Monday, 1 August 2016

Recommended Indie Games p5

Once every few months I post a list of recommendations of games which are indie, overlooked, and underrated. This is now part 5 of this series of lists. If you've missed the first 4 parts, be sure to check them out as well for some great indie games. For now, here are some new recommendations of games I've greatly enjoyed recently.

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Developer: Airtight Games
Publisher: Square Enix

All right, so this one is not exactly indie, but I was surprised by how underrated this game is, considering it's very gripping and immersive. It might be light on game mechanics, but it does a fantastic job with its narrative as it takes you on an investigation of your own death through a dark, rundown town, and that's exactly where the focus of the game lies.

Ghost 1.0

Developer: Unepic_Fran
Publisher: Unepic_Fran

An excellent and highly entertaining metroidvania style platformer where we play as a female cyborg and infiltrate an enormous space station. Stunning visuals, nice music, abundant humour, challenging boss fights, and an ability to possess other machines - all make this game a great experience.

Blues and Bullets

Developer: A Crowd of Monsters
Publisher: A Crowd of Monsters

A deeply cinematic detective game with a gritty and morally grey story, really unique-looking visuals and a memorable soundtrack. The game is episodic in nature and only the first 2 episodes (out of 5) are currently out.

Earn to Die 2

Developer: Toffee Games
Publisher: Not Doppler

A fun sidescrolling driving game where your goal is to improve your vehicle so that you can drive further past a plethora of obstacles and zombies until it breaks. After every few checkpoints, you unlock new vehicles to tackle on harder tracks.


Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

An isometric action hack and slash with RPG elements, pretty visuals, nice music, and a cool narrator. An awesome variety of weapons and special skills make this game a load of fun.

State of Anarchy

Developer: Andrew Jr
Publisher: New Reality Games

A short, light-hearted top down shooter in the style of old-school GTA games, but with a twist. The visuals are all made to look like kid's drawings and all the sound effects use mouth noises.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Recommended Indie Games p4

Been a little while since the last list of indie game recommendations, and I started to lag behind on my gaming lately, but fear not - here are some more recommendations of games I enjoyed since the last part. Don't forget to check out the previous 3 parts if you haven't yet!

Darkest Dungeon

Developer: Red Hook Studios
Publisher: Red Hook Studios

A very challenging dungeon crawling management simulator with a dark, Lovecraftian theme, and a captivating art style. Recruit mercenaries and send them into gritty dungeons to loot for treasure and defeat nasty beings that plague the land, but take heed - your heroes are human beings. They can get stressed and develop quirks, catch diseases, or even end up as mental wrecks.

The Cursed Crusade

Developer: Kylotonn Entertainment
Publisher: DTP Entertainment, ATLUS

Follow a story of Denz, a templar who is looking for his father, and Esteban, a gold-hunting mercenary. Both carry a curse that condemns their souls for eternal damnation, and Death itself is constantly on their heels. In this game, you'll be getting headfirst into epic visceral battles during the Fourth Crusade. Learn new moves, kill, watch Denz and Esteban exchange funny conversations, kill some more, have your weapons broken, use curse mode, oh and don't forget to kill.


Developer: Refract
Publisher: Refract

A fun driving game. Distance has you control a state-of-the-art futuristic car that can boost, jump, flip, fly, and sustain crazy amounts of damage as you traverse through spiralling, twisty roads full of saw blades, laser beams, and death drops. Very slick and fun. Still in Early Access, but already delivers tonnes of fun.

The Last Federation

Developer: Arcen Games
Publisher: Arcen Games

You're the last survivor of a recently extinct alien race and your goal is to unite the remaining 8 races in the star system into a single federation. To do so you have to win their trust and gain influence. However, each race is vastly different, and methods that work on one, might not work on another. It's a deep strategy game with a lot of options to try out, as well as a bullet hell spaceship combat system and a great soundtrack.

Dungeon of the Endless

Developer: Amplitude Studios
Publisher: Amplitude Studios

A strategic dungeon crawler. Pick a team and venture into a 12-level dungeon filled with dark rooms and nasty monstrosities. Your team is vastly outnumbered, and the only way to make it through the dungeons is to gather resources and build small fortification. Charming pixel art visual style and nice music included.

Starward Rogue

Developer: Arcen Games
Publisher: Arcen Games

Another Arcen game on this list and is hugely different to The Last Federation. This one is a fast-paced overhead-view dungeon crawler. Pick a mech of your choice and you're good to go. Gameplay consists of bullet-hell style battles, light RPG elements, and challenging but super fun boss battles.

Alpha Prime

Developer: Black Element
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive

A simple sci-fi FPS with a decent plot and characters. Fairly short and very challenging, but worth playing through if you're into FPS games.

Anomaly Warzone Earth

Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: 11 Bit Studios

A reverse tower defence game where you're taking the role of the attackers and must strategically lead your military vehicles through a warzone consisting of deadly alien towers. Has some unexpected difficulty spikes, but a nice concept and worth checking out.