Nothing says personality better than a good indie game. They’re often colorful, offer a unique spin on popular genres, and often sport charming quirks in spades.
Plenty of great indie titles have already been released in 2015, with an equally promising stable still on the horizon. From the wonders of the wilderness in Firewatch, post-modern woes of YIIK, to the mysterious swamps of 1920s Massachusetts in Witchmarsh, some of 2015’s most exciting indies look to be a diverse and intriguing bunch.
Take a look below for some of the best indie games still set to release in 2015.
Witchmarsh, a Kickstarter funded game by Inglenook, tasks players with solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of twelve villagers from a small town.
Set in the 1920s, Witchmarsh combines the style of the Gilded Age with supernatural elements, action RPG combat and an eclectic cast of investigators to create for a darkly delightful trip through the unknown mysteries of small town America.
Witchmarsh is still in development, with a planned release this December. For more investigative gameplay, check out the game’s official site.
4) YIIK: A Post-modern RPG:
What do you get when you combine the Americana vibes of EarthBound with the style of the Persona titles and mix it up with some post-graduation angst?
The answer is YIIK: A Post-modern RPG.
Developed by Ackk Studios, YIIK follows the adventures of recent graduate Alex Eggleston as he returns home from college. Alex’s return seems to be anything but normal, however, as YIIK looks to bring players on an off-beat journey full of 90s-influenced characters, crazy settings and good old fashioned turn-based combat.
Metroidvania titles have seen a resurgence in popularity this year, thanks to the astounding Ori and the Blind Forest and Axiom Verge’s sci-fi excitement. Chasm, developed by Discord Games, looks to carry the genre’s torch even further, adding a unique twist to the sub-genre by focusing on randomly generated environments.
Boasting exceptional pixel art and classic character designs, Chasm will transport players to a fantasy world full of dark caverns and time-worn ruins.
Quick feet and combat prowess are key in Chasm, as the game’s brutal traps and challenging foes are sure to spell death for unprepared adventurers.
Campo Santo’s Firewatch has drawn tons of attention from the media for good reason. The atmospheric journey through Wyoming’s wilderness.
As Henry, a first-time fire lookout, players will be able to explore the natural wonders of Wyoming while trying to keep the peace during a dangerous summer. All is not what it seems in Firewatch, however, as Henry finds himself plagued by questionable and strange events. Henry’s only contact, his supervisor Delilah, remains a constant source of conversation as the two characters attempt to understand the occurrences they experience in the wilderness.
1) Enter the Gungeon:
Enter the Gungeon encapsulates everything that makes the indie scene such an awesome place. Full of dazzling weapons, balls to the walls combat, and a shining sense of humor, Enter the Gungeon has a whole lot going for it.
Developer Dodge Roll Games have put a ton of effort in making Enter the Gungeon a game that players can sink countless hours into. Featuring dynamic and randomly generated levels, players will have to blast their way through legions of the Gundead as they attempt to clear floors in the titular Gungeon.
Each level offers a wide selection of enemy types, numerous traps and larger than life bosses, creating for a title that has the potential to be one of 2015’s best games.
For even more Enter the Gungeon action, check out Entertainment Buddha’s hands-on preview from the PAX East showroom floor.
What other indie games coming out this year are you excited for? Sound off in the comments!
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