Little Indie Games Worth Knowing About (Probably)

Okay this would belong to the Nintendo Switch section, being a Nintendo game, but it looks so weird I wanted to post it here. It just popped up on the European store.

The title claim has me worried, but besides that, the… purpose? of the game is so weird.
I am expecting something somewhat in the vein of Mike Singleton’s games maybe?
I am cautiously intrigued.

Oh, it’s on Steam!

Yeah, Silk is a PC game, they just recently did the Switch port in time for launch. It’s directly inspired by Mike Singleton’s Lords of Midnight. I kickstarted it (hey, it was 5 bucks!) and looking forward to trying it. LoM was way ahead of its time as a strategy game, but I haven’t played it for decades, so it’ll be interesting to see how the design holds up.

Trailer:

That Roman “legionnaire” drives me batty.

Another good looking adaptation is now out. I’ve never played any of the games using this system (more coming to Steam in the next few months) but there is a demo available and I plan to check it out ,having finished reading the rules.

No multiplayer :(

A two player wargame that doesn’t allow for the second player to actually play. That’s weird.

It has 2-player Hot Seat mode.

Wishlisted this, looks interesting.

It seems it’s Frecnh, so I hope it will be as janky as it is the custom there.

Just spent some time being pleasantly amused (and a little bit educated) by Forgetful Dictator on Steam. It’s geography quiz masquerading as a strategy game, with triva questions, flag naming and capitol guessing too, but I found it strangely appealing.

Rise to Ruins has left early access. Recommended.

Ichor is an older fluid physics arcade game (the free version was from 2006). It’s simple but very pleasant and nuanced and mechanically unique. The new Steam release is much smoother (maybe GPU accelerated), with difficulty settings and reworked rules that are generally more forgiving (a tip: the green dot pickups are important). It runs on Windows 7 despite the listed requirement for 10. Mouse & gamepad controls both work fine, but the high mouse speed feels a bit like cheating. I always liked the original but felt it needed more work, and this is a very nice update.

I have been enjoying Killer Queen Black (cross platform steam/switch). Well designed game imo, and a fun party game. There’s 3 objectives: get all the berries in your bee hive, ride the snail back to your base, or kill the enemy queen 3 times. It has integrated voice chat as well.

One cool thing the developers have planned is to have a ‘Black’ team - which will start off as being the best team, but then it will be a king of the hill kind of thing, with the black team’s games being streamed to twitch.

I’m interested in this game, and the Steam reviews are positive, but damn the in-game text just looks microscopic in the videos I’ve seen.

There is an Interface Scale setting. It’s not ideal (fuzzy text), but better than nothing.


Wishlisted Rebel Inc.

It’s out on mobile if that interests you. I’ve had it for a while and was pretty impressed. Only 2 bucks.

It’s also $2.49 on Android, but you have to download the free-to-play version and upgrade to Premium from within the game.