Of course now Indie repentance day has been such an instituteut in the game industry since its inception this morning, that people are starting to get nostalgic about the whole thing. To meet that need, here are ten indie games that you have probably never seen before and that are reminiscent of seasons past.
OmegaBot exudes the cozy atmosphere of cozy afternoons with Amiga platform games. Except, well, busier. Look at those colors though – games haven’t looked like that since Rainbow islands. That’s all of the work of a lone developer that is damn impressive. It should appear early next year.
The ghost hunter / The ghost hunter looks so scary and cool! A blobber that even sounds good Dungeon Masterbut rendered in a way that looks like blueprints. It makes me think a little System shock, trapped, xenomorph and probably most of all Cyberdrone. But you may not be 100 years old like me and you are thinking of something more modern. Either way, it looks so great and I hope it comes out this year as promised.
Hack grid similarly brings me back to my childhood in the gaming stone age with its CRT aesthetic. They call it a “love letter to DOS,” which is cute, although I shouldn’t have to edit my config.sys and autoexec.bat. It’s a puzzle game where each part type has its own set of rules, which hurts me just thinking about it – but you don’t have to think about it, you can buy it since it’s out already. In fact, it’s 35% cheaper right now, which means it’ll cost you a tiny two dollars.
Dark sheep does not remove us from this retro zone. In fact, we’re even earlier than the aforementioned DOS era, and a spooOOOoooky one this time. It’s kind of a Sokoban deal, but this time the “love letter” is written to the Commodore 64. (The only letter I would ever send to my C64 would be a separation letter because it could not be loaded Pit stop II for the ninth consecutive year.) It came out on Steam a few months ago and is currently priced at less than $ 3.
Time bandit reminds me more of the late 1990s (and not 1985, as you might expect), PSX-esque art, albeit with the kind of physics developers could only dream of at the time. It’s designed to feel like the kind of game you might find on an old demo CD, and damn, that concept alone deserves overnight success. The game is an anti-capitalist proposition about labor exploitation and environmental disasters, but it is also a collection of time control mechanisms. Part 1: Attachments of the machine
Star explorer was mentioned last time Kotaku didn’t pay enough attention, but in doing so I committed a sin. I made a “Retro No Man’s Sky” reference that seems more like it go under its developer claw. And pretty much there Star explorer
We may be ninety-nine, but we have to win ninety-nine rounds! clearly wins the best name of the day. It also wins Steam Worst Image, which is a black comic sans on a white background, which is worse than murder. This complete mess is the work of Damien Crawford and is apparently a puzzle role-playing game. “where there is no RNG and execution matters. ”I’m not sure what era that will last, but it’s probably not one from this planet.
Tentacle type is a text editor, and you can’t get more retro than a text editorunless you publish your game for oscilloscopes only. Except it’s a text editor RPG and you’re a huge beta-tentacle monster and have a magical mechanical typewriter and you can Interact with the game world by typing whatever you want. THAT’S WHY WE ARE HERE, PEOPLE. On earth I mean. We evolved to get to the point where someone did Tentacle type.
Alpha particles by Function Unknown reminds me of that fantastic top-down art that you get in late Amiga games, albeit certainly of higher fidelity. The game also looks like something out of that fast-paced era of action games, although this one seems to start off slower before it gets so crowded. You play as a particle-who has to be one of the smaller player characters in gaming history – solve puzzles and fly around at impressive speed.
Bahnsen Knight reminds of the glory days of Speccy! Sure, I know you poor Americans never knew the true love that the Sinclair Spectrum was, but believe me, it was when games were good and pure. To be honest, I don’t know anything about Bahnsen Knights, except thata pixel pulp adventure with a world of religious fanatics, F.5 tornadoes and Ford Sierras. “But check out this art. It is actually against the law to want more.