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10 unknown indie games you’ll want to wishlist and play

A photo of NPCs in Mayhem On A Rainbow, in purple madness.

Image: Lumi Finley / Kotaku

Welcome! It is the most famous of national holidays, Independent penance day! The day major gaming websites try to catch up on their AAA coverage by devoting space to unknown indies. Any gaming site you see not joining both hates indie devs and America. Not us though, so read on for a whole bunch of games you’ll want to list or buy.

If you have been with us on one of those splendid trips before, you’ll know that I don’t endorse or criticize any of these games and haven’t played them unless stated otherwise. If you’re new, you know that now too. These are games sent when I let go of the bugle call, which seem to deserve more attention. Starting with…

Alejandro Zielinski

Developer: Alejandro Zielinsky

out now

Wish list

Well, here’s lovely. existing in the middle of Tomb Raider GO and Monument Valley is Poly Vitaa puzzle game where you rearrange level tiles to build your character’s path.

It’s by Alejandro Zielinsky, and came out on iOS and android already, and in the process of being ported to Steam.

Mr you

Developer: Mr. Thee

Release: End of 2023


Although I don’t think either frog or toad will appreciate this confusion, Olliefrog Toad Skater looks like the CUTEST skateboarding game. even cuter than Skatebird. The focus here is on improvisation and self-expression, and he’s currently in a pretty precarious position with his Kickstarter. Two-thirds there, a week to go.

tower escape

Developer: Final Screw Games

Release: Now (Steam 2023)

Play for free/Wish list

With a name that sounds like it should already be a genre, tower escape is rather a combination of two others. It is an “inverted tower defense”, and Snake. I bet you didn’t see it coming. You play as the creatures trying to break through the tusks, which follow your snake pattern from the start of each tower level to the descending stairs.

It’s coming to Steam next year, but you can play it now, completely free, in your browser. via Itch.io.

Lifetap Studios

Developer: Lifetap Studios

Released: Q4 2022


One of my favorite games of all time is the long unavailable Attack on Pearl Harbor, an arcade airplane combat simulation that sadly died out about a decade ago. So when The Brewery Barons immediately reminded me of it, I wanted.

This game sounds beautifully bonkers. It’s about brewing and then attempting to deliver booze to pubs, while taking down a pirate organization. And have dogfighting antics in the air. I can not wait.

GameTrailers / feneq

Developer: feneq

Exit: to be determined


It’s a classic RTS game, but it’s also a roguelite deckbuilder. I like the look of the art here, kind of like a little more developed Darwinia, with a squillion of units on screen at a time. Then there are the bridge-based attacks and the ever-looming threat that it will all end in failure, like his rogue desire.

Mayhem over a rainbow

Developer: Lumi Family

Release: 2022


I’m pretty taken with the plot here. A VR metaverse game – Haven – has developed a virus, causing NPCs to activate against players and the game’s creators to shut down. You stay, trying to find the source of the virus, in a very silly first person shooter/helicopter game. Also, you know, it’s called Mayhem over a rainbow.

cat petal games

Developer: Petal Cat Games

Exit: to be determined


If you had asked me ten years ago, “So what do you think will have replaced all those zombie games in a decade?” my answer would not have been “agriculture”. Because I’m not a diviner. Research history fits perfectly into this category, a very cute harvest moon-me-do, about identifying plants, growing crops, making friends, and taming animals.

Lemonade Flashbang

Developer: Lemonade Flashbang

Release: End of 2022

Wish list

What are your plans for the apocalypse? If your immediate answer is “Party”, then I have a game for you. Apocalyptic paradise describes itself as a multiplayer RPG, which can be played however you prefer. You can team up, compete, or drop the fight altogether as you and your friends delay check-in in the world to have a good time.

Game so to speak

Developer: Erik Anderson

Released: 2023

Wish list

The idea of ​​learning Japanese terrifies me. First, because I suck at every language except the one I was born in, and second, because I don’t even see a starting point. But look Therefore, to say! It’s a game about deciphering Japanese using contextual clues, listening to people, and putting pieces together like a puzzle. What intrigues me.


Developer: Alchemist Interactive / rokaplay

Released: Summer 2022

Wish list

It sounds like the wizarding game that Warner has tried and failed to create for the past decade. A co-op spellcasting action-adventure, in which you must save a school of wizards, in this case Greifenstein, from an infestation of magical creatures. It seems as if the greatest sims add-on pack never released.

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