This week in indie games: we roast marshmallows, become a skyscraper-levelling superhero, knock a couple of times and fly as a bird in VR. And more!

Ahh, it’s mid-October and All Hallow’s Eve approaches with a rattling of bones and blood-curdling screams in the distance. For now, however, you’ll have to content yourself with less well-known indie offerings while lootbox-heavy triple-A games steal the spotlight. But that’s a good thing! Expect hidden gems abound! This week, most of the action is on Steam, with the Switch presenting a decent show of hands. Slim pickings for the PS4 and Xbox One, unfortunately.

Don’t Knock Twice (17th October on Switch)

Developer: Wales Interactive Ltd.
Publisher: Wales Interactive Ltd.

Grab your spooks on the go! Survival horror game Don’t Knock Twice follows a mother out to save her daughter by investigating an urban legend involving a witch. The game’s already out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and even has VR support on the first two platforms. While there’s understandably no VR in the Switch version, you can still take the game with you to an abandoned manor for the full effect.

Megaton Rainfall (17th October on PS4, PS VR)

Developer: Pentadimensional Games
Publisher: Pentadimensional Games

Aliens are invading Earth! Thankfully, you’re an indestructible superhero, that should solve problems. Unfortunately, with great power comes great responsibility and your wanton day-saving might just end up destroying a procedurally-generated city or two. Megaton Rainfall is also coming to PC, but is launching on PlayStation first.

Luna (17th October on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR)

Developer: Funomena
Publisher: Funomena

In VR adventure Luna, you play as a bird awakened by the call of owl. What does the bird too? Why, fly off to swallow the moon, of course. The game has a tangible look to it with its paper-like aesthetic, and should make for some enchanting puzzle-exploration in VR.

Riskers (17th October on PC)

Developer: ShotX Studio
Publisher: Meridian4

Riskers resembles a game you may or may not have heard of, called Grand Theft Auto. No, not the flashy 3D ones, the original one with the top-down view. Like it, you’ll be shooting and driving a lot, maybe even at the same time. Expect open world action as you control a garbage man with a lot of money on the run from mobsters.

The Talos Principle VR (17th October on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)

Talos Principle screenshotDeveloper: Croteam VR
Publisher: Devolver Digital, Croteam Publishing

The Talos Principle is a modern classic when it comes to puzzle games, and The Talos Principle VR brings that excitement to virtual reality. Now you can really step into a life of pondering philosophical sci-fi questions as you pass tests set forth by your creator.

The Count Lucanor (19th October on Switch)

Developer: Ratalaika Games and Baroque Decay
Publisher: Merge Games

The Count Lucanor is a pixel-art adventure in fairy-tale style that follows a boy named Hans who follows a kobold to a castle and then gets trapped there. Oops. Hans must now explore, talk, sneak and solve puzzles to find his way out and perhaps also solve greater mysteries along the way.

Campfire Cooking (19th October on PC)

Developer: Layton Hawkes
Publisher: Layton Hawkes

Here’s an interesting take on puzzle games. Campfire Cooking takes the pleasant activity of puzzle-solving and combines it with another pleasant activity – err, campfire cooking. Go ahead an play with your food as you camp out in the wild and figure out the strangest ways to toast marshmallows.

Spiral Splatter (20th October on PS4, PS Vita)

Developer: Neonchimp Games
Publisher: Sometimes You

Spiral Splatter is a relaxing-looking puzzle game with sound effects that got all splorg. You have to overcome obstacles to reach the goal, but the levels aren’t going to make it easy for you.

The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk (20th October on PC, Mac, Linux)

Developer: Studio Fizbin
Publisher: Headup Games, Kalypso Media Digital

The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk is the sequel to the obscure indie point-and-click adventure The Inner World, which came out in 2013. The developers assure you that you don’t need to have played the first game to enjoy this one. Expect a tale of humour and whimsy combined with puzzles and a thoughtful story—all the hallmarks of classic point-and-clicks.

Welcome to Hanwell (20th October on PC)

Developer: Nathan Seedhouse
Publisher: Nathan Seedhouse

We started this week’s list of indie releases with horror, and we’re ending it with horror too, because it’s October goshdarnit. In this open world horror game, you explore Hanwell and run away from monstrous anomalies. You can also try to fight them, if you’re feeling lucky. Welcome to Hanwell.

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