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Welcome to the April version of the indie appreciation thread!

Let's go straight to the point. This series of threads will consist on two parts: one that I'll be 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 VGChartians, 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.

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For a game to be suitable for these threads, it must meet at least one of these characteristics:

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.

NOTE: if you need it, click on the following spoiler tag to see what the text format (on the Platforms section) and the abbreviations (on the Genre section) mean.

Spoiler!

The release platforms are displayed using the following structure:

Bold/Regular/Italics (Parenthesis) [Square bracket],

where

Bold = platforms where the game is releasing.
Regular = platforms where the game is already released.
Italics = platforms where a different version of the same game is released.
(Parenthesis) = platforms where the game is releasing at a later date.
[Square bracket] = any other additional information.

Meanwhile, genres are abbreviated as follows:

ARC = Arcade
SPRT = Sports
RAC = Racing
FGT = Fighting
ACT = Action
SHTR = Shooter
BR = Battle Royale
BT'M = Beat'em up
SHT'M = Shoot'em up
HNS = Hack'n'slash
SUR = Survival
PLAT = Platformer
METR = Metroidvania
ADV = Adventure
GADV = Graphic Adventure
RPG = Rol-playing game
ROG = Roguelike/Roguelite
VN = Visual novel
NAR = Narrative
HOR = Horror
STR = Strategy
TB = Turn-based
RT = Real-time
TD = Tower Defense
D-BLD = Desk-Building
CARD = Card
PUZ = Puzzle
STLH = Stealth
SIM = Simulation
MP = Multiplayer
PRTY = Party
COOP = Cooperative
MMO = Massively multiplayer online
MMORPG = Massively multiplayer online rol-playing game

User recommendations

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Graveyard Keeper

SIM ADV 69-70 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/ Humble/iOS/Android

Previous months

(112 games)

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

(See all)

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

(See all)

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

(See all)

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

April

(36 games as of April 17)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Fantasian (Part 1)

ADV RPG 79 Arcade/iOS

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

NAR ADV 74-80 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam

ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos

VN 78 PSVR/Steam

ScourgeBringer

ROG PLAT 75-80 (April 22) PSV/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam

Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Dungeon and Puzzles PUZ - NSW/Steam
SturmFront - The Mutant War: Übel Edition ARC SHTR - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam (XS/PS5)
Cozy Grove SIM 69-72 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/EGS/Arcade
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 61 Steam/GOG
Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey SUR 66 Steam
Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash FGT 73 NSW/PS4/Steam/Android [West release]
Godstrike ACT 61-63 NSW/Steam
Hitchhiker - A Mystery Game ADV - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Stitchy in Tooki Trouble PLAT 61 NSW
Super Meat Boy Forever PLAT 66-70 PS4/XBO/NSW/EGS
World Splitter PUZ PLAT April 21 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Angels of Death HOR ADV April 22 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
The Signifier: Director's Cut PUZ ADV April 22 Steam/GOG/Humble (PS4/XBO/XS/PS5)
Touhou Hyouibana: Antinomy of Common Flowers 2D FGT April 22 PS4/NSW/Steam
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion ADV April 22 NSW/Steam
We Are The Caretakers STR RPG April 22 Steam (XBO/XS) [Early Access]
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World ACT ADV April 22 PS4/NSW/Steam [Japan only]
Dungeon & Gravestone ROG April 23 PS4/XBO/NSW
Moon Raider ACT ADV PLAT April 23 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/iOS
The Skylia Prophecy ACT RPG April 23 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Death end re;Quest RPG April 27 NSW/PS4/Steam [West release]
Second Extinction COOP FPS April 28 XBO*/XS*/Steam [Game Preview/Early Access]
Insurmountable ADV ROG April 29 Steam (PS4/XBO)
Layers of Fear VR HOR April 29 PSVR/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/EGS
R-Type Final 2 SHTR April 29 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/Steam/GOG/EGS [Japan only]
 
 
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron ACT Mid-April (?) Steam
Black Witchcraft ACT RPG April Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW)
Buildings Have Feelings Too! STR April PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam [April 28?]

Other potential April releases

SPRING 2021 EARLY 2021 Q2 2021
Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space Conan Chop Chop Base One
Ayo The Clown She Dreams Elsewhere Hindsight 20/20: Wrath of the Raakshasa
Boomerang X STRIDE Sephonie (maybe Q3)
Chicory: A Colorful Tale The Day Before
Genshin Impact Tunnel of Doom
GRIT
Operation: Tango
Rise of the Slime
Solaris: Offworld Combat
The Last Friend
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town
Winds & Leaves

If you feel that a certain game shouldn't be here or notice that there's something lacking/wrong, please tell me.

Last edited by Verter - 1 day ago

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Also...

Please, feel free to correct my English.

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Thanks for this thread or series of threads, I didn't even knew this was a thing. I don't tend to buy most indies on release but soome time later often on a sale. From the ones this months, I already had an interest in Lost Words and Dungeon&Puzzle. I never heard about We are the Caretakers, but it looks interesting as well.



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Mnementh said:

Thanks for this thread or series of threads, I didn't even knew this was a thing. I don't tend to buy most indies on release but soome time later often on a sale. From the ones this months, I already had an interest in Lost Words and Dungeon&Puzzle. I never heard about We are the Caretakers, but it looks interesting as well.

This is a thing since only a couple of days ago, actually. =P In fact, I'm still thinking of ways to efficiently improve it for the next months, I rushed the threads a bit and I feel like there's too much info condensed there. Also, I'm glad you found a game here that might interest you; that alone makes this worth the time.



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).

Also...

Please, feel free to correct my English.

Verter said:
Mnementh said:

Thanks for this thread or series of threads, I didn't even knew this was a thing. I don't tend to buy most indies on release but soome time later often on a sale. From the ones this months, I already had an interest in Lost Words and Dungeon&Puzzle. I never heard about We are the Caretakers, but it looks interesting as well.

This is a thing since only a couple of days ago, actually. =P In fact, I'm still thinking of ways to efficiently improve it for the next months, I rushed the threads a bit and I feel like there's too much info condensed there. Also, I'm glad you found a game here that might interest you; that alone makes this worth the time.

Yeah, if you are open for ideas, I could throw some out. For instance, we probably don't know anything about new games here. While I appreciate this list of upcoming indies, all I ever could say is: looks like it might be interesting. One major difference of indies and AAA is the marketing budget. For AAA games we know months, sometimes years in advance that we should get hyped for them and many will buy them on launch. Indies you often know near to nothing before launch and encounter them often years down the line and only in playing them realize how cool they are.

So I would recommend that everyone can recommend an indie he likes each month. For me that would be Graveyard Keeper, play that. I don't have time at the moment to write a more elaborate text about the game, but then I did that already: https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9248829

We could also vote each month for the games recommended last month by participants in the thread. Maybe allow only voting if you also recommend a game in the same post and maybe allow something like votes in the most anticipated game thread, meaning vote for five games with 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point each. I guess in the first months we will cover the most well-known like Hollow Knight, Undertale and Stardew Valley, but I guess we will get to lesser known games later on. The thread starting post could list all the winners of past months.

I think especially the recommendations may bring some more discussion into these threads.



3DS-FC: 4511-1768-7903 (Mii-Name: Mnementh), Nintendo-Network-ID: Mnementh, Switch: SW-7706-3819-9381 (Mnementh)

my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

10 years greatest game event!

bets: [peak year], [1], [2], [3], [4]

Mnementh said:

Yeah, if you are open for ideas, I could throw some out. For instance, we probably don't know anything about new games here. While I appreciate this list of upcoming indies, all I ever could say is: looks like it might be interesting. One major difference of indies and AAA is the marketing budget. For AAA games we know months, sometimes years in advance that we should get hyped for them and many will buy them on launch. Indies you often know near to nothing before launch and encounter them often years down the line and only in playing them realize how cool they are.

So I would recommend that everyone can recommend an indie he likes each month. For me that would be Graveyard Keeper, play that. I don't have time at the moment to write a more elaborate text about the game, but then I did that already: https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9248829

We could also vote each month for the games recommended last month by participants in the thread. Maybe allow only voting if you also recommend a game in the same post and maybe allow something like votes in the most anticipated game thread, meaning vote for five games with 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point each. I guess in the first months we will cover the most well-known like Hollow Knight, Undertale and Stardew Valley, but I guess we will get to lesser known games later on. The thread starting post could list all the winners of past months.

I think especially the recommendations may bring some more discussion into these threads.

Yeah, I'm open for ideas. I actually made a section in the first thread for past games that other users recommended, but your idea of voting for those is better. I'll edit the thread tomorrow to include that, along with a couple of new announced games and dates. Thanks!



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).

Also...

Please, feel free to correct my English.