Fun Indie Games (Part 2)

Fun Indie Games (Part 2)

Arcade action, tricky puzzles, and chill adventures

A.J. Maciejewski

Written by for Rapid Fire Reviews on

I enjoy playing video games (obviously) and I appreciate indie games that are fun in unique ways so here are 8 recent fun-filled titles.

Mighty Goose Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆

When geese aren't annoying the crap out of folks, they're driving tanks and shooting robots with clever weapons; here's Mighty Goose!

Mighty Goose screenshot
Time for this goose and its pig friend to blow crap up!

Mighty Goose was clearly inspired by Metal Slug and its gameplay is almost as tight which is very impressive considering just how awesome Metal Slug is. Anyway, the core gameplay will have you running and gunning through challenging jam-packed stages and there are some supplementary gameplay mechanics that really make the combat stand out. For starters, you have an arsenal of temporary weapons, a couple of special moves, and animal friends that can do things like make ammo materialize. You also have an overdrive gauge that you can deploy once it's full in order to basically become invincible which is handy in a pinch. On top of all this, the humour is fantastic such as the idle animation where you blast your own head then the goose looks at the camera like "whoops!" Oh, and the music rocks, too!

Playing Mighty Goose made me reminisce about Metal Slug and it's fittingly just as fun with its humorous action-packed campaign.

Mighty Goose gameplay video → Metal Slug games

Astalon: Tears Of The Earth Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Controlling 3 distinct characters to progress in a tricky 2D action game sounds promising so let's check out Astalon: Tears Of The Earth.

Astalon: Tears Of The Earth screenshot
Time to form a plan of attack for this tricky situation...

That's right; Astalon: Tears Of The Earth has you take turns controlling 3 unique characters who are on a mission to save their village by climbing a huge and intricate tower. Whenever you perish which will happen from time to time because it's quite a difficult game, you'll be reincarnated so slowly inching your way up the tower while learning enemy patterns and how to progress past tricky platforming segments is the key to success. You'll also have the opportunity to spend earned currency on upgrades which is satisfying. The cast consists of the melee fighter Arias, the agile Kyuli, and the magical wizard Algus. They won't always be able to trek the same paths so taking advantage of their unique abilities makes for one satisfying campaign. It truly is a pitch-perfect old-school indie gem.

Astalon: Tears Of The Earth feels like a long-lost NES game that gamers would still be playing 3 decades after its initial release.

Astalon: Tears Of The Earth gameplay video →

Stonefly Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Some indie games offer a truly unique experience and Stonefly delivers something out-of-this-world that I definitely wasn't expecting.

Stonefly screenshot
Is it wrong that I feel guilty for stealing these bugs' resources?

Stonefly is a strange game that initially made me hesitant but as I plugged away, it started to become a truly mesmerizing and engaging experience. For starters, it's set in a miniature world where you control Annika Stonefly who invents gadgets and pilots an insect-like contraption. This machine is unlike anything I've ever controlled because you essentially hop around and glide while using wind gusts to travel. Meanwhile, combat is accomplished by stunning enemy bugs only to push them off the edge of the arena which reminded me of Namco's arcade classic Motos and it can be just as frantic here, too. Yes, it takes a while for combat to click but once it does, it's supremely rewarding. I also enjoyed the gorgeous visuals, outstanding soundtrack, and the upgrade system is fantastic.

Out of all the indies I've played recently, Stonefly stands out as one of the most unique and immersive; I highly recommend playing it.

Stonefly gameplay video →

King of Seas Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

If you're looking for a more relaxing game then King of Seas is here so chop off a leg, snap in a peg and let's take to the high seas.

King of Seas screenshot
Ahoy; it's time for a swashbuckling adventure!

Just like Stonefly, King of Seas is another game that took a long time to grow on me. At the start, I was having a bit of fun with the seafaring adventure but as time went on, I really started to appreciate the progression systems, combat, and missions. It may seem like some sort of pirate simulation game yet King of Seas is a humorous lighthearted adventure with gameplay elements that lean towards fantasy. For example, you'll equip all sorts of parts to your ship as you play such as a weapon that lets you shoot fire out of the bow which is pretty silly. The whole point of the campaign is to complete missions such as escorting ships and delivering cargo and it all comes together to make one satisfying journey, especially when you start to notice just how powerful your ship is becoming.

It may not be everyone's flagon of grog but I had an excellent time with King of Seas and will continue to until I dominate the high seas.

King of Seas gameplay video →

Metal Unit Review Switch ★★★★☆

2D action-packed roguelikes are quite commonplace so here's Metal Unit with its expansive arsenal of nifty weapons and abilities.

Metal Unit screenshot
Want roguelike action? Well, you'll get plenty here!

Metal Unit is all about variety. You play it as a soldier named Joanna who apparently has a nogoodnik sister so she goes on a mission to bring her to justice. However, Joanna is no ordinary soldier as she wears the M-Unit 11 suit which is highly capable and customizable. As you run and dash around while tearing through all sorts of robots and aliens, you'll amass an assortment of weapons and gadgets that you can equip and assign to various buttons. This aspect is what makes Metal Unit stand out as a truly rewarding adventure as experimenting with what each piece of equipment is capable of is a ton of fun and once you configure a particularly powerful loadout, combat goes from tight and enjoyable to incredibly rewarding. Of course, I also love the anime aesthetic and the pixel-perfect visuals are a treat.

Diving deeper and deeper into the customization elements of Metal Unit makes its tight action-packed gameplay thoroughly enjoyable.

Metal Unit gameplay video →

Sunblaze Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Training to be a superhero must be challenging so let me introduce you to Josie and her fun little platforming game known as Sunblaze.

Sunblaze screenshot
I don't think this is how you're supposed to do this level...

Sunblaze plays very similarly to Super Meat Boy with its challenging single-screen stages where you leap off walls, dash in mid-air, bash drones, and try to make it to the goal unscathed. The most impressive part about it is that Sunblaze features hundreds of levels to master. In order to do so, you'll need to figure out the order of what you have to do before completing the stage. For example, if you pull a platform down, it might obstruct your path so the stages sort of act like puzzles in this regard. Although this is cool, this also means that there will be a lot of trial and error involved in working out many of the situations which can be kind of annoying. Also, the graphics and gameplay don't really do anything out of the ordinary to make it feel like a special game. It's still quite fun, though.

If you want a challenging platformer that often feels like a puzzle game then Sunblaze will be a welcome addition to your digital library.

Sunblaze gameplay video → More games that play like Super Meat Boy

Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels Review Switch ★★★★☆

Animals get hungry and they need food so why not offer them a heaping helping of delicious sushi? Hop in the food truck and let's play!

Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels screenshot
Fun fact: animals love sushi, too

First off, let me just say that Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels has some of the most beautiful and delightful animation that I've ever seen in an indie game. Each of the adorable animals is drawn like a black and white pencil sketch and they're all so freakin' cute! Watching them dance and perform their little actions made me a blushy bear. When it comes to gameplay, you basically add logical operators to a conveyor system in order to transform premade meals into what the animals want to eat. For example, you'll end up adding rolls, swapping conveyor belts, and as you progress, more animal friends will join you with their own unique operators! It gets complicated yet each stage is manageable and best of all, these mechanics will help children understand the fundamentals of programming.

I absolutely loved my time with Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels from its challenging puzzles to its adorable graphics. A must-have for all ages!

Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels gameplay video →

Boxed In Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆

Being in a room where a wall closes in sounds panic-inducing but thankfully, Boxed In makes it fun with its arcade puzzle gameplay.

Boxed In screenshot
Time for some colourful puzzle-filled arcade action!

Boxed In is a very interesting game that has you shoot at coloured cubes to change their colour. Before diving into a game, you can configure various settings such as if you want to form boxes or match 3 and if you'd prefer a pressure-free game or to try for a high score. You can also decide to utilize 3, 4, or 5 total colours which is basically a difficulty select. Anyway, the gameplay has you run around as if you're in a first-person shooter and Boxed In becomes even more immersive when you play it in VR mode. Your actions allow you to change block colours to whatever your gun is coloured, add blocks to similarly-coloured surfaces, and push blocks which helps clean up stray pieces. Overall, it's an enjoyable albeit repetitive game where chasing high scores is a blast for the short while that it lasts.

I had a lot of fun with Boxed In and its intuitive yet challenging score-chasing mechanics but that fun is best enjoyed in short bursts.

Boxed In gameplay video → More PlayStation VR games
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