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The Void Rains Upon Her Heart is an early access bullet-hell game available on PC. It’s all about earning randomised loot and learning to love the monsters you face. Random sequences of difficult bosses challenge the player to adjust their strategies, while special rewards augment your abilities and encourage risk-taking. It’s a colourful experience, perfect for anyone who loves or is curious about bullet-hell games.

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Wandersong starts with bad news: the world is dying. The good news is that it is also packed with excellent people worth saving. Setting out from your tiny, colourful village, you solve puzzles and dispatch grumpy ghosts with music. It combines point and click adventure and rhythm games into an adorable experience full of great music and a surprisingly intense narrative.

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In Subserial Network, humanity as we know it doesn’t exist. Instead, synthetic beings populate the world. They live mostly normal lives. There’s only one rule: Don’t connect yourself directly to the net. The synthetics who disobey are deemed “Subserials”. Your job is to hunt them down.

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Plenty of explorations games give you the opportunity to walk through colourful fields or strange, alien worlds. But sometimes it feels as though all you can do is wander around. Mendel allows the player to breed plants in order to create wild and unexpected new species.

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10S is a bullet-hell tennis game where each match is a frantic battle to survive. Strange dog enemies and massive bosses fill the screen with projectiles, all while you fire shot after shot at them. The amount of things you need to juggle and track to succeed is intimidating, but it makes each victory feel incredible.

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It’s a late night shift and things are quiet. That nosy journalist who always says she’s working on a book took her espresso and sat down in the corner. A dapper looking elf wanders in with his literal succubus of a girlfriend. It’s gonna be a slow night in Coffee Talk, but that’s fine.

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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.

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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.

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Bleed 2 initially released last year for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One, but was ported to the Switch this month. It's a relentless action game full of air dashes, bullet deflecting, and tons of bosses that feels freshly sprung from the mind of an eight-year-old on a sugar high.