10 Best Upcoming Indie Games May 2018 – Our Top Indie Picks

We pick the best of the indie games coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in May, which ones will you be getting indie fans?

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There have been a number of great indie games out so far this year all. There were more than a few great April Indie games(article) to enjoy in the past few weeks. But here we’re looking at the best upcoming indie games May 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: May 4
By: Uppercut Games

As we publish this article you can pick up City of Brass! This is a really polished looking first person action title from indie developer uppercut games. The whole Arabian feel to the game is cool too. It all looks a really fun game and one that could be a big hit if it plays as well as it looks.

City of Brass Information

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Leaping from the pages of the Arabian Nights, adventure awaits in the accursed City of Brass – a place of legend, filled with danger and reward. Infested with mischievous spirits and deadly traps, its shifting streets are brimming with the wealth of a nation.

Assume the role of a cunning thief, battling to reach a fabled treasure at the city’s heart, wielding a blade and whip that can be used to disarm, trip or stun enemies, to swing to safety, grab inaccessible objects or even break through flimsy barricades.

Leap across pits, slide under blades, dodge spears, and sidestep poison gas traps – all the while manipulating hazards to your advantage against diverse spirit foes.

Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: May 8
By: Makin Games

Anyone for a Streets of Rage inspired action game? Well me for one! This has looked great since I first played it years ago at a EGX Rezzed and FINALLY the full product arrives. It all looks really close to the 16bit experiences us more *cough* mature gamers grew up with. I should have a video out on this one soon, but retro fans, this one is for you!

Raging Justice Information

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The city is in chaos! With crime and corruption around every corner, it’s all down to a team of hard-hitting justice seeking mavericks, to clean up the streets with some tough justice! Raging Justice is a classic beat ‘em up, dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Created by ex-Rare developer, MakinGames!

Key Features:

Bone Crunching Combat: Rain down maximum brutality on merciless criminals in savage side scrolling combat! Battle your way through adrenaline fuelled 2D carnage with unmistakeable classic fighting!

Arrest Warrants: Choose between playing by the book, dazing and arresting your foes to gain health and complete level challenges, or take the law into your own hands, arm yourself and deliver a devastating style of justice.  With hordes of brutes surrounding you, will you be a good cop or a bad cop? Be warned, actions have consequences…

Weapons: Unleash absolute destruction by gearing up with an insane variety of weapons! Smash through a bar fight with a stool, hack and slash through alleys with a knife or mow down mobs in a lawnmower! Justice has never felt so sweet.

Local Co-op: Take on the criminal world alone or enlist a partner, to aide you in some co-op carnage! All out annihilation is ensured as you unleash the rage within…just make sure your targets clear, or you may fall victim to the anarchy of friendly fire!

Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: May 9
By: Supergonk

This looks an interesting mixture of ideas and one that could prove a lot of online fun. Trailblazers combines futuristic racing and the concept of painting you way to victory like Splatoon! You’ll be coating the track in your colours as you zip around in multiplayer races, both online and on the couch. Plus there is even a solo mode, so plenty to enjoy all round.

Trailblazers Information

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Trailblazers is a fresh new co-operative racing title with an innovative on-track game mechanic: paint the track, boost on your colour and work as a team to win!

Take control of high-speed racers in unique 3v3 team races across a series of colourful circuits. Paint the track as you race, capturing key areas to dynamically change the racing line, then boost on your team’s colour to dominate the race!

  • True co-operative team racing with a brand new, never-before-seen core mechanic
  • Exciting high-speed circuit racing with second-to-second strategy that is new to the genre
  • Play online, either solo or together with split screen buddies

Format(s): Nintendo Switch
Release Date: May 10
By: Chubby Pixel

This one is a bit interesting. Although it’s already out on other formats, its a new one to me and it looks really interesting. You do the opposite of most games in Suicide Guy, here the idea is to kill yourself. When sleeping you get trapped in the dream and, to escape, the only way is to die. But that’s a bit of a puzzle to solve. A really nice looking game and now coming to Nintendo Switch it seems a good fit for the console.

Suicide Guy Information

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Trapped in his own dreams, Suicide Guy has to escape from these ones.
The only way to do this is by killing himself in the imagined worlds, but it’s not a simple task…

The game is a first person puzzle adventure in which you’ll have to interact with all the elements in the environment in order to be able to pass to the next dream level.

Explore the vastity of Suicide Guy’s inner self during his journey in order to wake up to reality!

Even though he finds himself in incredible places meeting the most bizarre of creatures,
Suicide Guy has only one objective: wake up in the real world.

Format(s): Nintendo Switch
Release Date: May 10
By: [bracket]Games

This is a rather unusual game. One that really focuses in on narrative and making choices. The visuals are rather minimalist and artistic too. Another one already out there but coming to the Nintendo Switch is Three Fourths Home about a girl trying to get home in a storm. It’s all about story and your choice with conversations with others. Love story driven, more point an click style games? Might be worth a look.

Three Fourths Home Information

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In her mid-20’s, Kelly has moved back into her parents’ house. Back to the flat expanse of Nebraska, that seemingly endless sea of rustling cornstalks peppered by rusty silos and rustier towns. A typically intense Midwestern storm is approaching while Kelly is out; she needs to get home.

In Three Fourths Home, players assume the role of Kelly while she is driving home during this thunderstorm. The focus of the game is its narrative, conveyed through an extended conversation Kelly has with her parents and younger brother. The player must navigate the conversation while driving through a stylized representation of rural Nebraska set against rumbling thunder and the music playing from the car’s tape deck.

Three Fourths Home is a look into a specific moment of these characters’ lives and their relationships with one another. The narrative touches on a variety of issues affecting Kelly and her family, including disability, adulthood, familial obligation, nostalgia, and loss.

Format(s): PC (PS4 and Xbox One to Follow)
Release Date: May 17
By: Ocomotive

This is another that really stands out for being a bit different and interesting. This time in Far: Lone Sails you are managing your vehicle as you go along the dry ocean floor. Quite the concept right? It’s one of these that looks like it could be really addictive and engaging to play. PC gamers get to do it first but a console version is on the way later this year, one to watch this month.

Far: Lone Sails Information

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FAR: Lone Sails“ is a vehicle adventure game. The player needs to maintain and upgrade their unique vessel to traverse a dried-out sea.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Challenging vehicle gameplay: Maintain and upgrade your vessel to overcome numerous obstacles and natural hazards.
  • A unique world to discover: Explore a desolate dried-out seabed, follow the trails of your people and find fascinating relics and buildings, that tell the story of a civilization on the run.
  • Immersive experience: Revel in astoundingly beautiful landscapes and indulge in the intricate, yet soothing soundtrack.
  • A Zombie-free post-apocalypse: No violence, gore or death – it’s just you and your machine vs. the big nothing.

Format(s): Nintendo Switch
Release Date: May 22
By: Choice Provisions

This is one of the more crazy games of the month in this rhythm platformer in the BitTrip series of games. Runner 3 will see you taking control of Commander Video once again as you take on the levels in rhythmic flow. Looks a fun one for you Nintendo Switch platforming fans.

Runner 3 Information

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Runner3 is the upcoming (and perhaps unsurprisingly) third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. We’re committed to making it the best game we’ve ever made, and we want you to hold us to it. You can follow the game’s development over on our devlog, where we encourage you to chat with us in the comments section of our weekly updates.

We plan to be very open with you about the creation of Runner3, and we even plan to solicit feedback occasionally and offer user polls to give everyone a chance to chime in and help us think of things like level names, possible unlockable outfits, and more.

Format(s): PS4 (already available on Xbox One and PC)
Release Date: May 29
By: Rockfish Games

What a title this is! Everspace is an outstanding space shooter that is already out there right now on Xbox One and PC. The game is stunning to look at but also great to play. There developers at Rockfish Games are bringing it over to the PS4 and if this is all you have, I suggest you pick it up. Whatever you own, if you like space and getting into some dogfights then I suggest you get going on Everspace right away!

Everspace Information

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EVERSPACE is an action-focused single-player space shooter, combining roguelike elements with top-notch visuals and a captivating non-linear story.

It takes you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, yet beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Your skills, experience and talent for improvisation will be tested continuously while learning about your own existence through encounters with interesting characters, each having their own part of the puzzle to tell.

Each run will be exciting as you will have to face completely new situations keeping each part of the game long-lasting and generating lots of individual, meaningful moments to experience. However, no matter how skilled a pilot you are, death is inevitable, but only the beginning of a much larger journey.

Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: May 29
By: Digital Sun

A top down RPG is never a bad thing and Moonlighter looks really cool. The game is coming to all formats at once so no excuse for not taking a look at this one guys. It’s got ARPG gameplay and some roguelite elements to it with you taking on various challenges to get the treasures hidden behind strange, mystical gates. Looks a really addictive one and maybe perfect for Switch players on the move.

Moonlighter Information

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During an archaeological excavation – a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was found near the excavation site – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure.

Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements that demonstrates two sides of the coin – revealing everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero.

Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: May 29
By: Villa Gorilla

We’ve had hedgehogs, Gorillas and plumbers, so what’s the next step in platform heroes Dung Beetles of course! Meet Yoku, the hero of this latest game published by Team 17 and indie developer Villa Gorilla. The game looks really quirky and has some nice take on how to move around in a platformer given the “pinball” style approach to progressing through. Looks a lot of fun.

Yoku’s Island Information

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Say hello to Yoku the Dung Beetle, a new hero who has arrived on Mokumana Island to relieve the resident pterodactyl postmaster, or Posterodactyl, as he’s known, of his duties.

He’s ready for the easy life, soaking up the sun and delivering parcels on a tropical paradise! However, Yoku will quickly discover that an ancient Island deity is trapped in a restless sleep, and a host of colourful, quirky islanders are plagued by quakes and storms brought forth by its nightmares.

It’s all down to Yoku to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics and open world exploration, in an amazing quest to help those in need!

Flip and bump our pint-sized protagonist around the stunning hand-painted island on your quest to rebuild the post-office, discover the mystery of the Fruit Altar, and wake an old god from its slumber.

Pick Your Favourite! (And don’t miss the Main Games for May 2018)

Over to you gamers! Which of these indie games will be getting this May?

Personally, I’m ready to get into Raging Justice to scratch my Streets of Rage itch! Plus Trailblazers looks really cool too. But do let me know yours in the comments below using Disqus or Facebook.

Also, our look at the main publisher Games Releases May 2018 for more great titles to play! Did you find this useful? Other gamers might too! Please Share This on social media.

All May 2018 Video Games Releases – Table

Here are all the video game releases May 2018 for you, correct at the time of publishing. This includes games additional to those featured above.

Game Format Date
Killing Floor: Incursion PSVR 01-May
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia PC 03-May
City of Brass PS4 | Xbox One | PC 04-May
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Switch 04-May
Conan Exiles PS4 | Xbox One | PC 08-May
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire PC 08-May
Raging Justice PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC 08-May
Suicide Guy Nintendo Switch 10-May
Wild West Online PC (Full  Launch) 10-May
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition Nintendo Switch 10-May
Trailblazers PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC 10-May
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Nintendo Switch 11-May
Battle Chasers Nightwar Nintendo Switch 15-May
Dragon’s Crown Pro PS4 15-May
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time PC | PS4 15-May
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux 3DS 15-May
Far: Lone Sails PC 17-May
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch 18-May
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition Nintendo Switch 18-May
State of Decay 2 Xbox One | PC 18-May
Ancestors Legacy Xbox One | PC 22-May
Mega Man Legacy Collection Nintendo Switch 22-May
Runner 3 Nintendo Switch | PC 22-May
Space Hulk: Deathwing – Enhanced Edition PS4 | PC 22-May
Tennis World Tour PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC 22-May
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers 3DS 24-May
Dark Souls Remastered PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC 25-May
Detroit: Become Human PS4 25-May
Everspace PS4 29-May
Legend of Kay Anniversary Nintendo Switch 29-May
Moonlighter PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC | Mac 29-May
Agony PS4 | Xbox One | PC 29-May
Sega Mega Drive Classics PS4 | Xbox One 29-May
Yoku’s Island Express PS4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch | PC 29-May

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