Most Anticipated Indie Games for 2012 and beyond…
When we saw the first trailer for Hawken, we thought it was an April Fool’s joke. There was no way the gameplay could look as good as what we were seeing. And yet as further gameplay clips emerge, it seems to hold to its promise. With a fast growing user base who play the beta, it seems it is more than just smoke and mirrors. Where Hard Reset and Trine 2 blew our minds, graphically speaking, in 2011, Hawken could undoubtedly be the breakout hit of 2012 in the indie spectrum.
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MC Escher + puzzle platformer = The Bridge, one of the standouts we got to spend some time with at the 2011 IndieCade festival at which this title was a finalist. Slated for release in 2013.
While the demo for the much and long-anticipated Owlboy became available in 2010, we an;t wait to get our grubby hands-on and playthrough the damned thing once and for all.
“Owlboy is an adventure game where you use the power of flight to explore large dungeons, roam freely in the skies, and fight dangerous opponents. You control Otus, a wee little owl from the floating village of Vellie, which has come under attack by sky pirates! It falls to Otus to protect his village.”
“Experience the wonder. Discover the journey.”
From the creative minds behind such notable titles as Flow and Flower comes a title that drops you into a barren desert, distant peaks on the horizon, with no tutorial, guide or even established context, you derive meaning as you venture through this foreign landscape to find answers. As has become their standard, beautiful graphical treatment and intriguing environments demand intuition and introspection to create a wholly unique experience.
We have been monitoring Monaco closely, listening to development podcast interviews and hanging on every update posted at the official site.
Per the site’s description:
“Monaco is a heist game, like the movie Ocean’s 11. Play by yourself or with up to 4 people on the same screen or online. Each player must take advantage of their own unique character class – the Hacker can shut down the security systems while the Muscle blows a hole through the wall.”
Having already been called “the best co-op ever implemented into a game…” this lone developer, for better or worse, has a lot to live up to. We hope he kills it.
Whose developer is one of the stars of the upcoming documentary Indie Game the Movie that also chronicles the work of Ed McMillen and Jonathon Blow (see The Witness below), Fez is a composite of all the games the dev loved growing up, but the result is something utterly unique and glorious to behold.
We got a chance to preview this multiplayer at IndieCade 2011, that is when we could get to the front of the crowd surrounding it. Available on XBLA in 2012.
Retro City Rampage
Oh yes, too many are relying on the retro gaming gimmick to not only draw attention but perhaps beyond pay tribute, compensate for more advanced graphical treatment, but RCR makes sense in this regard and gets the business of mashing pixels up quite right.
Jonathan Blow (thus far best known for his groundbreaking Super Mario Bros dream sequence “Braid”) returns with a three dimensional exploratory puzzle game.
From the people who brought Castle Crashers to XBLA (along with copious DLCs) and set the bar for multiplayer, hilarious and smooth Flash style graphics, comes Battleblock Theater – a compendium of freakish characters ready to duke it out in the arena. Much fun will be had.
for XBLA – Even though Derek Yu’s Spelunky has been around since the dawn of, well the new indie game revolution, it will be released with copious updates on XBOX Live Arcade in 2012 and thus be exposed to a huge new audience. It will be quite something to play this randomly generated platformer on a console!
Well, we hope this list helped you find something new and awesome. Thanks to the IGR crew for months of hard work.
What do you think of the games on this list? What did we overlook? Please post your thoughts in the comments below!