2019 is here, which means that it’s time to share the indie titles we’re most eager to get our hands on before next December the 31st (hopefully!). Just like our Best of 2018 Feature, this is a totally subjective selection process, and we’ve again picked three honorable mentions.
What indie game are you looking forward to most this year? Tell us which one and why in the comments!
Jacob Wood (Editor-In-Chief): Ode to a Moon
While, there’s been no release window yet announced for Colorfiction’s Ode to a Moon, I’m fairly confident we can expect it in 2019 based on his impressive work ethic and publication history. I was incredibly impressed with Colorfiction’s 0N0W this past year: it was a formless, surreal trip of an exploration game with an incredible aesthetic. It was however, as I said, formless, lacking any real narrative structure, driving purpose, or goals. That’s not a bad thing, and was very much the game’s intention, but I cannot help wanting a bit of a story.
Ode to a Moon looks to be the visuals I loved in 0N0W paired with a horror story not rooted in jump scares and gore, but in an oppressive atmosphere and environment. Set in New England and clearly having something to do with celestial bodies, I’m getting a distinctly Lovecraftian, or cosmic horror vibe from Ode to a Moon, though it may be early to jump to conclusions. Regardless, I cannot wait to see what Colorfiction has cooked up.
Charlie Jackson (Contributor): Ooblets
Erroll Maas (Contributor): Monster Crown
You may not be able to tell from what I’ve written about on this site, but I’m a huge fan of monster taming RPGs (or “mongames” as they’re commonly referred to by fans). Monster Crown takes what people loved about the older monster taming games like the first and second generations Pokemon and Dragon Quest Monsters, and mixes the feeling and aesthetic of those games with a darker story more akin to the Shin Megami Tensei series.
Instead of catching monsters, you have them sign a contract with you once they believe you can help make them stronger. In addition to an in-depth breeding and fusion system, Monster Crown also has a unique stockpiling mechanic where switching out one monster with another of the same type will increase attack damage. While it doesn’t have an exact release date yet, it has a planned launch of March/April 2019 for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and of course Nintendo Switch.
Ochidee Stachelig (Contributor): Purrtato Tail – By The Light of Elderstar
Because what is better than cat-vegetables? (Probably cat-fruit, but the game has those too!)
Purrtato Tail is a character collecting puzzle metroidvania about potato cats. It’s not just the inevitable cat puns that appeal to me, as I’m especially excited about the collecting aspect of the game which looks like they have a light vibe of my favorite 90s pocket games. The exploration aspect, along with a seemingly well-developed storyline, just adds up to even more excitement. Long story short: Purrtato Tail seems to have everything that I enjoy in games (collecting, exploration, storyline) as well as one of few things I don’t hate IRL: those annoying, meowy creatures on paws!