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.
FAR: Changing Tides by Okomotive – March 1st, 2022
God is a Geek called Far: Changing Tides “a beautiful game with a stunning soundtrack”. TheSixthAxis said it’s “an original and artistic game that deserves a little appreciation”. Games Machine said “After you finish it, you will not forget you have played this game. In a good way”. The reviews for Far: Changing Tides have been almost universally positive and we don’t have long to wait until we can play it ourselves. A atmospheric vehicle adventure, this game pairs you with a ship as you embark on a voyage to find a new home. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, telling a touching tale without having to say a single word. Check out Far: Changing Tides when it launches on PC via Steam / Epic Games Store and consoles on March 1st. Pre-order and you can bag a 10% discount.
In Nightmare by Magic Fish Studio – March 29th, 2022
In Nightmare, from Chinese developer Magic Fish Studio, is a stealth focused horror game with an interesting concept. In it, you follow the journey of a boy that has has secluded himself in his dreams. Here he is searching for his own salvation by navigating through his fear to find his last chance of love. This boy’s real life experiences have been littered with trauma and they’re manifesting themselves as terrifying monsters that want to keep him in an eternal nightmare. He’ll have to sneak past them with the help of a spirit to “overcome intricate puzzles, embrace his fear, and uncover the truth so that he may be able to purify the monsters he has created, and finally wake up”. Part of Sony’s ChinaJoy project, In Nightmare is launching on PS4 and PS5 on March 29th, 2022.
Aztech Forgotten Gods by Lienzo – March 10th, 2022
I didn’t know what a “cyber-stone” aesthetic looked like until I saw Aztech Forgotten Gods. Now I’m certainly on board with it as a vibe I can enjoy. In this action-adventure game, you play as a young woman called Achtli who lives in a far-future Mesoamerican city. To uncover the truth behind her metropolis she’ll have to turn the Forgotten Gods’ power against them, “as she soars through the city with power and grace using an ancient artifact, remnant of a time long forgotten”. Sporting an emotionally charged narrative between boss battles against gigantic creatures resembling deities from the Aztec pantheon, Aztech Forgotten Gods looks like it’s going to be very enjoyable. Check it out when it launches on March 10th, 2022 on PC via Steam, PS4/5, Xbox One/Series and Nintendo Switch.
Tunic by Andrew Shouldice – March 16th, 2022
Tunic is one of those games that you look at, get lulled into a peaceful, false sense of security, and then BAM the game play slaps you across the cheeks like it’s demanding satisfaction. The pleasing, clean, bold visuals feel like ASMR for your retinas and then you see boss fights against monsters that look like they just crawled out of a Ghibli film and it comes together in a brain tickling, deeply satisfying way. Tunic has been developed by one person, Andrew Shouldice. He bet on himself after years of working at other studios and it certainly seems like that bet is about to pay off. With a little publishing help from Finji, Tunic is launching on March 16th (which happens to be my birthday, should you be looking for a gift for me *nudge nudge*) on PC via Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
ANNO: Mutationem by Thinking Stars – March 17th, 2022
Our man Toby has been waxing lyrical on our Slack about the 2.5D cyberpunk side-scrolling RPG ANNO: Mutationem ever since it was announced. Another indie game blending 2D pixel art and 3D graphics to create a breath-taking aesthetic, this game puts you in the kick ass boots of a character called Ann Flores who’s on a revenge trip through Metropolis. This futuristic city is “full of sinister mega-corporations, mysterious fringe groups and creatures more bizarre than words can express”. We’ll be befriending some of those as we follow a strong narrative and fighting the rest with double blades, great swords and the occasional uppercut. It looks so, so good. My man Toby has great taste. Another title that’s part of Sony’s China Joy project, ANNO: Mutationem is launching on PC via Steam and PlayStation on March 17th, 2022.
Weird West by WolfEye Studio – March 31st, 2022
A dark fantasy reimagining of the old frontier west, Weird West is a game about eerie cowboys, creepy monsters and fantastical creatures. An immersive sim from the co-creators of Dishonored and Prey, this game is an isometric playground that’ll adapt to the players decisions and tactics as they experience the origin stories of different characters. We’ll be moving from one character’s journey to the next until all converge in a final chapter. Previews of Weird West have been positive and we don’t have much longer to wait until we can play the finished article as the game launches on PC via Steam and GOG on March 31st, 2022.
Submerged: Hidden Depths by Uppercut Games – March 10th, 2022
I think it’s fair to say that the original Submerged title, released in 2015, struggled to shine under it own ambition. There was a decent concept in their though that definitely could have flourished in a sequel. Developers Uppercut Games obviously thought so too because 7 years later, we’re getting a follow up in the shape of Submerged: Hidden Depths. A non-combative third-person “relaxploration” adventure, this game allows you to explore the flooded ruins of a lost civilisation as a pair of characters – Miku and Taku. As you climb, parkour and sail around this sunken world, you’ll explore the relationship between these two playable leads, one of which is cursed and the other determined not to let it tear them apart. Submerged: Hidden Depths looks really bloody gorgeous in all of the trailers so hopefully this game will follow through on the promise of the original when it launches on PC via Steam & EGS, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Stadia. Roll on March 10th.
Beholder 3 by Paintbucket Games – March 3rd, 2022
The Beholder games have always entertained me while simultaneously creeping me out. Sure, the curious cat in me loves spying on my co-workers and neighbours and then shopping them in to Big Brother if they step out of line. But at the same time, these games have a knack of making you feel uncomfortable. It certainly seems as if the threequel – Beholder 3 – is going to be following that trend. In this game, you’ve been set up, then saved from jail time by a high-ranking security officer. You’ll stay out of prison so long as you pose as a landlord and start working for her by eliminating anyone that stands in her way. That’ll involve spying on the tenants, breaking into their apartments, searching for contraband and maybe even planting some. Beholder 3 launches into early access on PC via Steam on March 3rd.
Fragments of A Mind by LoneWolf – March 25th, 2022
I’ve got a lot of respect for indie developers that find their core ‘hook’ and really nail it and get the most out of it. That feels like what developers LoneWolf has done with their top-down action adventure RPG ‘Fragments of A Mind’. In this game, you play as a character called Cassandra. After an unexpected turn of events in a secluded mountain cabin, she finds herself trapped in her own twisted dreams. Here she must face her nightmares to restore her memories – but nothing is quite as it first seams. On this inner journey, there will be combat against powerful foes, traps to evade, puzzles to solve and mysteries to uncover. There’s some really eye catching moments in this trailer too. Seriously. Watch it. Then go ahead and wishlist Fragments of A Mind over on Steam before the game releases on the 25th of March.
Little Orpheus by The Chinese Room – March 1st, 2022
The Chinese Room don’t miss, do they? From the touching ‘Dear Esther’ to the best of the Amnesia games, the beautiful Rapture to the enigmatic ‘So Let Us Melt’, they have a track record of making high quality indie games. For us green bubble folk, we had to watch the release of their latest platform game – Little Orpheus – from a far as it originally released as an Apple Arcade exclusive. Since that release, the game went on to be nominated for, and then subsequently win, an astonishing amount of awards (seriously, check out the game’s website – it has more laurels than a Julius Caesar impersonation contest). Now the game is launching onto a whole host of other platforms, bringing with it its unique brand of storytelling. What’s more, the new versions are upscaled for next-gen consoles so it’ll look great on our TVs and monitors. Little Orpheus is launching on PC via Steam and all the consoles on March 1st.
Hyperbolica by CodeParade – March 14th, 2022
Before you read this, click on the above trailer and watch it. Finished? Now pick your jaw up off the floor. It broke your brain, right? Hyperbolica is a meandering, whimsical adventure through a series of Non-Euclidean worlds that house puzzles, mazes and secrets. While hyperbolic geometry isn’t new to video games, the neat trick here is to do with volume and movement. According to the game’s description, its “space allows exponentially more volume to fit in the same ‘space’ than you’d normally expect. This allows you to explore enormous areas while taking very little time to walk anywhere“. I genuinely can’t think of another game that’s ever done Non-Euclidean geometry in this way before and I’m certainly very excited to give this a whirl. Hyperbolica launches on PC via Steam on March 14th.
Onde by Lance / 3-50 – March 17th, 2022
Sometimes it takes just a trailer to sell you on a game. That happened with Onde for me. A smooth sound-surfing platformer, the aim of this game is to ride the sound and light waves while letting the “ethereal tunes carry you fluidly through serene abstract landscapes”. Sold. Oh so very sold. This feels like a game I could come home too after a hard day in the office and totally lose myself in. If the serene, calming, almost meditative feeling in the trailer is consistent throughout the entire game, it’ll be quite an experience I imagine. Onde launches on PC via Steam on March 17th, 2022.
As much as we’d like for these monthly indie games lists to be exhaustive, there are always a few promising games that slip through the cracks. Have we missed any of your favourite indie games releasing in March 2022? Sound off in the comments section and leave us a link.
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