Indie Game of the Month Awards November 2020

Indie Game of the Month Awards November 2020

These indies take the Crown

A.J. Maciejewski

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It's been a wonderful year for indie games and we played tons of great ones in November so let's celebrate a dozen top-notch indies.

The Pathless 3D Platformer of the Month

Running and jumping around 3D worlds is a classic formula yet few games in the genre are as lightning-fast as the super-stylish The Pathless. The adventure completely captivated me with its awe-inspiring sights and gameplay and it definitely deserves much acclaim.

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The Pathless screenshot
We have quite the journey ahead of us

Mad Rat Dead 2D Platformer of the Month

My favourite gaming experiences are when I play a game and don't think much of it then it slowly grows on me to the point where I end up having a blast. This was the case with Mad Rat Dead as its blend of 2D platforming and rhythm mechanics seemed like a goofy premise at first but once I realised how challenging it is, I became hooked while trying to master its clever levels. Its soundtrack is full of fun-filled energy and its somewhat dark premise mixes perfectly with its lively cartoonish visuals to make quite a feast for the senses.

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Mad Rat Dead screenshot
Gotta snag those green triangles

Foregone Metroidvania of the Month

There are a lot of Metroidvania games out there yet few are as stunning as Foregone. Not only are its visuals gorgeous, its tough yet intuitive gameplay will have you exploring enemy-filled areas only to try just one more time to take down the next boss.

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Foregone screenshot
If you stand in my way, you get cut down

QV Casual Game of the Month

I love games that offer relaxing yet rewarding gameplay and QV is perhaps the most satisfying indie of that description that I've played in a long time. The whimsical game world and easy breezy gameplay easily make it the best casual game that I've played recently.

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QV screenshot
That hat does look scrumptious but I don't think it's actually made of bread

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm Adventure Game of the Month

Although I enjoyed the original Oceanhorn, I was not expecting this sequel to be as phenomenal as it is. It may look a lot like a 3D Zelda game yet it forges its own identity through a huge and varied campaign that never ceases to be immersive and enjoyable.

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Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm screenshot
I can't believe a Nindie looks this amazing

Crown Trick Dungeon Crawler of the Month

If you know me then you'll know that I absolutely love Mystery Dungeon games and although there have been many indie interpretations of the classic formula, none have crafted more exciting and rewarding gameplay than Crown Trick. I highly recommend it!

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Crown Trick screenshot
Crown Trick is on fire!

Crystal Ortha RPG of the Month

Another genre that always makes me happy are retro-inspired RPGs and Crystal Ortha is a terrific one that stars a fun cast of characters. Travelling the world map in various cute vehicles while taking down daunting bosses makes it one wonderful old-school RPG.

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Crystal Ortha screenshot
Margaret knows what I'm talking about

Tens! Puzzle Game of the Month

When it comes to puzzle games, it seems like it's all been done yet Tens! combines Picross, dice, and action-packed competitive gameplay into one ingenious experience that'll keep you playing whether you're a lone wolf or want to compete with friends.

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Tens! screenshot
Tens! out of ten

Galacide Genre-blender of the Month

Whenever indie devs attempt to blend unexpected genres, I'm always intrigued and Galacide brilliantly combines shoot 'em up gameplay with puzzle elements to make a thrilling score-chasing adventure that you can actually enjoy with up to 4 chums. How cool is that?

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Galacide screenshot
Galacide scratches all my retro gaming itches

Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion Shoot 'em Up of the Month

Speaking of shoot 'em ups, Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion is a console adaptation of a fantastic PC shmup that features an intricate mix of mechanics which make it a joy to blast away its hordes of enemy ships. If you're a genre fan, you need to play this.

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Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion screenshot
Prepare to have projectiles burned into your retinas

Shoot 1UP DX Retro-Inspired Game of the Month

Another shoot 'em up?! Why not? Shoot 1UP DX is certainly inspired by retro vertical shmups yet it features a cool twist where you collect ships then expand and contract their formation. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat as you soar through its campaign.

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Shoot 1UP DX screenshot
It may not look like much but this is one great shmup

Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition Indie Game of the Month

Okay, I admit that 4 shoot 'em ups in a row is a little ridiculous but Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype is such an excellent game that it deserves our overall indie game of the month award. Considering I was obsessed with it on PlayStation 3, I couldn't wait to dive into this Definitive Edition and it did not disappoint in the slightest. In fact, it has held up perfectly and even rivals the best modern day indies.

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Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype Definitive Edition screenshot
Soldner-X 2 looks amazing and plays brilliantly, too!
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