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Gaming In The Wild

66 EpisodesProduced by John RogersWebsite

A chill video games podcast about interesting and creative games, from indie to AAA. Your host: Iceland-based journalist John Rogers. You can also find me chatting about games on Twitter and Instagram, making video on YouTube, and streaming games live on Twitch - check out… read more

66 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

65: Interview - Signs of the Sojourner creator Dyala Kattan-Wright

July 22nd, 2021


This week's episode is a conversation with Dyala Kattan-Wright, the creator of the conversational deck-builder Signs of the Sojourner. It's a memorable story presenting a warm and humane vision of our climate future. It …

64: Nowhere Prophet & Gamepass Roundup

July 15th, 2021


I skated over a few Gamepass titles last episode, but this week it's time to dive on in. The featured game is addictive but difficult card-battler …

63: Returnal

July 8th, 2021


This episode is about the stunningly well-crafted and harrowingly difficult PS5 exclusive Returnal. It's kind of a coming-of-age party for Finnish …

62: Death Stranding (with special guest Ciaran Daly)

July 2nd, 2021


This week's episode is a deep dive into the divisive but critically acclaimed Death Stranding, with special guest Ciaran Daly. We have a spoiler break half way through, so if you're yet to play the game, you're safe …

61: Sludge Life

June 25th, 2021


This week's featured game is Sludge Life – a brilliantly fun, deeply grimy first-person game about tagging and thieving your way through a smoggy industrial dystopia, to the sound of a stellar lo-fi hip-hop soundtrack.

60: Immortals: Fenyx Rising

June 17th, 2021


This week I took on Ubisoft's Immortals: Fenyx Rising. It's a comedic take on some familiar Greek myths, with gameplay DNA from both the Assassin's Creed series and, notably, Nintendo's Breath of the Wild.

Also …

59: Slay The Spire, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

June 10th, 2021


This week’s featured game is indie smash-hit Slay the Spire. It’s an easy to play, tough to master deck-battler game in which you try to fight your way to the top of the mysterious spire via bouts of addictive, …

58: Fantasian

June 3rd, 2021


This week, our featured game is Apple Arcade's very own JRPG epic: Fantasian. Made by the producer of the original Final Fantasy series, it's a loving tribute to classic JRPGs past, with all of the charm and …

57: NUTS

May 28th, 2021


This week I delved into the mysteries of Melmouth Forest in Apple Arcade gem NUTS (also available on Steam and Switch). Just what are those squirrels up to? Well, I won’t tell you, because it’s a spoiler-free show – but …

56: Signs Of The Sojourner

May 21st, 2021


This week's game is the fascinating conversation-based future road trip simulator Signs Of The Sojourner. I really loved this game, and I highly …

55: Iris and the Giant

May 14th, 2021


This week’s episode is about Iris and the Giant, a beautifully realised deck-battling game about a young girl’s journey through the underworld of her …

54: Narita Boy

May 7th, 2021


This week it's time to take up the Techno-Sword, become one with the Trichroma, and ride the Servo-Horse to victory in the Digital Kingdom of compelling high-retro pixel-art hack 'n' slasher Narita Boy. 
Also mentioned: …

53: Paradise Killer

April 30th, 2021


Paradise Killer is a truly odd detective game, mixing a Miami Vice 1980s aesthetic with brutalist architecture, Lovecraftian gods, demonic …

52: Moonlighter

April 23rd, 2021


This week I strapped on an enchanted helmet and did some dungeon-diving in the cosy and enjoyable shopkeeping roguelite Moonlighter.

Also mentioned: Thomas Was Alone looks great on Switch, bouncing off the puzzling …

51: Fez

April 18th, 2021


This week’s episode looks at Fez, the classic 2012 indie platform game that made its way to Switch this week. It’s as wonderful today as it was upon …

50: Going Under, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

April 11th, 2021


For episode number fifty, I revisited the featured game of episode one – the classic open-world saga Horizon Zero Dawn – to explore the impressive …

49: Shinsekai: Into The Depths

April 3rd, 2021


This week I explored the bed of a far-future ocean in Shinsekai: Into The Depths. This exploration-focussed Metroidvania feels like an indie game, but it was actually developed by Capcom Japan specifically for Apple …

48: Life is Strange

March 28th, 2021


This week's episode takes a look at 2015 episodic graphic adventure Life Is Strange. It's a nostalgic game that's littered with pop cultural …

47: The Collage Atlas

March 19th, 2021


These week I leaf through the pages of The Collage Atlas – a wonderfully delicate, aesthetic hand-drawn game that came out in 2020 for Apple Arcade. …

46: Disco Elysium

March 12th, 2021


This week's episode is about one of the most cerebral, detailed gameworlds I've ever inhabited: it’s the award-winning Disco Elysium, by Estonian …

45: A Plague Tale: Innocence

March 5th, 2021


This week’s episode journeys into the dark heart of an accomplished narrative-led adventure game – A Plague Tale: Innocence

Also: an Iceland earthquake update, first impressions of promising puzzle game Maquette, and …

44: Entwined, Fallout 4

February 28th, 2021


This week we take a step back in time to review 2014 title Entwined by PixelOpus, developers of Concrete Genie; and also a step into the future in …

43: Concrete Genie

February 22nd, 2021


This week I painted the walls of a bleak post-industrial town with neon nature dreamscapes in the fantastic modern fairytale Concrete Genie. It's an original and innovative game by Pixelopus, a studio with an …

42: Paper Beast, Cultist Simulator

February 14th, 2021


This week's episode features two fascinating games. First it's a recommendation for the experiential origami nature odyssey Paper Beast – released in …

41: Interview - ‘In Other Waters’ Creator Gareth Damian Martin

February 4th, 2021


This week's episode is an interview with Gareth Damian Martin, an artist, writer, and the developer of In Other Waters. It's an unusual game that offers you the chance to explore an alien ocean, experience an …

40: Alba - A Wildlife Adventure

January 28th, 2021


How time flies… it’s episode 40! That means the podcast is old enough to wonder why it doesn’t yet own a house and start worrying about doing more …

39: If Found... & Guildlings

January 23rd, 2021


This week's episode is a short one about two short touchscreen games: the Game Awards winning If Found... and the Apple Arcade's miniature feel-good RPG Guildlings

Also touched upon: Linelight, Reigns, Necrobarista, …

38: Spiritfarer, WATTAM, Nex Machina

January 16th, 2021


New year, new series! The first episode in season 2 of Gaming in the Wild is a banger, featuring three games I played during the winter break - the …

37: Games of the Year 2020 #3 with Dani

January 9th, 2021


In the final of three GOTY 2020 episodes, this week’s guest is gamer, streamer, and brand new dog owner Dani aka Girl With Box. Dani brings a fresh …

36: Games of the Year 2020 #2 with Louis

December 31st, 2020


My second Games of the Year guest is Louis, co-host of the excellent Time Played 3hr podcast, who dropped by to talk about the history of rally driving, in-game photography, turning horses into glue, Cyberpunk 2077, and …

35: Games Of The Year 2020 #1 with Ciaran Daly

December 14th, 2020


On this week’s episode I welcome special guest Ciaran Daly to the show. He's one of the people behind the Radical Art Review magazine (and kind of my “gaming mentor”). We each talked about five games we loved playing …

34: Control DLC, No Man's Sky Origins, Alto's Adventure, Gato Roboto, Ni No Kuni

December 5th, 2020


This week’s episode is a roundup of some true show favourites that have recently had updates. Remedy’s Control has added much-needed difficulty …

33: Pyre

November 27th, 2020


This week's game is the third polished gem in the Supergiant Games roster. After escaping from Hades last episode, this time I traverse the Downside …

32: Hades

November 20th, 2020


This week’s show is about Hades, an all-action roguelike dungeon crawler set in the Greek underworld. It’s not my usual genre, but it's by the acclaimed Supergiant studio who made Transistor, Pyre and Bastion, which …

31: The Pathless

November 14th, 2020


This week I played an extraordinary new action-adventure game called The Pathless by Giant Squid, the studio behind ABZU. With fluid gameplay, brilliant music and a fascinating game world, fans of Journey, Breath of the …

30: Dear Esther

November 6th, 2020


This week's episode takes us to a far-flung Hebridean island to kick through the seaweed and hike over the hills of melancholic 'walking simulator' …

29: Paratopic, Speed Dating For Ghosts

October 30th, 2020


The truth is out there... maybe? This episode I played two Halloweeny games: the bizarre fractured narrative of 45 minute indie-horror game …

28: Red Dead Redemption 2

October 22nd, 2020


This week’s show covers one of the most acclaimed (and best-selling) games of all time – the stunning Western epic, Red Dead Redemption 2. Now 25 hours in, I’ve been breathing the mountain air, learning the dead-eye, …

27: Playdead's INSIDE

October 15th, 2020


Is INSIDE a horror game? Find out this episode, when I delve into Playdead's LIMBO follow-up (and conduct a Twitter poll about whether this qualifies …

26: Outer Wilds

October 9th, 2020


This latest episode covers the fabulous, original, challenging sci-fi exploration game Outer Wilds. It's dizzyingly ambitious, and can be both …

25: The Stanley Parable & The Beginner's Guide

September 30th, 2020


The Stanley Parable and The Beginner’s Guide are two deeply unusual games by US developer Davey Wreden. This week's show takes a dive into the alternately surprising, hilarious and disturbing waters of their bizarre …

24: Virginia

September 25th, 2020


Many games are described as cinematic, but few have gone as far in that direction as Virginia. A BAFTA-winning 2016 narrative 'walking simulator', …

23: The Last Campfire, Superliminal, PS5 & X-Box Series X

September 17th, 2020


This week’s show has the novelty of being about actual new games! First, we dive into the forlorn underground of The Last Campfire, before engaging in some optical illusion trickery in the Portal-influenced Superliminal.

22: The Unfinished Swan, Fujii PSVR, Gorogoa

September 11th, 2020


This episode is about three games that all share a sense of wonder and fairytale mystery. First is The Unfinished Swan, a celebrated 2012 PS3 title that has just been released for iOS and Steam. Next up is Fujii, a …

21: Road To Guangdong, Battle Chef Brigade, Far From Noise, One Line Coloring

September 4th, 2020


This episode centres coincidentally on games featuring Chinese food: indie visual novel and family saga Road To Guangdong, and brawler-puzzler-anime-story Battle Chef Brigade. Also covered: surreal visual novel Far From …

20: Thomas Was Alone, Pikuniku, Assassin's Creed Odyssey

August 29th, 2020


This episode begins with two wonderful indie games: the BAFTA-winning minimalist platformer Thomas Was Alone, and jelly-legged capitalism …

19: Fe, Bleak Sword, A Dark Room

August 21st, 2020


As summer ends and night returns to Iceland, this episode is about three dark games. Fe (pronounced, roughly, Fay-uh, from the Swedish for "fairy") is a mysterious exploration game about animals singing to each other in …

18: Alan Wake

August 13th, 2020


This week I visited the picturesque Pacific Northwestern town of Bright Falls for a psychologically horrorifying and thrilling vacay via 'Alan Wake.' …

17: Firewatch, Bastion, Okami

August 3rd, 2020


It's been a quiet spell for new games lately, so this episode takes on a few indie classics. Firewatch was on sale recently, so it's doing the rounds …

16: Hyper Light Drifter

July 26th, 2020


Action-RPG-adventure game Hyper Light Drifter is something of a legendary indie game. It's a gorgeous pixel-art world, drenched in neon and pastel …

15: The Last Guardian

July 21st, 2020


This episode is about Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian. Nine years in the making, it's the follow-up to Shadow of the Colossus – only this time, the …

14: The Last Of Us 2 (Spoilercast Special)

July 13th, 2020


The Last Of Us 2 is a game that's ignited discussion across the gaming community. It's an emotionally gruelling journey that takes some unexpected swerves in both narrative and game design. It's an emotional whirlwind …

13: Ruiner, Left Behind, The Last Of Us Part II

July 7th, 2020


Our featured game this week is 'Ruiner', a twin-stick shooter with light narrative/RPG elements in a dark cyberpunk world. It’s a 2017 game published …

12: Katamari Damacy, Coffee Talk, The Good Time Garden, the last of The Last Of Us

June 26th, 2020


Hey hey! In this week’s episode, I serve up an eccentric-game sandwich, with Katamari Damacy: Reroll and The Good Time Garden as the very weird and …

11: The Last Of Us, Neo Cab, Paper Mario, The Itch Bundle For Racial Justice

June 17th, 2020


With The Last of Us 2 and Paper Mario: Origami King about to drop, I decided to backtrack and play the last entry in each series for the first time. With no spoilers beyond basic early-game plot points, I discuss my …

10: Manifold Garden, Death Stranding, Fallen Order, Apple Arcade

June 5th, 2020


Hi everyone! In this episode I taken on some BIG GAMES like Death Stranding and Jedi: Fallen Order, having played the first three hours of each game side by side. I also dip into the indie wonderland of Apple Arcade via …

09: Detroit Become Human, Mad Max

May 26th, 2020


This episode I review two critically divisive AAA games that – despite huge budgets – are often described as underrated or overlooked. Join me as I dive into the near-future of Quantic Dream’s ‘Detroit: Become Human’ …

08: Bound, Rez Infinite, Telling Lies, Lonely Mountains: Downhill & No Man's Sky

May 13th, 2020


This episode I talk about five games on PS4, PSVR and Nintendo Switch: Bound, Rez Infinite, Telling Lies, Lonely Mountains: Downhill and – you …

07: The PSVR Episode - Astro Bot, Moss, No Man's Sky

April 29th, 2020


This is a special episode dedicated to my adventures into virtual gaming via a borrowed PSVR kit.
I tried out Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Moss, and No Man's Sky, which has become an obsession since I began a couple of …

06: In Other Waters, Gravity Rush 2, No Man's Sky, 3DS Classics

April 16th, 2020


Episode six is here, and it’s a monster! After two more weeks of quarantine, I’m bursting to talk about everything I’ve been playing, starting with the brand new indie gem In Other Waters. Next up is the underrated …

05: ABZU, Night In The Woods, Mutazione, Donut County

March 28th, 2020


Following on from the "chill games" edition, this episode is about ABZU, an underwater odyssey thats sure to take you on a mesmerising trip, all from …

04: Gris, Journey, FAR Lone Sails, Unfinished Swan, Sayonara Wild Hearts

March 23rd, 2020


Hi everyone. This episode is something a little different: five soothing, calming, non-violent, mellow games to help you unwind during difficult …

03: A Short Hike

March 14th, 2020


This charming, heartwarming indie game is currently up for free at the Epic Games Store, so this podcast was made to let people know. I played A Short Hike over Christmas, and found it to be a relaxing experience, so I …

02: Control

March 10th, 2020


Things get eerie this episode as we take a spoiler-free sortie into the dark and disturbing world of Control. Remedy’s acclaimed paranormal thriller …

01: Horizon Zero Dawn

February 27th, 2020


This blockbuster game was a release title for the PS4, but it looks as good and plays as well now as it did upon its 2017 release. It has since sold …

00: Kentucky Route Zero

February 19th, 2020


Welcome to the first episode of Gaming In The Wild (In honour of our featured game, we're calling it episode zero). This episode is about the surreal and brilliant Kentucky Route Zero, which was recently released by …

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