Pictured above: TurnOn
I'm a bit behind on highlighting new indie releases at the moment. There were some extra games I wanted to highlight from previous weeks, but just never got around to it. To rectify that, I'm here with a bonus article containing seven games released over the last few weeks that you might want to check out.
Gray Fin Studios
Dual Core is a co-op arcade-style shooter that came out some time back on the Wii U before making its way to PC. Grab up to three friends and take on a rogue AI in either the story-driven campaign or the wave-based survival mode. Once you get sick of working together, you can blow each other up in the Versus mode. The co-op is local only, so if you're like me and don't have any friends then you'll have to settle for the AI partners.
Open world sci-fi trading games are nothing new, but Sol Trader brings the genre in some interesting directions by focusing just as much on information brokering as it does on exporting rare space rocks. Primarily a text-driven experience, each game of Sol Trader starts out by establishing your personal and family history. This information generates a vast network of contacts, friends, and enemies that can help or hinder your career. While the main draw of the game is it's interpersonal relationships and politics, there is still the usual genre staples like ship customization and combat. I hear that the game has a lot of issues in its current state, but the developer seems very open to feedback, so it might be worth keeping an eye on Sol Trader in the future.
Fluik Entertainment Inc
Projector Face is a traditional point-n-click adventure where you play as a mute protagonist with a projector for a head. Projector Face's bizarre appearance and strange behavior can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, so you'll need to find a way to communicate with the people you encounter. Luckily, you have a projector for a head that can help you solve these problems. Most of the puzzles are based around repairing and editing film reels so that you can communicate with the locals in this bizarre adventure title.
Tower defense and bullet hell shooters collide with Excubitor. Each level tasks you with defending your mothership from waves of enemies by constructing defensive towers in strategic locations. Your towers can't do it all however, and that's where your Hammerhead attack hovercraft comes into play. Support your towers in your upgradeable ship, with its diverse arsenal of interchangeable weapons. Excubitor also draws from bullet hell games to create it's bosses, most of which are massive and can barely fit on the screen.
Brainy Studio LLC
TurnOn bills itself as a "platformer without platforms," which isn't strictly true but we'll go with it. You play as a sentient electrical spark trying to restore power to a city following a massive blackout. You navigate the world by traveling down electrical wires and jumping between various electronic devices. The game looks less focused on twitch skill and more on puzzles and exploration, with difficulty settings that allow for a more relaxing experience if you so desire. TurnOn is also available on Xbox One.
Turmoil is a tongue-in-cheek management sim set during the 19th century oil rush in North America. Start with just a small plot of land and a single oil rig and expand into a successful oil tycoon. Sell your oil when prices are at their peak and reinvest your earnings in better equipment and more efficient pipe networks to extract even more black gold. Turmoil includes a single player campaign and a quick game mode where you try to earn as much money as possible within a year.
Anima: Gate of Memories
Anima: Gate of Memories is a fast paced action RPG based on the popular tabletop RPG of the same name. Combat takes a lot of influences from spectacle fighters like Devil May Cry, and focuses on skillful dodges, parries, and building up massive combos. You actually control two characters, and can freely swap between them in the middle of combat to make use of their drastically different set of skills and abilities. Gate of Memories also promises a story full of branching paths and dire consequences based on your decisions. Also on PS4 and Xbox One.
That's all for now. I'll be back later this week with more new indie release highlights.
Frank currently writes for Indie Game Source and Bell of Lost Souls. You can follow him on Twitter @Frank_Gaming for updates on future articles and general Twitter ramblings, though you probably shouldn't for your own sanity.