Releases, Demos and Upcoming Things #3

It’s been a while since I did this and kinda long overdue. Been having some anxiety checking out new games because as somebody trying to make something myself, I’d hate to discourage another person if I think their thing isn’t good, because I feel that. But uh, we gotta get around to doing things eventually, so here’s some of the best stuff sent to my inbox!

The Magnet Trials

Developer: Tri Pie Interactive
Release: Feb. 22 2019
Price: $17.99

This is a first-person action puzzle game where you play as a scientist armed with a magnet gun. The magnet gun is used to pull together magnetic objects and invoke the laws of physics to fight hostile robots and solve puzzles. Hopefully the game makes the most out of its concept!

Game Soup

Developer: Game Soup LLC
Release: Feb 11. 2019
Price: $2.99

YouTube channel Game Soup gets into the game making fray themselves with their self-titled game. This is a WarioWare-esque collection of games that parody a whole bunch of games in general and man, there needs to be more WarioWare-type stuff out there.

This was one I actually wanted to play and was capable of playing but the download code they sent me was already used? I felt that I should have asked them to send me another but I didn’t want them thinking I was trying to finesse them for game keys. WarioWare experiences are good though so I’ll probably pick it up anyway some day.

Dictionary to the Known World

Developer: thecatamites
Release: Feb. 17, 2019

If you’re familiar with this blog, you know that I’m a fan of thecatamites and RPG Maker games. Both of those things have converged with his entry to the Lost Histories Jam, Dictionary to the Known World, which is a text dump of old RPG Maker experiences. As somebody that wrote an article on RPG Maker game preservation, it’s extremely my shit. Don’t come at me with the “this is not a game” nonsense, it’s good.

Bugs Must Die

Developer: DG Games Workshop
Release: March 29

A while ago I covered the demo of a twin-stick shooter called Bugs Must Die. I thought that it had a solid foundation but there were a lot of things I thought was messy about it.

This game was originally going to come out in January, but the developers actually decided to delay it to March so that they can polish it up, which I think is a good move on their part! As I said earlier, I’m scared of upsetting up-and-coming developers, so I’m glad that they’re taking my criticisms to heart!

Overcome

Developer: Overcome Studios
Release: Feb. 27

A 2D platformer made after the creator’s own traumatic incidents, Overcome is a platformer where you’re attacked by your inner demons. However, you may not have to fight them. With a shield in hand, you’re encouraged to push on through and jump over whatever adversities are in your way in a metaphorical journey about, well, overcoming.

Releases, Demos and Upcoming Stuff #2

I missed out on posting something last week because I was too busy working on projects and studying for mid-terms. In fact, I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to put out a proper game review this week. And so, let’s take another look at interesting stuff I got in my inbox that I’ll probably never get around to but still think is worth talking about!

Trancelation

Developer: MythicOwl
Early Access Date: October 17, 2018
Default Price: $14.99

Trancelation is a game now up on early access. You are thrown into a neon world with synthwave music and instead of doing some ultraviolence like this aesthetic typically implies, you’re off to do some word association games. It’s a game aimed at teaching you languages, though if you don’t care about the learning part, you can turn it off for a purely arcade experience. Personally, I think it’s an interesting concept and I feel that the world can never have enough learning games.

Train Valley 2

Developer: Flazm
Early Access Date: March 29, 2018
Default Price: $9.99

Another game up on Steam Early Access is Train Valley 2. Train Valley 2 is a puzzle tycoon game where you map out and maintain railroads, meeting the needs of cities and making sure the trains run on time. Engage in low poly versions of different historical settings to create the best train experiences, choo choo!

In the PR email I got, Train Valley 2 had a big update back on the 16th, the Electric Age. This update promised to shake the game up with the introduction of electricity as a mechanic, making it so that you have to construct and maintain power plants to keep the other buildings on the map running. New levels were added alongside this, so it’s a rather sizeable update.

Quantum Replica

Developer: ON3D Studios
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Default Price: $15.99

Quantum Replica is a top-down stealth action game in a cyberpunk world. Investigating a hellish corporate alliance, you use time manipulation powers to sneak around and get the drop on enemies. This game seems to be one of many that just flies under the radar.

The Witch’s House MV

Developer: Fummy
Release Date: October 31, 2018

So this one isn’t actually one from my inbox, but me being the RPG Maker Stan, it’s up my alley enough that I think it warrants mention. This is a remake of The Witch’s House, a popular RPG Maker horror game that I actually enjoyed and I was rather surprised to see this announcement. I’m a bit wary because I don’t trust the RPG Maker MV engine, but hey, let’s be optimistic here.

Releases, Demos and Upcoming Stuff #1

So if you checked out my about page, I put up an e-mail for people to hit me up about game stuff and I’ve been getting a lot of requests to play things. Unfortunately, due to my limited free time, I can’t find the time to cover things, even the stuff I’d be personally invested in, and there’s some stuff I actually can’t run. As the about page also mentions, Indie Hell Zone is a one-person joint and I currently don’t make money on it, so I can’t just hire people to write stuff and asking people to write for free goes against my personal ethics unless they insist on it. Please give me money.

However, after a few e-mails I started feeling awful about just leaving people to dry. So, I’ve decided that for some future game promo e-mails I get, regardless of whether or not I play them, I’ll make a weekly masterpost of things I think are worthwhile to at least spread the word on them!

Dream Car Builder

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Press kit screenshots

Developer: RoKo0
Release: September 21, 2018
Price: $14.99

Dream Car Builder was a game that was in Early Access at the time I was e-mailed but formally released September 21. With many Steam reviewers comparing the game to Besieged, you spend your time in Dream Car Builder constructing cars in a complex editor before testing it in the elements. There is a multiplayer component to the game where you and your friends can race alongside each other, but as the developer puts it, it’s not a real-time multiplayer game, which may be a sore point for people that want to crash cars with other players.

The Corridor: On Behalf of the Dead

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My own screenshots from the minute I was able to play of the game

Developer: Desktop Daydreams Studio
Release: August 30, 2018
Price: $14.99

This is a game I actually attempted to play because I liked the premise and the e-mail pitch I got, but alas, my laptop is awful. The Corridor’s main conceit is that you’re a government agent in a dystopic setting that can dive into the minds of accused criminals. You are thrust into the first-person horror worlds of these minds, searching for the truth while trying to maintain your form in these worlds.

Solid Aether

Promotional screenshot

Developer: FAL Works
Release: September 27, 2018
Price: $6.99

FAL Works makes their debut on the indie scene with Solid Aether. It aims to be a minimalist bullet hell experience, nothing but bullet patterns in a black and white world.

Log Jammers

Developer: Mega Cat Studios
Kickstarter End Date: October 12

Log Jammers is a wacky take on Windjammers, people flinging axes toward each other’s sides to score goals or chop up unfortunate cheerleaders. This is an expansion of a game of the same name that’s playable on an NES cartridge, as per much of Mega Cat Studio’s works. The Kickstarter goes toward funding console ports and online multiplayer functionality.

If you’re interested in backing the game, check it out here.

Giraffe Town

Screenshot by @bfod

Developer: Samer Khatib
Release: October 2, 2018
Price: $14.99

Giraffe Town is a game about a giraffe on a grand quest to find love. Unfortunately, the giraffe is rather bad at walking, and so, much like people with bad personalities, his greatest obstacle to finding love is himself. It also may or may not be a horror game amidst its Octodad-esque madness.