That’s right, it’s Thursday June 13th, 2019. Also known to some as Indie Day! Today one of Nintendo’s livestreams will be dedicated to indie titles coming to the platform in the future.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to, and we’ll get to that. But first, we’re not even half-way through 2019 yet, and there has already been a plethora of great indie games released. Indie Day is going to have high expectations placed on it.
The Best Indies of 2019
Here are some of the best indie games to release so far in 2019. Indies have the ability to do more creative and trend breaking things than most mainstream titles, and many of this years games embody this thoroughly.
Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game in the same vein as the cult Advanced Wars series. It has been highly praised for its difficulty, custom map building, and online multiplayer. In the game, you play as and against multiple different factions throughout the lands, after the assassination of the King of Cherrystone at the hands of the Vampires. It has a very interesting fantasy world. Everything from humans, to vampires, to even giant humanoid insects. Plus you can recruit adorable dogs to fight by your side, so the game is practically perfect in regards to dog representation.
Katana ZERO is another groundbreaking platformer published by Devolver Digital and developed by Askiisoft. In the game you play as swordsmen forced to kill those his psychiatrist tells him to. Doing so grants him a drug that gives him time bending abilities. It allows him to slow down time, giving the player the ability to deflect bullets or take down multiple enemies without taking a scratch. Thish is great because a scratch is all it takes to kill you in this violent masterpiece. The game deals with a lot of sensitive topics such as drug addiction, withdrawals, child murder, and so on. Regardless, it’s one of the most intriguing titles that Devolver has found, and has an expertly crafted narrative.
Baba is You
Baba is You is a puzzle game developed by Arvi Teikari and was released for PC and the Nintendo Switch. The game focuses on the concept of rules. There are tiles that the player is capable of moving around the screen with words on them that correspond with specific objects or movements. Manipulating these tile positions will either alter the rules or complete them, all in order to move the player to the end goal. With over 200 levels, the game manages to create a lot of unique situations that will keep you thinking.
Ape Out is yet another game published by Devolver Digital but this time developed by Gabe Cuzzillo. There’s not much to this game. You’re an ape that escaped from its restraints in a testing facility of some sort, and you rush through it killing guards all along the way as you try and escape. It combines extreme violence with minimalist art styles and procedurally generated jazz music. Which, surprisingly, it manages to do with grace.
Indies to Look Forward to
Cadence of Hyrule
Released just today, Cadence of Hyrule is an indie spin-off title of The Legend of Zelda Franchise. It serves as a crossover with the acclaimed Crypt of the Necrodancer rhythm game. You move between squares to the beat of the music and attack the same way. Some characters, items, and monsters are able to manipulate these rules for added difficulty or for needed assistance. The original game featured rogue like elements due to its randomly generated dungeons after each death. Which is likely going to be a returning feature in this title.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight quickly became one of the most highly praised indie games of this generation by both fans and critics alike. A metroidvania set in a world where sentient life is made up of bug-like creatures, you explore the depths beneath the town of Dirtmouth. Silksong is a true sequel to the game where the player takes control of Hornet, a boss and side character from the first game. It seemingly takes place after the third and true ending of Hollow Knight.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is one of the most important indie games released in history. It has a rich amount of content, a unique narrative, and manages to replicate the early days of gaming while adding a lot of its own flair. Treasure Trove has also received a lot of free expansions, each technically a game in its own right. It is soon getting two final expansions. The first is King of Cards, a new storyline that allows the player to learn more about King Knights history prior to the original game. The second is called Showdown which is basically a party fighting game in the likes of Smash Bros which allows the players to choose between any of the knights shown throughout the games.
I’ve been involved with the world of video games since I was able to sit in my dad’s lap and watch him. Not long after that I started playing myself, and it’s been a naturally growing passion ever since.