By Aaron Evangelisti / March 17th, 2020
Hello, everyone. It’s been a busy day today as Nintendo held their Indie World Showcase, their Direct style presentation of upcoming indie titles. There was no shortage of games to announce and show off either, so let’s get right into this:
Blue Fire: From Graffiti Games, Blue Fire appears to be a 3D action-adventure game quite similar to 3D Zelda titles but with more of an emphasis on platforming. Visually it’s kind of a combination of the cel shaded look of Windwaker, and Twilight Princess’s dark, neon aesthetic.
Baldo: This outing from Italian developers, Naps Team, is an action-adventure RPG with art style that bears more than a passing resemblance to Studio Ghibli films.
I Am Dead: In I Am Dead you assume the role of a dead museum curator who spent most of his life chronically the history of the small town he lived in. Now, after your death, you continue your work with the help of newfound abilities that will allow you to solve puzzles and learn more about the towns history.
Bark: This is a couch focused co-op side-scrolling shooter where the players shoot up robot bad guys as cute, spaceship piloting animals, each with a unique playstyle and abilities.
Freakpocalypse: From the creator of the webcomic Cyanide and Happiness, Freakpocalypse is a humorous adventure game set in a satirical post-apocalyptic setting. Visually, it reminds me a lot South Park: The Stick of Truth, but it doesn’t appear to be an RPG. It also kind of reminds me of the Beavis and Butt-Head game on the Sega Genesis.
Summer in Mara: This is a life-sim, of sorts, in the style of games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. It features a lot of the mechanics you’ve come to expect from this genre such as farming, crafting, fishing, ect. This is a game I remember covering before, and it looks like it’s coming along nicely. Summer in Mara will be a timed exclusive on the Switch before going multi-platform and also feature some exclusive cosmetic content.
Quantum League: This unique first-person shooter has been in open beta on Steam for a little while. It’s main gimmick is that it features where every round you’re joined by a clone of yourself who mimics the actions you took in the previous round. There seems to me more of an emphasis on planning and out thinking your opponent. Also unlike most shooters, Quantum League features matches with small player counts, focusing on one-on-one or two-on-two matches only.
The Good Life: This is a rather unique looking mystery/adventure game where you play a young woman who seems to be able to shapeshift into different animals, at least a dog and cat. You’re trying to pay off some debt as well as solve a murder. No big deal.
Faeria: Faeria is a virtual trading card game with a twist. Not only do you use cards to summon creatures and cast spells, but it also features a grid based field you and your opponent build as you play. You must use this field to move and position your creatures. This game has been on PC for a while and I’ve actually played it and had quite a bit of fun with it. If you’re a fan of card games it’s worth a look. It’ll feature some exclusive cosmetic DLC for the Switch which can be obtained for no additional charge for a limited time.
Eldest Souls: This is a boss-rush style action-RPG that seems to have quite a bit in common with a certain other action-RPG with the word Souls in it’s title. It features some nice pixel art, and a cool aesthetic.
These are just some quick highlights from the showcase. We plan on going a bit more in-depth with a few of these titles, as well as cover other announcements that warranted their own coverage. If you would like to checkout the Indie World Showcase for yourself be sure to do so here. Hope you found this interesting, saw some games you’re looking forward to, and of course stick around for more news regarding the showcase.
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