There’s a lot to look forward to in the realm of the PC!
Indie games on PC have always been some of the biggest titles to enter the independent industry, and that’s not about to change any time soon. From the misty shores of Sunless Skies to the sugar high of Donut County, the next few months are looking bright. We’ve scoured the release schedules for the 7 best up and coming indie PC games heading straight to your PC.
6. Sunless Skies
Sunless Sea was notable for both its fascinating storytelling and dangerous, atmospheric seafaring. Failbetter Games like to keep their naming conventions straightforward: enter Sunless Skies, similar to its predecessor but set amongst the heavens.
In Sunless Skies you’ll pilot a steam-powered locomotive through the stars, fighting for survival and exploring the British space colonies and beyond. This captivating Steampunk universe is shaped by the decisions you make within it.
In Steam Early Access since last year, Sunless Skies has come on leaps and bounds and looks set for full release in early 2019. It’s recently had the third of its four regions open up: Eleutheria, the darkest and most foreboding location in the game. If you don’t fancy waiting, feel free to dive in now and check out how this Gothic adventure is shaping up.
5. The Last Night
Stunning the crowd at E3 2017 with its beautifully pixelated graphics and vibrant sci-fi world, The Last Night was heralded as one of the most interesting games of the show. The colourful trailer thrust us into a post-cyberpunk city immersed in technology whose citizens live a constantly gamified existence.
Invoking the spirit of classic cinematic platformers such as Another World and Flashback, The Last Night hopes to revitalise the genre with its immersive aesthetic and modernised pixel-art style. The game still doesn’t have a specific release date, but should be coming out sometime later in the year.
4. The Occupation
Coming from the creators of the critically acclaimed Ether One, The Occupation is a first-person political thriller set in North West England during the ‘80s. You play as a journalist investigating a terrorist attack that pushed the government to introduce a controversial act that threatens civil liberty as we know it.
One of the most interesting aspects of The Occupation is its real-time narrative in which you have a day to solve the mysterious circumstances surrounding this controversial act. You have the freedom to explore your environment openly, making the time element even more important as you struggle to contain your intrigue to unravel the complex web of narrative.
The Occupation is set to release 9 October.
3. Donut County
Three reasons why Donut County will quite possibly be one of the best things ever:
- It was inspired by a Peter Molydeux tweet, of all things.
- You play as a mischevious raccoon called BK.
- It’s basically a reverse Katamari Damacy, which is already one of the best things ever.
This marvellously wacky puzzle adventure sees your raccoon controlling a sinkhole in his quest to swallow up the town whole. There’s that satisfying Katamari element of growing steadily bigger with each item consumed. But size isn’t everything; there’s a strategy to the objects you devour, with the ability to combine them and spit them back out to solve puzzles.
Donut County is the six-year passion project of one man, Ben Esposito and releases on the 28th of August.
2. Guacamelee! 2
Drinkbox Studios are at it again with their 2018 follow up to the cult hit Guacamelee! appearing on PS Store and Steam on the 21st of August. The sequel brings the entire platforming Mexiverse back, full to the brim with new moves and challenges. Chickens reign supreme in Guacamelee! 2, with new abilities allowing you to morph into a juicy bird and bring the poultry power, or simply sneak into small crevices to get to those all important secret areas.
An all new training system has been implemented to ensure players are up to speed on all their new moves and powers and … A bigger map, sweet new luchador moves, and more chicken than you can shake a tequila at, Guacamelee! 2 looks set to Pollo Shot its way to the top of your to play list.
1. Graveyard Keeper
There’s been little fuss over Lazy Bear Games’ upcoming entry into the indie gaming PC landscape, however with such positive responses to early Alpha builds, this cynical graveyard management sim should be on your radar. Heading to PC on the 15th of August, this pixel graphic experience has its tongue firmly in its cheek. Labelling itself as “the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of all time”, Graveyard Keeper will serve as a charming find for those needing a laugh.
Decisions range from economic to ethical, resource management based and corpse management based. When you’re tasked with managing the dead just as much as the living, things are going to get tricky!
Indie gaming’s in for a whirlwind of variety in the coming months, and there’s plenty to get your teeth into while waiting for the holiday rush! Need more? Check out our rundown of the Top 7 Most Anticipated Indie Games of August 2018, or head over to last month’s roundup of 7 of the Best Indie Games on Nintendo Switch!