Best New Indie Games July Week 3 2020
The week of 12-18 July 2020 has a good spread of indie games organised around the big release of Death Stranding on PC. Therefore, for those who will not be hauling cargo in Death Stranding, our list of the best new indie games will have you covered.
1. Neon Abyss
Release Date: 14 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Veewo Games & Team17 Digital
One of the exciting parts of being an indie game dev is the relative freedom to build whatever you can imagine. As history has shown, the results can be mind blowing and result in experiences such as Don’t Starve and Stardew Valley.
In Neon Abyss’s case, ‘build whatever you can imagine’ means throwing some cyberpunk aesthetic, roguelike elements, platforming and mythology into the oven and seeing what comes out.
The result is an action-packed game where Hades sends you into the Abyss to slay the so-called ‘New Gods’. Each attempt is unique, and the Abyss evolves to suit your playstyle. During each new run you will unlock different rooms, items and bosses and this can even result in different endings.
With each fresh run, things also have the chance to descend into absolute chaos. Items will drop randomly as you progress through a run and these items stack and have no limit. This is music to our ears and reminds us of the fun we had in Risk of Rain 2 when the RNG gods smiled on us.
Neon Abyss is a game to keep your eye on if you prefer roguelike experiences that are intense and action-packed.
2. Beyond a Steel Sky
Release Date: 16 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Revolution Software Ltd
Our second entry on this week’s list is a narrative-driven experience in the form of Beyond a Steel Sky.
The game plays out in a dystopian future with AI, androids and other technologies central to society. Beyond a Steel Sky uses drama and humour to tell its cyberpunk thriller story, and the dynamic world responds to your actions.
The stand out features of the game include a detailed world filled with characters that have their own motivations to justify their actions. Your own actions can however influence the motivations of the NPC’s. These characters all form part of a rich story exploring themes such as social control, AI and a surveillance culture.
There are many games being released in the cyberpunk genre, but those that stand out usually have a meaningful story to tell. Many of the cyberpunk related themes are very relevant to our lives in 2020 and help us imagine what a very uncertain future might hold. We wrote a detailed article on why video game narratives matter which you can read here.
Beyond a Steel Sky also looks fantastic and if the trailer is anything to go by, it has some top-notch voice acting. We are very excited for the release of Beyond a Steel Sky and hope to hear your opinions on the game.
3. Aeolis Tournament
Release Date: 16 July 2020
Developer/Publisher: Beyond Fun Studio
Around two years ago, Rebuilt Games released the indie hit Pummel Party on Steam. Many players have had memorable gaming experiences beating their friends in each mini-game, and the 13400 very positive reviews certainly attest to that.
Later this week Beyond Fun Studio will release Aeolis Tournament hoping to provide players with the same fun Pummel Party does.
Aeolis Tournament is quite friendly to new and casual players as you only use one mechanic throughout the entire game. This mechanic is based on the air cannon each player has equipped. You can either push things away or grab things, therefore you will push and pull your way through the game.
The game is built around a tournament mode, and therefore you will need to be the best at a variety of games to win the tournament. The developer notes that while the game is easy to play, it is difficult to master. Each different game in a tournament will require players to get creative in how they push and pull things with their air cannons.
As one would expect, the game has physics-based gameplay and in the context of Aeolis Tournament that means that the environment is destructible. You can even use pieces of debris to your benefit!
If you are in the market for a party game to play with your friends, Aeolis Tournament sounds like a worthy option.
4. Reforged TD
Release Date: 14 July 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Sascha Klenk
Our fourth game for this week is by solo developer Sascha Klenk and brings us a classic tower defence experience.
If you played PC games in the early 2000s, you would have spent hundreds and even thousands of hours in the different tower defence mods in Warcraft 3. For many of us this cemented tower defence games in our gaming pedigrees and ensured that we will always have a soft spot for the genre.
Apart from the Orcs Must Die and Dungeon Defender games, there aren’t that many tower defence games around. With Reforged TD, we get a tower defence game with some RPG elements in the mix. Units have strong and weak points, and these are exploited by a range of different towers and abilities.
Nothing that revolutionizes the genre, but if Reforged TD gives a solid tower defence experience, it doesn’t need to. We are happy to sink many hours into a good tower defence that has the basics down and teleports us back to our days of Warcraft 3 Lan’s.
5. Dead Age 2
Release Date: 16 July 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Silent Dreams & Headup
Dead Age 2 has been on a few of our weekly lists, but on each occasion the game was delayed without much warning. We still look forward to playing Dead Age 2 as it looks like a superb post-apocalyptic zombie experience. We really hope this week is the one where we will see the game hit Steam.
You can click here to read an older weekly list where we discussed the game in more detail.
That is it for our list of the best new indie games for the third week of July 2020, if you aren’t playing Death Stranding this week, give one of these games a spin!