State Mandated Indie Roundup – 05/12/2016 – Futuristic Cowboy Egyptians
Hello comrades! Another week, another selection of approved upcoming indie releases! Once again, with an equal distribution of importance due to it’s lack of ranking. I don’t care if we live in a capitalist society and that I have to adhere to it in order to survive in this career, I’ll take every chance I can get to rub my filthy communist hands all over whatever I produce.
- 06/12/2016 – Void Pyramid
Void Pyramid is a post-apocalyptic RPG set in a futuristic Egyptian empire, full of beast bashing, criminal crashing, and mutant mashing. From the trailer, the game reminds me of that retro-inspired, turn-based flavour of RPG that we can see in titles like Undertale and Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt, minus the bullet hell elements. There are different classes to choose from, puzzles to solve, and it’s all wrapped up in a fascinating-looking universe. It’s free to download now, but is coming to Steam via Greenlight.
- 06/12/2016 – Drop Alive
Drop Alive is a 2D platformer with a beautiful and adorable hand-drawn art style that puts you in control of an adorable droplet of water who wishes to escape a house that she’s trapped in to get outside and join a nearby river. You navigate titanic kitchen cutlery and change your state of matter in order to navigate various obstacles, all to an original soundtrack that sounds sweet and floaty.
- 07/12/2016 – Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Now, I’m not a fan of colonialism. But regardless of that, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING: The Empire Staggers Back looks to be a wonderfully funny point-and-click adventure game infused with British humour. You are a boy, girl, or unspecified, tasked by the Queen under the S.P.I.F.F.I.N.G. (Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies) operation to colonize the stars in order to escape the dire political conditions on Earth. It looks to be incredibly charming, so I’m quite optimistic for this one.
- 07/12/2016 – Best Buds vs Bad Guys
Best Buds vs Bad Guys is a 2D run ‘n’ gun action game in a 16-bit style. The game is clearly inspired by the likes of Contra, and is made by a dad and his 11 year old son, who are both fans of classic pixel art games. You can shoot ridiculous guns, kill nasty monsters created by Doctor Jushaan, and exercise teamwork between the ‘best buds,’ avatars resembling the developers. It looks super cute and mindlessly fun.
- 09/12/2016 – Exoplanet: First Contact
Exoplanet: First Contact seems to be quite an ambitious project that puts you in the shoes of an explorer named Jack Sharp, on a planet called K’Tharsis, a futuristic wild west landscape populated by colonists and aboriginal people, both oppressed by the corporation Terraform. It’s An Action Survival RPG, and it reminds me a lot of Bethesda’s Fallout games with how it looks both aesthetically and mechanically. It looks to be quite story driven, and I’m really rather intrigued.
Plenty of adorable and impressive games out this week! Here’s hoping that they’re as good as they look.