Indie Game Round Up - April 2022


April is here, and we have another list of several indie games that have caught our attention! If you or someone you know is a developer working on an indie game, and you want some help to spread word about your game, let us know so we can possibly include it in Indie Game Round Up!


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These games are listed in no particular order and are NOT a ranking.


1. Mirror Forge

Release Date: 9/29/22

Developer: MystiveDev

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1807200/Mirror_Forge/


Developer Description: "Mirror Forge is a first-person psychological survival horror game. Roam between realities of fear, madness & machinery. Solve puzzles, explore an atmospheric world, survive horrifying entities in an immersive storyline where your choices matter."


We were immediately blown away when we saw Mirror Forge, as the game just has good horror visuals for a indie horror game. But it is when we saw the "Emo Harley Quinn" character model, that is when we knew that Mirror Forge was one to watch. Her character model alone sold us on the game. Her face and over all design is really well done. We immediately knew that she had to be the special pick for our monthly background. We just love the design and think she looks better than some AAA characters of late, and we are over all excited to see this one in action. We won't have to wait to long as Mirror Forge has a September 2022 release date.


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2. Alone

Release Date: 9/15/22

Developer: Connor Warrington

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1686490/Alone/


It's dangerous to go alone, bring a friend! Or at least that's the concept of this platformer, that relies on controlling multiple characters to solve traversal puzzles and reach one's destination. You will never be alone in Alone. I have to say I am an absolute sucker for this specific art style and color palette. The simple black and white retro platformer is just so fun to experience. It reminds me so much of Box Boy and I loved every moment of that game. If this game can deliver on that level of fun puzzle platforming, it will be a must play for sure.


3. Phantom Breaker: Omnia - Available Now!

Release Date: Available Now!

Developer: Mages Inc., Gameloop inc.

Publisher: Rocket Panda Games

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1184560/Phantom_Breaker_Omnia/?utm_source=Steam&utm_medium=store+page&utm_campaign=steam_store_us


Phantom Breaker Omnia was a game we were very excited to play during Steam latest indie next fest, but were unable to due to a technical issue preventing us. That being said, It is out now as a recent release, so we can't wait to share our full impressions. Phantom Breaker Omnia works hard to keep up with other big name AAA and AA anime fighters, with 20+ unique anime inspired characters and multiple fighting styles. It has beautifully designed and detailed characters and quality looking content. The combat looks smooth and engaging, and definitely has the over the top flare we'd want in an anime fighter. This anime fighter should be on your list to check out if you like that genre. We know we can't wait to experience it, and have it on my to-play list for May!


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4. Swordcery

Release Date: TBA

Developer: Temple Door Games

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1817030/Swordcery/


Hey do you like Swords? Do you dream about Swords? Do you show a date your impressive Sword collection? Have you ever played Monster Hunter or Final Fantasy 7 and thought to yourself, "Gee, these swords just aren't big enough!" Well then you and your impossible to please self may be happy to learn about Swordcery! Because apparently Temple Door Games asked themselves, "What if video games swords were EVEN bigger and badder?" Seriously, we saw one sword that was 20x the size of the player character. Do the inevitable and just add this one to your wishlist, because to slightly paraphrase the all wise Qui-gon Jinn, "There's always a bigger sword". While not EVERY sword in the game looks like it's trying to steal the heart of Tifa Lockhart, there's over a hundred swords to fit your fancy.


5. Dead Heat

Release Date: TBA

Developer: @saxonbristol

Itch.io: https://saxon-software.itch.io/dead-heat


Developer Description: "A haunted Gothic metropolis sparsely populated with shell shocked survivors of a nightmare war, slowly eking out a new life while their greatest fear lives among them. Zombies; the living dead slowly piecing together the remnants of their lost history ... Follow Detectives Sonja Vargas & Lilith Troy as they delve into a post-apocalyptic world of paranoia and murder!"


Do you like Zombies? Do you like retro art style? Do you like murder mysteries? Well if you said yes to all those, then, Dead Heat may be just for you. We really find the dark noir-esque vibe and art style from Dead Heat intriguing, and the character designs to be atmospheric.

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6. Oust

Release Date: 2023

Developer: Cinder Studios

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1916790/Oust/


Developer Description: "Oust blends strategy, rpg, and pvp elements neatly into a beautiful, easy-to-pick-up game. Begin the game as a peasant, customize your profession and fighting style, find equipment and gather support to overthrow the king. As king, manage the kingdom to remain in power as long as you can."


Ever wondered if you could rise to power from nothing? At least...in a video game, not real life, because that's way harder. At least in Oust, you can go from Peasant to King and see how long you can hold onto the throne. We find Oust's art style and color palette to be strangely beautiful in a dark and dreary kind of way. This is one to watch out for next year when it releases in 2023.

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7. Earth's Shadow

Release Date: 6/30/22

Developer: WRF Studios

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1655940/Earths_Shadow/


Developer Description: "Earth's Shadow is a third person action Sci-Fi dungeon crawler set in the year 3081 on planet Sumbra; a remote alien planet where legends of valuable relics surround this black world, calling to the greedy and brave explorers seeking a bright future... but end up uncovering an even darker past."


Earth's Shadow looks like a dark sci-fi/horror adventure as you fight various alien creatures on a dark and scary new world. It kind of reminds me an indie Returnal in some ways. I for one am looking forward to it's early access launch in June! If you like third-person shooters and alien worlds, this might be one to watch out for!


8. Patrick's Parabox - Available Now!

Release Date: Available Now!

Developer: Patrick Traynor

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1260520/Patricks_Parabox/


Developer Description: "A mind-bending recursive puzzle game about boxes within boxes within boxes within boxes. Learn to use infinity to your advantage as you explore a deep and elegant system."


Stop scrolling. Click the trailer, and watch it. I'll wait.


Isn't that trippy and awesome looking? Gosh this is Inception the game and I can't wait to tell you all about it. Thankfully it a recent release and is out NOW which means is available to try now! Patrick's Parabox is super intriguing with it's seemingly endless box with in a box world concenpt. Zooming in or out of the world you see, endlessly to solve puzzles and progress to the next section, this game is hard to describe but super fun to look at. I haven't even booted it up yet, and I already know is is amazing.


9. Valorous

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Release Date: TBA

Developer: Divine Studios


Valorous looks very promising, and we love the look and feel of the world Divine Studios is building. This top down twin stick style game gives us fantasy/scifi looking characters fighting in a very colorful world. I recommend following them on Twitter to see some of the incredible gameplay clips they have posted. I think the combat and world alone is enough to make me excited for this one. Stay tuned for more updates in the future!


10. Coldfortune

Release Date: TBA

Developer: Frostware


IGN Description: "Coldfortune is a third-person survival adventure game from developer Frostware. Its exploration sequences use fixed-camera perspectives for a moody view of the world ahead, and when the action heats up, expect dangerous gunplay and cinematic hand-to-hand QTE combat."


Coldfortune is a 3D adventure that takes place in a wintery future. The protagonist wields a rifle in a dangerous world, in a third person fixed camera adventure, that hints at some RPG / QTE elements in the trailer. We for one find the scope of this indie game impressive, and look forward to more information in the future.


11. Two Falls

Release Date: Fall 2023

Developer: Unreliable Narrators

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1671740/Two_Falls_Nishu_Takuatshina/?l=french&curator_clanid=34593007


Two Falls is an absolutely beautiful looking game. There are AAA games out there that don't put this level of beauty, color, and attention to their forestry worlds as Two Falls does. I didn't even need to learn more about it, as all I needed was to see the first few seconds of the world in the trailer to know I was intrigued. The game however will focus on the power of perspective, with multiple characters, and also implement character choice.


12. Race Me Now

Release Date: TBA

Developer: Werys

Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1588700/Race_me_now/?utm_source=twitter


Developer Description: "Race sneaky opponents in beautiful surroundings. Race are fast and ruthless, other drivers will try to push you out of the road to take your place. Will you be able to push them first? Will you be able to beat them all? Will you become the champion?"


Race Me Now is filled with bright colors and retro graphics. This looks like a fun racing game to pass the time and reminisce on racing games from my child hood. This style and look just takes me back to the racing games I grew up on, and I look forward to diving in!



Thanks!

Thank You for reading our brand new article series "Indie Game Round Up"! It is a monthly article series where we highlight indie games in various stages of development or recently released that we are excited about. We had so many interested developers wanting to share their games in this article, and we only were able to post so many; so if you have a game you are working on, or know a indie dev we still need to get to, stay tuned as more indie games will be listed in future articles! Please let us know who needs to be shared next! Indie Game Roundup will return next month!


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