Indie Picks of the Month
It’s time for my second installment of our Indie Picks of the Month. This month I’ve got one game suggested by a fellow gamer off Desura, another one I just fell in love with when I first saw it on Steam Greenlight, and the last one I got through a bundle I purchased which features games on Steam Greenlight. You may notice that all these games are on Steam Greenlight…but that’s because they are great and should get more exposure. I hope you enjoy and lets get to it.
Kenshi – @lofigames
Chris Hunt is a one man developing machine right now. He’s been putting a lot of his own time into this game to make it amazing and enjoyable. Kenshi was one of the first ten games greenlit on Steam Greenlight. I downloaded the alpha demo off of Desura to try it out and just had to purchase the game after that. It has a ton of potential to be amazing and needs your support to achieve the goal faster. If you like what you see, pick it up now on Desura and get it at a reduced price.
Kenshi is a single player free-roaming RPG with RTS influences. You can run around by yourself or build a team with up to 50 people. This all takes place in a 400 square km world which you can also fast-travel from the world map screen.There’s no magic or fantasy stuff in this game, you show your domination with bows and swords and your stats influencing the outcome. Injuries will affect the way your character or teammates in many ways. You can lose an eye and have your vision affected, if your arm gets wounded you may fight one handed, bleeding out may attract predators or even make you pass out, and you can even become exhausted from thirst or too much weight. In Kenshi you can do whatever you want! So murder, befriend, build, and most of all enjoy. I’ve had a blast with it so far and the game has tons of potential to be an amazing game. Don’t pass this over, at least give the demo a try.
Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves – @sangfroidgame
The first time I saw Sang-Froid was on the Steam Greenlight submission. I watched the gameplay trailer they posted and just fell in love. This comes from Artifice Studio, a team of six people who love history, legend, and of course video games. They worked in collaboration with best selling Quebec writer Bryan Perro and came up with a great story to go along with the game.
It’s essentially a tower defense/RPG hybrid based in the 19th century Canada of legend populated with werewolves, windigos, and will-o-wisps. You control one of two brothers who must put away their differences to protect their sister from the Devil who comes for her every night. During the day you use your time to set traps and prepare for the attack. When night comes you can use the wind to try an lure the beasts into the traps with bait. There is one problem for you too because they can also smell you, so you have to stay on guard. Don’t worry either cause you can also get in on the action if any make it past your traps by using your musket or axe. It’s in the likes of say Dungeon Defenders or Orcs Must Die. So if you like either of those I’m pretty sure you’ll like Sang-Froid: Tales of the Werewolves. It hasn’t been released yet but needs your vote to get released on Steam. Nuff said!
Syder Arcade – @STUDIOEVIL
The last game this month is Syder Arcade, which I picked up through the Greenlight Bundle. Syder comes from a small indie developer based in Bologna, Italy that go by the name of StudioEvil. They are five old school gamers who are committed to bringing you the best quality gaming experience they can achieve.
You can control three different ships through six challenging campaign levels that also vary in four different difficulties. It’s a free scrolling space shoot ‘em up with the ability to shoot in multi directions that reminds me of games like R-Type or Defender. The graphics can be cycled through 20 different settings like Modern, C64, Amiga Ham, Apple II, MSX2, or Grey8bit. Syder is very challenging and may piss you off at times but it doesn’t matter cause the game is just pure fun. One other part that makes it a great game is the soundtrack. I got it as a download with my purchase and just love listening to it. Now Syder Arcade is also on the Steam Greenlight and could use your vote to get on Steam if you like what you see. You can purchase it on Desura, Mac App Store, Gamestop, OnLive, or the Syder Arcade page. So check it out cause it’s a blast.
That’s it for this month. Hope you enjoyed and will check out at these games more in depth through the links I provided. I really enjoy doing these and would really love more feedback or suggestions from you. Also to make things even more exciting, this month will be the start of my monthly giveaway of one of the games featured. Unfortunately Sang-Froid isn’t out yet so one winner will get to choose out of either Kenshi or Syder Arcade.
(Game copy will be supplied by my wallet)