#PitchYaGame Round 5 here we go! We have 10 more promising indie games to share with you. Some of these you can already play, and some you can help become a reality through crowdfunding or just with pure hype.
Here are the top 10 indie games we collected from #PitchYaGame, Round 5.
Moonshell Island is a colorful action RPG where you use a whisk to punch angry tomatoes in their dumb red faces. It’s about building a community, completing quests, and saving an entire island from monsters (Nomsters?).
But I like to focus on how you can finally take your vengeance on tomatoes.
The lovely pixel art, the relaxing calypso music, and your Crabby sidekick are sure to make Moonshell Island a fun tropical vacation. You can join the game’s Patreon to help fund Moonshell Island and secure access to the demo once it’s available.
Haiku, the Robot
Haiku, The Robot is a game about Haiku, a small robot exploring a post-apocalyptic world full of other, meaner robots. Some people are calling it “the next Hollow Knight” and since Hollow Knight is a remarkable game, you know that is high praise.
Fans of Metroidvania starting robots with a minimalistic color palette might see some similarities to Kunai, another really fun Metroidvania. If you want to judge for yourself, there’s already a demo available.
Haiku just got fully-funded on Kickstarter (congrats!) but you still have a few days to help it reach its stretch goals. Let’s go Switch version!
The Imagined Leviathan
The Imagined Leviathan is an intriguing take on survival horror. Instead of slowly inching through the darkness, you fight to survive in a bright, snowy forest. Admittedly, the blinding white snow has the same effect as pitch darkness, limiting your vision, but it definitely feels like a new experience.
I also really like the narration in the trailer that came bundled with the pitch. It almost makes you feel like you’re playing inside a book, especially with the words floating around you. The developers do refer to their game as “poetic” and I can see why.
The Imagined Leviathan is already available for free on Steam. I’m headed there immediately after I finish writing this list.
Rain On Your Parade
In Rain On Your Parade, you play as a jerk cloud. But unlike the title suggests, you do a heck of a lot more than to just rain on people’s parades (and weddings). You also dabble in arson, art-theft, and mess extinction.
Still, this “being a jerk” simulator (seems there are quite of few of those going around) looks quite fun and lighthearted, as much as a meteorological catastrophe can be lighthearted.
If you enjoy ruining other people’s day, you should maybe stop doing that and play Rain On Your Parade when you get the chance (you jerk).
The Wandering Village
City-building isn’t usually my thing, but The Wandering Village’s premise is enough to make me go “huh, maybe I should see if I can make it my thing.” In this game, you apparently need to build a whole city on the back of a giant dinosaur-like creature. That sounds… hard.
There isn’t a lot of information about this indie game apart from its premise. I still don’t know how the creature’s movement or the areas it moves through effect your city and population. And what happens when it has an itch?!
If those questions, among many others, bother you, you should join The Wandering Village Discord server. Maybe the developers have the answers you’re looking for.
Judging by Grundislav Games’ previous title, Lamplight City, Rosewater is going to be a challenging point-and-click investigation where making mistakes and feeling their consequences is very much a possibility.
Rosewater is set in the same world as Lamplight City, although you don’t have to be familiar with it to enjoy this new title. The game takes place in an alternative history version of the wild west, where you play a boxer-turned-journalist-turned-treasure hunter. I played a short demo of the game during PAX Online, and I know fans of old-school adventures, especially Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, will love Rosewater.
You can already wishlist the game on Steam, and follow developer Francisco González on Twitter for more updates.
The Life of Mr. Pips
Like many other games on this list, PitchYaGame was the first time I ever heard of the adorable The Life of Mr. Pips. And somehow, the game is already out on itch.io.
You play as a cute little strawberry person, looking for its family and its purpose in life. You explore a “berry fruity world” and go leaf-rafting with a bunch of blueberries. The game’s description mentions parkour, though I’m not sure rolling uncontrollably down a hill qualifies as parkour.
Also, I think from now on every game pitch should include soft little “whee” sounds. It’s adorable and it makes me immediately like whatever it is I’m watching. Yes, even horror games.
Kraken Academy has it all: a magical kraken, time travel, and a broccoli wearing a skirt.
According to the game’s steam page, you are the newest student at the academy. Tou team up with the school mascot – the aforementioned magical kraken, to go back in time and save the school and the world. Along the way, there are 20 characters, 3 students to date, and a “boat-load” of side quests.
But really, everything you need to know is right there in the pitch. I love how it is segmented into bullet points with emojis. Straight and to the point, and I can immediately see everything I like about the game. A groundhog-day adventure game? Yes, please!
In the adventure game PRIM, you play as Death’s daughter. I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads this and immediately thinks of the best books in the Discworld series. That, and the artwork inspired by Tim Burton’s animated films, make my inner gothic teenager very, very happy.
Discworld and classic Time Burton are enough to get me excited about a game, OK? I don’t really need to know anything else. do you?
Head over to the game’s official site for more sneak peeks at the point-and-click gameplay. You can also sign up for the newsletter and get the upcoming demo two weeks earlier if you can’t wait till “late October.”
Trifox is a twin-stick action-adventure “inspired by the golden age of 3D platformers.” So, like, Ratchet & Clank, Banjo-Kazooie, Sly Cooper, and other games where you play as anthropomorphic animals.
In this game, you are a fox armed with turrets, hammers, and magic. You can play as either an engineer fox, a warrior fox, or a mage fox, or even combine the different classes to suit your playstyle. I’m personally leaning towards the magical engineer.
The trailer in the tweet above focuses more on the game’s vibrant environment, but if you go to the Steam page, you’ll get to see more of the combat. If you like what you see, don’t forget to add Trifox to your wishlist.
Bonus: Antasia Noir
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