Top 5 indie games of February 2020: The Into Indie Games Picks
05 Mar, 2020
In February’s indie games, we solved puzzles in a tower, camped with family, searched for a brother, fought with whatever was handy, and more!
Striking art and phenomenal worlds enticed us in February’s indie games. We’ve assembled a merry and motley band of five which will take you from point-and-click puzzling to isometric adventuring to brutal action and even a spot of camping outdoors. Have a look below, and don’t forget to tell us if we missed any good ones.
Lair of the Clockwork God
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Lair of the Clockwork God is the latest from Ben There, Dan That developer Size Five Games, and this one is a irreverential British comedy that pokes fun at two celebrated indie game genres: point-and-click adventure games, and platformers. You’ll have to combine point-and-click and platformer smarts to get ahead in this one, as protagonists Ben and Dan (alter-egos of the devs) race against time to stop all the apocalypses from happening at once. Read more in our previous coverage of the game here.
Luna The Shadow Dust
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Luna The Shadow Dust is a point-and-click adventure game that tells its fantasy story with nary a word. You control a young boy and his furry buddy as they solve puzzles and advance up a tower, hoping to unravel the mystery of it all. Check out our review of the game here.
Beautiful Desolation comes from the developers of Stasis, and it maintains a stunning-looking world set in a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Proudly exhibiting its South African origins, Beautiful Desolation is an adventure game in which protagonist Mark searches for his brother Don. You’ll explore a tribal-punk world, solve puzzles, mediate conflicts, or well, fight for survival as necessary.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Bloodroots has you playing as the savage Mr Wolf in his quest for revenge in a Weird West setting. The twist is that Mr Wolf can use just about anything as a weapon, be it a hatchet, a ladder, or a carrot. The game encourages choreographed, stylish combo-based action, which will earn you points that you can then share on the online leaderboards. You’ll be rewarded for how creative your destructive antics are.
Wide Ocean Big Jacket
Platforms: PC, Mac, Switch
Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a short adventure about a middle-school girl, her boyfriend, and her aunt and uncle as they all go on an overnight camping trip. The game was a finalist at the Independent Games Festival, under the category for Excellence in Narrative. Among the things you can do here: “Roast hot dogs on the fire, go birdwatching, tell ghost stories, grab a beverage from the cooler and do cartwheels on the beach.”