No Small Games

No Small Games

No Small Games is an indie game recap and review podcast brought to you by hosts Kate and Emily! They became friends while streaming on Twitch and bonded over their love of indie video games. In each episode of No Small Games, the two will discuss an indie game they both played independently. They’ll compare their experiences: the good, the bad, their most memorable moments of their playthroughs.


May 16, 2024 126 mins

Henry took a summer job in the wilderness to get away from his life, but he could never have guessed what he was getting himself into... Firewatch, developed by Campo Santo, is a first-person mystery game where you play a brand new fire lookout in the wilds of Wyoming. Our main character, Henry, has left behind the rubble of his old life to pursue the solitude of the forests. His only lifeline is his boss Delilah, who he can commun...

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There is no problem too great for the sword of Adalia de Volador... except maybe her annoying brother and witty crush! En Garde! is a swashbuckling action adventure game with a huge helping of flourish and panache. Players fight their way through the story as vigilante hero Adalia de Volador as she tries to foil the evil Count Duke's schemes. The combat is smooth, approachable and delightfully playful. In Episode 23, Kate and Emily...

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April 18, 2024 96 mins

What you see is literally what you get in Viewfinder, where players solve puzzles by bringing photographs to life. Viewfinder is a first-person puzzle adventure game that encourages the player to experiment and explore within its beautiful, surreal environments. You use photographs scattered throughout the world (or that you capture yourself) to manipulate the spaces and create brand new structures. While the game centers around th...

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April 12, 2024 93 mins

PAX East 2024 was huge for No Small Games and brought about many firsts for the podcast! Not only was it the team's first time at the expo, it was also Kate and Emily's first time meeting in person and first live event together. And we're bringing you along with us for our highlights from the show!  This episode is packed with our impressions of the demos we played, clips of interviews we recorded on the show floor, and deep dives ...

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April 4, 2024 140 mins

Trevor Hills just discovered he's the least popular star of the most popular TV show in America... and now he hast to run for his life. American Arcadia follows two protagonists: the unassuming everyman Trevor Hills and the clever, strategic, and mysterious Angela Solano. After a sending a series of shocking and surreptitious messages to get Trevor's attention, Angela reveals a truth that will turn his life upside down: he is one o...

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March 21, 2024 107 mins

Thank you to all of our listeners, guests, and supporters for making it a fantastic first year of No Small Games! In No Small Games' inaugural Yearbook Episode, we are recapping and reminiscing about the first full year of the show. Get a peek behind the curtains as Kate and Emily reflect on each season, their lessons learned and their successes, as they ventured into their first year of podcasting. In addition to recapping all of...

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In the latest No Small Games developer chat, Kate and Emily talk with Juho about his creative process and the design and development of his latest game, Hyperdrive Inn. Juho describes the facets of his career, from journalism to R&D development, that all ultimately led him to his work in game development. The three discuss his upcoming title, and the non-linear design process behind this non-linear game. We hope you love listen...

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February 1, 2024 123 mins

Starting fresh can be hard to do, especially when your past keeps popping back up to fight you... In Thirsty Suitors, developed by Outerloop Games and published by Annapurna Interactive, you play as Jala, a young woman returning to her hometown for the first time in years. Jala is intent on moving forward after a recent big breakup, but first must rebuild the many past relationships she left in the rubble when she left home. Join ...

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Befriend both cute and formidable friends to fulfill the brutal yet rewarding role of Spirit Guide... Explore a forgotten village and it's surroundings as you help bring peace to unsettled spirits, who are longing to move on. Kena: Bridge of Spirits, developed and published by Ember Lab, features intense combat and heartfelt stories of love and loss. On a quest to find and reconnect with her father, the Spirit Guide before her, Ken...

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January 4, 2024 100 mins

Imagine a week where being accused of murder isn't the wildest thing that happened to you... because you just discovered every Greek god you had ever heard of is real. That's exactly the week that main character Grace is experiencing in the game Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical, developed by Summerfall Studios.  After a chance (or maybe fated) encounter with the muse Calliope, Grace finds herself abruptly dropped in the middle ...

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December 21, 2023 169 mins

Ho ho ho!! Santa came early this holiday season and he (or she) is brining us indie games!

Buckle up for a very special holiday episode of No Small Games!! Kate and Emily are joined for the first ever Secret Santa Games, by guests Bo_Po and DiscoCola, the co-hosts of the indie game podcast Underplayed. The four got together for a festive Secret Santa event where all the gifts were indie games! This event riffs on the Underplayed...

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December 14, 2023 37 mins

Did you think we were done with b-b-b-b-bonus episodes for 2023? Not quite!! On December 6, Wholesome Games held their Wholesome Snack: The Game Awards Edition 2023, a fun-sized 30 minute direct packed with indie game trailers and news. The showcase featured 20 new and upcoming game announcements, including many games that piqued Kate and Emily's interest! In this bonus episode, Kate and Emily count down their top 5 games that the...

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December 7, 2023 92 mins

If the end of the world was right around the corner what would you do? Who or what would matter most to you? Fang and their friends are entering their senior year of high school with big ambitions and some big changes. Biggest of all, they're facing the looming threat of an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, threatening all life as they know it. Goodbye Volcano High, developed by indie game studio KO_OP, is part cinematic narrative ...

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"When I first moved into the old farm house after living in the city, I was surprised at how dark it got at night..." This is how the instruction manual for the game Bear in the Snow begins. This game, along with the album it accompanies, was created by Dan Goldberg, who performs and publishes his music under the name The Spookfish. Each of the ten levels of the game is played along to the music of one of the songs from the album ...

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November 21, 2023 47 mins

It's time for yet another b-b-b-b-bonus episode!! Nintendo held their second Indie World Showcase of 2023 on November 14, featuring over a dozen announcements about new and upcoming indie games coming to the Switch. In this bonus episode, Kate and Emily discuss these updates, comparing which of the Switch releases they are most looking forward to and which trailers they found the most captivating. Did Emily correctly guess the gam...

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November 9, 2023 78 mins

Will you take on the challenge of discovering the truth about the legendary Nikko, revitalize the Night Market an petting all of the cats? When Mineko and her dad move to a small island town in search of a new life and new opportunities, she has no idea how this town, her new friends, and a giant cat named Nikko will turn her life upside down. It's your task, as Mineko, to help revitalize the town's Night Market as you gain the re...

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October 26, 2023 75 mins

You're live on 189.16 - The Scream with Forrest Nash... and someone in town is hunting your listeners! The year is 1987 and Forrest Nash is clocking into his late-night radio slot in a sleepy town in middle America, not knowing what thrills and chills await him and his producer, Peggy. In Killer Frequency, you must use your role as radio DJ to take calls from your frightened callers who are fleeing a masked killer— the Whistling M...

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Serve up a piping hot cup of tea while your customers spill their tea to you... It's yet another a No Small Games double feature! This episode of No Small Games features a review of both games in the Coffee Talk series, in which you play as a barista at a late night coffee joint in alternate universe Seattle (yes, that Seattle), in which mythical creatures live a bustling modern life alongside humans. Get to know the intimate deta...

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September 28, 2023 92 mins

Food and cooking have the ability to connect us across generations, cultures and time itself. Who do you connect with through food?

Follow the story of Venba and Paavalan, who leave their home in India to start a new life and new family in Canada. This game provides an intimate view into their lives, as they face the challenges of immigration, parenthood, and all of the nuances in between,

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September 14, 2023 116 mins

What if the most important renewable resource in your society... was love?

Lakeburg Legacies is a social-based village management game where resource generation and progress centers around your townsfolk and their relationships. Grow your town's population through your matchmaking prowess, optimize production with some clever career coaching, and put Lakeburg on the map!

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