Video games can be a little too serious so why not sit back and enjoy some silly indies? Well, I have 8 such titles that you might enjoy.
Mail Mole Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
3D platformers come in many varieties yet I haven't played one where you spend the majority of it underground so here's Mail Mole!
Mail Mole has you control a little fellow who must deliver letters to their destination mailboxes within a variety of intricate and large stages. Although you tunnel just underneath the surface, the controls are quite typical of a 3D platformer as you can leap out at any time. Each stage includes a wealth of carrots that act as currency which you can exchange for cute costume pieces and you can also discover 3 hidden radishes which usually involves mastering side areas. As you progress, you'll also discover races that I found to be great fun and there are boss fights that are challenging to master, too. Oh, and you can try to complete each stage in under various time thresholds to earn bronze, silver, and gold medals. Overall, it's an adorable and fun game that has a decent amount of replay value.
I had a great time with Mail Mole and its cute premise made me smile as I played through each of its many lovely stages.Mail Mole gameplay video → Similar game: New Super Lucky's Tale
Sir Lovelot Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆
Here we have a 2D platformer where you play as a boy knight who's on a quest to kiss all the long-haired damsels in the land.
Sir Lovelot lives in Lululand and he's on a quest to find the love of his life. How do you do that? First, you have to collect a present and then, you climb a woman's hair. After that, she rejects Sir Lovelot because he's probably an inadequate lover then he moves on to his next potential partner. What does this mean for gameplay? You basically run, jump, and climb through multi-screen levels while firing a short-range projectile weapon at monsters and possibly uncovering secrets along the way. Why does he not use a sword or lance? Who cares? The gameplay is tight, intuitive, and a lot of fun. Plus, finding all of the secrets and completing levels in under their par times makes replaying stages a challenging endeavour. By the end, you'll be happy that you went on this love-starved mini-knight's journey.
With a silly premise, tight 2D gameplay, and rewarding collectibles, Sir Lovelot is sure to delight as you master stage after stage.Sir Lovelot gameplay video →
Space Otter Charlie Review Xbox One ★★★★☆
Games that play with gravity in interesting ways are always intriguing so here's Space Otter Charlie; an indie with no gravity at all.
Space Otter Charlie has you float around space stations as you gather items, deal with enemies, solve puzzles, and work past tricky scenarios. Its core gameplay is what makes Space Otter Charlie special as you leap off walls after aiming in order to fly to your next stable surface. You also have a jetpack that allows you to steer as you jump from place to place and you'll get a laser gun, too, that you can use for both combat and puzzle-solving. From common button-based puzzles to trying to sneak past security cameras; there's a lot of variety throughout and each level is impressively large and memorable. The resulting campaign is a difficult one to put down as you'll constantly be doing something different whether it's fighting a boss or carefully moving boxes through tricky rooms. It's a ton of fun!
I enjoyed Space Otter Charlie for its unconventional gameplay that features a lot of variety in its objectives and clever environments.Space Otter Charlie gameplay video →
Bob Help Them Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Helping others is generally a good thing to do but why help real people when you can do so virtually in the new indie Bob Help Them?
Before playing Bob Help Them, I assumed that it would be a laidback game where you casually help folks accomplish things. Therefore, I was surprised by how arcade-like it is because levels actually have time limits so you have to help folks before the time runs out which actually gets rather difficult to do. Even though the core gameplay is simple and primarily has you carry objects from point A to point B, your time management skills will be thoroughly put to the test as you'll constantly make decisions of what is the most efficient way to retrieve and carry items. However, the gameplay is still very simple and I kind of got a little tired of it after completing a handful of stages. Therefore, it's definitely the sort of game that you'll pick up and play a little bit at a time every now and then.
Bob Help Them may not have much lasting appeal but helping folks as efficiently and thoroughly as possible is certainly a fun challenge.Bob Help Them gameplay video →
PAKO Caravan Review Switch ★★★☆☆
We've all played games like Snake before but what if you were leading a massive chain of trailers? Let's find out with PAKO Caravan.
PAKO Caravan features some incredibly cheerful and colourful graphics and it has quite catchy little songs, too, which sets the perfect tone for the silly gameplay that it has in store. You control a perpetually-moving vehicle and your goal is to check off a list of tasks as you navigate through isometric levels. The main goal which often accounts for multiple tasks is expanding the fleet of trailers behind you which is accomplished by collecting numbered pick-ups. Growing your fleet makes it trickier to not run into yourself but the stages are often quite large so it takes a while to start feeling the effects of having a large caravan. Although I enjoyed this setup, I must say that retrying levels over and over again started to become repetitive very fast and the music starts again, too, which can be annoying.
If you enjoy trying levels again and again with each attempt lasting about a couple minutes, you'll probably dig PAKO Caravan.PAKO Caravan gameplay video →
Can't Drive This Review PlayStation 5 ★★★☆☆
Here's a genre-blender that's even more fun while playing cooperatively with a friend but does this nifty puzzler / racer combo work?
Can't Drive This has you and a friend cooperate in order to survive as long as you can. How it's played is that 1 player lays track tiles down while the other drives a vehicle and tries not to fall off. They also have to keep driving because if they slow down for long enough, their vehicle will explode! I bet you didn't see that coming. Anyway, although my gaming chum and I had fun with this concept at first, it quickly started to become tedious for a few reasons. First, the randomness of it all often felt unfair. Next, the puzzle player can't scroll far enough away from the racer at times which makes laying boost pads troublesome as the racer might fly off the end because the puzzler can't lay the tiles down fast enough. It's still a very cool concept and I hope to see it improved upon down the road.
Combining a puzzle game and a racing game into one is a noble endeavour and the result is one nifty cooperative experience.Can't Drive This gameplay video →
Wind Peaks Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Hidden object games can make winding down after a long day quite enjoyable so let's see if Wind Peaks is the next Where's Wally?
Wind Peaks is a simple game where you zoom and pan large intricate stages while looking for a list of objects. Each scenario is part of a journey and is presented after cute little cutscenes which makes finding the objects feel like a cohesive narrative as opposed to a random assortment of tasks like most games in the genre tend to be. Plus, you'll gather certain tools that add to the gameplay such as a camera that lets you take a photo of a hidden creature for one of the items and a flashlight which illuminates a night-time campground. With all of that being said, I found the levels to be a bit too big which makes the gameplay occasionally feel tedious and the hint system takes too long to kick in. The art is fantastic, though, and some of the scenarios are quite funny, too, so you're bound to have some fun.
Hidden object games rarely feel like an adventure yet Wind Peaks crafts its campaign well with plenty of silly and memorable scenarios.Wind Peaks gameplay video →
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Review PlayStation 5 ★★★★☆
Some games are just plain trippy and with that in mind, here's the very quirky 2D / 3D hybrid indie Anodyne 2: Return to Dust.
Having never played the original, I didn't know what to expect from this sequel. Its story has you play as Nova who's tasked with cleaning up the Nano Dust that has infected New Theland's inhabitants. She does this by shrinking down then entering people's bodies where she uses a vacuum to suck up the contaminating dust. The resulting gameplay has you traverse 3D environments while the dust-collecting segments are rendered in 2D. Both modes represent the 16-bit and PlayStation eras perfectly with the latter especially being impressive since few indies really capture the magic of PS1 games. Meanwhile, the soundtrack is phenomenal. It can be an exceptionally weird and trippy journey at times yet in the end, you'll be very happy that you adventured through such a wonderful game world.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is a fantastic indie that captures 2 bygone eras beautifully so if you like trippy games, you need to play it.Anodyne 2: Return to Dust gameplay video → Anodyne Review