Welcome! It is the most famous national holiday, Indie Day of Repentance! The day when the big gaming websites try to make up for their AAA coverage by giving space to unknown indies. Every gaming site you see that doesn’t join hates indie developers and America. Not us, though, so read on for a whole bunch of games you’ll want to wishlist or buy.
If you are was with us on any of these wonderful journeys before, you will know that I do not endorse or review any of these games and have not played them unless otherwise stated. If you’re new, you already know this too. These are games submitted when I played the sound that seem worthy of further consideration. Starting with…
Developer: Alejandro Zelinski
Well, it’s lovely here. Existing in the middle of Tomb Raider GO and The Valley of the Monuments is Polly VitaA puzzle game where you rearrange the tiles of the level to build your character’s path.
Developer: Mr. you
Out: late 2023
Although I don’t think either frog or toad will take kindly to this mix-up, Olliefrog Toad Skater looks like the CUTEST skateboard game. Even cuter than Skateboard. The emphasis here is on improvisation and self-expression and is currently in a rather precarious position with his Kickstarter. There are two thirds, one week left.
Developer: Final Screw Games
Out: Now (Steam 2023)
With a name that sounds like it should already be a genre, Escape from the tower instead it is a combination of two others. It is a “reverse tower defense” and Snake. I bet you didn’t foresee that. You play as creatures trying to get through defenses that follow the pattern of your snake from the start of each tower level to the descending stairs.
It’s coming to Steam next year, but you can play it right now, completely free, in your browser via Itch.io.
Developer: Lifetap Studios
Release: Q4 2022
One of my favorite games of all time is the long unavailable one Attack on Pearl Harbor, an arcade fighter simulation that cruelly disappeared about a decade ago. So when The Brew Barons immediately reminded me of this, I wanted.
This game sounds super crazy. It’s about brewing beer and then trying to supply liquor to pubs while taking down a pirate organization. And there’s some fighting antics in the air. I can not wait
It’s a classic RTS game, but it’s also a roguelite deckbuilder. I love the look of the art here, a bit like a bit more developed Darwinia, with a million units on the screen at once. Then there are deck-based attacks, and the ever-looming threat of the whole thing failing, as the fraudster wishes.
Developer: Lumi Family
I’m rather taken with the plot here. A VR metaverse game — Haven — has developed a virus causing NPCs to turn on players and the game to be shut down by its creators. You are left trying to find the source of the virus in a very silly looking first person shooter/chopper. Also, you know, that’s what it’s called Chaos over the rainbow.
Developer: Petal Cat Games
If you asked me ten years ago, “So what do you think will replace all these zombie games in a decade?”, my answer would not have been “Farming.” Because I’m not a fortune teller. Research history fits right into that category, looks very cute Harvest Moon-me-do, to identify plants, grow crops, make friends and tame animals.
Developer: Lemonade Flashbang
Out: late 2022
What are your plans for the apocalypse? If your immediate answer is “Party”, then I have a game for you. Judgment Day Paradise describes itself as a multiplayer RPG that can be played however you prefer. You can team up, race, or eliminate combat altogether as you and friends put off saving the world for a good time.
Developer: Eric Anderson
The idea of learning Japanese terrifies me. First, because I’m terrible at all languages except the one I was born around, and second, because I can’t even see a starting point. But look So to speak! It’s a game about deciphering Japanese by using context clues, listening to people, and putting things together like a puzzle. Which intrigued me.
Developer: Alchemist Interactive / rokaplay
Released: Summer 2022
This feels like the wizarding game that Warner has been trying and failing to create for the last decade. Divan is a co-op spellbinding action-adventure where you have to save a wizarding school, here Greifenstein, from an invasion of magical creatures. Looks like the greatest Sims ever addon pack came out.