Awesome Indie Games You Might Have Missed in 2020
Indie games are a dime a dozen. It’s impossible to scroll through Steam and not come across hundreds of new titles from hard-working indie studios. The vast number of games makes it impossible to play them all, which means you’re sure to be missing out on some true gems. With that said, all the games on this list can be found on Steam so make sure to get some Steam Wallet Codes if they catch your eye.
There is still plenty of time to catch up on the best indie games of 2020 that you may have missed! Check out the list below for some titles you definitely want to try before diving into the games of 2021.
The Procession to Calvary
They say video games are forms of art. For The Procession to Calvary, that statement has never been truer. This point-and-click adventure features the work of greats like Michelangelo and Rembrandt, brought to life to tell the tale of the hero that stood up to the tyrant Heavenly Peter. Many of the game’s characters may seem familiar, and that’s likely because The Procession to Calvary was crafted using hundreds of Renaissance paintings.
Fans of Monty Python will get a kick out of Joe Richardson’s irreverent humor. The art and music may be classical, but this point-and-click adventure is anything but classy. Solve puzzles, interact with the zany world, collect items, and experience the twistedness of The Procession to Calvary.
The humor may not be for everyone, but there is a neat journey beneath all the overt strangeness.
In gaming, you typically take on the role of a battle-hardened warrior or an amnesiac hero. Not often do you play as a photographer. However, with the growing popularity of in-game Photo Modes, it’s no wonder a game like Umurangi Generation has received such praise.
In this first-person simulator from Origame Digital, you’ll man a camera and explore Tauranga Aotearoa, New Zealand, in search of reward-worthy photographs. Pictures are judged on composition, color, and content. The better the image, the more money you’ll score. With more money, you can upgrade your lenses and accompanying equipment to turn in even better photographs.
There are no hordes of enemies or towering bosses. Just you, your camera, and the unique visuals of the photogenic world around you. It may sound silly, but it’s difficult not to get sucked into hunting down each photo bounty and completing all optional objectives.
Combine the frustrations of moving your entire home with a multiplayer puzzler and you’ll get Moving Out, a quirky co-op experience from the minds at SMG Studio and DevM Games. If you’ve ever had to move, you understand the perils laid out in this quirky title.
As a budding “Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician,” it’s your job to get your client’s personal effects from one location to the next. You’ll have to evade hazards, maneuver obstacles, and battle the game’s physics engine as you build your moving business from the ground up.
Moving Out leaves you to problem solve scenarios such as fitting a massive sectional through a narrow doorway or avoiding streams of fire. With a friend, you’ll work together to figure out the best solution to the greatest problems a relocation service can deal with.
This proven indie title is a great return to the classic couch co-op. Equal parts delightful and exasperating, Moving Out snuck under the radar in 2020 and deserves plenty more attention.
Worlds brimming with striking visuals and rich colors await in this aptly titled 2D sidescroller from Semag Games. Inspired by retro classics, Vibrant Venture is a blend of old and new. Taking control of four characters, players utilize their two unique abilities to maneuver through lands full of peril. It’s a traditional platformer intermingled with modern mechanics, delivering a player-friendly, albeit challenging, adventure.
By swapping between characters on the fly, players can combine abilities to progress forward. In many cases, there is more than one way to clear an area. Vibrant Venture rewards curiosity and intuitiveness with fast-moving, versatile gameplay sure to warrant a few playthroughs. Even after clearing an area, you’ll need to know how many other ways you could have moved forward.
Satiate your need for adventure with Polygon Treehouse’s Roki. As the courageous Tove, you’ll enter a snowy wilderness and brave monsters and perils to uncover the strangest mysteries of the world. Roki is all about exploration, whether it’s guiding Tove across the paths that lie ahead or through the memories of her tragic past. Thankfully, not everything Tove comes across intends to harm her. You’ll befriend behemoths, who will open up new passageways on this never-ending journey.
Roki is framed by Scandinavian folklore, scattered throughout the many locations Tove will venture into. Solve riddles and uncover the secrets of the world to fill the young adventurer’s journal with tales to tell and items long lost to time.
Though Roki offers a slower-paced experience and is completely void of any combat mechanic, its beautiful setting and engaging story are something all should experience.
In Other Waters
Indie developers often use their talents to gear players away from the usual hyper-violent AAA titles that garner player attention. Unfortunately, many of those titles, such as Jump Over the Age’s In Other Waters, get lost in the sea of new releases.
In Other Waters is a game of exploration and discovery that has players in the role of an artificial intelligence tasked with guiding xenobiologist Ellery Vas through the waters of Gliese 677Cc. Ellery has all the tools needed to uncover the secrets of the distant planet, but it’s up to the AI to keep her safe and direct her through the alien waterscape.
Get to know the creatures of the deep, uncover secrets hidden within new regions, and examine samples in this indie adventure. The more time you spend with Ellery, reading her notes and findings, the better you’ll work as a cohesive team.