Indie Game Discovery Roundup 033: Alt-Frequencies, Shakedown: Hawaii, Swag and Sorcery, Dark Future: Blood Red States, Gladiabots


Indie Game Discovery Roundup 033

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.

Alt-Frequencies, Shakedown: Hawaii, Swag and Sorcery, Dark Future: Blood Red States, Gladiabots


Alt-Frequencies is a game I recently discovered that caught my attention due to this being a game based on analyzing audio. Few games are completely audio driven, but Accidental Queens has developed a game where you have to piece together audio from radio broadcasts to uncover and expose radio hosts, conspiracy theorists, and politicians. Although I haven’t played them, Accidental Queens has a previous track record of creating engaging user experiences with games like A Normal Lost Phone and Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story. Alt-Frequencies is going to be a different kind of experience that will be available on PC and IOS (Android later). Don’t overlook this potentially strong gem of a user engaging experience.

Release Date: May 16, 2019
Platforms: iOS and PC
You can wishlist Alt-Frequencies on Steam here.


Shakedown: Hawaii

Shakedown: Hawaii is a new title by Vblank Entertainment that will immediately catch your attention due to its presentation similarly to their previous game, Retro City Rampage. Shakedown is no doubt a modern upgrade in visuals, but still retains a lot of the same gameplay presented, but with the premise that you have to build and run a corporation in an open-world as you complete missions. This is a relatively quiet release, which is why I’m glad to bring this to your attention. This is also releasing on most platforms with the Epic game store selling the game first on PC.

Release Date: May 7, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, PSVita, and Switch
You can wishlist Shakedown: Hawaii on Steam here.


Swag and Sorcery

Swag and Sorcery is a game I recently discovered that is the next game developed by Lazy Bear Games and published by tinyBuild, with previous titles in their library being Graveyard Keeper and Punch Club. The basic premise of Swag and Sorcery is you have create, train, and send out your heroes to collect items and upgrades with goal of trying to find the king’s missing suit. Swag and Sorcery has RPG elements, some comedy, but the game is grindy and may not be for everyone. If you enjoyed Punch Club, this appears to have a similar type of grind and you should definitely check it out.

Release Date: May 9, 2019
Platforms: PC
You can wishlist Swag and Sorcery on Steam here.


Dark Future: Blood Red States

Dark Future: Blood Red States is a game I magically stumbled upon, and the more I look at this game the more I am intrigued by it. The game is set in a dystopian world called Dark Future. As a highway warrior for hire, you will command your vehicle and take on contracts to take on rival gangs. You will be able to customize and upgrade your vehicle and the game touts a special time dilating command mode to aid your combat decision making. My description here doesn’t do the game enough justice because the trailer is really what sells the game the best. Dark Future is a game I somehow found that is game you should definitely check out if you like vehicle combat in a dystopian setting.

Release Date: May 16, 2019
Platforms: PC
You can wishlist Dark Future: Blood Red States on Steam here.



Gladiabots is another game that has really flown under the radar that I somehow managed to find out about. The premise of Gladiabots is that you have to assemble your own robot squad and program its AI to make your squad capable of defeating enemies. Gladiabots contains and singleplayer and even better, multiplayer. I can really see how this could be a very fun multiplayer experience, especially because battles are asynchronous, not to mention tournament support and many other great features and modes for the player. Surprising to me, Gladiabots has been in Steam Early Access, but just goes to show that games like this can easily be overlooked. I am so glad to have found this game because Gladiabots has a fantastic premise and I see this as a game that can have great potential with a good competitive scene.

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Platforms: PC
You can wishlist Gladiabots on Steam here.


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