Monday, 18 June 2018

3 Indie Games to Check Out


When it comes to indie games, we're lucky enough to be in no short supply in 2018. Although the anticipation of triple A titles is exciting, I think it's the indie game scene that's releasing fresh new content and innovative play styles that are unlike a lot of what has already been seen and done. It's not about shiny, realistic graphics - it's about art style; characters with more than one-dimension; intricate story lines; and fun, new ways to play.

In today's post I wanted to share with you a few of the games that have stuck with me in recent years, and have been indie releases. Although I admittedly haven't played all of them (I've become more of a lets-play-watcher than an actual player in the last year or so, favouring to play just a small handful of titles), the let's plays have really stuck with me.

SALLY FACE

I actually tried my hand at my own let's play of this amazingly weird creation, but ended up scrapping it because I'm useless as a let's player, lmao. This quirky, beautifully drawn episodic game follows Sally, a young boy who lives with his dad as they recently move into a new apartment. It's revealed at the end of episode one that Sally is speaking with a counsellor, but the events that led to Sally being here are unknown as of yet. I think the third episode recently came out and I'm really hoping Jacksepticeye will play it, as it's his original play through that made me want to play it myself. Sally Face is pretty 'sandbox'-y, as you only have limited environment to uncover, but you can interact and click on a lot of things and people. It's definitely pretty creepy and weird, and falls into the horror category I'd say, but it's not atmospheric enough that you can't play it alone - if I can, you defo can, as I'm the biggest whuss going!

THE STANLEY PARABLE

The Stanley Parable is completely different to any other game out there - or at least it was the first of its kind, to my knowledge. You play as Stanley, a working stiff who follows a boring 9-5 routine working in an office, until one day, Stanley's colleagues disappear and things start to change. Oh, and a guy starts narrating your every move. And if you choose to make Stanley disobey - well, you can just play the game, or watch Markipler's let's play, to find out what happens after that.

FIREWATCH

It's 1989, and you're out in the wilderness in Wyoming, USA. You took a lonely, isolated job as a fire lookout in a forest, and you're only real connection to another human is Delilah, a woman in a similar position to you, in another watch tower, who talks to you via a handheld radio. I admit that although I do hold a small element of disdain to the company behind the game for their treatment of Pewds, I will say that this is unlike many other games out there. It's moving, emotional, and extremely beautiful. Although story-driven and dialogue-heavy, the gameplay itself is first-person as you often navigate the forest of gorgeous, artsy graphics and uncover a mystery you didn't know was hidden. You can also watch Markiplier's play through here.

Have you played any of these games?

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