This week in indie games: skunks and boars lead a civil war, a clumsy robot tries to save humanity and a train full of crows rattles towards the afterlife.
We have an assorted mix of originals and ports this week, across every major platform. Believe it or not, even the Wii U is getting a game this week, if you’d like to put the Switch down for a moment. Here’s our indie picks of the week.
Maize (PS4, Xbox One, 12th September)
Developer: Finish Line Games
Publisher: Finish Line Games
Corny indie comedy Maize released last year on computers and is now ready to expand its agricultural horizons to the PS4 and Xbox One. The game follows the adventures of an accidentally sentient corn stalk as he explores mysteries is an abandoned farm and an underground facility.
Tooth and Tail (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, 12th September)
Developer: Pocketwatch Games
Publisher: Pocketwatch Games
Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game that follows a vividly furry civil war involving skunks, boars, rats, chameleons and all manner of revolutionary beasts. It’s from the developers of Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, and it features short matches, a story campaign and even cross-play between all versions, so PSN and Steam players can finally be comrades of the glorious revolution.
SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell (PS4, 12th September)
Developer: Pine Studio
Publisher: Headup Games
Last year, heavy metal and speedrunning collided in the intense, headbanging platformer SEUM: Speedrunners From Hell. Now, the headbanging heads to the PlayStation 4, with an Xbox One release coming later in the month. Gotta go fast.
Manifest 99 (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, OSVR, PS VR, 12th September)
Developer: Flight School Studio
Publisher: Project Flight School
Eerie VR adventure Manifest 99 is set on a train ride into the afterlife, where you will engage with your travelling companions and help them in finding the items they’ve lost. Its painterly look and surreal events makes it stand out not only as a virtual reality experience, but as a game and story of its own.
Bloody Zombies (PC, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, OSVR, PS4, PS VR, Xbox One, 12th September)
Developer: Paw Print Games
London’s under attack by zombies (what, again?)! And it’s up to you to top the undead menace in Bloody Zombies, which is releasing in both standard and virtual reality versions. The game is a co-op brawler for up to 4 players, and lets you fight in authentic London streets (without getting arrested).
Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition (Xbox One, 13th September)
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Klei Entertainment
Klei’s survival hit Don’t Starve got a standalone multiplayer expansion last year, titled Don’t Starve Together. After its computer and PS4 releases, the game will now be playable on the Xbox One. Look for resources, craft structures and do whatever it takes to survive in a hostile wilderness… now with a friend*!
(*Friend not included)
The First Tree (PC, Mac, 14th September)
Developer: David Wehle
Publisher: David Wehle
The First Tree is a third-person exploration game that itself explores themes of life and death. It follows a fox looking for her missing family, but also intertwines a story about a son reconnecting with his father. It looks to be an emotional adventure, and the developer recommends the game to those who enjoyed the likes of Joruney and Firewatch.
Unbalance (PC, Mac, Linux, 14th September)
Developer: Tvee Games
Publisher: Tvee Games
Unbalance is a calm, meditative game about rotating objects and bringing balance to geometrical shapes. It also released on Android and iOS last year, but now it’s making its debut on computers.
Kingdom: New Lands (Switch, 14th September)
Publisher: Raw Fury
Making its way to Switch is Kingdom: New Lands, an expanded version of the original Kingdom, which is a side-scrolling strategy game in which you play as a monarch and guide your subjects. Kingdom’s particularly known for leaving much of the figuring-out to the player, which should pair well with the portable nature of the Switch.
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, 15th September)
Developer: Ghost Time Games
Publisher: Ghost Time Games
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe follows the adventures of an indestructible, yet clumsy robot as he tries to save humanity in a procedurally generated universe. No Robot’s Sky? Possibly. Try not to step on too many buildings.