We're halfway through July and it remains one of the worst months I can remember in terms of big, major releases. That said, this has made room for some smart looking indie games to steal the show. This week? I recommend checking out Pivvot. It has a wonderful concept and dazzles from a visual standpoint.
But apart from that? Well, I might be missing something, but it looks like a goddamn wasteland out there...
Abyss Odyssey (PC)
What is it? This is a game where the buzzwords actually explain it pretty well: "a side-scrolling action adventure game featuring a complex fighting engine in procedurally generated levels." Should you care? Looks well made, but perhaps not something you need to play.
Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon (PC)
What is it? A retro-styled point and click adventure with the longest name ever. Should you care? You know, this actually looks like a fair amount of fun. Seems to have built up a fair amount of positive press.
Grand Chase (PC)
What is it? How's this for some some serious video game buzzwords: "a Free-To-Play, side-scrolling MMORPG fantasy epic". That's what Grand Chase is. Should you care? I don't think so.
What is it? A strange looking stealth thing with hacking elements. Sort of what you wish hacking in Watch Dogs was like: the game. Should you care? Another really interesting concept from the indie space. July is a good month for it.
Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers (PC)
What is it? A card game IN VIDEO GAME FORM. Should you care? I know net-to-nothing about card games, but I suspect if you want this, you already know about it and don't need my permission!
What is it? Whoa. This looks insane. It's like a psychedelic video game version of those old games where you had to guide a hoop round some convoluted maze thing. I'm doing a terrible job of explaining this. Just click here. Should you care? I'm excited by this concept. Really want to see more. Might be the coolest game being released this week.
Super Panda Adventures (PC)
What is it? A metroidvania with — sigh — retro 16-bit visuals. Should you care? I just can't see this being any good.
The Nightmare Cooperative (PC)
What is it? A "fiendishly difficult" roguelike. Should you care? I'm going to say no, unless you're a complete sucker for these games, in which case more power to you. But it has a cool art style.
What is it? Should you care?