Indie game recommendations

ubuysa

The BSOD Doctor
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Today, I'm going to recommend Summer of '58. It was a game that was involved in some recent controversy as the game clocks in at around an hour and a half playtime, and as Steam allows automatic refunds for games with less than 2 hours played, people were playing the game start to finish and then refunding. The game costs a little over 6 quid, so that did temper my expectations a little.

Here's my Steam review:

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Ah the summer of '58. I was seven and I think we holidayed in Woolacombe, or possibly Paignton. Somewhere down that way anyway. :)
 

SpyderTracks

We love you Ukraine
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This looks interesting, built in CryEngine:

 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
This looks interesting, built in CryEngine:

...by one person!

It's already on my wishlist, just waiting for a few more reviews, but it certainly looks interesting.
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
Today I'm pointing you at a Kickstarter as I'm interested in the game and would like to see it made.

I will play anything and a company that I've bought a few games from, 270soft, specialises in political games. Most of their games to date have focussed on a single election, so you can play the "what if?" scenario of whether a different candidate could have beaten Trump in 2016, or would the UK election in 2019 have gone differently with someone other than Corbyn in charge of Labour. They're incredibly dry games, but I find turn-based political games a good way to get the ol' noggin going. I once managed to win the Greens a handful of seats in the 2015 General Election with a bit of luck.

Their next planned game is by far their most ambitious as it will allow you to play the entirety of US history from 1772 to the present and on into the future. You can see what might have happened had the US decided it wanted to continue with slavery in the 1850s (Northern Confederates basically!), or if JFK hadn't been shot. The game will have more than 7,000 historical politicians, so will have plenty of depth and replayability.

They're more than halfway to a goal of a little under £15,000 in a few days, so I'm hopeful the game will happen.

 

Tron1982

Rising Star
It was a too long time that this thread was not uploaded !!!

So, i want to present you Hob :


It an action/adventure zelda like where you play an android that has to save his world, the forest and his kind from an strange infection.

I really liked the game, the main character and the world design !
So, i really recommend it !
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
It has been a while since I posted in here. The Kickstarter I linked to has been met, so I'll be running a Communist USA by the end of 2022!

One indie publisher that is behind some really fun games is Devolver Digital (the Serious Sam series is one of their best known IPs), and one game of theirs which I really enjoyed from 2021 is Olija. It's a pixel game based on exploration and I feel it was done to a high standard. Less than 400 Steam reviews after a year shows that it hasn't had much attention which I feel is a shame.

 

CMP01

Enthusiast
It was a too long time that this thread was not uploaded !!!

So, i want to present you Hob :


It an action/adventure zelda like where you play an android that has to save his world, the forest and his kind from an strange infection.

I really liked the game, the main character and the world design !
So, i really recommend it !

One of my favourite Zelda-like type adventures ever, this one.
So good that I bought it twice (Steam and Switch)
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
Bushiden is a metroidvania due out this year which seems to be heavily inspired by Shinobi. I'm liking the pixel style of the game

 

CMP01

Enthusiast
Bushiden is a metroidvania due out this year which seems to be heavily inspired by Shinobi. I'm liking the pixel style of the game


As far as I can tell, a heavy dollop of Strider in the mix as well.

Who knows, might be the Metroidvania I need. Not all of them are tbh.
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
Next recommendation from me is the simply amazing Technobabylon. It's a cyberpunk point & click game with a retro art style which the publisher (Wadjet Eye Games) typically uses in all of the games they both develop and publish. The voice acting is surprisingly good, and certainly outshines some games that likely had far bigger budgets. The puzzles are mostly straightforward and there's often more than one way to solve quite a few of them.

Along with Wadjet Eye's Blackwell series, it's well worth a play!

 
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ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
I guarantee that the next indie darling will be TUNIC which released today on Steam and Game Pass. It's a Zelda-style game with anthromorphic animals and currently has a Metacritic score of 87. It's rather cute!

 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
Heavily inspired by the quite frankly amazing Limbo and Inside, Silt looks like it will offer a similar atmospheric puzzle game experience when it releases this spring.

 

AgentCooper

RIP Julee Cruise ☹️
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Heavily inspired by the quite frankly amazing Limbo and Inside, Silt looks like it will offer a similar atmospheric puzzle game experience when it releases this spring.

That looks incredible! I genuinely thought it was a Playdead game when I first saw the gameplay footage. Heavily inspired indeed, it may as well be called Swimbo.
 

ActuallyDenz

Lord of Steam
From a former member of the Playdead dev team, I've also got half an eye on Somerville. I'm liking the vibe of it - it reminds me of Another World from the early 90s!

 

AgentCooper

RIP Julee Cruise ☹️
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From a former member of the Playdead dev team, I've also got half an eye on Somerville. I'm liking the vibe of it - it reminds me of Another World from the early 90s!

That looks stunning and had me emotionally invested in seconds. As usual, thanks for the heads up, you’re doing god’s work 👍
 
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