When it comes to PC gaming, the indie game scene has always been one that offers up some of the best diversity in game design that you’re likely to see from developers. Sure, rarely do the production values match the latest triple AAA release, but it’s not uncommon to see mechanics perfected in the indie space before they become popularized in the wider market. But if you’re looking for the next batch of free indie darlings to play, where should you start?
Who are you going to call when the evil Octopus Commander and his army are threatening world-pace? Turns out it’s not a marine biologist like we thought, but actually a squad of misfits! In Dog Duty, by Zanardi and Liza, you are given control of this squad of misfits and tasked with taking down the well-armed octo-scum
Ask any fantasy fan and they will immediately tell you that Dwarves, in addition to being brave and fearless, prefer making their homes underground. HammerHelm, a game by SuperSixStudios that is currently on Steam Early Access, turns this notion on its head by casting you in the role of a Dwarf that believes his kind could live above ground. Unfortunately, the other Dwarves didn’t take kindly to such rebellious thoughts and promptly banished you. The game opens with your Dwarf finally finding some fertile lands to start a new life in the open air
We’ve been big fans of D’Avekki Studios ever since they drew us into The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. Since then they have continued to bring some class to the FMV game genre with titles like The Shapeshifting Detective, and more recently, Dark Nights With Poe and Munro. We were fortunate enough to catch up with the husband and wife team these hits to find out more!
Anyone looking for a completely new spin on the art of exorcism and demon hunting should take a look at the brand new trailer for One Shell Straight To Hell. This upcoming release is being developed by Shotgun with Glitters and casts players in the role of Father Padre Alexander. Padre, as he is known to friends and foes alike, is no ordinary man of the cloth as he is not only heavily armed but also has a penchant for sarcasm
There’s nothing as soothing as a good nature documentary, which is why Natural Instincts by Dreamstorm Studios caught our eye. The game promises to be an interactive nature documentary sim where players are given the opportunity to keep the balance. The game currently has a Kickstarter Campaign running to help generate the CA$15,000 needed to make it a reality
Soma is a sci-fi, horror experience that is set deep below the waves of the Atlantic ocean. At first glance, it might seem like Bioshock without the combat but delve deeper and you will find a deeply engrossing experience that is filled with thought-provoking themes. The game features excellent visuals, great sound design, and a story that will stay with you for days. It might disappoint some players looking for a pure horror or action title, but overall Frictional Games knocked it out of the park with Soma.
Gameplay: The game draws you in right from the start and doesn’t let go.
Graphics: Detailed environments and stunning underwater locations.
Sound: Everything from voice acting to music and sound effects is top-notch
A short while ago we played an intriguing game by Indigo Studios called Seven Doors. The unique environments and interesting puzzles kept us entertained and the game scored a well deserved 8/10 in our review. We also reached out to Kim and Judit from Indigo Studios to answer some of our questions about Seven Doors as well as their other projects
Seven Doors is a puzzle game that challenges players to navigate their way through several unique challenges. Each room challenges players in a different way and the developers have come up with plenty of unique scenarios. There isn’t really an over-arching story to tie everything together and the game is also quite short, but it’s an enjoyable experience while it lasts.
Gameplay: Seven Doors will challenge your problem-solving skills in several unique ways.
Graphics: Not cutting-edge, but impressive enough for a small studio.
Sound: Very good
The Longing is a unique title that combines elements of adventure and idle games. Playing as the lonely Shade, it is your task to simply wait 400 days in the dark caverns deep below the surface before waking up your king. Of course, nothing is preventing you from exploring your surroundings or even trying to find an escape, but 400 days counting down in almost real-time you’ll find that nothing in this game can be rushed.
Gameplay: You’ll find that patience really is a virtue when playing The Longing.
Graphics: The protagonist is certainly a memorable character and the visual style is very charming.
Sound: The soundtrack is great and the sound effects enhance the lonely atmosphere of the game