Things are going to get bloody this month.
Things are set to get messy this month with drug dealing, vengeful ninjas and corporate espionage. April’s bloody selection of colourful indie games will take us on a journey from the smart suits of the conventional office environment to the seedy world of underground criminal organisations. Time to sharpen those swords, as there’s going to be plenty of bad guys in need of a swift end. Buckle up for this month’s five best indie games to look out for, and remember: it’s nothing personal, it’s just business.
The business of marijuana can be a dangerous game but these two brothers are looking to turn it into a lucrative business, after the death of their medicinal cannabis-smoking father leaves them with a few plants to tend. In a bid to bring a business mind to a notoriously criminal sector, you’ll mix illegal growth with medicinal research to find ways to make a profit and not land yourself in jail.
Weedcraft Inc explores every side of cannabis production, from breeding plants and research to the financial, political and cultural aspects of this controversial plant. You’ll have to tightly monitor your resources if you want to succeed in this game, and having the boys in blue on your side is a must. Bribes, threats and deals will all take place on the path to maximum profits. So, if you fancy a little resource management backed by a humorous, self-aware story that shines a light on the economy and distribution of this controversial sector, the weed business might be the perfect fit for you this month.
Tales of the Neon Sea is an RPG adventure every bit as colourful as it sounds. Enter a mysterious world of intrigue where escalating tensions between humans and robots lead to growing distrust. There’s more to this world than its people and their robot counterparts, though. This is a place where even gangster felines can scheme their way to the top of the food chain.
This suspense thriller looks set to have you on the edge of your seat, eyeing up the gorgeous pixel art and colourful vistas on show. Your quest for the truth will take you through a sprawling cyberpunk cityscape where only your wits will keep you alive. Time to put your puzzle-solving skills to the test and unravel this unique tale.
The first day at a new job is never easy but then it’s not every day you get asked to kill a witch. That’s the situation for Brian Pasternack, a young man trapped in a dystopian ’90s society starting out for a mega-company, Sintracorp. His future all depends on that ominous first task. If he wants to climb the corporate ladder, he’ll have to banish a witch.
This surreal and dark story will plunge you into a world where powerful corporations dabble in occult sorcery to help them dominate the stock market. Never mind the job; your very life is going to be on the line as you scrabble to best your sinister foe. You’ll meet all kinds of strange characters along the way on this bizarre pixel adventure in a ride you surely won’t forget in a hurry – if you survive, that is.
It’s not every day you see an angel and demon fighting side by side but that’s exactly the premise in God’s Trigger, an action shooter that’s not afraid to get a little bloody. The unlikely pair team up on quest to battle their way into heaven and stop the apocalypse – no pressure, or anything.
You’ll have to utilise speed and precise to slaughter your way through those blocking the gates from a top-down, Hotline Miami-style perspective. It’s finger on the pulse action with split-second bullet dodges, fast-paced combos and customisation special abilities to help you reach Heaven itself. As you can imagine, it’s about as ‘mature content’ as it gets, so not one for the children. Although, I’m sure there’s a touching story about loving your enemies buried in all that gore somewhere.
1. Katana ZERO
Ninjas, ninjas, and more ninjas. That’s all you need to know. Well, maybe there’s a little more to it than that. In Katana ZERO you’ll slice and dice your way through the criminal underground at breakneck speed, stopping only to wipe the blood from your trusty samurai sword. This neo-noir action platformer is all about momentum and your ability to deal instant-death through a range of stunning combos.
And as if being a deadly swordsman wasn’t enough, you can warp time itself to rewind your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display of reverse violence. You can also deflect bullets back at enemies, which is also kind of cool. Featuring an enigmatic story told through a series of in-game cinematics woven into the fast-paced gameplay, this non-stop ninja-’em-up won’t leave you a minute to breathe. Although you should – otherwise you’ll die, like the faceless bad guys you’ve been wading through. Sharpen your katanas folks, as this one’s gonna be intense.
If that’s not enough indie action to fill out your month with then why not check out our Top 100 Best Indie Games of All Time, or, if the wallet is feeling a little light there’s our Top 100 Free Indie Games of All Time to keep you entertained this April.