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Indie Game of the Month Awards May 2022

Super Mega Indies

A.J. Maciejewski

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May was an excellent month for thoroughly enjoyable indie games and here are our picks for the very best within 15 distinct categories.

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Super Mega Zero 2D Platformer of the Month

Super Mega Zero is one of those games that has a simple premise yet it's super-tough to master. Utilizing limited jumps as you carefully navigate through hazard-heavy stages is a blast so check this one out if you enjoy a challenge. v1d30chumz 35-175-107-185

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Trust me; it plays a lot less complex than it looks

Kao the Kangaroo 3D Platformer of the Month

Kao the Kangaroo has a lengthy history dating back to the Dreamcast days yet it never quite reached the mainstream. However, this reboot of the franchise is definitely the best entry in the long-running series so far and I hope to see many more sequels in the future. There's just something about losing yourself in a colourful lighthearted 3D world that's comforting in this day and age and considering Kao the Kangaroo doesn't shy away from offering a challenge, there's a lot packed in here for anyone to thoroughly enjoy.

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Kao has one colourful adventure ahead

Souldiers Metroidvania of the Month

Speaking of colourful games, Souldiers presents a beautifully rendered world that's full of action RPG fun. From taking on tricky bosses to exploring the intricate environments for useful upgrades, this is one Metroidvania that's certainly hard to put down.

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Are those grumpy slimes talking to each other?

Samurai Bringer Action Game of the Month

Playing as a samurai as you hack and slash away at hordes of adversaries is nothing new yet Samurai Bringer brings life into the age-old genre by allowing you to configure your very own move set in an impressively in-depth system. Check it out! 😊

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So many options; I can spend hours setting this fellow up!

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Adventure Game of the Month

The Stanley Parable may have been around a long time but this Ultra Deluxe edition marks its console debut and it's so chockfull of absurd humour and abstract scenarios that you'll want to keep playing just so you can see what will happen next.

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Yeah, I don't know what's going on either

Dandy & Randy DX Co-op Game of the Month

Once in a while, an indie game comes out that my gaming chum and I just can't get enough of. Although Dandy & Randy DX is a short experience, it's jam-packed with adorable retro fun. It's such a great game that I really want to play a sequel.

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Randy and Molly go on a chilly hike

RiffTrax: The Game Party Game of the Month

Dubbing your own lines over old sci-fi films seems like a strange concept for a party game yet the amount of freedom you have in RiffTrax: The Game to put in your own jokes and sound effects makes it an absolutely hilarious game to play with friends.

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Not every line can be side-splitting

Mini Motorways Puzzle Game of the Month

Mini Motorways merely has you draw roads in order to connect coloured buildings and grow a city. It may appear like a simple concept but this indie puzzler is incredibly tough to master so make sure you're ready to strategize and think outside the box.

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Well, I tried my best

Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles Casual Game of the Month

Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles is a 3D platformer where you simply chill while figuring out what your surroundings are capable of. Slowly uncovering the game world as you experiment makes for an immersive experience, especially with its spot-on atmosphere.

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It's nice to chill under the sea

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising RPG of the Month

As a prequel to the upcoming RPG, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising presents a promising formula that features a memorable cast of characters and intriguing game world. Plus, its Metroidvania setup blends beautifully with its town management aspect.

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This boss is quite a challenge but CJ can do it!

Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition Strategy Game of the Month

Post-apocalyptic survival is a common theme in gaming yet I haven't played anything quite like Endzone - A World Apart: Survivor Edition where you have to ration water and food as your population grows. Can you survive the contaminated wastelands?

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My settlement is coming along nicely

Cotton Fantasy Shoot 'em Up of the Month

I've been eagerly waiting for Cotton Fantasy to release and now that it's out, I'm happy to say that it has lived up to and even exceeded my expectations. This lighthearted shmup will delight any fan of the genre, especially if you love playing as a variety of characters.

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Looks like this eagle fell into a nuclear reactor or something

Gravitar: Recharged Retro Revival of the Month

The Atari Recharged series has produced many memorable modern recreations of classic arcade games and Gravitar: Recharged is perhaps the most obscure title to date. Sure, it's tough to master but anyone who loves a challenge will have a blast accomplishing their mission.

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Can I shoot down that UFO before it gets me? Here's hoping!

REMOTE LIFE Retro-Inspired Game of the Month

Out of all the games that we reviewed in May, the retro-inspired indie that stood out to me most is REMOTE LIFE. Specifically, its stunning graphical style harkens back to the late '90s and you don't really see many games that utilize a similar visual aesthetic anymore. Not only does it look amazing, it's a pretty fun twin-stick shoot 'em up, too, so definitely check it out if it piques your interest. 😄

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Having an extra turret on your side never hurts

Rogue Legacy 2 Indie Game of the Month

Finally, the best indie game from May is a sequel to one of my favourite games of all time. Rogue Legacy 2 does a near-perfect job of retaining what made the original special while offering its own unique spin on the formula. So, if you enjoy 2D Metroidvania gameplay that's set in a procedurally generated roguelike world then you'll absolutely love every minute of this indie masterpiece.

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