Best New Indie Games June Week 3 2020
Welcome to our list for the best new indies releasing during the third week of June 2020. This week is looking fantastic for new indie games with five games that are all worthy of your attention. Hopefully, you can make time for some indie love before The Last of Us 2 drops later in June.
1. Tainted Grail
Release Date: 18 June 2020 Early Access
The first game on our list and one that we are very excited to play is Tainted Grail by Awaken Realms Digital. The game had a successful run on Kickstarter and amassed around $6.1 million in pledges. Not a AAA budget, but still more than a good deal of indie studios have available to make a game. It needs to be mentioned that the Kickstarter funds are being used to create both a PC and a tabletop game.
The PC release of Tainted Grail will eventually include two distinct game modes. The first is a narrative driven experience where you play a re-interpretation of Arthurian legends in an open-world RPG setting. The second is a roguelike RPG experience, also based in the same world as the narrative-driven mode.
In the Early Access version of the game, the focus is on the roguelike mode with a heavy emphasis on gameplay. The developer mentioned that they want to refine the core gameplay of Tainted Grail to be as smooth and fun as possible. Therefore, players will have access to Tainted Grail: Conquest, a roguelike, base building experience with enhanced combat mechanics.
Players can also play through around three hours of the narrative mode, but the developer mentions that they will probably not add to this experience during Early Access. The reason being, RPG’s are narrative experiences at the core and therefore the narrative is better experienced as a whole. This seems like an excellent reason and if they can hone the gameplay to perfection, it will hopefully support a superb story in the full release of the game.
We are very excited for the Early Access release of Tainted Grail, and can’t wait to get our hands on what seems to be a dark, gritty and epic experience.
Release Date: 15 June 2020 Early Access
Our second game for this week comes from legendary indie developer Klei Entertainment in the form of a deck-building roguelite, Griftlands.
It is no secret that Klei prefers to release their games into Early Access and have the community play an important role in the launch version of the game. This has resulted in many successful games such as Don’t Starve and Oxygen Not Included. Griftlands will follow the same route and can hopefully be a strong entry into the deck-building roguelike genre.
This genre has seen a lot of attention from indie games during the past few months, with Monster Train probably being one of the most successful attempts. Griftlands does however put a new spin on what we have seen from other games in the genre.
In Griftlands, the primary focus is not necessarily combat. You build decks that do a lot more than just dish out damage. You will have to negotiate, outwit, fight and build relationships with the unique characters you meet in the game. Some will betray you and others will support you, but either way death comes swiftly and frequently.
This is the core loop of roguelite’s and dying will cause a scenario where you have new situations and strategies to explore. For the Early Access release, two playable characters are available; Sal the adventurer and Rook the spy. These characters offer distinct ways to play the game, and if Klei’s previous titles are anything to go by, it should be a blast.
It’s fantastic to see a seasoned indie developer dip their toes into the deck-building roguelite genre and we are very excited to see the result.
Release Date: 15 June 2020
With a healthy dose of roguelike games we now move to some simulation goodness. Barnfinders is a new game from indie developer Duality Games and will have you digging through lots of junk, hoping to find treasure.
If you have ever watched an episode of Container Wars, you will know what to expect from Barnfinders. You essentially rummage through other peoples abandoned belongings hoping that they forgot about a few valuable items.
The rummaging is legal though and you don’t loot without permission. You take part in high stakes auctions and other sell-offs to have a chance at uncovering treasure and valuable items from the past.
Barnfinders adds some depth by enabling you to clean and repair the items you find and then selling them in your own shop.
If you like a casual simulation and tycoon experience, Barnfinders is definitely a game to keep your eye on!
4. Summer in Mara
Release Date: 16 June 2020
From a competitive and cutthroat simulation experience we move to a game with a much more wholesome environment. Summer in Mara is a farming adventure set amidst a large archipelago of islands.
You will have your very own island where your farming activities are based. On this island you can also harvest other resources and build a variety of things to help you run your farm. Developer Chibig really emphasizes the wholesome aims of the game and mentions that it will feel like you are growing up with Koa (the character you play).
Apart from farming, you will build relationships with the inhabitants of the archipelago and have over 100 quests to complete making the world a better place. You can also explore for the sake of exploring and uncover a variety of treasures. Another important part of the experience is your boat. Throughout the game, you can upgrade and improve your boat to make you the queen of the seas.
Summer in Mara sounds like a soothing experience and in these turbulent times it is welcome!
5. The Waylanders
Release Date: 16 June 2020 Early Access
Our last entry for this week is a classic RPG experience in the vein of Dragon Age Origins and Baldur’s Gate. With writers such as Emily Grace Buck, Chris Avellone, and Mike Laidlaw, you can’t help but be excited for the game’s potential.
The game promises to deliver a solid RPG experience with all the things that make these games memorable such as interesting romance options, rich and varied classes, companions and multiple endings.
While we are not the biggest fans of playing narrative driven games in Early Access, we will definitely play the game on its version 1.0 release.
It’s raining indies
There you have it. The third week of June 2020 looks epic for new indie games and we literally can’t decide which ones to play first. If you enjoy our coverage of new indie game releases, please check out our other weekly lists and subscribe to our newsletter to have these lists slide into your inbox.