Best New Indie Games September 2020 Week 4
As we head into the last part of September 2020, we add three games to our list of the best new indie games that you can play this week. This week also sees the release of Mafia: Definitive Edition, so for those who would like to relive the magic of the original Mafia game, take some leave on Friday to join the mob. With that said, let’s dive into the list.
1. Soldat 2
Release Date: 22 September 2020 Early Access
Developer/Publisher: Transhuman Design
Almost 20 years ago a side scrolling point and shoot game hit the shelves and became a cult classic among PC gamers. This game was called Soldat and there was hardly a LAN party in the early 2000s where Soldat was not on the roster.
This week we see the release of Soldat 2 into Early Access, seeking to replicate the success of its predecessor. For those who missed the original Soldat, it is a 2D side-scrolling game where you use your mouse to aim your gun (similar to Worms) and unleash hell on your opponents. There is a large arsenal of weapons for you to use and the moment to moment combat is adrenaline fueled.
The original Soldat is an absolute blast to play, and if Soldat 2 manages to capture the magic of the original, the Steam most played charts is in for a new competitor for the top 10.
See you on the battlefield!
Release Date: 22 September 2020
Developer/Publisher: inkle Ltd
Our next game on the list takes us back to 673 and Camelot has fallen. Pendragon is a digital storytelling board game, exploring the legend of King Arthur. There have been a few Arthurian games coming out with Tainted Grail being one of the better ones.
Pendragon is the most colorful of the bunch and seems to offer a unique game for us to experience. Every move you make during your turn has a definite influence on the outcome of the story. Pendragon also has good replayability as the game board randomised with every new playthrough. This means that no situation will be the same and your choices will remain unpredictable and exciting to make.
The combat in Pendragon is turn-based, and while it is quite simple, there is a lot of strategy you can use. Losses are inevitable and they play a large role in how the narrative develops. Turn-based combat with high stakes sounds like a good time to us.
You can play the game as different characters including Morgana, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Gawaine, so you can experience the story from many different angles.
We are looking forward to Pendragon and the unique gameplay coupled with the striking graphics should deliver a great gaming experience.
3. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition
Release Date: 24 September 2020
Developer/Publisher: Frontier Developments & Frontier Foundry
For the last game on our list of the best new indie games for September 2020 week 4, we throw our memories back to 1999, and the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon. This was a massive game during its era, doing a lot to bring the tycoon genre into the spotlight.
Tycoon games are extremely satisfying, and building a successful digital business is some of the best fun you can have in a game. Obviously it’s not for everyone, but if you like managing things you may be interested.
When looking at the title of the game it may trick you into thinking it’s just about the roller coasters. This is not the case and in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 you will build an entire theme park with a variety of rides for people to enjoy. There is a focus on roller coasters as they are normally the prime attraction of theme parks. The game offers players a robust set of tools that you can use to design and build some truly mind blowing roller coasters. These are the mantle pieces of your park and are visually impressive to look at.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition includes both the content from the Soaked and Wild expansions, giving players access to hundreds of original buildings and decorations. As this game is not a complete remake, the graphics look dated, but the gameplay is solid.
We can argue that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is strictly speaking not an indie game, but we feel the Complete Edition will cater toward indie-game fans.