Heya, folks! Lumpz the Clown here, and I’m here to regale you good people with some of the amazing games I’ve come across so far!
For those of you paying attention, you’d notice that the indie circuit has been absolutely abuzz with new shit rolling out (or already rolled out). Having to comb through thousands of tweets and bopping off multiple websites to find the best ones can be much too big a task for the average overworked, underpaid gamer.
Not to worry though, as I’ve compiled a list, in no particular order, of six of the greatest indie games that I’ve recently encountered. Multiple genres included!
Volgarr the Viking
Let me embellish: Volgarr the Viking is not recommended to those who favor hand-holding, baby games that inundate you with tutorials and invincibility buffs. Released Sept. 13, 2013 by Crazy Viking Studios, Volgarr the Viking is a brutally difficult, side-scrolling platformer that pits the titular viking against all manner of reptilian scum. Think Rastan pumped up on steroids and coke!
Power-ups are available that give you a stronger shield and a helmet, which also act like the armor available in Ghosts ‘n Goblins: one hit per piece of armor! Enemies swarm at you in droves, seemingly impossible paths are set out before you, and yet, even through all it’s brutality, NOT ONCE did Volgarr the Viking seem unfair. This game is truly a test of skill, and I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys challenging arcade platformers.
Xeodrifter is not your standard, run-of-the-mill platformer. Try to imagine the love child of Super Metroid, Mega Man and Blaster Master! Developed by the good folks at Renegade Kid (same folks that made Mutant Mudds) and released Dec. 11, 2014, Xeodrifter will feel right at home for those who sunk an ungodly amount of hours into either one of these titles. Enemies come in all shapes and sizes, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, Xeodrifter will dash your gray matter against the wall for the umpteenth time!
When they say that this is an exploration game, they’re not kidding! You have four planets to bop between (and that’s only the ones I know about), and as you collect power-ups and items, you’ll have to go back to previously visited planets in order to find even more items and power-ups. Gun and health enhancements are available, and you’ll need them to take on the ever-changing boss battles you’re bound to encounter!
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Phantasmal: City of Darkness
Though still in early development, Phantasmal: City of Darkness is already doing a great job of making players piss their pants in horror! Phantasmal is a procedurally-generated, first-person horror game that pits you against some of the most horrific creatures ever spawned since Silent Hill. Simply shooting them or running away is not always viable, as these actions make noise, tempting the horrific Sleeper!
The goal: get to the next floor, ALIVE! With distracting flares, planks and various other projectile and melee weapons at your disposal, you’re still going to have a hell of a time getting to that next floor. Towering grunts and bloodthirsty phantoms are only the start!
About a year ago, the beautiful and talented Jessica Ross introduced me to a wacky genius named Nate Schmold, who said he was developing a game about a naked cosmonaut, whose sole purpose is to revive dead planets by planting seeds.
This seems simple enough and even relaxing, until you throw in the fact that hostile aliens hellbent on your destruction throw all manner of obstacles in your way; from low-crawling blobs to huge dragons… oh, and laser beams, your task will not be easy!
Since I first played this game back in September 2014, it has come so far, so much so that I may need to post another video just to show off some of the cool shit that has been released since version 1.0. Some new enemies and obstacles have been thrown into the mix, as well as new items and NPCs.
Developed and released January 21st, 2015 by Black Shell Games (of SanctuaryRPG Black Edition fame), Overture is a top-down, roguelike dungeon crawler with TONS of unlockables and classes to choose from.
Even better, weapon & armor upgrades are also available in this game to help you take on the massive onslaught of enemies and bosses who’d love nothing more than to drink your blood and crunch your bones! How many enemies, exactly?
This is yet another game that has morphed into something so much better since I last played it, with musical, graphical and performance enhancements. I would recommend this to anyone who likes their games brutally challenging, fast-paced and unpredictable.
Old-school roguelike and RPG fans will also find a home here, as there are plenty of upgrades, buffs and NPCs to keep things interesting. Exploration can either be rewarded or punished, and the only way to find out is to get in there and see for yourself!
Available on Steam.
Overcoming all odds, David, Alejandro and the 2Awesome team have FINALLY surpassed their Kickstarter goal! Slated for final release in Q4 2015, Dimension Drive is a 2 SCREEN SHMUP that pits Jack against the sinister Ashajuls in a battle for the galaxy. With her home planet destroyed, Jack has nothing to lose and is out to save us all!
So how does Dimension Drive play? See for yourself!
I’ll be posting up where else this game will be available when the final version rolls out, but for now, you can pick up the most recent demo over at IndieDB. Be sure to check out the 2Awesome and Dimension Drive websites for more information.
And there you have it! These six games have all been created by some of the most awesome and dedicated indie developers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I would encourage you to check out ALL of these, as they have a little something for everyone.
If you ever get the chance to check out an excellent indie title, don’t hesitate to let your fellow gamers know and thank the developers for all that they do! As we descend towards 2016, know this: there is A LOT more cool shit coming our way. It’s a great era to be a gamer! Lumpz the Clown OUT!
Lumpz the Clown, Gaming Rebellion Ally and Practitioner of Painted Pixelated Tomfoolery