Indie Game of the Month Awards March 2022

Indie Game of the Month Awards March 2022

Dawn of the Indies

A.J. Maciejewski

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March was so full of excellent indie games that this month, I'm handing out an additional 2 awards so without further ado, let's get to it.

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon Metroidvania of the Month

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is a remake of an obscure Famicom game from 1987 and it's quite an action-packed roguelike Metroidvania. From its rewarding weapons and upgrades to its gorgeous artistic visuals, this is one indie game that you'll end up playing for a long time. v1d30chumz 34-231-247-88

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The mountains have eyes

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright Adventure Game of the Month

Although it's called RPG Time, this indie treasure is more of an adventure game and it's set in quite a cleverly imaginative world. Having a delightful little chap guide you through an intricate fantastical game that he created makes for a phenomenal premise for a game and the adventure that follows will keep a smile on your face as you progress past many unforgettable scenarios. It's charming stuff that anyone with even a remnant of childhood imagination remaining will absolutely adore. If you decide to play it, let me know what you think!

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This fellow sure made one swell game

The Last Cube Puzzle Game of the Month

Puzzle games come in all sorts of varieties and The Last Cube is quite unique as you advance through massive and complex stages by rolling a cube around in order to unlock doors and forge a path ahead. On top of that, it has a surprisingly captivating atmosphere.

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Who knew a cube could go on such an epic adventure?

FAR: Changing Tides Casual Game of the Month

Speaking of atmosphere, FAR: Changing Tides is a slow-moving puzzle platformer that combines sailing with puzzle-solving in a super-chill and satisfying manner. Its graphics are fantastic and as you listen to the gentle melodies, it's easy to wind down as you play it.

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It's tough getting this ship in working order

The Cruel King and the Great Hero RPG of the Month

The Cruel King and the Great Hero is a simple RPG that's bursting with charm from its awesome artwork to its bubbly cast of characters. You play as a wild girl named Yuu and her quest to become a renowned hero in her father's footsteps will surely warm your heart.

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Now, this is quite the odd couple

Legend of Ixtona Strategy Game of the Month

SRPGs aren't all that common in the indie scene but Legend of Ixtona is something special with its back-to-basics approach to the genre that happens to star a diverse cast of likeable characters. It's pick-up-and-play strategy RPG fun that's easy to love.

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Wolf guy vs. ripped priest; what a wacky cast of characters!

Agent Intercept Racing Game of the Month

If you've ever wanted to play as a superspy then racing the Sceptre in Agent Intercept is sure to delight. It may not be a traditional competitive racing game but racing against the clock while launching missiles at enemies is still high-octane action-packed fun.

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Time to speed my way to save the day

Splash Cars Arcade-Style Game of the Month

Once in a while, an indie releases that completely takes me by surprise and Splash Cars is one such game as its premise of painting environments as you drive around is incredibly enjoyable, especially with all of the awesome unlockable vehicles and upgrades.

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This town could use a little more colour

Royal Frontier Roguelike of the Month

Royal Frontier is a simplistic roguelike that got its hooks in me after a few attempts at its easy-to-play yet hard-to-master campaign. After you get over the hump and start unlocking substantial elements, it becomes one impressively strategic roguelike.

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These goblins are fighting the wrong dudes

Gunborg: Dark Matters Twin-stick Shooter of the Month

Following the footsteps of many other twin-stick shooter platformer hybrids, Gunborg: Dark Matters is a challenging and super-fun indie game that features clever enemies and lots of weapons that you can skillfully utilize as you work past its many elaborately tricky scenarios.

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Can I grab that collectible without getting snagged?

Andro Dunos 2 Shoot 'em Up of the Month

Andro Dunos 2 is a sequel to a 1992 Neo Geo shoot 'em up and it's a ton of fun with its easily digestible gameplay and attractive retro visuals. Throw in oodles of stages and tough bosses and you'll be on the edge of your seat as you master this cool shmup.

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20 years was worth the wait

Dawn of the Monsters Beat 'em Up of the Month

Dawn of the Monsters not only masterfully brings players back to the golden age of beat 'em ups, it's also packed with kaiju combat that any Toho film fan will relish. From its rewarding upgrades to its incredible special moves, it makes beating up giant monsters great fun.

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I hope no one was having a meeting in this building

Time Loader Retro-Inspired Game of the Month

The Retro-Inspired Game of the Month award is always my favourite to hand out each month and I usually award it to an indie game that brings back some sort of retro gameplay formula. However, Time Loader does such a wonderful job of presenting a retro household from the golden age of video games that it easily snags the award this month. Plus, its puzzle platforming gameplay is radical, dude!

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This little robot doesn't like reading signs

Grand Mountain Adventure Wonderlands Indie Game of the Month

I didn't think I'd ever award a skiing game the best indie of the month because there definitely aren't many of them but Grand Mountain Adventure Wonderlands does such a phenomenal job of adapting the sport in a way which allows you to have fun and explore at your own pace that it deserves it. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to hit the slopes and see what I can accomplish next.

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Skiing has never been so chill
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