Spotlight on Indie Games: The Choice is Yours
Indie Games Spotlight is Goomba Stomp’s bi-weekly column where we highlight some of the most exciting new and upcoming indie games. The hype train has gone full throttle for the indie and AAA gaming scenes, but even after major events like Steam Next Fest, there’s still tons of indie goodness to look forward to in the near future. This week we have a healthy selection of samurai, cyborgs, and a bit in between. Let’s dig, shall we?
Forge your own path in Meifumado
We’re already in the midst of a samurai gaming renaissance thanks to the likes of Ghost of Tsushima and the next Hike to Yomi, corn Meifumado seeks to add one more title to this already packed resurgence. This bloody and stylish action-RPG is set in a post-apocalyptic open world inspired by feudal Japan, where a lone samurai-like hero will take up arms, negotiate alliances with rival factions, and fight through a ruthless army of men and monsters.
Meifumado is immediately eye-catching thanks to its striking pixelated art style reminiscent of other 2D action games like Blasphemous, but it’s the game’s promise of exceptional depth that makes it so exciting. Not only does it provide a robust arsenal of weapons to vary your fighting style, but it also allows for tactical combat with challenging enemy designs and battles that require skillful strategies to succeed. Add a narrative that changes direction based on the decisions you make (including multiple alternate endings), and Meifumado looks like an impressive and ambitious quest. It’s slated for all major platforms in the near future, but you can help it reach the finish line by contributing to its ongoing Kickstarter today!
Ready to become a Neophyte?
Need a little chaos in your life? Neophyte should have plenty to spare. A self-proclaimed “mini-action rogue-lite”, Neophyte presses armies of enemies into a compact room and tasks you with using every tool at your disposal, including two dozen unique spells and customizable stats, to take them down before they can do the same to you. With each run only taking around 30 minutes, the game thrives on capturing a brief but bloody gameplay loop.
Neophyte may be short, but between its robust combat progression options as well as a difficulty level that dynamically increases with each run, the game seeks to capture the essence of white-knuckle intensity that defines any good roguelike. Neophyte begins its run on Steam later this spring.
Ride with the Jitsu Squad
You can never have too many beat ’em ups! With titles like Young Souls, Streets of Rage 4, and River town girls giving the genre a welcome renaissance, Jitsu Squad joins the fray with a comic book-style brawler that focuses on accessible, high-speed action. Boasting over 500 unique chain combos as well as a host of special moves, transformations, upgradable attacks, Jitsu Squad aims to deliver a solid beat ’em up experience.
Support up to four players in local co-op, Jitsu Squad features a number of technical tweaks designed to make gameplay as frenetically fast as possible: characters can only run or dash instead of walking, players can juggle enemies endlessly, a parry system adds a new strategic element to the action and tag team allows each player to switch between two separate characters on a whim, to name a few examples. It’s shaping up to be something special for beat ’em up fans, so keep an eye out for its PC release later this month on March 29th.
Unmasking the Truth in Itora
Seeking to capture the cultures and landscapes of South and Central America, Itora is a promising Mesoamerican-inspired platform game developed by Tales of Grimbart. This colorful adventure follows a young woman who becomes the last survivor of her people, prompting her to embark on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of mankind – and to get to the bottom of it, she will have to face a mysterious group of masked creatures and explore a vast world.
Itora will see players venturing through a series of hand-painted caves, forests, temples and cliffs inhabited by an enigmatic cast of characters, overcoming increasingly difficult platforming and puzzling challenges along the way. road. A “stunning” number of unique animations and dynamic soundtracks also aspire to bring the world to life, making for an engrossing adventure throughout. The journey begins soon, with Itora releasing on Steam on March 21.
If you are looking for 2D cyberpunk, Sanabi seems set to offer all of this and more. As a retired mercenary equipped with an adaptable prosthetic arm, players will set off to a dystopian metropolis to investigate the dark truth behind a corrupt conglomerate. Your arm is more than just a utility: part grappling hook and part weapon, you’ll use your prosthetics as a powerful tool to zip between skyscrapers, evade enemy fire, and take out any enemies you encounter .
Sanabi’s The neon-infused cyberpunk aesthetic is already deeply seductive, and its blend of fast-paced gameplay with a compelling, mysterious narrative keeps the tension high. It’s a promising release coming to PC in Q2 2022, but if you’re looking to get a head start on your mission, you can check out its free Steam demo which is available now!