The Wholesome Direct is a showcase of indie games for a variety of platforms including Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, and PC. It kicked off on June 12, 2021 at 10am PT / 1pm ET . This year, we've been told that there will be exclusive footage, interviews, and announcement for 75 indie games. We're covering this information as it's revealed so refresh the page to see the latest news.
If you think you'll be picking up a few of these awesome games, make sure you have enough room on your microSD card.
Every game listed during the Wholesome Direct 2021
This game takes on the feel of a silly sitcom while starring a bunch of birds just trying to live their lives. It will be coming to Steam.
Explore a strange town while investigating light and help residents of the town. It will come to Steam.
Bluecurse Studio's cat life sim is coming to Steam and Nintendo Switch. Interact with other cats and build a farm.
Join cute little characters in minigames and get creative while designing your characters. Available now on Steam.
A Little to the Left
It's a puzzle game all about getting things to look just right in an orderly fashion. This game is created by Max Inferno.
Ooblets Port Forward 0.8 update
This takes place on what appears to be a sunny pier near the beach. Check out the local attractions, play arcade games, and earn tickets. It's releasing for the Epic Games Store and Xbox.
Craft spells, be queer, and crash the concert of the year in this colorful puzzle adventure by Soft Not Weak LLC.
Behind the Frame
This narrative-driven puzzle game has a unique painting mechanic and offers new ways to solve puzzles.
Skate around various locations while playing as an adorable little bird. It will release sometime "soon".
Here comes Niko!
This is a cozy 3D platformer for tired people. Interact with quirky animals and explore a colorful world. It comes to Nintendo Switch and Steam sometime soon.
This cute tea-making similar has you making drinks for a bunch of cats. Meet the cute patrons of your village created by Cup Cake Studio.
A hard-working career woman from the 80s returns to her hometown to become a mail carrier. Drive around a gorgeous location and get to know the town's residents.
In this inn-simulator, you'll interact with several animal creatures in this adorable retro-style game.
Explore a gorgeous underwater world in Paralune's aquatic adventure. Coming soon to Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Explore an uncharted planet as a black cat. There are plenty of secrets to uncover. This game will be coming to Steam.
Run around an adorable animal world while playing as a fox. See what you and your friends can get up to. It releases on Nintendo Switch, Steam, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S in Q3 2021.
A young girl named Sara writes to her pen pal. The story changes depending on what changes you make to her writing. It will come to Nintendo Switch and Steam later this year.
Hot Pot For One
You're alone on a cold Christmas night without any friends or family nearby. Making a massive meal will help you discover the comfort food can bring.
Picogram's game has you playing as a little grape named Concord as he works to protect his community and undertake tasks.
Tracks of Thought
It's an RPG shaped by your personality. Experience card-based battles and get to know other characters. The demo is available now on Steam.
Beasts of Maravilla Island
Discover rare creatures and photograph them in these hidden magic islands. It is out today for Nintendo Switch, Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.
This unique fairy game comes to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on August 21, 2021.
We are OFK
Follow a group of characters as they live their lives in LA. It will be coming to Steam.
Build your home just the way you like it by customizing the size of your rooms, walls, furniture, and more. It will be coming to Steam.
This adorable co-op puzzle game is published by Sold Out and will be coming to Steam.
A Walk with Yiayia
This game is all about taking your grandma on walks after she's had a scary fall. Explore the world around you in Trent Garlipp's creation.
Follow Mimi a young woman revisiting her childhood memories in this watercolor-style adventure. It will come to Nintendo Switch and PC later this year.
The Gecko Gods
Solve puzzles on a desert island while playing as a curious little gecko. It will be coming to Steam.
Tasomachi Behind the Twilight
Orbital Express's game has you working to repair your airship in a fascinating town. See what you can discover when it released in 2021 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Please be Happy
Make connections and find love while getting to know a bunch of different characters. The demo is available now.
Witch Life Story
Explore a magical world while playing as a witch in Sundew Studios' game. It will release in 2022.
Lead your team of cupcakes into battle in this RPG-style game. It releases on Xbox and Steam in 2021.
Bear & Breakfast
An elderly woman runs a rundown inn. It's up to a little bear to remodel and get the place back up to snuff. There are plenty of cute animal friends to meet and an evil force lurking in the dark. It will come to Nintendo Switch and Steam. The date was not revealed.
Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist
Not much was said about this game, but it looks like players will control a young artist. The release date was not shown.
Play as Sally, a young girl experiencing her life aboard an airship. This game is being made by Lucid Tales, but no release date was shown.
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
Start your journey in Star Harbor and see what happens when the world gets changed to black and white. It's your job to explore and solve puzzles to put the world back to normal.
You know that feeling of satisfaction you feel when you put a room in order? You get to experience that while learning about someone's life in Witch Beam's game. It will release Q4 2021.
Chikon Club has created a cooking game that lets you use your creativity. It will release sometime in Q3 2021.
Navigate a flying boat and collect items in this beautiful, cell-shaded game. It will release on Steam.
A small shy frog is on a journey to collect ingredients for her tea party in Smarto Club's game. It will release sometime in Q3 2021.
Explore a fishing town and get to know the residents. Bunny Hug's adventure will come to Steam, the Epic Game Store, Game Pass, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.
Sundae Month's game has you running around and taking pictures of adorable pups. It's "coming soon."
Luna's Fishing Garden
This cozy fishing and building game lets you build your dream garden by gathering and trading items. It releases October 21, 2021.
Play as a wizard apprentice and train your magical skills by attending classes. There's also a gardening component and plenty of characters to meet. And you can even spend time bonding with your animal spirit companion. It will be coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam.
Play as a little girl who shares her home with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Craft items, customize your shop and character, and expand the village.
This appears to be some kind of decoration and space management game that focuses on wooden items. It will release sometime in 2022.
Alientrap Games' creation seems to take place in a magical location. It will release Q4 2021.
This brightly-colored game by Cheekynauts Entertainment has you exploring a gorgeous little island. There are puzzles to solve and people to meet. The release date is TBD.
This is a heartfelt adventure where you play as a tiny frog that learns it can be a hero too. It will release in 2022.
Explore the ocean and collect items in Moon Lagoon's game. The release date is TBD.
Other games announced:
A number of games were listed in quick succession at the end of the presentation. Here they are:
- LEGO Builder's Journey - June 22 for PC and Nintendo Switch
- PowerWash Simulator - Now in early access on Steam
- Book of Travels - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Toodee and Topdee - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- The Garden Path - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Venba - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- The Outbound Ghost - release date TBD
- The Magnificent Trufflepigs - Available now
- Fossil Corner - Available now on Steam
- Dreamland Confectionary - Coming to steam, release date TBD
- Freshly Frosted - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Apico - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Cat Designer Mocha - Release date TBD
- Lonefarm - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Shashingo - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- RoboCo - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Kotodama Diary - Release date TBD
- co-open - Release date TBD
- Cat Cafe Manager - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Game Director Story - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Princess Farmer - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- KreatureKind - Release date TBD
- Seasonspree - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Fire Tonight - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
- Floppy Knights - Coming to Steam, release date TBD
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