Indie Game Discovery Roundup 013: AIRHEART, Headsnatchers, Slam Land, We Happy Few, Phantom Doctrine

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Indie Game Discovery Roundup 013

Week of July 16, 2018

The Indie Game Discovery Roundup is a list of indie games just announced, upcoming. very recently released, or hidden gems that caught our eye that we would like you to know about.

AIRHEART, Headsnatchers, Slam Land, We Happy Few, Phantom Doctrine


AIRHEART

AIRHEART, developed by Blindflug Studios AG, a game that is currently in Steam Early Access, is a tribute to the famous adventurer, Amelia Earhart.  You play as Amelia, in a twin-stick shooter experience in an airplane with many different weapons. I chose to include this game because of the extensive amount of customization player’s have for their plane, whether it be weapons or airplane parts. The graphics and presentation of AIRHEART immediately draw your attention. I have not played the Steam Early Access version, but the everything about this game is appealing. I know this game flew under my radar, so it probably did for you also. Also as a tribute, AIRHEART releases on July 24 for consoles, Amelia Earhart’s birthday. Don’t forget about this one.

You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Release Date: July 24, 2018 (PC, PS4), Other Consoles Later


Headsnatchers (Steam Early Access)

Headsnatchers, developed by IguanaBee, enters Steam Early Access soon. This is an interesting multiplayer experience involving you trying to snatch the heads of your opponents in many different arena settings. The reason I selected this game in this roundup is that it really does give a Mario Party type vibe to the experience. The graphics are appealing and players can customize their heads. I am very interested to see where this game goes, as the concept is interesting enough that it had to be brought to your attentions. Don’t forget to check out Headsnatchers.

You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Release Date: July 24, 2018 (PC, Steam Early Access)


Slam Land

Slam Land, developed by Bread Machine Games, is an interesting local multiplayer game that involves dunking your opponents in various modes. I was drawn to Slam Land due to the fast-paced action, as well as the art style. The goal is to dunk your friends, and the trailer does a good job of showing off the many modes that a player can compete in. The fast-paced action ensures that it wont be easy to latch onto your opponent, and some of the modes have bigger combat areas. The game touts local multiplayer, which can be a hit or miss, depending how good the game is. Towerfall managed to survive local multiplayer, so it isn’t impossible for a game like this to do so as well. Slam Land dunks into stores in August, so don’t forget to keep tabs on this.

You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Release Date: August 7, 2018 (PC, Switch, PS4)


We Happy Few

I feel like I’ve been following this game forever, but it has been only 2 years. We Happy Few exits Steam Early Access in August, but this game has a lot of hype to it. You can play as three different characters to explore the city of Wellington Wells, set in retrofuturistic England, to discover the story. The game boasts that no two playthroughs will be alike, as everything is procedurally generated to give every player a custom experience. We Happy Few is going to release soon and I can’t wait to see the finished product. If you forgot about this game, it’s time to bookmark it, wishlist it, and check it out soon. Compulsion Games might have one of the best immersive games of 2018 here.

You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Release Date: August 10, 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)


Phantom Doctrine

Phantom Doctrine, developed by CreativeForge Games, is a turn-based, tactical strategy, Cold War espionage game. You will immediately notice it has an X-COM 2 appearance to it, in terms of moving your units on the battlefield. The game boasts a more than 40-hour single player experience, where the player can choose the perspective of either a KGB counterintelligence operative or a renegade CIA wet work commando. Players will be to command a base of operations, recruit and train agents, investigate cases, forge documents and identities, research new tech and biochemical engineering, and interrogate and brainwash enemies to gain a tactical edge. The game will also have multiplayer. As a fan of this type of setting and genre, I am really interested to see whether Phantom Doctrine can actually pull this off, where every element is immersive, challenging, and full of customization. Do not forget about Phantom Doctrine, as this could be the one of the best games overlooked, as it is sneaking up on everyone. Don’t forget to wishlist this.

You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Release Date: August 14, 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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