It can take a lot for an indie game to stand out nowadays, especially in a post-Undertale world where there’s a deluge of 2D RPGs aping on the Earthbound aesthetics and lo-fi vibes. Luckily, In Stars and Time has a lot going for it with a striking monochrome style, character portraits filled with personality, and a unique time loop twist.
In Stars and Time is due to arrive on Nintendo Switch in early 2023, and ahead of this launch we spoke to developer Adrienne Bazir (she/they), also known as insertdisc5, the lone developer behind the title and its prequel (or perhaps prototype?) Start Again. A heartfelt story that explores what a time loop would feel like emotionally, and the idea of losing your friendships and connections repeatedly, In Stars and Time focuses on the power of found family and the connections you choose to make.