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Forums - Gaming Discussion - Indie Appreciation Thread - June

Welcome to the June 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
FIT = Fitness
BT'M = Beat'em up
SHT'M = Shoot'em up
HNS = Hack'n'slash
SOUL = Souls-like
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

(198 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)

MAY HIGHLIGHTS

(See all)

Fantasian (Part 1) Nongunz: Doppelgänger Edition
Lost Words: Beyond the Page Call of the Sea
ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos Remnant: From the Ashes
World Splitter Subnautica: Below Zero
ScourgeBringer Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition
Genshin Impact Grindstone
Insurmountable Manifold Garden
Knockout City
Crying Suns
Sumire

June Releases

(37 games as of June 2)

Highlights

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS

Wreckfest

ACT RAC 78-83 PS5/PS4/XBO/Steam [PS4 users upgrade for free]

Genshin Impact

ACT RPG 81-84 (June 9) EGS/PS4/PS5/Steam/iOS/Android (NSW)


Other games

GAME GENRE METACRITIC PLATFORMS
Griftlands D-BLD ROG - Steam/EGS (PS4/XBO/NSW) [June 4 on PS4/XBO/NSW]
Operation: Tango COOP ADV 68 PS4/XBO/PS5/Steam
Stonefly ACT ADV 68 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/EGS
Hokko Life SIM - Steam [Early Access]
Astalon: Tears of the Earth ADV PLAT June 3 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Monster Harvest RPG June 3 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Open Country ADV SIM June 3 PS4/XBO/Steam
The Last Spell TB STR RPG June 3 Steam [Early Access]
Wicce PLAT June 3 NSW/Steam
Wing of Darkness SHTR June 3 PS4/NSW/Steam
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power ACT June 4 NSW
Mighty Goose SHTR June 5 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Chivalry 2 ACT June 8 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/EGS
Edge of Eternity RPG June 8 Steam (PS4/XBO*/XS*/PS5)
Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town ADV June 8 PS4/NSW/Steam
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure ADV June 9 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/Arcade
Chicory: A Colorful Tale ADV June 10 PS4/PS5/Steam
Mercenaries Blaze: Dawn of the Twin Dragons TB STR RPG June 10 Steam/PS4/NSW
We Are Football SIM June 10 Steam
Wave Break ARC SPRT June 11 NSW/Steam/Stadia
Roguebook ROG D-BLD June 17 Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5)
Super Magbot PLAT June 22 NSW/Steam
Fallen Knight ACT PLAT June 23 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/Arcade
Out of Line PUZ PLAT June 23 Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW)
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX PLAT June 24 PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam/EGS
The Wicked King and the Noble Hero ADV June 24 PS4/NSW [Japan only]
Babol the Walking Box ADV June 26 Steam (PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5)
Blasphemous Deluxe Edition ACT PLAT June 29 PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam/GOG/Humble [Physical release]
Curved Space ARC SHTR June 29 PS4/XBO/XS/PS5/Steam (NSW) [July 13 on NSW]
Destroy All Humans! ACT ADV June 29 NSW/PS4/XBO/Steam/GOG
Imp of the Sun ACT PLAT June 30 Steam/EGS
Green Hell SUR June PS4/XBO/Steam/NSW
RICO London FPS June PS4/XBO/NSW/XS/PS5/Steam
Sky: Children of the Light ADV June NSW/PS4/iOS/Android
Beasts of Maravilla Island ADV June PS4/XBO/NSW/Steam
Phantom Abyss MP ROG PLAT June Steam
Last edited by Verter - on 02 June 2021

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Also...

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