This week in indie games: we participate in strange family rituals, search for a girl with rabbit ears, fly fighters over China, escape prisons and more!
We’ve returned from our winter hibernation to bring you new releases of the week again. While there weren’t enough releases in the first week to warrant an article, indie games are back in action this week. Most releases this week are ports, and PS4 owners don’t have much to look forward to. Have a look at what you can expect this week!
Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins (10th January on Xbox One; 16th January on PS4)
Developer: K Bros Games
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
Set in 1939 Germany, Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins (Microsoft Store) is a platformer adventure in which you play as young Albert as he searches for a girl with bunny ears. Aiding you in your dangerous quest is the girl’s pet bunny, Otto. You can even levitate sheep! The game is already available on PC and Mac.
Furi (11th January on Switch)
Developer: The Game Bakers
Publisher: The Game Bakers
Furi is a fast-paced and challenging action game in which you take on one boss fight after another. The game combines dual-stick shooting with sword fighting and dodging. The bosses, designed by the creator of Afro Samurai, will put up a tough fight. Furi is already available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Rusty Lake Paradise (11th January on PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Developer: Rusty Lake
Publisher: Rusty Lake
Rusty Lake Paradise is the third game in the morbid point-and-click adventure series Rusty Lake (developed by none other than Rusty Lake). Like other entries in the series, it is completely standalone and serves to expand the strange and dark world of the Rusty Lake universe. This time around, you play as one Jakob, who has returned to Paradise island following the passing of his mother. The island is ravaged by ten plagues, and Jakob will have to participate in strange family rituals and uncover his mother’s memories.
Super Meat Boy (11th January on Switch)
Developer: Team Meat
Super Meat Boy is a classic indie platformer in which split-second timing means the difference between sweet success and miserable failure. You play as an animated block of meat saving your bandage-wrapped girlfriend from an evil foetus. Sounds like an Edmund McMillen game alright. The Switch version features a new Race Mode for the first time, letting you compete directly with your friends.
The Escapists 2 (11th January on Switch)
Developer: Mouldy Toof Studios
Publisher: Team17 Digital
The Escapists 2 is a game about busting out of prisons, and now you can do it on the go with the game’s Switch port. You must participate in the rigid life of a prisoner while plotting and executing your escape. You can also play co-operatively or competitively with a friend in this iteration. The game is already available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One.
Moorhuhn Knights & Castles (11th January on Switch)
Developer: Young Fun Studio
Publisher: Young Fun Studio
Moorhuhn Knights & Castles stars a kilt-wearing chicken and has you building castles complete with towers, cannons and even mages, which you can use to attack enemies with. Features both a singleplayer campaign and multiplayer gameplay.
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (12th January on Xbox One)
Developer: Ace Maddox
Publisher: Ace Maddox
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China is an air combat game based on the China-Burma-India theatre of World War II. You play as a fighter pilot from the AVG, RAF or USAAF as you take on the Japanese war machine in the air. It’s got both singleplayer and 16-player multiplayer, and is already available on PC.
Cosmonaut (12th January on PC)
Developer: Neon Chasm
Publisher: Neon Chasm
Cosmonaut is a story-focused horror game set on an abandoned space vessel far out in the Kuiper Belt. You play as a deep space reconnaissance contractor who’s been sent to board the vessel. Things get messy, however, and you will have to both overcome foes and solve puzzles to survive.
TheNightFall (12th January on PC)
TheNightFall is an indie horror game that doesn’t like spaces, and it has you playing as a woman named Victoria who has just moved to a new house. With her family coming over the next day, she has to spend a night by her lonesome. Her insomnia, however, develops into a nightmare and making it to dawn will be quite the challenge.
Brawl (12th January on Switch)
Developer: Bloober Team
Brawl is an action game that has you playing as one of eight characters who are locked in a competitive arena — with a lot of bombs. Also includes a 4-player multiplayer mode, with various game modes on offer. The game is already available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android and PS4.