Spotlight on Indie Games – A New Adventure

Indie Games Spotlight is Goomba Stomp’s bi-weekly column where we highlight some of the most exciting new and upcoming indie games. As we approach the end of summer, some of the most promising indies of the year are still around the corner. In this week’s spotlight, we take a look at everything from grand ocean adventures to the Pikmin replacement you’ve been waiting for years. Let’s go!

Create your own wave tale

Although it was short-lived, Google Stadia was similar to Xbox Game Pass in that Google covered game development costs in exchange for timed exclusivity. Whereas The career and Raised on life are more publicized examples, wave tale was a lesser-known but nonetheless ambitious title that finally has the chance to reach the audience it deserves.

wave tale is a scripted action-adventure about exploring the high seas while racing on the waves. The sheer joy of movement that comes with switching between swimming and gliding across water is wonderful, and this extends to gameplay on land where players must switch between traversing colorful islands and combining evil spirits. . The art direction is whimsical and painterly, and a number of unlockable customization options should let you navigate the open seas in style. A new story will unfold when wave tale hits all platforms (not named Stadia) later this year.

Master Onsen

Become the Master Onsen

Have you ever dreamed of running your own hot springs? Well, you’re in luck! Master Onsen is a management game where players are tasked with revitalizing a number of hot springs across an imaginary land. Just like real onsens, customers will come with specific ailments and it’s your job to create the soothing remedies they need. The twist? All clients are yokai, and it’s up to you to reconnect them with the supernatural world they’ve drifted away from.

Master Onsen is shaping up to be a simple yet cute package that balances anime-inspired storytelling with arcade management gameplay. The levels feel hectic as players move back and forth between baths trying to juggle the yokai’s needs, and the visual novel-like story scenes are engaging (if not a little rough around the edges). Whether in competitive multiplayer or the single-player story, you’ll be able to run hot springs with the best of them when Master Onsen releases on PC on September 1.

Tinykin;  Spotlight on Indie Games

Harness the power of Tinykin

Tired of waiting for the new Pikmin game Miyamoto confirmed in 2015? Tinykin might be the next best thing, and it’s absolutely stunning. Step into the shoes of Milo as he lands on Earth only to find he’s tiny and the entire population is gone. Luckily, there are an abundance of mysterious creatures known as tinykin that can be harnessed to traverse the landscape and defend against insects.

While the inspiration behind Tinykin is obvious, the craftsmanship that goes into it is amazing. The contrast between dynamic 2D character models and 3D environments is brilliant, especially when players have over 100 tinykin following them at once. In terms of gameplay, the same “cast the required number of creatures and they’ll move/attack things” loop applies here, but Tinykin get creative with different applications such as being able to stack tinykin to reach high places and connect electric tinykin to redirect power. Luckily, it won’t take long for you to lead a small army again. Tinykin will launch on all platforms and Game Pass on August 30.

LEGO Brick Tales

make your own LEGO Brick Tales

When Apple Arcade debuted The Lego Builder’s Journey at the end of 2019, it was a technical marvel that showed how far smartphones and tablets had come to this. LEGO Brick Tales is the first non-IP LEGO game since then, and this one is led by Clockstone, the bridge builder crew. The concept? LEGO Brick Tales is a building adventure first on puzzle solving. You are given a set of bricks and you must find a unique construction to solve the problem.

Not only Brick Tales sounds like a heavenly match for Clockstone skills, but it also promises to be environmentally diverse with biomes from around the world. These worlds will not only have countless collectibles to find (in typical LEGO fashion), but also a massive amount of parts for character customization. Between physics-based puzzles and areas where pure creativity can shine, Brick Tales might just be a LEGO fan’s dream game when it hits all platforms in the fourth quarter of this year.

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jam out in Unleashed Dead Animals

There’s something innately inspiring about the story of an indie band struggling to defy the odds and ultimately achieve success. This is the premise of Unleashed Dead Animalsone of the most promising recent Kickstarter campaigns from the talented team behind Welcome to Elk. Dead Pets are a struggling rock band who are still looking for a hit after nearly 10 years. As Gordy, players will try to keep the party together, keep training, and earn enough money to survive. Success is possible, but how players manage their time will determine whether Dead Pets gets the ending they so desperately crave.

Partial slice of life, parts management simulation, Unleashed Dead Animals seems like an ambitious step for developer Triple Topping. Not only will player choices persist throughout the game, Triple Topping promises a variety of mini-games that simulate working at a restaurant, concert, and more. This all adds up to creating a punk rock EP around the game, seemingly similar to the recent We are OFK. If you would like to help this see the light of day in 2024, Check out the Kickstarter here!

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