Here’s 25 Indie Games To Get Excited About In September 2021.
Lake by Gamious – Sept 1st
The reviews for narrative adventure Lake have already arrived and they’re almost universally positive. The Game Crate went as far as to call it “the indie game of the year”. In this game you play as Meredith Weiss who is taking a break from her career in the big city to deliver mail in her hometown, Providence Oaks. Over a 2 week period, you’ll meet a quirky community of characters which will help Meredith decide what she wants to do with her future. Lake is launching on PC and Xbox platforms on September 1st.
RICO London by Ground Shatter – Sept 10th
The first RICO game was a favourite among the Finger Guns crew when it released in 2019. The combination of XIII-esque cell shading, slow motion door kicking and slick FPS action made for a heady blend. In our review, we said “It’s by far the most fun we’ve had playing an online co-op game this year. It’s not even close”. To say we’re excited about a sequel, especially one set in 90’s London, would be an understatement. RICO London certainly seems to be leaning more into the comic book aspect of the original and it looks all the better for it. RICO London is hitting PC via Steam and all the consoles in September (or maybe October is some listings are to be believed).
Golf Club Wastelands by Demagog Studio – Sept 3rd
This always happens. Every time I write one of these lists, a game gets delayed or they get a more accurate launch date which makes the list inaccurate. I think I’m cursed that way. Last months culprit was Golf Club Wastelands which is now launching on September 3rd. In this game, almost all human life has been wiped out. The richest 1% have fled the planet and now reside on Mars. Earth is an inhabitable wasteland so the elite do what they do best – turn it into a golf course! In Golf Club Wastelands you play as one of 1% that managed to escape Earth’s fate and are returning for one last tee off. As a concept, that’s one hell of a hook. This title is much more than just a 2D golf title however; Via radio transmissions, the environmental storytelling and narration from a mysterious spectator watching off in the distance, you’ll unravel social commentary on what happened to the planet and the human race. You can take a swing with Golf Club: Wastelands when it launches on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on the 3rd.
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch by TiGames – Sept 7th
I searched the Finger Guns slack for the number of times F.I.S.T. has been mentioned in the last 3 months. It was named 30 times. Almost always by our critic Toby. That’s no surprise – Toby has a soft spot for bad ass anthropomorphic game characters – but the rest of the FG team is pretty pumped for this one too. An action platformer, you play as Rayton the rabbit who is strapping on his giant metal hand once more after his friend is kidnapped. He soon gets embroiled in a conflict between the Robotic Legion, the Resistance, and the Rat Gang. Coming from Chinese developer TiGames, F.I.S.T. is launching on PlayStation 4 & 5 as well as PC via Steam on September 7th.
Hindsight 20/20: Wrath Of The Raakshasa by Triple I – Sept 9th
Player choice is at the core of what Hindsight 20/20 does. That doesn’t just effect narrative beats either – it extends as far as the combat in the game which will have an effect on your characters reception. Be ruthless in your fighting, turning an area into a blood bath that looks an accident at a Heinz tomato soup factory, and allies might look at you differently. Created by developers who’ve worked at BioWare and Sucker Punch, Hindsight 20/20 brings its time twisting moral quandies to PC via Steam and consoles on September 9th. Personally, I’ve been waiting years for this one and I’m excited to finally get my hands on it.
The Artful Escape by Beethoven & Dinosaur – Sept 9th
I find it difficult to describe what The Artful Escape is, purely because I don’t think there has every been anything like it it before. But here goes: This game is a psychedelic fantasy/space opera starring a musical prodigy who is attempting to create an outlandish stage persona in order to escape the legacy of his uncle, all through the lens of a platforming game. It looks trippy, has some all star vocal talent (including CARL FREAKING WEATHERS) and is shaping up to be an interesting exploration of sound. The Artful Escape launches on to Xbox platforms (including game pass) and PC on September 9th, 2021.
Aragami 2 by Lince Works – Sept 17th
The original Aragami was well received when it launched back in 2016. An action packed, challenging stealth game, it was a decent debut title from Lince Works. The sequel, launching on September 17th, seems to be building on everything that was great about the first one but with a much more complex narrative. What’s more, 3 player co-op is now included. Given how well the single player portion of Aragami 2 was received in recent previews, it’ll be interesting to see how the full game shapes up when it launches on September 17th on PC via Steam and consoles.
Sable by Shedworks – Sept 23rd
Sable’s art style really is something. It’s quite simply gorgeous and it’s the first thing that grabs your attention with this game. Below that though is a very interesting concept; In Sable you guide the titular character along a “unique and unforgettable journey” in a coming of age adventure. Almost all of the Finger Guns team played the Sable demo during E3 and we were suitably impressed. We’ll be able to get our hands on the finished product when it launches on PC and Xbox platforms on September 23rd.
ConnecTank by YummmyYummyTummy – Sept 28th
I attended a preview event for ConnecTank, a strategy x party game hybrid, a few months ago. After the event ended, I immediately added it to my Steam Wishlist. Set in a world ran by 3 charismatic barons, you take on the role of a delivery driver who has to use massive tanks to cross the world. Your crew has to construct an internal manufacturing line in order to defeat the dangers you’ll comes across while keeping it maintained and strategizing against the opponents. It looked like a whole lot of fun during the preview event and I’m quite looking forward to getting my hands on the finished product when it launches on PC via Steam and consoles on September 28th.