Clever game design can take advantage of even the most limited resources. Celestial Hacker Girl Jessica is a marble-rolling game set in abstract space, which is made using mostly Unity assets. For some people, that might be infuriating, but sitting down to play it shows off what smart level design can do for a game.
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One Hand Clapping is a experimental project from the University of Southern California’s games program. It mixes music and puzzles—the player needs to hum or sing to create walkways and raise platforms to proceed through a colourful world. It’s short but memorable.
OK/NORMAL is an experimental arcade game by Toni Koretelahti that embraces the visuals of early PlayStation games. The game, which captures the strange and abstract worlds of mid-90s 3D, is one of several new indie titles that embrace a new form of "retro" aesthetics. It's an oppressive, bizarre, and overwhelming game whose glitch spaces are so tangled, I thought I would never escape.
Settling a bet with Rock, Paper, Scissors is nice but it's even better when you can read the future. In Fortune 499, you use fortune-telling cards to predict your opponent's move and win battles against the demons attacking the human resources department. Fun combat and a unique twist on magical bureaucracy make it a perfect Indie Pick.
Spartan Fist is a first person brawler where you have to punch your way through randomly generated maps. Along the way, there's tons of special attacks and silly upgrades that turn each new playthrough into a hilarious beatdown of hapless enemies.
The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds is an interactive game by Nicky Case all about how ideas and trends spread. Short puzzles teach the player how popular perception changes as groups grow smaller or larger. It's an important lesson wedged between devious brain teasers and a perfect Indie Pick.
Duck Jam mixes WarioWare style mini-games with a touch of absurdist comedy to tell the story of a bunch of ducks trying to make money. Bills, you could say.
Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a bullet hell arcade game that came out for PC last year but was recently released for the Nintendo Switch. The laser-filled shoot 'em up is exciting, with tight dodges and massive beam blasts that make for a good time.
Uurnog Uurnlimited feels like a knock-off Super Mario Bro 2. It's a blocky platform puzzler where you pick up and throw everything, from enemies to bombs. It's a bit rough around the edges, but its freeform approach to puzzle design means that you're able to come up with your own solutions. It's a sneaky little game that might have slipped past your radar.
Enviro-Bear 2000 is an arcade driving game about a bear frantically careening through the forest to grab fish and berries before winter comes. Awkward controls and loose car physics turn foraging into a dizzying affair of hairpin turns and rabid possums. It's a classic game and a perfect Indie Pick.