Indie Game Discovery Roundup 049: Deck of Ashes, Jump King, Beyond Blue, West of Dead, Summer in Mara

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Indie Game Discovery Roundup 049

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.

Deck of Ashes, Jump King, Beyond Blue, West of Dead, Summer in Mara


Deck of Ashes

Deck of Ashes, developed by AYGames, is a deck-building rogue-like game that has an interesting single player story, combat system, and crafting system. You choose a character class to play and they come with a basic set of cards to upgrade and you have to collect recipes to craft more cards to expand your deck. There many different elements of customization and how to play, which is the biggest strength of Deck of Ashes, aside from the beautiful artwork in cutscenes and decent animations and soundtrack. If you like deck-building  games like Slay the Spire you may like this one also. Check out my full review of Deck of Ashes for more detailed thoughts.


Release Date: June 9, 2020
Platforms: PC
You can wishlist Deck of Ashes on Steam here.


Jump King

Jump King, developed by Nexile, is a game…jumping! Jump King was released on PC last year, but I somehow missed this one, so I wanted to show it some love now that the game is headed to consoles because I think this is sort of a cool concept of a game. The game has a Getting Over It vibe, as your goal is to jump upwards to find a “Smoking Hot Babe of legend” and one wrong jump will cause you to fall far. I haven’t played Jump King yet, but I definitely want to because this is a really interesting concept of a game with punishing aspects to add a competitive nature to it for a hardcore gamer. Jump King may not be for everyone, but if you’re a masochist then this may be for you.


Release Date: June 9, 2020
Platforms: PS4, Switch, and Xbox One


Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue, developed by E-Line Media, is included in my roundup because it’s too beautiful to ignore and how many good underwater games do we actually have? Not that many. This is a narrative game that has you diving into the sea and discovering the creatures in the option. Beyond Blue features voice acting and also includes actual documentaries featuring real ocean experts. This may not be for everyone, but it seems like an educational experience that shouldn’t be ignored if you are interested in this sort of game.


Release Date: June 11, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
You can wishlist Beyond Blue on Steam here.


West of Dead

West of Dead, developed by Upstream Arcade, is a game I’ve decided to include in my roundup because it seems somewhat interesting to me because it’s a cover shooter set in the world of Purgatory. What immediately catches my attention is the very colorful art style and presentation that sets its apart from many other games. West of Dead also features the main character William Macy, voiced by Ron Perlman, in addition to a catchy soundtrack just from the trailer itself. West of Dead is not usually type of the genre I gravitate towards, but the unique setup of this experience makes me want to play this and I eventually will. Don’t overlook West of Dead if this is your genre.


Release Date: June 18, 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox One
You can wishlist West of Dead on Steam here.


Summer in Mara

Summer in Mara, developed by Chibig, is a beautiful looking farming game that features a lot of crafting, relationship building, and an overall narrative experience. What is really catchy about this that caught my attention were the colors and animation in all the trailers I’ve seen. The interesting element of Summer in Mara is that it features exploration of other islands, so I’m personally curious to see how that goes. A game like this is likely to be compared to Stardew Valley, but that is a bit unfair because those are expectations that are likely not to be met by any game trying to break into the genre. If you haven’t check out Summer in Mara, give it a look, as it may be a cool game in the farming/crafting genre.


Release Date: June 16, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
You can wishlist Summer in Mara on Steam here.

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