Been a while since I wrote one of these... Ok, first things first... The new game project is finally getting off the ground a bit, and I'm making tremendous strides in the pixel art department. You can check out my gallery for more on that subject. Still haven't started proto-typing a demo yet, but that will soon be in the works.
For this update, I want to share a few indie games I've been playing via the Steam platform gaming service. These are titles made by very talented independent game devs that I follow on social media like Twitter, and deserve a spotlight and a few choice words as well. So let us begin with the praising, shall we?
HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER
I absolutely LOVE Shigeru Miyamoto's The Legend of Zelda NES game... As a lad I would spend countless hours playing this title on the weekends, trying to find every little secret I could before having to complete my homework for school the following morning. It was one of the sole reasons I decided to become an indie dev and make my own games presently. With that said, when I received word that Heart Machine's Alex Preston was making a game that paid homage to Zelda, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to play Hyper Light Drifter. With amazing pixel art that feels like first/second gen 8-bit pixel graphics, and a score composed by "legendary" musician Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpeace, HLD is an epic experience that needs to be recognized by the entire gaming community... by AAA and indie fans alike. It's available for PC and console for around twenty USD...
The brain child of "one man dev team" Thomas Happ, Axiom Verge is a love letter to the genre dubbed the "Metroidvania" and feels similar to the game that made protagonist Samus Aran a household name. It's an amazing title in my opinion. It's one of those games that refuses to "hold the hand" of the player, letting you try to figure out how to advance through the levels. I'm not afraid to admit that I had to google a few of the walkthroughs just to get further in progression. Since it's modeled after Metroid, expect a lot of back tracking for power-ups and other secrets. Another title that can be found on PC and console for about $19.99 USD. Well worth your time and money if you have it to spare...
TRIALS OF AZRA
This title is a puzzle/platformer created by Argentinian game developers Onion Core, and will definitely test your ability to traverse through the game. I did a review of it on Steam: steamcommunity.com/profiles/76…
Feel free to check it out... The game has really awesome retro 8-bit pixel art and the idiosyncratic gameplay mechanics is perhaps my favorite aspect of the experience. This game is only available on PC for about ten USD... If you enjoy a good puzzler, pick this up immediately.
What can I say... This title is like the Behemoth's Castle Crashers had a baby with Sega's Golden Axe... You get Viking Squad, a comic book styled brawler/beat 'em up that is a blast to play solo or online with a few of your buddies. The art behind this game is the driving force in my opinion. It's vibrant color scheme meshes well; sprites and background assets alike. It's like a playable cartoon/comic book experience and the music is top notch as well... really adds flare to the game. Produced by the gentle giants at Slick Entertainment, the title is on PC and console and can be had for $14.99 USD... (as of this posting, the game is on sale on Steam for 35% off) If you are into arcade button mashers, pick this one up as soon as possible!
And there you have it, four excellent titles I'm currently enjoying on my PC... Next update will mostly be about the dev progress of my own title, which I hope to have on Steam eventually... That's all folks. Thank you for reading this, and please support my development dream by following me on Twitter: twitter.com/ICHNICERO
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