Hey, July is almost done! Whee! In terms of releases, this has been the most brutally desolate month I have ever seen since I've been writing about video games. This week changes nothing. But if you want to dig and experiment with some cool indie titles, there are a couple here worth a shot at the very least.
What is it? A point and click adventure with an interesting enough art style and a cool enough plot thing: you are a former cop turned Journalism student and you're doing stuff. Should you care? Yeah, I guess. But Steam feels full of this type of thing.
Data Hacker: Initiation (PC)
What is it? A retro-styled 2D RPG. Oh god. No I can't. I just can't... Should you care? No.
Freedom Planet (PC)
What is it? A retro-styled 2D... LORD JESUS CHRIST MAKE IT STOP. Should you care? It's a Sonic the Hedgehog rip off. In 2014.
Gods Will Be Watching(PC)
What is it? A minimalistic point and click thriller with a glorious looking art-style and some original mechanics. I want this. Should you care? Yes, you should care. This seems super interesting, mainly because it seems intelligent. Also — published by Devolver. That's a good sign.
What is it? A turn-based strategy RPG with retro-style art, blah blah blah. Should you care? I won't be too hard on this one. It actually looks a lot better than some of the other dirge on Steam.
What is it? STop the presses: a cool looking puzzle platformer that doesn't have a 'retro-style'? FINALLY. Should you care? This looks intriguing. Sort of like a 2D Portal. Worth checking out.
What is it? A puzzle/rhythm game. I'm sold on that genre mix already. AND THE SOLUTIONS MAKE THE MUSIC. Should you care? I just don't see how this can be bad — but this seems suited perfectly to my tastes, so don't take my word for it.
My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant (PC)
What is it? I've heard a lot of about this game: it's one of the few video games I can think of with a gay protagonist where the antagonist is your ex-Boyfriend and he's a Space Tyrant. Should you care? I think I want to play this.
What is it? OlliOlli wasn't on Steam before? Oh well, that's a surprise. It's a 2D Skateboard game that's sort of like Tony Hawk's but with its own unique set of rules and mechanics. Should you care? Yeah, this game is awesome. But if you have a Vita I'd get it on that, because it feels tailor-made for handhelds.
What is it? Wow, a game on Steam this week I've actually heard of. This is a puzzle game that makes Chemistry fun — no guys! Wait. Where are you going? Should you care? I say yes. I love minimalist puzzle games like this, and Sokobond is well designed and clever. Buy this instead of the retro 2D platformer you were hovering over. Or do what you want. Your call!
What is it? A 3D weird looking tower defence game with co-op. It's all cubey with its strange visuals and minimalist design. Should you care? This looks original and can be played with up to 8 players. Looks fun.
What is it? An isometric RPG set in ancient India with ethical dilemmas and Ultimo style mechanics. Should you care? Seriously, it isn't a 2D platformer of point and click in the 'retro-style'. That fact alone makes Unrest worth checking out. Looks original and interesting.
What's everyone buying? And did I miss anything? (I probably missed something.) Let me know in the comments below.