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Best New Indie Games June Week 2 2020

We are happy to report that all the new indie games we had on our list for the first week of June have launched to positive or very positive reviews on Steam. This is great for indie gaming in general when games release to favourable player reviews, even in Early Access. The new indie game releases for week 2 of June 2020 has a strong lineup and if you didn’t spend money last week, you may just be tempted to this week.

The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes

Release Date: 9 June 2020

The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes
[Image: Wild River Games]

There seems to be an upward trend of classic board games, dungeons and dragons campaigns and other analogue games being remade in digital forms. The first game on our list is The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes from studio Random Potion Oy and is an adaptation based on The Dark Eye license. 

For those who are unaware, The Dark Eye is a German role-playing game created by Ulrich Kiesow. It is not a new game by any stretch of the imagination and has been around since 1984 when it was launched by Schmidt Spiel & Freizeit GmbH. The game did well in German markets, but because of publisher struggles, the game has seen many difficulties in its lifetime. The game is currently in its 5th edition, with more complex rules and having a better balance.

Therefore, the PC version of the game has a rich world of lore and mechanics to draw on, Random Potion Oy should just nail the actual gameplay and it should be a blast. You play the game from an isometric perspective and it seems that it is best played in co-op mode. You can go on solo adventures by hiring AI companions from the Inn of the Black Boar, the game’s hub if you will. 

On launch, the game will have 12 different classes (professions in the world of The Dark Eye) and 4 races (species in the world of The Dark Eye) to choose from. You can take your character on eight different storylines which promises a good amount of content for players to consume. 

There have been some decent tabletop adaptations that made their way to PC’s across the world, but many still struggle to nail the gameplay elements. We hope that The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes will deliver engaging gameplay built on the vast foundations of the analogue version of the game.


Release Date: 8 June 2020 Early Access

[Image: Coffee Stain Publishing]

Satisfactory is not strictly speaking a new release as the game has been available for more than a year on the Epic store. But it has been absent from the biggest digital gaming storefront and will see a Steam release this week. 

While the game has been in development for over four years, it is not close to being finished just yet. Developer Coffee Stain Studios gave a rough date for the 1.0 release to be somewhere around 2022. That is still a long way off, but the developers have mentioned that it will take you around 150 hours to see everything the game has to offer in its current form. 

The Early Access price isn’t available yet, but 150 hours is a lot of content and if the screenshots and experience of those who play on the Epic launcher is anything to go by, the game is superb. 

For those who haven’t heard of Satisfactory before, it is essentially a factory building game. You are plonked on an alien planet and it is here that you will build your factory. The game states that “nature is yours to harvest” and therefore as you explore the planet you are challenged to find creative ways to use the resources you find. The result is A LOT of conveyor belts and a smug look on your face as your massive automated factory consumes the planet and its resources. 

As an added bonus, Satisfactory has a co-op mode so you don’t have to automate alone!

Main Assembly

Release Date: 11 June 2020 Early Access

Main Assembly
[Image: Team 17 Digital]

For the next game on our list we break free of the shackles of just building a factory to a more sandboxed approach to building things.

Main Assembly by Bad Yolk Games is a game that is focussed around a robust physics engine and boundless creativity. You are tasked to create robots using a comprehensive set of tools and even a visual programming interface for increased control. 

Maybe ‘robots’ is the wrong word to use as you can create many different things such as vehicles and airplanes, and basically anything you can imagine and put together. You can bring these creations to life in multiplayer where you can devise challenges and obstacles for others to complete with their creations.

From the look of Main Assembly, it may be a great sandbox where classic games such as Robot Arena can be recreated. The game has Steam Workshop support so you can upload your creations and game modes for others to enjoy.

While we think the multiplayer sandbox is the main draw of the game, there is also a single player mode where certain set challenges have to be overcome by your creations. 

If you like games that stimulate creativity and innovation and have enjoyed games such as Gary’s Mod and Besieged, Main Assembly may be something you should check out.

Skyhill: Black Mist

Release Date: 11 June 2020

Skyhill: Black Mist
[Image: Klabater]

The survival horror genre is a favourite for indie developers and we see lots of indie games released in this niche. The intriguing worlds, sinister mysteries and anxiety inducing gameplay of these games are fantastic when done right. 

Skyhill: Black Mist by developer Mandragora is a new entry into this genre and looks to have a lot of potential to be a memorable experience. The premise is what you would expect from this genre: things were fine, and now they are not fine anymore and monsters have appeared everywhere. 

Skyhill: Black Mist gives this recipe flavour by placing you in the claws of a suspicious bio-tech company, a massive building complex to explore and a black mist that turns humans into monsters. The kicker though is that you have been infected by the mist and have to hunt down medicine to stay alive. You also have to manage your resources so you can take on the different challenges you will face.

That’s the survival part covered, but the game is also a non-linear experience meaning you can explore the massive building complex as you see fit. Your journey will take you to schools, parking lots and even cinema’s. 

This experience is shrouded in mystery and as you work your way through the game, you will learn more about the world you now find yourself in.

Skyhill: Black Mist sounds like an interesting game and has some unique and great-looking graphics to accompany you on your quest for truth and survival.

Happy Gaming

This is it for our list of the best new indie games hitting your screens. We hope some of these games pique your interest, and if they do support an indie dev by buying the game!