If you’re as sick of AAA development practices and the treatment of staff as you say, then you really should be looking much deeper into the world of indie development. And wouldn’t you know along with nine from todaywe have another 10 unknown or little-known indie games that deserve your attention.
Supporting independent development is as close to most people as Jesus can be, and this is an excellent opportunity. Put anything that catches your eye on your wish list, buy it when it’s out, then tell your friends. These games are dark only when You let her be
Let us begin.
On the hunt for the invisible
Okay, listen, secret time: if you want me to definitely write about your game, show Kraken. It’s the direct route to my heart, and On the hunt for the invisible went right there. It’s a game about climbing giant creatures, and it just looks a little like it Shadow of the Colossus.
Aside from the slightly bumpy walking animations, this looks great, and climbing on a giant octopus or trying to leap between the gliding sections of a snake? It could be so much fun! Best of all, developer Strange Shift Studio just released a demo so we can find out.
Developer: StrangeShift Studio
station to station
Well, it’s nice here. The idea of running railroads always struck me as way too much pressure, even in Chris Sawyer’s day. But station to stationThe voxel-crammed trailer makes the whole thing feel so incredibly relaxing.
Check out these puffing steamies! I usually find trains about as interesting as carpet patterns, but it makes them look so charming that I want to play them! Hopefully we will be able to do that this year.
Developer: Galaxy Grove
Super cat boy
If you’re my age, the Super Catboy trailer (above) will take you back to the ’90s in a way you might not have wished. It’s the greatest pastiche of how games were advertised back then, and even funnier given the discrepancy (then and now) of angry metal and overexcited gamers with a 2D pixel platformer.
Created by “two German guys”, it’s not just the advertising that reminds me of that time. That has fire ice/Lion King vibes to his art and all that is floating around. There are a demo on Steam if you want to watch it
Developer: pixel pogo
Share: July 2023
Islands of the Caliph
Islands of the Caliph It’s immediately reminiscent of the late 1980’s SSI and FTL games that my reality was built on, and I’m hooked on it for that alone. It’s modern thinking Legends of Grimrockbut the 2.5D aesthetic of the era.
Inspired by the games of the time and based on Middle Eastern folklore and Islamic spiritual traditions, one-person developer Schmidt Workshops proposes that there will be an open-ended storyline based on player choices. There’s a demo coming up at the next Next Fest and I can’t wait.
Developer: Schmidt workshop
life not supported
I’m not entirely sure what it says about me (I am), but there’s something about incredibly isolated survival sims that really appeals to me (because I’m a misanthrope). life not supported is as remote as possible and takes place on a wrecked spaceship orbiting an uninhabited planet. Mmmm, my number one holiday destination.
By collecting debris and using duct tape, you must assemble equipment and a shelter that will ensure you can survive your current oxygen supply, all with the goal of investigating the cause of your accident. subnautica in the vacuum of space? Yes, please. There are There is already a demoand release in Early Access is just four weeks away.
Developer: Sam Stubbings
Share: June 26, 2023
A weekend in Puzzleburg
A 2-4 hour puzzle-filled role-playing game with an emphasis on relaxation and welcoming. That sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? Set in what developer Sunny Demeanor Games calls an “open city” rather than an open world, it’s all about gentle exploration during a weekend getaway, with the threat of enemies or an end-of-the-world cataclysm.
The game came out in February but has so far stayed under the radar. So if you’re in the mood for some gentle, genteel mystery, this might just be it.
Developer: Games with sunny demeanor
Share: Outside now
I have to be careful with these Indiegeddons that I don’t just have lists of graphic novels – by far the most submitted genre. But gosh, when your cast includes BOOM-voiced British actor Simon Callow, that’s quite a brag.
In fact, it’s full of booming voices, also with tales of The Green KnightThis is Ralph Ineson. And then there’s house of the dragonThis is Savannah Steyn and what a damn line-up. with strong Watership Down Mood, Rabbit Kid has been cursed with The Great Culling, and you play as a young girl named Fern who is tasked with bringing her relatives through this purge.
Share: TBA (but a demo in August)
Grand Emprise: Time Travel Survival
Ah. Wow. If you want to see ambitious, watch this trailer Great Empire. This is a survival game set in the time of the dinosaurs, but also in the Middle Ages, but also in the industrial revolution, but then also in the present and also in the space of the future. What now?
There is handicrafts, but also time travel. And this is apparently all created by one person? crazy people It’s supposed to be a single player game and more linear than the genre usually offers, but then it should be, right?
Share: Aug 2023
In top-down action game Evil wizard, you play as the recently defeated boss of a game who is now trying to remove all heroes from his castle. It’s a nice idea, and it’s done with the bright, excellent graphics you’d expect from a Devolver game.
If you want to learn more, you can play it now as it just came out last week.
Developer: Rubber Duck Games
Share: Outside now
An “immersive fantasy treasure hunting simulator” Bridgebourn is an ARPG hand-painted by developer Bamboo’s Bazaar with a focus on exploration.
It looks like it’s going to offer a fairly polished set of abilities, with the – umm – possibility of combining them to create new abilities. And given the lack of indie ARPGs, it’s nice to see one looking so unique.
Developer: bamboo bazaar