The hot new co-op farming game is called Dinkum

New farming and life sim Dinkum takes the cozy island living formula and soups it up with what the genre desperately needed: crocodiles. This Australian-inspired island won’t dispel any of the memes about the outback being dominated by wildlife waiting to murder you. Given that, I’ll be planting crops and petting the excessively large wombats back in town instead, thank you.

Dinkum launched last week in early accesswrangling a peak of almost 9,000 players (opens in new tab) on Sunday and earning an “overwhelmingly positive” batch of 95% user recommendations so far. Neither is a small feat for a self-published indie game in early access. Solo developer and Australian local James Bendon says he wants to “recreate a little bit of his childhood magic and nostalgia,” with Dinkum’s Aussie-based biomes and animals.

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