If you try to stay on top of all the indies that release every week, you may come across plenty that look interesting but it's hard to tell if they're any good. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on 8 recently released interesting-looking indie games.
Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
There have been many games that play with gravity in clever ways yet few are as enjoyable as this beautiful space-trotting adventure.
Gravity Ghost tells the story of a ghost girl whose friend is missing so she journeys across the galaxy in the hopes of finding him. Its gameplay involves jumping from planets in order to collect stars which open each stage's exit. If you angle your jumps correctly, you can really go soaring around each level which feels awesome. As you progress, you'll unlock terraforming abilities that change the properties of planets, reunite animal spirits with their physical bodies, and play through many unique scenarios. When I started playing Gravity Ghost, I thought it was pretty fun but once it got its hooks in me, I couldn't stop playing. In fact, I found myself trying to reunite all the animals and beat every stage and games rarely drive me to do that nowadays. Needless to say, I highly recommend this truly unique indie.
Indies don't get much more captivating than Gravity Ghost with its lovely visuals, spot-on audio, and enjoyable gravity-based gameplay.Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition gameplay video →
Morphies Law: Remorphed Review Switch ★★★★☆
If you're in the market for a colourful online shooter with a cool gimmick then this redone version of Morphies Law is worth checking out.
When Morphies Law debuted last year, I didn't actually play it but based on how poorly it was received; perhaps that's a good thing. That being said, I'm very happy with my experience playing Morphies Law: Remorphed. Basically, you play as an avatar that's inspired by Day of the Dead aesthetics and as you shoot your opponents, you steal their mass. For example, if you shoot their legs then your legs will get bigger. As matches begin, everyone is the same size but by the end, you'll have really tiny adversaries and humongous ones, too. I found the matches to run rather smoothly and I thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth customization features. Plus, the stages (of which there are 8) are great fun to traverse complete with tons of verticality that you can access via your butt-rocket jump. It's enjoyable stuff.
The original may have been disappointing yet Morphies Law: Remorphed manages to offer a heck of a lot of chaotic online mayhem.Morphies Law: Remorphed gameplay video →
Epic Clicker Journey Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Mindlessly tapping on a screen in order to play a game is the epitome of tedious but can it be done in a way that's actually fun?
Epic Clicker Journey has you enter nodes on a world map in order to battle a succession of wacky enemies. You do so by merely tapping a button or the screen. To complicate things a bit, you can level up and purchase better equipment as you progress. Although this all sounds very rudimentary, I actually had a bit of fun enhancing my stats and laughing at the ridiculous varieties of enemies. However, it's still very simple and there are a couple of strange design decisions. For example, why do you have to wait for your health to recharge on the world map? Also, one of my pieces of equipment got replaced with a repeat item which I'm pretty sure is a glitch and this basically threw my whole playthrough in jeopardy. In the end, it's a silly and fun game but these issues make it quite hard to enjoy.
I'm fairly certain that Epic Clicker Journey is the best game where you just tap on a screen but that's not really saying much is it?Epic Clicker Journey gameplay video →
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Review Switch ★★★★☆
Here we have an unashamedly old-school RPG that's been adapted for Switch and believe it or not, it works out very well.
I've heard a lot of great things about Pillars of Eternity so I figured I should finally give it a try with the Complete Edition on Switch. To my surprise, it's extremely old-school in that it doesn't hold your hand at all and the gameplay systems are incredibly complex. So, if you don't have the patience to learn a complicated game to get the most out of it then you should definitely avoid Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition. However, those who have a fondness for the genre will absolutely love its dark fantasy setting, high degree of difficulty, amount of customization options, and lengthy dialogue sequences. Speaking of which, I thought some dialogue was quite off-putting and tasteless and a few voice actors don't seem to fit their characters but I could understand others enjoying it.
If you're a casual RPG fan then you likely won't enjoy Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition but those who relish in complicated old-school RPG systems, immersive dark fantasy worlds, and challenging encounters will find a lot to love here.Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition gameplay video →
Subdivision Infinity DX Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
Space combat games are underrepresented in this day and age so let's see if Subdivision Infinity DX is a worthy 3D space shooter.
If you visit Video Chums regularly, you'd know that I'm a big fan of 3D space combat games. Shooting enemy forces in the vastness of space while having six degrees of freedom to manoeuvre your craft makes for one heck of a fun time in my books. When I first started playing Subdivision Infinity DX, I was immediately impressed with its tight controls, enjoyable mission objectives, and ship and weapon upgrade systems. That being said, as I progressed through the campaign, I realised just how shallow everything is at its core and I ended up feeling a little disappointed. More specifically, no matter how I customized my ship or which mission I was on, it all started feeling very similar. That being said, it's still a solid space combat game so it's good if you want to add another one to your collection.
3D space shooters don't get much simpler than Subdivision Infinity DX but its gameplay is certainly tight and challenging enough.Subdivision Infinity DX gameplay video →
The Forbidden Arts Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Indie action games incorporate all sorts of interesting gameplay ideas so does The Forbidden Arts offer anything worthwhile?
The Forbidden Arts stars a little lad named Phoenix who's on a mission to master the art of fire magic. The campaign is divided between a 3D world map and 2D stages where you traverse tricky platforming segments and battle loads of enemies. Unfortunately, neither of these aspects is done well. For starters, combat simply doesn't feel like it connects and the platforming is super-easy albeit frustrating at parts. For example, many hazards require trial and error to overcome so traversing the same segments over and over again until you figure out what to do can be downright maddening. On the plus side, you'll gain access to plenty of nifty abilities that add variety and finding secret gold bricks allows for some replay value. If the core gameplay was retooled to be tighter then it could be a decent game.
Although The Forbidden Arts has a lot of potential, its gameplay is so loose and unsatisfying that it's hard not to be disappointed.The Forbidden Arts gameplay video →
#RaceDieRun Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Gamers who love replaying super-difficult bite-sized stages until they master them will enjoy this fast-paced futuristic racer.
#RaceDieRun is simple as all you do is try and make it to each level's goal. Along the way, you'll face plenty of hazards including shifting walls and if you touch anything, you have to start over again. Each stage can require dozens of attempts but considering they're so short and restarting is so easy to do, it's a tough game to put down. You'll find yourself crashing into moving hazards, falling off the track, and even accidentally slamming into the sides but you'll gladly dust yourself off and give it another go. To add complexity, you can boost whenever which shaves seconds off your total time, glide off ramps, and dash left and right which can help if you plan things perfectly. That being said, being able to judge things properly is the most irritating part of #RaceDieRun as everything's far too sensitive.
Even though it's enjoyable at first, #RaceDieRun's overly sensitive mechanics make playing it eventually become too frustrating.RaceDieRun gameplay video →
Shadows 2: Perfidia Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
There aren't many portable indie horror games so here's one that you can enjoy; that is, if you can make out anything on the screen.
When I started Shadows 2: Perfidia, I thought the game was broken because I couldn't see a darn thing. Luckily, I found the gamma setting and cranked that sucker up. Anyway, you basically pick 1 of 2 characters then walk around an office complex while trying to figure out what happened. Why are you in the dark? What are those monsters that keep chasing you? Should you even care? To answer that last question, I certainly didn't and I'm sure you won't either. The gameplay is super-simple as all you do is interact with your surroundings and run from monsters whenever they emerge. You also have a sanity meter to keep in check and the constant uneasy sense of eeriness is well accomplished, especially when you hear odd distant sounds and see your character move around erratically.
Although its sense of uneasiness is well done, everything else about Shadows 2: Perfidia is far too basic to be thoroughly enjoyable.Shadows 2: Perfidia gameplay video →