Best New Indie Games July Week 2 2020
The Steam Summer Sale ends this week so if you have some cash left check out our list for underrated indie gems you can pick up at a variety of discounts. While the sale is a fantastic way to get your hands on a bunch of games for a fraction of the original price, it also takes the attention away from new indie games releasing during this period. In this week’s best new indie games list, we turn the attention back to a few great looking games out during the second week of July 2020.
1. Vagrus – The Riven Realms
Release Date: 10 July 2020 Demo
Developer/Publisher: Lost Pilgrims Studio
If you missed the opportunity to play the Vagrus demo during the Steam Summer of Games, you will have another chance come the 10th of July.
Vagrus – The Riven Realms is an exciting new turn-based RPG from Lost Pilgrims Studio. In Vagrus you take the role of a caravan leader and explore a vast open world. As with most RPG’s, this world is dangerous and its dark fantasy setting makes exploring the world a genuine dark delight.
The game is set to release on the 22nd of July 2020 and we cover it in more depth in its week of release. For now, you can try out the demo when it is available later this week and see whether you like the game.
2. Elden: Path of the Forgotten
Release Date: 10 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Onerat & Another Indie
Not to be confused with the highly anticipated Elden Ring from FromSoftware, but still worthy of your attention. Elden: Path of the Forgotten is a violent RPG adventure set in a world not unlike that of the Souls series.
You follow the journey of Elden on a quest to save his mother from ancient horrors, but the narrative unfolds using a non-traditional approach to storytelling. This approach means that you will learn about the world and its characters from sources such as books, inscriptions and other indirect mechanisms of storytelling. Another strong relation to the Soulsborne games.
Elden’s journey is set in a world filled with eldritch horrors, and therefore combat is a necessity for survival. The developer emphasises the fact that combat in Elden: Path of the Forgotten is reactive and not action-based. In other words, combat is strategic as you have to manage your resources such as stamina to counter enemy moves and react when they show an opening. Combat will certainly be a brutal experience and based on the violence and gore tags of the game, a memorable experience.
By this time it should be obvious, but even the combat is inspired by the Soulsborne games. While the game is not tagged as ‘souls-like’ the similarities are clear. However, the 16 and 8 bit inspired graphics are unique. Elden: Path of the Forgotten looks superb and may even succeed in taking some of what makes the Soulsborne games so rewarding and wrapping those elements in a new and exciting package.
3. The Plague: Kingdom Wars
Release Date: 9 July 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Reverie World Studios
It seems that no matter the direction we turn, some form of plague is already there to welcome us. In this case, the newest offering from Reverie World Studios is the culprit.
The Plague: Kingdom Wars is a grand strategy game similar to the games in the Total War series. The year is 1347 and the Black Death is rapidly spreading through the world, destroying nations, empires and cities as millions die of the disease. Developer Reverie World Studios mention that the simulation of a pandemic on such a grand scale is a first for historical strategy games.
Players will have to manage a kingdom with all the classic challenges associated with the genre. But those decisions have different consequences in the context of a highly infectious plague that is ravaging the world, not unlike our current global context. The developer also mentions that they are sensitive regarding our current predicament in 2020 and will donate a portion of the proceeds to fighting COVID-19.
As a final challenge, the dead will rise from their graves in The Plague: Kingdom Wars. So not only will players have to manage classic strategic challenges within a pandemic, they will also have to battle the armies of the undead. Not very historical, but certainly fun!
4. Primal Light
Release Date: 9 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Fat Gem
For those looking for some 2D-platformer action, Primal Light could be the game for you.
From the game’s description, it seems that you shouldn’t expect an epic narrative set within a world filled with lore. You inhabit Krog, a mysterious blue creature wearing a red loincloth. You are not here to impress; you are here to kill stuff in glorious ways only a pixel art based 2D-platformer can convey.
The game takes place across 10 levels and they represent a wide variety of different biomes. You will have to navigate these levels using classic platformer devices such as ladders and levers while slaying monsters and dodging traps. Nothing new, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun!
Each level also has a boss encounter for you to prove your platforming skill. For those who need more than just a good session of slaying, the game has hidden collectibles and character progression where you learn new moves to use in combat.
Primal Light looks to be a bizarre and satisfying experience, so if you want to fight a fireball-spewing T-Rex, 9 July 2020 is your day.
5. Monster Logic
Release Date: 6 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Blorp Company
Our last game for this week’s list of the best new indie games for July 2020 is a game all about ‘monster logic’.
This game is one for those of us who prefer to be mentally exhausted after a gaming session. Monster Logic uses principles from the esoteric programming languages Befunge and Trefunge as the basis of the puzzles you have to solve. For those who are not familiar with these concepts, it suffices to know that these programming languages were created to be as difficult as possible to compile. In other words, these puzzles will not be easy.
I have no doubt that the puzzles will be soul-crushing, but at least the graphics are pretty and the different biomes are hand-drawn. If you are bored with doing naked only runs of the souls series, Monster Logic may offer you a fresh challenge.
2020, the second half
The second half of 2020 is looking good for new games. Many of these are massive AAA games, but we will do our best to help you discover some fantastic indie games in the coming weeks and months. If you found our list of the best new indie games for July week 2 2020 helpful, please leave us a comment and share the list with your friends!