Day Of The Devs is back for round two, with more indie games you can add to your Wishlist and Google in. Back in June for the Summer Game Fest, 15 games were given the coveted spotlight of the show, and now two months on Tim Schfer and his crew have given another batch of indie games the attention they deserve. That’s a lot of games! It’s also the show’s 10th anniversary, so let’s all launch our poppers and jump straight into the indie games list.
As always, the variety this year has been exceptional with entries from diverse developers from all over the world. List curation is a team effort from Double Fine Productions and iam8bit. Specifically, Tim Schafer and James Spafford of Double Fine, Jon Gibson of iam8bit, Amanda White and PlayStation Independent Champion Greg Rice.
The indie games on display were a mixture of world premieres, games that had already been announced, and a handful that had already been released. We’ve listed everything featured below, so take your time and enjoy a nice scroll through the indie place.
Mina the hollow
Keeping the blue mascot busy with Shovel Knight: Dig, Yacht Club has turned its sails into a new adventure. Mina The Hollower is the game, and she wears retro effects up her sleeves. It’s a gothic action adventure inspired by Castlevania that sees you as a whip-ready Mina on a mission to take back the generators of the cursed island and beat up some bad guys on the way. A great combat feature is that Mina can hide under her enemies, rushing across the surface of the earth to strike from below. It’s a useful skill that will come in handy for solving some basic puzzles as well. There’s no release date for Mina yet, unfortunate, but let’s hope it’s soon.
Snovkin: Moominvali’s Melody
Whoever says creepy Moomins is a heartless liar, but they’ll also be happy to know that this Moomin-focused game isn’t actually about the Moomin family at all, but their nomadic friend Snufkin. Snufkin: Melody Of Moominvalley frankly sounds very exhilarating – it’s a musical adventure where you can run as the green-hatted ranger restores harmony to the valley after the Park Keeper has taken it away. It feels like a light-hearted game with (and that was a surprise) music from Sigur Rós, which is kind of cool. They must be major Tove Jansson fans.
Escape Academy: Island Escape Anti Escape
Instead, Ed loved the Escape Academy’s closed-room thriller games when they were released earlier this year, so escape room fans will be happy to know that developers Coin Crew Games are releasing a DLC titled Escape Academy: Escape From Anti-Escape Island. This is a lot of escaping. In the downloadable content, you are dumped from the crowded halls of the academy and landed on an uncharted island
Have a nice vacation To exit five new handcrafted levels. Grab a pina colada and some mates for this one, on November 10th.
Detective Frog 3: Corruption in Cowboy County
They are back! I missed this cute detective full of frogs and this latest entry in the trilogy of games made me feel strong. Corruption in Cowboy County may be the last adventure in the Frog Detective trilogy, but it’s coming out with a bang (get it, like cowboys and stuff). This time our favorite amphibian needs to solve the mystery of the stolen Cowboy hats that have disappeared from the heads of the locals. It’s quite the mystery, and with its silly sense of humor and a host of socially awkward animal characters, this is the perfect ending to the iconic series. Now out on Steam and Game Pass.
Dead pets unleashed
Dead Pets Unleashed is a slice-of-life adventure about a 30-year-old who has a quarter-life crisis. Are these strikes too close to home? That description alone was the reason I picked up the demo last August and a riot broke out. You play as Gordy, the bassist of the punk rock band Dead Pets who are spending their last streak of fame before giving up on their guitar crush dreams. You’ll need to help Gordy bring her life together with story choices and mini-games, including working a side hustle for money, going on dates, appeasing annoying parents, and not upsetting your bandmates. There is no release date yet but you can play the free demo on Steam and itch.io.
We’ve been talking about the Terra Nil Steam demo for a while now and that’s because it’s awesome! In this Reverse City Building, you need to bring life back to a wasteland destroyed by humans (good humans, typical things). To rebuild this ecosystem, you need to get rid of a variety of machines that filter the water, clean the air, cultivate the land and leave the surroundings pure. It also looks great, and when you can clear an area, a wave of greenery will spread across the landscape – oh my gosh.
The suitors are thirsty
A game where you can beat your follies out? I’m a subscriber. A thirsty give-and-take from the developers of Falcon Age Outerloop sees you playing Gala, a young woman with… Complicated A love life who decides to correct her past romantic mistakes by battling her friends through turn-based combat. It’s Scot Pilgrim Vs The World but on a larger scale, where Jala also has to deal with the family melodrama of her demanding parents and figure out her own insecurities (aka trying to get shit together). I played the demo last July and was surprised at how great the tone was under all my thirst quenching jokes. There is no release date for this date, but the demo is still available on Steam if you want to check it out.
The Colossal Cave – Reimagined by Roberta Williams
Announced in March, Colossal Cave is a remake of the classic ’70s text-adventure game of the same name, reimagined by game pioneer Roberta Williams. She and her husband Ken are behind Sierra Entertainment, the game company that created ’80s classics like King’s Quest and Phantasmagoria. In Colossal Cave, you’ll discover cave in a magical cave searching for treasure and encounter trolls, dwarves, bears, snakes, and what appears to be a very lost pirate. No release date has been set yet, so expect something in 2023.
It was the exhibition’s world premiere of Surmount by Jasper Oprel and Indiana-Jonas. Published by Popagenda, this physics-based climbing game tasks you to climb Mount Omn, the highest mountain in the world. As you’d expect from a physics game, watching your rag-doll’s body flop as you grapple hard with the controls will always be funny, but with items and upgrades, Surmount seems to make you cry of happiness rather than frustration. There is no release date for this game either, but you can check the official game page here.
Graham described Gunbrella as a game that portrays you as the “Mary Poppins Killer” and I didn’t agree with that. This platformer sees you roaming around the world with the eponymous gun canopy, a powerful combination that lets you slide, dash and glide through its levels. It also doubles as a powerful gun, which you will use a lot in this dark post-apocalyptic world. As a rude, faceless hero, you are tasked with investigating a local sect that has kidnapped the mayor and the city’s citizens. This is another demo I ran into the beta (and absolutely loved) and you can read more about it in my post on Steam Next Fest demo from October.
Evolutis: Duality is like the definition of a cyberpunk game: lots of violence, guns, drugs, neon alleys, murder, and revenge. Tick, tick, tick. The story follows three characters. The first is Damon, the man searching for his pregnant wife, the second is Eric, who seeks revenge for his cousin’s death, and finally there’s Chelsea, the wrestler trying to keep her father alive. The grotesque and choppy animations in the trailer certainly give Evolutis an edge, but let’s hope the developers Poke Life Studio bring more nuances into the genre than we’ve seen before.
Atari 50: Anniversary Celebration
This collection of games takes you through 50 years of Atari history, all in one elegant package. The collection is pretty cool with 100 Atari games (plus six new ones) to dive into, including Asteroids, Tempest 200, and Yar’s Revenge. I’m not interested in retro games, but the fact that the package comes with small documentaries and interviews with designers and developers is very attractive. There are also product design documents and high-resolution Atari artwork which is a nice touch. If you’re an Atari fan or a fan of vintage games in general, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration looks really cool, and you won’t have to wait that long to check it out because it’s coming out on November 11th.
Day of the Devs also highlighted two games supported by the non-profit organization Black Voices In Gaming, the first being Slime Heroes. You’re sick of slime hassles at Slime Rancher; I really want is being Adorable slime. Pancake Games know what I’m doing with their new game Slime Heroes, a lovable spirit-like game that lets you explore a world as vibrant as a tiny ball of slime. The slime may be small, but they have pretty awesome powers, like shaping a sword with their bodies and slicing enemies, or blasting them… the same ice? Something is breathing, anyway. There’s no release date yet, so let’s hope it’s sometime in 2023.
The second game in the Black Voices In Gaming division was Samurai Zero. PvP hack and slash game is set in a world where samurai were endowed with supernatural abilities through the bonds they share with ancient animal gods. The trailer is light on the story, but we did get some devastating combat, which feels fast-paced with plenty of wall jumping and dashing. Characters include a mysterious robot called Ryder, a purple-haired Luna, a member of the clan, and a former mercenary Wraith. You can learn more about Samurai Zero on the game’s Steam page.
The world premiere of Day Of The Devs was Sunshine Shuffle, a game about a group of animals playing poker on a boat. This game is not just about trying to win against your mates at the table, but about hearing the player’s stories of how the group robbed a bank in the past and how they are now wanted by the mob. Oops. You actually play real poker with the deck, so if you’ve always wanted to learn, Sunshine Shuffle is the game for you.
One morning you get up and go to the bathroom to freshen up, but then when you go to turn the faucet you catch yourself in the mirror and see that your arms have turned into baseball bats! How? when? why? None of this matters in What The Bat? , a goofy VR game from the developers of What The Golf? The game is full of mini-games that are about navigating life with a pair of baseball bats in hands and looking hilarious. We also shouldn’t wait too long to experience this normally nightmare-inducing experience like What The Bat? It will sometimes be released in 2022.
sea of stars
Last but not least is Sea Of Stars, a pixel-based RPG that, frankly, looks pretty cool. Right away, you can see echoes of Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger in artistic style but in more detail, and the story feels like it came straight out of the pages of a Square Enix game, too. The story follows two Solstice Children who, with the combined powers of the Sun and Moon, are on a quest to defeat an evil alchemist who is a jerk. Sea of Stars was a great game to end the show, and we can look forward to releasing it sometime in 2023.
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