Best New Indie Games for July Week 4 2020
This week is massive for new indie games. The beloved indie roguelike title Rogue Legacy returns with its second iteration, which if it’s anything like the first, just take our money! It’s been seven years since the first game and with the current indie roguelike meta, the time is perfect for some more Rogue Legacy. There are of course other noble titles which we discuss in our list below.
Rogue Legacy 2
Release Date: 23 July 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Cellar Door Games
For many gamers, Rogue Legacy was their introduction to the addictive gameplay loop of roguelike and roguelite games. This quirky little game was a breath of fresh air for indies alongside other important indie games such as Don’t Starve and Papers, Please.
The indie games market has changed a lot since 2013, with thousands of new indie games being released every year. This unfortunately means that a lot of the games are unfinished, buggy or just bad. But in between all the bad ones there are some fantastic games waiting to be discovered, many built on the foundations that the original Rogue Legacy laid down.
Rogue Legacy is all about family succession. If you die (which you will, a lot) one of your children succeeds you and becomes the character you will have on your next run. You usually have a few to choose from, and they all come with their own quirks.
These quirks come in the form of traits. Your characters can be colorblind, clumsy, have ADHD and even vertigo. Each of these traits changes the way you play, ensuring every run feels fresh alongside the randomly generated dungeon. You will also learn to love some of these traits and look for children that display them.
From a roguelite perspective, the game has persistent progress that you slowly build up as you play. You can use your hard-earned coins to upgrade your keep and characters, meaning each run will be slightly easier than the previous one.
We are very excited for Rogue Legacy 2. If you like roguelite games and have yet to experience the Rogue Legacy series, Rogue Legacy 2 is a splendid choice.
Release Date: 22 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Route 59 & Coconut Island Games
We are huge fans of visual novels, and when Route 59 revealed the tech demo for Necrobarista all the way back in 2015, they had our attention.
Necrobarista is as the developer mentions ‘a game about coffee and death’. The game is set in the Australian City of Melbourne and you navigate the coffee culture to be found there. That’s only on the surface though, the game explores deeper narratives such as necromancy and grief. We think this medium is a fantastic way to explore complex issues such as grief and ‘letting go’.
Both coffee and death are very relevant themes in the maelstrom of catastrophes that is 2020. In Necrobarista we get to explore all of this from a first-person perspective, with gorgeous looking graphics and art to give the journey substance. Don’t expect too much action though, as this is still a visual novel above any of the other categories it may engage.
The unique visual styling and fully 3D cinematic presentation are powerful elements that drive the storytelling. The visual drive coupled with some good writing will surely result in a memorable experience. We recently wrote an article on the importance of narratives in video games, and we hope the story Necrobarista tells is one that changes the way we see things.
Vagrus – The Riven Realms
Release Date: 22 July 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Lost Pilgrims Studio
We covered Vagrus – The Riven Realms in an earlier list when the demo was released, but this week we see the full release of this exciting new indie game.
How do 50 hours of content sound to you? Well, I guess that depends on the quality of the content, but the developers of Vagrus are set to bring us a solid piece of Early Access later in the week. These days it is not uncommon to find Early Access titles that have so little content you hardly have anything to play before you hit the wall of waiting for updates.
This is a frustrating experience for many gamers. Although we know that Early Access is badly defined and you never quite know what to expect from games that release into the program, we expect some form of satisfying gameplay when we invest in a game.
Vagrus – The Riven Realms took their time before hitting early access and this post-apocalyptic turn-based RPG looks like it will offer early adopters a lot of meat on the bone. This is encouraging to hear, and hopefully the gameplay will be varied enough to result in 50 hours of great content.
Release Date: 23 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Phobia Game Studio & Devolver Digital
The Devolverland Expo on Steam was a creative and well-executed way to show us what publisher Devolver Digital has planned for their future games. Amongst these was a horrifying new indie title, Carrion.
Carrion is a reverse horror experience where instead of running from a monster or being a victim, you play as the monster. In Carrion’s case, you are an amorphous creature gaining power as plow your way through the games different areas. Carrion is quite violent and gruesome in a way only pixel-based graphics can convey.
While watching the trailer I couldn’t help but experience much of what I experienced while watching Stranger Things on Netflix. The sense of horror and fear was evident, and the uneasy feeling of the Upside Down was channeled through the different environments and dismemberments.
Add a dash of the sense of dread from the Annihilation movie and you have what I think will be the Carrion experience. We are very excited for this new indie game and the unique experience it promises to deliver.
The game is also available on Xbox Games Pass for those that are subscribed.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
Release Date: 21 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: ACE Team/Giant Monkey Robot & Modus Games
The last game on our weekly best new indie games list is much less serious than the other entries, but no less fun.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break builds on the success of the first two games in the series to deliver what is sure to be another wild action tower defense experience. The third game in the series is sure to give players more of what they loved from the previous games, with the signature humor and chaos intact.
A new feature that sets the third entry in the series apart from the others is that you can now build your own levels. This is sure to result in some insane creations, but that is what Rock of Ages is all about.
A big week lies ahead
As you can see from our list of the best new indie games for July week 4 2020, a big week of indie gaming lies ahead. Be sure to get your hands on at least one of these titles to experience some of indie gaming’s finest offerings. Let us know if we missed a game that you think should have been on the list and let us know which of these you will be playing!