Adding some of these finally!
I do agree that foddy’s stuff is too hyper-aware of what it’s trying to do and how it wants to interact with the player. Mars: War Logs is too high quality/high budget maybe!? I think Simple Series games have to be sub-A level probably.
Tokyo Jungle definitely fits, though is it too old at this point? It’s not too far outside the simple series era, but I’ll put it in anyway. Fitness Boxing and Tiny and Big might fit… let’s see.
If we extend things back to the PS3 era, I can include Kung Fu Rider.
but I guess a lot of the Move and Kinect catalog would fit in there… I think I’m gonna put these under a sub category since they don’t quite fall under “modern.”
I’d also consider those Puppet Combo games but they’re almost trying too hard to evoke that era, which loses the idea of a modern simple series equivalent… which is why I can’t put tokyo jungle or kung fu rider in, because they are a direct extension of that ethos and not a modern interpretation, if that makes sense.