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.
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.
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.
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.