Indie Game

Ooblets… As if farming simulators weren’t cute enough!

From the team of two developers over at Gumberland, published by the guys at Double Fine, comes the exciting new farming simulator hybrid, Ooblets.  Noted by the developers as taking its inspiration from Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon and Pokemon, they appear to have successfully taken cute, timesed it by adorable and divided by charming to create this absolute gem. The game sees you not only farm your land but manage your household, run your own store and explore the land of Oob, all with the help of your Ooblets. Ooblets being the little creatures that you befriend and battle with, that’s where the Pokemon comes in. As expected the game has a whole range of customizable features for your character and farm.

The art style of the game is truly charming, using pastel colours to bring out a sense of harmony and tranquillity to your farming life. The creatures themselves are original in design, friendly creations that will make the farming simulator a true all-round original and creative gaming experience.

Ooblet is set to become available in early 2018 on PC and Xbox One. Being a must have for the new year, Ooblet is one to put on the calender.

Indie Game

Deiland… Who needs a farm when you have a whole planet!

With the huge success of endlessly fun Stardew Valley, the industry has seen a massive boom in charming farming simulator games. Deiland looks to be the next big indie title of this genre to hit the scene. From the hugely talented small team of developers over at ChiBig Studios in Valencia, Spain,  and with support from Square Enix Collective.

Taking inspiration from a mix of JRP’s such as Final Fantasy and classic simulator Harvest Moon,  Deiland is a single player fantasy RPG sandbox with elements of farming, building, crafting and questing.  The game takes place on a Deiland, a beautifully designed living planet featuring a variety of species of plant life, a night and day cycle and even the occasional meteor shower! Using magic and tools you must survive and prosper in Deiland, meeting a range of supporting characters along the way. As well as other external locations for you to travel and explore.

If that wasn’t enough, the game features an original soundtrack by the talented Paco Mitos, to help perfectly capture the emotion in the game.

If you think this games shows are much promise as we do, why not check out their Kickstarter campaign, where for just $15 you can back yourself an early access digital copy of the game for either PC, Mac or PlayStation 4.

JB

 

 

Indie Game

Shu – Caverns of the Nightjars

It has been a year since the release of the hugely successful Shu Caverns of the Nighjars , yet when I think of the most recent kick-ass platforms, it still appears to be right up there at the top of the list! From the amazing developers that brought you the hilarious Gang Beats and a number of brilliant Samsung VR titles, Coatsink Studies pulled it out of the bag yet again and produced a truly stunning platforming experience with one the best soundtracks of the last 12 months.

You play as Shu, whose village has been destroyed by a terrible storm. On your journey of survival, you will explore and conquer your way through  5 diverse lands in 15 huge and gorgeous levels, finding an abundance of collectables and stumbling across an original cast of 10 characters, all of which have their own unique powers.

Shu is yet another example of how indie platformers can be hugely successful on a console as well as helping to introduce an alternative gaming experience to those console gamers that confine themselves to AAA games.

If you haven’t already checked it out, Shu is available now on PC and PS4 and coming soon to PSVITA. I myself am really looking forward to the PSVITA release, the console is still lacking in decent indie titles and I feel this will be a great addition.

JB

Indie Game

Kick Ass Chasm!!!

From the talented developers over at Bit Kid Inc Baltimore comes a brand new side scrolling action adventure Chasm. Taking inspiration from classic Metroid, Chasm is a procedural generated action RPG adventure platformer that appears to tick all the boxes of what gamer’s expect from an awesome indie platformer in the making.

Set in a fantasy world, you play as young soldier Daltyn, sent to investigate a small mining community. Having arrived at the town, paranormal forces trap Daltyn and seal the town from the outside world. As Daltyn, you must explore and battle your way through six huge procedurally generated areas to save the town and maybe even the world. The authentic pixel art style appears nothing short of stunning, with each of the six environments having a distinctly different look.

Along your journey you will encounter huge boss battles, avoid traps, stumble upon precious loot and equipment to customise your character and learn new kick ass abilities to turn your enemies into rubble. With such original content and seemingly high production value, Chasm is set to be a formidable contender in what could be considered a busy market of pixel art platforms.

Fancy a sneak peek? Here’s the latest teaser;

Unfortunately, Chasm has yet to have a release date, but is set to be available on PS4, PC, Mac and Linux.

JB

Indie Game

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is a turn based tactical RPG currently in development by Florida based 6Eyes Studio. Taking inspiration and design elements from both steampunk on JRPG titles, Fell Seal fits perfectly into the genre without feeling too familiar.

Both in look and feel, Fell Seal is a love letter to Final Fantasy Tactics and the Disgaea series, bringing in extensive character customisation, abilities and lush fantasy settings that fans of these titles have grown to know and love. Like the previously mentioned titles. Fell Seal has an in depth character management and class system, allowing each player to experience a unique journey within the game. The map designs are well throughout and full of treasure, bringing further strategic elements to the game.  The game is story driven , including both cut scenes and story driving characters that will accompany you on your journey.

With such lush design, smooth thoughtful gameplay and an original score, it is evident that the production value is sky high for this title.

We highly recommend getting hands on with the demo which is available now on Itch.io and Gamejolt. If you love the game as much as we did, why not support its development on kickstarter and receive the game upon its release in June 2018 for as little as $20.

JB

Comic/Graphic Novel

Digby is a Wizard… Hilarious and Heart Wrenching

‘It’s quite normal to have hopes and dreams fill our heads with bubbly excitement from time to time. It’s also quite normal for those moments to inexplicably lead us down dark paths and exploding bathrooms’ Digby is a Wizard – Joe Latham

Having spotted the Kickstarter campaign, Digby is a Wizard is the first comic that we have managed to get our hands on from the awesomely talented Joe Latham, founder of Lookhappydesign.com. It so happens that it was one of the first projects we backed as Indieventure, making it quiet a momentous backing, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on our digital copy.

It certainly did not disappoint. Digby is a Wizard tells the story of a wizard with big dreams who experiences some rather odd and unfortunate events while on a quest to a job interview. The art style invites you straight in, the small 6 drawings per page make the comic an effortless read that you will almost certainly not put down until you finish it. The wording is simple, as the art is more than expressive enough. Having briefly sampled some of Joe’s other works, The Fox in particular, it is evident that Joe does not need words to portray a story, his art style expresses all that needs to be expressed in order to engage the readers emotion. Having said that, the wording in Digby is both hilarious and heart wrenching at times. The clever one liners progress the story at a perfect pace.

The story will leave you laughing, crying and asking questions of yourself, and for me at least, encouraged self reflection. It touches on the difficult subject of depression and the importance of understanding your support system, that your friends and family are there to support you, just as Digbys are there to support him.

Having read Digby is a Wizard I found that Joe has published 3 other comics, The Fox, The Wolf and The Woodsman as well as a graphic novel Loosing Sleep, a collaboration with the equally talented Bristol based creator Luke Hyde. All of which are available on his website Lookhappydesign.com. We will definitely be checking these out!

Please also check out lukehyde.co.uk for his awesome works, and to show your support for independent artists and comic makers.

JB

P.S Apologies for bad spelling