This week in indie games: we sneak around in a neighbour’s house, become the queen, chase after parchments, capture dangerous heads, stitch hats and more!
Indie games this week are coming in by land, sea and air as we see one heck of a motherlode of indie releases. There’s titles for every major platform, and the Switch in particular is seeing one of its biggest weeks as far as releases go. Have a look at the major releases below, and then check out the massive full list of releases!
Nine Parchments (5th December on PC, PS4, Switch)
Nine Parchments calls to mind Magicka, and promises similar magical spellcasting hijinks. Runaway wizards are busy trying to fill up their spellbooks with the legendary nine parchments, and you get to control them in this real-time, co-operative indie blast-fest.
Oh My Godheads (5th December on PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Publisher: Square Enix
Oh My Godheads promises chaotic local co-op action in which you capture ‘godheads’, not unlike good ol’ capture-the-flag. These godheads are known to kill their carriers, though, so that’s going to make things tricky. This brawler comes with AI companions and opponents too, so you’re good even if you have no one to play with.
Boiling Bolt (5th December on PC, Xbox One)
Developer: Persistant Studios
In Boiling Bolt, a millennium has passed since a calamity shattered the Earth, and now a rebel soldier named June is defending her island from an energy-sucking organisation. The game is a shoot-em-up in which you can play alone or with a friend, and features bullet time-style slow-motion action so you can build up powerful combos.
A Hat in Time (6th December on PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Gears for Breakfast
A Hat in Time makes its jump from computers to consoles this week, bringing Hat Kid’s zany adventures to PS4 and Xbox One. This 3D platformer has you adventuring across a range of diverse worlds while you stitch hats that grant you powerful abilities. Will you be able to find the Time Pieces to power your spaceship? Check out our previous coverage of the game.
Teslagrad (7th December on Switch)
Developer: Rain Games
Publisher: Rain Games
Teslagrad is headed to the Switch, years after its initial PC release. In this indie action-platformer, you use electromagnetic powers to fight a tyrant king. Expect visual, wordless storytelling, puzzles of varying difficulties and hefty boss battles.
The Sexy Brutale (7th December on Switch)
Developer: Cavalier Game Studios, Tequila Works
Publisher: Tequila Works
The Sexy Brutale is also headed to the Switch, and it’s a one-of-a-kind indie adventure in which time loops over and over at a party where the guests are being murdered in grisly ways. You seem to have the ability to persist through the time loops, and you must observe carefully to discover the mystery behind what’s going on.
Reigns: Her Majesty (7th December on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android)
Developer: Nerial, Synaptic Insight Technology Systems
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the original swipe-based kingdom-ruling game Reigns. You play as a queen this time, but will you fare any better than a king? Find out as you balance politics and bizarre requests in an attempt to extend your reign as long as possible.
Human: Fall Flat (7th December on Switch)
Developer: No Brakes Games
Publisher: Curve Digital
Human: Fall Flat is a physics-based indie game about controlling ‘normal human’ Bob through tricky puzzles. Features co-op, so you can add a friend to the insanity of solving puzzles by falling on top of them. Check out our previous coverage of the game.
Red Game Without a Great Name (7th December on Switch)
In Red Game Without a Great Name, you control a mechanical bird with a message to deliver, and your path is fraught with dangers. The camera conspires against you by constantly moving forward, and you need to drag to teleport your steampunk bird forward, through dangerous obstacles that will most likely kill you over and over again.
Hello Neighbor (8th December on PC, Xbox One)
Developer: Dynamic Pixels
Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game in which you sneak into your neighbour’s house, hoping to uncover what skeletons might reside in his closet. The neighbour is controlled by a fiendishly smart AI that will learn from your every move. Think of it like an E-rated, indie Alien: Isolation, but scarier. Check out our previous coverage of the game.
- 4 Dec – Echoed World (PC)
- 5 Dec – Caveman Warriors (Switch)
- 5 Dec – Invector (PS4)
- 5 Dec – Snow Fortress (PS VR)
- 5 Dec – Let Them Come (PS4)
- 6 Dec – Rememoried (Xbox One)
- 6 Dec – Chaos on Deponia (PS4)
- 6 Dec – Pathos (PC)
- 6 Dec – Gunlock (PC)
- 7 Dec – ACORN Tactics (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Dimension Drive (PC, Mac, Linux, Switch)
- 7 Dec – Embers of Mirrim (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (PC)
- 7 Dec – Plague Road (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Plantera Deluxe (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Riptide GP: Renegade (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Slain: Back From Hell (Switch)
- 7 Dec – Vostok Inc. (Switch)
- 8 Dec – Paladin (Xbox One)
- 8 Dec – Starlight of Aeons (PC)
- 8 Dec – Elmia (PC)
- 8 Dec – Strike Team Hydra (PC)
- 8 Dec – Elbub (PC)
- 8 Dec – Bernackels’ Shoggoth (PC)
- 8 Dec – Demons Age (Xbox One)
- 8 Dec – Tennis in the Face (Switch)
- 9 Dec – Phantom Jump (PC)