This week in indie games: we stitch hats, grow plants to become independent, mow down aliens, explore a spooky island and explore a flooded New York.
There’s a sizeable cohort of indie ports this week, particularly to the Nintendo Switch, but those of you looking for original content need not fear. While there’s nothing quite as big as last week’s Cuphead, you should find something to your liking in this diverse line-up of indie games.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (3rd October on Switch)
Developer: Asteroid Base
Publisher: Asteroid Base
Grab yourself up to 3 buddies (sorry 4th buddy) and man your battleship in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, which is now making its way to the Switch. Fight the forces of Anti-Love in singleplayer or couch co-op, and either learn to work as a well-oiled machine, or despair in chaos and hilarity. Check out our previous coverage for more info.
Let Them Come (3rd October on PC, Mac, Xbox One)
Developer: Tuatara Games
Publisher: Versus Evil
Let Them Come puts you behind a machinegun and has you mowing down hostile enemy-like creatures. As blood splatters across the floor, you’ll have to rely on both twitch reflexes and smart battle tactics to survive. Features Twitch integration, too.
Omega Strike (4th October on PC)
Omega Strike is an open-ended Metroidvania in which you play as a band of freedom fighters resisting the evil Doctor Omega as he tries to take over the world. It also looks kind of adorable with its pixel art style, but involves lots of manly shooting and world-saving.
Jydge (3rd October on PS4, 4th October on PC, Mac, Linux, 6th October on Xbox One)
Developer: 10tons Ltd
Publisher: 10tons Ltd
Jydge is pronounced as ‘judge’, surprisingly, and that’s not even the only time this game replaces a ‘u’ with a ‘y’. The comparisons to Judge Dredd are more than apparent, so expect a similarly dystopian take on ‘jystice’ that involves a ton of shooting. Should you buy it? I’ll let you be the jydge.
Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates (4th October on PC)
Developer: Coin Operated Games
Publisher: Coin Operated Games and Work Shift Play Inc.
Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is set in a version of New York in 1911 that’s flooded, and you’re struggling to survive. With reserves of drinking water depleting, you need to save the day. Empyre is a role-playing game, so expect combat on rooftops, looting and character customisation with a Neo-Victorian flair.
Axiom Verge (5th October on Switch)
Developer: Thomas Happ Games
Publisher: Thomas Happ Games
Axiom Verge was, for a time, the closest thing you might get to a 2D Metroid game (until Nintendo finally remembered the franchise exists). It’s been on a number of platforms already, but is now showing up on the Nintendo Switch and its sci-fi shooter-platformer action feels as fresh as ever.
Bear With Me – Episode Three (5th October on PC, Mac, Linux)
Developer: Exordium Games
Publisher: Exordium Games
Episodic adventure with too many bear puns Bear With Me is finally concluding this week, after starting back in August last year. In this final episode, Ted is looking for Amber, who is the only one able to stop the arsonist Red.
The Botanist (6th October on PC)
Developer: Jamo Games
Publisher: Jamo Games
We’ve covered a fair bit of shooting so far, so if you’d rather chill out for a while an grow plants, we can’t blame you. Here’s The Botanist to the rescue, a game about growing unique plants out of seeds that are actually words. As you complete customer requests, you become a professional botanist and become independent.
A Hat in Time (6th October on PC, Mac)
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Gears for Breakfast
A Hat in Time is a 3D platformer starring Hat Kid, a kid who stitches hats that give her powers she can use in her quest to find Time Pieces so she can go back to space-travelling. It’s described as “cute-as-heck”, and we find it difficult to disagree. Check out our past coverage for more info.
Oxenfree (6th September on Switch)
Developer: Night School Studio
Publisher: Night School Studio
Oxenfree was one of the best indie games to come out last year, and now it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch. This adventure follows teenager Alex as she finds herself on the mysterious and creepy Edwards Island at night with her friends. Check out our past coverage on it for more info.