This week in indie games: Cuphead and Mugman try to pay back the Devil, a sociopath is out to rescue his brother, zombie veggies attack, and more!
September 2017 is on its way out, and when it comes to indie games, it’s going out with something of a bang. This week, we see some long-awaited titles finally coming out, alongside some creative new surprises we haven’t heard of before.
Sine Mora EX (26th September on Switch)
Developer: Digital Reality, Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Sine Mora is something of a modern classic in the shoot ’em up genre, with its attractive visuals, dark story and hectic bullet-spewing action. Sine Mora EX is an extended version of the game, and after appearing on other platforms last month, it’s now making its way to the Nintendo Switch. The game was co-developed between the Hungarian studio Digital Reality and the Japanese studio Grasshopper Manufacture, which was responsible for Let It Die and No More Heroes.
Ruiner (26th September on PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Reikon Games
Publisher: Devolver Digital
In Ruiner, the year is 2091, and a sociopath-slash-psychopath (you) are out to rescue your kidnapped brother in the cyber metropolis of Rengkok. Expect brutal action with a cyberpunk storyline, with a range of sci-fi tools by your side and even the ability to slow down time to pick your targets.
Splasher (26th September on PS4, Xbox One)
Publisher: Playdius, Plug In Digital
After releasing on Steam earlier this year, Splasher is set to make a splash (haha) on consoles this week, bringing a special twist on the 2D platforming genre. There may be no squids here, but you can still splash away with a paint cannon at levels and enemies alike. Comes from developers who have worked on the Rayman games in the past.
Hob (26th September on PC, PS4)
Developer: Runic Games
Publisher: Runic Games
The developers of the Torchlight games are back with Hob, this time with an action-adventure game set in a strange world full of strange creatures. There’s puzzles to solve and adventures to be had, and it’s all presented without a word of dialogue, spoken or otherwise.
Lightfield (26th September on PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Lost in the Garden
Publisher: Lost in the Garden
This futuristic indie racing game lets you race on any surface, be it a wall, a roof, a floating platform and a… look, I don’t know what most of these surfaces are, but you can race on them, and it looks dazzlingly cool. Lightfield features co-op, both split-screen and online, so you can even grab your friends for this one.
The Walking Vegetables (27th September on PC)
Developer: Still Running
Publisher: Merge Games, Tagstar Games
The Walking Vegetables puts a zombie spin on the veggie-shooting genre (or was it the other way around?) and has you shooting up several refrigerators’ worth of enemies and bosses. Pick from a range of skills and blast through randomised levels, and don’t forget to finish your veggies. Here’s our previous post on the game.
Conga Master Party! (28th September on Switch)
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Conga Master Party! is all about conga-ing your way across the dance floor and picking up more and more minions for your grandiose conga empire. Isn’t that the point of conga? This Switch version features two new multiplayer modes, as well as Amiibo compatibility that you can use to unlock in-game cosplay costumes.
Cuphead (29th September on PC, Xbox One)
Developer: StudioMDHR Entertainment
Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment
Cuphead is finally releasing this week, can you believe that? The game has been in development for several years now, leading ye of little faith to believe it might never come out. But no, this classic-cartoon-styled, jazz-soundtrack-spewing, brutally hard shooter is ready to treat your eyeballs as much as it will test your fingers.
Star Rage VR (29th September on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)
Developer: Metaverse Studio
Publisher: Metaverse Studio
Star Rage VR has a title that poses many questions, but features rather straightforward shooter gameplay for your virtual reality headset of choice (unless you bought an OSVR headset). Fight a range of enemies of various sizes and use a variety of weapons in this sci-fi adventure set in space.
Bladenet (30th September on PC)
Developer: Flyleap Studios
Publisher: Flyleap Studios
Bladenet is another indie cyberpunk title, but with a hide-and-seek multiplayer gameplay mechanic. Your role in this virtual world is to blend in with the AI-controlled characters so that other ‘data collectors’ won’t find you. You, of course, are on the lookout for the data collectors as well.