Indie Game Releases of the Week: 2nd to 8th March 2020

This week in indie games, we have the puzzle mystery Murder By Numbers, adventure game The Longing, royal simulator Yes, Your Grace, and more.

The theme this week seems to be puzzles, adventures, and simulations, as indie games put you into mysterious experiences. That’s not all, though – we’ve also god multiplayer shooters, real-time strategy games, visual novels, and a whole lot of ports. Check out our indie game selections below, as well as the ones that almost made the cut.

Amoeba Battle (3rd March on PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Amoeba Battle is a real-time strategy game from the creators of VR classic Knockout League(?!), in which you control an amoeba and defeat an infection threatening your microscopic world. It’s got an unorthodox style of RTS gameplay, as you don’t have any bases to build, and your army can double just by being well-fed. Apart from a singleplayer campaign, it also features multiplayer gameplay and AI bots. The multiplayer is cross-platform, so you can spread your cells all over.

Wunderling (5th March on PC, Switch)

Wunderling is a 2D platformer in which you do not play as a world-saving hero. Rather, you play as a low-level video game goon who has unlocked the ability to jump. He still can’t stop or change direction at will, though, so you’ll have to factor that in when playing this quirky side-scrolling game.

The Longing (5th March on PC, Mac, Linux)

The Longing is a very experimental-sounding idle adventure game that counts down 400 days after you start it. You play as a Shade, a servant of a subterranean king. While the king slumbers for 400 days to regain his might, the Shade must spend his time in loneliness. The game’s ‘idle’ element means that it counts down even if you don’t actively play it – just start it up and wait 400 days for the king to wake up. You could, however, explore the king’s caves and dungeons, or read lots of classic literature. There’s a lot of time.

Murder by Numbers (6th March on PC, Switch)

Murder by Numbers is an adventure mystery game, but with a numerical twist. Set in 1990s Hollywood, the game stars Honor Mizrahi, a TV actress who finds herself working to solve her boss’ murder. The gameplay involves story-heavy sections juxtaposed with Picross-style number puzzles. It also features a soundtrack by Masakazu Sugimori, known for his excellent work on the Ace Attorney games and Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.

Yes, Your Grace (6th March on PC)

Yes, Your Grace is a kingdom management RPG in which you control a king in his throne room who must decide important matters as they come to him. You’ll have to manage your kingdom from your throne as well as aid your family as necessary, all while dealing with limited resources and difficult choices. Check out our previous coverage of the game here.

Honourable Indie Mentions

  • Puddle Knights (3rd March on PC, Mac)
    • Puddle Knights is a humorous puzzle game about chivalry in which you play as a knight with a long cape who must assist his superiors in walking over mud. You can undo puzzles, rip off capes, and even step on heads.
  • Holfraine (3rd March on PS4)
    • Holfraine is a competitive multiplayer hero shooter made exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and even supported by PlayStation Talents. In it, you pick a mercenary with a unique set of skills (and skins!), and then compete in dynamic games with changing events.
  • Mystic Pillars (4th March on PC)
    • Mystic Pillars is a story-driven puzzle game based on the traditional strategy game Ali Guli Mane, native to Karnataka, India. The game’s narrative has you playing as a traveller in the kingdom of Zampi, where you must solve puzzles to remove the pillars that are causing a drought in the kingdom.
  • Baron: Fur Is Gonna Fly (4th March on PC, Xbox One, Switch)
    • Baron: Fur Is Gonna Fly is a competitive local multiplayer shooter in which you take control of an animal fighter pilot and take down your enemies in over-the-top aerial battles.
  • Smart City Plan (6th March on PC)
    • Smart City Plan is a modern city-building game that reminds us of the old SimCity games of yore. Apart from designing a city and its transport network, you’ll also be deciding on the taxes and making decisions for sustainability and smart technology.

Other Indie Releases

2nd March

  • The Story Goes On (Switch)
    • Hack and slash dungeon crawler with rogue-lite elements
  • AvoCuddle (Switch)
    • 2D platformer
  • Gods of Love: An Otome Visual Novel (PC)
    • … it’s an otome visual novel
  • Diesel Attack
    • Dieselpunk-themed shoot ’em up

4th March

  • I am Ball (Switch)
    • 2D platformer
  • Syrup and the Ultimate Sweet (PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita)
    • Visual novel
  • Separation (PS VR)
    • First-person adventure
  • Weakless (PC)
    • 3D puzzle adventure game

5th March

  • Dude, Stop (Switch)
    • Puzzle game
  • Unlock The King (Switch)
    • Chess-inspired puzzle game
  • Kairobotica (Switch)
    • Management / RPG hybrid
  • ibb & obb (Switch)
    • Multiplayer puzzle platformer

6th March

  • Afterparty (Switch)
    • Narrative adventure game
  • Save Koch (Switch)
    • Strategy / Simulation game
  • Swordbreaker The Game (Switch)
    • Interactive story
  • Breeder Homegrown: Director’s Cut (PS4, Switch)
    • 2D horror adventure
  • 60 Seconds (PS4, Xbox One)
    • Strategy / Simulation game
  • Pathologic 2 (PS4)
    • Survival adventure game
  • Champions of Thora (PC)
    • Japanese-style RPG
  • Axegend (PC, HTC Vive only)
    • Strategy action game

7th March

  • Mystic Escape – Diary of a Prisoner (PC, Mac, Linux)
    • Puzzle adventure game
  • Sono (PC, Mac)
    • 2D exploration game
  • Rain Island (PC)
    • Short “Hold & Gun” boss rush game

Check out the games that came out last week! Also check out our review of Luna The Shadow Dust here.

This Article was written by: Rahul Shirke

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