5. Dig Deep
Dig Deep is what all quick and easy games should be: simple to learn and a ton of fun to master. Classic mining gameplay takes the likes of Spelunky and SteamWorld Dig to their stripped back cores, sending players tunnelling through the randomly generated world of the Intergalactic Mining Guild.
Gather gold to upgrade your toolbelt and recruit fellow miners with distinct skills tailored to certain gameplay elements. Roger, a rogue intergalactic miner with his sights set on gold, has been sent to a distant planet to find his fortune underground, but it won’t be easy. Defend yourself against alien enemies and explore every nook and cranny of the tunnels, all in glorious indie game pixel art with a classic chiptune soundtrack.
4. Don’t Escape: 4 Days In A Wasteland
Imagine This War of Mine and Fallout had a child, and it inherited point and click gameplay from its independent ancestors. That’s what Don’t Escape: 4 Days In A Wasteland plays as. David is a survivor of a worldwide catastrophic annihilation. As his post-apocalyptic world turns against him, you must work to fortify your base and learn more about the events that have led up to this moment as well as the companions you surround yourself with in order to survive.
Each strategy you employ will lead you down new gameplay paths, opening a branching narrative of enemy encounters and tactical approaches. If you’re a fan of watching the world burn through the nicely distancing lens of pixel aesthetics, 4 Days In A Wasteland will suit you well.
3. Gunkid 99
After all those emotional storylines and strategic mechanics, you might be in the mood for a good old-fashioned bullet orchestra. It’s simple, it’s exciting, it’s frantic – Gunkid 99 ticks a lot of boxes. You won’t be buying the artbook any time soon, and it’s not going to break any moulds, but Yongjustyong’s title offers a satisfying platforming treat for the thumbs.
Max out your score by dominating each level with as many combos and the highest kill count you can muster. New weapons and abilities are always up for grabs, and the level design is cleverly manipulated to take advantage of different tactical combinations and playstyles. It’s a true leaderboard chaser that will satisfy that sudden need to blast something to smithereens.
2. Nova Drift
The most exciting part of Nova Drift isn’t the frenetic arcade space combat, no. The most exciting part of Nova Drift comes at the start, when you build your ship. This roguelite action RPG allows players to quickly experiment with different spaceship builds to test in different combat scenarios, blending rapid progression and satisfying gameplay in a strategic test of creativity.
Your ship is always evolving, upgrading as you delve deeper into the combat system of the skies and swap your skills and weapons on the fly. Each gameplay session will see you take your ship to new heights, encouraging synergy across over 120 ship upgrades to achieve new and unique combat styles.
Trüberbrook has been anticipated for a while, but in the wake of blockbuster titles like Sekiro and the indie breakthroughs of the month, it seems to have been left out of the discussion. There seems to be a growing thirst for sci-fi parallel universes of the 1960s brewing across the gaming world. Whether it’s the already otherworldly universe of the 60s, or the contrast between high and low tech, this setting has served as the backdrop for a number of titles, and Trüberbrook looks like one of the most interesting yet.
Created entirely using physical scenery and even lit with real-life tiny lamps, this charming journey through a strange village in Germany brings a warm, quirky charm to the adventure genre. Play as a young American student, Hans Tannhauser, as he finds himself stranded in the German village of Trüberbrook during the turbulent year of 1967. While the world’s attention is fixed on the Cold War, Vietnam, and the space race, the sleepy village of Trüberbrook is quietly consumed by scientific achievement far beyond the scope of the era. You must first discern why you’ve been brought to the village, and then save the world in this narrative-driven adventure.
There’s always something new to play, whether it’s a genre not typically on your shopping list, or a developer’s first foray into the independent scene, headlines rarely capture an entire month’s releases. So go forth and enjoy the unsung heroes of the March indie scene! Want more? Check out the 5 Best Upcoming Indie Games of March for this month’s release headlines! or if you’re looking to stay on the bank’s good side check out our 100 Best Free Indie Games!
Tabs’ perfect afternoon consists of a cuppa, a biscuit tin, and a good RPG. When she’s not writing, commissioning and editing indie game features, she’s writing for her own blog, Musings Of A Mario Minion.