Everyone loves a blockbuster AAA title that impresses with its large scope, expensive production costs, and pretty visuals, but they often take away the spotlight from the more artistic side of the industry AKA the indie scene, whose releases often trickle by unnoticed by the masses. So with this article, we’d like to address 7 upcoming indie games that piqued our interest.
7. Away: Journey To The Unexpected
This game caught my attention due to its roughly Studio Ghibli-esque art-syle. Apart from that, Away looks like an interesting mix of anime styled-FPP action adventure game with rogue-like elements.
6. My Friend Pedro
Devolver is definitely a publisher I keep an eye on. They generally publish slapstick games around the year with very clever writing, that are fun to play as well. My Friend Pedro seems to be exactly the kind of game you would expect from Devolver and let out a “Classic Devolver” under your breath. My Frend Pedro is about a cute homicidal banana who encourages you to do the killing for him. Every moment of the game from the trailers feels like a 2D-not-so serious Max Payne game.
5. Dragon: Marked For Death
From the cult favorite dev Inti-Creates, comes this latest offering set in a fantasy world of ancient magic and powerful beasts. Boasting old-school, 2D hack & slash gameplay with a nostalgic dose of crisp, MegaMan-style artwork, Dragon Marked For Death looks to be a promising title for beat-em-up fans, especially in the RPG customization and replayability department. It roars exclusively onto Nintendo Switch next year.
Advance Wars + Fire Emblem = Wargroove; that’s an apt description for Chucklefish’s upcoming strategy RPG which is a blatant tribute to two of Nintendo’s popular SRPG franchises. It carries over the charming art style and tight gameplay of Advance Wars and medieval fantasy setting of Fire Emblem into one cohesive package with the wonderfully done animation being the cherry on top – I can’t wait for this one.
3. Super Meat Boy Forever
Everyone’s favorite Meat Boy and Bandage Girl return in this sequel to one of the most popular indie games of all time, Super Meat Boy. Expanding upon the roots of its predecessor, Forever will boast more challenge, tighter and improved gameplay and even randomly generated levels. Rage quit forever!
2. Decay Of Logos
The gameplay inspirations of this game are very clear- Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls, the brand names that don’t need any introduction and can essentially sell any game to a gamer looking for something more niche (Which game these days isn’t trying to get on the Souls train anyway). The game has been present in indie circles for a long time now and was initially going to be published as an independent game by the studio before being taken up by Rising star games.
1. Ori & The Will Of The Wisp
Ori And The Blind Forest was one of the best games of 2015. Period. It was a treat to all the senses. The pitch-perfect set pieces, the extraordinarily satisfying dash mechanic, the music composition & sound effects, everything came together so cohesively, it made you take a deep breath and heave at every turn. The sequel feels like the perfect evolutionary path to Blind Forest and mechanically, from the trailers at least, it looks as satisfying as the previous one. Let’s not forget Gareth Coker is returning for the music as well, so expect another trip down a goosebumpy lane.