Welcome to the April version of the Indie Appreciation Thread!
Before to start, I'll briefly explain the criteria followed in these threads. Basically, a game has to meet at least one of these three conditions:
1) Being developed (not necessarily published) by an indie company, or a small or medium-sized one (whether it's properly independent or not).
2) Being relatively unknown, that is, not being a big and easily recognizable brand or belonging to an already established franchise.
3) Not having a big budget.
As you can see, the criteria is pretty simple, but also kind of subjective, so if you feel that a certain game shouldn't be here or notice that there's some other lacking (or there's something wrong), please tell me.
Now, with that out of the way, let's go straight to the point: this series of threads consists on two parts: one that I'm responsible of, which is an ongoing list of all the games released during the month, and another one (suggested by Mnementh) that only you, fellow VGChartianz, will make possible.
As for the first part, I'll post the list when I create the new thread (the first day of each month) and will be updating it from time to time, as new games or Metacritic scores are released. If you have any question about that, just ask me.
Now, regarding your participation, it's quite simple: you just have to post up to five indie games that you would recommend to other gamers, in the order that you'd like to recommend them. Example:
1. Magnificent Indie Game
2. Superb Indie Game
3. Excellent Indie Game
4. Awesome Indie Game
5. Splendid Indie Game
The games you choose to recommend will get up to five points based on the order they're placed: the first one will get 5 points, the second will get 4, and so on. Those games will then be included in a table in the OP that I'll be updating as new users post their recommendations. The game with the most points at the end of each month will be the Indie of the Month and won't be eligible in future threads, but will still be featured in them as a recommendation.
Games that won't make it as indies of the month won't be forgotten, however: the five most voted runner-ups will automatically become recommendations in the next thread, getting a few "free" points based on their order: the second best will get 5 points, the third best will get 4 points, and so on. This way, games that got the most votes in a certain thread will get extra visibility in the next one, but since that advantage will be rather small, any new recommendation will still have a lot of chances to become the Indie of the Month.
All that said, it's important to mention that this is not (necessarily) a list of your favorite indie games, but a list of recommended games. So for example, if your favorite indie game has no options to be the indie of the month, but there's a game that (while not being your favorite) can make it and you think it deserves it, you can place it first on your list for that specific month. Also, it'd be nice if you explained why you recommend those games, or briefly review them, or tell some anecdote related to them, or whatever. This is optional, of course, but it would be pretty cool.
And that's all. Now have fun!
Note: if you want to know what the text format in the Platforms section and the abbreviations in the Genre section mean, just take a look at the introduction thread.
Indie of the Month
|SIM ADV||69-70||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/ Humble/iOS/Android|
2021 Indie Releases
|Skul: The Hero Slayer||Haven||Everhood|
|Cyber Shadow||Little Nightmares II||Gnosia|
|Project Winter||Anodyne 2: Return to Dust||Loop Hero|
|Olija||Natsuki Chronicles||Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition|
|The Pedestrian||ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos||Saviors of Sapphire Wings & Stranger of Sword City Revisited|
|Thomas Was Alone||Terraria|
|Curse of the Dead Gods||Overcooked! All You Can Eat|
|Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos||It Takes Two|
|Disco Elysium: The Final Cut|
|Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space|
Fantasian (Part 1)
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
The House in Fata Morgana
ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos
|ACT RPG||81-84||PS5/PS4/Steam/iOS/Android (NSW)|
|ADV ROG||76||Steam (PS4/XBO)|
|Dungeon and Puzzles||PUZ||-||NSW/Steam|
|SturmFront - The Mutant War: Übel Edition||ARC SHTR||-||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam (XS/PS5)|
|Maiden & Spell||SHTR||-||NSW/Steam|
|Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood||ADV||-||Steam|
|Say No! More||ADV||70-74||NSW/Steam/iOS|
|TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight||ACT ADV||57||Steam/GOG|
|Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey||SUR||61||Steam|
|Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash||FGT||73||NSW/PS4/Steam/Android [West release]|
|Hitchhiker - A Mystery Game||ADV||-||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam|
|Stitchy in Tooki Trouble||PLAT||60||NSW|
|Super Meat Boy Forever||PLAT||66-70||PS4/XBO/NSW/EGS|
|Angels of Death||HOR ADV||-||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam|
|Buildings Have Feelings Too!||STR||49||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam|
|The Signifier: Director's Cut||PUZ ADV||68||Steam/GOG/Humble (PS4/XBO/XS/PS5)|
|Touhou Hyouibana: Antinomy of Common Flowers||2D FGT||-||PS4/NSW/Steam|
|Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion||ADV||73-74||NSW/Steam|
|We Are The Caretakers||STR RPG||-||Steam (XBO/XS) [Early Access]|
|Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World||ACT ADV||-||PS4/NSW/Steam [Japan only]|
|Dungeon & Gravestone||ROG||-||PS4/XBO/NSW|
|Moon Raider||ACT ADV PLAT||-||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/iOS|
|The Skylia Prophecy||ACT RPG||-||PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam|
|Death end re;Quest||RPG||-||NSW/PS4/Steam [West release]|
|Scavengers||SUR SHTR||-||Steam/EGS (PS4/XBO) [F2P. Early Access]|
|Second Extinction||COOP FPS||-||XBO*/XS*/Steam [Game Preview/Early Access]|
|Layers of Fear VR||HOR||72-78||PSVR/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/EGS|
|R-Type Final 2||SHTR||65-76||PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/Steam/GOG/EGS [Japan only]|
I have periods of social disconnection, it's a part of me that I need and keenly embrace. I'll still log in and read news and threads during those times, but I won't be (very) active on the site, so I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause (late answers, bumps or the like).
Please, feel free to correct my English.