This is an hour-long mod of Fire Emblem 8 by (Dicey Dungeon’s artist!) Marlowe Dobbe, created as a Christmas present for her boyfriend after bingeing the entirety of Gilmore Girls last year. (I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, but I did rewatch the entirety of The Good Wife last summer, and the actor who plays Cary is in both shows. So, you know, I can relate.)
As well as being conceptually great, the mod is funny and well designed and I’m just delighted that it exists. More of this sort of thing, please – people making bootleg fanfiction videogames for their partners is the future Indie Games promised us.
Before Celeste became the platforming giant we know today, it was a tiny PICO-8 game, made in just four days. I was completely obsessed with it when it came out.
Forever Red is a mod of that original PICO-8 Celeste, with all-new levels, created over the course of a year. It features some great level design inspired by the eventual final version of Celeste – in a way it feels a little like somebody porting Celeste Final back to Celeste Classic, but also very much like its own new thing.
While Forever Red is difficult, I like that it’s pitched at a level just above the original Celeste, likely within reach for anyone who managed the original climb. And for those up for more, there’s a very exciting inscription at the 1000m mark which hints at the existence of a greater challenge. I don’t want to spoil anything beyond that, but it’s a big part of why I wanted to highlight this game.
Sometimes, it’s hard to say anything at all about a game without ruining it! With tiny show, I strongly recommend going in without knowing anything about it – you can play it right in your browser, it’ll take you about three minutes to play, and you’ll be very, very glad you did.