Indie Game Releases of the Week: May 16 to 22, 2022

This week in indie games, we have the puzzle game Recursive Ruin, beekeeping sim Apico, minigolf racer Golf Gang, and more.

Our featured indie game releases this week highlight good, non-intensive fun, even if you’re exploring bizarre recursive landscapes, manipulating timelines, or taking care of bees. Got friends? Race across minigolf courses with them. And if none of that does much for you, we’ve also got a very early-80s feeling arcade shooter in Galacticon.

Be sure to check out the other featured releases below the featured releases, including Dolmen, Goetia 2, One More Island, and more.

Recursive Ruin

Recursive Ruin Indie game screenshot

May 18 on PC

Recursive Ruin is a first-person narrative puzzle game about overcoming grief and a creative crisis by exploring and manipulating an infinitely recursive landscape.

In this deeply personal journey, you will solve puzzles to beat back ‘Ichor’, a substance eating away at the fabric of reality. Thankfully, you’ve got a cat named Behemoth by yourside in this surreal adventure through bizarre worlds.

Eternal Threads

Eternal Threads indie game screenshot

May 19 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

Eternal Threads is a story-driven first-person adventure game in which you are an operative fixing corruptions in the ‘timestream’. Sent to North England in 2015, where six people died in a house fire, you must manipulate events so that all six people survive the fire. And no, you can’t stop the fire itself, you’re prohibited from that.

You are free to explore the house and it’s seven-day timeline right from the outset, and you’ll have to carefully manage the consequences of your decisions to make sure all six residents survive the fire.

Golf Gang

Golf Gang screenshot

May 19 on PC

Golf Gang is a minigolf racing game for party play, and it demands both precision and speed from you as you hit the moving golf ball and race through hundreds of holes.

Apart from its madcap gameplay, the game also features plenty of modifiers, time trial leaderboards, and more.


Apico indie game screenshot

May 20 on PC, Mac, Linux

Apico is a beekeeping simulation game in which you breed, collect, and conserve bees. A mix of gathering, biology, and beekeeping minigames takes you through both real-life and fantasy apiculture and floriculture. You’ll help discover lost species, cross-breed bees, repopulate the island with their presence, and never even get stung!

This laid-back, relaxing game can also be played in up to 4-player co-op. A portion of the game’s sales will be donated to beekeeping charities.


Galacticon indie game screenshot

May 20 on PC, May 22 on Switch

Galacticon is a retro-themed arcade shoot ’em up inspired by early 80s arcade cabinet games like Defender and Joust. The game is set in a galaxy where humans have exploited and enslaved most species, forcing the interstellar council to invoke the ‘Galacticon’, a half-god, half-machine being that might be the scourge of humans.

The game features frantic and difficult-to-master gameplay with local and worldwide high-score tables and infinite levels.

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Original Indie Releases

May 16

  • Orph – The Lost Boy (PC)
    • First-person horror adventure game

May 18

  • Satama Puzzle (PC)
    • Puzzle game
  • Aqorel (PC)
    • Puzzle game

May 19

  • Goetia 2 (PC, Switch)
    • Point-and-click adventure game
  • Repulsor (PC)
    • Arcade shoot ’em up
  • Decision: Red Daze (PC)
    • Action RPG
  • One More Island (PC)
    • City builder game
  • SPE:X (PC)
    • Simulation game
  • IFO (PC)
    • Puzzle game
  • Frequency Dissonance (PC)
    • Puzzle game

May 20

  • Dolmen (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
    • Action RPG
  • They Are Coming! (PC)
    • Action strategy game
  • Smilemo (PC)
    • 2D platformer
  • Scavenger’s Deep (PC)
    • 3D roguelike action game
  • Hayai (PC)
    • Action game

May 21

  • Loopback (PC, Mac)
    • Arcade action game
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Ports and Other Indie Releases

May 17

  • Furi (PS5)
    • Action game
  • Umurangi Generation (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
    • Simulation/adventure game

May 18

  • Divination (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
    • Visual novel
  • Regular Factory: Escape Room (Switch)
    • Escape room adventure game
  • Behind Closed Doors: A Developer’s Tale (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
    • Adventure game
  • Gibbon: Beyond the Trees (PC, Mac)
    • Adventure game

May 19

  • Guild of Dungeoneering Ultimate Edition (Switch)
    • Roguelike deckbuilding RPG
  • There Will Be No Turkey This Christmas (Switch)
    • Stealth game
  • They Always Run (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
    • 2D action platformer
  • Endzone – A World Apart (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
    • Survival city builder game

May 20

  • Ampersat (Switch)
    • Action RPG
  • Nirvana: Pilot Yume (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
    • Arcade racing game / visual novel hybrid

Don’t miss out on last week’s major indie releases, including Salt and Sacrifice, Source of Madness, We Were Here Forever, and more.

This Article was written by: Rahul Shirke

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