This week in indie games: we date cats, play with picture frames, watch a vacuum cleaner gain sentience, battle Vice President Helicopter and more!
Indie games maintain their strong momentum from last week, releasing in droves, particularly on indie favourite platforms Switch and PC. There’s quite a few interesting original releases this time, including some from veteran indie developers. There’s also ports, and some hidden gems we’d never heard of. Have a look!
Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince (12th December on PC, Xbox One)
Developer: Gamera Interactive
Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing
With its classic SNES JRPG aesthetic, Fearful Symmetry & The Cursed Prince is actually a puzzle game with a classic twist. You control two characters at once, in symmetry: if one character goes left, the other goes right. Lots of traps and hazards await as you try to lift a terrible curse.
Chambara (12th December on PC, Mac)
Developer: team ok
Publisher: team ok
Chambara pits samurai birds against each other in a black-and-white world where you can slip into the shadows (or the light) and become perfectly invisible. The game is described as a ‘stealth brawler’ and features both 1v1 and 2v2 action in local multiplayer.
Ultimate Chicken Horse (12th December on PS4)
Developer: Clever Endeavour Games
Publisher: Clever Endeavour Games
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer in which the level is built as you play the game. You can also save your creations. A word of warning: there’s no singleplayer mode in the game.
The End is Nigh (12th December on Switch)
Developer: Edmund McMillen, Tyler Glaiel
The End is Nigh is an adventure platformer with more than six hundred levels packed in. You play as Ash, and your goal is to make a friend in a world that’s seemingly gone to hell. This one comes from the creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, so expect lots of dying and lots of strange stuff.
Rumu (13th December on PC)
Developer: Robot House
Publisher: Hammerfall Publishing
Rumu is a point-and-click adventure with a sci-fi narrative. You guide a vacuum cleaner robot into becoming self-aware, all under the watchful eye of the house AI Sabrina. As you clean and explore the house of your creators, you will encounter moral dilemmas and other challenges. Check out our previous coverage of the game here.
Gorogoa (14th December on PC, Mac, iOS)
Developer: Buried Signal
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Gorogoa is a fascinating-looking puzzle game in which you manipulate picture panels to affect an illustrated world and story. There’s really no better way to understand how this game works than to watch the trailer above. Check out our previous coverage of the game here.
Never Stop Sneakin’ (14th December on Switch)
Developer: Humble Hearts
Publisher: Humble Hearts
Never Stop Sneakin’ is a stealth game in the style of the original Metal Gear Solid. In this parody, you must stop Amadeus Guildenstern, who has kidnapped all the US presidents by travelling through time. The game features procedurally generated bases to sneak in, and a boss named Vice President Helicopter (who is a helicopter). From the creator of Dust: An Elysian Tail. Check out our previous coverage of the game here.
One More Dungeon (14th December on PS Vita, PS4, Switch)
Developer: Stately Snail, Ratalaika Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
One More Dungeon looks like it’s a Minecraft mod, but it’s actually a fusion of classic FPS gameplay and roguelikes, in a fantasy dungeon crawler garb. Fight through procedurally generated dungeons as a nameless adventurer, and stop the forces of Evil.
Yooka-Laylee (14th December on Switch)
Developer: Playtonic Games
Publisher: Team17 Digital
Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer in the style of old classics like Banjo-Kazooie. You play as chameleon-bat duo that must stop the plans of the evil corporate Capital B, who wants to absorb all the books in the world and turn them into profit. The game is already out on computer platforms and other consoles, but it’s making its Switch debut this week. Check out our previous coverage of the game here.
Purrfect Date (15th December on PC)
Developer: Bae Team
Publisher: Bossa Studios
Purrfect Date is described by its developer as “a cross between a visual novel, dating sim, and dark British comedy”. You play as various scientific researchers exploring the mysterious Cat Island: an island inhabited only by cats. As you date the cats, you also research the island, and you might uncover some truly dark mysteries. Inspired by games like Undertale, Dream Daddy, Hatoful Boyfriend, and Pony Island.
- 11 Dec – Arrowpoint (PC)
- 12 Dec – Madcap Castle (PC, Linux)
- 12 Dec – Party Planet (Switch)
- 12 Dec – Dynasty Feud (PS4)
- 12 Dec – Nine Parchments (PS4)
- 12 Dec – Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion (PS4)
- 12 Dec – Gang Beasts (PS4)
- 13 Dec – Lobster Empire (PC)
- 14 Dec – Black The Fall (Switch)
- 14 Dec – iubes:2 (PC)
- 14 Dec – Bleed (Switch)
- 14 Dec – Blok Drop Chaos (3DS)
- 14 Dec – Mecho Tales (Switch)
- 14 Dec – Wands (PC; requires Oculus Rift or HTC Vive)
- 14 Dec – Mutant Mudds Collection (Switch)
- 14 Dec – Poly Bridge (Switch)
- 15 Dec – Unepic (Switch)
- 15 Dec – Orbital Racer (PC)
- 16 Dec – Circuits (Xbox One)
- 16 Dec – Kyklos Code (PC)
- 16 Dec – Air Dash (PC)
- 17 Dec – Chapayev: Legend of Checkers (PC, Mac)