7 INDIE GAMES TO GET EXCITED ABOUT

Spicing things up a little, here is your regular indie-game guru, with a collation of 6 of the most exciting indie games to look forward to, and our indie pick of the last month!

Game Title: Castles in the Sky
Developer: The Tall Trees
Release Date:
Format: Windows PC and Mac
Price: $1.50

castlesCastles in the Sky is a beautiful light-hearted 2D game with platforming elements that is described as a “video game picture-book about a little boy who decided to leave the earth far below and go off to explore in the big wide blue sky.” Its gentle tone and pleasant cosy feeling makes it the perfect little story to enjoy as you embrace the world through the eyes of a child. Only $1.50, those who ‘splash’ out will receive the soundtrack and wallpapers with their purchase.

CASTLES IN THE SKY IS LAST MONTH’S STAFF INDIE PICK. Buy your copy here now.

Game Title: Journey of a Roach
Developer: Kobold Games, Daedalic Entertainment
Release Date: 4th November 2013
Format: Windows PC and Mac
Price: TBC

journey-of-a-roach-pc-adventure-daedalic-game-2Two roach buddies partner up to explore the huge post-apocalyptic outdoors. Journey of a Roach tells their story in a bizarre point-and-click adventure of their journey up to the earth’s surface. In atmospheric 3D point-and-click style, you’ll control Jim the roach traveling through this secret underground as he crawls his way across walls and ceilings. Supported by innovative controls and some dynamic game mechanics, Journey of a Roach is charming, amusing and entertaining, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Game Title: Contrast
Developer: Compulsion Games
Release Date: 15th November 2013
Format: PC
Price: £14.99 (currently £11.24 pre-order price on Steam)

Contrast_Mechanics_3Contrast is a puzzle platformer where players can move between a fantastic 3D world and  a mysterious shadowy 2D universe. Described as a dreamlike and surreal 1920’s world, inspired by the performance art of vaudeville and film noir, and accompanied by a smooth and sultry jazz ambience, it sounds and looks like it will be incredible.

Playing as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a young girl named Didi, you have the power to slip from a 3D dreamscape into a parallel 2D shadow-world, and solve mind-bending puzzles through the unique ability to manipulate light sources and real world objects. A lush vaudevillian world full of cabaret singers, circus performers, and magic, it sounds phenomenal.

Game Title: Claire
Developer: Hailstorm Games Inc
Release Date: 18th Nov 2013
Format: Windows PC, Mac, Linux (Desura)
Price: £6.99

claire-game-2Claire and her German Shephard dog are lost, frightened and alone, stuck in a nightmarish warped reality of their own, and being hunted by an unknown force lurking in the darkness. As Claire tries to seek a way out, she begins to unravel connections between the world she is lost in, the dark mysterious force and the various people she meets. Featuring custom-level creation content and panic-level based sounds and visuals, Claire is the perfect survival-horror game with a multitude of different endings based on a variety of gameplay choices and decisions.

Game Title: Starbound
Developer: Chucklefish
Release Date: TBC 2014
Format: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: $15 (pre-order price)

starbound photosIn Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe. A story in a sandbox, players can make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends! A beautiful story of space exploration, discovery and adventure, Starbound is the perfect game for everyone everywhere.

Game Title: Monochroma
Developer: Nowhere Studios
Release Date: TBC Dec 2013
Format: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: TBC

Monochroma2013-06-3016-56-28-62_zps1791c0adMonochroma is the perfect cinematic puzzle platformer about being a kid and caring for a little brother in a chilling 1950s dystopian world. A game described as Limbo meets Ico, players are promised a deeply visual, intellectual and emotional experience that uses puzzles and visuals to speak for itself. Monochroma features realistic locations, puzzles modeled with accurate physics and a layered grim atmosphere that will immerse you for hours.

Game Title: Project Zomboid
Developer: The Indie Stone
Release Date: TBC
Format: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: £4.99 (Desura; includes free Steam key)

ZomboidScreen2Flee the Hoarde, and learn to survive; Project Zomboid is an open-ended zombie-infested sandbox RPG that offers hundreds of hours worth of customization, exploration and gameplay. How will YOU survive Knox Country? Currently still in development, the Alpha build is available to download as a life-time purchase from Desura, which in turn will grant you access to a Steam key on release.

Well, that’s it for another month, gamers. Join us next month as we run down the Christmas Indie to-play list!