This week in indie games: we try to save a spaceship as a cook, shoot bazookas as worms, prevent time from dissolving, build empires, and more!
Indie developers really seem to love the Switch, if these lists are anything to go by. Port after port is cementing the hybrid console’s claim as the indie console of choice. For PS4 and Xbox One owners, this sounds like a good week to work on your backlog! Alternately, have a look at previous indie releases.
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (21st November on Switch)
Developer: Fictiorama Studios
Publisher: Badland Games
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is an adventure game with rather disturbing themes. The protagonist Michael must search for his identity as he tries to decode two devastating events: a wave of natural disasters and a sickness that causes the afflicted to eventually dissolve into blood.
Rec Room (21st November on PS VR)
Developer: Against Gravity
Publisher: Against Gravity
Rec Room is a social space for virtual reality that lets you create an avatar and customise it so that you can hang out with friends or play games like paintball or 3D charades.
Tartarus (22nd November on PC)
Developer: Abyss Gameworks
Publisher: Abyss Gameworks
Tartarus is a fiendishly hard puzzle adventure that suggests you turn the lights out and bring a piece of paper with you to play. You play as a cook on a spaceship that’s headed for a crash with Neptune. Whether you can prevent that depends on your ability to hack the ship’s computers.
Haque (23rd November on PC, Mac, Linux)
Developer: SuperTry Studios
Publisher: SuperTry Studios
Don’t wipe your screen, the grimy look is just part of the way Haque likes to present itself. The game is a roguelike with old-school charms, and has you fighting monsters to rescue a land from evil.
Mantis Burn Racing (23rd November on Switch)
Developer: VooFoo Studios
Publisher: VooFoo Studios
Mantis Burn Racing brings back bird’s-eye-view racing, but enhanced with modern graphics. The game has a singleplayer campaign, but you can also play on local Wi-Fi against up to 8 other players, no internet needed. There’s even a split-screen mode for up to 4 players.
Letter Quest Remastered (23rd November on Switch)
Developer: Bacon Bandit Games
Get them words ready, because Letter Quest Remastered is going to have you tossing up your letters into words that you need to progress through dangerous foes. This is a rare adventure where your deadliest weapon is your own vocabulary.
Worms W.M.D. (23rd November on Switch)
Developer: Team17 Digital
Publisher: Team17 Digital
The classic Worms series wiggles its way to the hottest indie console with Worms W.M.D. If you’re not familiar with this glorious series, just know that you’re a worm and you can fire bazookas at other worms, and destroy the environment in the process. Features singleplayer and both online and local multiplayer.
Stick It to The Man (23rd November on Switch)
Developer: Zoink Games
Publisher: Zoink Games
Life isn’t easy when you’ve got a pink spaghetti arm sticking out of your brain. Stick It to The Man is about hard had tester with such a predicament, and it’s a wacky, cartoony adventure that involves changing the world with stickers…?
Crimsonland (24th November on Switch)
Crimsonland really cuts to the chase: there’s a lot of crimson blood on the ground, and it’s all your fault. Well, that’s because you’re stopping an onslaught of aliens and other creatures. If blood-splattering and top-down, twin-stick shooting is what you wish on the go, this should fit the bill.
Archamon (24th November on PC)
Archamon puts you in the role of the elected leader of the medieval nation of Archamonia. Out of a land of wilderness and hostility, you must build your own empire, right down to the towns and castles. It’s got a bit of a survival bend to it, too, so don’t expect it to be a cakewalk.