April had its fair share of fools and May is certain to have a fair few days. Them’s the jokes. One thing both months had in common is a dizzying wave of good games, and that’s what we’re all about. Not all of these might be new to you, and some have been here and there in the news for a while, but they all look very interesting.
This month we’ve got five very different games to get excited for, and I think you’re going to like them, after all, variety is the spice of life, and occasionally quite nice on tomatoes. So, let’s not ado any further, and jump into our first game.
Signs of the Sojourner
Card games are everywhere, and while a lot of them are designed to simply have you flattening a foe, every so often something completely different turns up. In Signs of the Sojourner, you are your deck of cards, and each different card represent a part of you, instead of some kind of attack. It’s an incredibly interesting idea that should allow you to experience the growth of your character in a brand-new way, and I think it looks great.
Rather than battling through demons or anything, you’ve got to navigate through the world to try and keep your late mother’s store open. How you play out each match will impact the world and story, and maybe you’ll even learn something about yourself along the way.
Signs of the Sojourner will be coming to Steam on May 14th. Disclosure: The Indie Game Website’s parent company, Game If You Are, has previously worked on a marketing campaign for this game, though had no involvement in its inclusion on this article.
Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1
Weird games are good because they help remind us that the normal way of doing things isn’t the only way. It’s one of the things that indie gaming does best, and it’s why many of us love them so much. Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 looks to be a very weird game indeed, which is no surprise as it comes from the same brains as The Norwood Suite.
It’s a first-person adventure game that is set entirely around a single street corner, but it’s not a normal street by any stretch of the imagination. You play as someone helping to deliver pizza because they want to get their hands on the pizza maker’s old saxophone. A unique idea for sure, so you can expect something special here.
You can be mildly perplexed when Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 releases on Steam on May 15th.
Maneater casts you as the ultimate apex predator, a shark. It’s an open-world action RPG where you have to survive from your youth up until you’ve become a legend of the seas. You can even evolve your shark down different paths to gain new abilities, which I can only assume at some point offers the ability to genera tornados.
This is a game that’s been in the news here and there for absolutely ages, so it’ll be good to finally see it out in the wild and feasting on everything it can. If nothing else, blowing off steam as a shark has got to be a very cathartic experience, and if it’s a genuinely good RPG then maybe we’ll see even more of these strange animal games.
Chow down when Maneater releases on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 22nd.
Embr is a harrowing look at the future of the emergency services where they’ve been turned into products you can pay for rather than, you know, emergency services. In it, you play as a plucky firefighter ready to climb their way up the corporate ladder and make as much money as possible.
It looks like a lot of fun, and it’s probably not actually a harrowing look at the future. I say probably not, hopefully not is more apt. Either way though, there are a lot of incredibly funny interactions for you to mess around and you’ll probably spend most of your time doing more harm than good.
Embr is burning into Early Access on May 21st.
Some genius, or a collective group of geniuses (genui?) decided that mixing the dungeon-crawling of Diablo with Minecraft would be a good idea, and so here we are only weeks away from the launch of the next Minecraft game.
While it’s hardly an unknown indie title, it is still an indie title, and it’d be silly not to include it on a list of the most exciting upcoming games this month. Honestly, Minecraft is a god-damn institution for a reason, and if they can capture a tenth of the magic in the original game here, then we’re sure to be in for something truly incredible.
You too can venture into Minecraft Dungeons when it releases on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC on May 26th.
This is just a small glimpse of what’s to come this month, but it’s a damn good one. There’ll probably be a few stealth releases along with everything we know so far, so it’s sure to be an excellent time for indie games.
If you miss the good old times when we could go outside, maybe live life vicariously by reading this list of the 20 best games of the decade.
Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.