Indie Scoop

Gigabuster – A Mega Man X inspired action platformer with bags of potential

gigabuster titleGigabuster is not the only game to have ever drawn inspiration from the evergreen Mega Man X games and why should it be? The Mega Man X series on the SNES and PS1 was a genre defining series that will likely live on in the hearts of many gamers for the rest of their lives. So it’s no wonder why so many Indie developers choose to create games that are heavily inspired by this classic series. When you think of the Mega Man X games, you think of 16 bit graphics, fast-paced action gameplay, enemies exploding, upgrading weapons and an epic sound track. Gigabuster is shaping up to have all of these things but what sets it apart from being just a Mega Man X clone? What has me interested me about this game from what I have researched is the back story that the game offers, put that together with the fast-paced and over the top action gameplay in cool 16 bit visuals and you have a winner! It has certainly got my attention. Read more

Omno – A beautiful journey awaits

Omno pic1Beautiful, that is the first word that springs to mind when I first set my eyes upon the world of Omno. The game looks visually stunning and nothing short of it, but add to it the level of atmosphere Omno creates and it instantly pulls you in. I must admit, I am a sucker for a deep atmosphere in games which is probably what has drawn me in so much about Omno. But atmosphere can only do so much, the gameplay needs to be impressive and after doing my research and watching gameplay videos, it is clear that there is more to Omno than what meets the eye. So please sit back, relax and allow me to explain to you why the gorgeous and intriguing world of Omno should be on your radar for when it releases next year. Read more

A Link to the Past fans will love the look of Hazelnut Bastille

hazelnut bastille titleLet’s be honest here, there have been dozens of games that have come out since The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was released way back on the SNES that have all drawn inspiration from the 16 bit classic. The fact that it never feels over saturated with these titles that draw such inspiration goes to show the sheer power that ALTTP holds, everybody loves it and everybody is welcoming when an inspired game is announced. That being said, a Zelda clone that’s purpose is purely to make money for being exactly like Zelda is something fans may scoff at but Hazelnut Bastille is no such game. Yes it clearly draws inspiration from ALTTP but it clearly holds its own cards in its hand and has more than enough reasons to keep gamers interested other than the way it looks. Read more

Bushiden – A Metroidvania worth supporting

bushiden titleLiterally dozens of gaming projects are added to Kickstarter all the time, so many in fact that it can be a daunting exercise trying to establish which campaigns are worthy of at least your attention. Fear not, I have done the research for you and found a game that I have personally picked over hundreds of others and have determined that it could be the next game on every Metroidvania fans wish list. I am fully aware that a Metroidvania style game isn’t exactly a ground breaking genre these days and that there are so many of them in existence at this point but that doesn’t mean to say that there are too many. You can never have too much of a good thing and Bushiden is a promising looking Metroidvania game that is shaping up to be a very welcome addition to the ever growing genre. Let’s have a closer look at what Pixel Arc Studios have been cooking up for us. Read more

Encased – A promising sci-fi post-apocalyptic RPG

encased titleRPG fan? Good, story-driven? awesome. Like a bit of sci-fi? Also good. Don’t mind a bit of post-apocalypticness? Great! Dark Crystal Games may just have the game for you. Taking place in the games open world known as “The Dome” which is a mysterious structure discovered in a remote desert, players will need to rely on their skills of exploration and tactics in traditional turn based combat in order to overcome the mysterious nature within the world of Encased. Create your own unique looking character, choose to work under one of five factions known as “wings” and journey into this narrative-based RPG as you attempt to help save all humanity as it struggles under the Dome. Read more

Fan of Earthbound? Glitched is the game for you

glitched titleAs a fan of Earthbound, my desire to play a game that dares to embody a similar style and feeling of the franchise has gone largely unfulfilled since we were graced with it way back in the days of the SNES. Don’t get me wrong, there have been good games that share a likeness to Earthbound, (Citizens of Earth and Undertale spring to mind) but it has to be said that not many games developed today draw too much inspiration from the franchise. Fast forward to 2018 and Lady Luck seems to have ridden my way as it seems that I have stumbled across a game that could potentially scratch the Earthbound itch that has been bothering me for quite some time. I know for a fact that I am not alone and for those of you who have not heard of the game, I implore you to go look up Glitched as it could be the answer you have been looking for. Read more

Spelunky 2 – It can’t come soon enough

spelunky 2 titleIf platformers are your thing, the Indie game scene is absolutely littered with unique platforming games that will keep you occupied for months on end, especially with 2d platformers. If you fancy a break from the norm of jumping on top of turtles and saving the local Princess but still wish to scratch that platforming itch, you are not short of options. What you might be short of is the answer to which game to choose from an ever growing list of platformers that each claim to deserve your attention for their own unique reasons. Spelunky 2 will give many reasons as to why it deserves the time and love of the devoted platforming fanbase when it drops next year. Read more

Wargroove – an exciting game the current gen needs

wargroove title screenOne thing is for certain, the last two console generations saw a resurgence with Indie games. Having so many Indie games to choose from on whatever platform you prefer to play them on is not only a good thing because it gives gamers more of a choice of games to try, but because it’s encouraging to see smaller development teams getting the success they deserve. But it can be a game in itself at times trying to choose a game from a choice of so many, so here is why Wargroove should be on your radar. Read more