Here’s 25 Indie Games To Get Excited About In September 2021.
AWAY: The Survival Series by Breaking Walls – Sept 28th
It’s incredibly rare to find indie games with animal protagonists that aren’t either anthropomorphic heroes or a tongue-in-cheek ‘simulator’ style beast. Apart from that untitled Goose that is. AWAY: The Survival Series is unique in this regard. This game is in essence its own nature documentary in which you play as a a young sugar glider on a journey to save his family. Through exploration, you’ll uncover side quests and other animals to control too, including beetles, lizards, crabs, and more. AWAY: The Survival Series is launching on PC via Steam and on PlayStation platforms on September 28th. The game is also aiming to launch on the Xbox Series consoles in 2021.
Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot – The First Cases by Blazing Griffin – Sept 28th
Scottish developers Blazing Griffin know how to make a top quality detective game. They’ve proved that time and time again but certainly punctuated it when they released their isometric, episodic deduction game Murder Mystery Machine last month. Not to rest on their laurels, Blazing Griffin are following up with Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot – The First Cases, once again in conjunction with Microids. An all-new crime story featuring a fresh-faced Hercule Poirot who still had everything to prove, you’ll be using your talents of deduction to question, observe and solve complex cases. The game will launch on September 28th on PC via Steam, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and will be backward compatible on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S.
Embr by Muse Games – Sept 23rd
Okay, okay, this one is a bit of a cheat because Embr has already been available in early access on Steam and Stadia for quite a while already. The important thing to not here is that the full co-op game launches September 23rd and it’ll be the first time the game is available on console. In this game, fire fighting has entered the gig economy and you’re part of a company called Embr that’ll be rushing into burning buildings in order to make a profit. Both Ross and Greg managed to play Embr at EGX Rezzed a few years ago and have been waxing lyrical about it since. Hopefully, we’ll all be jumping on to play the game together when it hits Steam, Xbox, PS4 and Switch on September 23rd.
Gamedec by Anshar Studios – Sept 16th
I first saw Gamedec at Gamescom in 2019 and ever since then, the adaptive cyberpunk RPG has been high up on my most anticipated list. In this game you play as a detective who solves crimes inside virtual worlds. As you investigate, question and explore, the game will adapt to your decisions. It’s an immensely promising concept and if Anshar Studios have managed to tell coherent stories while fully respecting player choice, there’s every chance this could be a surprise hit. It’s landing on Steam, GOG and EGS on September 16th.
Ultra Age by Next Stage – Sept 9th
This one came out of nowhere, but damn does the combat look cool. Coming from Next Stage, Ultra Age is a high-speed, sword-swinging action game set in a sort of high-tech future that looks like a mix of Devil May Cry, and something from Platinum Games. It reminds me most of Platinum’s Astral Chain which was a Switch exclusive a few years back. You play as Age, a young warrior on a mission to save humankind, sent from a cut-off space colony down to find Earth all but abandoned and given over to the robots… For some reason, in the far future, a sword is still the weapon of choice, but at least it transforms into half a dozen on-the-fly weapon styles, each with its own combos. We can’t wait to check out if Ultra Age is a contender in the high octane combat genre when it releases on Sept 9th on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
Lost In Random by Zoink – Sept 10th
In my estimation, Zoink are one of the best and most consistent indie games developers on the planet. Whether it’s the games they’re created in their trademark art style – Stick it to the Man, Flipping Death or Zombie Vikings – or those that are a but more experimental – Fe and Ghost Giant – Zoink really know how to make a good game. Lost in Random seems to be continuing that trend and, despite the fact that the game is funded by EA, it won Best Indie Game at Gamescom 2021. The game is set the world of Random, a gothic-fairy-tale-inspired kingdom where every citizen’s future is determined by the roll of a dice. You play as Even who is off to traverse the 6 distinct realms of Random in order to save her sister. On September 10th, we’ll be able to play the odds when Lost In Random launches on PC via Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits by Ember Lab – Sept 21st
If you’ve not heard of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, I’d really like to know which cave you’ve been hiding in. Announced alongside the PS5, this game looks like a playable Dreamworks movie. The story follows Kena, a young spirit guide who uses her magical abilities to help deceased people move from the physical to the spirit world. Word on the grapevine is that Kena might be a GOTY contender so make sure to check it out when it launches on Epic Game Store, PS4 and PS5 on September 21st.
Aeon Drive by 2Awesome Studio – Sept 30th
The traversal looks just as appealing in Aeon Drive as the neon-tinged landscape of Neo Barcelona in which you’ll be sprinting through. A 2D platformer with a focus on slick speedrunning, you’ll be able to use a crouch-dashes, a Teleportation Dagger and time-bending abilities to avoid all manner of dangers in the game’s 100 levels. With up-to 4 player multiplayer, you’ll also be able to play along with (or against) you pals either locally or online. Check out Aeon Drive when it launches on PC via Steam on September 30th.
So that’s it for this month. 25 indie games to get excited about in September 2021. Think we’ve missed any indie games? Want to bring a title to our attention. Hit the comments section and let us know.
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