Every weekend, indie developers showcase their work in progress on Twitter #screenshotsSaturday label. And every Monday, I offer you a selection of these shots and clips. Twitter is still alive, against all odds, so let’s admire more indie games. This week, my attention was caught by a cute frog-fishing scene, several homemade horrors, modular synths, and cryptic photography. Come see!
Happy brooding in Far Far Down, a visual novel about daily life aboard a submarine in 2012 alternate history:
For that #screenshotsSaturday we have Lucy, the beautiful and reserved French stowaway, gazing at the recently sprouted seedlings and wondering about herself and the rest of the crew of this nautical #SliceOfLife #Visual Novel.#Game development #Pixel art pic.twitter.com/5xMbxBKXdP
– Far Far Down (@FarFarDown) December 17, 2022
The cutest little swamp in Paper Trail paper puzzle game (coming to Steam, with a demo now):
These swamp kids just want to catch frogs in peace 🐸🐸🐸#screenshotsSaturday pic.twitter.com/7gWBjIanZq
— Paper Trail ✨ Wishlist on Steam! ✨ (@NewfangledGames) December 17, 2022
I wish this immersive retro space sim got a name because I post it a lot, so a name would be very handy. Besides this nice cleaning clip, the developer also posted a longer gameplay clip showing immsim stuff like climbing a stack of crates to reach a vent, but cleaning up the gore after a kill is a much more appealing snippet:
Heads off!💥🙃 A must-have feature has been added to the game. But if you make a mess, you better clean it up. The smell can attract unwanted guests, you know…#screenshotsSaturday #immersivesim #retrofps #lowpoly #indiedev #fps #horror #mothman #scifi #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/xNFapBhzPZ
— Bank B. Varga (@VargaBank) December 17, 2022
Creating Cute Virtual Modular Synthesizer Music in Picosynth (Available Now on Itch):
picoSYNTH is out!
🔌 Connect lo-fi equipment!
🎵 Make funky music!
👂 Share your builds and beats!
Press RT (🙏), get it from the itch and let me know what you think! https://t.co/oZOTg7LBgN#screenshotSaturday #Pixel art #pixelSound #pico8 pic.twitter.com/b6nygsgY4E
— Johan Peitz – on Patreon! (@johanpeitz) December 17, 2022
Nice hoverbike in this “unnamed open-world action-adventure” game:
“It’s the kind of wasteland where you can see a mile in any direction, but you can still die with every step”#Game development #Pixel art #screenshotsSaturday pic.twitter.com/pfrYX0Ba9C
— Kaldersai (@KaldersaiDev) December 17, 2022
A fun way to spawn new areas in the Automation Station factory building game (coming to Steam):
Progress in Automation Station will be tied to unlocking new islands. I thought it would be cool if the island emerged from the depths.#screenshotsSaturday #madewithunity #indiedev pic.twitter.com/SGpdHSWoVn
—Scott Daley (@GravitonPunch) December 17, 2022
A gruesome scene and dev decision in the metroidvania The Spirit Of The Samurai (coming to Steam). And just to let you know, no, you don’t actually see the cat die in this current clip, even though you fully understand that he is dead:
This #screenshotsSaturday I would like you to help me resolve a difficult conflict: should I show the death of the kitten? it’s in your hands! 😅 #madewithunity #indiedev #atariVCS #Xbox #PlayStation #metroidvania #soulslike #cats pic.twitter.com/NJv68dBffT
— The spirit of the samurai (@samuraisgame) December 17, 2022
Speaking of terrible things with crafting styles, here’s something awful from turn-based horror game It’s Dark Inside (coming to Steam):
Now, now… This looks like a deadly situation☠️
~▪️𝕀𝕥’𝕤 𝔻𝕒𝕣𝕜 𝕀𝕟𝕤𝕚𝕕𝕖▪️~
Thrilled #ScreenshotSaturday! #indie game/#indiedev/#steam/#PC games pic.twitter.com/pffxYBM5Rs
— It’s dark inside | Game 🎮 (@_IDInside) December 17, 2022
Seasonal scenes in open-world detective game Shadows Of Doubt (coming to Steam):
Investigate Winter Wonderlands🔍❄️#ScreenshotSaturday #Winter #Game development pic.twitter.com/LCoSjNb2yW
— Shadows of Doubt: The Detective Simulator🕵️ (@detectivesim) December 17, 2022
Pogo rig at gunpoint in the yet-unnamed upcoming game from the creator of Stilt Fella:
A pogo platform action for #screenshotsSaturday! pic.twitter.com/xhSzQEL2lq
— Henke (@Henrik_Hermans) December 17, 2022
I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in triangular real-time strategy game Triverse, but I’m curious:
Added torpedoes to Triverse to take out large or stationary targets.#screenshotsSaturday #indiedev #Game development pic.twitter.com/aEW3sn2p62
— Ben Carruthers (@bencarru) December 17, 2022
Also, I don’t quite understand what’s going on in JRPG Jarpug in VR only (early access on Itch) but I like the way it looks:
Combos also change the shape of your traps! It was a pain to implement. It’s worth it! #screenshotsSaturday #Game development #JARPUG pic.twitter.com/NfGf0bS8FH
— Tyrus Peace (@TyrusPeace) December 17, 2022
I really like the little guy crawling around barrels in the crypto photography game Project Anomaly: Urban Supernatural Investigator (coming to Steam and Itch.io, with a demo now available):
We haven’t announced it yet but we will be at @MAGFest 2023 under @MIVSMAGFest! I hope to see you in person if you can attend the event! #indiedev #Game development #screenshotsSaturday pic.twitter.com/5ml0zpypPK
— DARK SCIENCE – Project Anomaly 📷👻🔎 🔜MAGFest (@DarkScienceLabs) December 17, 2022
What else caught your eye this weekend, dear reader?