Promising Indie Game Releases – March 2021

Gare – Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:44 PM
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Welcome to GTOGG’s March 2021 edition of Promising Indie Game Releases, where we highlight indie and non-mainstream titles that we believe deserve your attention – in other words, “look at all this potentially cool stuff you might’ve missed otherwise”. That would’ve been too long for a title, though.

In any case, let’s get right down to it.

The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante

The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is a text-based storybook RPG with a unique twist. Here’s what we wrote about it last year after trying its demo:

“Set in a world where people must accept the Lot they’re born with (commoners are destined to suffer and serve, while nobles are encouraged to aspire for greatness), the game recounts the life of its titular hero from the moment of his birth right until his death. Every chapter of your life is replete with decisions both small and big that affect your character’s mentality and world view (represented by various stats like Determination, Willpower and so on) and can lead to severe, life-altering consequences – including your death. Anyone intrigued by the concept of a game chronicling a character’s entire life path while letting the player make all the important choices should consider giving this one a shot.”



Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace

Based on the popular Arkham Horror board game, Mother’s Embrace is a tactical RPG diving into the haunting world created by H.P. Lovecraft. When a professor of astronomy is murdered in 1926 under strange circumstances, it’s up to you and 12 potential investigators to unravel the mysteries behind the case across nine chapters of bone-chilling cosmic horror and intense turn-based combat.



Foregone

Sporting some truly impressive pixel art, Foregone has you step into the role of a super-soldier on a mission to fight off creatures called the Harrow. We tried its demo a while back and came away quite satisfied, so if hacking & slashing through your way some pixel-baddies sounds good, do give this one a look.



Sir Lovelot

Are you knight enough to conquer the challenges offered by 40 levels’ worth of intense platforming? If so, Sir Lovelot might just be for you – in it, you play as a knight who goes on a quest to collect gifts for the princesses he’s hoping to impress, but it’s a journey fraught with danger, monsters, and – you guessed it – precarious platforming.



Dogworld

It’s a dog’s world out there... quite literally. In action-platformer Dogworld, you’re trying to save a ruined, post-apocalyptic land from a rogue AI called Daddy, which is all fine and good, but here’s the thing: every living creature you encounter on the surface is a type of dog. To make things even more bizarre, some of them can actually talk.



Inspector Waffles

In the spirit of fairness and equality, let’s now move on from dogs and talk about cats. In this 2D point & click adventure, you become Inspector Waffles, a hard-boiled feline detective investigating dangerous case after dangerous case in a city filled with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals. There’s intrigue and conspiracies abound, but be ever vigilant – as the game’s own store page warns, it was indeed curiosity that killed the cat…



Dandy Ace

An action-packed roguelike with a vibrant visual aesthetic, Dandy Ace lets you step into the shoes of a magician who somehow ended up trapped inside a cursed mirror, and must combine his wits, magical cards and dashing good looks to escape. Well, maybe that last part isn’t technically necessary, but still.



Kaze and the Wild Masks

If you thought Jazz Jackrabbit was the only platforming bunny around, you were gravely mistaken. Inspired by – and paying homage to – various classics from the 1990s, Kaze and the Wild Masks will feature a lovingly-crafted 16-bit adventure that has you tap into the mystical powers of the titular wild masks, allowing you to transform into a tiger, an eagle, a lizard, or even a shark.



Narita Boy

A retro sci-fi adventure that sings the praises of the 80s, Narita Boy places the fate of an entire digital kingdom in your hands – but worry not, those very same hands wield the legendary Techno-Sword, a mighty blade capable of transforming into a shotgun, so… yeah. You’ll probably be fine. In any case, if you love the look and feel of the 80s, you won’t want to sleep on this one.



Chronicle of Innsmouth: Mountains of Madness

A point & click adventure game whose Lovecraftian influences likely need no explanation, Chronicle of Innsmouth: Mountains of Madness stars Lone Carter, a detective who dies near the titular town of Innsmouth, only to return from the dead under mysterious circumstances.

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