Indie Game Discovery Roundup 036
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.
Summer Catchers, Dustnet, Fantasy Strike, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Collapsed
Summer Catchers is a game that caught my eye with due to the beautiful pixel graphics associated with a sweet trailer. The premise of the game is that you play as Chu, a young girl who you have to travel to see summer from the frozen north. During the course of your journey you can upgrade your car in a game with ‘runner-style’ gameplay. There’s just something about Summer Catchers that FaceIT nails before even me playing the game, which is capturing charm with a combination of graphics and a catchy soundtrack in the trailer. Don’t overlook Summer Catchers, as I can definitely see it tug on some of your heartstrings.
Release Date: July 16, 2019
You can wishlist Summer Catchers on Steam here.
Dustnet is a game that deserves immense praise for concept alone. The premise is that you are playing in the ruins of a “de_dust2” server, a clear reference to Counter-Strike. The catch is that it’s an asymmetrical deathmatch where PC, AR, and VR platform players represent a different type of player. With dedicated servers, players can explore and unlock various commands to enhance the experience. It goes without saying that the art style of the game is immediately appealing, doing a good job of giving off the aesthetic of a level in a framework to be explored. SCRNPRNT, the developers, may have one of the most interesting and gimmicky games of 2019, and I say that as a compliment. Dustnet is a game that should not be overlooked if you want to play a deathmatch game that takes risks and tries something new.
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Platforms: Android, HTC Vive, iOS, Oculus, and PC
You can wishlist Dustnet on Steam here.
Fantasy Strike, developed by Sirlin Games, is a fighting game that I’m a bit ashamed I only recently discovered. David Sirlin, who previously developed Super Street Fighter II HD Remix, brings a fresh vision to the fighting game genre, as gameplay involves elements, streamlined controls, but more focused on strategy. Fantasy Strike is leaving Steam Early Access, so it already has some support giving it a decent playerbase to start with, hopefully growing bigger. The game is releasing with survival modes, daily challenges, and both local and online (GGPO) multiplayer. What gives me faith in this game is the long Steam Early Access period, as it has been in development since 2017. I look forward to giving Fantasy Strike a try, as I am a big fan of fighting games and games looking to shake up the genre with fresh new ideas. This one seems like it will appeal to everyone who is remotely interested in the genre both on PC and console (PS4 and Switch).
Release Date: July 24, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, and Switch
You can wishlist Fantasy Strike on Steam here.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is developed by the same creator of the Wonder Boy in Monster World series, although I haven’t played that series myself. Despite being already released on consoles in December 2018, I decided to include Monster Boy in my roundup because it seemed to be very overlooked, even by me. This is a vibrant action-adventure game with ‘metroidvania’ elements, plus excellent animations. The soundtrack is also grabbing, as you just have to watch the trailer to get a good vibe of the sound. The game touts a 15 hour experience, as there are many abilities and items to get and you can also uncover many secrets in this platforming experience. The game already had a great reception on consoles and I have no doubt it wont be the same on PC.
Release Date: July 25, 2019
You can wishlist Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom on Steam here.
Collapsed, developed by Glaive Games, is a post-apocalyptic roguelike action-platformer that caught my attention primarily because of the trailer. I’ve played similar games, but collapsed sets itself apart to me because of the UI, action elements, and progression elements like the progression tree. Player customization beyond just the four unique hunts to choose gives this game plenty replay value that will most certainly give this game plenty life. Further than just gameplay, Collapsed has a nice aesthetic and judging by the trailer, a good soundtrack to go along with it. This is a game that is likely not to be at eye level for everyone to see, but I could not let Collapsed go unnoticed or not recognized. I look forward to check this out.
Release Date: August 1, 2019
You can wishlist Collapsed on Steam here.
This is a reminder that Etherborn recently released. it was included in a previous roundup in 2018, but it may have been overlooked. Don’t forget to check it out.
Release Date: July 18, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
You can wishlist Etherborn on Steam here.
Previous Indie Game Discovery Roundups
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 047: Fort Triumph, Wintermoor Tactics Club, Moving Out, Signs of the Sojourner, Monster Train May 19, 2020
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 046: Radio General, Ancient Enemy, Circle Empires: Rivals, Filament, Dread Nautical May 3, 2020
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 045: One Step From Eden, In Other Waters, The Flower Collectors, Cloudpunk, Dunk Lords April 5, 2020
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 044: Through the Darkest of Times, Kunai, The Pedestrian, Bookbound Brigade, Mars Powers Industries January 30, 2020
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 043: Superliminal, DemonCrawl, Yaga, Afterparty, Sparklite November 14, 2019