INDIE GAME ROUND UP - DEC 2021
We are extremely excited to launch our new indie news focused article series, "Indie Game Round Up!" Each month, we will showcase indie games we have discovered that we think our viewers need to know about. It is really exciting because a passion for supporting indie developers is actually one of the things that lead to the creation of Game Infinite in the first place. While Game Infinite has evolved to host so many things from our Gi Channels, reviews, our Merch Store, and supporting other types of creators, supporting Indie Devs was the motivation that started it all. I wanted to create a news platform that didn't just focus on AAA news, but also gave a voice to indie devs. Moreso, I didn't want it to just be the big indie games that are already seeing success. Other bigger news outlets such as IGN or Gamespot, they also share indie games; but these are indie games that have already hit success, already had their name spread. I wanted to also support indie games that haven't released yet, share development news of indie developers that are still hard at work on their first game. When I realized how many solo and small teams are working on amazing games, and most gamers haven't heard of them, I wanted to help spread that word. Lately we started doing weekly community gathering and sharing events on twitter, "Screenshot Saturdays" and "Wishlist Wednesdays". We have had well over 100 indie devs participating, sharing their games and we were blown away by the amazing submissions. I was inspired to create an article series that showcases upcoming indie games that you may or may not have heard of, and to put them on your radar. Below are several amazing looking Indie Games we can't wait to try! They are in no particular order.
(This is a news article. The games featured in this article may NOT be affiliated with and are NOT made by Game Infinite. Game Infinite is sharing anticipation and excitement for upcoming possibly unplayed an/or unreleased games, and therefore this is not a review or recommendation based on final game quality. We cannot speak to final product. The developers whose games we are highlighting have not paid for this presentation or mention. Any images or links to games is owned by the developer/owners, however may contain screenshots we have taken. Developers may be currently or in the future, GiFriends members; however, GiFriends is a free program. These games are listed in no particular order)
1. SOL DIVER
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Horribly Awesome
Horribly Awesome is a a solo dev creating "Sol Diver". They describe Sol Diver as a "3rd person sci-fi action RPG" exploring "solarpunk/cyberpunk" style on a alien planet through the eyes of their character Seraphina. Seraphina is an android looking to reclaim her corrupted memories, find out who she truly is.
We have been looking forward to Sol Diver ever since discovering the game. It's art style reminds us of No Man Sky and the character / fighting gives us Nier Automata / Genshin Impact vibes. The developer is super friendly, active on social media with updates, and a great supporter of the small dev community. Their game is featured with permission in the background of this month's promo.
2. ANNO: MUTATIONEM
Release Date: TBA/2021
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1368030/ANNO_Mutationem/
ANNO: Mutationem is a Cyberpunk world with a beautiful art style. I have played the demo and enjoyed the time so far. ANNO is an hybrid 2D/3D action-adventure game with RPG elements. For those of us who were disappointed by Cyberpunk 2077, this could be a game to scratch that itch.
3. Summoners Fate
Release Date: 2022
Developer: GiFriends Members - D20 Studios
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1681840/Summoners_Fate/
Developer Description: "Summoners Fate is a roguelike deckbuilder where exploration and careful management of dice-rolling events are at the heart of every run. Choose your summoner, build your deck and attend a goblin birthday party!"
We have been following Summoners Fate longer than any game on this list. We were Kickstarter backers and have been enjoying watching our friends and GiFriends members at D20 working tirelessly on their game. We met them originally years ago at Midwest Gaming Classic in Wisconson, way back when Game Infinite was starting. It is great to see them so close to their release, as supporting devs is a huge foundation of why Gi is here. I wish these guys best of luck!
4. An Amazing Wizard
Release Date: 2023+
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1372660/An_Amazing_Wizard/
Developer Description: "An Amazing Wizard is a 2D fast-paced, metroidvania inspired roguelite. You'll explore procedurally generated magical worlds with over 250 Artifacts, more than 100 Spells and dozens of Magic Weapons to unlock and use. After every death you'll respawn in a different world. There are no checkpoints..."
Developer Jakub is hard at work at their beautiful platformer An Amazing Wizard. We are currently in talks of bringing Jakub into our GiFriends community circle with some cool Amazing Wizard merch planned on our store. You can support Jakub by wish listing the game and saving our GI Store to be ready to buy an Amazing Wizard shirt!
5. Beyond the Long Night
Release Date: TBA/2022
Beyond the Long Night is a roguelike with a super fun art style and main character. The look of their game and character really captured our attention from first impression. We can't wait to try it, because this one looks super fun. It is available to wishlist now and is coming sometime in 2022.
6. Soul Passage
Release Date: 2022+/TBA
Developer: Ozbay Emrah
We love the art style, the vibrant colors, and the playable character. Everything about Soul Passage looks gorgeous and intriguing.
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Squid Shock Studios
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1614440/B/?beta=0
Players play as a small "Fox Demon" in an absolutely gorgeous art style. The game is a 2D Platform based in
"Japanese folklore" One look at this game made it an instant-wishlist for us, so check it out.
8. Starship Simulator
Release Date: Summer 2022
Developer: Fleetyard Studios
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1332100/Starship_Simulator/
Hyper detailed space ships to walk around? Vast endless space to explore? Sign us up. Starship Simulator looks like a huge and ambitious project, but one I am excited to experience. I say this a lot but we really really don't get enough open universe space sims. I'd like to just walk around big open space ships and fly around space, and this indie project promises to give us a space sim. Personally, I am very much looking forward to checking this one when it's planned release drops in Summer 2022.
9. Drifting Weight of Feathers
Release Date: 12/15/21
Developer: Ming Yen Wu
Drifting Weight of Feathers has players play as a Faye, a wanted criminal. The game revolves around players utilizing her grappling hook and "extreme acrobatics" for movement and combat, facing enemies from the "Inter-Galactic Empire" and traveling across an ocean covered planet named Bluestar! The combat and acrobatics gives me some bayonetta vibes, and reminded me a bit of upcoming Project Eve. The game is releasing soon as it drops on Dec 15th.
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Alchemy Interactive
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1493870/SAKD/
Sak'd had one of the most instantly likable protagonists that made me instantly wishlist. I just love the quirkily little white Pillow dude "Sak". He is "imbued with powerful weapon wielding, spell-casting, monster-smashing abilities and sent on a quest to destroy evil" I enjoyed the art style and overall look of the game, so it had to go on this anticipation list!
11. Cat Box Paradox
Release Date: 2021+
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1771200/Cat_Box_Paradox/
I love any excuse to reference obscure physics references, so a game that based off Schrodinger's cat is an instant intrigue for me, not to mention, the unique and fun retro art style!
12. Angelic Waves
Release Date: Available Now
Developer: Bus Arrows Studios
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1715660/Angelic_Waves/
This anime art style dating sim was submitted in one of our Wishlist Wednesday and we think it's art style alone was worth some attention. This "rom-com visual novel", players choose three angelic girls to date and engage in "character development, love moments, and drama". If you are into visual novel style games or dating sims, this might be worth a check out.
Release Date: TBA
Developer: NetMarble F&C
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1531430/Overprime/
This amazing looking 3D Sci-fi MOBA really just jumped out at me when I saw it. The character models and the various designs of characters I've seen just look really fresh and immensely detailed. I hadn't heard of it before, so now that it is on my radar, I had to share it with everyone.
14. Core Machina
Release Date: Available Now
Developer Description: "Core Machina has players control Jupiter Cogswell, a mechanic and the owner of the Gilded Gear repair shop. Players explore and uncover the mystery of a "stolen keepsake". Players solve puzzles to reveal the truth behind the steam-fueled city of Ignis Cadere."
I for one absolutely love the art style and can't wait to jump into this world. It is available now for download, free with a optional request for financial donation.
15. Gates of Devoroth
Release Date: TBA
Developer: Frostward Games
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1637680/Gates_of_Devoroth/
Dev Description: "Travel through the Gates of Devoroth and explore a shattered world, on your own or with friends. Find the lost travel-wards to unlock new locations via the ancient Devorothian gate system. Gather loot and progress your character through experience and equipment."
I personally love the 3D world and think the art style has a lot of charm. It's art reminds me in some ways of Valheim but with brighter colors. The combat looks fun, and the open world something that offers some fun exploration.
16. The Three Mazketeers
Release Date: Available on Itchio
Developer: Dragon Emperors
Dragon Emperors have a couple games under their belt including Three Mazeketeers, but also two games Cursed Mansion and Oracle of the Forgotten Testament available now on Steam. Both steam games have Positive score. All three games have beautiful art styles and look like a lot of fun.
17. Lucky Me
Release Date: 2022
Developer: Artifact 5
Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1712270/Lucky_Me/
Developer Description: "In a world devoid of originality, where talentless hacks copy your every move, you gotta use their stupidity against them to come out on top. Line up your shots, pull the trigger and survive the bullet storm in this logic-shooter game."
A game about enemy NPC's mirroring your moves and you have to use that against you is something that I find really fascinating actually. The art style and the unique physics reminds me a little bit of SuperHot in having to think strategically instead of just shooting things. This one looks cool and you can wishlist it now on Steam!
18. The Falcon Shuffle
Release Date: TBA
It takes a lot for 2D Retro Space shooters to stand out to me, and Falcon Shuffle does that. I like the art style, the aliens, the ships, and the backgrounds. This looks like a quality labor of love and innovation for a genre that has been around a long time. Check out this game with a playable demo at the link above.
19. Randy and Reddy Adventure Road
Release Date: 2021 - Available Now
Developer: @randyandteddy Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1650400/Randy_And_Teddy_Adventure_Road/
Developer Description: "A puzzle 2.5D platformer where Randy, main character, and Teddy, his pup go on an amazing adventure road! Go with them and travel to 5 different worlds where you'll meet pesky robots that will make this journey hard. Solve challenging puzzles and earn stars and achievements as you go!"
Randy and Teddy is currently 70% during Steam Autumn Sale, so this is a quick and easy way to support a small developer and save some money for this holiday season!
20. Tuned Turtles
Release Date: Early 2022
Developer: 32 Pixel Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1538990/Tuned_Turtle/
They had me at flying turtles. This looks fantastic. Wishlist this one for sure!
21. Moo Lander
Release Date: Spring 2022
Developer: The Sixth Hammer Steam Wishlist: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1080040/Moo_Lander/
Developer Description: "Moo Lander is a 2D adventure platformer, where you take control over your civilization’s last remaining spaceship to scour varied environments in search for the source of infinite amounts of milk. Tame the Mighty Cows, discover hidden secrets, solve puzzles and fight intelligent enemies!"
I love anything with UFO's. I love cow puns. I love how this reminds me of Friends' Joey's "Moo Point Cow Opinion" everytime I see it. This game looks hilarious and fun. We have gotten a demo key from the devs, so we can't wait to download and check it out.
Thank You for reading our brand new article series "Indie Game Round Up"! It is planned as a monthly article series where we highlight indie games in 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 in this first edition; so if you have a game you are working on, or know a indie devs we still need to get to, stay tuned as more indie games will be listed in future articles! Indie Game Roundup will return next month!
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