It’s a bird! It’s an elephant! It’s… October! This was an interesting month for indie releases in themes and platforms. There’s something for everyone!

It’s Halloween time! Indie games didn’t skimp on the costumes this year, as we’ve got everything from clones to rowdy bikers to a kid who stitches hats. There’s even a horror game in the mix, if you’re really looking to get spooked. Have a look at the major releases of October 2017 below, in no order.

A Hat in Time (PC, Mac)

Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Gears for Breakfast
OpenCritic Score: 79
Steam Reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive

A Hat in Time is a “cute-as-heck” 3D platformer starring Hat Kid, the adorable little girl who stitches hats, jumps a whole bunch, and gets into all kinds of quirky adventures. The game is also making its way to PS4 and Xbox One later this year, but if you have a PC or Mac, you can get right to it. Have a look at our previous coverage.

Road Redemption (PC, Mac, Linux)

Developer: Pixel Dash Studios, EQgames
Publisher: Pixel Dash Studios, EQgames
OpenCritic Score: 75
Steam Reviews: Very Positive

Remember Road Rash? Road Redemption is bringing back that same brand of bike-based combat. Race across rooftops and city-streets as you take on your opponents with all manner of weapons, from hammers and baseball bats to a Terminator-like shotgun. Also coming to PS4 and Xbox One sometime next year.

ECHO (PC, PS4)

Developer: ULTRA ULTRA
Publisher: ULTRA ULTRA
OpenCritic Score: 77
Steam Reviews: Very Positive

ECHO is a stealth-action game with a unique twist: all the enemies are clones of you, and they will learn from your behaviour. Go sneaky, and they’ll go sneaky. Go in guns blazing, and they’ll go guns blazing. Who knew that monkey-see-monkey-do could make such a thrilling game?

Wulverblade (Switch)

Developer: Fully Illustrated, Darkwind Media
Publisher: Darkwind Media
OpenCritic Score: 77

Wulverblade puts you in the role of a Celtic warrior from ol’ Britannia as you defend it from the Roman onslaught. It’s a side-scrolling beat ’em up with a historically-inspired campaign. Also features co-op! Also coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in the future.

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (PC, Switch)

Developer: Neckbolt
Publisher: Plug In Digital
OpenCritic Score: 71
Steam Reviews: Positive

Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a Zelda-like adventure starring a baby elephant. If that’s not enough to sell you on the game, I don’t know what is. Perhaps that it’s got puzzles and a world where humans, zombies and robots live next to each other? That should do it.

AER: Memories of Old (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)

Developer: Forgotten Key
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
OpenCritic Score: 64
Steam Reviews: Very Positive

AER: Memories of Old is an open world adventure with a soothing atmosphere. You play as a shapeshifter on a pilgrimage, and you can turn into a bird to fly off to otherwise inaccessible floating islands. Check out our previous coverage here.

Sylvio 2 (PC, Mac)

Developer: Stroboskop
Publisher: Stroboskop
Steam Reviews: Mostly Positive

Sylvio 2 is a ghostly first-person adventure that takes you to Saginaw Park and has you playing as Juliette Waters as she looks for her boyfriend. Don’t expect chasing enemies or jump scares in this horror title: it’s more of a creeping, environmental kind of spookery that’s on offer here. Check out our previous coverage here.

The Talos Principle VR (PC, Linux; requires HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

Developer: Croteam VR
Publisher: Devolver Digital, Croteam Publishing
Steam Reviews: Very Positive

The Talos Principle, a modern indie puzzle classic, is back! And this time around it’s in virtual reality, so you can fully immerse yourself in the sci-fi storyline. Expect big questions about philosophy and the nature of humanity, coupled with logic-based puzzles aplenty.

The Invisible Hours (PC, PS4; requires HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or PS VR)

Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Game Trust
OpenCritic Score: 80
Steam Reviews: Positive

The Invisible Hours is a murder mystery in virtual reality, and in it you get to freely explore a mansion as events take place in real-time. You can follow whoever you like and look for clues to find out who did in Nikola Tesla.

Jydge (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)

Developer: 10tons Ltd
Publisher: 10tons Ltd
OpenCritic Score: 72
Steam Reviews: Very Positive

Look, it’s no Judge Dredd, but this is the closest you’re going to get. Jydge is a top-down shooter in which you must administer justice in a futuristic dystopia while wielding a really cool gavel-shaped rifle.

Other Releases

Here’s a bunch of other indie releases that caught our interest this month:

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