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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 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
RTHM = Rhythm
BT'M = Beat'em up
SHT'M = Shoot'em up
HNS = Hack'n'slash
SHTR = Shooter
BR = Battle Royale
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
BLD = Building
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
MOBA = Multiplayer online battle arena

User Recommendations

Indie of the Month

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

TBD

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Previous Choices

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Graveyard Keeper

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

Contenders of the Month

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
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2021 Indie Releases

Previous Months

(146 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 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
ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos
World Splitter
ScourgeBringer

May Releases

(48 games as of May 13)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Nongunz: Doppelgänger Edition

ACT PLAT 75 PS4/XBO/NSW [May 6 on NSW, May 7 on XBO]


Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Blood of Heroes MOBA - PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/PC [Closed beta]
The Colonists BLD STR 71 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Almighty: Kill Your Gods ACT RPG - Steam [Early Access. Later on consoles]
Skate City PLAT 66-70 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/EGS/Arcade
Call of the Sea ADV May 11 PS4/PS5/XBO/XS/Steam
Jin Conception TB RPG May 12 NSW/Steam
Retro Machina ACT PUZ ADV May 12 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Death Crown RT STR May 13 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Lost Ruins SUR ACT May 13 Steam/GOG (PS4/XBO/NSW)
Monster Harvest RPG May 13 NSW/Steam (PS4/XBO)
Remnant: From the Ashes SUR SHTR May 13 XS/PS5/PS4/XBO/Steam/EGS
Subnautica: Below Zero SUR ACT ADV May 14 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/EGS [Includes Subnautica on NSW]
Arcaea RTHM May 18 NSW/iOS/Android
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice ADV May 18 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG
void tRrLM();++ //Void Terrarium++ ROG ADV May 18 PS5 [North America only. May 21 in Europe, May 25 in Oceania]
Aerial_Knight's Never Yield ADV May 19 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Crossroads Inn RT SIM May 19 XBO/Steam
Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition RPG May 19 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble
Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed ACT May 20 PS4/NSW [Japan only. Summer on West and Steam]
Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl ACT FGHT May 20 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Just Die Already ACT SIM May 20 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Layers of Fear 2 HOR NAR ADV May 20 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam
Manifold Garden PUZ May 20 PS5/PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/Steam/EGS/Arcade
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey PUZ May 20 Quest
Rise of the Slime ROG DBLD May 20 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
The Longest Road on Earth NAR ADV May 20 Steam/iOS/Android
The Wild At Heart ADV STR May 20 XBO/Steam/Humble
Cosmic Top Secret ADV May 21 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/Humble/Itch.io/ iOS/Android
Knockout City ACT May 21 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Rust: Console Edition MP SUR May 21 PS4/XBO/Steam
Maneater ACT RPG May 25 NSW/PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/EGS
Erica ADV May 25 Steam/PS4
King of Seas ACT RPG May 25 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Very Very Valet COOP PRTY May 25 NSW
Crying Suns ROG May 27 NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble/EGS/iOS/Android
Earth Defense Force: World Brothers TPS May 27 PS4/NSW/Steam
Kings of Paradise VN May 27 NSW
Oddworld Collection ACT ADV PLAT May 27 NSW
Pathway TB STR May 27 NSW/Steam
World's End Club ACT ADV PLAT May 27 NSW/iOS
Sumire NAR ADV May 27 NSW/Steam
7 Years From Now ACT ADV May 28 NSW/Steam
Beautiful Desolation ADV May 28 PS4/NSW (Steam/GOG)
Song of Horror HOR ADV May 28 PS4/XBO/Steam
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World ACT ADV May 28 PS4/NSW (Steam) [West release. June 29 on Steam]
Rising Hell ROG PLAT May PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam [May 20?]
Wicce PLAT May NSW/Steam
Last edited by Verter - 2 days ago

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Also...

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