Indie games from August 2019: 5 titles you shouldn’t overlook
Last month in indie games, we rode bikes, spied on people, swung around a lot, tried to control supernatural threats, and played with dice.
Indie games in August were nothing to balk at. We’ve got the latest from Remedy Entertainment and Terry Cavanagh, as well as the sophomore game from Her Story creator Sam Barlow. And more! Have a look at the top games from last month below.
Dicey Dungeons (PC, Mac, Linux)
Dicey Dungeons comes from Terry Cavanagh, the genius behind the un-put-downable titles VVVVVV and Super Hexagon. In this cute-looking dungeon crawler, you play as an actual dice. Yes, you are the dice, for once. You’ll have to counter the machinations of Lady Luck across procedurally generated dungeons. It’s got music from Chipzel, who also scored Super Hexagon.
Heave Ho (PC, Mac, Switch)
Heave Ho is a physics-based platformer in which you join hands with up to three of your buddies to swing and fling your way across perilous levels. It comes from Le Cartel Studio, the developers of Mother Russia Bleeds. Have a look at our previous coverage of the game here.
Telling Lies (PC, Mac, iOS)
Telling Lies comes to us from Her Story developer Sam Barlow. Players of Her Story will find this one familiar, as it also involves watching a lot of shot footage to uncover a mystery underneath. This time around, you find yourself watching footage from a stolen NSA database. You’ll specifically be spying on the lives of four people, whose lives are connected by one incident.
Knights and Bikes (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4)
Knights and Bikes is a nostalgic indie adventure that has you playing as a pair of imaginative girls in 1980s Britain. Its the debut game from developer Foam Sword, and was published by Double Fine. The gameplay involves solving puzzles and beating enemies with such lethal weaponry as welly boots, frisbees, and boomboxes.
Control (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Control is the latest from Remedy Entertainment, the veteran devs of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. It’s published by 505 Games, but was developed independently by Remedy, and it has you playing as the new director of a very shadowy, paranormal government organisation. It’s a Remedy game, so you know what to expect: strong narrative, and a strong combat with a twist. It also looks like an absolute beauty, especially if you’ve got a raytracing-capable PC.