It’s another month and a whole new batch of exciting indie games are on the horizon. Here’s 24 of them to keep your eye on during March 2022.
After what can only be described as a ‘hectic’ February, March has rolled around and it’s looking to be just as promising. Even ignoring the AAA releases – Ghostwire Tokyo, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland, Babylon’s Fall, Shadow Warrior 3, Gran Turismo 7 and Triangle Strategy – there’s a lot of promising indie games and AA releases that’re turning the next month into another absolute cracker.
From quirky, charismatic platformers to experimental point and click adventures, an FMV drama comedy to brain bending block puzzles, March has indie games to satisfy most tastes. The next month also sees a few successful indie games make the jump to new platforms too. We’ve picked 24 of our favourite indie games releasing during March 2022.
Without further ado, here are 24 indie games to get excited about in March 2022.
A Memoire Blue by Cloisters Interactive – March 24th, 2022
Described as “an interactive poem about a superstar athlete and the all-encompassing love between mother and daughter”, A Memoire Blue is launching on the 24th of March after a few short delays. Combining 2D and 3D art styles has become something of a trend in indie gaming recently but I don’t think it has been done quite as well as it is being done here. Hand drawn 2D art representing her memories while 3D visuals bring Miriam’s modern day world to life. It’s a beautiful combination underpinning a story that “blends sacrifice and heartbreak with victory and pride”. A Memoire Blue is launching on PC via Steam, iOS, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series and Nintendo Switch on March 24th.
The Last Cube by Improx Games – March 10th, 2022
Rolling blocks to solve puzzles feels like an overused trope within indie games but every so often, a game comes along and raises the bar for the whole sub-genre. I get the feeling The Last Cube will be the latest game to do just that. In this game you’ll be moving blocks through colourful and diverse environments in order to solve puzzles and hopefully – no pressure – save your dying home. One of the unique aspects of The Last Cube is that you can attach stickers to surface of the cube which give that side special abilities. This game has already won a few awards, even before it has released, even being selected as a finalist for “Best Gameplay” at Big Fest 2021. The Last Cube is heading to PC via Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch on March 10th, 2022.
Time Loader by Flazm – March 10th, 2022
The 90’s inspired physics platformer ‘Time Loader’ has already received a successful release on PC, garnering some really impressive review scores. In this game you play as a RC car robot that’s travelling back to the 1990’s help your creator avoid a life changing accident. Time travel’s always a bit tricky and if you mess with the timeline too much, you might experience alternating endings depending on what you change. It has a very cool vibe that’s nostalgic for folks that grew up on Saved By The Bell and Back To The Future too. The Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation version of Time Loader is launching on March 10th, 2022. You can pre-order on Xbox and Switch now. You can expect a review from Finger Guns closer to launch.
Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles by Luminawesome Games – March 24th, 2022
The use of colour is an underappreciated science in video games. Red most often represents dangers (or explosive barrels, which I guess are also dangerous) or an enemy in gaming. That’s no different in Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles. This puzzle game puts you in the squishy shoes of the Lumote, a blue being that can control other beings in this world. When something causes the “Great Depths” to turn red, it’s your job to turn the world blue by heading down puzzle towers to master the control of each “Mote” being on the way. Logic puzzles, platforming and surprises await in this game that presents everything in a single level. That means no load times, and you’ll be able to see the entire world and every puzzle before you. The promising Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles is launching on PC via Steam and GOG, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch on March 24th, 2022.
Primordia by Wormwood Studios – March 2nd, 2022
Originally released in 2012, Primordia is a cult classic point and click adventure. In some circles, this game is mentioned alongside the LucasArts classics as the best in the genre. In it, humanity has long since disappeared and the machines that we left behind are starting to follow suite. After a thief steals their energy source, protagonist Horatio Nullbuilt and his sarcastic sidekick Crispin make some unexpected discoveries that turn their world on its head. Wormwood Studios teamed with Wadjet Eye Games to release Strangeland last year. Now the pair are now bringing this melancholic, seminal work to a new platform – the Nintendo Switch. If you like point and click adventures and you’ve not played this one, this is a perfect excuse to try it out for the first time. I’ll be honest, I never managed to finish it on PC thanks to my review schedule but I’m certainly going to take time out to play this when it hits Nintendo Switch on March 2nd.
Have A Nice Death by Magic Design Studios – March 2022
Death is overworked because its employees have all run amok and now the balance of souls is out of whack. Armed with his trusty scythe, Death will have to
beat meet a diverse cast of memorable characters and show them who’s boss. A procedurally generated roguelike with over 30 unique weapons and spells Death can utilise to combo together, you’ll be fighting your way through the underworld and putting the undead minions in their place – until you die that is. Of course, Death can’t die, so instead he’ll respawn with the knowledge it gained from the last run and a performance review will unlock interesting items and upgrades that will help you progress on your journey. The game play for Have A Nice Death looks quick, challenging and endearingly charming. Have A Nice Death is launching into Early Access on PC via Steam this March.
Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus? by Good Gate Media – March 18th, 2022
The partnership between Good Gate Media and Wales Interactive has created some very interesting FMV indie games over the past few years. The latest – Who Pressed Mute On Uncle Marcus? – might sound like a traditional FMV game from the 90’s but it’s much more than that. The game follows a character called Abby who’s related to a rather complicated family. Abby missed out on family meeting a week ago but now she’s about to participate in a family Zoom/Teams quiz in honour of her mother’s birthday. Before the quiz can begin however, Uncle Marcus calls her and lets her know that he was poisoned by a member of the family and he needs her help. This triggers a hilarious but occasionally heart warming whodunit hunt for the would-be killer. You’ll be able to read my final review thoughts on this game before the game launches on PC via Steam and on consoles on March 18th, 2022. I doubt anyone would mind if I dropped this little teaser though – it’s really quite good.
Fixfox by Rendlike – March 31st, 2022
“Wholesome” and “sci-fi” are words you very rarely see paired together to describe indie games. For Fixfox from solo developer Rendlike however, both seem apt. In this game you play as Vix, an unlucky space mechanic who crashes on the mysterious planet Karamel where tools are forbidden. Here, she’ll be meeting new people, eating meals with the charming cast, fixing objects with unconventional items and unravelling a cosmic mystery that transcends existence. Everything I’ve seen of Fixfox makes it look like a deeply charming, engaging and quirky game. I’m certainly excited to get lost in its world and weirdness when it launches on PC via Steam on March 31st, 2022.
Pants Quest by Ghost Cat Games – March 2nd, 2022
Our monthly indie games lists are usually prospective. They’re almost always written based on trailers, press releases and our own experience with demos/previews – but we don’t usually know for sure if a game will be great or not. That’s not true of Pants Quest as we’ve already reviewed it. A short, smart point and click adventure with plenty of heart, I wrote that it has the “capability to make you feel a myriad of things. If you enjoy little, unique gaming curios then this is certainly worth a look“. Following one man’s catastrophe of a morning when he can’t find his pants, it’s funny and poignant in equal measure. Check it out when it launched on PC via Steam on March 2nd, 2022.
A Musical Story by Glee-Cheese Studio – March 2nd – 4th, 2022
In A Musical Story, we’ll be exploring the memories of 70’s strummer Gabriel, a young man trying to come to terms with his situation through the connections to his musical memory. A combination of a painterly visual novel and a rhythm music game, A Musical Story is an audio-visual treat for the senses as it blends catchy beats with 70’s psychedelic rock. Most of Gabriel’s story is told via the 26 original songs in the game, guiding the tone of the plot. It’s a confident, assured debut for indie French developer Glee-Cheese Studio that’s coming to PS4/5 on March 2nd, Nintendo Switch on March 3rd and then to Xbox, PC via Steam and mobile devices on March 4th.
What Lies in the Multiverse by Studio Voyager / IguanaBee – March 4th, 2022
“I only meant to play Multiverse for an hour…I’ve now been playing it for 3”. That was the message I received from our Miles, the chap who is reviewing What Lies in the Multiverse by Studio Voyager, IguanaBee and Untold Tales. A dimension swapping puzzle platformer, this game is described as “bleakly hilarious (and hilariously bleak)”. In it, you switch between diverse dimensions with a click of a button in order to progress forward, driven by an…eccentric scientist called Everette. On this journey you’ll meet a cast of colourful characters from mad scientists to secret agents, sweet old ladies through to enlightened monks. What Lies in the Multiverse seems to be shaping up to be something quite special. We’ll be able to get our hands on it when it launches on PC via Steam and consoles on March 4th, 2022.
Abermore from Four Circle Interactive – March 29th, 2022
The elevator pitch for Abermore feels like Four Circle Interactive surgically removed most of what I love about indie games from my brain and formed them into its own game. A first person RPG meets stealth sim, you play as the greatest thief in the land AKA “The Unhanged Man” who’s planning the biggest heist of all time in the neo-Edwardian city of Abermore. As the player, you have 18 days to plan this heist in a procedurally generated campaign where every day will pose its own challenges/opportunities and each run at the heist will prove to be unique. The aim is to daisy chain together smaller heists and recruit a rag tag group of collaborators to make the end score – “The Feast of the Lucky Few” – that touch bit easier. Oh, and you can knock people out by throwing a wheel of cheese at them, then stuff them in a dumbwaiter so that no one’s the wiser. Y’know… GOTY type stuff. Four Circle Interactive have been squirrelling away at developing Abermore since they released the excellent 10 Second Ninja, and we’ll finally be able to get our grubby mitts on it on March 29th, 2022 when it launches on PC via Steam.