We had a great time at this year’s EGX gamers. And we always love to spend as much time in the Rezzed area seeing all the cool Indie Developers. So we’re highlighting the best indie games at EGX we managed to play this year.
Now, by “play” we mean actually have played hands on and we couldn’t see everything unfortunately. We do however have comments to drop your favourites at the bottom of the page and let us know your thoughts.
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Coming in at top spot is a game we couldn’t wait to see and it didn’t disappoint. Yooka-Laylee had a monster queue to play even though it was easily the biggest stand in the Rezzed area.
We loved playing it too, the fun was everywhere and David Game is writing an impressions article on this soon.
But in short, it’s excellent and already looks super polished. We can’t wait for the final product.
Check out the details and trailers below.
Yooka-Laylee is an all-new open-world platformer from key creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. Reformed as Playtonic Games, the team is building a spiritual successor to its most cherished work from the past!
Playtonic’s new heroes. Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with big nose) were conceptualised from the ground up for stellar platforming gameplay. Created by the same character artist behind the rebooted Donkey Kong family and legendary N64 heroes Banjo and Kazooie.
Using an arsenal of special moves like Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s tactical sonar shot. The buddy duo will explore vast and beautiful game worlds in their effort to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all of the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit.
Players will solve a huge variety of puzzles and platforming challenges in search of Pagies, the golden bounty used to unlock – and expand – new playgrounds. Each jammed to the gills with oddball characters and hulking bosses. Many of whom communicate via a collage of burp and fart noises.
- Heroes Built for Fun: Our new buddy-duo were dreamed up specifically for entertaining platforming gameplay and exceptional colour coordination. We think we’ve captured the spirit of the genre’s biggest icons while introducing our most inventive moves yet.
- An Arsenal of Abilities:Sonar blasting, tongue whipping, sky soaring… a move roster built for platforming fun – and unlocked with added freedom from the serpent salesman Trowzer. Additionally, there may or may not be a move involving a giant fart bubble.
- Collect-em-up 2.0:A roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials). Every collectible type in Yooka-Laylee will expand gameplay in a meaningful way. Tasty Butterfly Energy will refill the player’s health and new power meter. Our main collectible, Pagies, are used to unlock and expand new worlds in Yooka-Laylee.
- Power to the Player: Purchase and unlock moves with freedom, choose to expand your favourite worlds into even larger playgrounds and equip unique Tonic gameplay modifiers to customise your play style. Every player will have a unique experience.
- A Cast to Last: A huge cast of memorable characters to meet (or beat), brought to life by the art and audio teams behind legendary platform games and destined to endure in future adventures as part of Playtonic Universe. Expect all manner of grunts, squeaks and squawks.
- A Dream Soundtrack: David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) combine in what’s sure to be a melodic masterpiece! Seriously, clean out your ears – they’re in for a treat.
- Arcades, Mine Carts and More:Discover unique boss fights, mine cart challenges, retro-tastic Arcade games, quiz shows and more than 8 unique multiplayer games!
- Recruit a Friend: Establish your own buddy-duo and adventure through Yooka-Laylee in co-op mode! Tacking control of a unique co-op character, a second player can assist Yooka and Laylee by stunning enemies and helping them tackle tricky challenges. No piggyback required.
Coatsink are a set of very cool developers making a number of quality indie games. Shu was an absolute delight to play as an all-but-finished product. The game launches next month and it really shows.
What I like about the game personally is the art style and hand drawn presentation or the experience. It’s great fun to play too, simple but addictive side scrolling platforming at its best.
We really can’t wait to review it, here’s what’s coming in Shu:
About the game
Shu is a beautiful and engrossing 2.5D action-adventure side scrolling platformer that we’re bringing to PC and consoles. Control Shu and a colourful trail of hand-drawn characters as they run, jump and glide their way up an ancient mountain, forever pursued by a monstrous and unrelenting storm.
Can you outrun the end of the world?
3. Lost Castle
My good friend and MGL colleague David Game was drawn to this game right away. The developer spoke his language talking Rogue-like Dungeon crawling and soon we were co-op playing Lost Castle and loving it.
I somehow managed to be the level 12 guy while he was level 98! Not exactly fair Dave!
But this was really impressive, the procedural loot drops and boss types kept things interesting. Plus, the game was just on the right side of hard with some really classic gameplay that feels nicely like Streets of Rage!
Check out this game for yourself below:
Lost Castle is an action RPG beat’em up with roguelike elements and randomized dungeons.
Castle Harwood used to be a castle governed by nobles. Unfortunately, evils had come upon the land and ended the calm days. Peoples were tortured, enslaved, murdered by demons. Gradually, demons wanted a bit more and began to invade surrounding areas. For the humanity, honor and treasures, the braves from far and near come continuously enter Harwood to find the root of all evils…
- Rogue-like and massive random contents.
- 70+ items and 50+ potions with various effects.
- 100+ weapons and 50+ armor. Various attack actions with different types of weapons.
- Randomly generated dungeons, items, enemies and bosses.
- Sacrifice system: Level up your hero and gain new abilities.
- Singleplayer campaign or co-op for two players.
When I got to EGX there were a few Indie Games on my follow up from my time at Rezzed in London earlier in the year. Mekazoo was one of them and a game I really hoped to see being a lot more polished now.
Not that it was bad before! The game is nearing release and I was hoping the game would look pretty finished by now, and it really does.
This 2D platform game is more than meets the eye. It’s very traditional in one sense with almost a Sonic the Hedgehog feel at times with the speed everything moves. But is also unconventional in that you morph between different animals to change the gameplay.
The demo I played gave me access to the frog who hops around casually but makes big jumps and swings on his tongue. But the Armadillo is fast and loves to roll around in a ball and do a sonic-like roll spin to gain speed.
It’s cool and coming very soon, check out the game below:
About the game
Mekazoo is a throwback 2d platformer with vibrant and fully 3d worlds that can be explored and conquered with a kinetically diverse cast of Mekanimals.
- Use pairs of Mekanimals to swing, boost, bounce, climb, and fly through fast and flowy platforming environments.
- Take on an insectoid army, and overcome the many challenges that lie ahead.
- Defeat Gigantic Mekanimal Bosses to unlock their power.
- Collect shiny medals, sparkling gems, and bountiful Mekaballs for wondrous rewards.
- Explore a variety of lush environments inside and out, and discover the secrets of the Mekanasphere.
5. Sniper Elite 4
It’s quite hard to place Sniper Elite in the Indie Game category sometimes. The game is highly polished and feels like it’s made by a much bigger team. Rebellion certainly do an impressive job with this series and the new game looks even better.
The game was incredibly popular at the event and really brought in the crowd around the stand with some bone smashing sniping to be done. One of the best parts about Sniper Elite is the X-ray mode kills and it seems they are taking that to new levels this year.
Be ready for this one gamers, it’s going to be cool! Some information is below:
Launching 14 February 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Sniper Elite 4 combines genre-defining ballistics, breathless emergent stealth, and gripping third person action across the largest and most diverse environments ever seen in a Sniper Elite game.
Welcome to Italy, 1943
Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 continues the series’ World War Two heritage by transporting players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to colossal Nazi mega structures, daunting forests and giddying mountain monasteries inspired by Monte Cassino.
Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance to help free their country from the yoke of Fascism, and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it’s even begun.
If his mission fails, there will be no Operation Overlord, no D-Day landings, and no Victory in Europe.
True Next-Generation Sniping
Running in native 1080p on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sniper Elite 4 is the first game in the series built from the ground-up for next generation hardware.
With an expansive campaign for 1-2 players and dedicated co-op and adversarial multiplayer modes, Sniper Elite 4 aims to deliver the definitive World War Two shooter for a generation, with unrivalled sniping freedom across maps many times the size of those seen in Sniper Elite 3.
6. Sol Trader
Some games are not the kind of title you would get the same experience at an event that you would at home. And Sol Trader doesn’t jump out at you like an all action game, but it’s something you should check out if you are interested in a unique space experience.
The game is database based, you build a character and it loads years of experiences based on some choices you make about your upbringing. Soon you are an adult with a unique past, relationships with family members, friends and even romances. Once you control your character you are within sci-fi universe and take part in adventures of your choosing.
Just getting going takes a while but it’s incredibly addictive and worth some time for the more steady gamer. Some information is below:
A solo indie title from Chris Parsons, Sol Trader is a genre-busting space simulation where it’s not about what you know – it’s who you know. The game mixes classic top down 2D spaceflight with in-depth strategic manipulation of your network of contacts. You fly from planet to planet in our solar system in the near future, interacting with the various characters you find in cities and in space.
Each new game contains a 200 year old procedural society. Thousands of random characters are born, live and die as the game is generated. You start from your character’s birth, choosing your parents and all your major life choices as you grow up. Your choices determine your personality, your friends, relatives, business contacts and enemies.
You’ll then be able to create your own legend within this world: explore the known (and unknown) solar system, trade goods, customise your ship, form lasting friendships, run missions, blackmail enemies, dodge pirates and navy ships, and avenge the deaths of members of your family as you see fit.
- Single-player combination of top down 2D spaceflight and strategic manipulation of your network of contacts
- Run missions using your family and friends’ connections to government or business
- No ship given to you at game start: you must take a loan and hire a ship, or borrow one from a wealthy relative
- Fly between planets, interacting with the various characters you come across in cities and in space
- Research information on other characters through chatting to friends and relatives
- Customise your ship with better guns, engines, hyperdrives and passenger cabins
- Trade goods for profit
- Procedural generation of a whole society of thousands of random characters
- Start every new game from your character’s birth
- Choose your parents and all your major life choices as you grow up
- Your choices determine your personality and your friends, relatives and enemies
- Full modding support: change all the organisations, events, weapons, planets, ships, conversations and tutorial system
- Moody dystopian artwork by Aamar Rama and music by Andy Dollerson
7. Snake Pass
One of the best things about indie games are the ideas that are revealed in the games. Snake Pass Riverside Games and Sumo Digital is one of those cool concepts that really works as a game.
You’re in control of a snake and have to navigate the world using Snake-Physics, if that’s a thing. You slither and wrap yourself around items in the environment to get to your objective. It’s incredibly therapeutic and satisfying while being challenging and borders on the frustrating at times.
It’s a cool and interesting game and certainly one to watch out for. Some details and a nice bit of gameplay is below.
Snake Pass is a physical action-puzzle game that sees the player slither, curl and climb their way through increasingly challenging worlds filled with evermore intricate obstacles and fiendishly mind-bending objectives!
Snake Pass is the wriggling brainchild of Seb Liese, who originally came to Sumo from Holland to work on the LittleBigPlanet team. His prototype of ‘real snake physics’ captured the entire studio’s imagination, winning the company’s first gamejam.
8. Super Arcade Football
Is anyone reading this old enough to have some love for sensible soccer? If so then this is a game you really want to check out! It’s fast paced, top down arcade football at its best. I could seriously play this all day and had to stop myself at the event.
Everything about the game encapsulates what made sensible soccer and games of that generation, the addictively fun masterpiece of its time.
Here we have another one to watch gamers, check out the gameplay below and some information on this classic re-imagined.
Super Arcade Football is a fast action, modern awakening of the classic football genre.
An arcade football game like never before, with as much pace as a cross from Ronaldo, and as much power as a headbutt from Zidane. Play with up to 4 friends locally, with intense scorelines, dynamic gameplay and crazy fun. No real-life simulation, no micro transactions, just pure arcade football action!
- Controlled shooting with our advanced ‘Slow-Mo- Banana-Bending-Technology’ ™
- Guaranteed amazing goals!
- 4 Player Local Multiplayer – Play with friends competitively or cooperatively
- Very relaxed referees – No offside rule!
- Don’t actually need to like football to play! (but if you do , good on you!)
- Spontaneous weather conditions.
- Lots of Pitch types / teams – Each with their own affect on gameplay.
- Normal Time + Golden Goal Mode (First goal wins)
- Smooth controls
- Slow Motion Goals
Who doesn’t like a good brawling game?! There are some classics and we may have a modern one here in Brawlout by Angry Mob Games.
Here you could take on other people in an up to 4v4 brawl with some very interesting looking characters. The game is all about multiplayer fun both local online and, even with the smaller matches we played at EGX, this will be mad online.
It’s simply fun and a game to really play with your friends. See some info below:
Competitive fighting game, coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC early 2017. Brawlout mixes the precision of violent fighters, with a gorgeous animated style.
Online and local battles, with up to 8 player fights
Take part in online ranked tournaments, play locally in party mode with friends, or go solo in the story campaign.
Evolve and customize your characters
Each character starts out with more accessible attacks. You grow it with special attacks, new combo options, more movement abilities and advanced tech moves.
Vastly different combat styles
Each character is designed around a unique fighting style, to make each fight more strategic: grapple opponents, freeze them, dive kick their face, bomb them with projectiles or smash them with long range whips.
Powerful special attacks consume your rage meter. When filled up, your character gets much tougher.
10. Troll and I
While last this is certainly NOT least as this was something a bit special from my perspective as the game looked so artistic. Troll and I by Spiral House is a game that comes with a very distinct style and looks very polished already.
This is a single player or co-op game that sees you take control of Otto or Troll in order to pass through your adventures together. I only played a few moments of this one but it was enough to be convinced this one could be something special when it arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
There was bit of a hint of a Team Ico style to this one, in a package maybe a little like Toren although it’s a very unique game. Take a look below:
Troll and I is a third-person action adventure game with melee and long-ranged combat, cunning stealth, and dual character control. You play both as an adolescent boy named Otto and as his unlikely companion, Troll. Both characters possess their own unique abilities – such as Troll’s mighty strength and Otto’s sharpened combat skills.
Troll has eight abilities the player can collect and nurture. At the start of the game, Troll will not be equipped with each ability: they must be found and earned as the player explores. Troll’s skills range from ‘Revive’ (ability to revive a fallen companion) to ‘Fear’ (causing groups of enemies to cower and flee).
Otto is a young boy, extremely agile and skilful with a spear. He is experienced with melee weapons, inquisitive, and a natural explorer. Left to his own devices after being flushed out of his village by ruthless hunters, Otto befriends Troll, a giant, magical creature that will become a pivotal part of his journey.
Key Game Features
- Dual character control: play as Otto and Troll, individually or as a team, using the unique skills of each to track, craft and fight
- Varied combat: melee, ranged and stealth
- Progressive story with both human (Otto) and creature (Troll) narratives
- Fluid and extensive character movements and actions
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