As established previouslytoday is the day when not all video game sites hate their readers, their country, their God, post as much as they can about unknown indie games in penance for all that triple-A crap that’s occupying our lives. So read on for 10 more games you’ve never heard of before, but will be glad you did.
Again, these aren’t endorsements of these games, mostly because most of them haven’t been released. Again. But these are games that caught my eye when emailed and definitely deserve a spot on your Steam wishlist.
Developer: GoldFire Studios
I never knew how much I wanted a cross between fire watch and The long darkness until i watch the trailer of arctic awakening. A first-person narrative adventure, set in the aftermath of a plane crash in the Arctic, where you are accompanied only by a seemingly useless hovering AI drone. You’re looking for your missing co-pilot and a way home, but something very strange is going on around here.
Developer: 1 simple game
Exit: to be determined
Frenzied top-down action roguelites aren’t uncommon, but combining all that violence with bright, happy colors and silly fun is sure to be. I am not Jelly is so vibrant! It makes me want to smash those health bars all the more. Plus, the trailer has some gorgeous cartoon intros, though, and I don’t mean to offend anyone here, they sure do look like jelly.
IIf you request access on Steam, you can access an early build now.
Developer: Tomasz “THdev” Halajko
Don’t be fooled by the YouTube still up there, this is not a mobile hidden object game. In fact, it’s one hell of a third-person adventure, which seems to take place in 3D protea. This is described as a “stealth game”, although the trailer doesn’t show much of it. But I love the look of these magic arrows, and apparently as you play you constantly improve your bow.
Developer: Shweep Games
A 2D survival horror, the machine that BREATHES (as the game sadly bears its name) is inspired by both resident Evil and System shock, then presents things through a glitchy pixelated world in which flight will be far more effective than confrontation. I’m intrigued by the scratchy nature of this, combined with its puzzles and a description of the game that ends with “and exists”.
Developer: Digital Games
If I gave you fifteen guesses what Voltair: the vegan vampire was on point, this would be your sixteen too late guess where you came up with “roguelike action farming”.
Voltaire is the last born of Dracula, and probably his greatest disappointment, because he abandons human flesh for… vegetable flesh. So you farm during the day (presumably with a thick hood), but at night you have to fight off your father’s minions who want to see your plant-based lifestyle ruined.
Exit: to be determined
As the name suggests, PaperKlay is a game made of paper and clay. Cardboard 3D levels can be rotated to suit the way they are played, as you run around a little clay chicken. The set looks absolutely adorable.
Release: End of 2022
Poor Mushi the mushroom is lost, and also extremely cute, which leaves us with no choice but to try and save him. It is an open-world platformer, aiming for a warm and healthy atmosphere, and all the creation of a solitary developer. This gliding looks so beautiful and serene, I want to be that little mushroom right now.
Developer: The Psychiatrist
Exit: to be determined
At the other end of the healthy spectrum comes resuffera game that frankly looks like creepy. You play as a cute bunny desperately trying to get rid of twisted, horrifying monsters trapped in mazes of obstacles, forced to always run. It’s an auto-runner, you see. But with the sinister tones of Thumper, and the living man, it looks so scary. I can not wait.
Developer: Anthropic Studios
You know how you can’t walk through a door unless your fur is the same color, right? Good, Path of Rhea is a puzzle game about exactly that experience. The 2D cartoon game aims to provide challenging puzzles, but in a welcoming way, allowing players to easily undo mistakes.
One of my favorite silly things is when the media confuses the author of a work with the star of the work. All those adaptations of The time machine this cast H G. Wells himself as the man who in the future make me happy. Here in Verne: the form of fantasy, I don’t know how Jules joins Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus, and they go in search of Atlantis! Yes!
The game itself looks intriguing, 2D adventure style, but with some sort of time rewind mechanic, and that’s right on my wishlist.