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Indie Game Round Up - March 2023


Thank you all for your patience, as with the absolutely massive Best of 2022 Event, I needed an extra month to search for collect some truly EPIC Indie Games to share with you all in our first official new IGRU of 2023!


ICYMI: Check out our special IGRU Top 10 Indie Games of 2022 article here.


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(This is a news article. The games featured in this article may or may not be affiliated with and are NOT made by Game Infinite. These games and developers have no implied relationship with each other unless otherwise stated. We may have contacted these developers ahead of time. 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. Final Game Release is not guaranteed. We cannot speak to final product. The final versions of these games may vary widely from their current state. The developers whose games we are highlighting have not paid for this presentation or mention. These lists may contain games we have been supplied review copies. These lists may contain games we have backed on Kickstarter or preordered digitally. Any press kit images or links to games is owned by the developer/owners, however list may contain screenshots we have taken ourselves. Developers may be currently or in the future, GiFriends members; however, GiFriends is a free program. GiFriends now offers a paid tier for extra promotion. If a member is a GiFriends ELITE member, they will be listed as such. Indie Games may or may not be affiliated with other Gi Partners.)

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


1. Cynthia: Hidden in the Moonshadow | Gi Trailer

Release Date: 2023

Developer: Catthia Games


We got to play the demo for this one during Steam Next Fest, and we have to say it was such an absolute blast that I was sad when it was over. It is a beautiful world, filled with colorful and bright art, and cool character designs. It will have a photomode in the full release which we are looking forward to taking full advantage of photographing the vistas. It is a cartoon/cellshaded style with a beautiful world filled with enemies and puzzles. It reminded me a bit if Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn were mashed into one, and that is a winning combo.


(Press Kit Images)


2. Tokyo Stories - GiFriends | Gi Trailer

Release Date: 2023+

Developer: Drecom Co.


Tokyo Stories is a project name with name subject to change. It doesn't have a steam page yet, and we don't know too much yet. But we couldn't not feature it when we just absolutely love the art style, character designs, and over all VIBE from this pixel 3D Pixel Art Sci-fi/Bladerunner-like game. Keep this one on your watch list!


3. Future Fragments | Gi Trailer (Updated: New Trailer on Gi Trailers!)

Release Date: 2023

Publisher: Melon Opus

NSFW warning, Rated A on Steam.


Developer Description: "Travel to a threatening future and seek the fragments of a powerful weapon to defend your kingdom. Future Fragments is an adults-only, modern take on a platformer with genre-bending gameplay, full english voicework and a branching storyline with choices that actually matter."


Future Fragments has it all with exciting gameplay, full voice work, and branching story lines.


(Press Kit Images)


4. Under a Rock | GI Trailer

Release Date: TBA

Developer: Nordic Trolls


Developer Description: "A procedural open-world survival craft game for 1-10 players. Explore a primitive but dangerous place with a different evolutionary path; here, wildlife is oversized, Neanderthals still exist, and curses are real."


When we first saw Under A Rock, my first thought was this is the animated Tomb Raider game, a modern one with the older more cartoon art style we all want but never got. As an avid Tomb Raider fan, that thought just got me really excited for this game. Upon more inspection, this game does look to provide its own identity and bring even more to the table. It has crafting, character customization, and more. I love the art style, setting, and over all feel of the game, and can't wait to play it.


5. Eternights

Release Date: TBA

Developer: Studio Sai


Developer Description: "Eternights is a dating action game where you try to make the most out of life during the apocalypse. Monday: Go on a date. Tuesday: Clear dungeon. Friday: Freak out! The clock is ticking!!"


Eternights was a last second addition to our Most Anticipated List 2023+ last month, as I just recently heard of it and added it to the list because the game looks so incredible. Upon further inspection I was able to reach out to the devs to partner on getting it in IGRU. You might see their description of "Dating Sim" and think that this is a simple Visual Novel. However, this is a full fledged action game with actual combat, just with in-depth character interactions. After seeing the trailer if I had been told this was AAA JRPG I would have believed you. We don't get enough RPG's or action games that really give us companions and romance stories. If this turns out to the the action anime with Mass Effect style romance and friendships than this game could be a sleeper hit for 2023.



(Press Kit Images)


6. REKA

Release Date: 2024

Publisher: Fireshine Games


Developer Description: "Start your life as a witch and travel central europe's nature with your cottage. Roam forests and swamps, collect plants, craft magical supplies for villagers and customize your evergrowing home."


This game looks to me like Hellblade and Horizon Zero Dawn came together to morph into one. It has the darker style and feel, the darker greens, witch like style of Hellblade, but with a character and open world feel that reminded me a bit of Horizon. I think that is a winning combination. This game puts players in control of a witch protagonist on a adventure across Europe. It looks exciting and we are happy to feature it in IGRU.


(Press Kit Images)


7. Eresys

Release Date: April 2023

Developer: Ares Dragonis

Publisher: Dragonis Games


Developer Description: "Eresys is a co-op horror game inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft. which focuses mainly on teamwork. Players take on the role of a party of 4 cultists, facing the fears of the Lovecraftian universe together. With smart AI mechanics and a variety of unique enemies, teamwork is key to survival."


Creepy dark forests are where Indie Games often thrive. This Lovecraftian horror dark forestry adventure intrigued us upon first viewing.


(Press Kit Images)


8. SokoChess White

Release Date: March 3, 2023

Developer: Daisy Games


Developer Description: "SokoChess White is a puzzle game about pushing Chess pieces into their destination and overcoming various obstacles. Enjoy 70 different handcrafted levels with a unique twist on the Chess formula."


We played and enjoyed Solo Chess, so we are excited for Daisy Games next game Soko Chess White! It has new rules with only the white pieces, differing from the original game. We love Chess, puzzles, and variations on the original classic Chess formula.


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. If you have a game you are working on, or know a indie dev we still need to get to, please let us know who needs to be shared next! Indie Game Roundup will return next month!


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