Ten more indie games to watch right now

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IIIiii Deeeeee Fiiiiiiive. This is what the cool kids already call the first annual * Kotaku Indie-Penance Day. They’re all on the wishlist breathtaking indie games, and then we have fun and have all kinds of interesting sex with each other. Don’t miss out.

The Fermi Paradox obtained a mention on Kotaku earlier this year when a trailer appeared. Now the game appeared, starting last week. With small ambitions, the game starts at the beginning of time, then you control all the alien races as they evolve. The emphasis is on the crucial narrative choices for the different species, describing your role as a sort of galactic gardener. Currently, it’s in Early Access, with 12 of the 30 alien races planned, with plans to finish it in about a year.

Eternal starlight is a VR game in which you control a fleet of ships in combat spaaaaaaace. It was released last month on Steam, but hasn’t gotten enough attention. As a VR skeptic, I have to admit that this tempts me – it does with VR what VR is surely only intended for: allows a kind of cinematic omnipotence. You can wave your arms to zoom in and out of the surrounding battlefield, issuing commands and generally looking like someone in some 90s science.fi movie. What is surely everyone’s ambition?

KEO is a team-based multiplayer vehicle fighting game, and neither is it Rocket arena. It really surprises me how few games have followed in this genre, given its success (*skip to comments where I reported 391 vehicle fighting games *). This one has been in development for a few years and still doesn’t have a release date, but it looks pretty neat to me. Although they can certainly release a better definition trailer to go along with their shiny new Steam page.

Go out is also a driving game, but this time with a narrative emphasis. This story makes you pass for an outlaw, fleeing The Law, inspired by the road movies of the 70s. And damn it, it’s so beautiful in black and white. I’m super intrigued to find out how storytelling works here, especially as they are dropping genres like “rogue-like” and themes like “moral choices”. What about resource management? I think it could be seriously good. But we have to wait until next year to find out.

Kingshunt sets out to be a multiplayer online hack-and-slash tower defense action game, which is … daring. From Vaki Games, it’s hand-to-hand combat in 5v5 battles, and the trailer seems to have some weight behind it. It should be released at some point this year.

lodge recently released its latest update, NIGHTMARE, developing the year-old pixel horror game from Bark Bark Games. I’m amused at how this image on the YouTube video doesn’t represent the game itself, which delivers the majority of its ghosts in a much more subtle way. Updates to the game have all been free so far, which is pretty good for something that only costs $ 5 in the first place. (And that’s currently 30% off.)

Ember Knights offers something you don’t see too often, rogue-lite co-op action. Designed for 1-4 players, it looks like a beautifully frenzied action game, where working as a team means you’ll be able to stack attacks and magical skills. There is a demo on Steam, which I’ll be checking out to get a feel for how it all works.

MicroWorks is also multiplayer, but this time a board game. Oddly enough, based on microgames. Looks like what might happen if Wario did fall guys. Each battle will feature 25 microgames, randomly selected from a pool of over 200 variations, as well as fights through 15 different boss stages. They absolutely recognize TF2Ware when describing the game, and what a great idea to embellish those ideas into a full commercial game. They are aiming for a release in the summer of 2022 and promise that there will be no microtransactions, while hinting at the possibility of custom microgames.

Venus: improbable dream is a visual novel about a guy called Kakeru, who suffers from anxiety and depression. But by guiding her choices, we help her take the courage to join her school’s music club, which is life changing. The game positively has disabled characters and deals with mental health issues, apparently all with optimism. And in a rare treat for a VN on Steam, doesn’t have the “nudity” tag. It came out earlier this year, but is currently almost half the price, yours for around $ 7.

Dead Letters Department looks so scary, just in the screenshots, which already got me hooked. But then I find out that it’s described as “the horror of atmospheric strike” and I consider violating long-held anti-pre-order beliefs. It features you as a person working in a temporary data entry job, dealing with mail. But this mail starts to arrive weird. They describe it as a cross between TP and Papers please. Yes. YES. That one. I want this one please.

* This is what we freelancers call “optimism”.


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