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Best New Indie Games August 2020 Week 4

With August winding down, and a change of seasons in the air, we still have one week of epic new indie games before we hit the September releases. If you missed Spiritfarer last week, be sure to check it out. It is one of the best indie releases of 2020. We also have a beginner’s guide to help you get started in Spiritfarer if you are planning to give it a go this week. For those who are interested in other games, don’t despair, this week’s list of the best new indie games for the last week of August 2020 explores four exciting games.   

1. Windbound

Release Date: 28 August 2020

Developer/Publisher: 5 Lives Studio and Deep Silver

If you are itching for a new crafting and survival game, Windbound has you covered. Moving away from the traditional ‘build a massive base’ approach, Windbound shakes things up in two distinct ways.

The first is an emphasis on moving around. Therefore, building a massive base is not an option, and the games focusses on your boat as your base. The boat can increase in size, but it is nothing compared to the bases you can find in games such as ARK and Conan. The idea is to explore different islands and uncharted waters, so having a big static base somewhere won’t work.

The second way in which Windbound stands out from the crowd is with a larger focus on narrative. As you explore the different areas of the Forbidden Islands, you will uncover parts of a mystery that serves as the driving force that fuels your exploration. ‘Unexpected revelations’ are one result from your exploration and what that means or how it will play out is unknown, but hopefully it rewards your exploratory efforts. 

Other than that, you can expect the normal crafting and survival elements such as foraging and gathering resources. Then using those resources to build tools, harvest higher quality resources, build better tools, and so the cycle continues. It is mentioned that you can customise your boat and depending on the depth of the customisation that can be an epic game mechanic to explore.

Windbound sets sail on Friday, and we will see you on the seas!

2. Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars

Release Date: 28 August 2020

Developer/Publisher: Palindrome Interactive and Kalypso Media

Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars was revealed at E3 in 2019 and has since been working toward its release in August 2020. The game went through a closed beta period and the community was generally positive about their gameplay experience. But now the time has come for the masses to sink their teeth into this ambitious vampire-themed strategy game.

Vampire Wars is literally about just that, a war between three prominent vampire clans. These are the Dracul, our boy Vlad’s people, the Nosfernus in the Land of the Dead, and the magical Mororia clan. It’s time for war, and you will have to choose your side.

For those who have had a peek at the screenshots and videos of the game, comparisons to the Total War games are inevitable. You have an overworld map where you manage your kingdom and armies, and battles take place in more detailed instances. While they may look similar, the mechanics are very different.

In Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, battles are turn-based and not real-time. Besides having a turn-based level of control over the battle, you also have a deck of cards that you can use to influence the battle. Here at Beards Swords Shotguns, we love vampires, we love turn-based games, and we love deckbuilding games. Mixing them all together sounds like a unique and exciting experience, one we are very much looking forward to.

The game launches on Friday, so in preparation watch Castlevania on Netflix and embrace the imminent vampire wars.

3. Nexomon: Extinction

Release Date: 28 August 2020

Developer/Publisher: VEWO Interactive and PQube Limited

We have already had the release of the fantastic indie title TemTem early in 2020 to satisfy our monster catching cravings. If the Early Access TemTem left you wanting more, Nexomon: Extinction gives you 381 more creatures to capture, tame, and use in battle.

While Nexomon won’t revolutionise the genre, it looks like it has enough for fans of the genre to enjoy themselves. It has a vivid and colorful palette, which makes the game feel wonderfully relaxing. The Nexomon themselves share this aesthetic, and they are well drawn and animated. Therefore, you can take pride in your favourite creatures and use them to battle other tamers.

The game has the standard evolution system with 9 elemental types. All the elements are available from the start, so the learning curve is quite steep initially. Once you have figured out which Nexomon are weak to each of the elemental types, battles become a bit easier to manage.

Nexomon: Extinction gives the Pokemon-formula a new skin and drizzles a new narrative sauce over the experience, but don’t expect more than this. If you are looking for a new but not too unfamiliar monster catching experience, Nexomon: Extinction is a contender.

4. Ruinarch

Release Date: 25 August 2020 Early Access

Developer/Publisher: Maccima Games and Squeaky Wheel Studio

We end our list of the best new indie games for August 2020 Week 4 on somewhat of a chaotic note with Ruinarch, an evil overlord simulator.

Ruinarch is quite vocal about its influences from games such as RimWorld and Dwarf Fortress. In the vein of emergent storytelling, Ruinarch is all about how you influence the lives of those existing in a procedurally generated sandbox.

When we say influence, we refer to the type of influence that leads to death, destruction, and despair. You can choose from a wide variety of archetypes to manipulate the people in your sandbox. Do you prefer unchecked destruction? Well, then you can cast a variety of destructive spells to keep your world as chaotic as possible. Maybe you prefer the drama (and worship) of a cult? No problem, convert some villagers to your cause and they will cause havoc on your behalf! Perhaps you like to see how villagers destroy themselves? You can inflict villagers with flaws such as unfaithfulness, or being a psychopath, and then watch them implode as these flaws take over their choices. 

If you are in the market for a genuinely macabre experience, a place where you can live out your evil fantasies, well Ruinarch is hitting Early Access in just a few days’ time.

That’s it for our list of the best new indie games for August 2020 Week 4, and also our last list for August. This year really has flown by in a whizz of confusion and absurdity, but rest assured we will be here each week to give you your indie game fix.