Fun Indie Adventures

Fun Indie Adventures

From island paradises to math-filled dungeons

A.J. Maciejewski

Written by for Rapid Fire Reviews on

Getting lost in a magical virtual world is a great way to forget your troubles so here are 8 recent indie adventures that are rather fun.

Call of the Sea Review Xbox One ★★★★☆

Exploring an island paradise while piecing together clues is an ideal formula for adventuring and that's what Call of the Sea is all about.

Call of the Sea screenshot
Do I need to solve puzzles or can I just stay here and chill?

In Call of the Sea, you play as Norah who's searching for clues regarding her missing husband who went on an expedition in the South Pacific. It takes place in the '30s and its lovely art and environments reflect that era quite well. Plus, there are many unique settings that are memorable and fun to explore and Norah's voice actor brings a great deal of personality to the adventure. The puzzles throughout aren't all that tough yet they can be tricky and I personally found them to be just the right level of challenge. As you progress, you'll find collectible story logs, murals, and such which help add some replay value if you enjoy collecting such things. Last but not least, the story is told well with excellent pacing and there are some surprising twists near the end that make the journey worthwhile.

As far as first-person adventure games go, Call of the Sea is a somewhat short and memorable one that you'll be glad you experienced.

Call of the Sea gameplay video → Call of the Sea: A Step-by-Step Guide

Down in Bermuda Review Xbox One ★★★★☆

If you enjoy finding hidden objects between solving puzzles then the adorable Down in Bermuda is a game that you'll want to play.

Down in Bermuda screenshot
I don't know who you fellows are but you sure are cute!

Down in Bermuda has you guide an old man named Milton through a collection of islands so he can hopefully escape and be reunited with his family after his plane crashed. While in this mysterious island-filled paradise, he'll encounter many strange creatures who range from friendly to mildly vicious and the whole game world feels like a cute interactive diorama. The gameplay basically has you collect hidden stars in order to fuel monuments that unlock a feature of the island. On top of that, you'll solve all sorts of practical puzzles as well as discover a wealth of rewarding collectibles such as photographs which help flesh out the story and keys that unlock fun segments on each island. Overall, it's a delightful game that'll appeal to anyone who has an affinity for laidback puzzle adventure games.

Figuring out the many puzzles within Down in Bermuda is a treat thanks to its laidback and adorable game world and simple gameplay.

Down in Bermuda gameplay video → Down in Bermuda: A Step-by-Step Guide

Iris.Fall Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

There are many indie games where you control a shadow yet Iris.Fall incorporates adventure elements into this tried-and-true formula.

Iris.Fall screenshot
I wish I could control my shadow separately in real life

Iris.Fall puts you in control of a doll that you move around 3D environments while solving puzzles. What makes its gameplay unique is that you can control her shadow at certain parts which helps her progress past seemingly impossible situations. I personally found the puzzles to be quite challenging and some even verge on being a bit tedious yet the amount of creativity involved makes every inch of progress feel satisfying. Of course, that is when it isn't irritating but once you realise what you're supposed to do; working on the next scenario will likely take your mind off the frustration factor. On a presentational level, Iris.Fall features stunning environments that are mostly rendered in black and white yet are impressively intricate and captivating. By the end, you'll be surprised by what you've accomplished.

As a rather short yet wholly immersive puzzle-filled adventure, Iris.Fall manages to remain clever and captivating from start to finish.

Iris.Fall gameplay video → Iris.Fall: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Pillar: Puzzle Escape Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆

If you're looking for a simple first-person puzzle adventure game then The Pillar: Puzzle Escape might just be the game for you.

The Pillar: Puzzle Escape screenshot
Warning: puzzles are more difficult than they appear

The Pillar: Puzzle Escape is an interesting concoction. In addition to its many clever scenarios within its intricate first-person exploration areas, it features oodles of grid-based puzzles that you'll have to solve in order to progress. These come in a few forms such as having to fill grids by connecting coloured tiles via drawing paths, memorizing paths that are shown only once, and sliding a tile to completely fill a grid without landing on a filled space. The mixture of these grid puzzles and practical first-person puzzles is great on paper but I found the gameplay to be too reliant on the former which frequently became tedious and frustrating. I don't usually get impatient while playing games but The Pillar: Puzzle Escape consistently made me anxious to move on to the next substantial challenge.

Its over-reliance on solving grid-based puzzles takes away from The Pillar: Puzzle Escape's otherwise clever adventure gameplay.

The Pillar: Puzzle Escape gameplay video → The Pillar: Puzzle Escape - A Step-by-Step Guide

Dadish 2 Review Switch ★★★★☆

The first Dadish game just debuted on Nintendo Switch and we're already treated to the delightful Dadish 2. Oh boy, here we go!

Dadish 2 screenshot
What do these cupcakes have against radishes anyway?

Dadish 2 plays quite similarly to the first game in that you control Dadish who's again on a mission to rescue his children. However, there are a lot of surprises gameplay-wise this time around in the form of new hazards, enemy types, and the fact that you can ride the giant hamburger boss from the first game in certain segments. The resulting campaign is full of variety, challenge, and there are plenty of collectibles that you can acquire through tricky platforming sections and solving puzzles. On top of all that, the sense of humour is pitch-perfect just like in the first game and the visuals are just as adorable, too. Some situations might be a little annoying as they require a lot of precision but when it comes to indie 2D platformers, you really can't do much better than Dadish 2.

I absolutely loved my time with Dadish 2 so if you're a fan of 2D platformers and silly humour then be sure to add this to your collection.

Dadish 2 gameplay video → Dadish Review

S.U.M. - Slay Uncool Monsters Review Switch ★★★★☆

Solving math equations certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy calculating stuff in my head so let's use that ability for good.

S.U.M. - Slay Uncool Monsters screenshot
This enemy has me stumped!

At its core, S.U.M. - Slay Uncool Monsters is a simple game where all you do is enter dungeons then defeat an array of monsters by solving math equations. This may sound and look easy but you're timed so if you don't solve the equation right away, you might take some damage. The equations are a mixture of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and there are treasure chests that you can open by solving longer equations as well. I found this formula to be exciting, challenging, and supremely rewarding, especially with the RPG elements in place. What makes it even more fun is the large assortment of enemy types that feature cute little sprites and animations. It might cater to a very specific audience but if you're in that group of gamers then you'll have an absolute blast.

If quickly solving math equations sounds enjoyable to you then you'll have a great time slaying the hordes of uncool monsters in S.U.M.

S.U.M. - Slay Uncool Monsters gameplay video →

The Snake King Review Switch ★★★☆☆

One of the oldest video games ever is Snake and you can now adventure through 5 huge castles with classic yet modernized gameplay.

The Snake King screenshot
Fun fact: snakes thoroughly enjoy apples

The first Snake-style game I played was Snafu on Intellivision back when I was about 3 or 4 years old. Since then, I've played countless interpretations of its formula and the premise remains the same; as you move, you leave a trail and you can't run into it or any walls. Therefore, the challenge relies on your ability to move with accuracy as well as plan ahead. The Snake King does exactly this although it features some modern elements to help freshen up the decades-old gameplay such as through its nifty power-ups that'll have you fire projectiles and dash through objects. The campaign is filled with a ton of levels and it will take a long time to master everything yet I found the core gameplay to not take enough risks as it felt tiresome at times. There are fun arcade challenges, though.

The Snake King wears the classic Snake formula on its sleeve which offers a solid albeit sometimes trite arcade-style adventure.

The Snake King gameplay video →

Bunny Adventure Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Sliding tiles so a bunny can collect carrots seems like a good use of your time so let's check out Bunny Adventure and see if it's fun.

Bunny Adventure screenshot
If bunnies eat too many carrots, they become cube-shaped

Last month, I played and reviewed Santa's Xmas Adventure and Bunny Adventure is basically the exact same game. This is very strange to me because both games have completely different developers and publishers listed on the Nintendo eShop but even though that's extremely fishy, let's not get into it now. All you do is slide tiles to form a path between the bunny and the level's exit and along the way, you can collect carrots. It's simple and relaxing stuff that has its niche but there definitely isn't much challenge involved. On the plus side, there are tons of stages to complete so if you enjoy these kinds of games then you won't regret giving it a go.

If you like the idea of guiding an impatient bunny to its destination while collecting carrots, you'll have some fun with Bunny Adventure.

Bunny Adventure gameplay video → Santa's Xmas Adventure Review
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