The cancellation of this year’s E3 has paved the way for several in the business of video games (developers, publishers, and/or media) to create their own showcases of upcoming titles for PC, mobile and/or consoles.
One such example is the Guerrilla Collective, a 3-day event produced by The MIX in cooperation with Kinda Funny Games/Greg Miller, which brought attention to an abundance of independent games releasing in the coming months.
Of course, with that many game announcements, there was a little something for everyone, no matter what their preference of genre. For us, however, there were 10 titles that really stood out, not only as games that immediately grabbed our attention, but as ones we genuinely want to play.
In this point & click/free-roaming sim, set in 1986, players will embody Meredith Weiss, a 40-something woman taking a 2-week hiatus from her life in the big city to come back home and stand-in for her father as a local mail carrier. What will happen during these 2 weeks? Where will life take Meredith once her time away is over? It’s up to you as the player to decide.
Ambition: A Minuet in Power
Use your powers of persuasion, intuition, and seduction in this unique, rogue-lite visual novel, set in pre-revolutionary France, where romance can be used as a weapon to gain influence and change the course of history. Are you smart enough to outwit your opponents and advance your position? Or, will playing the game cause you to lose your head?
Gestalt: Steam & Cinder
Fight for mankind’s survival in this action RPG (inspired by 16 & 32-bit classics) which combines 2D platforming, thrilling combat, and an exciting, deep narrative, set in a gorgeous, steampunk world.
This romantic, open world, RPG follows two lovers who’ve escaped to a forgotten planet in order to be together and now must do whatever they can to survive & keep their relationship intact.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Take down the good guys, build wonderfully wicked devices, create a cool lair perfect for evil plotting, train minions to execute your plans, and stop at nothing short of world domination, in this sequel to the “cult classic” original released in 2004.
Inspired by Mega Man X, this second roguelike, action platformer from Batterystaple Games, which takes place 1000 years after their first game, 20XX, will allow players to jump, shoot, and slash their way through ever-changing worlds, alone or with a friend.
Lost at Sea
What makes life worth living? Finding the answer to this is one of the goals players are tasked with in this interesting mix of survival, horror, mystery, puzzle, and exploration game, where death is on the hunt, memories must be reclaimed, and life, as in reality, is fleeting.
Take a deep dive into the subconscious of Cassidy, a young woman dealing with depression, in order to save her from a dark fate in this action RPG which allows players to manipulate elements, warp space, control time, and use hack and slash combat to battle nightmarish bosses which embody isolation, negativity, and fear.
Hundred Days: Winemaking Simulator
Although we know nothing about the subject at hand, we’re definitely intrigued by this simulator that takes players through the process of winemaking, starting with growing their own grapes (despite challenges such as weather) all the way to creating a finished product which will be named, bottled, and sold. Do you have what it takes to run a successful vineyard?
El Hijo: A Wild West Tale
A refreshing, family friendly take on the wild west adventure, which follows El Hijo, a young boy who uses cunning and stealth to outsmart villains and overcome great dangers while on a journey to find his mother.
You can read more about the Guerrilla Collective here.
Want to discover even more great indie titles releasing over the next several months? Check out our previous article, “25 Indie Games We Can’t Wait to Play.”
Sources: Guerrilla Collective, various game developers mentioned