Nine Awesome Indie PC Games Not To Be Missed In October


A spooky month is just around the corner, so traditionally it’s time for obscure slasher movie marathons, creepy Twitter usernames, and pumpkin spice to slip into all of your food and drink favorites. God help us all.

In the gaming industry, this roughly means browsing list features on the best horror games – oh, check out this, we have one too – and spending more time figuring out which Splatterfest from the mid-00s you’d like to repeat than you actually do spending playing it. Of course, you could try a new game instead, maybe a shiny upcoming indie game? We headed into the depths of Steam’s upcoming release tab to bring Lovecraft first-person shooters with cartoon graphics, pictorial point-and-click adventure games, hack-and-slash mech games, Loot deckbuilding roguelikes via ritual sacrifices, and more.

We have cast the net far and wide, so there is something for everyone here. Similarly, none of our tips are about Halloween, but you will still find plenty of horror indies on this list in case you’re looking for something seasonal.

Oh, and if you spot one, head over to its Steam store page where you can add it to your wishlist or follow up for future announcements.

Travel book – October 11th

You may know this one from an earlier monthly round-up – there have been a few delays – but it’s finally in Early Access. Book of Travels is billed as TMORPG, what for. stands tiny Multiplayer online role-playing game. Its goal is to create a beautiful, picturesque world that players can freely explore and role-play in without leading them through massive quests or vital loot.

Mountaineers, tea drinkers, gamers, cartographers, and everyone in between are welcome, and while there is fighting, it’s far from focus. The world of Braided Shore is huge, and the player limits for each server are low – the intent is that the interaction becomes meaningful and memorable when you intersect with another player. There may be skills to share or remote areas easier to explore with a friend, but collaboration and camaraderie are always the primary goals. Here you can view the travel book.

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The Riftbreaker – October 14th

The Riftbreaker mixes mechanics from base builders, survival games and action RPGs and is developing into the Pacific Rim game of our dreams. We checked it out during the last Steam Next Fest, and as this list of genres suggests, it’s more stuff.

The world and art styles are alive and there is a compelling economic cycle that drives each mission forward as you search for resources, automate processes, and upgrade your base. But the real allure is customizing your mech and fending off waves of beetle-like aliens. The combat system is relatively simple – The Riftbeaker feels more like a Gauntlet-inspired hack-and-slash game than Diablo – but every swing of your mech’s giant arms gives a real sense of weight and momentum, splattering everything it comes in with Contact comes. You can watch The Riftbreaker here.

Game of the Despot – October 14th

We’ve played Despot’s Game at the last two Steam Next Fest events and it’s impressed every time with its mix of hands-free combat and villainous progression. The premise is simple: you wake up in a terrifying, maze-like dungeon full of robots, zombies, ninjas, scary horrors and various other monstrosities, and you have to gather survivors and fight your way out.

Every time you enter a new room, you can buy and sell fighters, change their equipment and arrange them as you wish on the battlefield, but once the fight starts you are a bystander. It has something of the gladiatorial glee of games like Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, where a lot of the joy is watching your peons fight for you, but its punishing, villainous development provides the snag that will keep you coming back time and time again. You can check out Despot’s game here.

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Encryption – October 19th

With this villainous deck builder you sacrifice cute forest dwellers to play your stronger cards. You can start a round with a carnivore like a wolf or an ermine in hand, which costs a certain amount of blood to deposit. You have several options for getting blood: you can draw from an endless pile of disposable squirrels that are free to claim and sacrifice; slaughter weaker animals in your hand like bats and sparrows; or place auxiliary creatures like the cat, whose nine lives you can sacrifice several times in the course of a game.

Inscryption’s creepy presentation compliments the dark and macabre tone that teases and plays your expectations. Whoever you’re playing against won’t get lost in their dark corner, the narrator’s voice is a garbled cacophony of reverberation and electrical noise, and your cards will speak to you. Especially when you sacrifice it. You can try Inscryption here.

Into the pit – October 19th

With a game name that sounds like something you’d hear during a Slayer gig, Into the Pit speaks to us on a deep level. Better still, it’s a retro FPS that is clearly inspired by one of the all-time greats, witches. So your arsenal is made up of spells, not sawed off or nail guns. Unlike witches, the art style has a vaporwave twist. So while all of the architecture and enemies are Gothic, the aesthetic of Into the Pit is unlike anything I’ve seen.

To stick with the obvious theme of this month’s indie roundup, it’s Into the Pit Even a roguelike so every time you clear a cathedral courtyard or demonic portal you add another powerful spell to your gear. Here you can watch Into the Pit.

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Growbot – October 21

This quaint point-and-click adventure game has been making the rounds at gaming conventions for over a year, so it’s great to see it’s about to be released. Your job in the biopunk world of Growbot is to roam a space station to repair various devices and meet a group of furry, friendly creatures.

The music is beautiful, the art is breathtaking and the mix of adventure and puzzle solving looks like the perfect gameplay pairing for this wistful story. You can check out Growbot here.

Sands of Aura – October 21

We looked at this isometric soul-like in June and immediately fell in love with his fight, which combines the punishing level design and the exciting one-on-one duels of Souslbourne games with the isometric perspective and the proc-heavy builds of an action RPG .

The world is also incredibly beautiful. Each zone is separated from the next by a sea of ​​sand that you can explore with your own sandboat. The only area we’ve played in is a pretty common cathedral region that’s full of Dark Souls references, but in the full version, expect intricate clockwork towers and grotesque intestinal cavity systems. You can check out Sands of Aura here.

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Forgive me father – October 26th

From its crisp comic art and outlaws-style shooting to its scary enemies and constantly drizzling world, forgive me dad is a feast for the eyes. Unlike so many retro FPS games in recent years, there’s no attempt here to recreate the muddy graphics of the gaming mainstays of the ’90s; Instead, you’ll find animations and illustrations that are so detailed that any screenshot could be pasted right into the pages of a comic.

In addition to double-barreled shotguns and six-shooters, you’ll unlock upgrades and scriptures to support you against waves of undead and occultists. And since it is a Lovecraftian world, there is also a spiritual system, although we do not yet know exactly what it does. Here you can see forgive me father.

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The Unliving – October 26th

As a necromancer in The Unliving, your job is not only to kill mortals and burn down their villages, but also to revive these villagers and recruit them into your horde of staggering, festering monstrosities. A bit like Pikmin, but with much, much more pus and bile.

As you make your way through the levels, you will encounter ever stronger armies that only you, the necromancer, can fight effectively, and to cast some of your most devastating spells you will have to sacrifice a few servants. At the heart of every battle in The Unliving is a smart balancing act, and to be successful you must strike a balance between having a powerful army and the ability to unleash your own devastating skills. You can watch The Unliving here.

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