12 amazing games you’ll want on your wishlist right away

12 amazing games you’ll want on your wishlist right away

Incredible scenes of a ship flying through asteroids in Falling Frontier.

Screenshot: Stuttering Fox Studios

It’s Black Friday, the day when the entirety of planet Earth completely takes a break from its senses and spends all its money on things it doesn’t need for 5% less than it would have cost. yesterday. Planet Earth this year bought itself a brand new moon, even though the old one is fine, just because this one has Bluetooth. So let’s distract ourselves from all that by discovering 12 amazing new games.

As is always the case with Indiegeddon, I don’t vouch for these games, as I haven’t played any of them. Instead, I just think they look interesting, exciting, scary, or so weird that I couldn’t not write about them. Most of them haven’t been released yet, but the most useful thing you can do for developers is to give them a wishlist on Steam: it makes a big difference.

Read more: 10 Amazing Games You Should Add To Your Wishlist Right Now

There’s bound to be at least one game here that has you checking its release date and wishing it was sooner, unless you’re that person in the grays who feels the need to tell the whole universe that he actually thinks they all look terrible. We are sorry for you, that person. Just a pity, really. For everyone else, woo-hoo, let’s go!

stuffed fox

falling border

Every time I see a space RTS that looks as cool as falling border, I think: “This will be the one! This will be the game where I overcome my fear of menus!” And then I fail. But maybe will be be this one, because damn it looks great. Already four years of preparation, by a single human, it seems to come from a team of 100 people at Paradox. Watch those spaceships explode! It’s about supporting a procedurally generated star system, with intelligence and logic as the primary factors. But then you can also design your ships, attack enemies, and do all that amazing space layering stuff that I wish I had developed a brain for.

Developer: Stuttering Fox Studios

Release date: 2023

Wishlist here

Marijenburg

Invoice

You, a squirrel named Bill who is good at crafts, come across a baby alien in your backyard who needs your help! It’s a tale as old as time itself. The result, Invoice, is a simulation game where you have to craft, grow and organize everything the baby alien needs to survive. And that’s it for exploring the notions of recycling. What’s the weirdest elevator pitch, and yet it looks like it could be adorable.

Developer: Marijenburg

Release date: TBA (demo in February 2023)

Wishlist here

rare byte

We are screwed up

Take this one around: a 1-4 player co-op game about attempting to maintain a spaceship under calamitous circumstances, but also in split-screen where you see both the inside and the outside of your ship. Yeah. People will be able to take on different roles on the ship, from captain to janitor, as everything goes wrong on board while trying to defend themselves against enemies. It’s all about chaos and multitasking, or as I prefer to describe it, team failure.

Developer: rare byte

Release date: 2023

Wishlist here

Something Classic Games

Quartet

Quartet looks like an incredibly faithful classic-style JRPG, but with a new twist on its turn-based combat system. Indeed, there are eight characters in this vignette above, but you fight with four at a time, able to tag characters in and out as needed. It’s also a quartet of stories, four to choose from, played in any order you want, and of course in a octotraveler way, they intertwine as you play through them all. It’s an ambitious project for an independent team of five, but it looks like they’re doing it.

Developer: Something Classic Games

Release date: 2023

Wishlist here

Two And A Half Studios

Dreamer

This man has a very small head. That said, it’s Dreamer, a visual novel that just had a successful Kickstarter (raising over $30,000), offering everyone the opportunity to watch handsome young men staring nostalgically at each other. It’s booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. On top of that, there are also mysterious deaths, dreams invading reality, and demons from the past to contend with, for lead character Noah, in what already sounds like a very pleasantly drawn and written adventure.

Developer: Two And A Half Studios

Release date: Early 2024

Wishlist here

High air entertainment

tidal sky

Hello, look at this! It feels like that too rarely explored sweet spot between point-and-click adventure and RPG. tidal sky is a sci-fi story set in a civilization on the brink of war, telling the personal story of Rin, searching for his missing father and, you know, saving the planet Numen. (NUMBER!) It promises that your decisions will determine your character, as you explore the isometric world, and honestly, I already want to play it.

Developer: High air entertainment

Release date: Q2 2023

Wishlist here

Pavonis Interactive

Terra Invicta

Elsewhere in space… Terra Invicta is another super deep space sim, this one immediately reminding me Stellaris, but with a much more specific objective: the Earth. This is from a group of modders best known for XCOM: Long War. The success of this mod sent them pro, and Terra Invicta is their first commercial game, a geopolitical space exploration simulation, where you prevent (or even aid) an alien invasion of our home planet. The game has been out in early access for a few months and is proving very popular with Steam reviewers, thanks to its complexity and scale.

Developer: Pavonis Interactive

Release date: Available now (early access)

Buy it here

seudo nimm

The blocks are shooting at you

An Arkanoid-like, but the blocks you hit shoot you! How is that not already a thing. (I think you’ll find, in fact, that there was an example of this on the Amiga Rupture 3400 in Germany, in the parallel dimension of Raaaaaaa – That Guy.) The blocks are shooting at you seems like such an obvious idea, but I’ve never seen it before: Bullet Hell To burst. It looks like it could be my new obsession, which I’m infinitely terrible at.

Developer: seudo nimm

Release date: To be determined

Wishlist here

Amon26

Phobolis: show your teeth

I love it when I can’t quite tell if it’s a mean video trailer or a retro FPS trailer. It’s quite a scene right now. Phobolis fits right in, its squeaky trailer first looking like a crumbling VHS video that will curse your grandkids, then morphing into a grimy old-school shooter. You can pick up the alpha test version of the game via Itch for a dollar, or wait until the following year when they plan to release.

Developer: Amon26

Release date: Early 2024

Buy the alpha version here

Recombobulator Games

space ship

Call me a sucker, but I can’t resist a game about a space cat sleuth who investigates a crime on an interstellar cruise ship populated by sentient carpets. As Domino, Says Detective Cat, you explore the ship in third person, trying to catch a jewel thief. It’s presented so superbly down-to-earth, given the ridiculous premise, as you’ll see in that full half hour of gameplay in the video above.

Developer: Recombobulator Games

Release date: To be determined

Demo and wishlist here

robot cat

Division zero

I can’t write one without including a deck of cards – there are laws. Division zero is a cyberpunk approach, which promises to mix Magic: The Gathering with kill the arrow. You choose three characters from a selection of nine, each with their own set of 40 cards. And defined bridge sizes mean no bridge thinning! Court! What draws me in is the combination of cards and epic 3D monsters and robots throwing their arms and weapons across the board. There’s a demo planned for Spring 23, and I’m definitely going to play it.

Developer: Limited chat bot

Release date: Winter 2023

Wishlist here

Sam Atlas

Extreme evolution: towards divinity

Always end up on an existential non-linear psychedelic platformer, that’s what my grandmother taught me. Not one to turn down sage advice, here’s Extreme evolution: towards divinity by Sam Atlas, creator of the IGF Nuovo 2022 nomination, Space Hole 2020. Extreme evolution looks so spectacularly screwed up, like David Lynch did lawn mower man, and I think I’ll be dreaming about this brief trailer for the rest of my life. Oh my god that spider virus thing.

Developer: Sam Atlas

Release date: 2023

Wishlist here

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