With our heads still buzzing from the E3 gaming announcements it’s easy to overlook the smattering of promising indie titles that lurk just past the horizon. In this article I’m going to show you 10 upcoming indie games that you may not have heard about. Thank me later.
Death Trash is an upcoming post-apocalyptic roleplaying game heavily inspired by cyberpunk culture and grotesque imagery. It’s sole developer Stephan Hövelbrinks seems to have an unnatural obsession with animated flesh, from slimy, crawling flesh worms to gargantuan Lovecraftian flesh monsters. It looks to be a fenominal game with interesting mechanics (gathering puke, anyone?) and an engaging story. Be on the lookout for this one folks!
I first came across a screenshot of Owlboy while browsing Twitter some time back and it has been on my mind ever since! Owlboy is a platformer adventure game in which you play as Otus, one of the last of his race of enigmatic owl people, who desperately tries to defend his home world from sky pirates. The game is downright beautiful with its unique handcrafted animations and absolutely stunning pixel art. I just can’t get over how good this game looks!
Dad By The Sword
If there’s one thing that’s lacking in the modern gaming industry then it’s games with a proper sense of humor. Ever since the utterly fantastic Jazzpunk I’ve been pining for a game that mixes good gameplay with proper laughs. Dad By The Sword may be that game. The game revolves around a legendary swordsman who’s sole purpose is to hack his way through other people with a fighting system remniscent of The Elder Scrolls series. Who is this legendary swordsman you ask? Well, it’s your dad. And he is also fighting your dad. And according to the utterly manic trailer the dungeon is also your dad. What?!
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is a very unique game that works on many levels so subtle you’ll barely notice you’re having fun. You play as a woman who’s stranded on an alien spaceport. In order to escape you’ll have to work as a janitor doing boring chores in order to buy your ticket out. Turns out the food that you’ll have to buy to survive is so expensive that you’ll have trouble breaking even. This destructive spiral of monotone gameplay and low reward quickly sends the player off to explore the spaceport. This is where the game gets really interesting as this is a really clever way for making emergent narrative and environmental storytelling. Oh, and did I mention you’re cursed by a skull who screeches in your ear every couple of seconds?
Technically Crawl is already out but since it’s in Early Access I included it anyway. It’s very rare for a pc game to have its main focus lie on local multiplayer. Even rarer to have it done properly! Crawl does it fantastically. In this game you play as an adventurer makes his way through a dungeon. Simple stuff right? Well your friends play the monsters who try to kill you! When they slay you they then inhabit the adventurer’s body and the cycle continues! With plenty of upgrades, amazing pixel art and playable bosses this is one hell of a party game!
Not much is known about Undungeon. The only thing we’ve seen so far are a couple of screenshots and the announcement that they’re going to launch a kickstarter soon. So why did I include it? Just look at it! The game has a very appealing artistic direction. Keep this one on your radar!
Beardblade is an upcoming platformer in which you battle your enemies with your beard. Like a real man! Seriously though, this game looks absolutely lovely. The developers are very dedicated to this project and the pixel art and animations look absolutely pristine. This one is going to be a smash hit, I just know it!
Did you like the original Quake? Good, go buy this game.
Cuphead is the only game on this list that has garnered some significant media exposure. I added it regardless because it seems to have fallen off the radar as of late. Cuphead is a run and gun action game heavily inspired by old-timy cartoons. The bouncy characters and wavy noodle arms will make you think you’re watching an oldschool Mickey Mouse cartoon. I’m not wasting many words on this, just watch the 2015 E3 trailer below and get ready to fall in love!
Death’s Gambit mixes Dark Souls’ brutal world and gameplay with Shadow of The Collosus’ unique mechanic where you climb gargantuan bosses. If that description doesn’t get you excited then nothing will. Even in its current unfinished state the game looks incredibly polished and I’m looking forward to dying over and over again to those beautiful pixel art bosses.
And those are 10 upcoming indie games you may not have heard of! What game trailers made you excited or what upcoming indie games are you hyped for? Tell me in the comments!