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Indie Games 2015 [June] Now Voting - Post 423!

Toma

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GAF Indie Steam Group (We are currently looking for someone to handle the Steam Group announcements, any volunteers are welcome to contact me via PM):
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/NeoGAFIndie
IndieGAF Steam Curator Group (Game suggestions curated by me):
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/4626771

Older threads[ (which are by no means "outdated" and still contain awesome games to check out and/or look forward to):

IndieGAF recommends: The 50 Best Indie Games of 2013: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=766928
IndieGAF recommends: The 50 Best Indie Games of 2014: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=985103
As before, voting going is to happen in the last week of the month.

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Post 1:
1. Header Information
2. Overview
3. Introductory Blurb
4. Voting Results "Best of Last Month"
5. Indie Media Corner

Post 2:
6.I. Recently released Indies! Part 1

Post 2:
6.II. Recently released Indies! Part 2

Post 3:
7. Upcoming Indies to look forward to!

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We are always interested in getting to know more people with the same hobby. If you share our love for Indies, let us know! We talk about anything Indie, want to talk about the block design in Braid? The character design in FEZ? Need recommendations? This is the right spot to ask! We'd also love to read more impressions :)

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If you want to suggest a game that has recently released or that looks interesting, but hasnt released yet, please follow the following formatting structure so the post is picked up by Toma-Bot:

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Hey! I assume you are new in this thread series and want to see what we were up to? Or you didnt have enough time to play through all of the games from the last month but still want to catch up with the best ones? Then this list is for YOU! These were the games we enjoyed the most in the previous thread, voted on by the community (More thorough descriptions and impressions in the previous thread, especially the last few pages with the voting):

1. Environmental Station Alpha - $7.99 (WIN\MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/350070/

Environmental Station Alpha is an action adventure platformer with a retro aesthetic and heavy emphasis on exploration. In the game the player controls a robot sent to investigate a mysterious, abandoned space station with the mission to find out what exactly took place there. Overrun by wildlife the station is immensely dangerous to explore and very challenging. Over the course of the game the player must uncover secrets, fight loads of bosses and amass powerups in order to really figure out the fate of the space station.
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1. Crypt of the Necrodancer - $14.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/247080

Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat! Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
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3. Sorcery 3 - $4.99 (iOS, Android)

http://www.inklestudios.com/sorcery/

An epic adventure through a cursed wilderness of monsters, traps and magic.The land of Kakhabad is a wilderness - a ruined desert, a tangled forest, cruel mountains and fissures, all guarded by seven fearsome serpents. But you must cross this land if you are to reach Mampang and the Crown of Kings. Rely on your wits or fight your way through - play with honour, or lie, cheat and steal - the choices are all yours.
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3. Wizard of Legends - Free alpha (PC, Mac, Browser)

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=46298.0

A rogue-like 2D action adventure game where your goal is to become that greatest wizard in history. Our focus is on the ability to explore a large variety of skills and the option to build your own class based on the wide range of spell that will be available. The game will have couch co-op (up to 2 players) and will feature a local PvP arena where players can test their spell builds against one another.
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3. A Knife Made of Whispers - Free (PC)

http://managore.itch.io/akmow

Yet another fun game from Daniel Linssen. An action platformer where you must carry around a lantern to illuminate the levels, the twist bring you can only attack enemies while within the lantern's light. It's relative simple compared to some of his other games, but still a fun game and worth checking out.
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3. Crayon Poke - Free (Browser)

http://raiyumi.itch.io/crayon-poke

Very likeable platformer with a neat mechanic that could be transplanted into a bigger project. Even in its brevity, the game manages to show off interesting and challenging jump puzzles that could be expanded upon, especially considering the metroidvania nature of the game.
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7.-24. (Still great games here)
Blink Gun
Copycat
Siralim
Masochisia
Dirty Bomb
Zenzizenzic
Titan Souls
Ultra Hat Dimension
Dagdrom
Heavens Below
The Rock, the Paper and the Scissors
Super Recoil Gun
Nuclear Autumn
Mass-X
Iridescent
Fathom
Souls of the Fallen
Badass Inc

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I noticed there are a few noteworthy, and relatively unknown, projects that deserve a shoutout here because I feel that they share a common interest with the people in this thread. I talked to the guy from Pixabyte and MetaVendetta and both are very enthusiastic about the things they love and figured you might appreciate the shoutout as well. If you enjoy anything here or want to give feedback, let these guys know via their websites or also here in this thread. If you appreciate something, let people know. A heads up can sometimes very valuable.


This is a monthly podcast series that presents notable Indie Game soundtracks. A likeable host and guests, a fantastic track selection, interesting discussions and a focus for Indies will make this one a mainstay in my monthly threads.

Episode 11: Episode 11: Summer Girls
[Wolfenstien | Elysian Shadows | Trials Fusion | Fract OSC | Out There | Parappa the Rapper]

GAF Thread: Freeware Games
Which is a shame, because so many free games are out there and so many are just really good games that a large majority of people will never play. From developers with large portfolios of freeware games, to free alphas and betas, to the hundreds and hundreds of entries for game jams such as Seven Day Roguelike, Seven Day FPS, Ludum Dare, and others, to the talented work of Digipen students, there's just an astounding amount of quality free games to play and enjoy.
 

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A Box Full of Joy - Free (PC, Browser)

http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/a-box-full-of-joy/67266/

A Box Full of Joy is black dirty grim wtf smoky foggy adventure game. Making it was a pain in the ass. I think it’s a good tribute to David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Action Henk - £10.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/285820

Run, jump and butt-slide into the glorious toy-filled world of Action Henk! Become a master of momentum and defy physics as you race against a band of ragged 90s action figures to once and for all prove that Action Henk is the fastest of them all!

Afterglow - Free (PC)

http://games.digipen.edu/games/afterglow

A 3D stealth action game set in space. Escape dangerous metal creatures while hiding in pools of light as you run through the desolate world of Aratea.

Axiom Verge - $19.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/332200/

Explore and uncover the mystery of a surreal alien world by blasting aliens and glitching your environment in this intense retro side-scrolling action/adventure.

Badland: GOTY Edition - $9.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://badlandgame.com/badland-goty

With BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition, you get to experience the multi-award-winning action adventure like never before. Redesigned for Steam, BADLAND: GOTY Edition builds on the stunningly atmospheric, hand-painted graphics of the original BADLAND with enhanced, above Full-HD visuals, completely redesigned controls, over 15 hours of single player campaign and awesome multiplayer fun for up-to-four players with both local co-op & battle modes.

Butcher - Free alpha (PC, Linux, Browser)

http://www.thd.vg/butcher

Butcher is a fast-paced 2D shooter game and a blood-soaked love letter to the early 90s. You are a cyborg whose sole purpose is to eradicate all organic life. So your main objective is to, well, kill everything that moves. Lots of blood and pain awaits you and your victims.

Camp 1 - Free (PC)

http://waxwinggames.itch.io/camp-1

A short, dark story about bureaucracy, penal labor, isolation and desperation.

Catlateral Damage - $9.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.catlateraldamage.com/

Catlateral Damage is a first-person destructive cat simulator where you play as a cat on a rampage, knocking as much of your owner's stuff onto the ground as possible. It's a highly original, experimental concept that was born out of a game jam. Oh, and it's based on a real-life mischievous cat, Nippy!

Chroma Squad - $14.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/251130

Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG about five stunt actors who decide to quit their jobs and start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show! Cast actors, purchase equipment and upgrades for your studio, craft weapons and giant Mechas out of cardboard and duct tape.

Circa Infinity - Free demo (PC, Mac)

http://kennysun.itch.io/circa-infinity-demo

Circa Infinity is a mind-bending 2D platformer that blends twitch gameplay with puzzle elements

Code 7 - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://retragames.itch.io/code-7

Code 7 is our idea of a modern text adventure. It combines the text adventure genre with cinematic fully-voiced storytelling. You have to play to it to understand how well a text adventure can feel in 2015.

Cosmochoria - $9.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/293240/

A tiny, naked cosmonaut with a jetpack & laser blaster must revive a dying galaxy by planting one seed at a time. An innovative and addictive arcade adventure experience with mystery and intrigue in all the right places.

Courier of the Crypts - $11.99 (PC)

http://www.courierofthecrypts.com/

Courier of the Crypts is a 2D action adventure game where you have to survive as a courier on his first errand to the ominous crypts. Your main tool to achieve your mission is a magic torch which you use to illuminate your path, defend from evil spirits and solve puzzles.

Crosscode - Free demo, $19.99 (PC)

http://www.cross-code.com/en/home

A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.

Dex - £14.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/269650

Dex is a 2D, side-scrolling, open-world cyberpunk RPG with a focus on exploration and non-linear gameplay.

Dustbowl - $8.99 (PC)

http://www.dustbowl-adventure.com/

A post-apocalyptic adventure game set in a world where the player must search for food, water and essential supplies to survive. Discover a world filled with colourful NPCs, quests and secrets.

Exanima - $14.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/362490/

Explore, fight, survive and unravel mysteries in this unique and unforgiving 3D isometric RPG set in an original dark, low fantasy world. Exanima's exceptional attention to detail and realistic simulation of all things aim to provide a deeply immersive and dynamic gameplay experience.

Flame Over - £8.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/345080

Blending top down "squirt em-up" action and "Pyroguelike" game mechanics, Flame Over features fast-paced fire-fighting thrills, randomly generated levels, 4 different game zones and dastardly hazards at every turn!

Forge Quest - £10.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/249950/

Forge Quest is a dungeon crawling rpg set in a voxel world. Explore the land full of chickens on a light hearted quest to become a hero. Delve deep into the randomly generated dungeons to battle monsters, find treasure and craft your equipment. Invite your friends to join your world and help you in your adventure.

Genemon - Free (Browser)

http://pietro-ferrantelli.itch.io/genemon

Embody a Bio-hacker owning an High-Tech Genegun able to give rise to Genemons, some genetically modified creatures built up to struggle against some others and capable to fuse into new ones to fight into explosive underground arena battles.

Goetia - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://sushee.itch.io/goetia

Goetia is a point-and-click adventure game and, as in any adventure game, you'll be seeking out clues, finding objects, and figuring out how to use or combine them in order to progress through the different areas, puzzles and encounters. However, there is one major difference compared to other adventure games that you might be used to. In Goetia, you play the part of Abigail, the ghost of a young lady. And as a ghost, you can walk through walls and fly through ceilings, you can explore everywhere as you see fit. But… to manipulate objects, you'll have to possess them, just like a real poltergeist would.

Gran Vitreous - £3.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346340

Gran Vitreous is a PC shmup that combines classic arena shooter gameplay with the mechanics of a loot driven action RPG. Upgrade your ships equipment and level up as you battle through a galaxy filled with randomly generated encounters.

Guns, Gore, and Cannoli - $9.99 (WIN/MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/322210

Guns, Gore & Cannoli - An over-the-top, comical and fast-paced action game with hand-drawn graphics set in the Roaring Twenties. An all-you-can-shoot fest where you embody Vinnie, a mobster with a mission in a city controlled by gangsters and plagued by zombies. Featuring up to 4-man local co-op.

Hot Date - PWYW (PC/MAC/LIN)

In Space - $0.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/361830

in Space is a procedural sidescrolling shooter that values precision and strategy over reflex or memorization. Fight through tons of enemies in three different modes, unlock new ships and new weapons. Become the best at shooting two dimensional shapes!

Ink - $3.99 (PC)

http://zackbellgames.itch.io/ink

INK is a fast-paced, abstract platformer about discovering the world around you, using paint.

Inside My Radio - £10.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/357720

Can you beat the beat? Journey as a green LED mysteriously trapped inside a dying boombox and play the ultimate musical experience. In this rhythmic platform adventure where your every action needs to be right on the beat, bring electro, dub and disco music back to life!

Invisible, Inc. - £14.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/243970

Take control of Invisible's agents in the field and infiltrate the world's most dangerous corporations. Stealth, precision, and teamwork are essential in high-stakes, high-profit missions, where every move may cost an agent their life.

Iris - Free (PC)

http://games.digipen.edu/games/iris

Iris is a 2D side scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world to save her sister, Siri. She will defeat the otherworldly creatures and overcome obstacles using the ancient bow and arrow that was summoned from the magical bracelet that Siri had picked up long ago while exploring the Forbidden Forest.

Kerbal Space Program - $39.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/220200

In KSP you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!

Kung Fury:Street Rage - $1.99 PC

LOOP: A Tranquil Puzzle Game - £3.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/370150

LOOP is a tranquil puzzle game, with a unique, simple, meditative feel. Inspired by Zen philosophy, the minimal UI has no timers, move limit or score; allowing you to just relax and focus. Includes 100 Levels and a colour blind mode.

Magicka 2 - $14.99 (PC)

http://www.magicka2.com/

The world’s most irreverent co-op action adventure returns! In the next chapter of Magicka, players ascend from the ruins of Aldrheim to experience a Midgård almost wiped free of Wizards after the Wizard Wars, with the few that do remain having either gone mad or extremely hostile toward all...

Magnetic: Cage Closed - £11.99 (WIN)

http://URL

Magnetic: Cage Closed is a first person puzzle game where the player manipulates magnetic forces to accomplish their goals. The mechanics are focused around a single tool: The Magnet Gun which allows you to create electromagnetic fields with either positive or negative charges.

Malebolgia - $9.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/318860

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Malebolgia! Explore this haunted palace and fight the terrible demons and beasts within, as you struggle to escape the cold and desolate wasteland of Hell.

Maquisard - Free (PC, Mac)

http://maquisard.itch.io/maquisard

Maquisard is a charming game of snooping and investigation. As the lobby boy at a fancy hotel, the player will receive clues from the resistance to the identity of a government agent and will try to figure out their identity by snooping on the guests over the course of three days. Players must listen in on conversations, peek into rooms, and observe the guests' habits in order to figure out which guests has all the traits of their target. It is a single-player puzzle game that will have an unique non-linear investigation gameplay and draw on the aesthetics of Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Monstrum - £11.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/296710/

Monstrum takes the traditional survival horror formula and remixes it completely with procedurally generated levels, permadeath, and AI driven predators, ensuring that nowhere on its derelict cargo ship is ever truly safe.

Mysterious Space - £4.00 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/368700

Mysterious Space was originally created for the 2014 7-Day Rogue-Like competition, but has received many updates since! Though it features some familiar rogue-like elements - including potions, equipment, and procedurally-generated worlds - Mysterious Space is ultimately a side-scrolling

Neon Struct - $17.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://neonstruct.com/

You are Jillian Cleary: an ex-spy on the run, framed for treason and hunted by your former agency. You must move in secret, survive off the grid, and find a way to clear your name. Old friends and new allies will lend their support; but with the eyes of the world upon you, who can you trust?
 

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Not a Hero - $12.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/274270

Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager Steve is charged with cleaning up the city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord.

Ossuary - £6.99 (WIN/MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/363500

Fall into the place of bones. Urge on the stagnant residents who are lost to corrupt virtue. Use sins as your tools to improve their existence. Expose the cabbages pretending to be people. Learn about the razor blades hidden in your walls.

Pixel Dungeon - £3.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/365900

Pixel Dungeon is an exciting and extremely popular roguelike (more than 2 million mobile installs!). Explore the depths of Pixel Dungeon, collect useful items and fight fierce monsters to find the Amulet of Yendor - the ultimate artefact of this game world!

Pixel Star - £1.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/367300

Endless arcade action takes a modern twist, creating a uniquely challenging open space shoot-em-up experience. From brutal bosses to black holes and beyond, countless hazards await discovery. How long can you survive?

Places - Free (PC)

http://jlv.sdf.org/pub/p/places/

Places are a series of 3D paintings featuring small and atmospheric places where one can walk around and spend a couple of minutes.

Planetarium - Free (PC)

http://managore.itch.io/planetarium

this is a planet generator, not a gametype in a name and press enter to visit that planet

Quadrant - $12.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/365320/

The year is 1979. A secret, final lunar mission has retrieved hundreds of moon rocks, carried out by order of high-level overseers at the Aether Research Facility. The more we begin to understand about our universe, the more deadly it becomes. Overtaken by curiosity, researchers delve deeper and deeper into the unknown, only to find what we think we understand about the cosmos, is terribly incorrect. The research and experiments reach a tipping point, specimens begin to escape, and researchers scramble to leave the secret base. Most leave unscathed, while others lose their lives in an attempt to flee from the deadly forces that lie within. In the panic, fear, and confusion of countless emergency distress signal codes, help is requested. The distress signal is unintentionally received by the government's haz-mat cleanup division. A small team of three is sent to carry out what they believe to be a simple routine clean-up. They are sorely mistaken.

Regular Human Basketball - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://powerhoof.itch.io/regular-human-basketball

Two regular humans play some regular B-Ball. No giant mechanical death machines here!Inspired by the simple controls of QWOP and the relaxing co-operative gameplay of Spaceteam comes the new party game from Powerhoof,

Relic - Free (PC)

http://games.digipen.edu/games/relic

Play as Sam Ward, Relic hunter, looking to make your next big score. With the help of your AI companion Gimbal, use your grappling beam to traverse an ancient derelict space craft in search of a valuable Relic.

Rituals - £5.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/359190

Rituals is a 3D puzzle-exploration-adventure about the relation between civilisation and nature. It aims to be a gripping, memorable and meaningful experience with story told through gameplay and interaction.

Royals - Free (PC, Mac)

http://ashervo.itch.io/royals

"A retro indie sim/rags-to-hopefully-riches story"

Ruzh Delta Z - £1.59 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/370190

Ruzh Delta Z is a frenzied shoot-em-up which draws inspiration from classics such as Gradius, DoDonPachi, and R-Type. Shoot your way through perilous stages and wreck thousands of rogue vessels in your quest to become the ultimate pilot.

Serpent in the Staglands - Free demo, $19.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://serpentinthestaglands.com/

A true role-playing adventure. Set in the icy Staglands, this party-based CRPG has you take the role of a trapped god on a perilous journey across a beautiful, deadly peninsula.

Sky Force Anniversary - $9.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/355050/

Legendary shoot-'em-up makes its way on the PCs! Abundant explosions, truly epic boss fights and beautifully crafted 3D environments are here to keep you entertained. Sky Force Anniversary offers single player experience and local cooperative mode for 2 players.

Snakebird - $6.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://snakebird.noumenongames.com/

Do you like puzzles, fruit and the notion of crossing a snake with a bird for no good reason? If the answer to at least one of those questions is yes, then Snakebird might be the game for you. Solve your way through this headscratcher of a puzzle game and help the snakebirds sate their hunger.

SNIFF - Free (PC, Mac)

http://dyfer.itch.io/sniff

SNIFF is a game in which you can use drugs on yourself or your enemies to get out of a crazy hospital ! But beware of side effects ...

Solarix - $19.99 (WIN)

http://LINK

Solarix is a science-fiction horror game featuring open-ended levels for both combative and stealth-focused playstyles.

Starship Command - Free beta (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.evglabs.com/starshipcommand/

Starship Command is a persistent-world, massively single-player, real-time tactical starship simulator wrapped in an AI-driven 4X game. Starting with a lowly shuttle, you will trade and battle your way to victory, amassing a gigantic fleet customized to your liking!

Steredenn - $8.99 (PC, Mac)

http://steredenn.pixelnest.io/

Steredenn is a frenetic and chaotic space shooter, carved in big beautiful pixels, with insane boss battles. Embark in your ship and engage the fight against dreadful space pirates in a never-ending combat for your survival.

Stones of Sorrow - $9.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/373290/

Real cave paintings. Brutal executions. Procedural Death Labyrinth. Your closest blood brother has betrayed you and tricked you into a cave labyrinth. Restore your honour by brutally crushing his skull with one of the STONES OF SORROW.

Subject 13 - £14.99 (WIN/MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/322970

Play as Franklin Fargo, a quiet physics professor who has led a bitter existence ever since his fiancée died in a holdup in which he was supposed to be the victim. One morning, he wakes up in the middle of an abandoned scientific facility. His only link with the outside world is a voice that calls him "Subject 13".

Sym - £5.59 (WIN/MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/342100

Sym is a puzzle-platformer that explores social anxiety disorder. Play as Josh, a teenage boy trying to reconcile a maze of two contrasting worlds that coexist within the blank spaces of each other - his perception of reality, and the world he created to avoid his fears.

Technobabylon - Free demo, $14.99 (PC)

http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/games/technobabylon/

A cyberpunk adventure game from the studio that brought you Gemini Rue and Blackwell! The year is 2087. Genetic engineering is the norm, and an omnipresent AI powers the city. Take control of three citizens of this world as they struggle to understand a deadly conspiracy.

The Curious Expedition - $14.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.curious-expedition.com/

The Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous personalities you will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures.

The Darkside Detective - Free demo (PC, Mac Mobile)

http://darksidedetective.com

Where cultists crawl, where demons dwell, where the occult… occults? you’ll find Detective Francis McQueen, the sole member of the criminally underfunded Darkside Division. When evil darkens the doorsteps of Twin Lakes City – hell, even when it just loiters around shop fronts or hangs out in shady alleyways – he’s there, ready to investigate the cases that nobody else will. He is The Darkside Detective.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III - £11.99 (WIN/MAC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/359900

Van Helsing, monster hunter will face the most difficult trials of his life as he is trying to destroy his nemesis. The civil war is over in Borgovia, but the future still looks grim. The city of weird science is in ruins and a strange cult prophesises the coming of the end times.

The Magic Circle - $19.99 (PC, Mac)

http://www.magiccirclegame.com/

In this darkly comedic story, you are the hero of an unfinished fantasy game - and your designers have failed you. Trap their creations. Swap behaviors and body parts, crafting your own unique solutions to free-form puzzles. Steal the power of creation, to either ship the game from the inside ... or cancel it.

The Westport Independent - Free demo (PC, Mac)

http://doublezeroonezero.com/westport_alpha.html

The Westport Independent is a censorship simulator about the last weeks on an independent newspaper which is to be dismantled according to a new government bill.

Tick Tock Isle - Free demo (PC, Browser)

http://squiddershins.com/games/tick-tock-isle/

As the spiritual successor to Cat Poke, Tick Tock Isle plays like a point and click platform game that relies heavily on story, character interaction, creative thinking, and poking.‬

TIS-100 - £4.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/370360

TIS-100 is an open-ended programming game by Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem and Infinifactory, in which you rewrite corrupted code segments to repair the TIS-100 and unlock its secrets. It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!

Toren - £6.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/320820

Experience the mysterious, timeless world of Toren, the first adventure game from Brazilian indie developer Swordtales. You are Moonchild, destined to climb the tower (known as Toren) on a hauntingly solitary journey to find your purpose.

Treeker: The Lost Glasses - $7.49

http://blubox-soft.itch.io/treeker-the-lost-glasses

Treeker: The Lost Glasses is a first-person adventure game, with puzzle and platform elements. In the game, the player needs to use a pair of glasses in order to see mysterious objects left behind by some sort of ancient civilization.

Trench Run - Free demo (PC, Mac, Linux)

https://trenchrun.thd.vg/en/

A local multiplayer run & gun game made by the authors of multiplayer hits King Arthur’s Gold and Soldat. Trench Run is a humor-filled team-based shooter set in a fictional war about… booze. It will feature cooperative/team mechanics, memorable characters, lots of explosions and many tongue-in-cheek features like… not dying… ever, even after being shot, blown and hacked to pieces.You’ll be blowing the enemies to bits in muddy trenches but also playing poker and puffing cigars and sipping whisky with them during the truce phase.

Tundra - Free

http://tundra.paperblurt.com/

You wake up. Walking. On a tundra. You're cold. Where are you? How did you end up here?

Vampire of the Sands - $4.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://j.itch.io/vampire-of-the-sands

Vampire of the Sands is a punishing action dungeon-crawler with roguelike elementsDiscover 58 items, every last one unique, with situational uses. Gain up to 41​ skill runes as you explore the dungeons, persistent between rounds.No two monsters have the same AI. You cannot get far without figuring out their intricacies​.

Visibility - £1.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/368290

Visibility is a platformer that is completely dark until you place your lights. Each level has a limited set of lights which you must strategically place around the level in order to illuminate your path to the exit.

Vortex Attack - £3.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/357890

Vortex Attack is a frenetic arcade space shooter featuring explosive effects and an intense local multiplayer mode. Destroy the vortices by capturing the 'lumergy' from the destroyed enemies. WARNING: Highly addictive.

Why Am I Dead At Sea - £6.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/359400

Why Am I Dead At Sea is an adventure game where you solve the mystery of your own murder. As a ghost, you will have to possess people and use them to investigate your surroundings. But in this place no one is who they seem...and everyone has a secret.

Xlarn - £3.99 (WIN)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/360030

This is a heavily extended version of one of the most famous roguelike games of the 80’s named LARN. Your choice is to find a magic elixier for your daughters recovery. Therefore you have to explore a lot of unknown caves, filled with monsters, demons and traps. Good luck! You may need it!
 

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Baby - PC

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=431011576

Baby is a metroidvania platforming game. You play as Baby, a creature on a quest to find her missing mother. Work your way through a dangerous maze-like world inhabited by vicious creatures looking for their next meal. Dodge the hazardous environments and face the many bosses that this game has to offer.

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead - ????

http://www.interactionman.com/games.html

A platform/adventure game where you play as someone who recently died and finds themself in-between death and... It's up to you to find your way safely to whatever comes next, before The Devil finds out you're dead!

Bemuse - IOS, Android

http://www.fluttermind.com/

Think 'Hello Kitty meets The Exorcist' or 'Dark Souls with bunnies'.It is a single-player game designed to be played in short bursts, and revolves around finding the ritual elements necessary to banish a single Demon in a four day period. Night is more dangerous than day, as Ghosts wander around the environments draining your life if you end a turn on one of their locations.During the game, the main Demon 'Stirs' (i.e. kind of tosses and turns in his sleep), which causes a whole heap of unpleasant effects in the world

Blue Sheep - 2015

http://www.noeticgames.com/

Blue Sheep is an exploration into mental illness where a nine year old explores a strange world inspired by her brother's stories, following the death of friend.

Boxman Begins - Late 2015 (PC, Mac)

http://www.boxmanbegins.com/

Boxman Begins is an online game with unique game modes and high octane action. Featuring game modes like "Pass the Bullet" in which snipers pass around a single bullet between them. And "Giantslayer", in which players grow in size and strength with each kill, forcing alliances to be made and broken as the game moves on.

Chickensword - 2016

http://chickensword.com/

A post cyberpunk-apocalyptic game about a chicken... with a sword.

COLUMNAE - ????

https://www.facebook.com/MoonburntStudio

A post-apocalyptic steampunk point and click adventure game

Domiverse - ????

https://twitter.com/hauntedtie

Domiverse is a fast arena fighting game where aliens try to win a tournament to dominate the whole universe!It is a one shot / one kill game with only multiplayer mode. For the moment we only aim offline multiplayer for couch parties!

Earthling Priorities - PC

http://earthlingpriorities.demigiant.com/

Earthling Priorities is a subtle mini-adventure game, partly homaging those good ol' times when Space Quest happened and Big Brother was still considered a bad thing.

Empire TV Tycoon - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.empiretvgame.com/

Empire TV Tycoon is a game where you manage a TV Channel and fight for audiences taking decisions that will lead your channel to the fame. You will decide the content of your channel, select advertisers, hire workers, make your own productions, hire actors and much more! It's inspired by games like Mad TV, Mud Tv and other movie management games, with a modern approach on how to produce custom content like movies or tv-shows. The high concept is "The unholy child between Mad TV and Game Dev Tycoon".

Entropy - ????

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47347.0

Years ago, I was walking through the woods, high on acid, and as I stopped to look at a calm lake, a trickling stream next to me danced over rocks, the trees pulsed with life, and the wind rustled the leaves with a song of soft velvet, and I thought to myself, holy shit it's all connected!That one moment was super eye-opening, and I wanted to make a game that captured this experience

Feist - July 23rd (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://playfeist.net/

Outwit a sprawling forest full of secret danger and fierce creatures in a lush and visually striking action-packed game

For The King - 2016

http://www.ironoakgames.com/

A roguelike fantasy rpg, For the King, inspired by NetHack, Ultima, Wizardry and the early Final Fantasy games

Forgotten Passages

http://forgottenpassages.tumblr.com/

Forgotten Passages is a game that is in the process of being composed of 100 bite-sized visual levels, a level a day for 100 days. These very small levels are just about the atmosphere and visual experience.

Galaxy Heist - ????

http://www.galaxyheistgame.com/

Pilot your large ship, man the turrets with an array of weapons, or take control of one of your drone wing-men for some dog fighting. Once on the bridge connecting your ship to the one you boarded, you'll need to fight through the ship in order to get to the flight deck.

Gerty - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.gerty-game.com/

Gerty is a top-down rogue-like shooter game. It features action packed combat and fully destructible environments mixed together with a time-limit. With this unique blend of time and resource management, Gerty forces players to think on their feet and make snap judgements if they are to survive the countless monsters and traps lying in wait for them.

Horizons Light - ????

http://www.rangeplusone.com/#!horizonslight/c18cw

Horizon Lights is a first-person survival/exploration experience that drops players in expansive alien environments. Escape from these hostile worlds using an array of weapons, abilities, and stealth.

Icarus.1 - ????

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47666.0

Abandoned for decades, crew MIA, the Icarus.1's job was to store mined minerals from the systems outlying planets. It orbits the local sun to maintain it's solar energy and proved a lucrative business for JME corp. After contact was lost no attempt was ever made to make contact with the stricken station, instead the project was mothballed - a cover up some may say. Many stories about what happened have become lore but Sam isn't focusing on these 'stories', the goal is the cargo and the wealth it will bring.We pick up the action just as the shuttle pod has docked to the abandoned Icarus.1

Induction - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.inductiongame.com/

Induction is an abstract puzzle game about time travel and paradoxes. You are given the ability to jump through time, and are tasked with exploiting its counter-intuitive consequences. You must learn to choreograph your actions across multiple timelines, and to create strange loops of cause and effect, where the future depends on the past and the past depends on the future

InfiniQuest - ????

https://twitter.com/seconddimension

A procedurally generated text adventure! You take control of a randomised hero in a randomised world. You do random things to random objects. This is a very odd game.

Last Word - PC (Steam)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/355530/

Last Word is an unconventional JRPG. Battle sophisticated guests using words as weapons. Collect topics by gossiping to unlock mysteries. Drink wine. The night is young and no one can leave until the devious Professor Chatters says so! Can Whitty and Seymour overcome the power of the professor's amazing machine? Or will they succumb to the saucy banter of the motley aristocrats around them? Don't hesitate in getting the Last Word

Luman - ????

https://www.facebook.com/lumangame

Luman is a stylised, fast-paced platformer about an irritatingly cheerful, luminous lad and a bad, broken bayonet bulb. In the game you will play as Luman, a jovial light bulb who unwittingly ends up with the difficult task of bringing the once proud Uncandescent to justice. You will meet amazingly deep two-dimensional characters and sentient light emitting objects, you will face psychotic broken bulbs, troubled celebrities and the most fearsome obstacle of all – the ordinary wall (seriously you will die if you run into walls. You are made of glass).

Nantucket - 2015 (PC)

http://picaresquestudio.com/?page_id=334

Nantucket is a strategy seafaring game set into the golden age of American whaling, during the first half of the 19th century. The story is set a few years after the disaster of the Pequod where Captain Ahab and his crew lost their lives to Moby Dick. In the role of Ishmael, the only survivor of the Pequod, you will have to chase again after the White Whale for redemption.

Narcosis - PC

http://narcosis-the-game.com/

Narcosis is a survival story set at the sunless depths of the Pacific Ocean. Stranded on the seafloor with little light and few tools, an industrial diver takes desperate steps to surface before his oxygen — and sanity — give out.

Niko: Through The Dream®

http://store.steampowered.com/app/296550

A minimalist adventure accompanying Niko in her return to her world. We will travel through different islands, each of them being the oniric representation of an important event of her past. Happiness, solitude or fear melted with hidden riddles, you will face up dangers and traps and, with Niko, you will confront them with determination, ability and logic."

Nusakana - 2015 (PC)

http://studionamaapa.com/game/nusakana/

Nusakana is an open world RPG about fishing, adventures, friendship, and the dark secret of the titular island, set on a tropical island.

Parafractum - PC, Mac, Linux

https://www.facebook.com/BernoulliGames/videos/950725528293066/

Parafractum is a 2D platform game set in a procedurally generated world. Go wherever you want in a vast world which is different every time you play. Find and collect loot to customize and enhance your character. Trade with, threaten or fight survivors to get what you need. Beat permadeath, by unlocking checkpoints and new features for future playthroughs. Uncover the many secrets this world has to offer and destroy a great evil within - alone, or with a friend.

Project Ven - ????

http://projectvn.blogspot.com.au

What is Project Ven? We like to call it "a visual novel on crack" (You can see that we're not very good with words - probably why we need a writer).Our goal is to make a visual novel that demonstrates the capabilities of the medium to a mainstream audience, while remaining relevant to existing fans of the genre.

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Shallow Space - July 2015 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://shallow.space/

Shallow Space focuses on organised mass RTS space combat in a fully 3D environment. Ships in Shallow Space are nearly always grouped into Flotillas and Wings, and orders issued to these structures cascade to the subordinate members.Rather than stressing out clicking on the units or dragging selection boxes during the heat of battle, standing orders are issued in advance leaving you to zoom around, activating abilities and arranging support and reinforcements. Should the tide turn in battle traditional control is still available.

Sleepers - 2016

http://sleepers.camel101.com/

Sleepers is a survival horror game set in the future, where the player controls a character that wakes up in a spaceship, with no memory of what happened.

Soul Appeaser - ????

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47896.0

Soul Appeaser is a beat em up layout (hence "inspired by Dragon's Crown) 2D single player ARPG with responsive combat, unique character progression/development and subtle, interesting story telling mechanics.

Submerged - 2015 (PC, PS4, IOS, Android)

http://www.uppercut-games.com/submerged/

Submerged is an exploration adventure, where you struggle to save the life of your brother after escaping from a terrible past.Trapped in an ancient, half-submerged city and desperate for supplies, you must explore the flooded streets in your simple fishing boat, and scale the ruined buildings that hold the promise of salvation.There is a seductive serenity to this vast city, and even a beauty to its decay. But with every passing day, your brother grows weaker, and the memories of the events that drove you here continue to resurface.

Tales from Dunwich - ?????

https://twitter.com/EYESODIC_GAMES

"A Point-&-Click horror series"

Tango - ????

https://aventuratango2x4.wordpress.com/

A Point and click adventure game about Tango

Tetrapulse - 2015 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.tetrapulse.com/

Coordinate, combine, and conquer in this high-action co-op game for two to four friends. Explore the vast reaches of your world eliminating invaders along the way. Play as one of four classes in this Spelunky meets Diablo style cooperative brawler.

The Cairn - ????

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47692.0

The Cairn is a 2D adventure game that emulates the style of 15th century Dutch woodcuts, such as those made by Hans Holbein and Albrecht Dürer. The player takes the role of a skeletal child that emerges into a twisted world, populated by skeletons that have long since lost their sanity. It wasn't always like this.

The Eyes of Ara - PC, Mac, IOS, Android

http://www.100stonesinteractive.com/the-eyes-of-ara

Become enthralled in an elaborate puzzle adventure in a stunning 3D environment. Explore a dusty old castle, riddled with secret vaults and hidden rooms. Solve elaborate puzzles, crack cunning codes, and collect cryptic devices to unravel the mystery of The Eyes of Ara!

The Human Gallery - ????

http://www.thehumangallery.net/

You take the role of a painter who ventures into the mind of a psychopath in search of inspiration. Soon it becomes clear that you can't wake from the nightmare you are wound up in. Your only hope for awakening is to venture deeper into his mind...

The Light Inside Us

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47812.0

The Light Inside Us is an action game set in an abstract isometric world. You the player are plagued by pesky enemies that come after you and try to destroy you. You can defeat the enemies by equipping yourself with different weapons and shooting them

The Town of Light - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.thetownoflight.com/

The shadow of the past are waiting for you inside these walls, drenched with fear, distress and tears. The light that blind the mind dissolves the line between reason and madness. Are you going to find the switch of the darkness?

This Is No Time For Games - PC, Mac

http://notquiteblackandwhite.com/tintfg

This is No Time for Games is a 2D point and click adventure for the modern age. All the classic elements will remain (riveting mystery, twisted plot, hair-ripping puzzles, enigmatic and comical characters) but traditional P&C interfaces have been rethought to heighten the excitement of the gameplay and allow greater immersion in the adventure.

Treasure Adventure World - PC

http://treasureadventureworld.com/

Download the demo <a href="http://robitgames.itch.io/treasure-adventure-world-demo" target="_blank">here</a>

Turmoil - PC

http://gamious.com/press/sheet.php?p=Turmoil

Turmoil is a simulation game set during the 19th century oil rush in North America. Get a taste of the rush and rivalry of the time as you earn your way to become a successful oil entrepreneur. As you make money digging up and selling oil, your town will grow along with you. Once all oil rich grounds have mined, you&#8217;ll know if you&#8217;ve managed to become the town&#8217;s ultimate oil baron.

Typoman - PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, IOS, Android

http://www.typoman.net/

Trapped in a world built from words and towers of letters, you reach to the dark and reeky sky. Direful creatures march across the devastated land. You are small, you are weak, you don't have any means to survive. But... the letters that seemed to be so threatening at first hold powers you yet cannot imagine. But you try. You know your destiny because you have been there a long time before. You struggle to remember. The future has yet to be written.

Unnamed Game - ????

Unnamed Game 1 - ????

Unnamed Game 2 - ????

Volvox - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.neotenia.org/Press/sheet.php?p=volvox

Volvox is a puzzle game based on a triangular grid. The characters, called Trimoebas, are triangular unicellular organisms undertaking the building of the first pluricellular beings, traveling through the evolution. The Trimoebas bear functional properties on their sides, such glue, explosive, insulating and hooks, but they are useful only if the Trimoebas are correctly rotated: you will have to move on the right path and make the Trimoebas overstep each other to complete the mission.
 

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My favourite day of any month. I'm so ready to play everything this time around. My dance card is free.
 

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Content is up, you know the drill: If you see any error/missing info, throw a message in the thread and I'll correct it.

Additionally, lets not dwell on page 1 for too long to get rid of the GIF/Picture browser killing madness :p

Edit: *off to play some TIS-100*
 

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This thread reminds me I need to get my ass into gear and actually play some Snakebird soon. Jonathan Blow's been tweeting about it constantly for the last week or so.
 

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Content is up, you know the drill: If you see any error/missing info, throw a message in the thread and I'll correct it.

Additionally, lets not dwell on page 1 for too long to get rid of the GIF/Picture browser killing madness :p

Edit: *off to play some TIS-100*

Quick glance-over shows two broken BBCode entries:

The Light Inside Us
Forgotten Passages

And a missing image under Starship Command, though I don't know if that's just me.
 

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Great work again.

Just a quickie- is Sorcery available as a PC/ Mac release? Seems to be mobile/ Kindle only from the website. Or have I missed something?
 

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Your threads are my favorite thing on GAF. I want to play everything, indies are truly awesome <3
 

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Everything I get when I search for "Sorcery PC" is a reddit thread on how you can't play Sorcery on PC. :p

Sorry, copypasting error :p

Holy shit, nice thread. I'll be watching this closely.

Your threads are my favorite thing on GAF. I want to play everything, indies are truly awesome <3

Thanks! Post some impressions or feel free to participate in any discussion, guys ;) We would love to read more people in here.
 
New thread! Looking at what released, last month was crazy

My wishlist for the Summer Sale is huge. Mainly looking at Axiom Verge, Vagante, The Talos Principle, Steredenn, and Toren

And this month, I believe SuperHOT is releasing

And Rain World is going to be at E3 with a new build, so a new backer build should be coming soon

And We Happy Few is hitting Kickstarter this week

And Door Kickers is likely coming to iPad this month

So yeah June is going to be awesome
 

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Thanks again Toma - as always fantastic work!!!

What's the indie thread record for the most released(ones someone is interested enough in anyway) indies listed in one month 70++ this month.
 
So a little LTTP, but Ori and the Blind Forest...

Easily the most gorgeous 2D platformer I've played. Every area is potential wallpaper material. The animations are so fluid, so smooth, and responsive, and I always think of Rain World when I'm leaping around as a cute little white creature. I was surprised that it was a metroidvania too, of course that only added to my enjoyment of exploring this world.
 

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So nice to see Environmental Station Alpha at the top of the best of April list. Almost no one replied in the OT, so I was under the impression it was either gonna be overlooked or under appreciated, and I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Awesome thread as always, Toma.
 
So nice to see Environmental Station Alpha at the top of the best of April list. Almost no one replied in the OT, so I was under the impression it was either gonna be overlooked or under appreciated, and I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Awesome thread as always, Toma.
Well you know how GAF can be. Pixel art + another metroidvania = dismissive responses
 

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So nice to see Environmental Station Alpha at the top of the best of April list. Almost no one replied in the OT, so I was under the impression it was either gonna be overlooked or under appreciated, and I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Awesome thread as always, Toma.

Pretty sure almost everyone had the game on their voting list last month. Some games really dont get any attention in their individual threads. Thats sort of the whole idea of these threads, as we dont forget about these games and archive them here :) Since the thread is usually active all month, good threads tend to end up on top.

(with some minor exceptions, all of you should try the Siralim demo!)
http://www.siralim.com/

Nobody played that last month, go catch up on that, guys.
 

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Some games really dont get any attention in their individual threads. Thats sort of the whole idea of these threads, as we dont forget about these games and archive them here :)

As long as good games keeps getting noticed in one thread or another, we can all stay happy :)

Well you know how GAF can be. Pixel art + another metroidvania = dismissive responses

I actually think there's a fair amount of Metroidvania fans in here, which is why it surprised me to find the ESA thread almost empty. Maybe Ori/Axiom Verge stole its thunder, but it really isn't something that should be overlooked, especially by genre fans.
 

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I actually think there's a fair amount of Metroidvania fans in here, which is why it surprised me to find the ESA thread almost empty. Maybe Ori/Axiom Verge stole its thunder, but it really isn't something that should be overlooked, especially by genre fans.

Actually I don't think Axiom Verge got that much attention either, relatively speaking.
 

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Thanks for mentioning ESA. It has shot to the top of my Summer Sale wishlist.

Actually I don't think Axiom Verge got that much attention either, relatively speaking.

I thought it would do better after seeing how well Ori did on PC, but I guess making it look like a PS exclusive hurt.
 
Need to check out some of the free stuff on the list, but here are impressions of the paid stuff I've played so far. Can't wait for the Sale this month

Invisible Inc
With Mark of the Ninja, Klei made a game that I consider to be part of the ultimate triumvirate of the stealth genre (with Splinter Cell Chaos Theory and Hitman: Blood Money), and Invisible Inc only cements them as masters of the genre. Mixing tactical strategy with nail-biting infiltration, Invisible Inc is always tense and always rewarding. Every move is both a opportunity to outmaneuver enemies, subvert defenses, and acquire funds and new gear, and a closer step towards discovery and greater challenge, as the alarm creeps inevitably upwards. Ghosting a level, dodging high tech security, or reaching the elevator with an entire alerted complex hot on your heels is equally exhilarating. If you like stealth, real stealth where a mistake is costly and you can't break out an assault rifle if things go south, and like turn based strategy, you can't wrong with Invisible Inc

Not a Hero
Cover based shooting by way of Hotline Miami. That's a good way to describe Not A Hero. Take the rhythmic murder of Hotline Miami and combine it with sliding, cover-based action and you get this game's wild bloody gameplay. Cleaning up the city with a band of misfits and a crazy "Mad-Lib"-bing anthropomorphic rabbit from the future is your task here and it's one hell of fun humorous ride. While the gameplay is kind of repetitive, the fun comes from timing your slides and cover and reloads and special skills to string together fluid chains of tackles, headshots, executions, and reloads. It's so satisfying, very much in the vein of pulling off perfect lines in Roll7's OlliOlli

Badland
Only played this on IOS, so while the GOTY version revamps all the levels and adds more movement mechanics, the general framework and gameplay is still the same. Badland surprised me by taking a relatively simple mechanic - hold to rise, release to descend - and crafting myriad challenges around it. Forget the days of Helicopter's simple dodging. Here you're deftly evading sawblades, splitting up and sacrificing packs of clones to clear debris and open pressure-sensitive gates, avoiding deadly lasers, manipulating weird machines, collecting power-ups that reverse your gravity or slow time or make your flying furballs stick to surfaces. The sheer variety of hazards and physics-based puzzles, all designed around a simple core mechanics and presented in an atmospheric art style, makes Badland well worth checking out. I imagine the added movement controls on PC and consoles make the game even more fun
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1) Invisible Inc
2) Not A Hero
3) Badland
 
OMG, this is brilliant.
I love you Zach. <3
Come on, you got to give us more than that :p

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Ice Caves of Europa - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47258.0

Ice Caves of Europa is a science-fiction, cave-exploration game set in Jupiter's moon, Europa.
In the near future, a comet smashes into Europa, shattering the ice crust near Thera Macula and revealing the liquid water beneath. You play the Dragonfly, a robotic rover whose mission is to explore the caves beneath the surface for signs of life.

Tombeaux - 2016

https://tombeauxgame.wordpress.com/

Tombeaux is a game that explores the convergence between cultures and the environment across a few hundred years of midwestern American history, taking place on a small section of the St. Croix River. Through exploration, the player discovers new objects, eras, environments, and narratives, all of which cause reflection upon our history and our future.

Gemini X - ????

http://blog.mixedbag.it/post/120613214658/announcing-gemini-x

What if instead of direction and shooting, we tried to give the player indipendent control over two distinct entities simultaneously?
Internally named &#8220;Stick Dancing&#8221;, the system allows the player to control 2 spaceships at the same time, piloted by the genetically created twins Akai and Aoi, in a mission to liberate Earth from an alien invasion.
 

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Come on, you got to give us more than that :p
Sorry, was busy playing :p

I just played it 6 hours straight, about 3 hours of which were being stuck on level 7 and trying to figure out how to approach it. This game is similarly ZEN like Zachtronics other games, which is great. It basically is SpaceChem with a more rudimentary Interface and mostly focussed on maths and simple logic circuits. It is also much closer to SpaceChem than Infinifactory in how solving each puzzle would be pretty easy if you had unlimited Space/Reactors, but you mostly need to work around the limitations given by the game.

There is one caveat to it though: It is hard. As I said, I am stuck for 3 hours on level 7, and while this game simply ate away my time like it was candy, the difficulty curve is likely much less forgiving than it was in the other games. I really appreciate that, as I thought Infinifactory was always too easy, but just as a fair warning.

Great stuff. Looking forward to breaking my head over this tomorrow again.
 

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Awesome thread as always, Toma. I didn't post a ton in the last one since I hadn't been playing a lot of new stuff, but I've still been lurking and appreciating the more topical posts of everyone else.

On that note I've still been digging into a lot of indie stuff, and since I feel like I'm not contributing anything to these threads I figured I'd post some impressions (though if you'd rather I didn't post about older stuff let me know):

Fract OSC
Played this over the weekend and was completely in love. I was already a fan of EDM and have dabbled in making electronic music in the past, so this was an absolute delight to go through, and one of the better paced first-person exploration puzzle games I've played (we need a better term for stuff like this). Also found it surprisingly powerful, though I've been unable to describe exactly how I felt about it. Highly recommend if you haven't checked it out yet. Full Review

Domestic Dog Simulator
Booted this up on a whim and...yeah, it's not great. Super limited and kind of disturbing; it's more or less the simplest of illustrations regarding video games and their history with capitalism. Not really sure I got anything out of it aside from a pretentious review, but I guess that's about all I expected. On a side note the developer's other game, Squirreltopia, is actually sort of endearing (and I'm not saying that just because of the squirrels, though they certainly help). Full Review

Dreaming Sarah
This was a big surprise for me; a wonderfully eerie adventure platformer. I loved how it incorporated a lot of distinctly video game trappings (the sound effects might be the most obvious) but then used them in very untraditional ways to match its bizarre world. Definitely worth looking into if you're a fan of the surreal Full Review

Rain, House, Eternity + other Kitty Horrorshow games
For whatever reason I decided to play this one night and enjoyed it so much I ended up going through the developer's (Kitty Horrorshow) whole collection of games and finding almost all of them to be fantastic. That eventually led to this piece about how I enjoyed the interconnected nature of her games and how I appreciated them more in the context of each other. Feel free to give it a read or not; either way I'd definitely check her games out if you're into arthouse games Piece

Jenny LeClue - Playable Teaser
This one is actually recent, though it's only a demo. I'd been super excited for this game to release since it was Kickstarted what feels like ages ago, and the demo was basically everything I'd hoped it would be. Not really too much to say about it other than go check it out, it's about half an hour long but totally worth it I did say some stuff about it though if you're curious.

Nihilumbra
Expected to be into this, but it just didn't click with me. The narrative was overbearing and the puzzles too simplistic. On the plus side it's a very pretty game, I just wish the art was being used for a better game. Might still be worth looking into since a lot of other people seemed to have been into it, but it definitely wasn't my cup of tea Full Review

Life Goes On
I've seen no one talking about this (or back when it released) and that's too bad because it's actually pretty cool. I've been pretty burnt out on puzzle platformers lately but LGO has a really great hook (that gave me pause to think about how I view death in other games, and I always find things that start these discussions worthy of note), the difficulty curve is super smooth, and it ends just when you want it too (too many platformers go on far too long for my liking). Give it a shot if you aren't turned off by its morbid nature (which actually isn't as bad as I had feared; it's very cartoony and humorous). Full Review

I suppose that's mostly it. Have had surprisingly good luck for the most part picking games from my disturbingly large backlog to try, which is a nice change given I'd been playing a lot of shovelware prior to that. Will hopefully get around to playing some of the newer stuff from the OP and try to post some impressions.

EDIT: EEP! Sorry about the wall of text. Didn't think it would be this long.
 
Awesome thread as always, Toma. I didn't post a ton in the last one since I hadn't been playing a lot of new stuff, but I've still been lurking and appreciating the more topical posts of everyone else.

On that note I've still been digging into a lot of indie stuff, and since I feel like I'm not contributing anything to these threads I figured I'd post some impressions (though if you'd rather I didn't post about older stuff let me know):
Dude, you don't have to worry about that. We discuss anything indie here, recently released, older stuff, it's all fair game. You know how many times I'll play and post impressions of stuff months or years after release? I didn't get around to SpaceChem until last year :p

Stuff gets overlooked or forgotten about due to newer releases, so impressions are always welcome.
 

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Wow oh wow, this is going to be a good month!

Kerbal Space Program

I've played KSP for nearly 300 hours. It's not a game that everyone will enjoy, and has a fairly high learning curve, but if a rocket building and flying game sounds like something that might interest you, then I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Royals

A simple but good single player turn based strategy game where half the fun is in discovering how it all works. You have a number of stats which you look to improve by visiting various locations on the map, one per year, with your goal being to become the king, queen or royal of the land before you die. There are lots of little nuances which I won't spoil, but which I very much enjoyed. Can be frustrating until you fully understand the way everything works together.

Snakebird

When someone recommended this game to me I boldly claimed I would finish it in two or three hours. It only has 50 or so levels, after all! As I write this I'm simultaneously stuck on six or so different levels, even though most of the levels look shockingly simple. The game is very challenging, but not due to being overly complicated, as is the way for a lot of other puzzle games. It feels a bit like mate-in-X chess puzzles, where there might only be six pieces on the board, each with very simple movement rules, but together it makes for a challenging problem. Highly recommended for those that like puzzle games, and worth trying for those that don't.


I'm going to steal Toma's system, I hope you don't mind!

Highly Recommended

Kerbal Space Program
Snakebird


Recommended

Royals

Decent

Not Recommended
 

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After browsing this thread and the above-linked 2013 and 2014 threads, I was forced to re-evaluate my gaming preferences. I thought that indies were okay, but sort of background noise, but after going through that list, I realized that indies have made up the bulk of my gaming time in recent years and have provided the most satisfying experiences.

I'm looking forward to trying the many recommended games that I missed. Divinity: Original Sin and Shadowrun are first on the list. I just need to finish Rogue Legacy first.
 

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Dude, you don't have to worry about that. We discuss anything indie here, recently released, older stuff, it's all fair game. You know how many times I'll play and post impressions of stuff months or years after release? I didn't get around to SpaceChem until last year :p

Stuff gets overlooked or forgotten about due to newer releases, so impressions are always welcome.
haha alright, this is just me being overly concerned with imaginary rules that I seem to assume exist in every thread despite having no cause to. It's actually fairly odd when I think about it.

Wow oh wow, this is going to be a good month!

Kerbal Space Program

I've played KSP for nearly 300 hours. It's not a game that everyone will enjoy, and has a fairly high learning curve, but if a rocket building and flying game sounds like something that might interest you, then I cannot recommend this highly enough.

I didn't know if I'd care for KSP at all, but I randomly won it in a giveaway and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Granted I've only played it for a few hours, but I'm definitely interested in getting back to it. It's like super advanced Lego.

Snakebird

When someone recommended this game to me I boldly claimed I would finish it in two or three hours. It only has 50 or so levels, after all! As I write this I'm simultaneously stuck on six or so different levels, even though most of the levels look shockingly simple. The game is very challenging, but not due to being overly complicated, as is the way for a lot of other puzzle games. It feels a bit like mate-in-X chess puzzles, where there might only be six pieces on the board, each with very simple movement rules, but together it makes for a challenging problem. Highly recommended for those that like puzzle games, and worth trying for those that don't.
I've seen this being brought up a lot (sadly mostly to compare its lack of coverage to that of a certain other game). I'm strapped for cash at the moment, but will definitely look to pick it up sometime soon. I haven't played a straight up puzzle game in a while and by all accounts this is one of the better ones to be released lately (which of course makes it even more depressing seemingly no one played it, but that goes for a lot of games =/ ).
 
Toma, I just noticed that the OP says "Voting Results, Best of April"

Also level design in Braid, character design in Fez? We can probably think of more recent relevant topics to put :p

After browsing this thread and the above-linked 2013 and 2014 threads, I was forced to re-evaluate my gaming preferences. I thought that indies were okay, but sort of background noise, but after going through that list, I realized that indies have made up the bulk of my gaming time in recent years and have provided the most satisfying experiences.

I'm looking forward to trying the many recommended games that I missed. Divinity: Original Sin and Shadowrun are first on the list. I just need to finish Rogue Legacy first.
Cool! Yeah, kind of the same thing happened to me a few years ago. I had been pretty much 100% consoles for most of my life, except for the occasional flash game or freeware game. But then I got into PC gaming, mainly indies, and now that's basically all I play.

It's literally an endless thriving section of gaming. I find something new every day and that's not hyperbole

If you like roguelike platformers, Catacomb Kids, Vagante, and of course Spelunky should be right up your alley

(which of course makes it even more depressing seemingly no one played it, but that goes for a lot of games in these threads =/ ).
Fixed that for you ;)

Occasionally something will take off, like Besiege. But it's still baffling that a universally praised game like Factorio has only had 84,846 sales so far
 

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Did no-one get to play or vote for Westerado: Double Barreled - last month?

Pretty sure it was getting raved about.

I have to say as a game maker looking through a tiny subsection of cool indie games like the first couple posts in this thread makes me feel incredibly worthless!! As a game player it's amazing of course

Just take them as inspiration for your next project :)
 

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I've actually played a whole load of stuff from the OP already! It's voting time!

Axiom Verge

I haven't played as much of this as I would like given my work life and The Witcher 3 came out. Having said that it's a pretty damn good take on the "metroidvania" formula with a great retro aesthetic and responsive controls. It's not as fluid, or as attractive, as Ori but it's trying to be a little truer to the genre's roots both aesthetically and mechanically.

Crosscode

I played this a while back (before Early Access) and it's great. I played it the same month as Secrets of Grindania and while it's not as good as that, it's a great, fast paced bullet hell come RPG and even in demo form it was good fun, so I can only imagine the early access version is even better.

Flame Over

I didn't play this, but Pylon_Trooper did:
Even in a month where the Vita line-up touts Hotline Miami sequels, the magnificent Helldivers and enigmatic gear like Oreshika, Flame Over demands a spot in the playlist. Featuring tight controls, whimsical audio-visuals that belie a ruthless-but-fair set of game systems and a minute cost of entry, there remains little to say but get it while it&#8217;s hot.

Hot Date

Weird. Very weird and pretty funny. A game where you try to romance a bunch of pugs on an evening of speed dating. I'm about as good at this as I would be on an actual speed dating evening.

Invisible Inc

Yeah this is legit good. It's a roguelike come strategy game where you're tasked with infiltrating randomly generated corporations to find or hack targets and escape as unharmed as you can manage. It's a load of fun and, on the higher difficulties, really tough.

Serpent in the Staglands

I played the demo, loved it and just bought the whole thing last night on GoG. It's extremely hardcore; the game doesn't come with overblown in game tutorials, you need to pay attention, write your own notes and learn. You need to learn how magic works, what the spells do, where you are on the map (if you can find one) and where that relates to other places in the Staglands. In a post Pillars and Witcher 3 world I think I might be enjoying this more than both; certainly more than Pillars.

Voting

Highly Recommended

Serpent in the Staglands
Invisible Inc

Recommended

CrossCode
Axiom verge
Flame Over

Decent

Hot Date

Poo
 

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Haven't seen it mentioned but Shape of The World looks lovely. There's a GAF thread here too: http://neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1055206

Shape of the World - (PC, Xbox One)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hollowtree/shape-of-the-world

Shape of the World is an exploration game where a rich and colorful world grows around you. Your presence is the driving force behind the procedurally populated environment as you establish permanent monuments to mark your journey.

Shape of the World builds on the ideas of experiential games like Journey, Flower and Proteus where health hearts and kill points don’t enter the equation. It’s an evolving world that grows with each step and hints at distant landmarks, encouraging you to dive deeper into the woods. Shape of the World offers a unique unfolding experience for those seeking an alternative to quest-driven adventure games.
 

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Damn, I didn't think logic programming could be more brutal after Spacechem but they've managed it with TIS-100.

Yep, even though I really like it, its not going to be a better game than SpaceChem or Infinifactory due to that and accessibility reasons. This is basically distilling SpaceChem style logic programming to the core and not wasting any time with niceties.

Also level design in Braid, character design in Fez? We can probably think of more recent relevant topics to put :p

Toma, I just noticed that the OP says "Voting Results, Best of April"

Also level design in Braid, character design in Fez? We can probably think of more recent relevant topics to put :p

Corrected.

And feel free to suggest other popular games that encourage people to engage in discussion as they have a lot to discuss and are very widespread known to get the point across that everyone is welcome to post in these threads :p

I've actually played a whole load of stuff from the OP already! It's voting time!

Hey now, you still have the whole month :p Another month in which I hope I wont need to postpone playing the games for too long.

Also, you have no idea how hyped that blurb about Staglands made me, ugh.
 
I just noticed I already own Invisible Inc.

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Heh, I remember when you posted impressions of the first alpha, saying it was pretty much a tech demo with a lot of potential
No time for lengthy impressions, but it doesn't have much content yet, so it's hardly recommendable over a full game, but I am very impressed with the systems, style and polish already at work here. This game will turn out amazing, you can tell that just from this small tech demo, so you really should take them up on the 2 keys for a small price over eventually, even if it's not worth getting it now immediately.