E3 is already here and it is off with the a Bang.

Microsoft Xbox conference has already come and gone, with an impressive line up of Big blockbuster games and Xbox exclusive. Also, finally more was revealed about Xbox Play Anywhere (another article about that later).  What I am interested in is our Indie friend. Our unsung hero of the gaming world. Small teams of everyday people that come together and work hard to compete with the bigger companies. They can also making amazing games because the don’t have bosses hanging over their head. Xbox over the last couple of years have been bringing on Indie games to their system and bigger yet giving them their own special spot on their presentation. This year was no exception and if you didn’t catch all the games because you were doing other stuff like making sure your boss didn’t know you where watching E3. Here is the list of games on the montage this year:

 

CupHeadStudio MDHR

CupHead is a run and gun platformer. The game is drawn in the style of 1930’s cartoons (which is awesome) Basically the game starts out that you lose a bet with the Devil so to pay off the debt you do his bidding. In the game you have to fight a bunch of bosses to repay your debt. You travel around in old-school, RPG-style. Bonus is it is co-op with your player two playing as Mugman. — Wikipedia

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Outlast 2Red Barrels

Outlast 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. Set in the same universe as the first game, but with different characters and a different setting, Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets. — Steam

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Deliver Us The MoonKeoken Interactive

Deliver Us The Moon is a survival/exploration adventure where a rogue astronaut from the WSA embarks on a do-or-die mission to the moon to save mankind from a rapidly depleting earth. What surprises await you on the moon. What secrets are waiting to be uncovered.

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Flint HookTribute   

Live the life of space captain Flinthook! Armed with your mighty chainhook, your uncanny slow-motion powers and your trusty plasma gun, plunder and fight your way through an infinite variety of randomly-assembled spaceships for treasure, loot and fame! Hunt down your pirate rivals and collect wondrous relics to become the greatest pirate of the Universe! — Indie Mega booth (Side Note: SO getting this for my boys. They love these types of games)

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FARMixtvision Digital and Mr Whale’s Game Service 

Under cloud filled skies, the player travels across the seemingly endless dried-up sea, littered with the remains of a once vibrant seafaring civilization. The game’s world is largely devoid of life, yet filled with places to explore and history to discover.

While the greater goal of the journey remains to be uncovered by the player, urgent short-term necessities call for immediate action. The train-like vehicle used to travel the plains needs to be fueled, maintained and upgraded to master the challenges that lie ahead. —Far-game.com

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Slime RanchersMonomi Park

Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner. —Slimerancher.com  (Side note: Happy about this one, my kids will stop stealing my computer to play this – WINNING )

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Shadow TacticsDaedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Productions

Command a team of ninjas in a game where stealth is everything and being spotted by the enemy means almost certain death. Skillfully hide from and sneak past the enemies fields of view, take their formations apart and hide their bodies to cover your tracks. Quick Save will enable you to execute your plans perfectly. Tactically plan actions for your whole team and execute them all at once. Make use of the vertical game play and jump from roof to roof to silently kill your foes from above. — mimimi-productions.de

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FigmentBedtime Digital Games

Figment is an Isometric puzzle adventure game. Combat, puzzle solving and exploration will be main parts of the gameplay all wrapped up in a handprinted surreal world sprinkled with musical elements.– Kickstater (sidenote: could not find much out about this game but the art is beautiful)

Figment’s fear and doubt manifest as comical, singing villains
Polygon  — bedtime.io

Figment is a colorful, whimsical puzzle game that combines childlike fantasies with mature themes including death, disease and trauma
Engadget  —  bedtime.io

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The CullingXaviant

In a remote island paradise, 16 contestants have 20 minutes to explore, scavenge items, craft weapons, build traps, hunt and kill each other. There has never been a battle royale game this focused, brutal, and adrenaline-filled! Only one will be crowned the winner, do you have the guts — Steam

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For the KingIron Oak Games

The King is dead, murdered by an unknown assailant. Now the once peaceful kingdom of Fahrul is in chaos. With nowhere left to turn and stretched beyond her means, the queen has put out a desperate plea to the citizens of the land to rise up and help stem the tide of impending doom. Set off with your make-shift party, either single player or online co-op, on an epic quest to find what answers you can. Brave the relentless elements, fight the wicked creatures, sail the seas and delve into the dark underworld. — Kickstarter

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BeaconMonothetic

You step out of the confined pod, disorientated and blinking. As your vision clears, a desolate view forms to greet you. The burning wreckage of your ship – your home – lies scattered cruelly across the surface of an alien landscape.You must have come down hard. Picking your way through the remains of the ship, you look for answers, a weapon, a radio. Instead, you find a body. Your body.Well, you think, at least the cloning bay still works.Unfortunately, it seems like that’s about all that does. If you want to get off this planet, you’re going to have to explore it. You need to find equipment. You need to build a beacon. The forests look hostile, but you’ve got your gun.And if the worst comes to pass, well, at least the cloning bay still works. — beacon.monothetic.com

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StarDew ValleyChuckelfish

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness! — stardewvalley.net  (Side Note: Love this game. Been playing the crap out of this. Going to buy this for my boys.)

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Hand of FateDefiant Development

In a cabin at the end of the world, the game of life and death is played. Draw your cards, play your hand, and discover your fate. Hand of Fate is a card based roguelike, in which the player builds a collection of cards into a deck, which is then used to deal out the dungeon floors through which they adventure. Upon entering a combat, all of the cards the player has collected fly into their character’s hands as fully modeled 3D assets, and combat begins. — Kickstarter

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BelowCapybara Games

Below is an adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective. The player-character is a “tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island”. The game is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character’s survival. — Wikipedia

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Raiders of the Broken PlanetMercury Steam

The game is multiplayer online asymmetric adventure which takes place in the Lira Constellation on a broken planet.On it is a “powerful ability enhancing substance called Aleph,” the discovery of which attracted “intergalactic scum and criminal lowlife.” The criminals wish to control the substance, and in doing so, control the universe.Raiders of the Broken Planet will feature players fighting off the invaders in teams or work with the invaders by shooting, brawling, and using strategy. It also contains a story driven narrative which will be delivered episodically. The developer promises each will be sold at an “extremely low and attractive price point.” –  VG24/7

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BloodStained Ritual of the Night –  Inti CREATES and ArtPlay

You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh. — Kickstarter

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Yooka-LayleeTeam 17 and Playtonic

Yooka and Laylee must explore the Hivory Towers to find the Pagies needed to explore the mysterious Grand Tomes as they battle to stop Capital B and Dr. Quack from absorbing all the world’s literature and converting it into pure profit. — Wikipedia

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EverSpaceRockfish Games

As an EVERSPACE pilot you must explore a vast system hunting for resources, fighting multiple foes and working to upgrade your ship and character abilities.

You can embrace dying on a whole new level. Every death has its rewards and gives you access to better gear for your next run. And yes, all upgrades and modifications will be visible on your shiny ship in full detail. everspace-game.com/

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*Featured Image – Gameloading: Rise of the Indies (Directors: Lester Francois, Anna Brady)