Pictured above: ICEY
Now that people are beginning to reawaken from their turkey-induced comas and kicking out their unwanted company, I think it's fair to say that catching up on some gaming is next on the agenda. It's with that in mind that I want to bring some recent indie releases to everyone's attention, starting with a trio of long-awaited titles that have finally exited Early Access:
Killing Floor 2
The sequel to one of the best wave-based horde shooters ever has finally arrived. Killing Floor 2 promises more of the intense and visceral 6-player co-op action that made the original so popular, and with even more realistic gore effects, enemy types, game modes, and weapons than ever before. Perhaps the most noteworthy of the new game modes is Versus, which finally gives gamers the chance to play as the horrifically mutated and homicidal Zed in 6v6 matches. You can also find Killing Floor 2 on PS4.
It's been a really long time since we had a fantastic theme park management game capable of recapturing the glory days of Roller Coaster Tycoon, but now Planet Coaster is here to set a new standard for the genre. Planet Coaster takes full advantage of modern technology to give players nearly limitless freedom in constructing their dream park piece-by-piece. If the ability to create just about anything you want wasn't enough for you, Planet Coaster also has full Steam Workshop support with an already massive following of modders creating new content.
The developers of SpaceChem and Infinifactory are back with SHENZHEN I/O, a sandbox puzzle game to rival their previous efforts in sheer mind-melting complexity. To put it simply, SHENZHEN I/O is about building circuits. Of course, the process of building circuits can hardly be described as "simple," requiring you to study components from a variety of manufacturers and learn how to code. I'm way too stupid to play this game, but I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who will love it.
Silence is the latest adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment. You play as Noah and Renie, children that find themselves lost in Silence, a fantastical world that exists between life and death. Unfortunately for the siblings, Silence is caught in the middle of a war between dark monsters and a small band of rebels. Together the children must embark on a journey to help restore Silence to the serene land it once was. Also out on GOG.
Ittle Dew 2
The comical Zelda-inspired adventure game Ittle Dew returns in its first sequel. This new title puts players back in the shoes of Ittle and Tippsie on a new adventure as they explore eight dungeons on a quest to steal all the pieces of a magical raft. This vastly expanded sequel is packed full of new loot, items, puzzles, and labyrinthine levels that can be completed in any order. You can also find Ittle Dew 2 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Black Wing Foundation
Renoir is a noir-inspired, story-driven puzzle platformer where you play as a detective trying to solve his own murder. Your character, Detective James Renoir, finds himself trapped in a shadowy purgatory following his murder, and with the ability to control other phantom figures stuck between worlds. Renoir's mechanics are based around solving puzzles by briefly taking control of up to 5 of these phantoms, creating a recording of them performing various actions, and playing the recording in real-time to get past obstacles.
The Good Mood Creators
Finally we come to Mekazoo, a fast-paced and vibrant 2D platformer where you control mechanical animals with their own unique set of movement-based abilities. There are five animals in all and you can swap between them at will, giving you some flexibility in how you approach each of the game's challenges. Mekazoo is also out on PS4 and Xbox One.
Looking for more new games? Why not check out these other titles:
Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods, a colorful metal-themed roguelite shooter.
Bullshot, a side-scrolling shooter that harkens back to the days of Duke Nukem.
Project Abyss, a 2D survival RPG set in the darkest depths of the ocean.
Marrow, a 2D action platformer with heavy cosmic horror themes.
ICEY, a side-scrolling action game with meta commentary.
Stellar Interface, a retro-inspired shmup with roguelite elements.
I'll be back later with more new indie release highlights.