Indie Game of the Month Awards August 2020

Indie Game of the Month Awards August 2020

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A.J. Maciejewski

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I love shining the spotlight on indie games that deserve more attention so here are August's best indies in 12 distinct categories.

Helheim Hassle 2D Platformer of the Month

Helheim Hassle is a hilarious puzzle platformer where you detach your limbs and head in order to solve puzzles. Not only did it make me laugh out loud, it also features tons of clever situations that are super-rewarding to figure out.

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These puzzles will have you scratching your decapitated head

Locomotion Casual Game of the Month

This little engine that could flew under many gamers' radars but I absolutely loved my time guiding the little train to its goal within Locomotion's unique and challenging puzzle-filled stages. There are plenty of mechanics that slowly get introduced as you progress and as a result, the difficulty curve is perfectly implemented. As a fan of both trains and practical puzzles, this indie gem really scratched an itch and I imagine that I'll keep going back to it whenever I want a quick fix of relaxing puzzle fun.

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This little train will make it home no matter how tricky the track

Gluf Puzzle Game of the Month

Yes, people are still making games for Sega Genesis and Gluf is a fantastic retro throwback puzzler where you control a frog in order to light up tiles so you can unlock the exit within many tricky levels. Figuring out how to progress is challenging and rewarding stuff.

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Time to hop to it!

Wizards: Wand of Epicosity Strategy Game of the Month

Here's another hilarious game and here, you play as a young man who accidentally kills a wizard and then becomes one himself. Fending off hordes of monsters as you cast a variety of spells makes for an addictive formula and I highly recommend checking it out.

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Casting spells and slaying demons is just in a day's work for a wizard

Drink More Glurp Sports Game of the Month

As a fan of Olympics-style games, I was blown away by Drink More Glurp's approach to the genre as it incorporates goofy physics while being set in a quirky and humorous world. Needless to say, it's fun whether you play solo or with a couch full of chums.

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I wish the actual Olympics had sports like this

Headsnatchers Party Game of the Month

Speaking of playing games with chums, Headsnatchers is a brilliant 4 player party game where the goal is to rip off each other's heads and do silly things with them like score goals and launch them out of a cannon. It's ridiculous and a ton of fun.

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Let's stop ripping each other's heads off and enjoy some ice cream

Boomerang Fu Multiplayer Game of the Month

Here's another battle royal game and this one tasks you and your friends with slashing and throwing boomerangs in order to hopefully be the last player standing. What makes it a blast is its ingenious stage designs as they mix perfectly with the simple gameplay.

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Playing Boomerang Fu is as nutritious as it is delicious

Zero Strain Shooter of the Month

Some games feel like they belong on another console and Zero Strain comes across like a long-lost Dreamcast gem with its arcade shooting gameplay and neon visuals. Throw in a rewarding power-up system and you're left with one impressive arena shooter.

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Trippy laser-filled games always look confusing in screenshots

Arkagis Revolution Retro-Inspired Game of the Month

As the 2nd Sega Genesis game to win an August 2020 indie game award, Arkagis Revolution is a brilliant blend of retro gameplay and modern mechanics. It may be only 16-bit but its gameplay is more enjoyable than most indies for modern consoles.

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Ricard is about to feel Lyn's wrath

Wargroove: Double Trouble DLC of the Month

Few DLC expansions are bursting with enjoyable content that actually changes up the core gameplay in interesting ways and this Double Trouble add-on for Wargroove does just that while adding a handful of delightful new characters. What's not to love?

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Take that, cabbage heads!

Pistol Whip VR Game of the Month

If you own PlayStation VR then you've probably heard of Pistol Whip. It mixes rhythm mechanics, arcade rail shooting, and reflex-based gameplay in a super-rewarding score-chasing formula and needless to say, I highly recommend it for every PSVR fan.

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Infinite ammo without a bandana? That's revolutionary!

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Indie Game of the Month

I'm sure every gamer has either played or at least heard of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and it definitely lives up to the hype by featuring a wonderful game show premise that's super-fun to partake in. Running around as a little bean avatar in a silly costume as you try to remain in the game is extremely enjoyable and it surely has what it takes to claim the crown as the best overall indie this month.

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Scrambling around with dozens of online players is so much fun
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