This week in indie games: a baby elephant tries to save the world, a ghost hunter returns to a haunted family park, a Victorian murder mystery and more!
If there’s one thing that’s quickly becoming over the weeks, it’s that the Nintendo Switch has become an indie game beast. Its hybrid TV-handheld nature, combined with intuitive co-op has made it a darling of both indie devs and players. Non-Switch owners need not despair, there’s something for every console this week.
Peg (9th October on PC, Mac, Linux)
PEG is a delectable-looking, minimalistic puzzle game based on a traditional classic. Blue pegs eat fellow blue pegs, while red pegs eat other red pegs. The objective is to leave one peg of each colour on the board. As is the case with any good minimalistic puzzler, it’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. It’s also possibly a deep commentary on cannibalism.
88 Heroes – 98 Heroes Edition (10th October on Switch)
Developer: Bitmap Bureau
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Dr. H8’s 88 thermonuclear warheads are scheduled to wipe out Earth in 88 minutes, and the only ones who can stop his plans are 88 second-rate heroes. Well, now there’s 98 heroes, all certifiably second-rate, in this special Switch release. 88 Heroes – 98 Heroes Edition is a platformer-action game from the creators of Ninja Shodown.
Always Sometimes Monsters (10th October on PS4)
Developer: Vagabond Dog
Publisher: Devolver Digital
The love of your life is getting married in a ceremony on the other side of the United States, and you’re determined to get there no matter what. What’s standing in your way? Apart from the substantial geographical distance, a severe lack of funds. Always Sometimes Monsters is a life simulation-slash-adventure game where your decisions have life-changing consequences, and it’s making its way to the PS4 over 3 years after its original PC release. Check out our previous coverage of the release.
The Invisible Hours (10th October on PS VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)
Developer: Tequila Works
The Invisible Hours is a VR experience from the creators of RIME and Deadlight that puts you in the middle of a gothic mansion in 1870. You see, Nicola Tesla has been murdered, and you need to figure out who did it. Interestingly, rather than playing as a character, you are an invisible audience member, making this game something of a cross between video game and theatre.
Danger Zone (10th October on Xbox One)
Developer: Three Fields Entertainment
Publisher: Three Fields Entertainment
Danger Zone comes from developers who have worked on the Burnout series of games, so you can trust them when it comes to manic, bombastic, positively explosive vehicular destruction. The Xbox One version of the game is exclusively expanded, and you can expect nothing but mayhem from this title.
Sylvio 2 (11th October on PC, Mac)
The understated yet excellent indie horror game Sylvio will be getting a sequel this week, and Sylvio 2 is bringing back protagonist Juliette Waters, who’s out to find ghosts using both her trusty audio equipment and now, a video recorder. Expect a spooky adventure in a family park. Check out our previous coverage for more info.
Wunderdoktor (11th October on PC, Mac, Linux)
Wunderdoktor! Wunderdoktor is a travelling doktor (yes) who cures rare and exotic ailments. This one looks wunderfully bizarre, and the less said about it, the better. You even unravel a medical conspiracy by way of sheer quackery. Wunderbar.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants (12th October on PC, Switch)
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Yono and the Celestial Elephants puts you in the role of the titular baby elephant, whose destiny is to save a world he has never seen before. In this Zelda-like adventure, expect to solve puzzles, go on treasure hunts and use your trunk to save a kingdom where humans, zombies and robots live side-by-side. There’s no official site, but you can find the game on Steam and the Nintendo eShop.
The Flame In The Flood: Complete Edition (12th October on Switch)
Developer: The Molasses Flood
Publisher: Curve Digital
Veteran developers behind the BioShock games have crafted The Flame in the Flood, a survival game set in post-societal America where you explore a procedurally generated river and struggle to find supplies, heal ailments and stay ahead of the rains. The Complete Edition of the game features gameplay enhancements as well as a developer commentary mode.
Wulverblade (12th October on Switch)
Developer: Fully Illustrated, Darkwind Media
Publisher: Darkwind Media
Wulverblade is releasing first on Nintendo Switch and it’s a side-scrolling beat ’em up in which you control Britannia’s warriors as they face off an invading Roman legion. The game features two-player co-op apart from singleplayer gameplay and has a historically accurate campaign.
- Tiny Barbarian DX (10th October on Switch)
- Revolve (10th October on PS4)
- ECHO (10th October on PS4)
- Six-Ear Macaque (11th October on PC, Mac)
- SHINY (11th October on Xbox One)
- Field of Glory II (12th October on PC)
- Decay – The Mare (13th October on Xbox One)
- In the Shadows (14th October on PC, Mac, Linux)
- Wraith (15th October on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)