Promising Indie Game Releases, May 2021 – Bizarre carnivals, Arthurian legends and a city run by robots

Gare – Monday, May 3, 2021 5:19 PM
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Welcome to GTOGG’s May 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.

Lost Ruins

A charming 2D side-scrolling action-adventure game with a successful Kickstarter campaign already behind it, Lost Ruins stars an amnesiac young girl who mysteriously wakes up in a dangerous labyrinth and has to find a way out – as well as some much-needed answers. You’ll have to take on a variety of foes with melee weapons or magic – or, if you’re feeling particularly creative, you could also make use of the environment itself and light flammable liquids on fire, freeze bodies of water, and so on. The choice is yours.



Strangeland

Developed by Wormwood Studios, the creators of 2012’s Primordia, Strangeland is a point & click adventure game with captivating visuals and an intriguing story to tell. The main character wakes up in a bizarre carnival, and is forced to explore its grotesque, otherworldly locales to figure out the answers to some fairly important questions – who he is, where he is, and what’s even going on. The game will offer roughly five hours’ worth of adventuring with multiple endings and puzzle solutions, as well as a storyline dealing with heavy, resonant themes.



The Hand of Merlin

Games have certainly dealt with – or were inspired by – Arthurian legends, but how many of them added cosmic horror to the mix? Well, intriguingly enough, The Hand of Merlin does just that, pitting a set of mortal heroes against the ancient, cosmic evils of the multiverse, all the while offering gameplay that blends tactical, turn-based battles with roguelike elements. That’s quite the setup, if I do say so myself.



Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition

Speaking of horrific monstrosities, if you’re in the mood for something faster-paced, Nongunz: Doppleganger Edition has you covered. You’ve got weapons – lots of weapons – and hundreds of challenging levels to fight through – be quick, be stylish and be relentless… and don’t let that combo meter run out.



Retro Machina

Retro Machina is a gorgeous action-puzzler that takes place within Endeavor, the last city left on the planet – a grand metropolis completely devoid of people, and only inhabited by the dutiful robots keeping its streets clean. The game places you in the role of one such robot, who sadly finds himself discarded as a result of a malfunction. That doesn’t stop him from trying to fix himself, though, so he sets out on a journey to do just that – and to also find some intelligent life along the way.



Frozenheim

A city builder game with a Viking theme, Frozenheim takes you to the snowbound lands of the north and gives you plenty of things to do aside from sheer survival – you need to develop your tiny village into a massive, powerful settlement, conquer your enemies in tactical RTS combat (which can include raiding other players via online multiplayer), and win the favor of Asgard by appeasing the gods. No pressure, eh?



Erica

As we previously reported, this live-action adventure game from developer Flavourworks “stars a young woman by the name of Erica who, after experiencing some haunting nightmares about her father’s murder, sets out to untangle the mysteries of the so-called Delphi House, as well as those of her own traumatic childhood.” It also features “a branching storyline with interactive elements that will ultimately influence how the narrative plays out and which of the game’s multiple endings you’ll unlock.”



Not Another Weekend

Being a bellboy is about to get a lot harder in point & click adventure game Not Another Weekend – as the employee of a luxury hotel in the 80s, your job is to throw everyone out. Now, this may seem a simple enough task on paper, but remember, we’re in a point & click adventure game, so expect tons of quirky misadventures, a twisty-turny story, and plenty of homages to 1980s pop culture.



And that’s our list for now! Did you discover a new indie game to look forward to? Well, we hope you did. In any case, don’t forget to check back in about a month for our next episode, where we’ll be taking a look at the indie games of June 2021!

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