This week in indie games: cards determine our fate, we learn how to be a cephalopod dad, respond to emergency calls and make several cat puns.
Indie releases are massing at the gates this week, ready to scale the walls and attack your wallet. There’s something for everyone and every platform! The Switch and PC are having a bounteous time, which has become a pattern at this point. Even if most of the releases this week are ports, there’s a few originals that might pique your interest. Have a look!
Hand of Fate 2 (7th November on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Defiant Development
Publisher: Defiant Development
Hand of Fate 2 is the sequel to one of the most innovative games of recent years. As in the first game, you’ll find yourself playing a game of life and death versus a dealer who will throw out cards that determine your fate and the challenges you must overcome.
Prana (7th November on PC; requires HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)
Developer: Big Bright Monster (Art And Alchemy Ltd.)
Publisher: Big Bright Monster (Art And Alchemy Ltd.)
Prana is a VR experience that uses your microphone to detect your breathing. As you breathe, you bring to life the critters and the world of Prana (which means ‘life’ in Sanskrit). The game is also in development for PS VR, but we can’t find a release date for it.
911 Operator (8th November on Xbox One)
Developer: Jutsu Games
Publisher: PlayWay S.A.
911 Operator is an indie management game in which you respond to emergency calls and direct the appropriate service (police, paramedics or firefighters) to the incidents on the map. Includes the ability to play on any city of your choice, thanks to map integration. Check out what we thought of the game in our review for its PC version.
Koi DX (9th November on Switch)
Developer: FK Digital
Publisher: CIRCLE Ent.
Koi DX is an enhanced Switch port of Koi, a tranquil game about a koi fish separated from its owner. You must guide it through waters polluted and pristine, save other fish and open flowers to purify the bad fish. Sounds soothing, if a bit fishy.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (9th November on Switch)
Developer: Young Horses, Inc.
Publisher: Young Horses, Inc.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch has hit yet another platform, and this time it’s the Nintendo Switch. In this modern indie classic, you play as the titular cephalopod as you pretend to be a human dad. Find out what happens when wacky physics-based controls collide with a touching story about being a dad. Check out our previous coverage of the game.
Ace of Seafood (9th November on PS4)
Publisher: AGM PLAYISM
Ace of Seafood (Japanese website) is a game… about… look, what is even happening here? It’s got sardines, lobsters, salmons, seals and all kinds of seafood shooting laser beams at each other in an intense war for survival. Why is this happening? Why is this game not in your library yet?
Spellspire (9th November on Switch)
Spellspire reminds me of the classic Bookworm Adventures, which counts as a victory in my book. In it, you arrange the blocks of letters you’ve got to form words, which in turn causes you to attack your enemies. If you love playing with words, this should be right up your spire.
Cat Quest (10th November on PS4, Switch)
Developer: The Gentlebros
Publisher: PQube Limited
Cat Quest is a feline open-world action RPG adventure in which you play as a brave (but adorable) warrior kitty out to stop the evil kitty Drakoth. Learn more about the game in our recent coverage of the game.
Wuppo (10th November on PS4, Xbox One)
Developer: Knuist & Perzik
Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing
Wuppo is an adorable-looking platformer in which you take control of a ‘Wum’ that has lost its home. It must now travel the wide world to find a new place to live, while using various skills to overcome the challenges ahead of it. Check out our previous coverage of the game for more info.
Onimod Land (11th November on PC)
Onimod Land looks like it was made in the late 90s to compete against StarCraft or Age of Empires, and with good reason. It’s the culmination of a game project that actually began in the late 90s, according to the developer. Expect classic, hardcore real-time strategy as you witness a conflict between a colonising force and the native population of a planet.
- 7 Nov – Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Switch)
- 7 Nov – Way of Redemption (PC, PS4)
- 7 Nov – Kuso (PC, Mac)
- 7 Nov – Slimebrawl (PC)
- 7 Nov – Adventure Golf VR (PC; requires HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)
- 8 Nov – Dragon Drop (PC, Mac)
- 8 Nov – God of Light: Remastered (PC, Mac)
- 8 Nov – Starblast (PC, Mac, Linux)
- 9 Nov – Maria the Witch (Switch)
- 9 Nov – Super Putty Squad (Switch)
- 9 Nov – Happy Neighbors (PC)
- 9 Nov – Tallowmere (Switch)
- 9 Nov – Illville: Return Instructions (PC)
- 10 Nov – Superflight (PC)
- 10 Nov – Sorry, James (PC)