If you’ve been following our indie game coverage here at Geek and Sundry, gaming backlog has probably begun to grow, and you need some time to catch up on all the great titles we’ve recommended. But you’re still feeling that hunger for the next cool idea or experience you’ll encounter that will make you rethink how you think about video games. For that particular itch, here are some trailers for games you might want to put on your wishlist.
Mushroom 11 is for the indie fans among you who enjoyed Braid, Fez, or other side-scrolling puzzle games with an apocalyptic vibe and puzzler-themed challenge. In this strange title, you shape the growth of an amorphous organism, pruning and shaping it to navigate a sea of side scrolling puzzles set against the background of a ravaged city. Straight out of Brooklyn, the team at Untame Games has already won awards at SXSW, IndieCade, and was picked up for the Indie Fund. Any one of these accolades would be enough reason to recommend again, but a constant presence in the indie game awards scene means Mushroom 11 is sure to be worth your time when it comes out. Give it a chance. We’re sure that it will grow on you. (Its release is currently scheduled for Fall 2015.)
Submerged, which releases on August 4th, looks to be for the player who wants to get lost in large open worlds like Assassin Creed’s historical settings or Skyrim’s vast landscapes without the threat of combat and punishment of death. Developed by Uppercut Games, Submerged puts you in the role of Miku, who transports her wounded brother to a sunken city while looking for a way to save him. There’s a lot to be said for a game’s power to make us feel small, to put us in spaces both ravaged by the ages and filled with potential for the future. Games like this thrive when they can use the space itself, what objects lay within it, and what obstacles mark the player’s path to create a sense of identity and who and why to its importance. Check this one out if that’s the kind of mystery that makes you want to fire up your PS4 or gaming PC.
RymdResa may take a little explaining. It’s a spaceship game, where you move through space on a 2D plane, visit planets, customize your ship, and take on quests. Only, it’s a bit more than that. Its galaxies are procedural generated, meaning there’s no fixed path to what you may encounter, and what you may encounter includes – well, poetry. This is a space game where your bouncing vectors through space may take you past lyrical verses, where you’ll interact with ancient objects on far-off planets, and as its trailer shows, where electronic voices whisper poetry meditating on the loneliness of what lies beyond the stars.
But to make a better case for RymdResa, this is a title indie games have needed ever since FTL and other space simulators had begun procedural generating adventures through space. Much of the genre thus far has been limited to recreating encounters you might find on Star Trek or Babylon 5, not branching out into the weirdness and vast mystery of science fiction literature from the 1960’s or 1970’s.
It’s always a good time to get excited for Indie games, but these are just a few of the ones you should look forward to if you enjoy all the weird and wonderful potential the medium has to offer. If you’re looking for a different kind of game of some kind, let us know and we’ll see what we can recommend for you!
Disclosure: Bryant also writes for Gamasutra, owned by UBM, which organizes the IGF awards as part of the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, but has not had any involvement whatsoever with Mushroom 11’s winning of the IGF design award.
Feature Image Credit: Submerged/Uppercut Games