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itch.io Recommends: a pack of cute animals

Sometimes you need some cuteness in your life. Maybe you want a break from real life, or perhaps you’re just super into adorable as an aesthetic. Either way, this week’s recommendations are a pair...

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:25:41 GMT


Check out itch.io on YouTube!

We do a pretty good job of featuring games around here. From our front page, to our blog and digest emails we have tons of ways for you to get your gaming fix. But sometimes the best way to learn abou...

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:18:55 GMT


itch.io Recommends: tabletop and jam games

We’re almost into 2020 but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to slack off on recommending games for you. We’re back with another pair of recommendations to help fill these long winter nights...

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:48:27 GMT


Pick up 7 tabletop hits for $8 in the Tabletop itch.io Selects Bundle!

Grab your dice, call your friends, and get ready for the Tabletop itch.io Selects Bundle ! This entry in our series of bundles highlights the best in analog gaming. There’s something for everyone wi...

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:25:28 GMT


Fall into a brand new game jam

It’s a busy time of year for games. There are games coming out left, right, and center, and more holidays than I know what to do with. It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day in the las...

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:04:59 GMT


itch.io Recommends: smiling and puzzling

We’ve been hard at work on some secret projects at itch.io HQ (don’t worry, you’ll hear about them soon) but that hasn’t stopped us from checking out some games for you to play! Are you ready...

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:52:53 GMT


itch.io changelog: Library & Recommendations enhancements, improved jam browsing, & more

Hello everyone, welcome back to the itch.io changelog. We’ve got an assortment of updates for you today. No big feature launches as we were quite busy with the Halloween Sale , but there are some th...

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:41:22 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Games about dungeons, real life

This week is a double feature of game recommendations. One is a polished take on a familiar formula and the other looks at the real life financial trouble plaguing the people of Chile. Yeah it’s an...

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:02:31 GMT


There are 200,000 games on itch.io. Here's how to find your new favorite

This week we passed 200,000 games on itch.io. That’s well, that’s a ton of games. Truly more than one human can play in their lifetime. So how do you find which games are your jam? Well let’s ta...

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:50:55 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Family histories and great free games

How about that Halloween sale, huh? What about that great itch.io Selects Bundle? There sure was a lot going on last week. Now I know we didn’t have any posts for you, but let’s make up for it wit...

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:36:44 GMT


The 2019 itch.io Halloween Sale is on now!

I hope you’re feeling brave, because it’s the spookiest time of the year: The itch.io Halloween Sale! That’s right, ghosts and ghouls have once again descended upon the itch.io offices and have...

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:21:04 GMT


Return of the itch.io changelog: Markdown, Sub Prducts, Jam Updates & more

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since we’ve had a formal post on our Updates Blog . We haven’t been sitting around doing nothing, in fact we’ve added a ton of stuff. I ran into this issue wh...

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:12:13 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Histories and Mysteries!

October is winding down which means we’re running out of time to thematically recommend horror games. You know how we’re going to celebrate that? By recommending more non-spooky games. Sorry horro...

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:35:55 GMT


Need even more Ludum Dare? Here are more picks from the competition!

With over 1000 games developed as a part of Ludum Dare 45, it’s more than a little tough to sort through all of them. Last week we highlighted a couple of our favorites but I took a look through mor...

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:33:22 GMT


itch.io Recommends: the future of point-and-click, the puzzles of the past

I was going to try to do this thing in October where I recommended a new horror game each week until Halloween, but life had other plans. I fully intended to check out some of the promising horror gam...

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:30:19 GMT


Over 1000 new games are on itch.io courtesy of Ludum Dare 45! Here are some of our favorites

The dust has settled on Ludum Dare 45 and there are over 1000 new games on itch.io because of it. As is always the case with the week after Ludum Dare, the stack of new games is an intimidating Evere...

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:47:33 GMT


itch.io Recommends: dating and dying!

Fall has arrived at the itch.io office which means it’s time for drinking tea, dressing in fashionable layers, and getting spooked by a series of terrifying games. I can’t help you with the tea or...

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:08:29 GMT


Code your way to strategic victories in Bot Land: an interview with Adam Damiano

I can’t think of many games where professionals have cameras pointed at their hands. Starcraft is one of the few I’ve seen that puts pros’ digits on display, and one quick look will tell you why...

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:16:49 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a double-dose of adventure!

Set sail for adventure with this week’s itch.io Recommendations! This time we’re heading underground and underwater with a pair of games that look for exploration through mechanics. If you want to...

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:11:14 GMT


Nowhere Prophet grew through early access to become a great deckbuilder

Back in the olden days people used to have to wait until a game was done to be able to play it. But we live in more enlightened times now. Sure there are pros and cons to buying (or releasing) a game...

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:11:59 GMT


itch.io Recommends: hand-drawn hits!

I don’t usually plan out themes for these articles but every now and again the stars align and something perfect happens. This week we’re featuring two games who both happen to have hand-drawn art...

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:02:25 GMT


Need something to do with the rest of 2019? Try a game jam!

Jammers gather around, because we’ve prowled the itch.io Jams page and I’m back with the spoils of our hunt. If you want to see every jam currently scheduled on the site you can check out the Jams...

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:32:17 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Cars, Spaceships, and... Ducks?

This time of year is always an interesting one for indies. Historically the end of the year is dominated by AAA releases, but every year is different and 2019 is already showing off some really strong...

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:40:03 GMT


A quarter century making games: a conversation with Spiderweb Software

Few developers have had as long of a history as Jeff Vogel and Spiderweb Software. Their 25 year run has produced scores of hardcore RPGs and they show no signs of stopping. This week they released th...

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:33:46 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Tennis Kings

It’s time to live your dream in this week’s itch.io Recommends post. Well, you’ll live your dream so long as you’re thinking of becoming a monarch or playing tennis. You know, those two common...

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:34:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: The fastest games around

Here’s hoping you like frantically paced games because this week has a duo of games ready for you that will test just how fast you can think. First up is Wilmot’s Warehouse, the tale of a warehous...

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:36:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Even more non-gaming projects!

Every few months I like to take some time to feature some awesome non-gaming content. Yes itch.io is mostly a site for video games, but that’s far from the only thing we host. There are comics, albu...

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:04:59 GMT


itch.io Recommends: games with awesome artstyles

I hope you love games with distinct artstyles because that’s we’ve got two of them ready and waiting for you. Each is a little different -- one is a gross dungeon crawler, and the other is a cute...

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:04:45 GMT


Zach Barth on how Zachtronics have shocked and surprised with Eliza

My praise for Zachtronics’ Eliza seems to know no bounds. I wrote in my recommendation on Tuesday, “Eliza stands as one of the best written games I’ve played this year.” It’s a game that has...

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:13:49 GMT


itch.io Recommends: therapy and crabs

When you boot up a new game, you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes it’s a wacky arcade romp, other times it’s a personal narrative experience. This week’s recommendations mirror t...

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:17:56 GMT


Dicey Dungeons is a brilliant introduction to Roguelikes and Deckbuilders

In what has been a long time coming, this week marks the full release of itch.io-favorite Dicey Dungeons . Indie superstar Terry Cavanagh (and team) has turned from puzzles and action to craft what is...

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:31:37 GMT


itch.io Recommends some of the games from GMTK Jam 2019

We’re breaking records all over the place at itch.io with last week’s GMTK Jam 2019 coming in as our biggest jam ever. With nearly 2700 entries GMTK Jam 2019 games represent a massive amount of ga...

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:45:09 GMT


Remaking Shakespeare: How Golden Glitch made Elsinore

If you regularly read the itch.io Recommends posts every week you likely remember Elsinore , a game about Ophelia from Hamlet trying to solve her way out of a time loop. I ended up really enjoying my...

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:12:03 GMT


itch.io Recommends: cults and relaxation, jungles and islands

This week’s recommendations are an unlikely duo. One is a tense exploration of faith and cults, the other is about chilling out in the woods. See what I mean? The thing that unites them both is just...

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:17:13 GMT


Can Androids Pray? An interview with Xalavier Nelson Jr of 2019's hottest mech game

It’s not every day you see a game launch with Red and Blue versions so when I saw Can Androids Pray I was immediately intrigued. What followed was an intense narrative experience that I ended up enj...

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:50:34 GMT


itch.io Recommends: the bard, some students, and a game we missed

It’s a unique week for our weekly recommendations post. This week we’ve toiled away and would like to present to you, the itch.io community, the fruits of our labor. This week we’re getting Shak...

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:47:30 GMT


Sokpop Collective's games continue to impress through creativity, frequency

Running this blog comes with its fair share of responsibilities. What should we cover, what shouldn’t we cover, which games need the coverage? All of this sets us up for a complicated balancing act...

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:39:11 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Essays, demos, and games we were late to

Get your game on this week with a release I slept on, an awesome proof-of-concept demo, and a collection of essays on some of my favorite games. It’s a veritable buffet of hot projects ready for you...

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:37:06 GMT


How to get started on itch.io

In my day-to-day I get asked a lot about how to get started on itch.io. This comes from established developers looking to move their projects over to itch.io and new devs looking to upload a project f...

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:40:25 GMT


itch.io Recommends: four machine games

This week’s recommendations are all about machines. Building them, using them, and.. what it means for them to be alive? There’s a lot of diversity inside of this general theming, and I’m happy...

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:35:46 GMT


Fill up July with a bunch of great game jams!

Are you worried that you don’t have enough things to do? Have you somehow run out of games to play and want to help make sure nobody in the future has this problem? Try out a game jam! We have a pag...

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 16:53:17 GMT


itch.io Recommends: games that aren't even out yet! (And one that is)

We’re getting weird with time this week as we recommend two pre-release games (and one that’s already out). Think of how cool you’ll be when these games get huge and you will have already been p...

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:31:08 GMT


Tips and tricks to help your itch.io launch

In the interest of transparency, we’re going to do something a bit differently on the blog this week: we’re lifting the curtain a little bit and discussing how the site works. Specifically I want...

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:57:58 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a whole bunch of animals

How about that itch.io sale that just ended? Pretty wild huh? Well we’re back with a new batch of games to recommend to fill your time in case you missed the sale or have somehow finished all of the...

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 15:45:53 GMT


The itch.io Summer Sale is here!

Take a vacation into the land of hot deals with the itch.io Summer Sale! From the time you’re reading this until the 1st of July at 10am PST hundreds of games, projects, and soundtracks are availabl...

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:33:38 GMT


itch.io Recommends: experimental new games

Let’s get experimental y’all. This week’s recommendations are a pair of games that don’t really behave like any others. First up is Kids, a strange and wild look at peer pressure and puberty...

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:35:39 GMT


We're celebrating #loveindies2019, are you?

We love indies at itch.io so we’re happy to support #loveindies2019! But what is #loveindies? An annual celebration of all things indie, #loveindies is a concerted push to connect developers with th...

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 16:46:48 GMT


itch.io Recommends: hot new visual novels

Get your visual novel on with this week’s recommendations. The wordiest genre is back with two cutting edge entries. One is heavily polished jam game and the other is a demo for what could end up be...

Tue, 28 May 2019 16:38:03 GMT


itch.io Recommends: new tabletop games

Tabletop RPGs are in a renaissance right now. Spurred on by a variety of forces but namely the rise of Actual Play videos and podcasts has driven flocks of new players to the scene and developers have...

Thu, 23 May 2019 16:51:20 GMT


itch.io Recommends: surprising entries in new genres

I’m a sucker for games that get weird. When you’ve played as many games as I have you begin to get tired of seeing the same old thing. That’s why this week I’m happy to say all three of our re...

Tue, 21 May 2019 16:42:42 GMT


Fill your summer up with these rad projects

The weather is starting to warm up which means Summer is around the corner. Hopefully you’ll have a little more free time to relax with friends and family. Why are we bringing this up? Because games...

Thu, 16 May 2019 16:02:22 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a demo and a game we can't talk about

This week’s recommendations are going to be a bit different than usual. We’re recommending less games for one, and the second game I can’t really talk about without ruining it for another. Also...

Tue, 14 May 2019 16:13:18 GMT


Faux-retro games are hot right now, here's how to get started on one

In this weeks’ itch.io Recommends we talked about some new games that felt old. We’ve been seeing a lot of that lately so it’s high time we helped folks get into the aesthetic if they’re inter...

Thu, 09 May 2019 16:22:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Old-but-new

There’s a theme to our recommendations this week: Games that feel old but are new (and a bonus older game that’s new to us). Take a trip down memory lane, or figure out what all the buzz is about...

Tue, 07 May 2019 16:35:29 GMT


Ludum Dare 44 wrapped, and we have tons of new games

Gather around everyone, Ludum Dare 44 just wrapped up which means we have thoughts! The crew here have been busy checking the submissions for gems and we’ve been working on a collection that feature...

Thu, 02 May 2019 16:28:55 GMT


itch.io Recommends: roguelikes, puzzles, and exploration!

Is it just me or are there more and more early access games coming out these days? It feels like every week I’m recommending games that haven’t hit 1.0 and this week is no different. This time the...

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:31:32 GMT


Celebrate spring with a trio of game jams

Spring has sprung, so let’s do one of our semi-frequent jam roundups! This time we’re ready to fill your next month to the brim with a trio of weird and wonderful jams that offer everything from f...

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:34:28 GMT


itch.io Recommends: fresh releases, hidden gems, and an upcoming hit

It’s feeling like spring over here, and new games are popping up like flowers from the earth. So come, let us watch games grow and enjoy them. This week’s recommendations have a demo for an upcomi...

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:32:27 GMT


A fresh batch of non-gaming content on itch.io

It’s been a while since we last covered non-gaming content on itch.io, so let’s do it again! If you’re new to this kind of thing… welcome! We may be mostly known for gaming at itch.io, but tha...

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:13:53 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a game we missed, and games we're watching

Have you ever been late to the party on a game? What about early? This week you can be both! I didn’t give our first recommendation enough love when it came out, and the others are both currently in...

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:14:57 GMT


Learn more about your favorite games with devlogs

Want to live on the cutting edge of gaming? Need to keep up to date on the development of your favorite games? You should check out the devlogs section of the site! For developers, devlogs are the bes...

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:24:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Relaxation, horror, and visual novels

This week we’re trying something a bit new on the ol’ itch.io Recommends post, as we’re featuring not one, not two, but 92 different games. Wait, please don’t run away I promise this post is t...

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:25:39 GMT


itch.io Recommends: A week packed full of surprises!

This week is one of those times where I feel like three recommendations just aren’t enough. With so many good games coming out it’s hard not to sit here and write up every project launched on the...

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:19:29 GMT


Here's where you can find analog games

Tell your friends, we’re not just for digital games anymore. I’m happy to say that tabletop and analog games have landed on itch.io! Ok we’ve had tabletop developers uploading their projects to...

Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:15:02 GMT


itch.io Recommends: the internet, music, and capitalism?

I’m so sorry, itch.io fans. Last week the team was out at GDC and I missed our Games of the Week appointment. Hopefully none of you were waiting by your computer or phone hitting refresh. As an apol...

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:15:05 GMT


Finding the joy in spinning stuff: An interview with the Vignettes team

I first ran into Vignettes on recommendation from itch.io Coder Extraordinaire Amos. He called it a game about spinning stuff until it turns into other stuff, and while that’s technically right he n...

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:02:27 GMT


Baba is You is available and amazing

This week sees the release of one of my most anticipated games of the year and I wanted to take a second to make sure it’s on everyone’s radar. It’s called Baba is You and it’s… different. Y...

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:14:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles!

Hey itch.io faithful! It’s a hectic time at itch.io HQ with GDC coming up (did you see the announcement that we’re helping Github with their party ?) but I still found the time to check out some n...

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:28:50 GMT


We're bringing games to Github's GDC party!

We’ve partnered with our friends at Github to help bring their GDC party to life! That’s right, on March 19th Github are throwing open their office doors and inviting in the community to play game...

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:49:50 GMT


Prepare for GDC with these quick tips

It’s springtime in San Francisco which means that we’re about to play host to thousands of game devs for GDC. The annual (wildly expensive) conference is back which means that it’s going to be a...

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 17:32:20 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Apes, Birds, and Demons, oh my!

Hot diggity, we’ve got a new group of games! It’s finally starting to feel less like winter in itch.io HQ (note: there is no itch.io HQ) so let’s celebrate with some cool games. I’ve been look...

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:24:52 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a pair of instant classics

Didn’t you see the post on Tuesday? There are game jams happening RIGHT NOW! Ok, ok, game jams aren’t for everyone so here are some games! Everyone likes games, right? This week we have a pair of...

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:17:17 GMT


Need something to do this weekend? Try out a game jam!

Jams, jams, jams! If jam hosts could take a break for just one minute, I’d appreciate it, but that’s not really in the spirit of jamming is it? This week there are a trio of popular jams that dese...

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:13:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Goats, Souls, and Puzzles. Oh my!

What’s a new week without new games? Nothing, that’s what. This time around we’re taking a look at a motley assortment of games. There’s an anthropomorphic goat, some soulslike love, and a sta...

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:03:42 GMT


Analog games are on itch.io, here are some of our favorites

In case you didn’t know, itch.io isn’t just the best place to buy digital games but also the best place to buy analog games. On the home page if you navigate to the “ Physical Games ” link on...

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:16:54 GMT


itch.io Recommends: the weird brilliance of 2019

I’m genuinely excited for 2019. In a month and a half we’ve already seen a ton of absolutely amazing projects and this week keeps the streak alive. I’m happy to say that each of the three games...

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:15:59 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Midwinter Selects Bundle!

Shake off the cold with a bunch of hot games in the itch.io Midwinter Selects Bundle ! Grab 6 games for just $10 and support developers while you’re at it. That’s right, for a crisp $10 bill you...

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:19:06 GMT


The Stillness of the Wind is about "nostalgia and loss" — an interview with Coyan Cardenas about his new game

Fans of slow-paced games about farming might remember when we featured Where the Goats Are on the itch.io blog. The game was a beautiful slow-burn about a woman living with the titular goats while try...

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:26:53 GMT


itch.io Recommends: The Games of Global Game Jam 2019

Global Game Jam is one of the year’s biggest jams, and it just wrapped up a week ago. The annual jam boasted almost 900 locations and, as usual, we have tons of new games for you to check out on itc...

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:20:37 GMT


Join the itch.io community translation project

We've received many requests over the years about making itch.io available in new languages, either because someone would like to use the site in their own language, or they'd like to introduce others...

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:54:51 GMT


itch.io Recommends: charm, promise, and the avant-garde

This week is a wild one for recommendations. I’m happy to say that this week features a game that has absolutely stolen my heart, an incredibly promising demo, and an avant garde collection of exper...

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:20:33 GMT


"No matter what, we never stop fighting to do good." Heather Flowers on Extreme Meatpunks Forever

Heather Flowers had a busy 2018. Early in the year she teamed up with Ryan Rose Aceae to release the brilliant Genderwrecked and then later on she released her episodic tour de force Extreme Meatpunks...

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:11:57 GMT


There are scores of great VR experiences on itch.io

So you’ve gotten your hands on that hot new VR set up, plugged in the headset, cameras, and controllers and are ready to live the sci-fi dream. But you’re missing one key component: games. Where c...

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:10:42 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Relaxation, Relaxation, Relaxation

There has been a deluge of games recently about relaxing and I love it. Sometimes we’re relaxing on boats, sometimes we’re in forests, but this week we’re going in two directions I haven’t see...

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:18:28 GMT


5 years and a 2.0 update later, Mountain is still a uniquely brilliant game

You may have missed it in the madness of late 2018 but David OReilly’s 2014 summit-based masterpiece, Mountain got a major update in December. This update --Mountain 2.0 as it’s called-- refreshes...

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:10:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Romance, Relaxation, and Strange Game Hybrids

I swear, the indie community doesn’t take a break. In the time it has taken me to get over my New Years’ hangover there have already been dozens of fantastic games released. In an effort to highli...

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:04:42 GMT


itch.io Recommends: old-school roguelikes, co-op shenanigans, and retro shmups

If you’re hoping to find a list of games with broad appeal… you should probably read the recommendations we made in previous weeks because we’re going hyper-specific this time. If you like couch...

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:12:02 GMT


A new year means new game jams! Here are a few to check out

It’s a brand new year and that means there are another 365 days worth of game jams you can take part in! There’s a brand new look for our Jam Tracker , which makes it easier to choose either the c...

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:09:25 GMT


itch.io Recommends: start the new year with new games!

Welcome to 2019! We can take a collective sigh of relief as we made it through the Running Man gauntlet that was 2018. Let’s start the new year off with something positive and talk about some great...

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:03:18 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Winter Sale!

The itch.io Winter Sale is live now. Check here for all the discounts. Howdy, itch.io Faithful! The weather may be cold, but the deals are red hot. Gather around the fire and pick up your new favorite...

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:52:47 GMT


itch.io Recommends: specific games for specific people

One of my favorite parts of running this blog is finding and recommending games that are going to appeal to very specific people. I realize that if I wanted to “maximize sales” I’d pick only the...

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:08:46 GMT


A conversation with the curator of the PICO-8 Advent Calendar

One of my favorite memories of the holidays has to be gathering around with my family and opening our advent calendars every night. The idea of building toward something throughout the season was, and...

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:11:22 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Ludum Dare 43 Games!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Chr- Ludum Dare! If you somehow missed one of the biggest jams of the year… welcome back! Last weekend thousands of developers descended upon their keyboa...

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:06:41 GMT


itch.io Recommends: new friends, hidden friends, and dazzling critique

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another roundup of great games! This week, we’ve got a delightful hidden object game, a promising mashup of two of Nintendo’s classics, and the return of...

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:59:23 GMT


Celeste is one of our favorite games of 2018. Here's why we love it.

What are the games you find yourself coming back to? Is it your favorite game from when you were a child? Is it the intriguing but flawed experience nobody but you seems to understand? Maybe it’s an...

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:08:41 GMT


itch.io Recommends: A Detective Frog, a Grizzled Detective, and Beach Date!

Welcome back to the itch.io Blog, everyone! We were out for most of last week, so there weren’t any posts, but we did have the Black Friday Not-Sale to keep you occupied. Did you pick up any new pro...

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:10:44 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Black Friday Not-Sale!

What are you doing on Friday the 23rd? Getting up to buy a new TV at 4am? Skip the lines and support charity in the itch.io Black Friday Not-Sale! What’s a not-sale? It’s pretty simple: we’re no...

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:39:50 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Fresh new picks to ban your midweek blues

New week, new games! This week we’re back with a whole squad of new games for you to play and fall in love with. Need another reason to look down below? All of the games we’re highlighting this we...

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:09:47 GMT


itch.io Recommends: beautiful, horrific, pizza games

If you’re reading this it means that you managed to survive the spookiest holiday. Congratulations! Celebrate your continued not-being-scared-to-death with a cornucopia of new games! This week we h...

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:03:16 GMT


October was a month full of game jams. Here are some of our favorites

I don’t know what it is about October, but it looks like everyone and their mom decided to host or participate in a game jam. As always, you can check out all of the past and current jams over on ou...

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:02:30 GMT


Post mortems are here on itch.io! Write them, read them, and support developers!

You may have seen the update to our blogging system a few weeks back that expanded the types of devlogs that we support. Now there are official tags for tutorials, culture pieces, and what we’re tal...

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:02:59 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Some games to get you started in the #itchHalloweenSale

The Halloween Sale is in full swing for another few days (it’s going until Thursday at 10am PST) but with hundreds of games on sale it might be a little intimidating to wade through them all. Paraly...

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:02:02 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Halloween Sale and itch.io Selects Bundle!

Gather round children. Tonight we have a tale of fun and frights in the itch.io Halloween Sale! Scare up some deals on your favorite games from now until November 1st at 10am PDT. Hundreds of games ar...

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:29:28 GMT


Get your game on with the GitHub Game Off!

Get ready to get busy with the annual GitHub Game Off. That’s right, the internet’s largest git repository is back with one of the year’s largest game jams and you’re invited to take part. Get...

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:10:36 GMT


How CrossCode modernizes classic design: an interview with Felix of Radical Fish

As I mentioned in our Games of the Week last week, CrossCode was a game that took me by surprise. Underneath its classic 16-bit exterior lies a deeply modern hack-and-slash with a shockingly complex s...

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:01:04 GMT


itch.io Recommends: even more Halloween games!

We don’t usually do this over here at the itch.io blog but this week we’re double-double dipping. Yep, it’s buckwild over here. Instead of just recommending games once this week, we’re doing i...

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:03:12 GMT


itch.io Recommends: bad metaphors and great games!

Cruise on in to the itch.io pit stop where we’ll fill you up with all kinds of great games! Fill up your tote with the freshest farm-to-table games at the itch.io farmer’s market! No I’m not gre...

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:03:32 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Experimental Adventures

I hope you’re ready to get experimental this week, because we’ve got a trifecta of wild experiences for you do dive headfirst into. This week there’s antiviral adventures, a demo of what could b...

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:08:24 GMT


itch.io Recommends: wholesome fun, gross fun, and classic fun

Games, get your games! Fall games season (or as I like to call it: Novembergeddon) is starting up and we’ve got some great games to share from it. I’ve been following Wandersong and Pig Eat Ball f...

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 16:17:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Films, Criticism, and Alien SmashTV

This week is a wild one. We’ve got movies, we’ve got criticism, we’ve got smart games, we’ve got (seemingly) dumb games. More than any other week, I feel like we’ve got something for everyon...

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:09:09 GMT


3 reasons why you'll love the new itch app

Last week we launched a full revamped itch desktop client and I may be a little biased, but it’s downright incredible. You may have seen our interview with the app’s steward, Amos last week where...

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:05:29 GMT


itch.io Recommends: The network museum of the heart

Did you see all of that content we had up on the blog last week? Two interviews and our first guest post ? That’s a lot to read! Sadly we didn’t have any time for games of the week. Here are some...

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:08:51 GMT


Years In the Making: How Kitfox Games played the long game with Boyfriend Dungeon hype

Editor's Note: Our friends at Kitfox Games have something special on their hands with the upcoming Boyfriend Dungeon. We thought a lot of folks could learn from their experiences so we invited them t...

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:44:22 GMT


Meet the new and improved itch app!

In case you hadn't heard: our desktop client, is new, improved, and lightning fast! ( And you can download it now by clicking here ) Our engineer Amos has been working on this update for what feels li...

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:04:01 GMT


"We egg each other on like teenagers designing an unsafe skateboard trick." How Aether Interactive is able to launch two games in a month

I've maintained for quite a while that the folks at Aether Interactive are doing some of the most interesting work in interactive fiction ever. Their games repeatedly play with both the structure and...

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:13:48 GMT


The games we saw at PAX that should be on your radar

We just flew in from PAX and boy are my arms tired. The rest of my body is also tired as evidenced by the fact that my brain couldn’t stop me from writing that terrible, terrible joke as a lede. Any...

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:04:17 GMT


Devlogs: Post types, enhanced browsing, and more

Since launching devlogs we've seen over 42,000 posts published across 15,000 projects. We're really happy with how much creators have to say about their work. A devlog is a great way to keep in touch...

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:31:25 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Gods, Murder, and Juiceboxes

Yes this list of recommendations is late. I know, I know, I’m sorry. Look PAX happened, and then there was a holiday. I understand that you’re disappointed in me, but don’t worry it won’t happ...

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:09:31 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Highlights from #LOWREZJAM 2018

There must be something in the water because we’ve got another world-class game jam on our hands. This year’s #LOWREZJAM just wrapped up and the entries are great. If you haven’t kept track of L...

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:01:05 GMT


Join a game jam with our jam tracker!

I’ve maintained for years that everyone has art in them. Maybe it’s an album, could be a painting, a poem, or maybe it’s a game. Unfortunately making a game is a long process. Many of your favor...

Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:59:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Ludum Dare 42 games!

Ludum Dare was the weekend before last and the team over here has done basically nothing but play entries from the jam since then. This year we’ve had more than 1800 games uploaded to the Ludum dare...

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:02:11 GMT


Visual novels are having a Moment

We’ve written before about visual novels here before, but in the year since that last post the genre has been in a renaissance. Games like Doki Doki Literature Club have been playing with the struct...

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:03:26 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Coffee, Kids, and Puppies!

Indie games as a community has finally reached a point of maturity where we have career indies. Since the explosion of the indie scene through digital distribution, full-time indie development has bec...

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:00:37 GMT


Rough games deserve our love and respect

To call modern game development risky is an understatement. It’s no secret that developers are investing big and losing their shirts over it. Budgets and team sizes are swelling while sales expectat...

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:07:16 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Dungeons, More Dungeons, and... Bob Ross?

Writing this column is one of my favorite things to do each week. I believe really strongly in taking a human approach to curation (more about that here) so this column feels equal parts sharing aweso...

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:02:34 GMT


Pilot a mech, Explore the stars, and Sext your Enemies: An interview with the developers of Heaven Will be Mine

One day in the future we’ll be all be riding in mechs. We’ll fight in mechs, go grocery shopping in mechs, and if the folks behind Heaven Will be Mine have their way-- dating in mechs. If HWBM loo...

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:00:30 GMT


A Game by its Cover starts today. Here are some of our favorite games from past years

Game jams, dear readers, are everywhere. We cover them fairly frequently here on the itch.io/blog and in our email digest. We’ve even got an entire game jam tracker in case you want to know what’s...

Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:06:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Gnog, moon adventures, and the whole city of Melbourne

We missed you last week. We were uh… vacationing? Does that sound believable? Yeah sure we were on vacation. Don’t worry, we’ll never leave you alone like that again. As an apology for our absen...

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:08:36 GMT


Baldi's Basics in Development: An interview with the developer of one of 2018's biggest games

Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning is not a pleasant game to play -- it's a great game, but it's one that never really makes you feel good. First it starts off as a janky-but-charming educationa...

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:05:33 GMT


#loveindies on itch.io ➔ Find things to rate + new library page

#loveindies is a week long movement to help support independent developers by getting people to rate, review and recommend indie games. You can learn more about it here: https://twitter.com/itshannah...

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:57:37 GMT


Community upgrades: New header, Search, Colors, Devlogs, Moderator tools & more

Ready for some upgrades to the itch.io community system? If you weren't aware, itch.io's community system lets any game developer, project owner, or jam host create a message board for their fans and...

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:42:52 GMT


Bringing a decade old installation game to modern audiences: An interview with Tracy Fullerton of the Game Innovation Lab

When I first heard of the Game Innovation Lab I was excited by its premise. An entire group of people with the express purpose of pushing the boundaries of game design. This week I got a chance to tal...

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:59:25 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Anthropomorphic Dice, Cyberpunk Orphans, and Post-Modern Platforming

Sometimes while recommending games in this column I become concerned that I’m recommending too many similar games. I mean last week we had two adorable games. While they were both great I was worrie...

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:59:07 GMT


Developing a game every two weeks: How the Sokpop Collective is turning gamedev on its head

The idea of making a game every two weeks for the foreseeable future stresses me out. How can anyone keep up with a breakneck pace? Well this cannonball run of game development is currently going down...

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:57:46 GMT


itch.io Recommends: relaxing cuties and an artistic brawler

Another week, another round-up of the best games around. How y’all are able to keep making games at this pace is a mystery I’ll never solve, but that won’t stop me from trying to check out as ma...

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:55:47 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Surreal landscapes, Dangerous Hellscapes, and Indonesian Horror

“Hey Spencer, didn’t you just feature a bunch of games on Tuesday”? Yeah but those were old games, and these are new games. That makes this totally different, ok? Anyway, we’ve got a ton of gr...

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:50:25 GMT


A handful of games you might have missed

Every week we like to feature some of the freshest, most interesting games we can find, but we can’t get them all. Unfortunately that means that some games fly under our radar. This week I’d like...

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:03:35 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Summer Sale!

The itch.io Summer Sale is live now. Check here for all of the discounts. Grab your swimsuit and suitcase because we’re going on vacation. Next stop: the tropical island of the itch.io Summer Sales...

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:24:02 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Voyageur, Magic Scroll Tactics, Like Camping

You might have thought that we would have been quiet this week in light of the AAA explosion that is E3. Well guess what gang, indie never sleeps. We’re trucking right along with another hot batch o...

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:50:12 GMT


"The internet is not a kind place for human brains" An interview with the masterminds behind Cultist Simulator

Cults are so hot right now. Film, literature, games, everybody is making cult media right now. Alexis Kennedy and Lottie Bevan are the minds behind the recently launched Cultist Simulator, possibly th...

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:54:37 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Awesome projects that aren't videogames!

You want games? We’ve got games. We’ve got so many games. There are games everywhere in itch.io HQ. Open a drawer? Boom, games. Trying to take a shower? There’s another game. Pouring your mornin...

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:01:36 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Cults, Cars, and Bullets (oh my!)

Every week I write this article I’m always tempted to just spill the beans on what we’re working on behind the scenes at itch.io or link the lyrics to 90s hip-hop songs. These are on the opposite...

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:07:56 GMT


itch.io Recommends: running, surviving, and fighting

I maintain that one of the best parts of digging through each week’s new releases is the frequency with which I’m surprised. I’ve written before about how I thought I was too jaded to be blindsi...

Thu, 31 May 2018 14:23:33 GMT


Updates to itch.io seller accounts, payouts, & tax interview

We've made some changes to our seller terms of service, along with some new requirements for getting paid by itch.io. New seller policy Our updated Terms of Service from May 24th includes new clause...

Wed, 30 May 2018 17:52:05 GMT


ESC's creator opens up about the game and working with a game design dream team

ESC is a game about the future, but not a future of flying cars and high tech corporate espionage -- a future that is at odds with its past. It’s a game that asks the player to look into a cyberpunk...

Tue, 29 May 2018 16:06:14 GMT


A Minute with the Minit devs: What they learned developing 2018's hottest Zelda-like

Minit has become one of my favorite games that has come out this year. The top down 2-color adventure grabbed my attention and held it until its scant runtime was over roughly an hour and a half later...

Thu, 24 May 2018 16:02:03 GMT


itch.io Recommends: games you can get for less than a cup of coffee

“Didn’t we just do a games of the week post?” You may ask yourself. Yes, well-intentioned reader, we did BUT there are even more great games in the universe than last week so we must soldier on...

Tue, 22 May 2018 16:02:02 GMT


itch.io Recommends: free games for your weekend

Do you ever see a game and think to yourself, “Dang, they could have charged way more for this”? I know I do, and that feeling is especially noticeable when you play great free games. This week I...

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:59:40 GMT


Make your game pages beautiful to boost your sales

So you’ve been working away on your game for days, weeks, months, or years. It’s been a labor of love and you’re almost ready to drop your masterwork onto the world. Now what does that mean? Pre...

Tue, 15 May 2018 16:02:59 GMT


Announcing the 3rd itch.io Selects bundle!

Strap yourself in for another deluge of deals and check out some of our favorite games at a wallet friendly price. Yep, it’s another entry in our line of premium itch.io Selects bundles. This time w...

Thu, 10 May 2018 18:06:04 GMT


Everything is Going to be OK's final update is out and it's brilliant

Everything is Going to be OK has received its final update and it completes the story of one of 2017’s best games. If you’ve never played Nathalie Lawhead’s interactive zine, now is the best tim...

Wed, 09 May 2018 16:01:39 GMT


itch.io isn't just for games: Check out our non-gaming content

If you’re reading this blog you already know that itch.io is the best place to buy games. Our tools are flexible enough to allow anyone to upload their projects, and our community creates amazing wo...

Thu, 03 May 2018 16:02:06 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Paradise, Heterotopias, and the Knuckle Sandwich Demo

Howdy itch.io Blog faithful. You seem well, is that a new haircut? Are you doing something new with your teeth? Haha, we sure do have fun here, right? I tell jokes, you laugh at jokes (I hope) and the...

Tue, 01 May 2018 16:02:08 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Ludum Dare 41 Games

In case you hadn’t heard, last weekend was Ludum Dare 41 which means --once again-- we’re flooded with awesome jam games on the site. This compo’s theme was “Combine 2 incompatible genres” a...

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:04:56 GMT


Here's how to find and join game jams on itch.io

Oh no! You missed last weekend’s Ludum Dare game jam! (Ok, I missed Ludum Dare and yes I’m still salty about it.) If only there was some way you could see all of the upcoming game jams and their d...

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:02:41 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Adventure Skate Queens

Get ready for a relaxing weekend with a handful of great games. We’ve got some wacky giraffe antics, the best skating game in years, and my favorite princess-maker. Yeah, it’s a packed week. Check...

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:02:13 GMT


itch.io Collections are great and you should use them

How often has this happened to you: You’ve found a creator you really like but you can’t scroll through their Twitter to find all of their favorite games. Or maybe you want to keep track of games...

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:04:24 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Literate Pixel Teens

When writing these posts every week I like to imagine myself as Christian Bale in Newsies. A plucky youngster who has to deliver the news to the people at all costs. Also there’s singing and dancing...

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:57:59 GMT


"Make a game someone would kill a man to play" An interview with Brianna Lei of Butterfly Soup

We love Butterfly Soup over here. We held it up as one of our favorite free games of last year , and I certainly haven't cooled on the game over time. I got the opportunity to meet the game's creator,...

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:03:54 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Cozy Time Pirates

Alright itch.io community, what gives? Y’all keep producing amazing games and if I’m being honest, it’s hard to keep up. There are so many games coming out that I don’t have time to sleep, to...

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:01:11 GMT


Announcing the #museumjam AKA the Pippin Barr Game Idea Jam #2

We’re pleased to announce the #museumjam in partnership with the Zium Musem. Throughout the entire month of April you’re invited to make any sort of 3D art you want for a chance to be featured in...

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:01:19 GMT


itch.io Recommends: A Flashy Duck Collective

It’s hard to overstate how impressed I am by the itch.io community. Each week I work on these recommendations and think “After all of these years there’s no way I’ll be surprised by games” a...

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:02:28 GMT


We're losing our Flash game history but we don't have to

I spent a lot of time as a kid playing games. Sure there was a lot of Pokemon and N64 but I also fell in love with Flash games during my formative years. In many ways the Flash community of the mid-20...

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:59:42 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Horror, Tech Horror, and IP Horror

It may be GDC week, and a good portion of the itch.io team has descended on San Francisco but that didn’t stop me from playing some games to recommend to you. Included this week are a sublime horror...

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:04:15 GMT


Amanita Designs opens up about their creative process and comedy on CHUCHEL

Last week we recommended the recent point and click comedy adventure, CHUCHEL. It's a delightful romp that refines point and click mechanics beautifully, but it's also a game that shows off the hearts...

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:59:11 GMT


How we Curate

Alright gang, pull up a seat and let’s talk about the number one topic on the hearts and minds of children everywhere: curation. If you’re unaware already, curation in this context is the act of s...

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:53 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Jokes, Technology, and a Co-op Roguelike

Howdy itch.io community. If you read last week’s recommendations you’ll remember that we just celebrated 5 years of itch.io. Well we’re following that up with another milestone: 100,000 projects...

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:09:52 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Surrealist Adventures and Assets

It’s been a big week over here at itch.io HQ. If you missed the news, we’ll soon be shipping off to kindergarten as the site just turned 5. It’s been a crazy journey so far and I can say without...

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:02:42 GMT


A handful of tips to maximize your first convention

As much as it pains me to say it, we’re entering convention season. Starting with GDC this month we average roughly one major trade show a month until PAX in September. This means that a lot of memb...

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:53:58 GMT


Project tool classification and tagging updates

Ready for some updates? We've added some new things for project browsing and classification. Tools, Engines, & Devices A good way to find cool stuff on itch.io is to filter through games with our ric...

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:55:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Hiversaires, Fossil Hunters, and Go Morse Go!

Sweet mercy, look at all of these games! Another week has passed which means it’s time for another week’s worth of new games! I’m really pleased with the diversity of games this week as we veer...

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:58:53 GMT


Features, get your features! Here are our best features you're not using

We’re a pretty busy crew over here at itch.io. You may have seen some of the recent posts on our updates blog detailing some of the changes we've been hard at work on. We’re all really excited to...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:07:29 GMT


Updates to project analytics: filtering, collections, impressions and more

We've updated the project page analytics with some new features and additional data. Take a look! New header & navigation The navigation on all project edit pages has been updated. We've visually clea...

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:22:13 GMT


itch.io Recommends: A Raven Monologue, Speed Dating for Ghosts and Dino Run DX

How about that Valentine’s Day itch.io Selects bundle and Sale, huh? There sure were a ton of great games available on discount. I know that I grabbed a bunch of stuff to check out, but how about yo...

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:02:11 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Valentine's Day Sale and Selects Bundle!

It’s that time of year again when the days get a little brighter, the coldest part of winter is behind us, and there’s a little something in the air. That’s right it’s pollen season! Wait, it...

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:00:38 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Curse of the Arrow, NUTS, and Packets, Please

It’s Global Game Jam season which means our site has been flooded with awesome content that talented devs were able to cobble together in less than a few days. This is common knowledge by now but it...

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:04:12 GMT


Peering into the Rusty Lake: An interview with the series' creators

If you’ve been reading the blog for long enough you’re probably already familiar with how enamored with Rusty Lake we are. The series is 12 games deep and despite that manages to surprise with eac...

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:04:26 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Celeste, Apocryph, and Quiet as a Stone

It’s hard to recognize when you see the birth of a classic. Typically classics are defined in the cold light of the future but this week we’ve got a new classic, a faux-classic, and a stone-classi...

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:04:12 GMT


5 Questions with Porpentine, one of indie's most prolific stars

Porpentine has had a career throughout the lifespan of the modern indie renaissance. Releasing her first games in 2012 she’s been around even longer than itch.io and her name became synonymous with...

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:18:25 GMT


A new homepage for 2018

In our 2017 year in review post we hinted at updates to our homepage. Over the past few weeks we've been incrementally pushing out functionality and today we're ready to tell you what's new! The itch...

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:30:04 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Aria's Story, Bit Rat: Singularity, and Genderwrecked

Another week, another group of upsettingly good games. Why do good games upset me? Because I know I’ll never be able to play all of them. Think of all of the gems lying cold and unloved in the lost...

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:58:38 GMT


More embed options for HTML5 games

HTML5 games & projects get an update today with new options for how projects are embedded and some new theme editing tools. New embedding options From your project's edit page you'll find a new sectio...

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:23:15 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Impossible experiences

There are a lot of reasons to love games. They can build empathy for people going through things you’ve never experienced, you can relax and unwind with games that make you feel like the world’s g...

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:59:22 GMT


Everything is Going to be OK: A conversation with Nathalie Lawhead

Nathalie Lawhead had a busy 2017. Her autobiographical digital zine Everything is Going to be OK released, was shown publicly, and was nominated for IGN’s Most Innovative Game Award. She was also bo...

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:00:27 GMT


Welcome to 2018, now play some beautiful games

We’ve finally made it into 2018 and we’re in the part of the year where anything feels possible. Sure nothing changed but the date when the clock struck midnight on the 31st but that doesn’t mea...

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:14:16 GMT


A labor of love: an interview with the developers of Love on the Peacock Express

Dating sim romance options are no longer stuck in the realm of high school girls and 20-something office professionals. Games like Hatoful Boyfriend and Dream Daddy have pushed the boundaries into the...

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:52:50 GMT


Jams updated: judge feedback, manual ranking, locked uploads

In today's update, we've got more tools for game jam hosts with support for judge feedback, custom ranking, and file locking. If you weren't aware, itch.io was the first site to let you instantly host...

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:49:39 GMT


itch.io year in review 2017

The start of a new year marks a good time to look back and reflect. Now that 2017 is over with let's take a moment to see what’s been going on at itch.io for the past year. In addition to highlighti...

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:56:07 GMT


Our favorite paid games of 2017

This post marks the final entry in our end of year "favorite games" series. We've talked about a bunch of awesome projects that you can read about here , here , and here . But today's not about all of...

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:59:38 GMT


Our favorite non-gaming content of 2017

One of my favorite parts of working for itch.io is seeing the community use the tools we’ve built in ways we never expected. When we first launched itch.io it was a site for games, and it still is...

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:02:41 GMT


Announcing the itch.io Holiday Sale!

Get the itch.io Selects Bundle Let’s get festive! By the time you’re finished reading this the itch.io Holiday Sale will already have begun! That’s right games are discounted across the site fro...

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:01:45 GMT


Our favorite jam games of 2017

We’re huge fans of game jams at itch.io. We’ve got the best jam tracking page around and a good portion of our team takes part in jams on the regular. Even now, at the end of the year there are ne...

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:08:52 GMT


Our favorite free games of 2017

The year is coming to a close and we wanted to celebrate some of our favorite games of the year. This is the first of a series of posts we’ll be putting up in the coming weeks highlighting games and...

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:17:28 GMT


The Challenges of Curating a Digital Museum: an Interview with Michael Berto

The Zium Museum has been out for a little over a week now, and it’s been a project I have kept coming back to over the past days. You might be familiar with the project as a player (it’s free and...

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:08:31 GMT


itch.io Recommmends: Games?

What is a game? What counts as a Video Game? The pedants would tell you that the only experiences worthy of such a valuable categorization are games with graphics, guns, and empowerment. The businessm...

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:05:19 GMT


Announcing itch.io Selects, curated bundle of some of our favorite games

Curation is more important than ever. Here at itch.io we’re dedicated to finding and celebrating the best content. As a part of this we’re happy to announce a fresh bundle bundle of handpicked co...

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:57:08 GMT


Developing Games and Tools from the Ocean: An Interview with Hundred Rabbits

When covering creators and their works there is always the fear that the creator is more interesting than the work. Percy Bysshe Shelley comes to mind. When I discovered Hundred Rabbits' work I was s...

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:02:44 GMT


Here's some incredible non-gaming content on itch.io

itch.io is known for all kinds of things: unique games, diverse tools, and in-depth stock advice. Ok maybe not that last one, but one of our best kept secrets is the treasure trove of content that has...

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:02:24 GMT


A new theme editor for project pages

One of my favorite parts of itch.io is how developers can take the creativity they put into their project and display it on their project/store pages. From the very beginning , one of itch.io's guidin...

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:22:36 GMT


itch.io Recommends: a Variety of Relaxing Games

If you read last week’s games of the week post you’ll remember that I was frustrated by the lack of November games. Nothing has changed this week I just wanted to remind you in the hopes that if I...

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:34:36 GMT


Discounting for Developers: How and when to do it

Discounting your game has become one of the surest ways to increase exposure in this crowded scene, but it’s also one of the most contentious. Critics argue that heavy discounting has devalued indie...

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:54:39 GMT


itch.io Recommends: These Aren't Autumn Games

While October has a gluttony of games that fit the theme of the month there isn’t anything that feels like a real November game. What’s the deal there? November isn’t a bad month, it’s got bea...

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:18:46 GMT


Kickin' down doors to murder Satan: an interview with Terri Vellmann of High Hell

“Hey you’ve got to check out this game, you shoot Satan in the face a bunch” High Hell was announced at the most recent PAX and it came out with all of the intensity and drama of kicking a door...

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:06:01 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Games from the Halloween Sale

The temperature is going down and the air is chill. Tonight is the night when the barrier between the living and the dead is thinnest. If you’ve ever seen a horror movie, you know that you should st...

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:03:34 GMT


itch.io meets Japan

Although itch.io is primarily an English speaking platform, we've seen a wide variety of creators speaking many different languages sharing their work. Additionally, the contributions we've received o...

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:26:55 GMT


Patreon integration on itch.io

We're delighted to announce that we now have Patreon integration on itch.io. We're big fans of Patreon, with a similar goal of helping creators make an earning building what they want. Many of our cre...

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:49:25 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Not Halloween games

The last Games of the Week post before Halloween means one thing: we’re definitely not talking about spooky games. After all when the whole world is spooky, why would you want even more of the same?...

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:12:19 GMT


Let's get sad and talk about death and stuff: An interview with Gabby DaRienzo of A Mortician's Tale

Human bodies are gross. We’re all bags of meat and juices that (hopefully) kick around for 90 years and then stop moving. Dead bodies are even grosser. Or at least that’s what I thought before I p...

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:06:51 GMT


Register and log in with GitHub

In celebration of the GitHub Game Off being hosted on itch.io , we've added the ability to log in and register an account on itch.io with your GitHub account. (P.S. You can join the jam here ) Existin...

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:39:04 GMT


Announcing the GitHub Game Off on itch.io

Perhaps you’ve heard of Github, the largest code repository online. You may recognize it as the place where we keep the code for our open source desktop app , itch. So perhaps you’d like to hear t...

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:06:37 GMT


How to maximize your launch on itch.io

To describe the modern indie scene as “crowded” is a major understatement. Reports come out on a seemingly weekly basis that there are more games launching than ever before. Every storefront is bu...

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:13:23 GMT


itch.io Recommends: 2 cozy games and some anime

We’re reaching peak AAA season here in the games universe which in past years has signaled the hibernation of the indie community. Turns out, we’re way more resilient than that now. This week we...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:03:25 GMT


Create OAuth applications on itch.io

Today we're launching support for OAuth Applications . It will allow developers let players log in with their itch.io account inside of a game or program. OAuth provides a flow for your program to se...

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:23:24 GMT


Let's make more mystery games

There’s something inherently attractive about detectives. Talented crime-solvers have charmed audiences for centuries, there’s a good chance that your grandparents’ grandparents read Sherlock Ho...

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:22:29 GMT


itch.io Recommends: The games of Indiecade

In case you somehow missed it Indiecade was last weekend and we were on site to check everything out. For the uninitiated, Indiecade is an annual festival honoring indie games and developers that take...

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:59:46 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Hot Takes on Cold Genres for the Week of 10/5

Despite the date, we’re back from last week’s trip into the spooky zone. Well, sort of. This week we’ve got one spooky game, but it’s flanked by a surreal adventure and a fresh take on a class...

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:03:26 GMT


Your Game Jam Forecast for the rest of 2017

Oh game jams how do I love thee let me count the ways: you inspire people to think creatively, you teach people to start developing, and you force people to accept scaling design. As far as I can tell...

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:02:32 GMT


Kentucky Route Zero is Half-off and All-good

Kentucky Route Zero is not a new game -- the Kickstarter launched in 2011-- but it’s definitely a fresh game. Detailing the supernatural adventures of a deliveryman on “one last job” Kentucky Ro...

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:02:44 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Spooky Games for the Week of of 9/26

To say horror games have become popular in the past few years would be an incredible understatement. Since Amnesia: The Dark Descent came out in 2010 horror games have bloomed into a beautiful scene...

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:59:52 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Punctual Games for the week of 9/21

Do you look forward to these recommendations each week? I know I do. I’m not inside of each of your homes (yet) but I choose to believe that y’all mark your calendars and set alarms each week for...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:58:42 GMT


Zines are awesome, unique, and available on itch.io

Zines -- short for magazines or fanzines -- are growing in popularity everyday. We have seen more and more of these compact works of writing crop up on itch.io and they’re consistently interesting a...

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:01:16 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Better yourself for the week of 9/14

If you were cynical you’d call this week’s post on games that heal an excuse to recommend games twice in a week. That would be very cynical and definitely inaccurate . In continuing with our theme...

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:24:09 GMT


Better support for mobile HTML games & more

I have a confession to make, I just bought my first (real) smartphone just a few weeks ago. When we originally added support for mobile web on itch.io I did it with Chrome’s phone emulator and hoped...

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:40:30 GMT


Games are a great way to take a break from the nightmare that is 2017

Anyone who plays games regularly understands their ability to heal. We’ve got endless books written about this, charities set up behind this idea, and now game designers explicitly making games abou...

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:24:45 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Experiences for the week of 9/7

I think one of the best parts of itch.io is the diversity in not only our community, but our content. Y’all have created all kinds of rad things. Everyone knows we host games, but we also have sound...

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:16:48 GMT


Your Quick Guide to Making Friends/ Talking to the Press

So you’re making a game. That’s great! You spent countless hours and sleepless nights to make sure that your brainchild made it out into the world. Now, if you want to make rent it’s time to get...

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:38:41 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Amazing Games for the Week of 8/31

It's been a good week for games. Yeah, it feels like every week is a good week for games but this week was especially good for games. We've got a whole new selection of games for you and hot damn they...

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:59:45 GMT


Primary rating criteria for game jams

On itch.io you can host two kinds of jams: ranked and unranked . When hosting a ranking jam you provide "voting criteria" to specify how participants can rank other entries. Previously, if you had mu...

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:44:42 GMT


Manage your external keys

' External keys ' are itch.io's way of letting you distribute keys for other marketplaces with an itch.io purchase. We support Steam or keys of your own format. You can bulk add thousands of keys at a...

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:59:15 GMT


One Man's Quest to Become Every Team's Artist

I wouldn’t call Kenney Vleugels a household name. He doesn’t have the name recognition of John Romero or Shigeru Miyamoto, but you’ve probably seen his work. To make things a little more intrigu...

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:01:03 GMT


Classify your projects' uploads

We're introducing a new way to classify the files you've uploaded to your project. Previously, when uploading a new file, we would ask you which platform it was for, eg. Windows, Linux, macOS. Since m...

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:13:31 GMT


itch.io Recommends: #LOWREZJAM 2017 games for the week of 8/24

When you see as many game jams as we do at itch.io, it gets hard to be genuinely surprised by a jam’s results. Impressed? Sure. Excited? Definitely. Blown away? Almost never. Low Rez Jam finished up...

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:01:07 GMT


In Defense of Puzzle Games

I’ve been harboring a deep secret that I need to let out: I love puzzle games. I’ve spent a few nights over the past week staying up late playing games like Rusty Lake Roots and I’ve loved every...

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:59:11 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Fresh games for the week of 8/17

Early access games get a bad rap. Sure there are lots of cash grabs that will never be finished, but at the core early access can be an awesome way to engage with games and developers in a more substa...

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:02:20 GMT


Why Tacoma's UI is secretly brilliant

A clarity of purpose is a key part of designing a game. Trimming out what is unimportant to your game is a deeply necessary act of development. This goes for all elements of your work. Tacoma understa...

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:02:22 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Surprising games for the week of 8/10

Surprises are -- by and large-- great. Sure you occasionally get hit with something rough (I’m looking at you, check engine light) but unexpected treasures are about the only respite we have in the...

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:59:16 GMT


Jamming for charity: Announcing War Child's HELP game jam

Sure game jams are fun. At this point everyone knows it. But what if jams were something more? What if jams could help with real world issues. War Child is a charity that works with children in some o...

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:00:08 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Ludum Dare 39 games for the week of 8/3

If you don’t check itch.io often you would be forgiven for not knowing how much we love game jams. After all, we’ve only posted about it twice in the past week . Well strap in for a 3-peat because...

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:00:22 GMT


Want to get into game jams? Here's how

Game jams. They’re here, they’re important, and you should take part. It’s not a secret that we love jams at itch.io. We host them, write about them, consult on them, and track them. Many member...

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:22 GMT


Get ready for Ludum Dare: Game development tools

Ludum Dare 39 starts today! I previously wrote about Ludum Dare  with tips for completing your game along with getting the most out of itch.io, so check that out if you haven’t already. Ludum Dare...

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 22:18:09 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Strange Games for the week of 7/27

It’s hard recommending games to people. You’ve got to take individual tastes into account, how fresh a game is, and what the recommendee will think of you afterward. But that’s also what makes r...

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:23 GMT


Short download keys for printing & bulk key viewer

A download key is a special URL that gives someone access to a project’s files. On itch.io you can either generate a single key or generate them in bulk . Download keys use very long URLs to make th...

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:13:58 GMT


Your field guide to fantasy consoles

A long-haired elven woman sighs as she enters her house, the weight of the day visibly pressing her down toward the earth. “This can’t keep going.” After pouring a drink she sinks into the couch...

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:02:17 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Stylish games for the week of 7/20

Did y’all read the Moshboy interview from earlier this week? I thought we were hustling over here with our 3-ish games a week, but Steve is in a league beyond. 1000 creators over 3 years? That’s m...

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:00:22 GMT


3 years and 1000 creators, Steve Cook's quest to curate the un-curateable

There are a lot of games in this world. Like, a lot a lot and that’s become a problem for developers and customers alike. It’s a complicated problem that nobody (not even us!) has 100% figured out...

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:05:01 GMT


Image uploading everywhere

We've enhanced all the text editors on our site to now support image uploading! This has been a long requested feature and we apologize for taking so long to add it. Whether you're leaving a reply on...

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:31:48 GMT


Click to play for HTML embedded games

HTML5 game embeds allow you to deploy your browser based game directly to a page on itch.io. Visitors can start playing immediately without having to navigate anywhere. Although this is convenient, s...

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:42:07 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Pay what you want games for the week of 7/13

I feel like we’ve developed a rapport, you and I. I play a bunch of games, you love a bunch of games. It’s symbiotic, isn’t it? Luckily for the both of us, it’s been a week since we last did t...

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:01:59 GMT


Accessibility in games is the industry's next great hurdle

The games industry has been moving towards diversity over the past few years. We’ve been making strides to include more people of color, LGBT, and non-male leads into our games. This is amazing, but...

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:12 GMT


The Tearoom is subversive, gay, and brilliant

The following is Not Safe for Work. Robert Yang is one of the most banned people on Twitch. The New York-based academic and developer has created more banned games than literally every person on the p...

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:18 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Double Fine games for the week of 7/3

If you've been alive for more than 10 years you probably remember playing a Double Fine game. After all, there are a lot of hits in that catalog: Psychonauts, Grim Fandango, and Stacking are all class...

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 19:59:22 GMT


William Chyr of Manifold Garden talks about the future of games

How do you build a game that ignores the most basic rules of geometry? Over the past 5 years William Chyr has worked tirelessly to find out. Manifold Garden is the Chicago-based developer’s upcoming...

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:59:38 GMT


Announcing the #itchsummersales!

How many times has this happened to you: You’re sitting at your computer with access to the sum total of humanity’s knowledge and have nothing to do? Well wonder no further, selectively bored read...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:35:29 GMT


Jams enhanced: contributors, judges, and more

A game jam is a great way to get developers together for an event or cause. We were the first site to allow anyone to create a customized game jam with just a few clicks . The premise is simple: creat...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:11:50 GMT


itch.io Recommends: E3 Apology games for the week of 6/22

Hey itch fans, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Sadly, last week I abandoned my post to galavant around E3 and talk to devs about games, and Giant Bomb about Pixy Stix . It was a fairly productive tri...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:39 GMT


In defense of visual novels

Just like Batman, I’m here to right wrongs. Unlike Batman I care about videogames. Without punching, let’s talk about how visual novels aren’t given a fair shake and why you should give them a t...

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:59:58 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Non-gaming content for the week of 6/8

We have fun here at itch.io, don’t we? We spend all of our time talking about games and the people who make them. But that’s not the only thing we have here at itch.io, we’ve also got a massive...

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:00:44 GMT


Feature preview: the story behind, and the future ahead of the itch app

When I first joined the team here at itch.io I was asked what my favorite part of the site was. Sure I could have said it’s our dedication to indie creators. I could also have highlighted some of th...

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:05 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Nostalgic games for the week of 6/1

Alright gang, let’s get introspective here for a minute: getting older sucks. And it doesn’t suck a little, it sucks a lot. But that’s ok, right? We all get old together and get to come to grips...

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:00:08 GMT


What every developer can learn from short games

Games are getting longer. Look at any AAA RPG and you’ll see the industry’s race for 100 hour playtimes. But what about games that go in the opposite direction? What about microgame-- games that t...

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:06:50 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Cerebral games for the week of 5/25

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since we talked about awesome games for you to play over the weekend. Last week the itch.io office was besieged by a large squid and we weren’t able to save our rec...

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:03 GMT


World of Horror is Poland's bloody tribute to Junji Ito and HP Lovecraft

You're walking downtown unnerved for some unknown reason. You feel hundreds of eyes on the back of your neck but there is no one else on the street. As you turn the corner you see your neighbors' bodi...

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:00:14 GMT


Updates to devlogs

A few weeks ago we released devlogs in order to give you an easy way to post updates about your projects . Over 1,000 posts have been written since then! We've made a handful of minor changes to make...

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:36:06 GMT


Get started livestreaming your development with these quick tips!

Everybody is on Twitch these days. From players to developers and talk shows to tabletop it seems like everyone has a seat at the big purple table. But what does it take to really show the project you...

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:00:47 GMT


A new itch.io blog

For the past 4 years, we've been using the itch.io blog to announce all the cool things we're working on, and sometimes sharing cool things other people are working on. (Blast from the past, here's th...

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:59:37 GMT


itch.io Recommends: Fresh Games for the week of 5/11

There's nothing better than being the friend with good taste. That person who everyone goes to looking for recommendations on shows, restaurants, and movies. We here at itch.io can't make you cool, bu...

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:00:16 GMT


Single file mode for butler

For most developers using butler we recommend avoiding packaging your game into a single file before uploading it. This is because butler needs to access all your game's files in order to generate pat...

Tue, 09 May 2017 18:22:39 GMT


Tumbleseed is the next great Roguelike-like

When I was younger I was diagnosed with a fairly rare heart condition. It didn't affect me much on the whole but there were stretches where I'd be trapped in bed for days at a time. This is where my l...

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:59:55 GMT


Introducing devlogs

For many developers, projects on itch.io are living pages with frequent updates, new images, and gameplay videos. We think it's important for creators to start building and talking with their audience...

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:04:27 GMT


itch.io Recommends Beautiful Games for the week of 5/4

It's Thursday and you know what that means! Taco Tues- a fresh crop of games for you to play! That's right, your good friends at itch.io are here to fill up your weekend with great new games. Strap in...

Thu, 04 May 2017 16:00:05 GMT


Politics and Game Jams: A Roundtable with the Organizers of #ResistJam

Art and activism have a beautiful history together. From avant garde artists to the punk bands of the past 40 years outsider art has proven to be a safe haven for the marginalized and a base for activ...

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:00:12 GMT


The Raft Developers Open up About Successes and School

How do you make a game about rafting if you don't like rafting? How do you make one of the best selling survival games about rafting if you don't like rafting? Apparently all it takes is a team of ded...

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:10 GMT


Intimidated by Ludum Dare 38? Let itch.io give you a place to start

Ludum Dare 38 , one of the most influential game jams, concluded its 15th year anniversary this past Monday. 2,936 games were completed over 48 or 72 hours, with about 1,100 uploaded to itch.io as of...

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:03 GMT


Get Ready For Ludum Dare

Ludum Dare is a 48 hour and 72 hour game jam. The jam takes place this weekend (April 21st to 24th). The “compo” portion takes 48 hours and is for solo participants. The “jam” portion starts a...

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:50:47 GMT


itch.io Recommends: What to play on the week of 4/20

Hey itchy people! Let's get real for a second: part of why we love itch.io is the huge breadth of content you can find on the site. Want an opera about dogs? We've got that. Looking for game assets to...

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:18:02 GMT


In Our Darkest Hour, Cuteness is Here to Save Us

There's an unblinking face on each of the trees. When I look up, there's a face on the clouds and sun. Inside the house, there are faces on breakfast, the furniture, and the plates -- it's cute as all...

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:30:17 GMT


Import Indiegogo backers and more

Since introducing the Kickstarter backer import tool last year, projects have delivered digital rewards to over ten thousand backers. This includes a claimable download on itch.io, handing out Steam...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:19:17 GMT


Rewards enhanced & claimable sales

As part of itch.io refinery , we released an “ Exclusive content ” system allowing you to create limited quantity rewards for buyers. Today we’ve launched some new functionality to the system to...

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:53 GMT


A quick overview of how awesome our app has become

First off, our apologies for not updating this blog recently. We've been quite busy, and we'll be posting regular updates showcasing what's new again. We have a twitter bot that highlights some of the...

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:28:26 GMT


itch.io digest January 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of itch Digest! As always, we've got news to share, and awesome games to show off. The holiday season has swept right by, and we welcome 2017! This week we're...

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:12:26 GMT


itch.io digest December 2016

Hey everyone! The digest returns this week with news and updates, as well as some awesome indie games to check out. The hamster wheels are greased, and team itch is busier than ever, working on the ap...

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:41:29 GMT


A Good Bundle — updated and extended

6 days ago, 115 creators donated 151 games and other works to A Good Bundle , a bundle to combat some of the ugliness that feels increasingly comfortable rearing it’s head in our world. With 100% o...

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:21:40 GMT


Find something new for Halloween with the randomizer

We’ve made a minor update to the itch.io game randomizer that lets you find something new via tags. Discover something new for Halloween 🎃 Spooky games randomizer Enjoy...

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:28:31 GMT


Coupon codes for sales & bundles

Earlier this year, as part of itch.io week, we let you make it so sales could be made available to those who own something else you’ve released . We’re adding a new type of limited access sale: co...

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:29:57 GMT


More tools & visual refresh for communities

On itch.io you can create your own message board for games and game jams . Our message boards come packed with a lot of features for keeping discussion going and moderating your community. Today we’...

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:13:49 GMT


Join GBJAM 5 on itch.io

We’re proud to be helping host GBJAM 5. A 10 day game jam where you create a GameBoy themed game. This means a resolution of 160px x 144px and only 4 colors. The restricted rules are a great way to...

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:01:37 GMT


itch.io digest September 2016

Hey again! Thanks for checking out the digest. As always, If you have any questions or comments about the email visit our thread in the community . Staff Picks Vamp 'em ups, surviving pups, DIY Power...

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:12:08 GMT


itch.io at XOXO

This weekend, itch.io is headed to beautiful Portland. We’re honored to have been invited to the XOXO Festival . We have a slot at the arcade , and Leaf will be giving a talk about itch.io in the co...

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:55:32 GMT


Change your username & URL

This is the most common support email we get, so I think it's worth mentioning on the blog. If you need to change your username & URL then you can now do so directly on the account settings page: We'l...

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:24:25 GMT


Jam hosts can now email participants

We recently enhanced itch.io’s emailing feature to give you finer control over who you contact when sending an email about your game. Game jams now have similar functionality! Jams are events, so it...

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:44:39 GMT


Improved buyer emailing & Kickstarter integration

Hey all, it's been a while since we announced any updates but we've still been hard at work. Today we're launching two new features: Kickstarter integration If you've run a Kickstarter campaign and ar...

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:43:11 GMT


itch.io digest August 2016

Hey again! Thanks for checking out our 2nd digest. As always, If you have any questions or comments about the email visit our thread in the community . New releases Boiling Bolt by Plug In Digital & P...

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:44:31 GMT


itch.io digest July 2016

Welcome to the first itch.io digest. If you have any questions or comments about the email visit our thread in the community . Recent releases Kentucky Route Zero by cardboardcomputer [$12.50, 50% off...

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:50:39 GMT


Saved Credit Cards

If you use a credit card to buy games on itch.io you may have noticed that you need to type it in each time you want to purchase or donate. This is no longer the case! If you have an account then you...

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:31:04 GMT


The itch.io app, itch, v18 release

We’re proud to release the next big version of the itch.io app, itch . This is a major release, with over 600 commits since v17.6.6. You can view the entire changelog on GitHub . If you already ha...

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:20:22 GMT


itch.io @ E3

UPDATE (6/13) - We’ve added another awesome developer to the roster- Ethan Redd ( kiddraddical.itch.io ) We’ll be streaming some games of his on Thursday at 2:30 PST! —– itch.io is going to be...

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:43:57 GMT


Graphs upgraded with more details

Graphs upgraded even more! You can hover over splits to highlight just that game Clicking on a chunk will take you to to that game’s analytics There’s a dot on top for showing the total for that d...

Sun, 22 May 2016 17:58:00 GMT


itch.io week day 5 part 2: interviews with Adam Saltsman & Joni Kittaka

Developer interviews Joni Kittaka is a game maker and artist whose work includes Secrets Agent, minkomora, how do you Do It, Anodyne and the upcoming @eventheocean Adam Saltsman is founder and directo...

Fri, 13 May 2016 18:04:55 GMT


itch.io week day 5 part 1: itch.io refinery

Early access has a problem.  Yes, the original idea of releasing in-development games to the public in order to gain meaningful feedback and build a community was sound, however, we’ve seen and hea...

Fri, 13 May 2016 18:04:39 GMT


Developer interview with Joni Kittaka

This post is part of day five of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Joni Kittaka Joni Kittaka is a game maker and artist whose work includes...

Fri, 13 May 2016 13:11:40 GMT


Developer interview with Adam Saltsman

This post is part of day five of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Adam Saltsman Adam Saltsman is founder and director at Austin-based (for...

Fri, 13 May 2016 13:05:49 GMT


itch.io week day 4: Dashboard, Communities, Arielle Grimes and Mushbuh

itch.io has always been about building the best tools for the creators that upload their work. itch.io implemented pay-what-you-want pricing from day one to let game creators make more through the gen...

Thu, 12 May 2016 18:09:57 GMT


Developer interview with Arielle Grimes

This post is part of day four of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Arielle Grimes Arielle Grimes is a game developer who creates interactiv...

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:48:43 GMT


Developer interview with Mushbuh

This post is part of day four of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Mushbuh Mushbuh is making something cool called Burrito Galaxy 65 . Chec...

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:37:35 GMT


itch.io week day 3 BONUS: Co-op bundles

This is a bonus post for day 3. In the previous post we talked about our bundling system for solo developers . In this post we re-visit our other kind of bundle: the co-op bundle. Bundles are a pretty...

Wed, 11 May 2016 19:16:40 GMT


itch.io week day 3: Sales, bundles, Kenney Vleugels and Daniel Linssen

Hosting a promotion is powerful tool when you’re trying to sell a game. It’s a good way to get people talking about your project, and encourage anyone who may have held off buying to make their pu...

Wed, 11 May 2016 18:07:07 GMT


Developer interview with Daniel Linssen

This post is part of day three of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Daniel Linssen View on itch.io: https://managore.itch.io Follow on Twit...

Wed, 11 May 2016 13:28:00 GMT


Developer interview with Kenney Vleugels

This post is part of day three of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Kenney Vleugels View on itch.io: https://kenney.itch.io Follow on Twitt...

Wed, 11 May 2016 13:12:46 GMT


itch.io week day 2: The widget, Robert Yang & Kyle Seeley

Ready for day 2 of itch.io week ? In case you missed, yesterday was about the about the new app . The widget https://itch.io/widget Many game developers tend come with their own pages for their games...

Tue, 10 May 2016 18:15:28 GMT


Developer interview with Kyle Seeley

This post is part of day two of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Kyle Seeley View on itch.io: https://kyleseeley23.itch.io/ Follow on Twit...

Tue, 10 May 2016 07:03:07 GMT


Developer interview with Robert Yang

This post is part of day two of itch.io week. We'll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Robert Yang View on itch.io: https://radiatoryang.itch.io Follow on Twitt...

Tue, 10 May 2016 06:45:26 GMT


itch.io week day 1: itch app & Ditto

Thanks for following along with itch.io week . As a reminder, each day this week we’ll be revisiting some part of itch.io with upgrades and releasing developer interviews with members of the itch.io...

Mon, 09 May 2016 18:01:41 GMT


Developer interview with Ditto

This post is part of day one of itch.io week. We’ll be interviewing developers all week. Learn more here: https://itch.io/week Ditto View on itch.io: https://ditto.itch.io Follow on Twitter: dittoma...

Mon, 09 May 2016 11:30:34 GMT


Get ready for itch.io week

Are you ready for 5 days of creators, functionality & more… and our next big release at the end? I hope so because starting May 9th (next Monday) we’re hosting our first itch.io week ! View the it...

Fri, 06 May 2016 19:24:57 GMT


Introducing Game Embeds

You’ve just finished your Ludum Dare 35 game, and you’re looking to take advantage of embedding your game directly into your Ludum Dare submission page… or… you have your own page where you...

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:24:56 GMT


Come say hello at PAX East

Are you going to be at PAX East? Come find Leaf and Chris to talk itch.io. We won’t have a booth but we’ll be walking the floor looking for creators, gamers, and anyone else who’s interested. If...

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:59:39 GMT


Vote for itch.io’s app on Steam Greenlight

Thanks for the support over the past 3 years, you can now vote for us on Steam Greenlight! Support itch.io by voting YES on our Greenlight page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=6...

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:23:13 GMT


Introducing Reverse Sales

You may have heard murmurings of the indiepocalypse, how the price of your average indie game is quickly approaching zero as desperate developers race to run bargain bin sales or join pay what you wan...

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:46:29 GMT


Better participant tools for game jam hosts

Jam hosts have a brand new interface for keeping track of participants. You can find it on the participants tab on any jam’s edit page. If you weren’t aware, itch.io lets you host a game jam with...

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:34:04 GMT


New purchases dashboard

We’ve released an updated purchases dashboard with a couple more features that should make it easier to browse and find any purchases on your account. You can find it on the Purchases tab of your d...

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:38:23 GMT


External links, support email + more

We’ve got a couple new features that you might find useful. The focus this time has been on improving communication with buyers and sellers. External links If you have any related URLs for your proj...

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:00:58 GMT


HTTPS now forced everywhere

We mentioned at the end of last that year we’d be transitioning to forced HTTPS for anyone that loads itch.io through a browser or the API. Although HTTPS has been optional since then, today we’ve...

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:57:13 GMT


itch.io Year in Review 2015

Just like last year , we’d like to take a moment to look back on everything itch.io has been up to for the past year. (Sorry we’re a little late!) We’re really proud of what has been accomplishe...

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:50:45 GMT


Communities enhanced

Since launching communities for jams & games , along with the new global itch.io community , we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. We’ve added and fixed many things, here are some of the highlights: New...

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 22:56:52 GMT


Game communities now available

The same great community tools that power the new itch.io global community and jam communities are now available for all of your game and other project pages. When creating a community for your projec...

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:25:40 GMT


Say hello to the itch.io app: itch

Although the itch.io website is great for finding games , supporting creators , participating in communities , creating game jams , and following developers , there are a few things that just don’t...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:14:06 GMT


Switching to HTTPS everywhere

itch.io will be switching to forced HTTPS everywhere Monday, December 7th [1]. HTTPS is a standard protocol that adds encryption on top of your regular browser requests to ensure that your private inf...

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:35:34 GMT


Introducing the itch.io community

Today we’re launching the itch.io global community! A community has always been a big part of growing itch.io. Over the past few months we’ve added features like comments on project page , and m...

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:46:50 GMT


Enhanced browsing

Happy Halloween! Hope you don’t mind an itch.io update in your treat bag. Today we’re launching brand new browse pages. Since we’ve got over over 20,000 games now, making it’s easy to browse...

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:38:45 GMT


Introducing the “interact” tab

All project pages now have a new “ Interact ” tab from their edit page. The interact tab is where you’ll find any tools itch.io provides to help you keep in touch with those interacting with you...

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:00:50 GMT


New itch.io guide pages

The itch.io guide pages have been updated with a new layout, better organization, and plenty of new guides. Each time we launch a core feature we try to have an alongside guide post detailing how the...

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:59:40 GMT


Comments for your project pages

itch.io is great for hosting games of all sizes . Whether you’re releasing your next ambitious project or a small prototype assembled in a weekend, itch.io has the tools to make sure you can effortl...

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 20:16:42 GMT


Introducing jam communities

Creating a game jam on itch.io is a simple, ad-hoc way to get together a bunch of people to create games with a similar cause. If you’ve ever wanted to organize discussion or a community around your...

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:20:25 GMT


The itch.io randomizer

I feel like I’ve been starting every update lately with “there are a lot of games on itch.io.” Well, it’s true, there are a lot, and helping people discover games is a top priority. There are...

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:43:10 GMT


Better game classification

itch.io has almost 16,000 games as of today. That’s a lot! When itch.io’s game browsing interface was first launched there were only a few hundred games. These days it’s quite cumbersome to sift...

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:47:08 GMT


A new notifications system

Starting today itch.io now has a brand new notification system to keep you updated on things like your sales, comments, and new followers. Any unread notifications will be signaled to you with a white...

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:58:38 GMT


Running an Indie Game Store 2015

About nine months ago, I wrote Running an indie game store , a post describing some of the analytics I collected while running itch.io for the first 14 or so months. It was dedicated to all the great...

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 17:36:51 GMT


Two factor authentication now available

Starting today you can now add two factor authentication to your itch.io account. Two factor authentication gives your account an additional layer of security on top of your password by asking you to...

Sun, 31 May 2015 19:08:23 GMT


Introducing Bitcoin support

One of the most common requests we get is adding more methods to pay when buying games. Starting today you can now pay with Bitcoin to any seller that is using itch.io’s payout system . You don’t...

Sat, 30 May 2015 18:54:31 GMT


New sale pages

In case you missed it, itch.io just launched a revamped bundle system just a few weeks ago, check it out: Introducing Co-op Bundles . A few other changes also snuck out, but now we’re officially ann...

Fri, 15 May 2015 22:34:16 GMT


Introducing co-op bundles

In the past itch.io made it possible to sell bundles of your own games at once by letting you set a buy all price on any sale you host. This was a great feature, but a big downside was that there was...

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:45:08 GMT


Awesome new updates

Whoa, it’s almost been a month since we last posted updates. We haven’t been doing nothing! Here’s some some stuff you might like: Credit cards now supported for “collect and pay later” itch...

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:23:06 GMT


Games pages (& more) now available for mobile browsers

Effective immediately all game pages on itch.io are now a lot easier to use on mobile browsers! This change also comes with a handful of other features making it easier to use the site when on a phone...

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:26:12 GMT


Introducing open revenue sharing

Since October 2013, itch.io has let developers sell their content without taking any of the money. It was originally disabled for the Ludum Dare October Challenge , which challenges people to build a...

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:30:49 GMT


Jam hosting open for everyone

Since itch.io launched a host your own game jam service last year over 3000 games have been uploaded for game jams. Previously, in order to host a jam, you had to send a message to itch.io admins to g...

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:30:27 GMT


New sale/bundle and jam pages for developers

You’ll now find two new tabs from your My games page to help you manage game jams you’ve interacted with or and sales/bundles you’ve created. Both of these things were previous hidden away on t...

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:32:08 GMT


Miscellaneous things to make your day better

Hidden uploads If you’ve ever wanted to upload a file when you’re not quite ready to release it, or maybe hide an old file when you’re not quite ready to delete it, you now can with the new “H...

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:31:07 GMT


Bulk key generation for sellers

itch.io has a great system for giving free copies of your game called download keys . There are a couple shortcomings with it though: the system only lets you create 1 key at a time, doesn’t give yo...

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:46:00 GMT


Introducing collection contributors and a new way to write about games

If you weren’t already aware, itch.io has a great system for managing collections of games . You can make public or private collections of the games you like (or dislike). Public collections can be...

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:49:00 GMT


New aggregated purchases page for sellers

If you’re a seller on itch.io with multiple games (or sales/bundles ) you now have a new page that lets you see and export the aggregated purchases across all of your projects. You’ll find a new...

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:31:00 GMT


A new payout system and an update to handling VAT

When 2015 rolled around, new VAT tax laws set in place by the EU affected all sellers with buyers in the EU. itch.io responded by giving sellers all the necessary information to comply with the new r...

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:37:06 GMT


itch.io Year in Review 2014 - The Features

Although we’re almost 10 days into 2015 but I’d like to take a moment to reflect back on 2014 for itch.io. A lot of great stuff came out, many games were downloaded, played, and bought, and tons o...

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:23:00 GMT


Getting ready for VAT in 2015

What’s changing Some significant changes are coming to how VAT is handled for sellers and buyers in the EU starting January 1st, 2015. You can read more about this change from the official documents...

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:41:00 GMT


Introducing sale goals and sale analytics

A handful of new features for sales have come out today! If you didn’t already know, any developer can host a sale on itch.io ! The name sale is a bit of a misnomer because recently sales got the ab...

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:02:00 GMT


Updates for sitelocked games

Some changes are coming to itch.io’s infrastructure regarding the domain where web games are served from. This might affect you if you’ve placed a sitelock within your code . A sitelock is s ometh...

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:41:20 GMT


Updates to the game edit page

A couple of important changes have been rolled out to the game edit page to get ready for new browsing updates coming to itch.io! Here’s a quick overview. The new things: There’s now a Release sta...

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:35:48 GMT


New features for game jams

With a handful of some pretty cool jams going on, 7DFPS , Procedural Generation Jam 2014 , and Leap Motion 3D Jam , I decided it was a good time to add some new features to help making discovering g...

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:41:00 GMT


Updates to your purchases

A couple changes regarding how purchases are linked to accounts have been deployed over the past few days. In the past a purchase was only associated with an account if it shared the same (verified) e...

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 22:17:00 GMT


Introducing the games feed!

Wow, itch.io sure has changed a lot since it first came out! Starting today everyone now has access to a brand new games feed. If you’re logged in, you can find your personal feed here: http://itch...

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:14:00 GMT


Follow itch.io members & privacy settings

itch.io will be releasing some new features that make things a bit more social. You may have noticed a “Follow” button started appearing on some pages of the site. You’ll find it on user profile...

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:22:00 GMT


Enhanced itch.io tagging system

A good game discovery system gives someone looking for games a wide range of methods to slice up games to find something interesting. In the past itch.io only let you browse games by platform, genre a...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:33:00 GMT


Running an indie game store

I always get excited when an indie game developer releases a post mortem . A detailed writeup describing how their game sold after launch, along with insights about what did and didn’t work. I curre...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:56:11 GMT


Try out some recommended games

Over the past month I’ve been experimenting with building a game recommendation system for itch.io. It’s really awesome how there’s so much interesting and diverse content on itch.io. A disadvan...

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:32:29 GMT


Games that hurt people aren't cool - updates to the itch.io acceptable use policy

Hello, My name is Leaf. I’ve created itch.io over the past year and a half. itch.io is the culmination of well over a thousand hours of work: tens of thousands of lines of code, hundreds of support...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:28:00 GMT


New page for viewing your purchased games

For those of you that have bought a handful of games and linked them to your account , using the purchases list on the My collections page to view your games isn’t ideal as it’s pretty cramped. Yo...

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:21:00 GMT


View where purchases come from

The game analytics pages have been updated to give you better insight about where purchases are coming from. If you’re familiar with itch.io then you might know there are a few different ways to buy...

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:21:18 GMT


Game bundles on itch.io

All developers on itch.io now have the ability to host their own game bundles on itch.io! Bundles are a great way to encourage people to buy multiple of your games at once by giving them a discounted...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:13 GMT


Updates to the press system, new application form

itch.io launched its press system about 3 months ago . The press system is a method for letting content creators with a focus on indie games get access to paid games that opt in for free. There has be...

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:44:00 GMT


You can now offer downloads with web games

itch.io is pretty cool because it lets you either host downloadable games (optionally with a price) or embed a web game directly in the page. In the past if you wanted to combine the two into a single...

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:24:11 GMT


Game jams - itch.io

itch.io now has a new page for browsing game jams! Link: Game jams - itch.io...

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:48:00 GMT


Upload game files with Dropbox

For those that have a Dropbox account, you can now upload your game’s files directly from your Drobox account. You can find the new “Choose with Dropbox” button next to the original file upload...

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:39:56 GMT


Enhancing jams: late submissions and entry editor

Jam admins now have a few more tools to make hosting jams easier than ever (and it’s already pretty easy to begin with, check out jam hosting on itch.io ). Starting today all jams now have a submiss...

Tue, 27 May 2014 19:01:53 GMT


Enhancing jams: new jam admins feature

Did you know that anyone can host a game jam on itch.io ? Well now you do, great! A lot of game jams are collaborative events, hosted by more than just one person. For this reason, starting today, you...

Tue, 27 May 2014 18:50:00 GMT


Buying a game on itch.io

A handful of sellers have asked about what it’s like for a buyer to purchase a game on itch.io. I’ve written a guide that hopefully gives you a detailed view of the entire purchase process. Enjoy...

Wed, 21 May 2014 22:02:02 GMT


Easily view all your rated games

For those of you that have been utilizing itch.io’s game rating feature , you can now view all the games you’ve rated on a full screen page. Just click " Game’s you’ve rated" title of the lis...

Tue, 20 May 2014 20:26:55 GMT


Public domain field for jams on itch.io

In the spirit of The Public Domain Jam , itch.io’s game jam creation feature now lets any jam creator provide a CC0 public domain field to the entries of the game jam. You can find the public domain...

Sat, 17 May 2014 22:17:00 GMT


Public Domain jam on itch.io

itch.io is proud to be helping host The Public Domain Jam in collaboration with Gritfish ! 1) Find a PUBLIC DOMAIN story or character 2) Make a game between May 17 and May 24 3) Submit it to the jam...

Sat, 17 May 2014 04:13:00 GMT


Host a game jam on itch.io

Check out itch.io’s game jam feature, now open to the public. Link: Host a game jam on itch.io...

Thu, 15 May 2014 19:48:12 GMT


Try out the itch.io Android app

Introducing the Itch.io Developer Dashboard . In collaboration with @gotosleep , itch.io now has an Android app for game developers. You can get a quick overview of your game’s stats along with a...

Mon, 12 May 2014 18:47:00 GMT


TOJam 9 on itch.io

itch.io is proud to be helping host TOJam 9 ! Check out some of the awesome games submitted already on http://itch.io/jam/tojam9 More information about TOJam 9 on the official website . Link: TOJam 9...

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:27:43 GMT


Browse Ludum Dare 29 games!

Looking for an easy way to check out some of the games submitted for Ludum Dare 29? Have a look at the Ludum Dare Game Browser , hosted by itch.io. http://ludumdare.itch.io The browser lets you quickl...

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:02:00 GMT


Welcome the first round of press users

About 1 week ago itch.io launched its new press system , a way for indie game developers to opt their paid games in to be downloaded by special users with press access. Here are the press users that h...

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:56:00 GMT


You can now rate games

itch.io has a lot of games! It can be overwhelming trying to search through them looking for something to play. Starting today (actually as of a day or so ago) you can now rate games. The rating data...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:23:00 GMT


Collections, now enhanced!

A few months ago itch.io got the ability to create collections of games and share them on your profile. Today collections are getting a slight upgrade. All collections now have a dedicated browsing pa...

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:54:16 GMT


Contribute to itch.io through the public issues tracker

In an effort to organize all the excellent feature requests and bug reports I’ve been getting I’ve created an a public GitHub repository with an issues tracker. You can view current issues or open...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:29:15 GMT


Games can now be reported

One of the disadvantages of running an open content submission platform is sometimes you get content that doesn’t belong. In order to help keep itch.io’s content well organized and free of spam yo...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:55:28 GMT


Classify your content

Although itch.io is primary a place for hosting video games, there’s a lot of other interesting content that has been uploaded. While it’s nice to see different kinds of content it can be confusin...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:56:00 GMT


Download keys can now be claimed

Download keys is a cool feature of itch.io that lets you generate a unique URL for someone to download your game without having to buy it. One of the biggest enhancement requests I’ve gotten about...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:38:32 GMT


Opt your games into the itch.io press system

One of the biggest struggles with launching an indie game is figuring out how to market it. itch.io hopes to provide you with a rich set of features for not only distributing your game’s files but a...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:19 GMT


You can now configure your notification settings

Currently itch.io only emails those of you with accounts when you’ve made a sale or you’re verifying an email address. Because sometimes the sales emails can be a little overwhelming you can now t...

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:09:51 GMT


Cyberpunk Jam results are now live

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Cyberpunk Jam on itch.io. 269 games were submitted between 03/01/2014 and 03/12/2014. 2726 ratings were cast by those who entered to 265 of the entries (98.5...

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:37:44 GMT


You can now purchase games as gifts on itch.io

Starting today you can now purchase a game for someone else on itch.io . Just click click the Give this game as a gift checkbox on the purchase popup: After paying for the game you’ll be put on the...

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:09:00 GMT


Introducing the itch.io JSON API

Starting today, in addition to the embeddable widget and the JavaScript button API , itch.io now has a server side JSON over HTTP API for querying data about your games. You can read the documentat...

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:45:25 GMT


Browse the Flappy Jam results

Now that the Flappy Jam is over don’t forget to browse the top games voted by those who entered. http://itch.io/jam/flappyjam/results 798 games were submitted between 02/10/2014 and 02/24/2014 ...

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:05:00 GMT


You can now display your user profile in a grid

If you have a lot of games on itch.io but not much to say on your user profile then the default column layout isn’t ideal. Starting today you can now change the layout of your profile page to put ga...

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:48:11 GMT


Participate in the Cyberpunk Game Jam on itch.io!

itch.io is proud to be helping host the Cyberpunk Game Jam  organized by @deviever . Build a Cyberpunk  game based on the theme image from March 1st to March 10th and submit it on itch.io to partici...

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:01:49 GMT


Rating now open for the Flappy Jam!

The Flappy Jam game submission period is officially over. 798 games were submitted! That’s itch.io’s biggest game jam yet. If you’ve submitted a game to the jam then you’re eligible to rate g...

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:13:53 GMT


Offer a demo alongside your purchasable games

If you’ve ever wanted to provide a demo to go alongside your paid game you may of had to employ some workaround such as creating a separate page or just making a link in your description to a downlo...

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:51:00 GMT


Share your game before it's published with a private share URL

Because it’s nice to get feedback on your game’s page before making it public you now have access to a secret share URL for unpublished games that lets anyone view the page. You can find the URL o...

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:23:52 GMT


Let collaborators edit your game pages with the new game admins feature

I handful of people have asked me if it was possible to have multiple accounts edit the same game page. It’s now possible with the new g ame admins feature! A game admin is someone who has access to...

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:18:00 GMT


Give Desura or other download keys with a purchase

A few weeks ago itch.io got the ability to provide a Steam key with a purchase on itch.io. Now you can also provide a Desura key or even an unbranded key for each purchase on itch.io. An unbranded ke...

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:12:56 GMT


Participate in the Flappy Jam on itch.io!

itch.io is proud to be helping host the Flappy Jam : Make a hard, almost unplayable game. Use assets inspired (not ripped) from classics. FLAPPY word or gameplay not mandatory. Have fun, be supportive...

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:29:00 GMT


Set suggested purchase price for downloadable games

If you’ve ever uploaded a web game to itch.io before you may have noticed that you can supply a Suggested price as the default price when someone is donating to your game. For downloadable games it...

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 05:43:22 GMT


You can now email your buyers from itch.io

If you’re selling a game then it’s now incredibly easy to contact those who have purchased your game. itch.io now has it’s own interface for composing and sending an email, perfect for telling...

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:32:31 GMT


Give Steam keys with your purchases

If your game is also for sale on Steam (Congratulations Paper Sorcerer ) you can now offer Steam key redemption from your game’s purchase and download page. You can find the External keys page on t...

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:16:00 GMT


Old game URLs will redirect to most recent if changed

Starting today if you change the URL of your game from the edit game page you don’t have to worry about breaking any links you may have already shared. Old URLs will stay active and redirect to the...

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:14:20 GMT


Enhancements to the file uploader

File uploads on itch.io have received a few enhancements today: You can now tag your uploads with the platform they are for. The platform will show up when someone is downloading the game to help them...

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:44:00 GMT


You can now use Google Analytics with itch.io

If you’ve ever wanted more detailed analytics for your game pages on itch.io you can now insert your own Google Analytics tracking ID in order to get pageview data about your game pages and profile...

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:20:41 GMT


RSS feeds for browsing games

You can now subscribe to itch.io RSS feeds to get up to date lists of games right in your feed reader. For any browse page URL, such as  http://itch.io/browse/price-free  you can append .xml to the...

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:17:30 GMT


Game collections and updated profile pages

In addition to being able to view your purchases on the new My Collections page you can also make collections of any games you want. Creating and adding a game to a collection is done through the Add...

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:38:40 GMT


Alternate download mode and improved download text

There are a few updates to the download page today. I’ve recently learned that itch.io’s storage provider, Google Cloud Storage, is blocked in some regions. This was preventing people from downloa...

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:46:00 GMT


You can now access purchased games from your account

In the past if you bought a game from itch.io you would be redirected to and emailed a private link containing all the files you have access too. Starting today you can now link your a purchase with y...

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:26:00 GMT


Search for purchases and donations by date

You can now search through your purchases and donations by date on itch.io : You can find the date range search page through the Export Purchases link on the game analytics page. Enjoy...

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:06:22 GMT


Add download and install instructions to your game

Sometimes when someone gets to the download page of a game they’re not sure which file they should download, or how they they should open or run what they’ve downloaded. I’ve added a new text f...

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:20:00 GMT


CSV export for purchases

You can now generate a CSV export of your purchase data in monthly batches. You can find the export link under the purchases list on the Game Summary & Analytics page. Enjoy!...

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:45:09 GMT


itch.io now supports HTML5 games!

HTML5 joins the club of web based game types that is supported on itch.io! You can find the HTML Game type on the new/edit game page. In order to add your game you’ll need to upload a ZIP file conta...

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:59:54 GMT


Slight change to game analytics

Starting today if you view a game you have created and you are logged in the view will not count towards the game’s analytics. In the past any view from a browser would trigger a view increment. I k...

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:08:00 GMT


You can now apply a label to download keys

Download keys now support labels to help you organize them: Some other small enhancements have been applied as well, the list will update automatically as you make changes so you can keep track of the...

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:00:08 GMT


Android is now an available platform

There are a few Android games floating around on itch.io but it’s quite hard to locate them. I’ve added Android as a platform option on the game edit page. You can also now filter by Android from...

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:09:00 GMT


Say hello to the new browse & search pages!

When itch.io started there were just a handful of games, you could easily see all the games in a single page. This is no longer the case, itch.io now has over 250 published games! The old browse page...

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:13:00 GMT


Accept credit card payments with Stripe

You can find an example of the new checkout flow on the X-Moon game page , click Download Now, then Credit Card. Today itch.io is releasing its third payment provider: Stripe . Stripe lets a buyer pa...

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:18:00 GMT


Introducing the itch.io widget!

The itch.io widget is an embeddable piece of HTML that you can put on other sites that enables visitors to download or buy your game! The entire download and purchasing flow is available through the w...

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:57:00 GMT


You can now request your download URLs to be resent to your email address

If you’ve purchased any games on itch.io and are potentially worried about losing your download access then you don’t have to worry any more. You can now request all your download URLs to be sent...

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:21:00 GMT


itch.io takes no cut for the rest of October!

In celebration of the Ludum Dare October Challenge , which challenges you finish a game and make at least $1 selling it, itch.io will take no cut of transactions for the rest of October! This means yo...

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 23:56:00 GMT


Buy popup interface updated with file list

If you’re using the itch.io buy button API then you’ll be excited to know that the purchase popup will now show all of a game’s files, including unlockable files with minimum prices. Additional...

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:15:00 GMT


Host your own indie game sale - itch.io

Sweet new feature! Link: Host your own indie game sale - itch.io...

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:08:56 GMT


Updates to donation dialog

I’ve updated the buy/download lightbox slightly for free games. The old layout was a little aggressive about encouraging people to pay, with the messaging not clear that the game was free and the li...

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:32:54 GMT


Disable payments for a specific game

You can now disable payments for a specific game from the edit game page. This way your game is completely free and no one is ever given the opportunity to pay for the game. The downloads are also ava...

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:26:59 GMT


Follow itch.io on social networks

You can follow itch.io on Twitter at @itchio and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/itchiogames...

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:19:21 GMT


Updated way to browse games

New itch.io browse page! Takes advantage of wide screens and shows a lot more relevant data about each game. Enjoy!...

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:20:40 GMT


Sell files at different price points

Starting today itch.io now lets you apply a minimum price to individual files. For example you could offer your game at 5 dollars, and then if someone pays over 7 dollars they also get the game soundt...

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:21:00 GMT


A new itch.io logo

itch.io now has a logo! I’m still rolling it out to the different pages, but you can find it on the homepage right now: http://itch.io/home...

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:48:00 GMT


Referrers and share buttons

itch.io gets new features today: On the game analytics pages you can now see where your visitors are coming from: After downloading a game you can now share the game on various social networks:...

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:32:00 GMT


Support for Java applets added

You can now host your Java games on itch.io . From the New Game/Edit Game page choose “Java Game”. You’ll have to upload a jar file, provide the dimensions of the applet and the class name of th...

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:48:30 GMT


Change what itch.io calls your project

I’ve been asked a handful of times if it’s okay to upload things that aren’t games to itch.io . (I’ve been asked about things like ebooks, tools, and visualizations). I’ve said yes, but one...

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:29:00 GMT


New itch.io homepage!

I’ve just released a brand new homepage for itch.io. It should give visitors a better idea of what the site is capable of (along with looking a lot cooler). Enjoy! Link: New itch.io homepage!...

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:28:24 GMT


More analytics and updated designs

I added some more detailed analytics and updated the designs of a couple pages last night. Check out the new logged in homepage page: The game list looks a lot nicer, and has links to the relevant edi...

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:21:33 GMT


Browse Games

I slipped this feature out last week, but you can now browse games on itch.io. There aren’t many yet but it should give you an idea of what other people are doing and help for discovering new games...

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:13:18 GMT


Flash games now supported

Time for another update, you can now host flash games on itch.io! Because it doesn’t make sense to sell them like like a normal downloadable game, the SWF will be playable inside of your game page a...

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:17:58 GMT


itch.io API

I’ve got some updates for itch.io today, the first is the itch.io API. It lets you embed a buy/download button into an existing webpage. itch.io will handle the transactions (with either PayPal or A...

Tue, 28 May 2013 05:24:00 GMT


Sell your game in more currencies!

Starting now you can sell your game in a handful of different currencies when using PayPal. All you need to do is head over to the user settings page and choose a currency. The checkout flow will then...

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 02:06:53 GMT


Amazon Payments

I’ve added a new payment provider for itch.io today! You can now receive money through Amazon Payments . Head over to the account settings page and click the “Link Amazon Payments” button. Follo...

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:31:00 GMT


Brand new buy dialog

Say hello to the new buy lightbox. Just deployed, enjoy. Also unrelated, but I’ve set up a CDN, or content delivery network, for game images. This means that game images should load significantly fa...

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:47:00 GMT


itch.io FAQ

I wrote an FAQ with some of the questions people have been asking, along with some questions that I think people will want to know the answers to. Feel free to ask any question and I’ll add them to...

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:03:00 GMT


Updates to game analytics

Great news I’ve got another update. I added some analytics to game pages and downloads along with charts to your logged in homepage. Now you can see your game’s activity over time. It’s a little...

Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:10:00 GMT


First Updates!

Okay, along with this blog I also deployed some updates today: I replaced the game text editor with a rich text editor. (Previously was Markdown). You can also write pure HTML if you want by clicking...

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:01:00 GMT


Welcome

Welcome to the itch.io blog! itch.io lets you create a custom page where you can distribute your indie games. It lets you upload your game files and screenshots, customize the layout, and set a minimu...

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:25:00 GMT


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