The 10 most weird and wonderful indie games of E3 2018

Many indie games were sprinkled in amongst many of the conferences at E3 this year. There were lots of indie games that were uncovered this year showing a rise in popularity of the simple yet unique gameplay experience that only indie games provide. A word of caution however this list starts of normal enough but descends into absolute bafflement.

1. Unravel 2

The sequel to the popular puzzle platform can be played right now. The two doesn’t just present the game as a sequel to the first but as a co-op adventure with the 2 playable Yarney’s connected to each other by a piece of frayed string allowing you to swing across photorealistic levels and pull objects to solve puzzles. This proves to be a major obstacle in puzzle solving adding the same kind of brain teasers as Portal 2’s co-op mode allowing one player to progress while finding a way for your friend to join you allowing you his ability to progress further.

2. Sable

Another E3 means more opportunities for developers to really wow gamers with visually striking games. Sable provides a sandy open world reminiscent to the much popular indie game Journey. Although the visuals in Sable are strikingly different being more akin to a watercolour painting both games entice a strong sense of beauty and the most underrated game mechanic ever. Sand surfing. You’ll even be able to meet other players online aynonmously just like Journey. Well they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

3. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

When Ori and the Blind Forest came out a few years back it completely blew everyone away with not only its striking visuals but with its genre blending gameplay and heartfelt story too. This new instalment will deliver the same poignant experience tenfold, showing the beauty yet haunting side of nature. Traditionally this game would only would’ve been briefly shown at Xbox’s press conference but this year it is front and centre, holding it in high regards. It’s nice to see Xbox develop a new exclusive game for it’s catalogue that isn’t just a faceless space marine and a walking slab of marine muscle.

4.Tunic

Xbox really value their indie games it would seem. Tunic is heavily inspired by the old Legend of Zelda games except this time you play as a fluffy little fox.The combat system looks surprisingly deep as you explore ruins and traverse your way around this colourful landscape. This is all truly impressive considering that Tunic is all made by one developer, Andrew Shouldice.

5. Outer Wilds

Trapped in an endless time loop that resets every twenty minutes (and no we’re not talking about the games time in development) Outer Wilds is an open world mystery game much similar to Firewatch but this time in space. You must explore a “handcrafted” solar system full of tornados and planets with dangerous terrain. The games floaty gravity physics looks spot on.

6. Night Call

An intense and moody murder misery noir set in the not so romantic side of gay Paris, Night Call has you play as an undercover taxi driver that must squeeze enough info from his passengers about a series of interconnected murders before they can be dropped off at their destination.

7. Sea of Solitude

From EA’s Originals branch of the company, Sea of Solitude presents a creepy tale of what happens when you get too lonely by the seaside. It’s not exactly a day at the beach when you’re getting chased by monsters that resemble your charcoal black features you’ve suddenly obtained. This is a story about emotional battles within oneself much like Celeste but far less cutesy.

8. Planet Alpha

Planet Alpha is Sables competition in the striking visuals department. This side scrolling platformer has perilous leaps and relentless enemies in an intriguing sci-fi landscape. Indie games are always a treat to look at and they’re always described as being beautiful but this one is also visually stunning.

9. My Friend Pedro

To break up my gushing in how beautiful these indie games are here is one that is grey, grimy yet weird and kooky. My Friend Pedro is a stylistic sidescrolling shoot em up with added ballet like agility in the traversal and environmental based takedowns. I guess it is majestic and brutal in how the game relishes in how unapologetically violent it is. Think Rambo if he was a winter olympic figure skater. It’s bloody, brutal and full of bananas for some reason.

10. Kids

Another weird indie game for you. Kids is an experimental interactive animation that is strangely relaxing and incredibly hypnotic. The objective of this incredibly weird game is to move with or against crowds of people around the screen until they have all gone. Err I think? This game is pretty baffling. What we know is Doublefine want to replicate the psychology of group mentality. You don’t get as an indie and off the wall as this.

 

What are some of the most intriguing indie games of 2015?

Big blockbuster games are dominating gamer’s consciousness. Star Wars Battlefront looks epic, yeah we know. Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain looks amazing, well obviously. We don’t need to address this. Those games are trending on Facebook and Twitter whenever a minuet bit of information is announced. It is now time to let the indies also have their moment to shine amongst the titans of gaming such as Halo, Uncharted and Fallout. Sony and Microsoft gave us a tantalising glimpse into some visually striking games with unique gameplay concepts at E3 2015. Here are some that caught Breakthrough Gaming’s attention.

1. Cuphead

Heavily inspired from those kooky 1930’s Disney cartoons, Cuphead may look cutting edge but the game has been painstakingly brought to life by hand through cell animation. This is a phenomenal feat in games design that has never really been seen before. The gameplay however doesn’t operate as a traditional sidescrolling platformer, this would’ve been too much of a challenge to create hand drawn. Instead, the game operates as a kind of boss blitz mode in which you fight one boss after another. It has been reported that Cuphead will also be very challenging as well as incredibly zany, delivering on the old school Disney vibe.

 2. Beyond Eyes

There maybe tears ahead after playing Beyond Eyes, a game where you have to guide a young blind girl through unfamiliar territory to find her only friend, a lost cat. It is no doubt that Beyond Eyes will be full of emotional heft through creating this isolating experience. The games watercolour aesthetic is refreshing and is totally fitting in replicating the gameplay style of not being fully aware of your surroundings. Sherida Halatoe, the games developer described to Gametrailers that the game was a one-person project and was influenced from real life experiences, Beyond Eyes is very much a passion project in this sense. What makes this indie title so intriguing is the clever sensual experience the game delivers from first hearing the sound of water trickling and assuming it to be a water fountain at first and then through closer inspection the running water was actually a mundane drain pipe. Playing as a character as unique as this vulnerable girl really breaks the mold of traditional gaming.

3. No Mans Sky

Created by 13 developers based in Guildford, England, No Mans Sky is going to be one of the biggest and most ambitious games ever made. Consisting mostly on exploration through the vast reaches of space, No Mans Sky has scope to spare, especially for an indie game. The developers still remain tight-lipped in what you have to do in the game. All we know is that your goal is to reach the centre of the universe, all the while satisfying your curiosity by landing on planets to roam around them and taking part in space skirmishes.

4. Firewatch

With no conflict involved in this first person psychological thriller, communication is the main aspect of Firewatch. Delivering a mysterious yet kooky narrative completely through radio chatter, Firewatch plays on the player’s emotions. A solid cast, which includes Mad Men’s Harry Crane who delivers the conversations with wit, intensity and intrigue. Developers Campo Santo Productions, hope to deliver an engaging story full of twists set in the hauntingly beautiful wilderness. Overall the suspense and the strange intrigues, despite what little story details we have got we know that mission objectives involves patrolling the woods and that the voice acting is some of the strongest seen in an indie game.

5. Ashen

Ashen’s unrealistic blocky character textures don’t hold this game back from being a stunning game visually. This open world adventure puts emphasis on co-op exploration and puzzle solving. You play as characters that have no facial features but instead use body language to express themselves. Set in a world inhabited full of strange creatures where there is no Sun, Ashen will be a truly haunting experience for players. The game is already compared to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, two games which proved the artistic nature of video games. Ashen will most likely be held in that regard too when it comes out for Xbox One.