Pictured above: Abandon Ship
This week wasn't nearly as busy as the last few, but I still managed to find some interesting games to highlight, including a few Early Access titles. As always, I'm not here to personally recommend any of these games; I'm just highlighting some recent releases that you may have missed. Remember to check out reviews and videos to find more information on each game.
Usurper is a 2D Metroidvania, and the standalone sequel to the developer's previous game, Shrouded in Sanity. Late 19th century London has been invaded by hordes of otherworldly abominations from the mysterious Citadel, and it's your job to lead a team ascending the structure to discover its purpose. The game's combat system revolves around the Guard mechanic. You can regenerate Guard by successfully dodging incoming attacks, which then converts the potential damage into a shield that protects you from future attacks. You can tweak a few settings for extra challenge, including permadeath, one-hit death, or speedrun mode.
Ignorance is Strength is the second episode in Osmotic's Orwell series of "surveillance thrillers." Much like the previous game, Ignorance is Strength places you in the role of a government agent for the Orwell Program, an intelligence division tasked with using the country's most advanced surveillance technology to spy on "undesirable" members of society. This time around you'll be surveying a group of agitators and conspiracy theorists that are responsible for stirring civil unrest throughout the country and in neighboring nations. Gather information by scouring social media, listening in on private conversations, and hacking into computers and accounts. You can also find both Orwell games on GOG and the Humble Store.
Kadokawa Corporation, Active Gaming Media
-DREAM DIARY- is a complete reimagining of the Japanese RPG Maker cult classic Yume Nikki, which finally came to Steam last month. This new installment remakes the original in a new 3D engine, and includes new gameplay mechanics inspired by more recent indie adventures. Explore six surreal dream worlds and encounter new areas and characters that didn't make it into the original. The user reviews seem fairly divided so far due to the new mechanics and various bugs, so keep that in mind before deciding to purchase -DREAM DIARY-.
Dungreed is a 2D dungeon crawling roguelite that takes some obvious inspiration from Rogue Legacy. Explore a constantly shifting dungeon in order to save the town above it from destruction. Permanently increase your stats through training to better prepare you for the dungeon's traps and monsters. Rebuild and improve the town using the resources you find in the dungeon to give you an edge before each adventure.
Them's Fightin' Herds was born after the My Little Pony fan game Fighting is Magic received a cease and desist from Hasbro, and it recently hit Early Access after around five years of development. The game features the same basic setup as Fighting is Magic, but with a new cast of more copyright-friendly characters. The game currently features competitive online multiplayer, an arcade mode, and a cooperative PVE mode. An episodic story will be gradually released after the game exits Early Access. Owners of Blazblue Centralfiction, Skullgirls Second Encore, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 will gain access to bonus cosmetic content, with Skullgirls owners also getting a discount on Steam. You can find Them's Fightin' Herds on the Humble Store as well.
Another interesting Early Access game that came out this week is Abandon Ship. Become the captain of a ship and her crew in a fantastical Age of Sail-inspired setting where all the deep sea monsters from a sailor's worst nightmare are real. Explore a procedurally generated ocean full of quests, random events, marauding pirates, and trade vessels to loot and plunder. Death is permanent, but there is always the chance to escape certain doom in a lifeboat or by being swept ashore, giving you another chance to start from scratch. The game is expected to be completely finished in nine months to a year from now, and you can find the game on the Humble Store in addition to Steam.
Finally we come to All Walls Must Fall, a tactical roguelite that just released from Early Access. The game is set in a cyberpunk version of 2089 Berlin where the Cold War never ended. A rogue nuclear strike has shattered the fragile peace between the superpowers, and you are a secret agent that has been sent back in time to discover who is behind the attack and figure out how to prevent it. The game features a blend of real-time and simultaneous turn-based combat, with fully destructible environments that are hand-crafted, but procedurally rearranged each time you play. Experiment by jumping back and forth through a time loop to manipulate the past and future.
Which of these games caught your attention?