True to the Company’s nature, Nintendo decided to throw a curve ball at its audience by announcing an Indie presentation instead of the heavily expected January Direct. While this presentation likely dampens the chances of a main-line Direct, that doesn’t mean some great indie games weren’t announced. From RPGs to simulators, it seems like there was a game for just about everyone during the presentation. Of course, each game displayed had its own good merit in some capacity, but we personally feel that some announcements created more excitement than others. That’s why we’ve decided to list the top 5 games from the indie presentation that we’re looking most forward to.
Developed by HopFrog, Forager has all the makings of a delightful indie game. Drawing from games such as The Legend of Zelda and Stardew Valley, this title has you gathering supplies from the environment to build up your base while fighting enemies along the way. The dungeon-based boss fights coupled with the cute-looking art style bring out that nostalgic love for classic adventure games we all have. Not to mention, this game gets bonus points for having a cute playable character.
Rounding out the Metroidvania category is Inmost. This game has you playing as three protagonists as you explore and make your way through a bleak and dark world. With gameplay mechanics such as hook shots and sword stabbing, it seems safe to say that developer Chucklefish has intense and fast-paced movement in mind for this game. When you also take into consideration the beautiful pixel art and you have a captivating game, it could make Inmost to rise to the levels of Celeste and The Messenger.
While not exactly Advance Wars, fans of the series surely became excited when Wargroove came into the spotlight. This strategy game not only brings a similar play style to that of the fan-favorite series, but also adds its own creativity with the ability to create your own levels. This adds an immense level of replay value that other titles of its genre lack. When you take all of this into consideration, plus the fact that any Advance Wars-esque game is a nice sight, it’s hard not to get excited for Wargroove.
Do you like top-down Zelda games? Do you like games that take place within games? Then CrossCode is the game for you! Set within the world of an MMO, you play as a gamer as you explore the world of CrossCode with your player friends. Though this game has been out on other systems, its release on the Switch will surely draw in a large crowd. Taking this fantastic 2D adventure on the go will add some great value.
1. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
From the makers of the infamous SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 comes another addition to the SteamWorld universe. This time, Image & Form has decided to dip their toes into the RPG genre with SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh. We don’t know much about the game, but it seems like it uses a card-based, turn-by-turn system for combat. The title also possesses a similar visual style to previous installments, which is always a plus. All in all, we expect great things from this new SteamWorld game.
Which indie games from the presentation are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below! For a full breakdown of the Indie Highlights, check out our article on Every Switch Indie Game that was just Announced. Otherwise, keep it here on Culture of Gaming for all things gaming!