This week in indie games: we spy on tenants, go insane in dungeons, fly in inside-out planets, chase after Moby Dick, fight robots and more!
Enhanced ports ahoy! Console owners have much to look forward to as some celebrated indie games crawl their way into the living room. Apart from those, there’s also a few original titles sprinkled about that caught our fancy. There’s something for owners of any console this week. Have a look!
InnerSpace (16th January on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch)
Developer: PolyKnight Games
InnerSpace is an air exploration game in which you fly in inside-out planets. There’s no horizons in sight in this mysterious world known as the Inverse, where old gods of extinct civilisations still wander.
Beholder: Complete Edition (16th January on PS4, 19th January on Xbox One)
Developer: Warm Lamp Games
Publisher: Curve Digital
Beholder has you playing as a landlord appointed by a totalitarian government that requires you to spy on your tenants. You must bug, search and profile your tenants to ascertain whether they are violating the law and subverting the government. The real question is how far you’re willing to go as you breach your tenants’ privacy, all to please your totalitarian masters.
Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition (16th January on PS4, Xbox One)
Publisher: Private Division
Kerbal Space Program is a modern classic, an indie simulation game in which you control an adorable alien space program and attempt to launch rockets to fulfil space-based objectives. The simulation adheres to the laws of physics, and your engineering skills will be put to the test as you send team after team of brave Kerbal astronauts to glory (mostly just their death though).
Full Metal Furies (17th January on PC, Xbox One)
Developer: Cellar Door Games
Publisher: Cellar Door Games
Full Metal Furies is described its developer as a ‘true co-operative’ action RPG, and it supports online and local co-op for up to 4 players. Every character is unique, and has her own special role in the ensuing combat. The game comes from he creators of Rogue Legacy, and also has a singleplayer mode with a special feature that lets you quick-switch between two characters.
Nantucket (18th January on PC)
Developer: Picaresque Studio
Publisher: Fish Eagle
Nantucket is an indie strategy game that serves as a sequel to Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick. You play as Ishmael and experience the golden age of American whaling. Apart from developing your character RPG-style, you will also be managing a ship crew, sailing the high seas, fighting off pirates and most importantly, hunting whales for blubber.
Darkest Dungeon (18th January on Switch)
Developer: Red Hook Studios
Publisher: Red Hook Studios
Darkest Dungeon is a turn-based RPG in which you explore sinister, gothic environments with a pack of heroes of varying abilities. You need to take care of the heroes’ physical and mental states both, as they are susceptible to psychological stresses during their adventures. The game features a substantial challenge as you juggle heroes and fight terrors, all with the threat of permadeath.
World to the West (18th January on Switch)
Developer: Rain Games
Publisher: Rain Games
World to the West is an action-adventure game set in the world of the developer’s previous title, Teslagrad. You control four characters of starkly different backgrounds, and experience their intertwining stories. Your adventure takes you through various environments, and you’ll encounter both enemies and puzzles in your journey to the west.
Vesta (19th January on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Developer: FinalBoss Games
Publisher: FinalBoss Games
Vesta has you playing as a six year old girl living in an underground maze. She’s accompanied by DROID, who helps her with physical tasks, and the pair explores the lonely maze full of obstacles and dangerous enemy robots.
Midnight Quest (19th January on PC)
Midnight Quest is a point-and-click adventure game in which you play as the assistant to a scientist messing around with time. An accident during an experiment causes you to be knocked back into the early 20th century. The only way out of this situation is, naturally, to explore and solve puzzles.
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (19th January on Xbox One)
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human is an indie action-adventure game with a largely self-explanatory title. As you explore under the sea, you will come to understand the reasons behind humanity’s downfall. Along the way, you will also have to fight massive monsters.
- 16 Jan – Energy Balance (Switch)
- 16 Jan – Nightmare Boy (Switch)
- 16 Jan – Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins (PS4)
- 18 Jan – Link-a-Pix (3DS)
- 18 Jan – Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast (Switch)
- 18 Jan – Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator (Switch)
- 19 Jan – Nuclien (Switch)
- 19 Jan – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Xbox One)