Wholesome Direct 2022’s biggest announcements and trailers

There’s certainly no shortage of innovative, unique indie games in our future. During Saturday’s Wholesome Direct — a showcase of indie games from across genres — nearly 100 indie games were on display. There were some new announcements, game developer interviews, painting, and updates on already-announced titles.

So many of the games shown during Wholesome Direct look promising, but we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting titles.

Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 TB is a match-3 puzzle game with a lofi soundtrack and a story. Out in 2023, Spirit Swap had a new trailer and demo debut at Wholesome Direct.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly is the follow-up to the first, acclaimed coffee talk, a talking simulator set in a coffee shop. It’s expected out in 2023, and a new trailer debuted at Wholesome Direct.

ODDADA looks like a music toy made out of an isometric village where all the houses are instruments. You can play with it this year via Steam.

The Garden Path looks like the perfect chill time—a slice-of-life in a garden. A new trailer debuted at Wholesome Direct.

What if you were a kaiju who wanted to start dating? That’s the premise of Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Simwhich had new gameplay beginning during the broadcast.

Solitaire got its first trailer during Wholesome Direct, showcasing the card-based gameplay in this game of story and interpretation.

Paper Trail stands out for its stunning art and unique concept: You’ve got to fold pages of the world to move through the game. Its first trailer is out now, and the game is slated for 2023.

PuffPals: Island Skies is still years away, but it’s got literally everything I could ever ask for in a life sim — farming, cute creatures, custom avatars, and room decoration.

Little Bear Chef

A little bear in a frying pan, and the text reads “Little Bear Chef”

Image: BananaBox

There are a lot of bears in video games these days, and a lot of them are extremely cute. The bear in Little Bear Chef is no exception — who doesn’t want to play as a cute bear cooking in a kitchen?

Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley is a cute musical adventure game expected to be released in 2023.

Melodyssey is described as a stress-free adventure game with ASMR elements, announced at Wholesome Direct on Saturday.

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