As a lifelong gamer, E3 is always one of my favourite times of the year and it has become a tradition of mine to watch the shows live and get hyped over the announcements. It’s been great to see growing support for indie game developers by the big gaming studios and more shows dedicated to indie publishers and games; Devolver Digital’s yearly stream is always a joy. This year also gave us the Wholesome Games show at the Indie Game Showcase for wholesome and cute indie games. Visit their website for a replay and a full list of the indie games shown!
After watching this year’s E3, I’ll say that the real winner of E3 were indie game devs for their amazing range of creative and innovate games, but of course, I’m slightly biased! I honestly couldn’t add these games to my Steam wishlist quick enough.
So to celebrate some of the indie game talent on display for 2021’s E3, here’s ten of my favourite upcoming indie games you need to watch out for:
Cloud Jumper is a chill game about exploring the Sky. Take the wheel of a tiny flying tug boat and launch yourself through a beautiful pixel world, filled with floating islands, colourful characters and ancient secrets.
Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous but it’s honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death – where creatures grow far past their expiry.
You live and then you die. But at least do it in a nice house! Paralives is an upcoming life simulation game. Build your dream house, create some characters and manage their lives the way you want!
Phantom Abyss is a massive asynchronous multiplayer game that casts players into procedurally-generated temples and tasks them with retrieving the sacred relics hidden within deadly chambers.
Put your love for pups to the test – we have a bunch of dogs that need their photos taken, doggone it! Photograph and catalogue the finest (and derpiest) dogs to build your career, upgrade your camera, and discover new canines. WOOF.
REPLACED is a 2.5D sci-fi retro-futuristic action platformer where you play as R.E.A.C.H. – an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body against its own will. REPLACED combines cinematic platforming, pixel art and free-flow action combat set in an alternative 1980’s.
Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey and guide Sable through her Gliding; a rite of passage that will take her across vast deserts and mesmerizing landscapes, capped by the remains of spaceships and ancient wonders.
Serial Cleaners is a single-player stealth action crime story in which you alternate between playing four eccentric mob cleaners taking on the bloodiest jobs the carefree 1990s had to offer. If you remember the nineties differently, their dirty work is the reason why.
TUNIC is an action adventure about a tiny fox in a big world. Explore the wilderness, discover spooky ruins, and fight terrible creatures from long ago.
Wizard With a Gun
Wizard with a Gun is an online cooperative sandbox survival game set in a magical wilderness wrought with dangerous creatures and arcane mysteries. Embark on a journey alone or with friends to collect, craft, and outfit your wizard however you see fit as you explore the unknown.
Are there any indie games you’re excited for? Drop us a comment and tell us!