Indie Game Discovery Roundup 034: Void Bastards, American Fugitive, Observation, Draugen, Splitgate: Arena Warfare


Indie Game Discovery Roundup 034

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.

Void Bastards, American Fugitive, Observation, Draugen, Splitgate: Arena Warfare

Void Bastards

Void Bastards, developed by Blue Manchu, is a game that as soon as it was announced caught my interest due to the graphics. The colorful cartoony graphics of Void Bastards immediately give off a funny comics type of tone, but the gameplay and concept of the game ends up to be the most interesting element of the game. Similarly to FTL: Faster Than Light, it appears you choose a destination in space from different choices, but where it diverts is that it becomes a first-person shooter with objectives. You have to collect items, escape and survive, plus craft items to better your character moving forward. This is a rogue-lite game, so death is definitely part of the experience, as well as learning how to avoid certain enemies. Don’t overlook Void Bastards, as this could be an interesting title in 2019, as few first-person rogue-lite titles actually exist, especially with a cool concept like this,

Release Date: May 29, 2019
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
You can wishlist Void Bastards on Steam here.


American Fugitive

American Fugitive, developed by Fallen Tree Games, is a game that immediately caught my eye while doing random Steam searches because it looks like a modern day old school GTA game. The top down 3D graphics look incredibly crisp, in a game where you play as a character being framed for your father’s murder. Steering clear of the cops and completing missions in a criminal underworld is a large part of the gameplay. There does seem to be a lot to do in this open world world game that should keep you busy for a while. American Fugitive is a game you shouldn’t overlook and I’m glad to bring it to your attention.

Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
You can wishlist American Fugitive on Steam here.



Observation is a game that I believe we saw a short trailer for last year at E3, but this game has really snuck up on us. The game looks stunning, almost like a cinematic space experience. The gameplay of Observation has a lot of puzzles with the larger objective of discovering and investigating mystery of the space station and former crew members. Just from watching the trailer, the storytelling appears to be very well done with the camera work and voice acting. Observation is an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC, as well as on PS4. I know Observation is a game I will definitely want to play before 2019 is up and you should consider that for yourself.

Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PC and PS4
You can check out Observation here on the Epic Games Store.



Draugen is another game I initially discovered from a random Steam search and I was shocked to find this interesting game. Red Thread Games has developed a mystery game set in 1920s Norway, as you play as an American traveler who’s trying to find his missing sister. What drew my interest to Draugen initially was the crisp graphics, not to mention the excellent voice acting heard in the trailer. This is from the studio behind Dreamfall Chapters, a game I haven’t played, but a game with positive responses in the past, giving great promise and expectations for Draugen. The trailer for Draugen sells the game, as it appears to be an intriguing first-person storytelling experience with high quality production and sound. Don’t overlook Draugen if you like immersive storytelling experiences.

Release Date: May 29, 2019
Platforms: PC
You can wishlist Draugen on Steam here.


Splitgate: Arena Warfare

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a game I recently discovered that I initially wrote off just because it’s another one of those deathmatch games. Upon further inspection and viewing, the game is actually very intriguing. Splitgate is a free-to-play game on PC that mixes Halo (jetpacks) and Portal. Yes, that means that you can shoot portals and fly jetpacks at the same time, adding a brand new layer of strategy thanĀ  your typical deahtmatch arena game. I don’t know how much staying power the game will have, as the the game will only survive with a solid amount of player, but the concept is great. Definitely check this one out if you like genre. I also hope this goes to consoles eventually.

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


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