Pictured above: Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
Before I get to this week's Overlooked Indies, I want to mention a few additional releases you might want to check out. Dead by Daylight, an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game, is now out on Steam. Inspired by classic slasher films, one player controls a killer that must hunt down and murder the others before they can escape. On the other end of the spectrum, Frogwares has released another Sherlock Holmes game, The Devil's Daughter. These games can be pretty hit or miss, so you may want to do your research before paying full price for it.
As always, I'm not endorsing or recommending any of these games because I haven't played them yet. I'm just here to highlight some new indie games that caught my attention over the past week. Should you discover a game on this list that you like, then remember to tell your friends about it.
War of the Human Tanks- Limited Operations
The War of the Human Tanks series is back with its third installment, Limited Operations. This series of challenging strategy games is set in a fictionalized modern-day Japan where "human tanks" (It's a Japanese game, so that means cute chibi anime girls) war with each other over increasingly scarce supplies of resources and fuel. Limited Operations seems to offer largely more of the same, with 50 new missions, a continuation of the storyline, and a handful of new mechanics. The first game is currently discounted, so you should probably start there if you're new to the franchise.
Bastard Bonds is a strategy RPG set in a dark and brutal world. You play as a criminal that has been sent to the island of Lukatt, a prison colony where the worst of the worst are sent to rot. In other words, it's a game set in Australia. Not content to just sit around and die as an outcast, you must gather a band of your fellow deranged psychopaths and criminals to survive attacks from rival gangs and find a way off the island. This SRPG promises over 40 hours of content, deep character progression, a morality system where you can forgive or condemn other criminals for their misdeeds, and full mod support.
Space Run Galaxy
Space Run was a pretty damn cool take on the tower defense genre, and now it's back with a sequel titled Galaxy. Like in the original game, you operate a space courier service that takes contracts delivering goods across a dangerous galaxy full of aliens, rival corporations, and raiders. Using a fully modular construction system, you'll need to build ships to take on the challenges of each contract. It isn't as simple as just loading your ship down with as many guns as possible though, because in addition to surviving with your cargo intact, you also need to make the delivery on time. One new feature in this sequel is the ability accept custom contracts from other players. Be aware that Galaxy apparently has a lot of bugs and server issues at the moment, so it might be a good idea to wait for a patch or two.
Retro Army Limited
Verdict Guilty is a retro 2D fighter designed to emulate the look and feel of classic '90s fighting games like Street Fighter 2. The game is set in Neo Seoul, a neon-lit city under siege by gangs and terrorists. To fit with the game's setting, the 8 playable characters are divided between police and criminals, and the fighting mechanics focus on gunplay just as much as close range brawling. Unfortunately, Verdict Guilty only features single player and local multiplayer, but it's lack of features can probably be forgiven considering its cheap price tag.
On Rusty Trails
Black Pants Studio
On Rusty Trails is a new 2D platformer from the developers of Tiny and Big and About Love, Hate, and the other ones. Like the studio's previous games, On Rusty Trails features a striking comic book-like art style and fast gameplay based around environmental puzzles. Switch between red and blue to alter the way your surroundings react to your character, and use magnetic boots to traverse walls and ceilings. Black Pants games also tend to make heavy use of music, and On Rusty Trails follows that tradition with a gloomy soundtrack to accompany its moody atmosphere.
Legends of Callasia
Legends of Callasia is a tabletop-inspired fantasy strategy game with a business model that has been leaving more than a few people on Steam confused. You can't buy the game directly from the Steam page, but instead from a menu in the free demo. An odd way to sell your game for sure, but your purchase does include full access to the iOS and Android versions upon their release. Choose one of three factions, expand your empire, and clash with rivals using a card-based combat system. Legends of Callasia features a lengthy single player campaign, over 35 skirmish maps, and multiplayer for up to 8 players.
Roguelands is, unsurprisingly, an action rogue-lite about resource gathering, crafting, and looting. Made primarily with multiplayer in mind, players explore procedurally generated planets in search of crafting materials so they can acquire increasingly awesome gear to take on greater challenges. Unlike other games in the genre, each player has a personal drone that will gather resources for you, allowing you to focus on the fun stuff like combat and exploration. Upon death you'll lose all the items currently in your inventory, but get to keep anything you have stored on your ship, and any progress you've made finding new crafting recipes or unlocking new characters.
Finally we come to Void Raiders, the other colorful and pixilated action rogue-lite of the week. This top-down rogue-lite shooter features some shmup and bullet hell elements in addition to the usual procedurally generated exploration and looting. Unlock new characters and artifacts as you shoot your way across Neptune. It may not look like the most unique example of the genre, but at only $5 it could be worth checking out.
That's all for now. I'll be back shortly with more new 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.