Indie Game Releases of the Week: 19th to 25th August 2019
Next week in indie, we’ll have the FMV mystery Telling Lies, the bullet hell MMO Starbirds Alliance, the strategy dungeoner Plunge and more.
It may be a quiet-ish week for indie games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a few unique titles. This week, we have a brief, but diverse spread of titles coming mainly to PC. Have a look at the melee below!
Steambirds Alliance (22nd August on PC and Mac)
Developer: Spry Fox
Publisher: Spry Fox
Steambirds Alliance is a ‘massively-cooperative’ bullet hell shooter, in which you grab the control stick of a rebel birdie’s fighter plane. Your enemy: the Feline Empire and its evil cat overlord Meowza. After an extensive beta period, Steambirds Alliance will finally be touching down and letting you team up with other birds to dodge bullets and shoot up your foes. This one comes from the developers of the successful Realm of the Mad God, which was a massively multiplayer shoot-em-up.
Invisigun Reloaded (22nd August on Switch)
Developer: Sombr Studio
Publisher: Sombr Studio
Invisigun Reloaded is a ‘stealth battle arena’, in which you are invisible and so are your opponents. It’s set on a grid layout, and your task to eliminate the opposition has some strong shades of good ol’ hide-and-seek. While there’s a campaign mode included, the real meat seems to be in the competitive multiplayer, which rewards patience and deception. The game is also available on PC, Mac, and Linux. Those versions will receive a ‘Reloaded’ update concurrent with the Switch release.
Telling Lies (23rd August on PC, Mac, and iOS)
Developer: Sam Barlow & Furious Bee Limited
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Telling Lies is Sam Barlow’s follow-up to his indie classic Her Story. Much like that game, you’ll be exploring through a wealth of secretly recorded footage to figure out the truth. The gameplay will be more non-linear than Her Story, but most everything else is understandably a mystery. If this is up your alley, do have a look at our previous coverage of Her Story, including an interview with Sam Barlow himself.
Plunge (23rd August on PC, Mac, and Switch)
Developer: Spooky Buns
Publisher: Spooky Buns
Plunge has you controlling Billie, the billionth prisoner of a desaturated, medieval dungeon. While everyone else is trying to climb their way out, Billie is going to fight her way all the way down through the dungeon’s many levels. It’s a turn-based roguelike game, but at its core, it uses the classic puzzle mechanic in which you slide across straight lines on a grid. Smooth.
Whipseey and the Lost Atlas (23rd August on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch)
Developer: Daniel Ramirez
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Whipseey and the Lost Atlas may look a lot like another blobby platformer hero, but in this one you get a whip. You know, to whip up a frenzy. Or to give your foes a solid whipping. Very whipster. Anyway, it looks adorable, featuring art from Luftrausers artist Roy Nathan De Groot. If you’re looking for a throwback to classic, retro platformers from the 16-bit era, this looks like it.
Other Indie Releases
- In-vert (20th August on Switch)
- Gift of Parthax (21st August on Xbox One)
- Milkmaid of the Milky Way (22nd August on Switch)
- Nubla (22nd August on PC)
- Gurgamoth (23rd August on Switch)