With a whole lot of us staying at home, why not try out some indie gaming titles and support smart developers? There are a handful of new indie games coming out in May. So, I decided to share some of them with you! From Wolf & Pigs: Out for Vengeance to Get Good and more, see if a title catches your eye!
I’ll begin by talking about indie games that are currently available for you to play!
Wolf & Pigs: Out for Vengeance – a VR first-person shooter based on the classic “Three Little Pigs” fairytale – is available on Steam.
You will get to play as the “Big Bad Wolf” and “put a stop to the Pig Brothers gang in this colorful, cartoon-like action romp where traversing the environment is almost as fun as shooting the bad guys.”
The official description reads:
The notorious Pig Brothers gang, feared throughout the land, has decided to invade the New World – blasting and defiling nature in order to build a secret base. The “Big Bad Wolf” is portrayed as evil by the media – bought and paid for with Pig Brothers money – but this maligned hero is the last defense between nature and pure, unadulterated greed.
It turns out that Wolf has disappeared – and everyone thinks he’s dead – but there’s a sliver of hope: Our hero has upgraded his body with high-end prosthetic arms fitted with the latest weapons – and he’s ANGRY!
“What if the Three Little Pigs were really the villains – and the Big Bad Wolf, the good guy? It’s a fun question to ask – and even more fun to build a game around it! With Wolf & Pigs: Out for Vengeance, we’re taking everything we learned from our previous game, Throw Anything, and delivering an incredibly fun, addictive FPS experience that feels perfectly at home in VR. It’s non-stop action for gamers with itchy trigger-fingers and a wolf-sized hunger for justice!” said Kaleb Jung (CEO, VisualLight).
Wolf & Pigs: Out for Vengeance is available on Steam for $13.99 (a 30% discount). On May 20, the game will return to its original retail price of $19.99. Wolf & Pigs: Out for Vengeance is compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master is an indie game that mixes dungeon management and roguelite gameplay. It will be significantly updated on May 18, 2020, on Steam.
The official description reads:
In Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master you’ll have to join the Dungeons Company and climb the corporate ladder. Crush so-called “heroes” and protect the company’s treasures as you hire monsters, and manage your employees and your stock of traps.
Released in Early Access back in March, Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master features 30 heroes, 6 champions, 25 monsters, 20 traps, and 2 masters.
The new update for Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Master includes new modding features on the Steam workshop. Apart from that, it contains new mini-bosses, additional spells, a new hero, a new champion and a new rare monster.
Then we have the Portal Knights Legendary Edition which debuted digitally today for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam for PC, and Xbox One. The latest edition offers the definitive experience of the award-winning fantasy sandbox game (which we have reviewed) in a single package for £24.99/€29.99/$29.99.
With Portal Knights Legendary Edition, publisher 505 Games compiles every fan-cherished expansion, including the recently released Druids, Furfolk, and Relic Defense, bundled into a single offering alongside the original base game, packaging years of paid content and updates for one low price from Steam, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store and the Nintendo eShop.
You can visit the Portal Knights official website for more information.
Now, this is something very interesting! Infinite Dronin, the roguelike hack-and-slash arena fighter with a Twitch twist, is now available on Steam.
Infinite Dronin can be played as a single-player game but (according to the press release) its most important feature is the Twitch integration. Viewers can interact with the streamers, assist them, or even work against them.
Defeat waves of enemies, level your drone, and survive as long as you can in futuristic arena battles. 32 unique skills and procedurally generated levels make every run in Infinite Dronin one of a kind.
Infinite Dronin was released in Early Access two weeks ago and it will remain like that for 6 months more approximately. The full version of the game will contain a larger range of arenas, skills, monsters, and characters.
Developer Balancing Monkey Games has launched the civilization-building game Before We Leave on the Epic Games Store. Before We Leave is available to purchase for $19.99.
In Before We Leave, players are tasked with leading their group of tribespeople who were cave dwellers forced underground because of natural disasters. Generations later they arise and must rebuild civilization and expand society to other continents and eventually other planets.
Let’s talk about upcoming stuff!
Get Good by Vypur, the skill-based precision 2.5D climbing platformer, is coming to Steam on May 15. Get Good is being promoted as a “tough platformer” in which players must use their hand rocket jumping powers to escape.
As you climb you may notice things start to change: colors, surroundings, and most of all, difficulty. The challenges here will push your skills to their limits.
Get Good by Vypur features Twitch integration so you can chat around your character as you move through the game. It also contains 5 game modes that will challenge jumping abilities.
Lumen, the old-school top-down role-playing game, will be coming to Steam on May 16, 2020. It is an RPG containing all the features that make this genre as good as it is: exploration, quests, and dialogues with numerous NPCs.
Set in the continents of Piastol, Amesial and Dangral, Lumen has no random encounters since foes are visible on the map.
For those wanting to clean the Earth in a virtual setting, Elva the Eco Dragon is a 3D action-adventure title that will be coming to Steam on May 19, 2020.
Follow Elva, a little dragon concerned about ecology, through four initial levels and three more to come for free, and protect our planet from pollution and waste. Recycle, plant trees and change plastic bags for paper ones as you clean the seas and the atmosphere, among others.
Elva the Eco Dragon will be released in Early Access and it will remain like that for a maximum of 6 to 9 months. The full version of the game will contain three more stages with exclusive challenges in each.
Vetrix, the VR puzzle game inspired by Tetris for Game Boy, will be released on Steam on May 21. Originally released on the Oculus store, Vetrix is a puzzler in which you enter a retro-themed universe with striking colors to demonstrate dexterity, organization, and good skills in the geometry of space as well as proprioception.
There’s no gravity in Vetrix so you can place shapes on the bottom, the sides, or even the top of the puzzle area. The title features 2 game modes, bonus blocks, and online leaderboards.
Pixel art Metroidvania Inexistence Rebirth will be released on Steam on May 22. Inexistence Rebirth is an exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG inspired by the classics of the 16-bit era.
Help Hald save his sister Hania from the claws of Claos and bring balance back to the world.
Originally released in 2016 as Inexistence, the brand new Inexistence Rebirth is being promoted as being more powerful, faster, and larger. Graphics and level designs have been redesigned, and new game modes and side quests have been added.
From Simple System Studios, What a Cluster Fight is an action platform party fighting game for up to 4 players. It will be coming to Steam on May 25, 2020.
What a Cluster Fight is a local play, action brawling platformer with 8 different characters set in more than 50 levels featuring spikes, pitfalls, traps, and explosions.
Which indie games are you interested in trying out?
Let us know.
(Update: May 15, 2020)
Boreal Tales, the 3D retro-style adventure with horror elements, is coming to Steam on May 19.
Delve into the dream of a dying town in Boreal Tales, a fixed-camera game that will remind you of the old PS1 classics, and explore an urbanized world as you solve a murder, find Sarah, and complete the ritual.
Take note; Boreal Tales “contains strong language and gore such as disembodied heads, heads floating in blood, bodies hanging, rivers of blood, zombies eating corpses, and disfigured people.”
The game is already out on itch.io.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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