Pictured above: Anarcute
Anyone who complains about summer gaming droughts clearly doesn't pay attention to the indie scene, because we had yet another week full of releases. There have been so many promising new indie games released in the previous two weeks that I'll need to write multiple bonus articles to catch up with them all. As usual though, I can't confirm all of them are actually any good, just that they stood out from the usual weekly deluge of Unity asset flips and uninspired "retro" platformers.
Necropolis: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve
One of the more anticipated releases this week was Necropolis, a 3D action roguelite with a splash of Souls-like combat from the developers that brought us Shadowrun Returns. Like most games in the genre, you'll navigate procedurally generated dungeons full of enemies capable of killing you in a few well-placed hits if you aren't careful. Meta game progress comes in the form of codices that grant you various perks to make future runs easier. Necropolis has been met with very mixed reception thus far, with gamers complaining about a disparity in the difficulty between solo and co-op, bugs, and an overall lack of content for the price, so keep that in mind before buying. Necropolis is also on GOG, and will be coming to Xbox One and PS4 later this year.
Song of the Deep
Another fairly high profile release from earlier this week is Song of the Deep, the latest game by Insomniac. Song of the Deep is a 2D metroidvania set in the dark depths of the ocean, a fairly significant departure from Insomniac's previous titles. You play as Merryn, a young girl who builds a submarine from spare parts and embarks on a undersea voyage to find her lost father. This nonlinear adventure features over 15 abilities and 30 upgrades to find as you discover long lost civilizations and battle massive sea monsters. Also available on
Xbox One and PS4.
If Wasteland 2 didn't quench your thirst for some old school post-apocalyptic RPG action then you may want to look into Krai Mira. Explore the irradiated wastelands of Earth on a quest to uncover the truth behind the planet's devastation. Along the way you'll hire companions to aid you on your expedition and encounter plenty of bandits and mutated wildlife to slaughter in the game's turn-based battles. Krai Mira is apparently pretty unpolished in its current form, with bad AI and a poorly translated script, but the overall reception so far is fairly positive.
The sandbox bridge-building game Poly Bridge released from Early Access a few days ago. This engineering game challenges you to solve physics-based puzzles by constructing bridges across 100+ levels. Some challenges may only require a simple suspension bridge, while others force you to build elaborate multi-deck bridges, draw-bridges, or even jump ramps. Once you're done with the campaign you can let your creativity go wild in the Sandbox mode, or download additional user-created challenges from the Steam Workshop.
In a dark dystopia where corporations have taken over and brainwashed police forces oppress the citizenry, an army of adorable animal revolutionaries rise up to retake control. Anarcute is a large-scale and chaotic action game where you control an entire riot of anthropomorphic animals determined to smash their evil overlords. You start with only a few individuals before gradually building up to a full-scale riot capable of destroying buildings. Pretty much anything in the street can be used as a weapon, and everything is destructible once your crowd is big enough. Also available on Xbox One.
The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
$9.99 or $24.99
Tumblestone is the latest puzzle game to try and bring a unique twist to the match-3 genre. Unlike most match-3 games you don't have access to the entire screen from the start, and must instead shoot matching blocks to clear them and scroll deeper into the level. The most noteworthy features of Tumblestone are the great business model and sheer amount of content. The game promises a 40+ hour campaign, several different arcade modes, local and online multiplayer for up to 4 people, and bot matches. Tumblestone comes at two price points: Multiplayer-only for $9.99, or the entire package for $24.99. Both versions even provide you with a few free Steam keys to give to your friends. You can also find Tumblestone on Xbox One, PS3, Vita, PS4, and WiiU.
Crush Your Enemies
Foul-mouthed barbarian hordes battle each other for loot, booze, and glory in the rude and crude RTS Crush Your Enemies. This simplified RTS goes the Planets Under Attack and Mushroom Wars route, allowing you to focus more on stomping enemy structures and armies than worrying about your APM. Some levels even feature rampaging bosses trying to wipe out both sides. You can find Crush Your Enemies on mobile too, and the game supports cross-platform multiplayer.
Super Mutant Alien Assault
Finally we come to Super Mutant Alien Assault, the self-proclaimed "Citizen Kane of Super Crate Box clones." Much like its inspiration, Super Mutant Alien Assault is an arcade shooter/platformer hybrid where you must clear single screen levels full of enemies, all while getting randomized weapon drops with limited ammo. The level layouts are randomized as well, and as you play you'll unlock a dizzying array of new weapons, gadgets, and perks that can potentially drop during your run. You can also find Super Mutant Alien Assault on PS4 and Xbox One.
That's all for now. I'll return soon with more overlooked indie releases.