10 Awesome Games You Should Add To Your Wish List Right Now

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The beautiful twilight skies of Heart Of Muriet.

Screenshot: short story

like the rest of the team Kotaku they’re chasing turkeys through your local Macy’s (I’ve done more research on what a Thanksgiving is this year), I once again have the keys to the site, have blocked everyone, and immediately lost those keys. While I’m stuck here, I think I should tell you about some awesome looking indie games that are coming soon.

Look, it could be worse. She was trying to find some kind of power line for the phrase, “May Seize Day Per Raid.” [Ghost of Ari sweeps through Kotaku HQ’s dusty halls] A better use of all our time would be if I told you about a bunch of great-looking indie games that you’d otherwise be in danger of not listening to. Let’s put them on wish lists, increase their YouTube views, and then tell all the other kids about them at recess.

As always, I do not personally vouch for these games. These are randomly selected from a large number of emails I have received after a clarion call, and unless I say so, I have not played them. It’s about seizing the opportunity to use this huge platform to highlight the types of games that gaming media typically ignores. So let’s go!

short story

Muriet’s Heart

Look, this is what it’s about. Muriet’s House is a voxel-based RTS, which eschews micromanagement entirely in favor of strategic gameplay. It’s all about wizards, building settlements, researching magical abilities, and making things explode. Also, oh my gosh, check out that trailer. Normally when I read “voxel” I worry, but not this time. Looks like someone made a stop-motion movie in Minecraftand the result is absolutely fascinating.

Developer: short story

Release: August 2023

Demo and wish list here

spiocracy

spiocracy

A Cold War-era spy sim, letting you choose a nation’s intelligence agency and then play as them from 1946 to 2020, on a world map. The video above is an absolutely incredible example of how to present a game that is otherwise mostly an image of a map, making it look exciting. With 74 playable countries and the claim that it will let you rewrite history Paradox-style, this is hugely ambitious.

Developer: Ex Vivo Studies

Release: to be confirmed

wish list here

mythical owl

odyssey of harmony

Released last month, I’m very upset with myself for not making time to odyssey of harmony. Based on the coloring alone, it qualifies for anyone’s attention. It’s a gorgeous-looking action-adventure packed with puzzles where you rearrange reality into a series of dioramas. I’m so glad MythicOwl sent me an email, because it’s the reminder I needed to finally jump on and play this.

Developer: mythical owl

Release: out now

Buy here

Jupiter moons

Jupiter’s Moons: Mecha

No, you can’t get around “roguelike deckbuilders” right now, so it’s something you Jupiter moons caught my attention, and for the second time! We’ll be mecha pilots, fighting pirates and bandits from Jupiter’s lunar colonies, but as it is now, we’re using cards to do it. This is a case of the trailer really selling it in a crowded market, that combination of intricate builds for your mech and then the fast-paced action, even though it’s done by throwing cards around the screen. Also, I really like the art aspect. And it was already on the wish list.

Developer: rocayarbustos

Release: 2023

wish list here

auntygames

pumpkins

You can immediately see why Wholesome Games recently raved about on pumpkins. It’s a city-building sandbox, except it really means it. Many city building games that say “sandbox” just mean “you can put the buildings wherever you want, while you accomplish this list of objectives.” Not this: apparently no goals, no objectives, just the pleasure of building a cute little town, and then watching the vegetarian gourdlet people move about and interact with what you’ve created. Which sounds so lovely.

Developer: auntygames

Release: 2023

Demo and wish list here

Luis G. Bento

CORPUS EDAX

I’ll be honest: when I read Luis G. Bento’s propaganda for the apparently yelled CORPUS EDAX (which I think is Latin for Body Eater…), claiming he was making an immersion simulator along the lines of God Ex Y Fall, my response out loud was, “No, you’re not.” Because a person can’t do that. And then I saw the trailer and… wow. He can be. Now, that earlier footage is described as “pre-pre-alpha,” and it’s not just you, it’s got no sound, but come on! It looks impressive, right? Also, you will notice that there are no weapons in this “retro-futuristic” RPG (no), in which you only fight using objects that you find lying around. As in real life.

Developer: Luis G. Bento

Release: September 2023

wish list here

STARS IN THE TRASH – Announcement Trailer

stars in the trash

If you’re of a certain age (it’s called: Old), you’ll remember the heyday of Disney’s 2D platformers. There was Aladdin, The Lion King, and that’s it. But both were adored, combining a half-decent platformer with the style of Disney animation. That’s what developer Valhalla Cats intends to do with Stars In The Trash. You can see from the pictures that it looks lovely, although more of an 80s European animation than Disney. I don’t really like that title, but the game itself looks like it could be lovely.

Developer: Valhalla Cats

Release: Q4 2023

Demo and wish list here

Duppy Detective Tashia – Announcement Trailer

Duppy Detective Tashia

Developer Spritewrench has two projects in the works, the first for next year has a brilliant name. About the danger of parrots. It seems to be an intriguing puzzle game, where the familiar looking type of puzzle from the trailer quite surprised me with the menu option to “Destroy all humans”. But I’m even more drawn to 2024’s Duppy Detective Tashia, a detective game set in the Caribbean where you’re helping the titular Tashia find her stolen phone and, well, her shadow. It is based on the folklore of the region, where “duppy” is a form of ghost, sometimes a malevolent spirit, and the basis of many excellent tales.

Developer: Wrench

Release: 2024

wish list here

ROUGH trailer

ROUGH

Another shouted game name, although this time a word that requires it. This is a tower defense (remember them?) with FPS elements! My goodness, there was a time in the last decade where I wrote “a tower defense with XXX elements” so many times, but it was never “FPS”. The trailer is incredibly brilliant and makes everything look spectacularly crazy, even if I’m very confused about how the genres overlap. We’ll know in a couple of months!

Developer: Hangy Owl Games

Release: January 11, 2023

Demo and wish list here

Chicken Journey – Trailer

chicken trip

It could be argued that I picked this game at random because it’s called chicken trip, and on most other days you would be right. But after looking at the footage, I discovered a pixel platformer that reminded me of when I was a kid, and sprites were clinging to vines. properly. It all looks adorable, with plenty of puzzle-solving and friendly chatter, and it really does look like something you wish you were playing right now.

Developer: craziness

Release: March 2023

Demo and wish list here


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