Chorus Worldwide’s 2023 Line Up is Packed With Some Great Indie Titles

Just last week, PAX East 2023 came to a close as hundreds of developers and publishers came together to show off new titles and projects to the general public. Yet, as I perused through the rows of the Expo Hall in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, I kept circling back to one booth, Chorus Worldwide.

Chorus Worldwide is a publisher and consultancy to help various indie games worldwide get the limelight they deserve. I walked up to the booth and saw a lineup of intriguing and eye-catching titles I knew I had to play. The more I played, the more I smiled, knowing that plenty of exciting and innovative ideas were coming to the indie sphere of gaming.

Here’s a list of 4 games to look out for from Chorus Worldwide:

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly

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Starting with my most anticipated release, the 2nd episode of Coffee Talk is coming out on April 20, 2023. The first episode back in 2020 stole my heart and attention with a level of comfort I had never experienced before with a game. Each character I interacted with made me yearn to learn about them and the overarching society of mythical creatures. As you pour them drinks to tailor to their needs, it’s easy to become engrossed in the setting and atmosphere. With a second chapter on its way, I’m eager to meet new and familiar faces and continue this journey of characterization.

Last Time I Saw You

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In this beautifully hand-drawn adventure, you play as a 12-year-old boy named Ayumi in the Japanese countryside. Lately, he’s been dreaming about this mysterious girl who he feels some sort of genuine connection. He later learns that this girl may have more to offer to his life than just intruding on his dreams as a dark and inexplicable storm is headed toward the village. With a beautiful art style, exploring Ayumi’s village and life was immersive and fun. The community felt tight-knit and natural with their dialogue choices and actions. After trying out the demo, I want to know how Ayumi tackles his coming-of-age growth in this captivating and mysterious adventure narrative. Last Time I Saw You is set to release summer of 2024.

Paper Ghost Stories

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Third Eye Open The aesthetic of Paper Ghost Stories blew my mind, as it takes on the style of paper puppetry/paper shadow theater. Despite the childlike colorful appearance, there’s something effectively unsettling when you contrast it with the dark and realistic themes within the game. You play as Ting, a Chinese-Malay girl who has contact and visibility into the spirit world. We follow her life as she navigates through troubled home life and the ominous atmosphere of the spirit realm. As you explore, you get to interact with friends, family, and the ghosts throughout the world that need your help. As I was playing this, I was impressed with the depth of detail it had to offer, from the camerawork to the influences of Malaysian culture. The precursor to this title, 7 PM, is available on Steam and Xbox now if you want to glimpse this narrative.

Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER

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Another exciting sequel title is on the horizon with NEURODIVER, the follow-up to Read Only Memories: 2064. In this cyberpunk dystopian setting of Neo San Francisco, you play as ES88, a detective who can delve into minds and memories using the Neurodiver, a powerful bioengineered creature. The style and color palette pop out to your eyes with the neon and colorful pixel art. Each of the character designs is unique and visually appealing. Also, the diverse characters have a such dynamic personality that keeps you engaged and immersed in this beautiful world. I’m excited to delve into this mystery as NEURODIVER is slated to release in Q3 2023.


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Semy Rahman

Spicy food enthusiast who also happens to love and adore video games. They just both season life so beautifully!