Pictured above: Railway Empire
We had another pretty slow week due to the Q1 release slump, but I still managed to find a few interesting new releases. As always, I'm not here to give personal recommendations, just highlight some recent games you might have missed. Remember to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game.
The Red Strings Club is a narrative cyberpunk adventure, and the latest indie game published by Devolver Digital. The "altruistic" Supercontinent Ltd is about to release its Social Psyche Welfare program, which the company claims will eliminate depression, anger, and other negative emotions from society. Uncover the truth as a freelance hacker by extracting information from unsuspecting corporate employees via mini-games that include bartending, genetic implant pottery, and phone impersonations. The Red Strings Club is also on the Humble Store and GOG.
Super Slime Arena is a 16-bit party game where everyone plays as an adorable slime monster. There's 35 playable slimes, and each one has a single hit point and a unique way of attacking. The most noteworthy features of Super Slime Arena are the player count and input devices. The game promises that you can use pretty much any controller you can think of, and there's no hard limit on the number of players per match. If you want to get a room of 50 people together with a random assortment of retro controllers and flight sticks then you can do it, as bizarre and chaotic as that might sound. Just be aware that Super Slime Arena has no single player to speak of, and it's too obscure to have a real online community.
Gaming Minds Studios
Establish a thriving railroad tycoon during the Golden Age of American expansion in Railway Empire. Build a vast rail network from one coast to the other in a campaign that stretches from the 1830s to the 20th century. Transport passengers and goods on 40 historically accurate locomotives and develop over 300 new technologies to streamline your operations. Sabotage rival railway companies with spies and bandits to maintain industry dominance. Railway Empire is also on GOG, the Humble Store, PS4, and Xbox One.
Still Not Dead is an FPS roguelite inspired by Doom that recently released from Early Access. Slash and shoot your way through six procedurally generated stages of Hell while being chased by Death. Choose Blessings or Curses between stages to improve your character and customize your playstyle. Unlock Skill Skulls as you complete runs to tweak the game's difficulty for an even greater challenge.
Finally we come to Legrand Legacy, an RPG that markets itself as a love letter to classic JRPGs from the PS1/PS2 era. Explore the fantasy world of Legrand and bring peace to the land as the Fatebounds. In addition to old school-inspired JRPG combat, Legrand Legacy also features turn-based tactical battles where you control the military might of an entire nation against rival kingdoms. Recruit craftsmen and restore the city of Dumville to unlock side quests, mini-games, and vendors. Legrand Legacy is also on GOG and the Humble Store. It'll be making its way to the Switch sometime later this year, with PS4 and Xbox One versions coming in 2019.
Which of these games are you interested in?