Indie Game Discovery Roundup 047
The Indie Game Discovery Roundup is a list of indie games just announced, upcoming, very recently released, or hidden gems that caught my eye that I would like for you to know about.
Fort Triumph, Wintermoor Tactics Club, Moving Out, Signs of the Sojourner, Monster Train
Fort Triumph, developed by CookieByte Entertainment, is a game I had not realized was in development in Steam Early Access, but caught my eye as soon as it was being released. This is another turn-based tactics game, but with a very cartoony aesthetic that probably makes this appear more accessible and less intimidating than other turn-based tactics games. The gameplay combat seems very wacky too in a game that mixes XCOM-style turn-based tactics with Heroes of Might and Magic gameplay. In Fort Triumph there are four factions and four classes, each with heroes that you can customize with skills and builds to make your experience customizable. Fort Triumph has a story mode and skirmish mode for players to choose how they want to experience the game. There are many tactics games out there, but this one gives tactics in their own wacky way that may be appealing to some people. Don’t overlook Fort Triumph if your goal is to play every tactics game in 2020.
Release Date: April 16, 2020
You can wishlist Fort Triumph on Steam here.
Wintermoor Tactics Club
Wintermoor Tactics Club, developed by EVC, is a game I recently played and reviewed, so I can give you a definitive read on this one. This is a game set in high school, featuring Alicia and her friends in a Tactics Club. Alicia and her friends find themselves in a ‘snowball tournament’ against other clubs to find the “Ultimate Club” as ordered by the principal. The tactics part of the game is more of a supporting element itself to the actual storytelling of the game. Wintermoor Tactics Club has a lot of dialogue with other students to bolster the story with quests for you to do with a soundtrack that makes the experience great. I do highly recommend Wintermoor Tactics Club, but don’t expect an ‘XCOM‘ experience, as it’s more about storytelling.
Release Date: May 5, 2020
You can wishlist Wintermoor Tactics Club on Steam here.
Moving Out, developed by SMG Studio, is quite possibly one of the dumbest yet interesting concepts for a couch co-op game. The premise of the game is that you have to move objects/furniture from one place to another, all while avoid obstacles and trying not to get angry at the person you’re playing with. Hopefully not the last part. The game has a very arcadey visual, as everything about this game seems very casual and all about gameplay. I do question releasing a couch co-op game in the middle of a pandemic, especially when the game doesn’t feature online play. All that being said, Moving Out may not be for everyone, but seems like an interesting enough game if you play it with friends around.
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
You can wishlist Moving Out on Steam here.
Signs of the Sojourner
Signs of the Sojourner, developed by Echodog Games, is another game I recently played and reviewed. This is a game that centers using cards for conversations as you build relationships with many people over a time period. After your mom’s death, you have to take over your mother’s store and travel on a caravan and restock the store in order to keep the store open. The concept of the game is its greatest strength, but the execution could be better. As you play through the game you will experience great visuals, interesting characters, and a very good background soundtrack. Signs of the Sojourner also has different endings, as I played twice differently with different endings to my experience. Please read my detailed full Signs of the Sojourner review to understand my full experience and make your own judgment.
Release Date: May 14, 2020
You can wishlist Signs of the Sojourner on Steam here.
Monster Train, developed by Shiny Shoe, is a game that I was hesitant at first to try out because I am always skeptical of games that seem too similar to other games, as this appeared on the surface to be Slay The Spire. I played the Monster Train demo and was totally shocked by how interesting the game was and the premise was unique. This is a rogue-like deck building game set on a train, featuring multiple clans to choose from and different choices for a player to make similar to Slay The Spire. That’s where the similarities end, as Monster Train really has a gameplay feel of a tower defense game because you have to defend your fire pyre at the top of the train using your clan units and position them on three levels of the train. You need to prevent enemies from reaching your pyre and destroying it, otherwise your run ends. Monster Train is definitely a game that stands on its own and I can’t wait to play more of it than just the demo.
Release Date: May 21, 2020
You can wishlist Monster Train on Steam here.
Previous Indie Game Discovery Roundups
- 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
- Indie Game Discovery Roundup 042: Disco Elysium, Outbuddies, Tangle Tower, Morel’s: The Hunt, Little Big Workshop October 16, 2019