Ley Lines, Space Hulk: Deathwing, Hunger Dungeon & more overlooked indie games
Pictured above: Space Hulk: Deathwing
With only a few weeks left in December, this could end up being the last Overlooked Indies for 2016. We had another busy year of indie games, and this article is no exception. As usual, I can’t speak for the quality of these games personally, so make sure you do your research before making any purchases.
Space Hulk: Deathwing
Streum On Studio
The biggest release of the week is Space Hulk: Deathwing, a new FPS set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Created by the same team that made the cult hit E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, Deathwing is focused primarily on 4-player co-op as players don suits of the dreaded Tactical Dreadnought Armor and cleanse space hulks of xenos filth using an arsenal of destructive heavy weaponry. Unfortunately the game seems to have many performance and connectivity issues right now, so you may want to give it a pass for the time being. Deathwing is also on PS4 and Xbox One.
Super Dungeon Tactics
Speaking of PC adaptations of popular tabletop games, Super Dungeon Tactics came out this week as well. This tactical turn-based dungeon crawler is based on the Super Dungeon Explore series of miniature-based board games by Soda Pop Miniatures and Ninja Division. Much like the board game it’s based on, Super Dungeon Tactics tasks you with assembling a party of adventurers to complete quests in dangerous dungeons. This one also has some pretty mixed reviews at the moment, so you may want to hold off on purchasing it right away.
Indie Game Sim
Lost Decade Games, LLC
Indie Game Sim is a new light management game that combines elements of Game Dev Tycoon and Mario Maker. The game uses a simple built-in editor that allows you to make fairly basic 2D platformers that you then sell on the fictional “Vault” online game store. Use your profits to upgrade your software and potentially make better, more successful titles. The game seems to have some meta commentary elements weaved into the narrative as well.
OneShot is another new game that has jumped on the meta narrative bandwagon popularized by titles like The Stanley Parable and Undertale. You’ll guide an adorable little cat-like protagonist through a surreal world full of puzzles and adventure to restore light to a dead world. It’s already gained a pretty sizable number of positive reviews on Steam, so it may be worth checking out if you like games based around interacting with the player in unique ways.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Billy Goat Entertainment Ltd
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is a cheeky point and click adventure game stuffed full of British wit and humor. Her Majesty has decided that the only way to restore the UK to its former glory is to establish a new intergalactic British Empire. To accomplish this, the HMSS Imperialise space ship is constructed and sent out to explore the depths of space with her crew Captain Frank Lee English and his colleague Aled. Together they’ll travel across the galaxy on their mission to claim planets for Queen and Country, all while trying to avoid a horrible death in the depths of space.
Drive!Drive!Drive! is a mind-melting new racing game where you race on multiple tracks at once. You directly control one car at a time, with the goal of getting all of your cars to the finish line in first place. An AI controls your other cars, but said AI is intentionally designed to be incompetent, forcing you to regularly swap between your cars to win. Drive!Drive!Drive! promises players a ton of content for the price, with a campaign mode, challenge modes, track editor with Steam Workshop support, four different gameplay modes, and online multiplayer. Just be aware that the game requires a controller to play.
Ley Lines is a short, free puzzle adventure game created by a small group of students attending the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. Master 5 powers based around light, gravity, time manipulation, teleportation, and levitation to solve puzzles and restore the severed ley lines of a ruined planet. Its free and only lasts about an hour from what I’ve heard, so why not check it out?
Buka Game Studio
Finally we come to Hunger Dungeon, a new 2D MOBA-like action game focused on boss raids. Up to six players can battle each other in free-for-all and team deathmatch modes, or they can band together to fight enormous and challenging dragon bosses. The base game is free with a rotating roster of 4 heroes each week. Dropping $12 on the Deluxe Edition upgrade unlocks all 12 characters and a copy of the game’s soundtrack.
Those aren’t the only interesting games that came out this week. Check out these other titles as well:
- The Little Acre, a point and click adventure game with hand-drawn animations and graphics.
- Force of Nature, a single player open world sandbox survival game with procedurally generated environments.
- Filthy Lucre, a top-down stealth game where players cooperate to pull off daring heists.
- Pocket Kingdom, a 2D puzzle adventure game reminiscent of classic Amiga titles.
- Sally Face, an episodic 2D psychological horror game about a boy with a prosthetic face and a dark past.
- Castle Torgeath, a first-person RPG heavily inspired by King’s Field.
That’s all for now. Hopefully everyone reading this will have a happy holiday season full of family and awesome new video games.