Sometimes in life it’s the smaller things which are best. The films and games which catch us by surprise, without the massive media campaigns, without the huge stars – think Shaun of the Dead, or Zombieland (admittedly, Woody Harrelson was in that one, but he was in the wilderness of his career at that point). These indie productions were probably better because they came from absolutely nowhere. That’s why we’ve decided to show some love to our indie game designers and list three indie games we just can’t wait to play.
This game is a remake of the insanely popular Killer Queen. Scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2019, this Nintendo Switch game promises to bring all of the madness from the arcade to your computer or handheld switch – also saving you a huge amount of money in quarters! The game is a simple real-time strategy-based game. The blue and gold teams face off in a bid to compete in one of three goals; either kill the opposite teams’ queen, fill your hive with honey, or bring your ‘snail God’ home. The only major difference fans of the game can expect is team size, which has shrunk from 5v5 to 4v4.
Talk to anyone about this game and they will probably all remark on the same thing first: the beautiful and distinct graphics. Leaning heavily on the French cartoonist Moebius, with hints of Studio Ghibli, it has a simple and elegant feel. Based around the titular character, Sable, you roam around the desert with your hoverbike. Unlike many games, this isn’t based on leveling up or killing opponents, but rather exploring the landscape, and learning about the residents of this new, alien landscape, and the history of the NPCs. Although a big risk, its two creators, lifelong friends Gregorios Kythreotis and Daniel Fineberg, have obviously put a great deal of thought into how this world and history will unfold in front of the player, and if nothing else, this game promises to be something very different. Keep your eyes peeled in Q2 of 2019 for what could go down as a truly legendary indie game. With promises that it’ll be published on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, you can’t miss it.
The second game published on EA’s indie platform, EA originals, anticipation for Sea of Solitude has been slowly building since its teaser was released way back in 2015. This game of German origin is the latest to start tackling the issue of mental health, now a path reasonably well-trodden since the success of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, although this new indie game approaches it slightly differently. As the main character is slowly devoured by her loneliness and depression, she starts to morph out of her human form and into a monstrous being. The job of the player is to guide the main character around a dystopic, flooded world and do good to other NPCs, in a bid to return her back to her human form once more. This promises to be an emotional and hard hitting game, so keep your eye out for the early 2019 release.