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.

State Mandated Indie Roundup – 28/11/2016 – Cats in Space!

Hello, comrades! In light of the recent passing of glorious revolutionary icon, Fidel Castro, behold a selection of approved upcoming indie releases in the week commencing 28th November! Why indie? Well, as we all know, the high-production products of the bourgeoisie receive far more publicity than that of smaller proletariat gems. As such, in order to equally distribute the awareness of all video games, here are a few coming out this week that I’m looking forward to. The order of games mentioned is not indicative of ranking or quality, because that would be filthy and capitalistic.

  • 28/11/2016 – Crate Punks

Crate Punks is an exclusively local co-op versus game in which you are punks, and everything is crates, and you pick up the crates to throw at the punks who are throwing the crates that are being thrown by and at the punks and… crates, and punks. It looks relatively fun, especially with the ways in which the map can be reshaped. Crates. Punks.

  • 30/11/2016 – Delicious – Emily’s Message in a Bottle

Delicious – Emily’s Message in a Bottle is a fusion of those chef sim mobile games and a point-and-click adventure game… I think? It’s not exactly clear on the Steam page. It’s the 13th season in the Delicious franchise. You cook Italian food, and “COLLECT DIAMONDS and help Emily reunite her entire family through the power of cooking.” So yeah.

  • 01/12/2016 – Maize

So, here’s an… interesting one. Maize is a first-person adventure game with environmental puzzles, in which scientists create sentient corn based on a misinterpreted brief from the US government. It looks to have a remarkably high production quality, and it also has a tiny grumpy Russian robot bear, which is ridiculously on-brand.

  • 02/12/2016 – Space Cat

Space Cat is an arcade platforming game with randomly-generated, destructible terrain in which you are a cat in space with other cats in space, fighting UFOs and missiles bombs, like bad-ass little kitty cosmonauts. I honestly have no idea how the game will feel to play or how it actually works based on game play trailers, but needless to say I’m excited.

  • 02/12/2016 – Space Jammers

Space Jammers is a sci-fi rogue-lite top-down shooter with support of up to 4-player co-op, local and online. You assume the role of an alien rock band of space kitten pirates as they loot and pillage to fund their musical career whilst getting up to general space shenanigans, which probably sounds like the best thing ever conceived plot-wise, at least.

So, that’s a selection of games releasing this week that caught my eye. I’m rather enjoying the ‘cats in space’ theme that’s going on with some of them. I’m quite a fan of space cats.