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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Indie Appreciation Thread - May

Welcome to the May 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.

User Recommendations

Previous Choices

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Graveyard Keeper

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

2021 Indie Releases

Previous Months

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 Thomas Was Alone Saviors of Sapphire Wings & Stranger of Sword City Revisited
Curse of the Dead Gods Terraria
Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos Overcooked! All You Can Eat
It Takes Two
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space

APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

(See all)

Fantasian (Part 1)
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
The House in Fata Morgana
ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos
World Splitter
ScourgeBringer
Genshin Impact
Insurmountable

May Releases

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Nongunz: Doppelgänger Edition

ACT PLAT 75 PS4/XBO/NSW

Call of the Sea

ADV 75-81 PS4/PS5/XBO/XS/Steam

Remnant: From the Ashes

SUR SHTR 76-81 XS/PS5/PS4/XBO/Steam/EGS

Subnautica: Below Zero

SUR ACT ADV 79-84 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/EGS [Includes Subnautica on NSW]

Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition

RPG 87 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble

Grindstone

PUZ ADV 87-88 EGS/NSW/Arcade

Manifold Garden

PUZ 75-88 PS5/PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/Steam/EGS/Arcade

Knockout City

ACT 76-80 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam

Crying Suns

ROG 75-84 NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble/EGS/iOS/Android

Sumire

NAR ADV 86 NSW/Steam


Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Blood of Heroes MOBA - PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/PC [Closed beta]
The Colonists BLD STR 71-73 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Almighty: Kill Your Gods ACT RPG - Steam [Early Access. Later on consoles]
Skate City PLAT 64-67 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/EGS/Arcade
Base One STR SIM - Steam/GOG (PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5)
Jin Conception TB RPG - NSW/Steam
Retro Machina ACT PUZ ADV - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Death Crown RT STR - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Lost Ruins SUR ACT 65 Steam/GOG (PS4/XBO/NSW)
Monster Harvest RPG - NSW/Steam (PS4/XBO)
Arcaea RTHM - NSW/iOS/Android
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice ADV 73 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG
Solaris: Offworld Combat FPS - PSVR/Quest/Rift
void tRrLM();++ //Void Terrarium++ ROG ADV 69-74 PS5 [North America only. May 21 in Europe, May 25 in Oceania]
Aerial_Knight's Never Yield ADV 66-74 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Crossroads Inn RT SIM - XBO/Steam
Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl ACT FGHT 68-73 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Just Die Already ACT SIM - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Layers of Fear 2 HOR NAR ADV 63-71 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey PUZ - Quest
Rise of the Slime ROG DBLD - PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Rising Hell ROG PLAT - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
The Longest Road on Earth NAR ADV - Steam/iOS/Android
The Wild At Heart ADV STR - XBO/Steam/Humble
Cosmic Top Secret ADV - PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/Humble/Itch.io/ iOS/Android
Rust: Console Edition MP SUR 67-69 PS4/XBO/Steam
Maneater ACT RPG 67-71 NSW/PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/EGS
Erica ADV 69-79 Steam/PS4
King of Seas ACT RPG 61-75 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Very Very Valet COOP PRTY 74 NSW
Graven RPG FPS - Steam/GOG/EGS (PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5) [Early Access. Full version in 2022 on consoles]
Maid of Sker SUR HOR 58-69 XS/PS5/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Out of Space: Console Edition COOP STR - XS/PS5/PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Earth Defense Force: World Brothers TPS - PS4/NSW/Steam
Kings of Paradise VN - NSW
Oddworld Collection ACT ADV PLAT - NSW
Pathway TB STR 66-68 NSW/Steam
World's End Club ACT ADV PLAT 66-73 NSW/iOS
7 Years From Now ACT ADV - NSW/Steam
Beautiful Desolation ADV 64-76 PS4/NSW (Steam/GOG)
Song of Horror HOR ADV 74 PS4/XBO/Steam
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World ACT ADV 67-69 PS4/NSW (Steam) [West release. June 29 on Steam]
Last edited by Verter - on 31 July 2021

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