This week in indie games: we sneak around as thieves, fight deathmatches in a galactic junkyard, find our stolen cub as a wolf, defend from bugs, and more!
Another mostly low-key week this time for indies, but we do have a major release in the form of Seven: The Days Long Gone. Other than that, ports weasel their way into platforms they haven’t been on before, and the Switch continues to be an indie colossus. For more games, have a look at the ones from the week before this one.
Sky Force Reloaded (28th November on PS4, 30th November on PC, 1st December on Xbox One)
Developer: Infinite Dreams
Publisher: Infinite Dreams
Sky Force Reloaded reminds me of the likes of Sine Mora, and for all the right-reasons. It’s got top-down shooting, beautiful-looking graphics and massive bosses to contend against, alongside cutesy grunts. Remember to steer clear of their bullets.
Attack of the Bugs (29th November on PC; requires HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)
Developer: Empty Clip Studios
Publisher: Empty Clip Studios
Attack of the Bugs is a home defence game in which you must protect your personal castle from creepy, crawly bugs that are out to trap you in a B-movie nightmare. Deploy your troops, research superweapons and do whatever it takes to defeat the Evil Bug Queen.
Serial Cleaner (30th November on Switch)
Publisher: Curve Digital
Serial Cleaner has you cleaning up horrific bloodbaths while avoiding the police. You play as a professional cleaner, and you need to make quick decisions regarding the crime scene. Now you can clean up bodies on the go with the Switch version!
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth (30th November on Switch)
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth is a light adventure starring Emeth, a robot tasked by its creator to find mankind’s ancient birthplace, Earth. You’ll be operating a deep space telescope, as well as exploring your own spaceship to search for clues regarding your mission.
SOMA (1st December on Xbox One)
Developer: Frictional Games
Publisher: Frictional Games
SOMA is an indie sci-fi horror game that takes both the sci-fi and the horror parts seriously. While trapped in the underwater facility PATHOS-II, you will find yourself enveloped in dread both immediate and existential. The game now includes a Safe Mode if you’d rather explore the story without worrying about the enemies.
Hand of Fate 2 (1st December on Xbox One)
Developer: Defiant Development
Publisher: Defiant Development
The Dealer is back in Hand of Fate 2, and he’s got a whole new bunch of cards to shoot away in your direction to put your life in peril (or save it). Expect an all-new adventure in this action RPG, and enlist the aid of companion characters when things start getting rough.
Seven: The Days Long Gone (1st December on PC)
Developer: IMGN.PRO, Fool’s Theory
Master Thief Teriel is stuck on the prison island of Peh, and he needs to get out, fast. Along the way, he’ll get embroiled in a web of deceit and intrigue, and he’ll have to use all his cunning to escape not just the island, but the mess he’s gotten himself into. Seven: The Days Long Gone is a stealth game at heart, but includes combat and a narrative focus that should please fans of games like Thief or Dishonored.
Scrap Galaxy (1st December on PC)
Developer: Catalope Games
Publisher: Catalope Games
Scrap Galaxy is a local 4-player indie deathmatch in which you spend one half of your round building a spaceship out of the junk available in the galactic junkyard; and the second half you spend duking it out against your competitors.
Mission 1545 (2nd December on PC, Mac)
Developer: City Quests Media UK
Publisher: City Quests Media UK
Welcome to Tudor London. In Mission 1545, you’ll be playing as Willa, a woman raised by the Order of Dominican monks. With your loyalty lying towards them, you must find a way to rescue one of your ‘brothers’ before he is executed by the Crown at dawn.
Nocturnal Hunt (2nd December on PC)
Developer: Wolf Pack
Publisher: Wolf Pack
First-person indie stealth game Nocturnal Hunt has you playing as no thief or secret agent, but rather, a wolf separated from its cub. You must make your way through the woods and into the village of Brasov, which is the ‘core of the evil’. Worth a howl, or two.