Upcoming Indie Games to Keep an Eye On

Since I've got the systems down, and found the 3x speed button, Nantucket has really caught me. A very solid and exciting game.

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Since I've got the systems down, and found the 3x speed button, Nantucket has really caught me. A very solid and exciting game.

That game has one of the best implementations of theme I've ever seen in a PC game. And, in towards that end, the soundtrack of sea shanties is itself worth the price of admission.

Demon's Tilt launched in Early Access yesterday. It's a pinball bullet hell game. The table seems to be a 3 tiered table with 'quests' and 'bosses' at each tier. I've given it a little time and enjoyed it quite a lot so far. It looks and sounds great.

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Those are some really pretty visuals.

Sadly, 20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds has been cancelled.

20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds started in 2011 as nothing more than an attempt for us to learn to program our own games. Even as the world of Pinefiord with its airships and floating islands started to take serious shape we consciously set only humble goals for ourselves: to learn and to have fun in the process. These goals have been met several times over, and without the project we would not be where we are today professionally or personally.

Despite our goals to learn and have fun, we eventually found ourselves with a project that was so ambitious that finishing it would have required significant funding. Throughout 2016, and then again in 2018, we pitched 20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds to publishers all over the world. Though our pitches were met with many oooohs and aaaahs, eventually it became clear that from a financing standpoint the game was just too big to be small, and too small to be big.

They've released the 2015 demo for free at itch.io.

Many thanks to Mermaidpirate for the gift of Paperbark. I've been looking forward to trying it, and I'm excited to see what it has to say about Australian indigenous peoples and culture. Plus I hear it's, you know, a good game.

Edit - Paperbark is a top-down, hand-painted, absolutely stunningly beautiful Wombat walking sim, suitable for kids and adults. It shows various ecosystems in Australia, complete with fully immersive sound, as your wombat explores the area looking for tasty plants to nom. Along the way, you'll be trying to spot insects, butterflies and birds.

Very chill and relaxing. I can definitely use that in my life.

Oh, that looks absolutely lovely.

RE: Paperbark, It really is great, bought it for my 5 year old who played it on my PC laptop with a touch screen. Really captures the beauty of our outback.

In a similar vein from an Indie title 'simplistic enough for kids' point of view is the hidden object game I bought for my daughter Hidden Paws Mystery on Steam which has been a hit for her too.