As we near the middle of the month, many of us are likely scrambling to find those last minute, perfect holiday gifts! A necktie for dad, a new purse for mom, a big juicy bone for Rover! What about the gamer in your life though? Instead of those costly Triple A titles you see in stores, why not support the indie games out there and grab your loved ones some digital fun from a small studio! Here’s a list of some of our favorite indie games for the holidays!
This first game is one we’ve mentioned before on the GamerKulture podcast: Owlboy! Having started work on the game back in 2007, this throwback to games past makes use of both 2D and 3D elements to create a retro looking word, complete with platforming adventure and puzzles, with the spit n’ polish of today’s gaming standards!
Developed by: D-pad Studio
Published by: D-pad Studio
Platform: Microsoft Windows
“Explore a vibrantly crafted pixel world in this flying adventure platformer. Being a mute, Otus struggles living up to the expectations of owl-hood. Things spiral from bad to worse with the sudden appearance of sky pirates. What follows is a journey through monster infested ruins, with unexpected encounters, and burdens no-one should have to bear.”
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Our next game is one you might know if you follow GamerKulture’s YouTube channel (and if you don’t, shame on you, go do that). It’s Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire, and game SqueakyBear Gamer brought to our attention and has been playing in a series of videos. Following princess Tahira as she leads her army in a tactical RPG play style, animated with wonderful rotoscoping animation techniques, this is one for the strategy lovers in your life! Side note, the game’s website has some of the best background music.
Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire
Devloped by: Whale Hammer Games
Published by: Whale Hammer Games
Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux
“Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is a tactical turn-based RPG, set on a world fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of a spacefaring civilization. You must guide Tahira, the 20-year-old princess of Avestan, on the most challenging night of her life as she fights to save her people from the genocidal Astral Empire. You’ll fight large-scale tactical turn-based battles using guerrilla warfare tactics, including ambushing enemies, taking cover and knocking foes off cliffs. You’ll also develop relationships with those traveling with you and uncover secrets of a time when man traversed the stars with impunity.”
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Squeaky keeps sneaking her name onto this list, but can you blame her when she keeps playing awesome games? Again, if you follow our videos, Squeaks has ALSO recently made a video on the game Hue. A game that uses color as a means not just to paint its world, but also to guide its gameplay, Hue makes use of vibrant color to assist you in navigating your world and the occasional (deadly) traps!
Developed by: Fiddlesticks
Published by: Curve Digital
Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, XBox One, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita
Hue begins the game with limited colour perception, but as he uncovers the circumstances surrounding his mother’s disappearance he’s able to manipulate the game world in increasingly sophisticated ways. By transforming the background colour of the world, Hue can manipulate objects, unlock new areas, and interact with new aspects of the environment – a world of possibilities awaits the curious colour changer.
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What if you’re looking for something for the future? Maybe you’re a gamer yourself, and you want to make a holiday investment in your video gaming future! We have two suggestions for you! First off, I’ve talked at length about a game I backed some time ago, Indivisible. With stunning visuals, platforming and level exploration a la Metroidvania-style games, and a fast paced, quick reflexes style combat, coupled with an absolutely OUTSTANDING lineup of characters, Indivisible is quickly hyping itself in my mind for the coming year. They made their Indiegogo goal, but are still trying to reach milestones to add content, so check them out!
Developed by: Lab Zero Games
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, XBox One, Playstation 4
INDIVISIBLE is inspired by classics like Valkyrie Profile and Metroid, and has the unique character, world, and gameplay depth Lab Zero is known for. Meet Ajna, Indivisible protagonist. Ajna is a headstrong girl raised in a remote village. Her father, the town’s guardian, has trained her to be strong in mind and body to prepare her for things to come. Ajna discovers a mysterious power in herself, and sets off on a world-spanning journey. Along the way, a number of unique heroes will join her on her quest.
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The last game we want to share with your future self is one that is still also in development, but that does not take away from our excitement to see it through! Graywalkers: Purgatory is an emergent strategic and tactical turn-based 3D RPG, utilizing grid based combat that pits your team of postapocolyptic heroes against a world overrun by cultists, monsters and demons! Take control of your team as you battle foes as they settle and slowly conquer areas of the world, meaning you have to choose which hotspots to tackle, and which ones you can (hopefully) ignore!
Developed by: Dreamlords Digital
Publisher: Dreamlords Digital
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Planned Ports: Playstation 4, Xbox One
Graywalkers: Purgatory is the first in a series of Emergent Strategic and Tactical Turn-based 3D Role-Playing Games set in a stylish supernatural post-apocalyptic world, where parts of Heaven, Hell and Earth have merged together in an event called “The Rupture”.
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There are just SO MANY awesome indie games out there to choose from, so I encourage you to check out what we listed here, then keep digging deeper! There’s a whole world of indie games to choose from this holiday season!
Happy Holidays and Stay Kultured, Gamers!