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  2. Pictured above: Super Cloudbuilt I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that may have slipped under your radar. I'm not personally endorsing any of these games, just highlighting some titles that stood out among Steam's weekly releases. Make sure you read user reviews and search YouTube to find more information on each game. Pyre Supergiant Games $19.99 First up we have Pyre, a game that probably doesn't need much in the way of introduction. The latest title by the developers of Transistor and Bastion may retain Supergiant's signature aesthetic and focus on music and storytelling, but takes a fairly radical departure in the gameplay department. This time around combat comes in the form of a sports RPG, where teams of three have to grab a ball and score on the opponent's goal, the titular "pyres." Another interesting departure from previous Supergiant games is the addition of a pseudo-open world with a branching storyline that contains no real failure states. Pyre is also available on PS4. Slime Rancher Monomi Park $19.99 The hugely popular and adorable Slime Rancher recently released from Early Access. You play as Beatrix LeBeau, a young rancher that has decided to travel to the distant fringes of the galaxy and make her living as a slime wrangler. In practical terms, Slime Rancher is a first-person sandbox where players capture slimes with their handy vacpack, place them in pins, care for them, and sell the fruits of their labor for profit. The challenge comes from learning the various properties of the different slime species, and figuring out the best ways to contain and care for them. Slime Rancher is also on GOG, the Humble Store, and Xbox One. Sundered Thunder Lotus Games $19.99 Sundered is a 2D metroidvania featuring gorgeous (and terrifying) hand-drawn graphics from the creators of Jotun. Explore a ruined world of shifting caverns and cosmic horrors where you must choose to embrace or resist the whispering temptations of ancient eldritch artifacts. Sundered promises multiple endings to discover based on how much of your sanity you sacrifice to harness the dark powers of its world. You can also buy Sundered on GOG, the Humble Store, and PS4. The Shrouded Isle Kitfox Games $9.99 The Shrouded Isle is another recent title about ancient powers better left forgotten. This story-driven light management game places you in control of a village of fanatical cultists that worship a slumbering Lovecraftian god. According to your village's prophecies, the god will soon reawaken and lead humanity into a new era. Survive for the next three years as the high priest of your religion by making allies, rooting out heretics, and offering sacrifices to your god to maintain his favor. Also available on the Humble Store. Solstice Chronicles: MIA Ironward $19.99 Solstice Chronicles is a top-down tactical shooter where you play as a corporate marine stranded on a dead Martian colony. The mutagenic virus that decimated Earth has spread throughout Tharsis, and you must find a way to stop it from reaching the last bastions of humanity. Accompanying you is an advanced AI-controlled drone full of useful features, and is the source of the game's interesting risk-reward mechanics. The drone can be used to unleash tons of powerful abilities against the mutant hordes in Tharsis, but using your drone too much raises the alert level and attracts more enemies to your location. You can also bring along a co-op partner, but the multiplayer is local only. Immortal Planet teedoubleuGAMES $14.99 Immortal Planet is the latest in a long line of challenging action RPGs that contain self-proclaimed "Souls-like" mechanics, such as methodical combat and losing experience upon death. Each level in the game's unforgiving world contains shortcuts back and forth to the central hub where you can cash in your experience for new abilities and gear. You can also buy Immortal Planet on GOG. Redeemer Sobaka Studio $14.99 Redeemer is a brutal new brawler that allows you to murder your enemies with everything from your fists to their own severed limbs. You play as Vasily, a former operative for the world's biggest cybernetics manufacturer that narrowly escaped after the company decided that they no longer needed him. After 20 years they have finally managed to track Vasily down, giving him a final chance to atone for his dark past. In addition to your standard combo-based brawling, you can also tackle missions with a stealthy approach...or just disarm a guard and go on a shooting spree with their assault rifle. You can also grab Redeemer on the Humble Store, and the developers worked out a deal with Devolver Digital so that owners of Mother Russia Bleeds can get the game for 10% off. Aztez Team Colorblind $19.99 Finally we come to Aztez, a black and white Aztec-inspired brawler with...turn-based strategy elements? Move and deploy your Aztec warriors across a map of the empire in the turn-based strategy metagame, then engage in frantic and brutal 2D brawler sequences to resolve combat. Face off against historic figures and mythological monsters to change the course of history. The campaign features random events and items to ensure that each play through is slightly different. You can also find Aztez on the Humble Store. Still craving new games? Why not check out one of these other recent titles as well: Fidel Dungeon Rescue, a puzzle-driven dungeon crawler where you play as a dog trying to navigate each level in the most efficient way possible. Galaxy of Pen & Paper, the sci-fi follow-up to Knights of Pen and Paper. Tragedy of Prince Rupert, a surreal 2D shooter inspired by the 1958 movie The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. Super Cloudbuilt , a speedrunning-focused parkour shooter That's all for this week. I'll return soon with more indie release highlights.
  3. Pictured above: Dungeon Defenders II If you somehow have spare money to blow after the Steam sale, why not consider trying one of these recent indie releases that may have slipped under your radar? Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court Red Hook Studios $9.99 The highly anticipated DLC to Darkest Dungeon has finally arrived. This expansion adds new narration and cut scenes focusing on the early days of The Ancestor, all presented in the game's signature grim and macabre aesthetic. A new dungeon has been unlocked in the form of The Courtyard, and its crawling with new monsters and bosses to defeat. You won't have to explore this new dungeon alone, however, as Crimson Court also introduces a new character class and upgrades to improve your hamlet. The new DLC is also on GOG and the Humble Store, while the PS4 and Vita versions will be out at the end of August. Dungeon Defenders II Trendy Entertainment Free to Play After a lengthy stay in Early Access and a major overhaul, Dungeon Defenders II is complete. While it was originally going to focus on a competitive MOBA-style mode, fan feedback forced Trendy to push the sequel to this beloved tower defense game closer towards the original's direction. Join up to three friends and defend the Eternia Crystals from waves of foul monsters. Gain loot and experience after each battle to upgrade your character and take on even greater challenges. The base game is free to play, with various DLC packs that give you access to more levels, exclusive items, and premium currency to spend on characters and upgrades. Serious Sam's Bogus Detour Crackshell $14.99 Several years back, Croteam held a contest to find indie developers willing to make quality spin-offs of the Serious Sam franchise. Three devs were chosen, and the first two games, The Random Encounter and Double D, were released ages ago. The third title disappeared, and remained dormant until it suddenly reappeared during the Devolver Digital E3 Conference with a release date. Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is a top-down, multiplayer-focused, twin-stick shooter interpretation of Croteam's classic series. Team up with three friends to tackle the campaign mode, or battle it out in competitive and survival modes that support 12 players. Also on GOG and the Humble Store. Nex Machina Housemarque $19.99 Nex Machina is the latest arcade shooter by Housemarque, the developer best known for Resogun, which was the only thing worth playing on the PS4 at launch. This twin-stick shooter takes much of its inspiration from arcade classics like Smash TV, and pits the player against waves of robotic foes in destructible, voxel-based environments. Unfortunately, the co-op mode is local only, though the game is full of online challenges and leaderboards to display your gaming prowess to others. You can also find Nex Machina on PS4, GOG, and the Humble Store. Ticket to Earth Robot Circus $14.99 Ticket to Earth is a unique new take on the match-3 RPG formula. In this strategy RPG, the grid-based boards that you fight on double as the match-3 board. This means that you collect power by moving your character around the map to match gems before unleashing devastating special attacks. This is just the first part of four episodes, but the entire experience is covered by the $15 price tag. Ticket to Earth was originally released on mobile, so you can find a copy there as well. Cryptark Alientrap $14.99 Finally we come to Cryptark, the newest title by the developers of Apotheon and Capsized. This 2D roguelite places you in the boots of a privateer that accepts contracts to board derelict alien space-hulks in search of valuable artifacts. Just because the ships are abandoned that doesn't mean they are safe, however, as dormant security turrets and drones guard the empty hallways from intruders. As with most roguelites, the starships in Cryptark are all procedurally generated, and the penalties for failure are severe. You can also find Cryptark on the Humble Store and PS4. That's all for this time. Which of these new games captured your attention?
  4. It's that time of the year again. Valve has blessed us with a buffet of irresistibly cheap PC games that will inevitably haunt our libraries, uninstalled and unplayed, for years to come. While many gamers might be looking to grab last year's hottest AAAs at bargain bin prices, I'd like to remind everyone not to ignore the little guys. I could be here for hours listing awesome games being sold for less than the price of a small fry at your favorite fast food chain, but I'll keep it to 10 for brevity's sake. Here's 10 indie games you might not have heard of for under $5. Expeditions: Conquistador Logic Artists $4.99 Expeditions: Conquistador was one of the first games I ever reviewed, on a site that no longer exists. This strategy RPG places you in command of a group of Spanish explorers searching for fame and fortune in the jungles of the New World. Gameplay is split between diplomatic negotiations with the natives, random events, exploration, and turn-based combat. The core mechanics in each segment are pretty basic, but they all come together to form a solid adventure in a criminally underutilized setting. I hear that Logic Artists have improved the formula significantly in their Viking-themed follow-up, but that title is still way too recent to be heavily discounted. Crimsonland 10tons Ltd $4.19 Do you want to slaughter hordes of monsters with a staggering variety of weapons, but only have a few minutes to spare? If so, you can't go wrong with Crimsonland. This is the 2014 remake of a classic shooter from 2003, and a lot has been added over the years. Pick one of five survival modes and annihilate enemies for as long as you can with dozens of grossly overpowered weapons and power-ups. There is nothing deep or sophisticated about Crimsonland, it's just mindless, gory fun. It's not as good as Nation Red in terms of bloody carnage, but it's still a satisfying way to kill some time. Infested Planet Rocket Bear Games $4.94 Speaking of alien genocide, Infested Planet is everything the Starship Troopers video games should have been. You lead a small squad of space mercenaries against a never-ending horde of alien bugs. The ground is so thick with aliens that each rocket can turn a dozen of them into red mist without even putting a dent in the chitinous swarm. Your kill count after any given mission can easily reach the tens of thousands. To make any progress you'll need to carefully micromanage your squad, positioning each soldier just right to ensure the maximum number of kills with each shot as you slowly grind your way towards the hives. The game may seem pretty easy at first, but later missions introduce alien hives with increasingly tough mutations designed to counter your favorite tactics. Contrast Compulsion Games $3.39 I'll be upfront about this one: Contrast is a very flawed game. The controls aren't very tight, and some segments can get frustrating because of the clunky camera and character movement. The game was also very buggy when I first played it back in 2013, with one puzzle becoming unsolvable because the box I needed to move decided to do its best UFO impression. With all that said, I still enjoyed Contrast enough to cautiously recommend it, especially at the current sale price. If you can get past its flaws, you'll find a gorgeous platformer with a fantastic soundtrack, some genuinely cool puzzles, an interesting world, and a touching story that deals with some pretty mature themes as seen through the eyes of a child. Tales of Maj'Eyal Netcore Games $2.37 Tales of Maj'Eyal is one of the best modern roguelikes on the market. I use the term "modern" loosely, as Maj'Eyal is just the latest iteration of a series that has been around for nearly two decades and can trace its roots back to Angband. ToME is the quintessential roguelike, an unforgiving adventure with a ludicrous amount of depth. You can easily lose a hundred hours to ToME and barely scratch the surface. It's not a game for the faint of heart, but luckily you can test the game for free on the official website. AI War: Fleet Command Arcen Games $0.99 I'm nothing if not a raging fanboy of Arcen Games, so it was just a matter of time before one of their titles made it onto this list. AI War is Arcen's most popular and well-known game, and for good reason. This unique strategy game has been steadily improved and expanded upon for six years, and all the DLC is ridiculously cheap right now as well. The basic premise of AI War is that humanity lost the war with the machines. All that remains is a tiny, insignificant resistance that would easily be slaughtered should the AI learn of its existence. What follows is a guerilla campaign where you must silently take out the AI's subcommanders, steal and sabotage enemy technology, and build your forces without attracting the AI's attention. The game has a fairly steep learning curve, but if you can get past its quirks you'll discover an infinitely replayable and satisfying strategy game unlike any other on the market. Reus Abbey Games $1.99 If a tense and deadly space war isn't your thing, then why not travel to the chill and colorful world of Reus? This god game gives you an empty world and four gods with unique abilities so you can shape it to your heart's content. Each god represents a different ecosystem with its own flora and fauna. The goal is to give humanity the resources they need to build thriving villages by placing plants, minerals, and animals in the most optimum arrangement to generate bonuses. Beware, however, as a village that becomes too prosperous can also become selfish, greedy, and warlike. The core mechanics are easy enough to grasp, but the interactions between the various resources and ecosystems can get surprisingly complex as you progress to later tech levels. Super Mutant Alien Assault Cybernate $3.29 That word salad of a title belongs to a game that pitches itself as "The Citizen Kane of Super Crate Box Clones." While that's a fairly accurate description, I feel that the developers of Super Mutant Alien Assault are selling themselves a bit short. It's functionally similar to SCB in the sense that you pick up crazy weapons and kill hordes of enemies in enclosed, arena-like levels, but SMAA does quite a bit to differentiate itself. Levels alternate between objectives like "kill all enemies" and "bring X number of objects to device Y," with crazy boss fights at the end of each level set. If you loved the core concept of Super Crate Box but wanted to see it expanded further, then Super Mutant Alien Assault is worth adding to your collection. The Swapper Facepalm Games $2.84 I'll admit that I never actually finished The Swapper. The biggest "problem" with this atmospheric and clever sci-fi puzzle platformer is that I'm far too inept to properly play it. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate it, and I highly recommend The Swapper to anyone who isn't as incompetent as I am when it comes to using their brain. The puzzles are all based around cloning yourself to be in multiple places at once, with strict rules on how you can move and place your clones. Best enjoyed with headphones and in the dark so you can really soak in the game's lonely and mysterious world. Intrusion 2 Aleksey Abramenko $2.99 Finally we come to Intrusion 2, a side-scrolling shooter made by a Russian dude with way too much spare time on his hands. Intrusion 2 isn't the most polished, precise, or advanced side scroller out there, but it is a game that oozes charm from every orifice. The physics are as janky and hilarious as they are impressive for a game in this genre, and you'll often get stuck because the giant mecha worm you just killed fell on you, but the game is just so damn fun that you don't care about its flaws. It looks and plays like something dreamed up by a hyperactive child after binge-watching a GI Joe marathon, and that's all part of what makes Intrusion 2 so memorable. So what are you waiting for? Get on Steam and help Gaben buy his 73rd solid gold yacht by spending lots of money on games you'll probably never play.
  5. Pictured above: Formicide I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that may have slipped under your radar. I'm not personally endorsing any of these games, just highlighting some games that stood out amongst Steam's weekly batch of releases. Make sure you read user reviews and search YouTube to find more information on each game. Gorescript Sergiu Bucur $9.99 First this week is Gorescript, an FPS inspired by classics from the '90s. Splatter the blood of your voxel enemies across 18 levels with an arsenal of six weapons. The game features five difficult settings, including an optional permadeath mode for extra challenge. Find secrets to upgrade your weapons and compete with other players on the global leaderboard. Pathfinder Adventures Obsidian Entertainment $24.99 Pathfinder Adventures is a digital adaptation of Paizo's Pathfinder card game, and plays exactly like fans of the physical version would expect. Explore the Pathfinder universe as the franchise's iconic characters in this card-driven battle game that emulates a mini RPG adventure. The PC version apparently has some issues to hammer out, but it still might be worth looking into if you like the card game, and Pathfinder in general. There is also a "free-to-play" version on mobile, assuming you are willing to grind countless hours to make any progress. Air Missions: HIND 3Division $16.99 Jump into the cockpit of Russia's infamous "flying tank" in Air Missions: HIND. Load your gunship full of real-world autocannons, rockets, and bombs as you destroy air and ground targets across a 15 mission campaign. The game also features co-op and competitive multiplayer, as well as full Steam Workshop support so the community can make new missions and modes. Grab the $20 Deluxe Edition and get access to the HAVOC, HIP, and HOKUM helicopters. Also on Xbox One. Witchinour Sofuto Geimu $4.99 Witchinour is a top-down bullet hell with roguelite elements and a retro-inspired aesthetic. Explore a randomly generated dungeon as Nour, a novice witch looking for her lost spell book. Clear each floor as quickly as possible to avoid raising your alert level. If your alert level gets too high then subsequent floors will become more difficult as you face greater numbers of fiercer enemies. Flood of Light Irisloft $3.99 In Flood of Light you play as a mysterious girl in a city submerged by torrential rain. Use your light to solve puzzles based around illuminating the city. Gain access to new light powers that will help you solve more advanced puzzles and lower the water level so you can reach deeper levels of the city. Find all of the game's hidden wicks to reveal the mysteries surrounding the flooded city and the unending rain. Art of Gravity Hamster On Coke Games $.99 Art of Gravity is the latest minimalistic, physics-based puzzle game by Hamster On Coke, which is possibly one of the better indie studio names I've encountered. The puzzles in Art of Gravity are, surprisingly enough, based on using gravity to manipulate objects. Drop spheres to destroy abstract voxel figures that, based on the trailer, explode in a fairly satisfying fashion. Zafehouse Diaries 2 Screwfly Studios $6.99 The sleeper hit zombie survival game from 2012 has finally received a sequel with Zafehouse Diaries 2. As with the original, this procedurally generated, text-based management game is told through the diary of a survivor during a zombie apocalypse. Manage the needs of your small group of survivors, each of which have their own personalities and skills. Complete the game's premade scenarios, or survive as long as possible in the sandbox mode. Formicide Rock Wall Games, LLC Free Finally we come to Formicide, a 2D class-based multiplayer game that promotes itself as "Worms meets Team Fortress 2." Pick from eight playable classes and face off in objective-focused battles. Capture power-ups to give your team the upper hand by unleashing special attacks. Many of the weapons and abilities are based around terrain creation and deformation, hence the comparisons to Worms. Matches are designed to be five to ten minutes in length, with an emphasis on easy-to-learn mechanics with a high skill ceiling. That's all for now. I'll be back soon with more new release highlights.
  6. Just checking in. Hope to be able to contribute some stuff about indie games. Here's a cool shot from the game Rust from Facepunch Studios.
  7. Pictured above: Starpoint Gemini Warlords I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that may have slipped under your radar. I'm not personally endorsing any of these games, but merely highlighting some indie titles that look promising. Make sure you read user reviews and search YouTube to find more information on each game. Last week was a particularly good week for indie releases, especially if you like space games. Everspace Rocketfish Games $29.99 First up we have Everspace, a space combat game with roguelike elements and excellent visuals. Pick one of three starting ships and explore a vast, procedurally generated universe. Find blueprints to craft new weapons and equipment to give you the edge in Everspace's fierce space dogfights. Death is permanent, but you do keep some of your progress so you won't start completely from scratch each time. Everspace launched with full VR support for both the Rift and Vive, and requires a controller for those devices to play in VR mode. Also on Xbox One, GOG, and the Humble Store. Endless Space 2 Amplitude Studios $39.99 Another highly anticipated space game that recently exited Early Access is Endless Space 2. This follow-up to 2012's cult hit space 4X features, among other things, an overhauled random Galaxy Generator to greatly improve the game's replayability. Guide your budding civilization from the early years of interstellar travel to a galaxy-spanning empire. Discover ancient artifacts and unlock the secrets of the Endless, a mysterious precursor race that disappeared eons ago. The game's launch from Early Access was a bit rough at first, but Amplitude has apparently done a stellar job addressing many of the game-breaking issues as quickly as possible. Also available on the Humble Store. Starpoint Gemini Warlords Little Green Men Games $34.99 Let's keep going with our current space theme and look at Starpoint Gemini Warlords, a new installment in another fairly successful intergalactic strategy series. The Starpoint Gemini series straddles the line between space sim and strategy game by not only giving you a massive warship to directly control, but a customizable headquarters and fleet to aid you in expanding your territory. Starpoint Gemini Warlord features full Steam Workshop support to ensure that the game can build a thriving modding scene right from the beginning. You can also buy the game on GOG and the Humble Store. StarCrawlers Juggernaut Games $19.99 Screw it, let's keep talking about cool space games. StarCrawlers is now out of Early Access and hopes to be the sci-fi answer to Legend of Grimrock. This first-person dungeon crawler lets you build a crew of scum and villainy that engage in everything from bounty hunting to corporate espionage, assuming the price is right. Infiltrate procedurally generated dungeons with eight different character classes and randomized loot drops. You can also find StarCrawlers on GOG and the Humble Store. Mirage: Arcane Warfare Torn Banner Studios $29.99 The developers of the popular Chivalry: Medieval Warfare are back with another bloody and brutal competitive multiplayer game. As the name implies, Mirage: Arcane Warfare throws out the more grounded Middle Ages Europe setting for a fantastical Arabian Nights-esque world full of magic. Even with the introduction of magic, Mirage keeps Chivalry's emphasis on visceral melee combat full of severed limbs and decapitations. You can grab a copy on the Humble Store as well. Steel Division: Normandy 44 Eugen Systems $39.99 Steel Division is a spiritual successor to Eugen Systems' Wargame series of multiplayer-focused RTS games set in a 1980s Europe where WWIII has erupted between NATO and the USSR. Surprising no one whatsoever, the appropriately titled Normandy 44 brings the Wargame series' core formula of small unit tactics and attention to detail to the battlefields of WWII. Play 10-vs-10 online matches as one of six divisions involved in the Battle of Normandy, with over 400 historically accurate vehicles at your command. Also available for purchase from the Humble Store. MidBoss Kitsune Games $14.99 MidBoss is a turn-based roguelike where you play as an imp tired of being mistreated by his fellow dungeon denizens. Explore procedurally generated dungeons on your quest to defeat the boss and become the new dungeon king. The core mechanic of MidBoss is body swapping, which allows you to turn into creatures you kill in the dungeon. This gives you access to all their abilities until you swap bodies again. As with all roguelikes, you lose your saved progress upon death, but MidBoss gives you special death cards that can be burned at the start of your next run for bonuses. Caveblazers Rupeck Games $9.99 Finally we come to Caveblazers, a roguelite platformer published by The Yogscast. Go spelunking in a mysterious, shapeshifting cave filled with magical artifacts, deadly traps, and ravenous monsters. Rescue friendly characters to aid you in your journey into the cave's darkest depths. Compete against other players online in unique, one-shot daily challenges. Also available for purchase on the Humble Store. That's all for now. I'll be back soon with more new release highlights.
  8. Pictured above: Nongünz I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that might have slipped under your radar. As always, I'm not endorsing any of these games, just highlighting some titles that look promising. Make sure you read user reviews and search YouTube to find more information on each title. Bounty Train Corbie Games $24.99 First up is Bounty Train, a historical trade sim set in the Wild West of 19th Century America. Design your locomotive, hire your crew, and transport cargo through dangerous territory. Ambushes and attempted train robberies are handled in real-time tactical battles and involve micromanaging your crew to get them to the best defensive positions. Bounty Trains' non-linear story features numerous historical events, and even gives you a chance to alter history. You can also find Bounty Train on GOG and the Humble Store. Portal Knights Keen Games $19.99 The cooperative sandbox RPG Portal Knights has finally released from Early Access. Build structures, craft gear, mine for resources, and explore procedurally generated open world environments with up to three of your friends. Construct portals that bring you to the lairs of the Portal Guardians, and engage in boss battles with the most powerful monsters in the realm. Character classes include Warrior, Ranger, and Mage, each with their own set of special abilities to unlock. Also available on the Humble Store, PS4, and Xbox One. Nongünz Brainwash Gang $6.99 Nongünz is a twisted roguelite platformer with some deck building and bullet hell elements. Raid procedurally generated dungeons for the resources you need to upgrade your graveyard, which acts as a central hub for your dungeoneering. As you play you'll gather followers at your graveyard that you can spend money at to upgrade your character. Some followers gradually harvest resources for you, giving Nongünz a few elements typically found in idle games. The deck building element comes in the form of cards you find in the dungeon, each of which gives you a new ability, or can be burned to regain some precious health. Hyper Knights Endless Loop Studios $4.99 Hyper Knights blends fast, combo-based combat against large armies with more traditional strategy elements. Recruit allies and command vast armies of minions to conquer enemy castles and outposts. Massacre dozens of enemies at once with upgradable combo attacks. Between battles you'll get a chance to upgrade your kingdom and move your armies into position for the next fight. Old Man's Journey Broken Rules $7.99 Guide an old man through his final, vibrant years in Old Man's Journey. Primarily a narrative experience about the ups and downs of life, Old Man's Journey does feature some environmental puzzles. Shape the game's hand-drawn landscapes to create the old man's path through each scene. Also available on the Humble Store and mobile devices. Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs Pixelated Milk $24.99 Regalia is a turn-based tactics RPG promising over 30 hours of content and a lighthearted storyline. After passing away unexpectedly, your father leaves you in charge of the faraway Kingdom of Ascalia. Unfortunately, your dreams of running your own kingdom are quickly shattered upon realizing that Ascalia is bankrupt and crawling with debt collectors. Recruit over 20 unique allies and do some old-fashioned dungeon crawling to return Ascalia to its former glory. Also out on GOG and the Humble Store. Mages of Mystralia Borealys Games $24.99 Help Zia master her budding magical talent in Mages of Mystralia. Zia has recently discovered that she has the ability to perform magic, but spell casting is strictly prohibited in her home realm. Curious about her new powers, Zia embarks on a journey to find exiled mages that can teach her how to control her abilities. The main mechanic in Mages of Mystralia is the ability to design your own spells by combining runes in different ways. Create custom spells to overcome enemies and puzzles however you choose. Also on the Humble Store, Xbox One, and PS4. Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island Right Nice Games $14.99 Finally we come to Skylar & Plux, a 3D platformer that draws inspiration from the genre's classics. Travel across colorful levels as Skylar and her sidekick Plux as they try to save their home from the evil CRT minions. Use gadgets like the Jet Pack, Magnetic Gloves, and Time Orb to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Also available on the Humble Store, GOG, Xbox One, and PS4. That's all for this week. I'll be back soon with more new indie release highlights.
  9. Pictured above: Aaero I'm back with another batch of indie releases that came out while our site was down. All these games are several weeks old, but most have remained obscure enough that they probably slipped by unnoticed. I can't guarantee that these games are any good, just that they stood out from all the other new releases on Steam. Be sure to read user reviews for more information about each title. Mr. Shifty Team Shifty $14.99 Published by tinyBuild, Mr. Shifty is a new top-down action game that blends stealth with lightning-fast, one-hit kill combat. Think of it as a faster version of Hotline Miami, with far greater numbers of enemies onscreen at once. Luckily, you have the ability to teleport short distances, allowing you to phase through walls, obstructions, and even bullets. You can also find Mr. Shifty on the Humble Store, PS4, Xbox One, and the Switch. Gloom Hunchback Studio $9.99 The appropriately titled Gloom is a 2D action roguelite set in a Lovecraftian dream world. Explore procedurally generated levels full of eldritch monsters as you try to deliver yourself from this nightmare by finding the lost pages of an arcane text. Combat has the usual Soulsian inspirations that you'd expect from the art style, with a heavy emphasis on perfectly timed blocks and counterattacks. Crawl Powerhoof $14.99 Crawl has finally escaped its lengthy stay in Early Access. This pixilated dungeon crawler is focused on its asymmetrical local multiplayer, though you can play alone as well. One player is an adventurer trying to amass enough experience and loot to kill the final boss and escape the dungeon, while the other three are specters that can possess monsters and traps in the dungeon. Whoever slays the hero takes his place, and the cycle continues until one player comes out on top. Crawl is also on the Humble Store, GOG, PS4, and Xbox One. Man O' War: Corsair Evil Twin Artworks $29.99 Another game that recently exited Early Access is Man O' War: Corsair, a PC adaptation of the naval combat miniatures game set in the old Warhammer Fantasy universe. Sail the deadly seas of the Old World as a trader or pirate, amassing wealth and slowly building your fleet. Engage in ship-to-ship combat and board enemy vessels to slaughter the crew and steal everything you can find. The game is apparently still in rough shape, so it might be worth holding off on buying it right away. You can find Corsair on the Humble Store and GOG as well. Shock Tactics Point Blank Games $19.99 Shock Tactics is another game that has received mixed reviews so far, but might be worth keeping an eye on. It's more or less a budget, indie interpretation of XCOM, but this time around you are the colonizer. Lead a team of pioneers scouring the hostile world of Hephӕst for ancient alien artifacts. Establish outposts to exploit the planet's resources, and engage in turn-based tactical combat against aliens, pirates, and other rival factions looking to excavate Hephӕst's secrets. Flinthook Tribute Games Inc. $14.99 Flinthook is a 2D platformer with roguelite elements focused on fast-paced hookshot combat. Use your hookshot to move between golden rings in each level, dodging enemies and returning fire with your pistol. Activate slowmo powers to give you an edge in battle and pull off more accurate shots. Each level is generated by combining hundreds of handmade rooms, each of which is populated by randomized waves of enemies. Also on the Humble Store, Xbox One, and PS4. Asura Ogre Head Studio $9.99 Asura is a top-down action roguelite inspired by Indian mythology. Embark on a quest for vengeance against the God-King Hasirama by fighting your way through all five fortresses of the Daeva empire. As with most roguelites, death is permanent and your loot drops and skills will vary each playthrough. Even the skill tree is rerolled each time. You can also find Asura on GOG and the Humble Store. Krosmaga Ankama Studio Free-to-play Ankama is the latest company to try and capitalize on the digital card game craze with Krosmaga. Krosmaga uses the lore and characters from Ankama's popular Dofus and Wakfu franchises to create a digital card game that is less Hearthstone and more Scrolls. You'll deploy your creatures into lanes, with the goal of destroying structures at the end of each one. Krosmaga requires the use of an Ankama account to play, which allows you to transfer your progress between PC and mobile. Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Enigami $29.99 After a moderately successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, the colorful action RPG Shiness has finally released. You play as Chado and his four companions in their highflying voyage across the floating Celestial Islands. The game blends traditional fighting mechanics with magical attacks in real-time combat. Each of the five playable characters have unique skills that are useful both in and out of combat, and swapping between them at the right time is a key gameplay mechanic. Shiness is also on the Humble Store, PS4, and Xbox One. The Signal From Tolva Big Robot Ltd $19.99 Finally we have The Signal From Tolva, the latest first-person action game from the developers of Sir, You Are Being Hunted. In the far future, robotic factions of scavengers fight over the ruins of an ancient civilization. After discovering a mysterious signal from the highlands of Tolva, you set out on a journey to investigate the ruins and uncover the signal's source. Recruit allies and fight skirmishes with rival factions trying to reach the signal before you do. Salvage and repair advanced weapons from long dead civilizations to give you the upper hand in the war for Tolva. The Signal From Tolva can also be purchased from GOG and the Humble Store. Not enough games for you? Here are a few other titles you may like: Spark the Electric Jester, a 16-bit platformer that takes some obvious inspiration from a certain series about a blue hedgehog. Cosmic Star Heroine, a new old school-inspired RPG from the developers of Cthulhu Saves the World. The Wild Eternal, a first-person exploration game set in the wilderness of the 17th century Himalayan Mountains. The Sexy Brutale, a murder mystery puzzle game where everything happens in a continuous 12 hour time loop. Odyssey, an educational science puzzle game where you play as a girl and her family trapped on a tropical island. Aaero, a rhythm shooter similar to everyone's favorite cult hit, Rez. That's all for now. I'll be back later with more new indie release highlights.
  10. Pictured above: The Tenth Line I'm back with another batch of indie releases that came out while our site was down. All these games are several weeks old, but most have remained obscure enough that they probably slipped by unnoticed. I can't guarantee that these games are any good, just that they stood out from all the other new releases on Steam. Be sure to read user reviews for more information about each title. Kona Parabole $19.99 One of the more popular games on today's list is Kona, an atmospheric first-person adventure game with survival elements. You play as Carl Faubert, a private detective that has been hired to investigate reports of vandalism and property damage at a hunting manor in northern Canada. What Carl finds is a surreal and seemingly abandoned rural community with no signs of human inhabitants. Worse yet, an almost supernatural blizzard has left Carl stranded, forcing him to battle the elements as he looks for his client and any clues as to what happened. You can also find Kona on GOG, the Humble Store, PS4, and Xbox One. 64.0 rebel rabbit $2.99 Another game that managed to find a decent sized audience is 64.0, an extremely minimalistic and abstract rhythm shooter. The core gameplay is simple: Shoot squares that are the same color as the background, and survive for 64 seconds. The challenging part is that the background (and the color of squares you must shoot) is constantly changing, and "friendly" squares that you can't shoot are thrown into the mix. The action is all synced to the game's catchy retro-inspired chiptune soundtrack. CTHON Gravity Games $4.99 CTHON is an old-school FPS inspired by the likes of Doom and System Shock. In the 24th century, the mining colony of Pythos in the Epsilon Eridani system has disturbed an ancient evil. Navigate the colony's randomly generated labyrinth and try to survive all 9 levels of this roguelite shooter. Modify your body with advanced cybernetic enhancements created by a long dead alien civilization to give you an edge against the horrifying biomechanical constructs overrunning the colony. 100ft Robot Golf No Goblin $19.99 The developers of Roundabout are back with a new game, 100ft Robot Golf. Unsurprisingly, it's a golf game where everyone controls a giant robot in fully destructible environments. The game supports up to four players in split screen and online multiplayer, or solo play via a campaign full of cheap and cheesy '90s-inspired cutscenes. The game is real-time by default, but there is a turn-based mode and various other custom rules. You can also find 100ft Robot Golf on Humble Store and PS4. Codex of Victory Ino-Co Plus $14.99 In Codex of Victory, players control drone armies in an intergalactic war to defend humanity from a faction of transhuman cyborgs bent on "liberating" everyone from their fleshy shells. This strategy title has a lot of elements to it, including an almost XCOM-like base management and research hub, and turn-based battles set on hex grid maps. Codex of Victory promises a lengthy campaign clocking in at over 20 hours, and 25 units with countless upgrades to research. You can also buy Codex of Victory from the Humble Store. Tacopocalypse Cherry Pie Games $9.99 The world is on the verge of destruction and it's up to you to stylishly deliver tacos to the masses in Tacopocalypse. The game plays like what you'd expect from a '90s 3D skateboarding game, except you are controlling a food truck. Avoid hazards, perform stunts to boost your income, and make your taco deliveries on time. Snowflake's Chance CarlMorganArt $6.99 Fans of fiendishly difficult platformers may want to check out Snowflake's Chance. You play as a hapless rabbit trying to escape The Pit, a hellish horror world full of monstrous beasts and murderous traps. Run, dodge, and sneak your way past enemies that have no goal in life other than devouring defenseless bunnies like yourself. The game consists of 21 levels in all, and you have 99 chances to complete the campaign before its game over. The Tenth Line Sungazer Software $9.99 Finally we come to The Tenth Line, a console-style RPG with some platforming elements and an active turn-based battle system. You play as the princess of the small nation of Easania, and are currently on the run from a mysterious cult. Along the way, you'll encounter a colorful cast of characters that agree to help you escape the cult and return home. Combat is turn-based, but with a heavy emphasis on timing your attacks just right. Character progression is handled solely through the collection of the game's countless sets of gear and items. That's all for now. I'll be back with more new indie highlights soon.
  11. Pictured above: Faeria We've been having a lot of problems with IGS following a software update, hence the lengthy hiatus. The website still has a long way to go, but its operable enough for me to play a bit of catch-up and highlight obscure indie games from the last few weeks. I can't guarantee that these games are any good, just that they stood out from all the other new releases on Steam. Be sure to read user reviews for more information about each title. 2Dark Gloomywood $24.99 2Dark is a top-down stealth horror game developed by Frédérick Raynal, the creator of Alone in the Dark. After witnessing the murder of his wife and abduction of his children, former detective Smith sets out to bring those responsible to justice. What he uncovers is the dark underbelly of the city of Gloomywood, where an unknown group has been abducting children for a mysterious purpose. Infiltrate the most sinister places in Gloomywood to rescue the children, and bring an end to the terror gripping the city. You can also find 2Dark on PS4 and Xbox One. Reflex Arena Turbo Pixel Studios $9.99 Reflex Arena is a fast and competitive arena shooter that harkens back to the days of Quake and Unreal Tournament. The game already has many of the features players would expect from an old school arena shooter, including LAN support, custom servers, mutators like big head mode and instagib, and a map editor with full Steam Workshop support. Upcoming features include bots and seasonal leagues. DESYNC The Foregone Syndicate $14.99 DESYNC is the latest ridiculously challenging title to be released under Adult Swim's publishing studio. This neon-lit FPS takes a few ideas from the cult favorite Bulletstorm, most notably a combo system that rewards you for killing enemies in creative ways. This system also comes into play when fighting "synced" enemies, difficult foes that can only be killed by chaining together attack sequences. Loot Rascals Hollow Ponds $14.99 Loot Rascals is a roguelike that features collectable cards and resource management. Loot comes in the form of cards that can be played for special effects, or sacrificed to heal or gain other benefits. In an interesting take on player interaction, enemies can steal your cards and transport them to other players' worlds. Sometimes you'll defeat an elite enemy that drops one of these stolen cards, and you can choose to keep it or send it back to its owner. Returning it will allow you to summon a helper hologram, while stealing might result in a hologram of that player's character appearing to take the card back by force. Also available on PS4. River City Ransom: Underground Conatus Creative Inc $19.99 After a successful Kickstarter back in 2013, the NES classic beat'em up is back with River City Ransom: Underground. This new installment features 10 playable characters, which totals out to over 500 unique moves and dozens of weapons. You can play alone or with up to 3 friends in both local and online co-op. Faeria Abrakam SA Free-to-play Faeria has finally made its way to Steam following a lengthy open beta. While it may look like another Hearthstone clone at first glance, Faeria actually plays more like a board game. You build decks of cards like in your typical CCG, but battles are played on a grid. The grid starts with nothing on it, and over the course of the game players will build their battlefield by placing land tiles. The types of land tiles you have determine what color of creatures and structures you can deploy. You can also find Faeria on mobile, and for $35 you can purchase a starter set on Steam that will give you a nice boost to your collection. Davyria: Heroes of Eternity Sebastian Groll $8.99 Davyria is a skill-based, top-down action RPG that takes a few cues from Dark Souls. The game focuses primarily on its challenging combat, which involves a lot of timing, dodging, and precision. Davyria promises a variety of weapon types as well, each of which have a unique fighting style that makes them useful against specific enemy types. Furious Angels MorfeoDev $6.99 Finally we come to Furious Angels, a top-down, arcade-style sci-fi shooter. Survive as long as you can against increasingly difficult waves of enemy ships, the larger of which have subsystems that you can strategically destroy. In addition to the standard wave-based gameplay, Furious Angels offers daily leaderboard challenges to overcome. Not enough games for you? Here's a few extra releases that you might want to check out: Blink, a puzzle-platformer based around manipulating light and after-images. Stories Untold, a compilation of experimental text adventures published by Devolver Digital. Bad Dream: Coma, a surreal horror point 'n click with a minimalistic art style. Disc Jam, a fast and frantic action-sports game for up to 4 players that blends elements of tennis and air hockey. That's all for this week. I'll be back soon with more overlooked indie releases.
  12. Brut@l is a top-down dungeon crawler that pitches itself as a love letter to old ASCII Roguelikes, but with modern mechanics and graphics. In practical terms, it's a fairly basic hack 'n slash with permadeath, procedurally generated rooms, and a charming aesthetic where everything is made of ASCII symbols. As a fan of Roguelikes/lites, I was looking forward to Brut@l. It's a new entry in a genre I really enjoy, and it features rather striking visuals. Unfortunately, Brut@l's presentation is the only thing it really has going for it. You start a dungeon run by choosing from one of four classes. This is your first warning that the game you are about to play is fairly bland and uninteresting, as each class really isn't all that different. They have different health totals and starting skills, but they all start with the same inventory of a battered shield and unlit torch. Each class even has the same skill trees, though calling them "trees" is charitable. In reality, its four linear paths of six skills each, and most of them are just passives that let you equip certain items or craft more complex gear. The only truly unique class is the Mage, who comes with a magic bolt attack that recharges every few seconds. The goal of any given run is to conquer all 26 procedurally generated floors. Each floor consists of a dozen or so rooms and can be cleared in about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how devoted you are to exploring everything and finding secrets. Most of the rooms are fairly straightforward, often containing a group of monsters to slay and maybe a sprinkling of traps or explosive barrels to watch out for. Sometimes you'll encounter a maze room, or extremely rudimentary "puzzles" where you must hit the right lever to open a cage containing loot. The most infuriating rooms have acid or fire coating the floors. Such rooms serve only as a cheap way to eat up some of your precious health, because there is no way to avoid taking damage as you run through them outside of a Potion of Protection. You'll occasionally encounter floating platforms with instant death bottomless pits. These extremely basic platforming sections can also be pretty frustrating and accounted for most of my deaths. Between the graphics style and camera angle, these bottomless pits can occasionally be a bit difficult to see at first glance. Pretty much every room is full of barrels and other objects that can be smashed for a small amount of experience and the possibility of loot. This loot could be gold, crafting materials, food, ASCII runes, weapon codices, or armor. Outside of limited use wands, you'll never find an actual weapon, only recipes that allow you to forge one out of ASCII runes. This makes the early floors particularly boring, as you'll probably be stuck with your bare hands until you find a weapon codex and all the ASCII symbols you need to craft it. Things don't actually get much better once you have a weapon, because they are all pretty boring. Weapons come in several classes, like swords, polearms, bows, and hammers. In general, swords have average attack speed and reach, polearms have the most reach, and hammers are slower, but have the added benefit of being able to smash weak walls to access secret rooms. As you delve deeper into the dungeon you'll find weapons that do slightly more damage, but are otherwise identical to lower tier weapons. Enchanting makes combat a bit more interesting. Throughout the dungeon you'll find special ASCII symbols that can be used to imbue your weapons with elemental effects, like fire, poison, electricity, arcane energies, ice, etc. These elements add a minor damage-over-time effect to your weapons, and some elements have extra powers, like how ice can freeze enemies, or arcane has a chance to transmogrify them into weaker foes. You'll encounter enemies with elemental types too, but oddly enough there are no elemental weaknesses or strengths as far as I can tell. Feel free to murder a fire enemy with your flaming sword, it doesn't seem to actually matter. The exception are zombies, which can only be killed with a fire weapon or a lit torch. Sometimes you'll encounter doors or chests that can only be opened by hitting them with specific elemental weapons, but in general elemental items do nothing besides give you a slight edge in combat. There's some other crafting elements as well, most notably potions. There are 8 potions total, each of which are a different color. These colors are randomized each run, so you'll need to experiment every game to figure them out. This can be done either by drinking it or throwing it on an enemy. Potions have a variety of effects, and can heal you, cause damage to restore health, turn you invisible, or cause you to rapidly spin and deal damage to anything you come into contact with. The potion brewing is just as basic as Brut@l's other mechanics, with each color of potion requiring two items and an empty bottle to make. "Basic" sums up Brut@l in general. Combat involves little more than a standard three-hit combo system for melee weapons. Defensive moves come in the form of your shield and an extremely finicky dodge roll. Blocking reduces damage, while a well-timed parry negates all damage and leaves the enemy open to a counterattack. The dodge move requires such an awkward combination of buttons that you are better off just double jumping over enemies to avoid them. Besides, most enemies spend so long telegraphing their attacks that you could complete a round-trip flight from New York to Japan before they are finished with their swing. Each skill tree has a super move you can learn that gradually charges over time. These super moves require a specific type of weapon be equipped before you can perform it, but they all do pretty much the same thing. No matter what the move is called, the end result is always just dealing massive damage to enemies within a certain radius around you. You can throw your shield as a basic ranged attack, and there are some dedicated ranged weapons like bows and wands. The controls on keyboard and mouse are pretty bad, so you better bring a controller on this adventure. Of course, the problem with bringing a controller is that it makes aiming at specific enemies in a large mob rather difficult. In general though, I found that ranged combat wasn't too viable most of the time because of how fast many of the enemies are and the complete lack of defensible positions in most rooms. The enemies that are slow enough to be kitted and taken out at range have so much health and armor that it just isn't really worth it. Brut@l's other big fault is that it just doesn't feel particularly rewarding. In a bizarre inverse of genre norms, loot seems to become increasingly scarce the deeper you go. Within the first 8 floors you'll probably find more weapons than you'll ever actually need, while later on you can go several floors without finding anything noteworthy. Even when you do find new weapons, they'll often function the same as what you already have, just with slightly higher damage. Armor is even more bland. There aren't multiple classes of armor, and you won't find armor with cool passive bonuses or anything like that. There is just a single chest piece, a single helmet, a single pair of gauntlets, and a single pair of greaves, and all they do is reduce damage by a set amount until they eventually break. "Loot," which is just a generic term for "money" in this game, only has one function. You'll occasionally stumble across altars that you can donate money to for the chance of gaining an extra life. The amount of money you donate increases your chances, but it's still just random chance. There's nothing wrong with that, indeed the genre is built off of random chance, but it's disappointing that this is the only thing you can do with money. There are no shops or places to spend money for items, just these life altars. The bland loot and increasing difficulty create a situation where you aren't really rewarded for going deeper into the dungeon. The only reason you keep going is because, well, that's the point of the game. You are supposed to see if you can survive all 26 floors, but there isn't anything interesting on those floors to keep you going. In fact, as I said a few paragraphs back, the loot becomes more scarce the deeper you go. The enemies, however, only become bigger, stronger, and more bullet (Sword? Arrow?) spongy. Why should I keep playing if all I'm faced with are stronger enemies, but no increasingly cool rewards? It's all risk with no really payoff. Despite all the bad points I've brought up in this review, I don't think Brut@l is an awful game. It has the foundations of a pretty cool dungeon crawler, and I love the art style. Brut@l's biggest problem is that it's a generic, bland, and extremely basic game in a genre flooded with really good titles. Heart&Slash is a similar dungeon crawler with a basic combat system, but it has a ton of cool and interesting weapons to compensate for its basic mechanics. I can't help but feel that Brut@l came out about 4 or 5 years too late. Had it released before the Roguelite genre saw a boom in popularity from titles like The Binding of Isaac, then I may have been more forgiving on it. As a game that came out in 2017 (Late 2016 on PS4), however, Brut@l is competing with dozens of other games that do the same thing it does, only much better. I've put about 10 hours into Brut@l and got roughly halfway through on my best run, but I have no interest in playing more or trying to beat it. There just isn't enough content or unique items to motivate me to play more. In Enter the Gungeon I can find a bullet that shoots guns that shoot bullets. In Brut@l, I can find a pike that does 5 more damage than my current pike. Brut@l could be a good game if it just had more to it, but not now and not at the current price tag. You can find Brut@l on Steam, Humble Bundle, and PS4 for $14.99.
  13. Pictured above: Totemori I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that may have slipped past your radar. As always, I don't guarantee that these games are good, just that they stood out amongst Steam's usual tidal wave of weekly releases. Be sure to read user reviews for more information about each title. Splasher Splashteam $14.99 Let's start with Splasher, a challenging 2D platformer made by some of the developers behind the pair of Rayman games from a few years ago. The Inkorp company has been taken over by a maniacal dictator, and it's up to you to use the prototype splatter cannon to end his reign of terror. The cannon is loaded with several types of liquid that you can spray on the environment to alter its properties, such as sticky ink, bouncy ink, etc. Splasher is currently only on PC and Mac, but it will be making its way to consoles later this spring. Giga Wrecker Game Freak $19.99 Giga Wrecker is a 2D puzzle-platformer developed by Game Freak. Yes, Game Freak does occasionally make cool games that aren't related to Pokemon. You play as Reika, a girl with the ability to manipulate random bits of debris. This comes in the form of using rubble to solve puzzles and create platforms, as well as weaponizing garbage to fight against an invasion of evil robots. The built-in level editor and community hub ensures that the game will keep you busy long after you finish the campaign. Bleed 2 Ian Campbell $9.99 As its name implies, Bleed 2 is the sequel to a criminally underrated action-platformer from 2012. Jump back into the shoes of Wryn on her quest to become the greatest hero of all time. In addition to your arsenal of conventional firearms, Wryn can also deflect bullets and momentarily slow time. Bleed 2 promises 7 levels, 25 boss fights, and 4 difficulty settings that alter enemy placement and attack patterns. 8-Bit Armies: Arena Petroglyph $4.99 Arena is a stripped down, multiplayer-only version of Petroglyph's three recent 8-Bit RTS games. This $5 title gives you full access to the multiplayer portion of the game, including all 30 maps, 6 factions, and community content. If you aren't sure about jumping into the full version of Arena, then consider checking out the free demo version that is restricted to one playable faction per day. LogicBots Incandescent Games $19.99 LogicBots is a puzzle game where you design, build, and program robots to complete various logic puzzles. The game includes 40 levels, each of which have bonus objectives to complete. Some levels give you direct control of your robot, while others require you to program your robot to perform the level's tasks on its own. LogicBots also includes a level editor and Steam Workshop support for additional replayability. Ananias Roguelike Slashware Interactive $4.99 Ananias Roguelike is a traditional, turn-based roguelike that's been around for a few years, but has just recently made its way onto Steam. Choose from 8 character classes and try to survive all 5 of the procedurally generated realms. The game can be linked to an online server to save your progress or share your high scores with other players. Ananias Roguelike is available on Android as well. Brut@l Stormcloud Games $14.99 Finally we come to Brut@l, a modern action roguelike with an aesthetic loosely inspired by classic ASCII games. Choose your hero and fight hordes of enemies to survive all 26 floors of a procedurally generated dungeon. You start with nothing more than a torch and a battered shield. Crafting in Brut@l includes weapons, potions, enchantments, and talismans, all based on recipes you'll find as you venture deeper into the dungeon. You can also find Brut@l on PS4. Not enough games? Check out these other titles that didn't make it to the full article: Induction, an abstract puzzle game based on traveling back in time and creating paradoxes. Kult of Ktulu: Olympic, a text-based adventure full of Lovecraftian horror. Western 1849 Reloaded, a third-person shooting gallery-style game set in the Old West. Totemori, a free physics-based brawler about building towers and toppling the competition. That's all for now. I'll be back soon with more overlooked new releases.
  14. Pictured above: Causality I'm back with another batch of recent indie releases that may have slipped past your radar. As always I don't guarantee that these games are good, just that they stood out amongst Steam's usual weekly releases. Be sure to read user reviews for more information about each title. Diluvion Arachnid Games $19.99 Let's kick things off with Diluvion, an FTL-like submarine combat game set in a Jules Verne-esque deep sea world. Centuries ago, the Great Flood engulf the planet. Whole kingdoms and cultures have developed beneath the sea, and as a fresh-faced submarine captain with a crew of greenhorns, you are given the opportunity to explore the unknown depths for fame and fortune. Manage your crew and limited resources as you venture ever further from civilization. All the management takes place in a 2D representation of your vessel, while navigation and combat comes in the form of a 3D shooter. You can also find Diluvion on GOG. A House of Many Doors Pixel Trickery $12.99 A House of Many Doors is another recent title all about exploring a bizarre new universe. Recruit your crew, board your scuttling mechanical centipede train, and explore The House, a parasite dimension that steals resources from other worlds. The game is heavily inspired by Sunless Sea and the Fallen London series, and even received some support from Failbetter Games. Much like the games that influenced it, A House of Many Doors features a branching story told through lengthy and atmospheric text-based encounters, with a bit of turn-based combat thrown in for good measure. Warlock's Tower Midipixel $9.99 Warlock's Tower is a punishingly difficult real-time puzzle game with a graphical aesthetic pulled right from the original Gameboy. Dodge enemies and solve puzzles in all 100+ rooms to escape the tower. The trick is that each step costs you a life, forcing you to carefully plot out each move before committing. You can also find Warlock's Tower on mobile, Vita, and 3DS. Rosenkreuzstilette [erka:es] $9.99 The incomprehensibly titled Rosenkreuzstilette is the latest Japanese indie action platformer to be localized by Playism. This German word salad is essentially an NES Megaman game with 100% more chibi anime waifus. You can tackle the game's levels in any order you choose, with the boss of each level granting you a new power that can make future encounters easier to beat. Poi PolyKid $14.99 Poi is a new 3D platformer that recently released from Early Access and is inspired by classics from the N64 and PS1 era. Play as one of two kids and explore uncharted lands in search of all 100 Explorer Medallions to gain the title of Master Explorer. Alwa's Awakening Elden Pixels $9.99 Alwa's Awakening is an 8-bit Metroidvania that hopes to recreate the look and feel of popular NES games. The game features over 400 unique rooms full of enemies, puzzles, and secrets to discover. The puzzles usually revolve around your upgradable magic staff and its ability to conjure blocks and other objects to overcome the game's trap-laden dungeons. Double Dragon IV Arc System Works $6.99 Another retro-inspired new release is Double Dragon IV, brought to you by the developers of the popular Guilty Gear franchise. This latest game brings the series back to its '80s arcade roots, both in terms of mechanics and visuals. Unfortunately, the game has a mixed reception thus far, with frequent complaints being the lack of online multiplayer and mechanics that are perhaps a tad too old school for some players. Gunman Taco Truck Romero Games $11.99 Finally we come to Gunman Taco Truck, a post-apocalyptic adventure where mutants roam the world and tacos are scarce. Travel between towns in your taco truck, killing mutants along the way to harvest their parts as ingredients for your delicious tacos. Use your taco profits to upgrade your truck's weaponry and restock on supplies so you can make it to North America's final safe haven. Not enough games for you? Check out some of these other titles as well: Causality, a mind-melting puzzle game about creating time paradoxes. The Videokid, a modern interpretation of the classic Paperboy formula. Linelight, a minimalistic yet elegant puzzle game about lines. The Frostrune, a point 'n click adventure game inspired by Norse mythology and folklore. That's all for this week. I'll be back soon with more overlooked indie releases.
  15. Pictured above: Dungetris I'm back with another batch of new indie releases from the past week. As usual, I can't guarantee that these games are good, just that they stood out among Steam's usual tidal wave of new releases. Be sure to skim through the user reviews to learn more about each game. Vector 36 Red River Studio LLC $24.99 Lets kick things off with Vector 36, one of the rare VR games to make it on these weekly lists. Vector 36 is a high speed, physics-based racing game where players pilot fully customizable skimmers across the barren deserts of Mars. The skimmers are a bit like the space ships in Kerbal Space Program, and are built from scratch with almost every aspect of their construction affecting their performance. While Vector 36 was built with VR in mind, it can be played via more traditional means as well. Mainlining Rebelephant $9.99 Mainlining is a mix of light hacking sim, puzzle, and adventure game, and is played entirely from a fictional computer's desktop. MI7 has been brought to its knees following a massive security breach, and it's up to you to investigate leads and bring these cyber terrorists to justice. The game is broken into 13 cases in all, with the first two being free as part of the official demo. Cases 8-13 are due sometime later this week. A Normal Lost Phone Accidental Queens $2.99 Speaking of adventure games played through a fictional device's interface, A Normal Lost Phone is about exploring a stranger's phone. Navigate the smart phone's interface and dig through the former owner's text messages, pictures, and apps to learn more about them and their eventual fate. Fittingly enough, A Normal Lost Phone is also available on mobile devices. CAYNE The Brotherhood Free CAYNE is a free spin-off to 2015's critically-acclaimed isometric horror game STASIS. You play as Hadley, a pregnant woman who wakes up in a grimy facility with no recollection of how she got there. Explore the facility, solve puzzles, and unravel the horrifying mystery surrounding your unborn child. The game is totally free, but you can support the developers by purchasing a $7 bundle that includes the soundtrack, artwork, and various other behind the scenes material. Memoranda Bit Byterz $14.99 Memoranda is a surreal 2D point 'n click adventure game inspired by the short stories of Haruki Murakami. You play as a young woman who is gradually losing her memory. Or is she? Explore a quiet town full of colorful characters, all of whom need your help regaining what they have lost. Nefarious StarBlade $14.99 Nefarious is a unique puzzle platformer that puts you in the shoes of a mustache-twirling villain kidnapping princesses to fulfill your evil master plan. Each level involves you kidnapping a princess in a different world inspired by classic video games. Where Nefarious really gets unique is with its "reverse boss fights." Each fight places you in control of a giant death machine that you must use to squish the heroes, including a turn-based RPG level where you are essentially a Final Fantasy boss. Dungetris EfimovMax $4.99 As the name implies, Dungetris is a truly bizarre mash-up of dungeon crawling and Tetris. The monster-infested dungeons you'll be exploring in Dungetris are built by placing Tetris-style room blocks each time you go into a new area. Loot and items come in the form of playing cards, adding a resource management element to the game. The goal of each dungeon is to build it up to a certain height and defeat the boss that spawns in the final room tile. Hellencia The Dragonloft $19.99 Finally we come to Hellencia, a strategy RPG set in a steampunk version of Ancient Greece. You play as a bear warrior summoned by Artemis to bring order to the Greek city-states following a magic-infused industrial revolution. The combat mechanics revolve around strategic unit positioning, which can be altered by the use of pushes and throws. Hellencia also promises a lengthy, branching storyline set across multiple lifetimes as you are continuously reincarnated. That's all for now. I'll be back soon with more overlooked indie releases.
  16. Pictured above: She Remembered Caterpillars I'm back with another batch of indie games that may have slipped under your radar this week. We had quite a few promising new releases, but as always I want to stress that I'm not personally recommending any of these games because I haven't played them yet. Luckily, most of them have a decent amount of user reviews to help with your buying decisions. Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach Straylight Entertainment $29.99 Sanctus Reach is the latest 40k-themed turn-based strategy game to be published by Slitherine. The game is loosely based on one of the tabletop game's 2-player starter bundles and allows you to lead a company of Space Wolves as they desperately try to defend Alaric Prime from the massive green tide of Orks. Sanctus Reach features two Space Wolf campaigns with upgradable units that persist from mission to mission, assuming they don't die horribly due to your tactical incompetence. While they don't have a campaign of their own, the Orks are playable in AI skirmish maps and online multiplayer. Urban Empire Reborn Games $39.99 Urban Empire is a political city management game with a few interesting twists. Unlike most games in the genre, Urban Empire is less about building the city and more about leading a mayoral dynasty through 200 years of history. This means that the gameplay is focused more on outmaneuvering your political rivals, winning elections, and guiding your city and its citizenry through the laws and policies you implement. Unfortunately, Urban Empire seems to be the quintessential Kalypso Media game and is plagued with issues both technical and mechanical. The user reviews are pretty evenly split, but it might be worth following in case the game's kinks can be worked out in future patches. Death's Hangover Retro Army Limited $4.99 Death's Hangover is the latest game from the developer of the underappreciated isometric shooter Super Trench Attack! The game retains the dev's signature retro aesthetic and oddball humor, but goes in a completely different direction in terms of gameplay. It's more or less a cheesy horror-themed Breakout clone, complete with boss fights, puzzle levels, whacky power-ups, and branching paths throughout the story mode. Red's Kingdom Cobra Mobile Limited $8.99 Red's Kingdom combines sliding puzzle gameplay with combat, platforming, and Metroidvania elements. As with most games in the genre, your character will continue going forward in a straight line until you contact something, and all of the game's puzzles are based around this concept. The game's 17 levels are full of hidden areas to explore, many of which you'll need to come back to after unlocking new abilities. You can also find Red's Kingdom on iOS. The Legend of Dark Witch 2 Inside System $9.99 The Legend of Dark Witch 2 is the latest game in the series to make its way to PC. As with the previous title, The Legend of Dark Witch 2 is a fairly simple and straightforward 2D shooter-platformer featuring 8 cutesy characters with their own array of upgradable skills and abilities. Each of the game's stages ends with a boss that, upon beating, grants you a new weapon based on their powers similar to Mega Man. The Legend of Dark Witch 2 is also on 3DS. Hive Jump Graphite Lab $19.99 Hive Jump is a cooperative 2D shooter that recently exited Early Access. You and up to 3 friends must fight through hordes of aliens in procedurally generated missions throughout an ongoing strategic campaign to reclaim the sector. Hive Jump features an interesting take on permadeath, where players get unlimited respawns so long as they can keep the team's transponder backpack operational. Rounding out the package are daily and weekly challenges to keep the experience fresh. Siegecraft Commander Blowfish Studios $19.99 Siegecraft Commander is a bizarre RTS with precision aiming and physics-based construction/destruction. Players start with a central keep that they must protect by building a network of walls and structures. To do this, you fling buildings where you want them, gradually growing your base as its spreads across the map. While there are buildings that produce units, the primary way of destroying your opponent's castle involves the use of manually-aimed projectiles. The game was built with VR and motion controls in mind, but it's also playable via traditional methods. Stars in Shadow Ashdar Games $24.99 Finally we come to Stars in Shadow, a new sci-fi turn-based 4X strategy game. Choose one of 7 races and guide your faction from the early years of space travel into an intergalactic empire. Besides just technological differences, each race also has different environmental needs and default racial relations. Combat comes in the form of 2D turn-based tactical battles, and Stars in Shadow promises a variety of quality of life features designed to reduce the tedium of controlling even the most massive of armadas. Not enough new games to play? Check out these other titles that released this week: RED, a short and free 2D action RPG where you play as young werewolf girl with multiple forms. I Am The Hero, a 2D brawler featuring local and online co-op. Command & Colors: The Great War, a WWI strategy war game based on the board game of the same name. She Remembered Caterpillars, a color-based puzzle game set in a surreal fungi fantasy world. That's all for this week. I'll be back later with more weekly indie release highlights.
  17. Pictured above: Heroine Anthem Zero After a fairly lengthy hiatus I'm back with the first round of new indie release highlights of 2017. Releases have been pretty light over the last few weeks (hence the hiatus) but I still managed to scrounge up a list of recent games that may have slipped under your radar. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero WayForward $19.99 First up we have Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the fourth title in this popular series of retro-inspired Metroidvania platformers. This time around the series has dropped its traditional pixel art graphics in favor of clean and colorful HD animation. Classic characters and abilities make a return alongside plenty of new additions, including a Relic System that allows you to customize Shantae's moves to fit your play style. You can also find Half-Genie Hero on PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U. Rise & Shine Super Mega Team $14.99 Another noteworthy release is Rise & Shine, the latest indie game to be released under Adult Swim's publishing division. You play as a boy named Rise, who with the help of his sentient gun Shine, must save the once-peaceful world of Gamearth from an invasion by the bombastic and over budgeted forces of Nexgen. The game blends elements of traditional puzzle-platforming with fast and challenging bullet hell combat across its various game-themed, hand drawn levels. Also available on Xbox One. 8-Bit Invaders Petroglyph $14.99 8-Bit Invaders is the latest stand-alone installment to Petroglyph's ongoing series of RTS games. As with the previous two 8-Bit games, Invaders is heavily inspired by RTS classics like Command & Conquer and features fully destructible voxel environments. The game introduces two new sci-fi races, both of which can be used against the other factions from the previous games. In addition to the 24 mission campaign, 8-Bit Invaders also includes 10 co-op missions, multiplayer, and a new Conquer The Multiverse strategic metagame. Also available on GOG. Reconquest StormCube Games $17.99 Reconquest is another recent RTS that wears its C&C inspirations on its sleeve, though its reception has been far more mixed. Reconquest is set in the aftermath of WWIII, and involves two factions battling for control of Earth's remaining resources. While the game seems promising, its apparently quite rough at the moment, with a fairly limited amount of content and various issues with the UI and core mechanics. It looks like it might be worth checking out after a few more updates, though. HoPiKo Laser Dog $6.99 HoPiKo has been described as a really fast version of the barrel chains in Donkey Kong Country. The game is all about perfectly timing your jumps as you rocket around hundreds of levels at insane speeds. The levels are short and designed to appeal to speed runners looking beat each level in the fastest, most efficient way possible. You can also find HoPiKo on iOS, PS4, and Xbox One. 99Vidas QUByte Interactive $12.99 99Vidas is a 16-bit love letter to classic 2D brawlers from the '80s and '90s. The game currently features 11 playable characters, each with their own unique set of upgradable combos and abilities. There are six full stages and two bonus stages so far, with the promise of more in the future. You can play 99Vidas alone or with up to three friends in both local and online multiplayer. Alien Shooter TD Sigma Team Inc. $9.99 The cult classic Alien Shooter series is back with a tower defense spin-off. Defend you positions against an onslaught of hundreds of alien creatures per level with your squad of elite soldiers. There are seven classes of soldiers in all, each with their own specializations and customizable loadout of weapons. In an interesting twist for the TD genre, each of your "towers" have limited ammo and must be resupplied during combat. You also have a variety of support powers to help fight the alien horde, like mines and drones. Heroine Anthem Zero WindThunder Studio $14.99 Finally we come to Heroine Anthem Zero, the third game in the Heroine Anthem series and the first to get an official English translation. This 2D action RPG is inspired by Norse mythology, but viewed through an anime lens. Character progression is tied more closely to your weapons and gear than your stats, and your weapons also have uses outside of combat when it comes to solving the game's various environmental puzzles. Be aware that this is only the first chapter of the game, with the rest being released episodically in the future. That's all for this week. I'll be back soon with more indie release highlights.
  18. Pictured above: Anomaly 2 Ten dollars doesn't go very far anymore...Unless you hit a Steam sale. During Steam sales, ten dollars can easily get you ten awesome indie games, maybe even more if you dig deep enough through the bargain bin. Here's my list of 10 games you can currently buy for less than the price of a popcorn and soda combo at your local movie theater. Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII Double Pack Zeboyd Games $0.95 (Regular $2.99) Cthulhu Saves the World is a classic in the realm of cheap and quirky indie games. This parody RPG is a cheeky throwback to classic JRPGs of the '90s, and can be completed in under 10 hours. As the name implies, Cthulhu Saves the World places you in the slimy boots of everyone's favorite tentacle-faced lord of insanity on a quest to save the world...so he can regain the powers he needs to destroy it. As a bonus, this double pack also includes Breath of Death VII, Zeboyd Games' original parody RPG. Depths of Fear :: Knossos Dirigo Games $0.89 (Regular $5.99) Depths of Fear is an acquired taste. It's clunky, the animations are hilariously janky, the bizarre '80s synth track feels out of place, and the game is overall full of bad design decisions. Yet, even after all those caveats, there is something just so damn charming about it. Depths of Fear is the closest you'll probably ever get to playing in a classic Ray Harryhausen movie, and my inner 10-year-old loves it. For all its faults, Depths of Fear and its developer have a lot of heart, and for that reason I recommend checking it out. Electronic Super Joy Michael Todd Games $0.79 (Regular $7.99) Electronic Super Joy is what you get if you combine Super Meat Boy, an acid trip, and stock moaning sounds from a porno. It's another torture platformer designed for masochists, and while it isn't as polished or as tight as Super Meat Boy, it's trippy visuals and excellent sound track make it worth checking out if you like the genre. It's a shame that the soundtrack and sequel aren't on sale too, but the first game is generally considered to be better anyway. UBERMOSH Walter Machado $0.49 (Regular $4.99) UBERMOSH is an incredibly simple, arcade-style shooter where the only goal is to survive as long as possible to beat your previous high score. There's a few different classes to choose from that alter your play style and number of lives, but UBERMOSH ultimately comes down to using your sword to deflect bullets and hack apart any nearby enemies. It's not a game you'll sit down to play for hours at a time, but it's still a really fun time sink that can be played in short bursts. This particular deal is a bundle that includes the soundtrack, and there is another bundle available that includes all three UBERMOSH games for $1.19. Serious Sam Double D XXL Mommy's Best Games $0.99 (Regular $9.99) I'm sure that most people know about the Serious Sam franchise. This popular FPS series first came out in the early 2000s as a throwback to classic shooters from the '90s, and unlike the games it was inspired by, it's modern iterations have stayed pretty consistent in terms of quality. What you may not have heard of are the various indie games Croteam approved of. Probably the best of those titles is Double D, a side-scrolling shooter who's main gimmick is its ridiculous gun stacking mechanic. Basically, you use these wrench-shaped connectors to attach guns to your guns, because the developers heard you like guns. It's an interesting take on the Serious Sam franchise and worth a few hours of fun at the current sales price. Teslagrad Rain Games $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Teslagrad is a gorgeous 2D Metroidvania puzzle-platformer that, for whatever reason, never caught on the same way that similar indie darlings did. Set in a steampunk vision of early 20th century Europe, you play as a young boy on the run after a tyrannical new regime takes control. Teslagrad's puzzles are all based around electricity and magnetism, and many of them were too complex for my tiny, insignificant brain to comprehend. Complicated puzzles and frustrating boss fights aside, Teslagrad is a beautiful puzzle-platformer with some pretty unique mechanics. Anomaly 2 11 bit studios $1.49 (Regular $14.99) Before they gained massive critical acclaim with This War of Mine, 11 bit studios created the Anomaly series that first popularized the concept of "tower offense" games. Anomaly turned the tower defense genre on its head by placing you in command of a convoy of upgradeable units that you had to safely escort through a death maze full of powerful alien towers. I chose to highlight Anomaly 2 in particular because I think it's the best game in the series, due in large part to the introduction of transformable units. That said, the entire franchise is really good and can be purchased as a bundle for $2.99. Unstoppable Gorg Futuremark $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Another solid tower defense game with interesting mechanics is Unstoppable Gorg. Set in a cheesy 1950s pulp sci-fi world, Unstoppable Gorg tasks you with defending planets from invading aliens by building satellites on orbital rings that surround them. You can only place towers at specific points, but you can rotate each of the orbital rings to reposition your towers on the fly. The game is intentionally designed in a way that prevents you from placing enough towers to defend every possible path the aliens will take, forcing you to really think about tower placement and how you will rotate your orbits to fight new threats. The presentation of Unstoppable Gorg is another huge highlight of the game, with black and white cutscenes featuring live actors in corny costumes and intentionally awful acting and special effects. Not The Robots 2DArray $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Not The Robots is a stealth roguelite where you play as a furniture-eating robot navigating cluttered office rooms full of traps and killer security droids. You have no weapons, so your only choice is to use cover to sneak past enemies and get to the elevator. Complicating matters is your constantly draining battery, and the only way to replenish it is to eat the very furniture you are using as cover. As bizarre as the core gameplay sounds, the story is even more ridiculous and gradually unfolds as you collect journals and data sheets within each room. Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Triple.B.Titles $0.49 (Regular $4.99) Finally we come to Ring Runner, an awesome top-down space shooter that didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. You awake on a mysterious space station only to discover that your brain has been replaced with a neuro-HUD AI named Nero. What ensues is a roughly 30 hour story where you encounter fierce space gladiators, rival scavenger gangs, and aggressive space keyboard salesmen. The campaign starts out really slow, with a tutorial that lasts entirely too long, but eventually opens up and allows you to travel across the galaxy and build your own custom ships from hundreds of different parts. Ring Runner also features a variety of great multiplayer modes, including a MOBA-style one called Space Defense League. The multiplayer is dead these days, as expected of an obscure indie game from nearly 4 years ago, but you can grab a 4-pack for only $1.89 if you want to get a group of friends together to play online. That's all for my list of 10 cool indie games you can grab for $10. The sale continues until Monday, so by the time this article goes live you'll still have almost two full days to grab some of these cheap gems.
  19. Pictured above: Anomaly 2 Ten dollars doesn't go very far anymore...Unless you hit a Steam sale. During Steam sales, ten dollars can easily get you ten awesome indie games, maybe even more if you dig deep enough through the bargain bin. Here's my list of 10 games you can currently buy for less than the price of a popcorn and soda combo at your local movie theater. Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII Double Pack Zeboyd Games $0.95 (Regular $2.99) Cthulhu Saves the World is a classic in the realm of cheap and quirky indie games. This parody RPG is a cheeky throwback to classic JRPGs of the '90s, and can be completed in under 10 hours. As the name implies, Cthulhu Saves the World places you in the slimy boots of everyone's favorite tentacle-faced lord of insanity on a quest to save the world...so he can regain the powers he needs to destroy it. As a bonus, this double pack also includes Breath of Death VII, Zeboyd Games' original parody RPG. Depths of Fear :: Knossos Dirigo Games $0.89 (Regular $5.99) Depths of Fear is an acquired taste. It's clunky, the animations are hilariously janky, the bizarre '80s synth track feels out of place, and the game is overall full of bad design decisions. Yet, even after all those caveats, there is something just so damn charming about it. Depths of Fear is the closest you'll probably ever get to playing in a classic Ray Harryhausen movie, and my inner 10-year-old loves it. For all its faults, Depths of Fear and its developer have a lot of heart, and for that reason I recommend checking it out. Electronic Super Joy Michael Todd Games $0.79 (Regular $7.99) Electronic Super Joy is what you get if you combine Super Meat Boy, an acid trip, and stock moaning sounds from a porno. It's another torture platformer designed for masochists, and while it isn't as polished or as tight as Super Meat Boy, it's trippy visuals and excellent sound track make it worth checking out if you like the genre. It's a shame that the soundtrack and sequel aren't on sale too, but the first game is generally considered to be better anyway. UBERMOSH Walter Machado $0.49 (Regular $4.99) UBERMOSH is an incredibly simple, arcade-style shooter where the only goal is to survive as long as possible to beat your previous high score. There's a few different classes to choose from that alter your play style and number of lives, but UBERMOSH ultimately comes down to using your sword to deflect bullets and hack apart any nearby enemies. It's not a game you'll sit down to play for hours at a time, but it's still a really fun time sink that can be played in short bursts. This particular deal is a bundle that includes the soundtrack, and there is another bundle available that includes all three UBERMOSH games for $1.19. Serious Sam Double D XXL Mommy's Best Games $0.99 (Regular $9.99) I'm sure that most people know about the Serious Sam franchise. This popular FPS series first came out in the early 2000s as a throwback to classic shooters from the '90s, and unlike the games it was inspired by, it's modern iterations have stayed pretty consistent in terms of quality. What you may not have heard of are the various indie games Croteam approved of. Probably the best of those titles is Double D, a side-scrolling shooter who's main gimmick is its ridiculous gun stacking mechanic. Basically, you use these wrench-shaped connectors to attach guns to your guns, because the developers heard you like guns. It's an interesting take on the Serious Sam franchise and worth a few hours of fun at the current sales price. Teslagrad Rain Games $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Teslagrad is a gorgeous 2D Metroidvania puzzle-platformer that, for whatever reason, never caught on the same way that similar indie darlings did. Set in a steampunk vision of early 20th century Europe, you play as a young boy on the run after a tyrannical new regime takes control. Teslagrad's puzzles are all based around electricity and magnetism, and many of them were too complex for my tiny, insignificant brain to comprehend. Complicated puzzles and frustrating boss fights aside, Teslagrad is a beautiful puzzle-platformer with some pretty unique mechanics. Anomaly 2 11 bit studios $1.49 (Regular $14.99) Before they gained massive critical acclaim with This War of Mine, 11 bit studios created the Anomaly series that first popularized the concept of "tower offense" games. Anomaly turned the tower defense genre on its head by placing you in command of a convoy of upgradeable units that you had to safely escort through a death maze full of powerful alien towers. I chose to highlight Anomaly 2 in particular because I think it's the best game in the series, due in large part to the introduction of transformable units. That said, the entire franchise is really good and can be purchased as a bundle for $2.99. Unstoppable Gorg Futuremark $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Another solid tower defense game with interesting mechanics is Unstoppable Gorg. Set in a cheesy 1950s pulp sci-fi world, Unstoppable Gorg tasks you with defending planets from invading aliens by building satellites on orbital rings that surround them. You can only place towers at specific points, but you can rotate each of the orbital rings to reposition your towers on the fly. The game is intentionally designed in a way that prevents you from placing enough towers to defend every possible path the aliens will take, forcing you to really think about tower placement and how you will rotate your orbits to fight new threats. The presentation of Unstoppable Gorg is another huge highlight of the game, with black and white cutscenes featuring live actors in corny costumes and intentionally awful acting and special effects. Not The Robots 2DArray $0.99 (Regular $9.99) Not The Robots is a stealth roguelite where you play as a furniture-eating robot navigating cluttered office rooms full of traps and killer security droids. You have no weapons, so your only choice is to use cover to sneak past enemies and get to the elevator. Complicating matters is your constantly draining battery, and the only way to replenish it is to eat the very furniture you are using as cover. As bizarre as the core gameplay sounds, the story is even more ridiculous and gradually unfolds as you collect journals and data sheets within each room. Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Triple.B.Titles $0.49 (Regular $4.99) Finally we come to Ring Runner, an awesome top-down space shooter that didn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. You awake on a mysterious space station only to discover that your brain has been replaced with a neuro-HUD AI named Nero. What ensues is a roughly 30 hour story where you encounter fierce space gladiators, rival scavenger gangs, and aggressive space keyboard salesmen. The campaign starts out really slow, with a tutorial that lasts entirely too long, but eventually opens up and allows you to travel across the galaxy and build your own custom ships from hundreds of different parts. Ring Runner also features a variety of great multiplayer modes, including a MOBA-style one called Space Defense League. The multiplayer is dead these days, as expected of an obscure indie game from nearly 4 years ago, but you can grab a 4-pack for only $1.89 if you want to get a group of friends together to play online. That's all for my list of 10 cool indie games you can grab for $10. The sale continues until Monday, so by the time this article goes live you'll still have almost two full days to grab some of these cheap gems.
  20. Pictured above: Filthy Lucre With only a few weeks left in December, this could end up being the last Overlooked Indies for 2016. We had another busy year of indie games, and this article is no exception. As usual, I can't speak for the quality of these games personally, so make sure you do your research before making any purchases. Space Hulk: Deathwing Streum On Studio $39.99 The biggest release of the week is Space Hulk: Deathwing, a new FPS set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Created by the same team that made the cult hit E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, Deathwing is focused primarily on 4-player co-op as players don suits of the dreaded Tactical Dreadnought Armor and cleanse space hulks of xenos filth using an arsenal of destructive heavy weaponry. Unfortunately the game seems to have many performance and connectivity issues right now, so you may want to give it a pass for the time being. Deathwing is also on PS4 and Xbox One. Super Dungeon Tactics Underbite Games $19.99 Speaking of PC adaptations of popular tabletop games, Super Dungeon Tactics came out this week as well. This tactical turn-based dungeon crawler is based on the Super Dungeon Explore series of miniature-based board games by Soda Pop Miniatures and Ninja Division. Much like the board game it's based on, Super Dungeon Tactics tasks you with assembling a party of adventurers to complete quests in dangerous dungeons. This one also has some pretty mixed reviews at the moment, so you may want to hold off on purchasing it right away. Indie Game Sim Lost Decade Games, LLC $7.99 Indie Game Sim is a new light management game that combines elements of Game Dev Tycoon and Mario Maker. The game uses a simple built-in editor that allows you to make fairly basic 2D platformers that you then sell on the fictional "Vault" online game store. Use your profits to upgrade your software and potentially make better, more successful titles. The game seems to have some meta commentary elements weaved into the narrative as well. OneShot Team Oneshot $9.99 OneShot is another new game that has jumped on the meta narrative bandwagon popularized by titles like The Stanley Parable and Undertale. You'll guide an adorable little cat-like protagonist through a surreal world full of puzzles and adventure to restore light to a dead world. It's already gained a pretty sizable number of positive reviews on Steam, so it may be worth checking out if you like games based around interacting with the player in unique ways. Her Majesty's SPIFFING Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd $18.99 Her Majesty's SPIFFING is a cheeky point and click adventure game stuffed full of British wit and humor. Her Majesty has decided that the only way to restore the UK to its former glory is to establish a new intergalactic British Empire. To accomplish this, the HMSS Imperialise space ship is constructed and sent out to explore the depths of space with her crew Captain Frank Lee English and his colleague Aled. Together they'll travel across the galaxy on their mission to claim planets for Queen and Country, all while trying to avoid a horrible death in the depths of space. Drive!Drive!Drive! different cloth $19.99 Drive!Drive!Drive! is a mind-melting new racing game where you race on multiple tracks at once. You directly control one car at a time, with the goal of getting all of your cars to the finish line in first place. An AI controls your other cars, but said AI is intentionally designed to be incompetent, forcing you to regularly swap between your cars to win. Drive!Drive!Drive! promises players a ton of content for the price, with a campaign mode, challenge modes, track editor with Steam Workshop support, four different gameplay modes, and online multiplayer. Just be aware that the game requires a controller to play. Ley Lines Miria Studios Free Ley Lines is a short, free puzzle adventure game created by a small group of students attending the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. Master 5 powers based around light, gravity, time manipulation, teleportation, and levitation to solve puzzles and restore the severed ley lines of a ruined planet. Its free and only lasts about an hour from what I've heard, so why not check it out? Hunger Dungeon Buka Game Studio Free-to-Play Finally we come to Hunger Dungeon, a new 2D MOBA-like action game focused on boss raids. Up to six players can battle each other in free-for-all and team deathmatch modes, or they can band together to fight enormous and challenging dragon bosses. The base game is free with a rotating roster of 4 heroes each week. Dropping $12 on the Deluxe Edition upgrade unlocks all 12 characters and a copy of the game's soundtrack. Those aren't the only interesting games that came out this week. Check out these other titles as well: The Little Acre, a point and click adventure game with hand-drawn animations and graphics. Force of Nature, a single player open world sandbox survival game with procedurally generated environments. Filthy Lucre, a top-down stealth game where players cooperate to pull off daring heists. Pocket Kingdom, a 2D puzzle adventure game reminiscent of classic Amiga titles. Sally Face, an episodic 2D psychological horror game about a boy with a prosthetic face and a dark past. Castle Torgeath, a first-person RPG heavily inspired by King's Field. That's all for now. Hopefully everyone reading this will have a happy holiday season full of family and awesome new video games.
  21. Pictured above: Earth's Dawn We might be in the final weeks of 2016, but that has done little to stem the tide of new indie games being released on Steam and GOG. The Dwarves KING Art $39.99 First we have The Dwarves, a tactical RPG that was Kickstarted some time back. Based on the fantasy novel of the same name, The Dwarves features 15 playable heroes total, each with their own set of skills and abilities. The most notable feature that sets the game apart from other tactical RPGs are the massive battles that put your small band of dwarves against hordes of orcs and monsters. Physics play a big part in combat too, with many skills designed to send swaths of enemies flying off cliffs and other hazards. The Dwarves is also on GOG, PS4, and Xbox One, though be aware that the console versions apparently have major performance issues. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Mimimi Productions $39.99 Shadow Tactics is a revival of classic top-down, squad-based stealth games like Commandos and Desperados. Much like in those titles, Shadow Tactics tasks you with infiltrating enemy strongholds across feudal Japan with your team of 5 elite specialists. Take on vastly superior numbers of enemy sentries by using traps, distractions, and clever tactics. Shadow Tactics also adds an extra layer of verticality to your sneaking by allowing your ninjas to traverse rooftops. You can grab the game on GOG as well, with a free demo available on both platforms. King Lucas Devilish Games $12.99 King Lucas is a 2.5D retro-inspired metroidvania that can be played alone or in competitive multiplayer. You take on the role of a knight trying to rescue three princesses locked away in a magical castle by their father, King Lucas. The game takes procedural generation to a whole new level, as every time you find a princess the castle unlocks a new region and reconfigures itself. Maize Finish Line Games $19.99 Maize is a quirky new first-person adventure game where you play as a sarcastic Russian teddy bear robot exploring an abandoned farm full of sentient corn. That should tell you all you need to know about the tone of this nonsensical title. Gameplay comes in the form of environmental puzzles and item management, but the primary focus is squarely on the absurd story and characters you'll encounter as you uncover the secrets surrounding the government experiment that accidentally created the living corn people. Maize is on GOG as well. Rad Rodgers: World One Interceptor Entertainment $11.99 Published by 3D Realms, Rad Rodgers is a new Commander Keen game in all but name. You play as Rad, a young boy that finds himself sucked into a video game with his foul-mouthed game console Dusty. Jump and shoot your way through 7 stages full of crude humor and Easter eggs based on classic Apogee/3D Realms titles from the '90s. John St John even makes an appearance voicing several characters throughout the game. Also available on GOG. Earth's Dawn oneoreight $29.99 Earth's Dawn is a 2D shooter/beat 'em up with a fairly striking visual aesthetic and massive boss battles. You control a customizable super soldier fighting to reclaim Earth following an alien invasion. Defeat your enemies using both ranged weapons and combo-driven melee attacks. As you gain experience you'll be able to unlock new abilities from a large skill tree and craft powerful weapons and armor. Earth's Dawn is also on PS4 and Xbox One. Dungeon Souls Lamina Studios $12.99 Finally we come to Dungeon Souls, the obligatory action roguelite for this week's article. As with most games in the genre, you'll explore procedurally generated dungeons full of enemies, challenging boss encounters, and loot to plunder. Dungeon Souls features 10 playable characters in all, each with their own skill trees and unique special abilities. You can also find it on GOG. That's all for now. I'll be back later with more new indie release highlights.
  22. Pictured above: ICEY Now that people are beginning to reawaken from their turkey-induced comas and kicking out their unwanted company, I think it's fair to say that catching up on some gaming is next on the agenda. It's with that in mind that I want to bring some recent indie releases to everyone's attention, starting with a trio of long-awaited titles that have finally exited Early Access: Killing Floor 2 Tripwire Interactive $29.99 The sequel to one of the best wave-based horde shooters ever has finally arrived. Killing Floor 2 promises more of the intense and visceral 6-player co-op action that made the original so popular, and with even more realistic gore effects, enemy types, game modes, and weapons than ever before. Perhaps the most noteworthy of the new game modes is Versus, which finally gives gamers the chance to play as the horrifically mutated and homicidal Zed in 6v6 matches. You can also find Killing Floor 2 on PS4. Planet Coaster Frontier Developments $44.99 It's been a really long time since we had a fantastic theme park management game capable of recapturing the glory days of Roller Coaster Tycoon, but now Planet Coaster is here to set a new standard for the genre. Planet Coaster takes full advantage of modern technology to give players nearly limitless freedom in constructing their dream park piece-by-piece. If the ability to create just about anything you want wasn't enough for you, Planet Coaster also has full Steam Workshop support with an already massive following of modders creating new content. SHENZHEN I/O Zachtronics $14.99 The developers of SpaceChem and Infinifactory are back with SHENZHEN I/O, a sandbox puzzle game to rival their previous efforts in sheer mind-melting complexity. To put it simply, SHENZHEN I/O is about building circuits. Of course, the process of building circuits can hardly be described as "simple," requiring you to study components from a variety of manufacturers and learn how to code. I'm way too stupid to play this game, but I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who will love it. Silence Daedalic Entertainment $29.99 Silence is the latest adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment. You play as Noah and Renie, children that find themselves lost in Silence, a fantastical world that exists between life and death. Unfortunately for the siblings, Silence is caught in the middle of a war between dark monsters and a small band of rebels. Together the children must embark on a journey to help restore Silence to the serene land it once was. Also out on GOG. Ittle Dew 2 Ludosity $19.99 The comical Zelda-inspired adventure game Ittle Dew returns in its first sequel. This new title puts players back in the shoes of Ittle and Tippsie on a new adventure as they explore eight dungeons on a quest to steal all the pieces of a magical raft. This vastly expanded sequel is packed full of new loot, items, puzzles, and labyrinthine levels that can be completed in any order. You can also find Ittle Dew 2 on PS4 and Xbox One. Screeps Free-to-play Screeps is an open source sandbox MMORTS set in a persistent world and designed specifically for programmers. The core mechanics of the game involve programming the AI of your units using JavaScript so that they'll harvest resources, expand your territory, and engage other players by themselves, even when you aren't online. Screeps only requires basic coding skills to get into, but the better and more efficient you are at coding, the better your units will be able to perform their tasks. Screeps is free-to-play, with a business model based around buying subscription tokens that allow you to save longer and more complex scripts. Renoir Black Wing Foundation $19.99 Renoir is a noir-inspired, story-driven puzzle platformer where you play as a detective trying to solve his own murder. Your character, Detective James Renoir, finds himself trapped in a shadowy purgatory following his murder, and with the ability to control other phantom figures stuck between worlds. Renoir's mechanics are based around solving puzzles by briefly taking control of up to 5 of these phantoms, creating a recording of them performing various actions, and playing the recording in real-time to get past obstacles. Mekazoo The Good Mood Creators $19.99 Finally we come to Mekazoo, a fast-paced and vibrant 2D platformer where you control mechanical animals with their own unique set of movement-based abilities. There are five animals in all and you can swap between them at will, giving you some flexibility in how you approach each of the game's challenges. Mekazoo is also out on PS4 and Xbox One. Looking for more new games? Why not check out these other titles: Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods, a colorful metal-themed roguelite shooter. Bullshot, a side-scrolling shooter that harkens back to the days of Duke Nukem. Project Abyss, a 2D survival RPG set in the darkest depths of the ocean. Marrow, a 2D action platformer with heavy cosmic horror themes. ICEY, a side-scrolling action game with meta commentary. Stellar Interface, a retro-inspired shmup with roguelite elements. I'll be back later with more new indie release highlights.
  23. Pictured above: Candle Most of the big AAA titles of the year are out now, but there is still a steady stream of indies looking for your attention. I can't promise that all of them are good, but they may be worth checking out as we enter the upcoming post-holiday drought. Tyranny Obsidian Entertainment $44.99 Before I get to the more obscure games on the list, I want to remind everyone that Tyranny has been out for around a week now. This latest RPG by Obsidian harkens back to the old days of CRPGs, where choices were plentiful and had a real impact on the way you interact with the world. Tyranny is a fantasy tale of good and evil, except the evil overlord's armies have already conquered the world and you take on the role of one of his enforcers. Choose how you will interact with the populace and your fellow minions of darkness as discontent brews within the overlord's armies. Also on GOG. Planet Explorers Pathea Games $24.99 Planet Explorers is an open world sci-fi sandbox that recently exited Early Access. While there is a story mode linking together all the crafting, building, exploration, and wanton slaughter of exotic alien wildlife, perhaps the biggest draw are the various sandbox modes where you can take full advantage of the game's voxel-based building and destruction. There's full multiplayer support as well, in both the co-op and competitive deathmatch variety. AL-FINE CrimsonRabbit $14.99 AL-FINE is a fantasy shop management game along the lines of Recettear, though most of the reviews seem to indicate that it has its share of problems. Build a budding item shop in the bustling trade town of Notte Luce. Hire adventurers to raid dungeons for exotic items that you can sell in your shop, and use the profits to expand your store and overtake the competition. Warfleet UUUU Interactive $9.99 Warfleet is the latest space combat game that focuses on building your own ships from scratch. Build your fleet and explore a procedurally generated galaxy populated by vessels designed by other players. The game is apparently a bit barebones right now and has a horribly unhelpful tutorial, so you may want to keep that in mind before taking the plunge. Beholder Warm Lamp Games $9.99 Taking a page from the Papers, Please Academy of Morally Grey Gameplay Mechanics is Beholder, a stealthy investigation game where you play as the State-installed landlord of an apartment complex in a totalitarian nightmare. It's your job to spy on your tenants by any means necessary and report any contraband items or suspicious individuals to the authorities...Or will you? Much like in Papers, Please, you can choose to cling to your humanity and overlook illegal activity...or blackmail your renters to line your own pockets. Sethian Duang! Games $4.99 Sethian is a sci-fi puzzle game where you must unravel the mystery surrounding the fate of a lost alien civilization. To accomplish this, you'll need to decipher their language and figure out how to operate a Sethian computer discovered in an ancient ruins. There are in-game notes to help you keep track of what you learn, and multiple endings that encourage you to fully grasp the Sethian language. Candle Teku Studios $14.99 Hailing from a small indie studio in Spain is Candle, a gorgeously hand-painted 2D adventure game inspired by South American culture. You play as Teku, a young novice on a dangerous quest to save his tribe's shaman from the rival Wakcha tribe. Aiding you on your journey is a candle, granting you the ability to drive away the darkness, hold your enemies at bay, and solve the game's many puzzles. You can also find Candle on GOG. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Oxide Games, Stardock Entertainment $39.99 Finally we come to Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, a new standalone expansion to Stardock's next-gen mass-scale sci-fi RTS. Fight your way across the galaxy as one of two factions in the campaign, or take the war online in both ranked and unranked modes. Much like its predecessor, the biggest draw of Escalation is the sheer scale of the maps and numbers of units you can control, all thanks to the 64-bit Nitrous engine designed to push your hardware to its limits. Make sure you keep that in mind before you buy, as both Ashes of Singularity games require a pretty serious PC if you want to take full advantage of the engine's features. Also on GOG. Here's a few extra games that deserve a mention: Cubotrox, a puzzle game where you use falling blocks to complete a pixel art image. Don't Open The Doors!, an action RPG with hand-crafted claymation graphics. Super Rad Raygun, a retro side-scroller that emulates original Gameboy aesthetics. Resin, a 2D Metroidvania with a regressive leveling system where you get weaker as you "level up." That's all for now. I'll be back later with more new indie releases.
  24. Pictured above: Oh...Sir!! We are now well into the annual pre-holiday flood of AAA releases. It's a time full of high profile games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, and Watch Dogs 2 dominating the release charts, but gamers would do well not to forget all the cool indies out there released on a weekly basis. With that in mind, I'm back with another big batch of recent indie releases that you may or may not know about. Owlboy D-Pad Studio $24.99 Probably the biggest indie release of this week is Owlboy, a retro-inspired adventure game with light Metroidvania elements that was 9 years in the making. You play as Otus, the owlboy in question, on a high-flying adventure through massive ruins crawling with ancient secrets and danger. Instead of directly fighting enemies you'll recruit gun-toting allies to carry around that will shoot at any enemies in your path. I haven't played it yet myself, but everything I've heard so far indicates that Owlboy is an adventure that was well worth waiting for, so go check it out on Steam or GOG. House of the Dying Sun Marauder Interactive $19.99 Another pretty high profile indie release this week is House of the Dying Sun, a space shooter that just exited Early Access. Heavily inspired by space sims from the golden era of PC gaming, House of the Dying Sun puts you in the cockpit of the most advanced starfighter in the galaxy on a campaign of terror and revenge against the traitorous dogs trying to bring ruin to the Empire. You won't just be shooting apart enemy ships in your customizable fighter though, as the game also features an active pause system and tactical overview that allows you to issue orders to the rest of the dreaded Harbinger Fleet. House of the Dying Sun has full VR support for that extra immersion factor, but be aware that flightsticks aren't officially supported and that the campaign is apparently quite short. Dungeon Rats Iron Tower Studio $8.99 Dungeon Rats is a new party-based tactical RPG set in the same world as Age of Decadence. While AoD is a lengthy adventure of political intrigue in a crumbling Roman-inspired empire, Dungeon Rats strips the experience down to a more traditional dungeon crawler full of tactical turn-based combat. That isn't to say that Dungeon Rats is simpler though, and features an extensive array of skills, weapon types, companions, alchemy, and crafting systems. Sentenced to life in the world's most deadly prison mine, you must navigate your way up the prison's gang hierarchy and eventually find a way out of this deathtrap. You can also find it on GOG. Grimm: Dark Legacy Artplant $14.99 Licensed games can always be pretty hit or miss, but Grimm: Dark Legacy looks like it might have some potential. This action RPG with roguelike elements is inspired by the Wesen journal in the NBC series and has you take control of the ancestors of the Grimm. The goal is to hunt Wesen for as long as possible, before you eventually die and pass your knowledge on to the next generation of monster hunters. Grimm: Dark Legacy also features online co-op for up to 4 players. Clockwork Empires Gaslamp Games $29.99 Clockwork Empires is finally out after several years of Early Access. This latest game by the developers of Dungeons of Dredmor places you in control of a budding frontier colony of the Clockwork Empire. Bring industry and civilization to the wildlands as you build a thriving town with a fully simulated population where each worker has their own needs and hidden desires. Your colony will face many challenges, including cults, mysterious creatures, and Lovecraftian horrors. While the game is out of Early Access, you may want to hold off a while as a number of issues still seem to linger from its beta days. Dead Age Silent Dreams $14.99 Another recent release from Early Access is Dead Age, an interesting new take on the zombie survival genre. The game features many of the elements you'd expect from a survival roguelite, such as a customizable base camp, crafting, and rival gangs to contend with in addition to the zombies hordes. The twist is a turn-based combat system inspired by classic JRPGs, like Final Fantasy back when the franchise was still decent. You'll also make important story decisions that can lead to one of six possible endings. Versus Game DiezelPower $14.99 Versus Game may have a generic name and premise, but there is a powerful pedigree backing up this top-down zombie shooter. Versus Game is the latest title by the developers of Nation Red, one of the best horde shooters ever made. Versus Game features many of the same concepts and power-ups from Nation Red, with the biggest new addition being a pre-match sandbox mode where you get to design your own defenses before being assaulted by thousands of shambling dead. Versus Game seems a bit barebones now, but bear in mind that Nation Red was getting free updates some five years after release. Orwell Osmotic Studios $9.99 Orwell is an episodic investigation game that tackles some all too real issues in today's political climate. You play as an investigator for the Orwell project, a security and monitoring program that would give the NSA wet dreams. You are tasked with tracking down those responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in a Totally-Not-America country referred to as "The Nation." You'll need to scour social media, hack PCs, intercept private chats, phone calls, text messages, and more all in the name of national security. The information you find will be sent to your superiors, and any choices you make can have significant consequences for those you are monitoring. The Deep Paths: Labyrinth of Andokost Steve Jarman $7.99 Finally we come to The Deep Paths, a new first-person, grid-based dungeon crawling RPG inspired by classics from the '80s and '90s. Lead a band of adventurers into a dark labyrinth full of monsters, traps, and puzzles on a quest to save their city. Need more games? Here's a few other releases of note: Rusty Lake: Roots, the latest entry in the surreal Rusty Lake adventure series. Meadow, a pseudo-MMO set in the Shelter universe where players explore the vast wilderness as animals. End of the Mine, a 2D shooter-platformer featuring 8 upgradable weapons and 5 vast levels. Blackfaun, a top-down action RPG with roguelike elements where you play as a faun on a quest to prove her worth as queen. Rencounter, a turn-based, party-based RPG featuring roguelike elements where you control a squad navigating a vast network of procedurally generated tunnels. Bye-Bye, Wacky Planet, a side-scrolling shooter inspired by games like Alien Hominid. Vulture Island, the PC port of a highly acclaimed retro platformer originally on mobile devices. Oh...Sir!!, the premier verbal assault simulator of elaborate insults. Behold!, a cheap 2D twin-stick shooter where you play as a beholder-like eye monster. I'll be back soon with more indie new releases.
  25. Pictured above: Killing Room I'm back with another batch of ten recent indie games that might have slipped past your radar. I'm not confirming that any of these games are good, just that they looked promising enough to stand out from the usual deluge of weekly releases on Steam. Should you find any games you like on this list, remember to spread the word and tell your friends about them. Most of these games probably won't get much in the way of media coverage. Sky Break Farsky Interactive $14.99 Originally released a year ago via Early Access, Sky Break is an open-world survival crafting game with a few unique elements for the genre. You have been sent to the planet of Arcania to find a cure for a deadly virus ravaging humanity, but an accident has left you stranded. Sky Break's enemies come in the form of strange robotic life forms, many of which can be hacked and turned into companions that will aid you in battle. Arcania's weather is another obstacle you'll need to overcome, as intense lightning storms can wreak havoc on the environment and hinder your progress. Dark Train Paperash Studio $14.99 Dark Train is a surreal and atmospheric 2D point 'n click puzzle adventure game with gorgeous papercraft graphics that were made entirely by hand. You play as a mechanical squid named Ann 2.35f that is charged with maintaining the mysterious Dark Train. In gameplay terms, this means exploring the train and solving puzzles as you uncover the story behind the train and the man who created it. Kim The Secret Games Company $24.99 Kim is a unique new adventure game set in colonial India. You play as Kim, a street urchin just trying to survive with whatever he can scrape together. Live through Kim's childhood, acquiring food and other necessities by any means necessary as you explore exotic locations and interact with characters drawn from history and folklore. Gameplay combines elements of resource management, stealth, the occasional bit of combat, and a conversation system that can lead to multiple outcomes and endings. Also available on GOG. Cursed Castilla Locomalito, Gryzor87 $11.99 Cursed Castilla is an extended and upgraded PC port of the Spanish arcade title Maldita Castilla, and is a love letter to classic platformers like Ghosts 'n Goblins. Inspired by Spanish folklore, you play as the knight Don Ramiro on a quest to banish the evil that plagues the lands of Tolomera. Vanquish over 48 different types of enemies and 19 bosses across 8 stages with 4 different endings. Octave Anate Studio $4.99 Octave is a 2D point 'n click horror game with action elements. You find yourself dragged deep into a dark forest by a figure that seems intent on your murder before you are miraculously spared. Your nightmare is only beginning however, and now you must find a way out of the woods. Solve puzzles, avoid monsters, and ultimately survive the paranormal activity that haunts you at every turn. Killing Room Alda Games $9.99 Killing Room is the latest title to blend FPS action with roguelite elements. You play as a contestant in the titular Killing Room, the hottest deathmatch reality show of the 22nd century. Try to survive an onslaught of crazy monsters across 8 randomly generated levels to become one of the few survivors to win the grand prize. Killing Room also features Twitch integration, allowing a streamer's audience to reward or, more likely, punish their performance. Oh My Gore! Bumblebee $9.99 Oh My Gore! is a tower defense/RTS hybrid published by Daedalic Entertainment that places you in the shoes of the newly resurrected God of War, Raelius. Build towers to defend your fortress of doom from the forces of good while commanding your own army of evil henchmen and dark champions. The game originally launched with 20 campaign missions, with a level editor and Steam Workshop integration coming in the near future. BossConstructor Mirko Seithe $14.99 There have been quite a few space games lately that allow you to build your starship down to each individual module, and BossConstructor is the latest example. Build a ship from modular components and explore a vast, procedurally generated galaxy populated by the mysterious and constantly evolving von-Neumann. This alien race is driven by an elaborate AI that allows them to evolve and mutate during your playthrough, forcing you to adapt your play style on the fly to counter new subspecies. Slayaway Camp Blue Wizard Digital $8.99 Just in time for Halloween comes Slayaway Camp, a gory sliding puzzle game that allows you to play through your favorite '80s slasher film moments. Slide your psychopathic murderer Skullface around over 200 puzzles on your quest to slaughter over-sexed teenagers and their incompetent camp counselors. Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers Nerf Games $9.99 Finally we come to Lost Socks, a 2D platformer that gives me some major Earthworm Jim vibes. Travel to a bizarre parallel world in search of your kidnapped brother and blow up everything in your way with an arsenal of upgradeable weapons. Much like in old school platformers, each of the game's numerous levels are nonlinear, with multiple paths and secrets to discover. That's all for now. I'll be back later this week with more indie release highlights.
  26. Pictured above: Thumper After another hiatus, I'm back with a massive round-up of some interesting indie releases from the last few weeks. As always, I'm not outright endorsing any of these games, just highlighting some recent games you may have missed. Rogue Wizards Spellbind Studios $14.99 As its name implies, Rogue Wizards is a new dungeon crawling roguelike where players control a wizard from The Guild during its darkest moments. Like many games in the genre, most of Rogue Wizards involves fighting your way through randomly generated dungeons in search of loot. Between dungeon raids you'll have a chance to build your own town, craft potions and gear, and customize the wizard tower you call home. Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Witching Hour Studios $24.99 Masquerada is a vibrant party-based tactical RPG set in a Venetian city full of magic and intrigue. You play as Cicero Gavar, a sleuth that was exiled five years ago for crimes against the state. Now, Cicero has been brought back to solve the kidnapping of an important diplomat. Combat is played out in real-time, with a pause option to plot out more advanced maneuvers. A major part of the combat system involves "tagging" enemies with abilities to make them more vulnerable to other attacks and status effects. Warshift Cyril Megem $19.99 The highly ambitious Warshift has finally left Early Access after some five years of development. This bizarre shooter, RPG, RTS, and MOBA hybrid was created by a single person who is clearly more talented than most of us could ever hope to be. Players build a base and command armies like in a more traditional RTS, but can directly control upgradeable hero units and vehicles to turn the tide of battle like in a third-person shooter. The Metronomicon Puuba $19.99 Rhythm games and party-based RPGs collide in The Metronomicon. You control a party of 4 characters with their own unique abilities like in your average RPG, but during the entire battle you are playing a DDR-style rhythm game to successfully attack and defend. To make things even more hectic, combat is in real-time and you need to constantly swap between your characters to cast their abilities. As you can probably imagine, The Metronomicon's soundtrack is a major highlight of the game, and you can grab a copy of it with the $25 Deluxe Edition. Particle Fleet: Emergence Knuckle Cracker $14.99 Particle Fleet is a strange mix of fleet-based RTS and physics puzzle game. Build a fleet of fully customizable (and destructible) ships on a dangerous mission deep into Redacted Space. There you'll find the Particulate, a mysterious enemy that sweeps across space as a seemingly never-ending wave of particles. You'll have to establish defensive lines to hold back this bizarre, formless enemy that dynamically engulfs everything in its path. Star Vikings Rogue Snail $9.99 Some of the developers behind Dungeonland and Chroma Squad are back with Star Vikings, a casual puzzle RPG that is described as a "reverse Plants vs Zombies." Build a crew of 5 customizable Vikings, each with their own class and skills, as you assault enemy positions in a combat system that mixes strategy and puzzle solving. In addition to a 6 hour campaign, Star Vikings features procedurally generated levels to keep you occupied after the main story is over. Viking Squad Slick Entertainment Inc. $14.99 Our second Viking game of the week is Viking Squad, an RPG brawler reminiscent of Golden Axe and other classics of the genre. Choose from one of several playable Vikings, each with their own selection of skills and weapons. Find new gear and powerful mounts to aid you in combat, and choose which Norse gods to worship to further tweak your experience. Viking Squad also features both local and online co-op. Aragami Lince Works $19.99 In Aragami, you play as an undead assassin with the ability to manipulate shadows. Play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Army of Light as you sneak from shadow to shadow, stealthily killing guards and utilizing your supernatural abilities to infiltrate the fortress of Kyuryu and rescue the mysterious woman that summoned you. Not enough cool new games for you? Check out these other titles: GoNNER, a rock-hard procedurally generated platformer with a rather unique aesthetic. Lichtspeer, a projectile-based spear-throwing action game set in a neon-lit, '80s-inspired Germanic future. Sorcerer King: Rivals, a new standalone expansion to Stardock's fantasy 4X game set after evil has conquered the world. Thumper, a rhythm-based racer full of frightening speed and hellish environments. Butcher, a blood splattered 2D shooter that puts you in control of a homicidal cyborg sent to murder the last remnants of humanity. Earthlock: Festival of Magic, the first chapter in a colorful new RPG series inspired by Japanese classics from the '90s. Xenoraid, a new vertically scrolling shoot 'em up by the developers of Crimsonland. Klang, an action game that blends classic rhythm gameplay with platforming and combat. That's all for now. I'll (hopefully) be back soon with more new release highlights.
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