This week in indie games: we run for our lives in Korean schools, rescue some bloke named Lycus Dion, dig a whole lot and even return to mom’s basement.
It’s the strongest week of September yet, and indies are going all out. This week, we have a number of originals coming out, and there’s quite a bit of diversity in genres, themes and platforms. Here’s our indie picks of the week.
The Coma: Recut (19th September on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Devespresso Games
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
The Coma: Recut is the remastered version of The Coma: Cutting Class, which let us experience life as an authentic Korean high school student (if you were trapped in a school with a psychotic killer on the loose, that is). This version features brand new visuals, balance changes and new mechanics, along with a clever pun of a subtitle.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (19th September on PS4)
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is the newest expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and is not the same thing as Afterbirth, which was the first expansion. The “plus” expansion features all the things you’d expect to make poor Isaac’s life even more tortured than before: new bosses, rooms, enemies, a Greed hard mode and even an all-new final chapter. It’s already out on PC and Switch.
ECHO (19th September on PC, PS4)
Developer: ULTRA ULTRA
Publisher: ULTRA ULTRA
ECHO is a sci-fi stealth-action game in which you play as En, who was in stasis for a century, and now finds herself at her destination: a pristine palace full of hostiles that are literally versions of her. Most interesting feature? The enemies will behave just as you do, so if you’re sneaky, they’ll be sneaky. If you sprint, they’ll get fast. If you put pineapple on your pizza, they’ll also make the wrong choices.
Neofeud (19th September on PC)
Developer: Silver Spook Games
Publisher: Silver Spook Games
Neofeud looks like it was made in another century, and set in yet another. This cyberpunk dystopian adventure has been described as crossing a Blade Runner theme with the political intrigue of Game of Thrones. It’s got unabashed 1366×768 graphics and a deep, 15+ hour sci-fi story with intriguing questions like “Can this game really run on Windows 98?” And the answer, according to the developer, is yes.
Morphite (19th September on PS4, Xbox One, 20th September on PC, Mac, Linux, Switch, iOS)
Developer: Crescent Moon Games, We’re Five Games, Blowfish Studios
Publisher: Crescent Moon Games
Space exploration Metroidvania Morphite has you playing as explorer Myrah Kale as she travels across a procedurally-generated universe trying to uncover the mysteries of a material called morphite. Along the way, she’ll be jumping, shooting, gathering resources and more. Check out our coverage for more.
Dujanah (20th September on PC)
Developer: J. King-Spooner
Publisher: J. King-Spooner
The developer of this curious indie oddity describes Dujanah as a ‘clay-punk’ adventure. It is an experimental-looking non-linear narrative set in a fictional Islamic-majority country, where a woman named Dujanah has grievances with an occupying military force. If you’re looking for something quirky to play this week, you can’t go wrong with this one.
SteamWorld Dig 2 (21st September on Switch, 22nd September on PC, Mac, Linux)
Developer: Image & Form
Publisher: Image & Form
It’s time to dig, dig, dig all over again in SteamWorld Dig 2. Like the first game, you’ll be digging and platforming in underground levels as a steampunk-ish robot. Unlike the first game, you won’t be playing as Rusty. In fact, you have to find out what happened to him in this one. PlayStation fans need not fear: the game comes out there next week. Here’s our coverage of the game.
Heat Signature (21st September on PC)
Developer: Suspicious Developments
Publisher: Suspicious Developments
Heat Signature comes from the developers of Gunpoint and it shows, because you’re once again sneaking and fumbling into places you shouldn’t be. This time around, you’ll be invading spaceships to perform missions of varying objectives. Expect reactive environments and a world where your craziest plans will yield even crazier results. Here’s our coverage of the game.
The Journey Down: Chapter Three (21st September on PC, Mac, Linux)
Afro-Caribbean-themed episodic adventure The Journey Down is finally concluding this week with its third chapter. In this final chapter, the the three heroes of the tale will explore the Underland and learn the true nature of the Great Asili tree. If the game’s looks have charmed you, bear in mind that it’s hand-painted.
Raiders of the Broken Planet (22nd September on PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Raiders of the Broken Planet is an indie 4v1 action game from the developers of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Metroid: Samus Returns. You can play as either the Raiders, or as the sinister Antagonist, fighting on the titular Broken Planet. The two prologue missions, which are releasing this week, will be completely free. You’ll have to pay for future story campaigns, however.
Other Indie Releases
- The Solus Project (18th September on PS4)
- Hidden Dragon Legend (19th September on PS4)
- Factotum 90 (19th September on PS4, PS Vita)
- INK (19th September on PS4, 22nd September on Xbox One)
- Pankapu (20th September on PS4, Xbox One)
- Super Hydorah (20th September on PC, Xbox One)
- Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story (21st September on PC)
- Ancient Frontier (22nd September on PC)
- Caligo (22nd September on PC)
- SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell (22nd September on Xbox One)
- Revolve (22nd September on Xbox One)
- Caveman Warriors (22nd September on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)