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Indie Game of the Month Awards May 2021

Cosmic Top Indies

A.J. Maciejewski

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May was jam-packed with great games and you may have missed a few so catch up with our favourite indies in 12 distinct categories.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2022. 🐻

Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition 2D Platformer of the Month

Although it released some time ago, Save me Mr Tako is back at it with a brand new Definitive Edition that has smoothed things out so well that it turned me into a fan. I can't wait to see what delicious game Christophe Galati cooks up next! v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140

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I've heard of Octopus Garden but Octopus Village?!

Rising Hell Action Game of the Month

For a game where all you essentially do is ascend a column while beating up demons, Rising Hell sure is awesome with its tight controls, unique scenarios, rewarding boss fights, and satisfying roguelike setup. As a side note, I must say that when roguelikes give you choices of where to go next, it makes the gameplay more exciting because as you discover new areas and strategies, the gameplay really starts to open up and become much more rewarding and Rising Hell accomplishes this very well. In fact, I think I'll give it one more go; brb.

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You'd think a giant eyeball would be able to see what's coming

Cosmic Top Secret Adventure Game of the Month

As one of the most unique indies that I've played in a long time, Cosmic Top Secret seamlessly blends real-world people and events with a bizarrely-crafted world. Unraveling the mystery of T's father being a cold war spy makes for quite an immersive story, too.

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This may look complicated but Cosmic Top Secret is surprisingly intuitive to play

Retro Machina Action-Adventure Game of the Month

Indies that combine multiple elements to create something truly memorable are commendable so thankfully, Retro Machina blends puzzles, action-packed combat, exploration, and mind-controlling enemies in a brilliantly effective manner. It's quite challenging to boot.

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You don't need to be Stitch Lips to mind-control an enemy

Chroma Quaternion RPG of the Month

Ever since I really got into KEMCO-published RPGs last year, I've always looked forward to what they release next and Chroma Quaternion didn't disappoint with its enjoyable battle system and colourful fun-filled game world with an equally likeable cast of characters.

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This is quite the assortment of monsters

Devil Slayer Raksasi Roguelike of the Month

I love when games take a while to grow on me and once they do, I become hooked. This describes my experience with the well-crafted Devil Slayer Raksasi and its dungeon-crawling roguelike setup. You never know what to expect and that makes every run a blast.

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Flaming cobwebs for the win!

Very Very Valet Co-op Game of the Month

Of course, taking a break from hardcore games in order to have fun with a chum makes for good times and Very Very Valet offers hilarity through its wacky premise and clever scenarios so definitely check it out if you enjoy co-op games as much as I do.

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I wouldn't trust the valets here if I were you

KASIORI Puzzle Game of the Month

After snagging KASIORI when I saw it on the Switch's eShop, I immediately became hooked with its challenging and tight competitive puzzle gameplay. However, what makes it a special game is just how hilariously bad its translation is. Trust me; it's great stuff!

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Miru really knows how to shatter the pancake mood

Binarystar Infinity Shoot 'em Up of the Month

Whereas many shoot 'em ups either try to emulate the good old days or elevate the genre to new cinematic heights, Binarystar Infinity offers a simple power-up-collecting formula and it works beautifully, especially if you love a solid challenge.

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Does anyone really need more than 3 colours anyway?

Jetboard Joust Retro-Inspired Game of the Month

Clearly inspired by the 1981 arcade classic Defender, Jetboard Joust adds many new elements such as an arsenal of powerful weapons, an upgrade system, roguelike worlds with branching paths, and a nifty dash attack. It's a truly spot-on modernization of a classic.

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I love watching alien invaders explode, don't you?

Beach Buggy Racing 2: Hot Wheels Booster Pack DLC of the Month

I grew up playing with Hot Wheels so imagine my surprise when one of my favourite kart racers got DLC based on the popular toy franchise. Being able to drive 7 classic vehicles on 4 brand new tracks is great stuff for sure.

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Gotta love these iconic orange tracks

Flowing Lights Indie Game of the Month

As one of the most rewarding and underrated indies of the year, Flowing Lights masterfully combines shooting action with physics-based puzzles in arcade-like levels to create an absolutely mind-blowing formula. Congrats on being our overall indie game of the month! 🏅

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Taking the higher ground is often the key to success
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