Yesterday, we discussed what indie games we’re looking forward to this year. But, what if you’re itching to play some good indie titles now? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
1.) Shovel Knight: I’ve talked scored about Yacht Club‘s breakout game, which features a shovel-wielding knight. In case you’ve missed it though, this game is a perfect blend of mechanics from MegaMan, Duck Tales, Castlevania, and Super Mario World all presented in fresh and fluid way that feels so natural. It’s one of the only new games that claims to be “retro” and manages to pull it off, both in look and feel. In a lot of ways, it manages to out-retro a large amount of retro games. It’s $15 and worth every single penny.
2.) FEZ: Say what you will about Phil Fish, there’s no denying that he made a fantastic game. You play as Gomez, a 2D character that’s just become aware of the 3rd dimension thanks to a magic fez hat. This begins to tear the world apart, and Gomez must collect cube pieces to make everything right again. With no enemies to fight, and no time constraints slowing you down, explore the mystifying realms that encompass Gomez’s world in a non-linear fashion. Get lost. Find your way back. Figure out secrets. The most interesting thing about Fez is how you solve puzzles. Everything is technically on a 3D plane, but you only ever see it from a 2D perspective. You can, however, rotate the world so that you see every side of this plane. Talking about it makes me want to play it all over again. It’s one of the only recent games that gave me that “wow” factor I experienced as a child.
3.) Child of Light: Okay, so this technically isn’t an indie, but it certainly feels like one. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a much smaller branch of Ubisoft that, unlike most of Ubisoft, produces playable games. Child of Light is a platforming turn-based RPG. Play as Aurora, the daughter of the Duke of Austria in 1895, who finds herself in a strange land called Lemuria. There, she befriends several characters that help her on her journey to restore light to a darkened land and eventually return home. The combat and skill trees make for some interesting game-play and battle tactics. The visuals and music are simply beautiful.
4.) Little Inferno: Little Inferno is a game where you order items from a catalog, stick them in a fireplace, and then burn them. Repeat process. Yes, it sounds stupid… and pointless, but it’s actually a puzzle game. You have goals that must be met by combining objects to burn. Figuring them out isn’t always an easy task with the clues that are given. Completing objectives unlocks other catalogs and more items to burn. There’s also an underlying story and a reason why you’re doing all of this. Believe me, I wouldn’t suggest a game where you just burn shit.
5.) The Stanley Parable: This originally started off as a mod for Half Life 2 and eventually found its way into becoming a full game. But, it’s not really a game in the traditional sense. You play as Stanley, an unimportant office worker who finds himself alone one day… well, alone aside from the voice in his head. This voice guides him, tells him where to go and what to do. You have a choice whether you listen. It’ll take you maybe 10 minutes to finish the game, but depending on your choices, there are tons of possible outcomes. It’s cheeky, but it’s also thought-provoking and really deep. You won’t regret playing this.