Upcoming Indie Games To Keep An Eye On Issue #1
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to bring you a brand new article series featuring some upcoming indie games. The games I’ll be featuring in this list are currently in development but they’re each very promising. Each one also has a demo that you can try on Itch.io, so you can try them yourself if you so choose.
- Underhero: The first game in our list today is a game that’s heavily inspired by the Paper Mario series. It features a very unique combat system, gorgeous pixel artwork, a humorous story and an interesting and unlikely hero.
The combat system relies on timing and rhythm. If you perform actions to the rhythm of the music, you’ll do more damage with rhythm combos.
The story is a 4th wall breaking tale that follows an underling called Masked Kid, who sets out on a journey with the hilt of a talking sword called Elizabeth the IV. Their objective is to restore the sword’s power and ultimately defeat the evil lord Mr. Stitches.
The demo is a great deal of fun and offers a glimpse into what the full game will be like. No current ETA on a release date but it’s a very promising game and I look forward to seeing more from it in the future.
If you’d like to try the demo yourself, you can find it here: https://papercastlegames.itch.io/underhero
- Super Pilot: Game #2 in our list is a very promising F-Zero inspired racing game that features high speed racing, a track editor and up to 50 AI opponents.
I’m a pretty huge F-Zero fan so anytime I see fast paced racing games that are inspired by it, I always have to give them a try. Super Pilot is a very promising game and it’s high speed racing is not only fun but can also provide a good challenge too. The addition of a level editor makes things even better, allowing you to create custom courses for you and your friends to play on.
The demo is pretty small right now with 2 game modes, dumb AI, local multiplayer for up to 4 players, one environment and 2 ships. With time, this game could turn into something pretty awesome and I look forward to seeing what’s in store next for the game. No ETA on a release date for this one either, unfortunately. (This will be the case for most of the games we feature in these articles).
If you’d like to try out the demo, you can find it here: https://dopagames.itch.io/superpilot
- The Pedestrian: Game #3 is a very intriguing puzzle platformer that revolves around street signs. The game allows you to move around street signs to open up paths to reach the end of the level. It’s a very unique setup and something I haven’t seen done before in a platformer.
The game is also quite gorgeous and has you traveling through a wide variety of different locations including factories, streets and storage facilities.
The demo features a great look into the game’s unique puzzle design and while it’s a short glimpse, it paints a very promising picture of what the final game will be like. The demo also acts as a tutorial to the main game so it’s not incredibly challenging and lasts around 10 minutes. There’s currently no official release date outside of 2018.
If you’d like to give the demo a try, you can find it here: https://the-pedestrian.itch.io/the-pedestrian
- Night Lights: Game #4 is another puzzle platformer but of a very different nature. This one revolves around lighting. Lights in this game play a huge role in the solving of the various puzzles. It allows you to reveal paths, get past obstacles and even change the scenery around you.
The demo is linear in nature but the full release will have a much more complex portal system and will feature many more environments to explore. Right now the demo features forests, city rooftops and a small glimpse into some of the strange areas you’ll see in the main game. There’s currently no release date outside of 2018, much like The Pedestrian.
- Police Stories: The final game in our list today is a very tactical game that follows two police officers as they take down criminals in various life and death situations.
The game is top-down in nature and is more simulation game than action game. You must follow the strict rules of being a police officer. No shooting with reckless abandon, and your first priority is to arrest suspects and look for evidence. Not every suspect will give you the chance and if your life is in danger you’ll be able to fire upon the enemy. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for civilians and hostages.
The game launched a successful kickstarter in October 2017 but there’s no exact release date outside of 2018.
If you’d like to try out the demo yourself, you can find it here: https://head.itch.io/police-stories
Well folks, that concludes today’s article. I’ll be featuring 5 more promising indie games in our next article. Until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!