With all the games in development and in the pipe line for 2017, there are a few hidden indie jewels that you might overlook.
It is normal to ignore certain games when you have titles like Injustice 2, Red Dead Redemption 2 and more coming our way.
These are ten indie games that you should make sure you pay attention to, no matter how big the marketing budget is for the mainstream games in 2017.
While RiME has been in development limbo for a long time now, the game is finally on our doorstep. The game follows the story of a boy who gets shipwrecked on an island with no memory of his past. He now needs to explore the mountains and valleys in order to unlock the secret of the island.
The game is inspired by the Mediterranean with blue oceans and clear skies, but most of all it is the stunning cel-shaded visuals that I cannot wait to digest. Puzzles, riddles, and dangers await in the game. If you ask me it looks like a combination of Journey, The Legend of Zelda, and a touch of The Witness. I could not be happier.
I never know if Microsoft will ever release Cuphead, but all we do is hope that it releases in 2017. Going back to the classic 1930s art style, this platformer has all the charm and colour you could ever dream of.
The game sees you take control of two cups, if you are playing two-player, as you make your way across a map.
Every new level will offer a wide variety of visuals, as well as a boss that will resonate with those who loved games like Micky’s Castle of Illusion, and Duck Tales.
While Cuphead looks cute on the outside, it is one relentless platformer with a three-hit life feature, and some rather tough enemies to kill.
You will need to learn each enemy and how they attack in order to protect yourself against them.
It is all about being fast on the button, and quick on the movement. Cuphead is due for release sometime this year on Xbox One.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
I did not know about this game until they announced a Nintendo Switch version of it, but you will be happy to know that the game is headed to Windows, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and even iOS later this year.
Battle Chasers: Nightware has got a gorgeous art style that reminds me of Darksiders to some degree, and a classic turn-based combat system.
The dungeons in the game are all randomly generated so those who enjoy replaying games like these will be in heaven.
It will feature a unique crafting system, that will see you building your favorite weapons and making the most out of every ingredient you find in the game.
Developed by Capybara games, Below is another game that has been in limbo for a long time. Below is described as a game with ” a tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island”.
Every new cave is randomly generated, and with the perma-death feature you will be constantly experiencing something new every time you die.
Below sounds like something new, while at the same time bringing in some inspiration from games like The Binding of Isaac, and with the relentless difficulty, Titan Souls.
Whatever Below is aiming for, I am sure it is going to be one of those games that you simply have to try. All we can hope for is that it makes its 2017 release window.
The developers of Stasis have been hard at work on a new game, and as much as I try, I cannot ignore it.
Beautiful Desolation is set in a post-apocalyptic Africa and features an isometric adventure. The developers describe the setting as a perfect fit for bizarre creatures and vibrant characters.
It kind of reminds me of the recent Torment: Tides of Numenera with its 80s retro look and feel, and the classic 2D isometric environments. An RPG set in our own backyard? who can complain about that?
Who does not love twin-stick shooters?
Well Ruiner is an upcoming isometric shooter from the ex-Witcher developers. Set in a cyber-punk future, the game sees you shoot, punch, and kick your way through a series of urban levels.
What is best about this, is the games awesome cel-shaded art style that will keep you intrigued throughout the action.
The game is set for release sometime this year, and will feature Xbox Play Anywhere support, so you will be able to play with your friends on any platform regardless of their platform of choice.
The Room: Old Sins
The Room Two, and the Room Three must have been two of the greatest mobile games I have ever played in my gaming lifetime, and the latest title by the creators of the series dubbed The Room: Old Sins, will take the series to whole new levels.
While not much is known about the latest and upcoming title, we do know that it is set in a different era of that of the older games.
The Room: Old Sins will see player venture into an attic of an ambitious engineer and his high-society wife after they go missing. The game will feature more puzzles, and even more dastardly riddle to solve. I simply cannot wait.
Nighogg was a instant hit back in the day, as it was basically the stepping stone to the 16-bit revival.
The sequel will have to be better and bigger than its predecessor in every way. Saying that however, it seems that the sequel has been rudely received by the community due to the replacement of the character models.
Instead of the classic sprites, that made the game so popular in the first place, the developers have now gone with full 3D models. Well, I am still pretty excited to get my jousting on when the game releases in late 2017.
Set on the Lunar Transfer Station 200,000 miles from Earth, Tacoma is a mysterious game that sees you investigating the recent events in an attempt to discover what happened to Amy Ferrier.
After Amy went missing on her first day on board the station, you now need to explore the vast corridors of the massive space station, in hopes of finding some clues.
The unique art style and narrative might make Tacoma something everyone needs to experience this year.
It feels like it is going to places that some developer have not gone before, but at the same time it looks like Dear Esther in space. Either way I doubt we will mind.
When you watch the trailer for Hello Neighbor you might wonder why it is under the “horror” category, as the game does not look like a horror at first glimpse.
However, as the trailer takes a drastic turn as the end after you get locked in the house after falling sleep.
You wake up to realize that there just might be some psychopath on the lose who want to skin you alive. No big deal.
The game seems to mix some elements from Alien: Isolation, with a We Happy Few art style.
Either way it looks like a great spin on the typical horror franchise and might be something you would enjoy.