2018 is upon us and it’s time to share the indie titles we’re most eager to hear more about and get our hands on. Again, this is a totally subjective selection process, and we’ve again picked three honorable mentions. Quite honestly, this might have been harder to narrow down than than our Best of 2017 list!
What indie game are you looking forward to most this year? Tell us which one and why in the comments!
Seven DeBord (Owner/Creator): Memory of a Broken Dimension
Memory of a Broken Dimension has been at the front of my wishlist ever since I stumbled upon it in 2015 at the Seattle Indies event held in the basement of a building a few blocks PAX West. It’s equal parts art installation, soundscape, data hacking, and hell… there’s almost no way to describe it that will do it any justice. Just go and see for yourself.
Jacob Wood (Editor In Chief): Stone Story RPG
I first saw Stone Story RPG at PAX East 2017, and was immediately taken by the art style, entirely animated in a striking black and white ASCII format. It was the changes to the standard RPG formula that really interested me though: the fact that you don’t control the main character directly, the necessity of crafting items, and the passive part you play as this story unfold. You’re more like a guiding spirit, directing this hero at specific points, than the hero yourself.
For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to get Stone Story RPG out of mind, and I’m incredibly eager to see how this one-man developed indie game turns out.
Charlie Jackson (Contributor): A Way Out
A Way Out was revealed at E3 and I fell in love with it. My gal and I love to play games together and the idea of us both working together to escape jail and do who knows what else is awesome, especially with all the choices to make and various possible outcomes. As a huge fan of Telltale Games, this feels like a more action-y, multiplayer version, and the “only one friend needs to own it to play online co-op” is both refreshing and brilliant!
This was a really close call with Moss (PSVR) a close second. Quill, the heroine of the game, is so ridiculously adorable! The incredible uniqueness of A Way Out was enough to just barely push it over the edge.
Erroll Mass (Contributor): RE: Legend
RE: Legend is a game being developed by Magnus Games and supported through the Square Enix collective. It’s one part monster raising game, one part farming simulation, and one part co-op RPG. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this game will be coming to PC some time around June 2018 and to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch at a later date.
Re: Legend takes inspiration from games like Pokemon, Harvest Moon, and Monster Hunter, to create a new and unique experience.
Jessica Paek (Contributor): YIIK: A Postmodern RPG
YIIK combines my love of 90s inspired RPGs with my obsession with the weird, surreal. The upcoming release from Ackk Studios plunges you into a strange world full of doors that lead to nowhere. You play as Alex, a nondescript guy in the year 1999 who finds himself on an unexpected journey to find a lost internet celebrity. This bizarre and dangerous world, is punctuated by fights with quirky enemies and unique puzzles.
At a first glance, YIIK is a light-hearted RPG that draws influence from its Japanese predecessors as well as the era of flannel and grunge. However, once you delve deeper into the story, it becomes apparent that there are more sinister, supernatural influences at play. After playing a demo of YIIK at PSX 2017, I became enamored with its art style, solid voice acting, and playful mechanics, and I am anxiously awaiting the full game’s release.
Special thanks to my fellow IndieHangover contributor, Erroll Maas, who turned me onto this game at PSX.
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