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Best New Indie Games August Week 1 2020

With summer or winter (depending on where you are) coming to an end, we hope August 2020 gives us some good indie games. The first week of August looks decent with some interesting new indie games, and we start our list with the upcoming Tesla Force.

1. Tesla Force

Release Date: 5 August 2020 Early Access

Developer/Publisher: 10tons Ltd

It seems that 2020 is not quite done with its onslaught of new roguelike games. Tesla Force is a new action roguelike experience set in a lovecraftian (amongst other things) universe.

We like the fact that it is an action game, meaning you have rapid progression through the different zones with adrenaline-pumping action to fuel your path. If you ever played the cult classic Crimsonland back in 2003, you will love Tesla Force. The game is played from a top-down perspective, and you simply aim your weapons in the direction you wish to shoot and unleash a storm of bullets. 

There is a good variety of weapons, strongly influenced by the lovecraftian universe where science is used to combat the horrors from beyond. The monsters drop all manner of upgrades for your weapons, resulting in some satisfyingly chaotic scenes if you have a Teslashotgun with three stacks of increased fire rate. 

You can play as four characters including Tesla, Curie, Shelley and the legendary Lovecraft himself. Each run is procedurally generated and as with other roguelike games, you choose your own path to reach the end. Don’t get too excited about the procedurally generated levels as they are basically just different groupings of lanes and open spaces with some different environmental assets. Enough to keep the experience interesting, but nothing revolutionary.

Combining the madness of a top-down shooter and rewarding players with incremental upgrades for their efforts sound like a great time from our perspective. 

2. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Release Date: 4 August 2020

Developer/Publisher: Mediatonic & Devolver Digital

Our second game on the list for this week shies away from lovecraftian horror for a casual, friendly, and competitive experience.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is yet another release by Devolver Digital and is a party game for up to 60 players. Some of you might remember Takeshi’s Castle, a game show from the late 80s and early 90s where competitors had to overcome a series of tough challenges to win the game. These challenges were as wacky as they were tricky and were very entertaining to watch.

Fall Guys channels a lot of what made Takeshi’s Castle so entertaining. A tournament structure where 60 people compete to progress through to the end and win. Only a certain number of players can qualify after each round, so you need to be the fastest through each challenge to stand a chance at qualifying. 

This is the perfect game to play with your friends, so gather them around and prepare for some lighthearted fun in a colorful and wacky tournament.

3. Fae Tactics

Release Date: 31 July 2020

Developer/Publisher: Endlessfluff Games & Humble Games

If the madness of Fall Guys has you overheating, you can cool down with the much slower-paced turn-based strategy game in the form of Fae Tactics. 

You follow Peony on her journey through a vibrant and magical land, battling fae creatures as you go. The game has quite a focus on meeting and recruiting new allies, leveling them up, and using them to win battles. On top of this, you can also collect many of the fae creatures you fight into your team.

Combat is a traditional turn-based style, and you cast spells and summon creatures as the primary means of engagement. Fae Tactics plays with the idea of elements, and you will have to counter the elements of your enemies for maximum efficiency. This adds a welcome extra layer of strategy to the experience.

Fae Tactics looks like it will provide a satisfying turn-based strategy experience, and the tiled isometric graphics add a lot of charm to the game. 

4. Monster Crown

Release Date: 31 July 2020 Early Access

Developer/Publisher: Studio Aurum & SOEDESCO

The last game on our list this week is the Pokemon inspired Monster Crown. If TemTem didn’t do much to scratch your Pokemon itch, Monster Crown may be the game to do so.

The premise of the game is very similar to other monster collecting games. You recruit the monsters into your team by making a pact with them. You then battle by sending them to fight against other creatures. Monster Crown uses a counter system where you send out a creature that counters the enemy for maximum efficiency. The world of Monster Crown includes unique elements and you will have to memorise which elements counter the other ones. 

So far the game is what you would expect from a Pokemon-like game. The actual value of Monster Crown lies with its breeding system. You will recruit some creatures with great stats and others with exceptional abilities. By combining them with the breeding system, you give yourself the chance to create the ultimate creature to suite your playstyle.

Definitely check out Monster Crown if you are looking for something to play that is like Pokemon.