the pieces of a chilling puzzle that evokes, in turn, Eyes wide Shut by Kubrick, Blow of Antonioni or Mulholland Drive of Lynch.

Available for €17 on PC, Mac, Xbox Series, iOS and Android; free with Game Pass subscription; coming soon with Netflix subscription.

Also read: We tried… “Immortality”, an investigation into the heart of cinema
  • “Last Call BBS”: kit hobbies

End of applause for Zachtronics, which had been developing games for over ten years that were unlike any other (including Infinifactory, for us one of the 100 best of all time). As a final bouquet, the studio offers a fake computer running a fake operating system, from which you can connect to a fake server to download eight fake games. Complex puzzles involving assembly lines or circuit boards, a devious variant of solitaire, a brilliant variant of picross, and even a figurine painting simulator… And then an in-game game: unlock the diary chapters dashboard of the owner of this fictional computer, in which reflections on creation and nostalgic memories of video games are mixed. With this smorgasbord-looking outfit, Zach Barth, the founder of Zachtronics, actually delivers his most personal title.

Available for €17 on PC, Mac and Linux; Free with Game Pass subscription.

  • “Cult of the Lamb”: cult simulator

cult of the lamb merges two visual universes to which everything opposes: that of Satanism and that of cartoons for children. The protagonist of it is an adorable lamb commissioned by creepy deities to mount his own cult. In the beginning, our flock is made up of a few flocks that need to be fed, prayed to, blessed or put to work. But the lamb also has a fighting streak and embarks on an expedition to eradicate monsters, such as Isaac’s binding. If the action-oriented part is less successful than the management part, it nevertheless complements it well since it allows you to collect certain resources and get new followers. Upon our return, it is always about exploiting, policing, punishing… then slaughtering. One foot in an unhealthy world, another in an adorable universe. Splits work wonderfully here.

Available for €23 on PC and €25 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Switch, Xbox One and Series.

Also read: We tried… “Cult of the Lamb”, when the lamb becomes a wolf guru
  • “Neon White”: explosive cocktail

Is it a racing game? A shooting game? A card game? A puzzle ? A graphic novel? American designer Ben Esposito builds surprising bridges between genres. Only the initial inspiration is explicit: the idea of neon white was born seeing speed races, Practice going through video games as quickly as possible. The objective is to first complete a hundred levels very quickly, eliminating all the demons on the way. The corpses of the creatures give us cards that trigger special moves. Playing them at the right time allows us to defend ourselves and overcome obstacles. Controller in hand, the alchemy works perfectly and the result is devilishly addictive. The levels are frenetic, varied and full of secrets. Completing them is just the beginning of the adventure: each one offers a set of other paths that have awakened the speed runner that sleeps within us.

Available for €22 on PC and Switch.

Also read: We tried… “Neon White”, crazy race towards a resplendent paradise

Five more exciting titles to try

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge”: cowabunga!

Developing a game today that could have been released on the Super Nintendo thirty years ago, such is the program that the Quebec developers of Tribute Games and the French publisher Dotemu set for themselves when Nickelodeon studios authorized them to exploit the Teenage Mutant Ninja license. Turtles. This great pixel brawler is impeccably true to the hit them 1990, while updating what gave them flavor: immediate handling, dynamic fights (alone or with others), and universes as colorful as they are inventive.

Available for €25 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Switch, Xbox One and Series.

  • “Xenoblade Chronicles 3”: JRPG, my love

less known than Final Fantasy Where dragon quest, Xenoblade Chronicles is a series that makes the hearts of Japanese RPG lovers beat faster. The third episode revitalizes the formula that mixes narrative adventures, full of cinematics, and epic team battles in which each character has a defined role. Rich, deep and long-winded, it stands out as an essential of the genre.

Available for €60 on Switch.

Also read: We play… “Xenoblade Chronicles 3”, a captivating story between science fiction and poetic fantasy
  • “Escape Academy”: the great escape

Escape games (game arcades that require you to get out of a room you’re locked in for a limited amount of time) have always seemed to us to import the very common mechanics in puzzle video games into real life. escape academy close the loop by simulating this activity on console and PC. With its clever levels set around a school education for escape aces, its twists and turns and its real-time puzzles, this experience, which we can explore alone or with a partner, offers us no respite.

Available for €17 on PC and €20 on PlayStation 4 and 5 and Xbox Series; Free with Game Pass subscription.

  • “La Cantera”: the summer camp gone wrong

Released in early June, The quarry It has not been erased from our memory. This tribute to the horror movies of the 80s and 90s plunges us into a summer camp where the monitors are prey to malevolent forces. The survival of these not very intelligent adolescents depends on our choices, whom each of us embodies in turn. Full of humor and hemoglobin, this story in which we are the hero offers multiple scenarios depending on our decisions. The vertigo of possibilities ends up being more fascinating than the vicious game of massacre.

Available for €60 on PC, €70 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and 5, and €75 on Xbox Series.

  • “Card Crawl Adventure”: The Card Master

The German Arnold Rauers takes up his recipe that he had given on his mobile with card tracking and above all the excellent card thief. Card Tracing Adventure It is thus set in a medieval universe where you sit in taverns where you have to defeat creatures materialized in the form of cards. The game goes like a rogue (hell, kill the needle), that is, the hero must pass all the levels in one go, imposing any failure to start from scratch. Unlike most smartphone games that focus on ease, this one requires perseverance.

Available for free on Android and iOS; includes in-app purchases.

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