Welcome back, everyone! I thought January might have been a bit of a quiet month for indie games, but to my surprise (not surprised) I was completely wrong. 2024 is off to a cracking start as the team here at Finger Guns covered the illustrious Immortality for PS5, the sleeper RPG hit Svarog’s Dream, as well as the third and most fanatical Pixel Pulp, Bahnsen Knights. As well as some December releases that slipped through during our break over the holidays; you can check them all out in our reviews section.
February is keeping it consistent as we have an abundance of awesome indie games to let you know about. Whether it’s a Lovecraftian dating sim – just in time for Valentines – or Metroidvanias to get lost in; February has got it all to make or break your heart, and maybe a couple of controllers. So without further ado, here is our list of indie games to be excited about during February 2024.
Anomaly Agent by Phew Phew Games – January 24th 2024
Anomaly Agent looks to be a frenetic 2D-action platformer with a whole heaping of Cyberpunk goodness. You play as Agent 70 who’s tasked to take out the anomalies that encroach on your world. Could these anomalies be a consequence of the time-bending narrative that Agent 70 plays an important part in? Players’ choices can change the story as you slide, smash and shoot through mobs, utilising its fluid combat and interactive environments; all to the soundtrack of anthemic synthwave tunes. Anomaly Agent is out now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.
Go Mecha Ball by Whale Peak Games – January 25th 2024
Go Mecha Ball proves that there’s more danger to pinball than gutterball rage. The game is a chaotic twin-stick shooter roguelike with pinball physics-based traversal. Navigate the arena-like playgrounds in your mech as you bounce, bash and blow up enemies with a devastating arsenal of 25 unique weapons. With more than 20 abilities to utilise during your runs and more than 50 upgrades for your mech, Go Mecha Ball adrenaline-fueled journey looks to be exhilarating. The game is out now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One for Game Pass as well as PC via Steam.
Lil’ Guardsman by Hilltop Studios – January 26th 2024
In a fantasy world with mages, elves and creatures, there’s only one person stopping them from entering the bustling magical city of Sprawl. And it’s a 12-year-old named Lil. Lil’ Guardsman is a game all about deducing and sleuthing an eclectic bunch of heroes and potential villains as you stop them at the gates to either accept or deny. You’ll have some tools of the trade to help you along the way, as well as a handy time machine to use at your risk. When you’re not on the job, you’ll be exploring Sprawl, meeting the citizens that’ll definitely provide some hilarity. Lil’ Guardsman is out now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5&4, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.
Speed Crew by Wild Fields – January 31st 2024
If the kitchens of Overcooked weren’t stressful enough for you, maybe being a pit crew member would be a pair of jump cables to the tongue. With co-op insanity of up to 3 other players (local or online), you’ll be assigning tasks and repairing the speeding cars to take home the gold trophy at the championships. Featuring 48 levels across 4 chapters, new challenges will persist throughout your high-octane fixing career. Communication, confident actions and timely repairs are the keys to success as you take on the rival Dominion Torrento. Speed Crew is out now on PlayStation 5 & 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
Alisa: Developer’s Cut by Casper Croes – February 6th 2024
Originally released in 2021 for PC, Alisa is now coming to consoles in the form of a Developer’s Cut. It may be hyperbole to say Alisa is coming home by releasing on console, but the game’s inspirations of ’90s era 3D adventures looks to be a great way to experience this horror-themed action adventure. You play as an Elite Royal Agent called Alisa, chasing after a criminal who leads her to an old Victorian mansion. Taking place in the 1920s, Alisa must survive the mechanic doll humanoids haunting the mansion. Take in the pre-rendered background scenery, solve retro-inspired puzzles, and fight off the enemies with survival horror gameplay. Alisa: Developer’s Cut will be released on PlayStation 5 & 4, Xbox Series X|S, with the Developer’s update coming to PC via Steam.
News Tower by Sparrow Night – February 13th 2024
Every Spider-Man fan has had the lifelong dream of experiencing what it’d be like, to be J. Jonah Jameson. Right? Pictures of Spider-Man aside, News Tower lets you live out the fantasy of being a News mogul in New York during the 1930s. In great tycoon fashion, you’ll be building and managing your business, hiring journalists to create your editorial line and dictating the stories you cover during important moments in the ’30s. Will you spread gossip to entice readers? Or run with the hard truths to instil your integrity. Boasting an awesome art style, with an extensive level of detail in gameplay, News Tower looks to be a refreshing take on the tycoon genre. The game will be released out of Steam Early Access for PC.
Ultros by Hadoque – February 13th 2024
From the creative visionary behind Hotline Miami, Ultros is a psychedelic metroidvania that looks out of this world. You wake up stranded on The Sarcophagus – a cosmic uterus holding the titular demonic being Ultros. Trapped in a loop, you’ll explore The Sarcophagus and everything it holds to discover your role within the constant cycle. With intense melee combat against brutal alien lifeforms juxtaposing the serene cultivation of greenery, contemplation and exploration reveal new hidden locations. The game also explores themes of mental health and karmic cycles through its lore and environmental storytelling. Ultros will be released on PlayStation 5 & 4 and PC via Steam.
Solium Infernum by League of Geeks – February 14th 2024
Grand strategy title Solium Infernum prove that politics and power don’t end after your last breath. Set in the bowels of Hell, betrayal and intrigue lurk in every depth as the race for the Infernal Throne is on. You play as a fallen Archfiend, sinister overlords of the Infernal Kingdom of Hell, making you a potential heir after The Great Majesty goes missing. Command dread legions, enlist champion praetors, cast sinister rituals, and outplay your rivals to become Hell’s new Dark Majesty. Playable with up to 5 other players, you and some soon-to-be-enemies can plot and and conquer against each other. Use Events, Rituals, Diplomacy and Schemes depending on your playstyle, with Power trees to unlock new malicious dark powers. Solium Infernum will be released on PC via Steam.
Please, Touch The Artwork 2 by Thomas Waterzooi – February 19th 2024
Fellow Finger Gunner Sean had glowing things to say about the original Please, Touch The Artwork; speaking of its wonderful implementation of accessibility on top of a deeper appreciation for the works of art. This time around, Please, Touch The Artwork 2 explores the works of James Ensor as you help a lost skeleton find its way home. The game focuses more on the hidden object/point-and-click genre but still promises some casual puzzles to solve. Please, Touch The Artwork 2 will be released on PC via Steam seemingly free for players thanks to the government arts funding.
The Thaumaturge by Fool’s Theory – February 20th 2024
The Thaumaturge is an isometric RPG that sees you playing the titular Thaumaturge; mediating and controlling the demons known as Salutors. The game looks to have elements inspired by the Shin Megami Tensei series as well as some of the titles from Firaxis Games, with a gritty backdrop of 1900s Warsaw. You’ll make choices that will decide the fates of the locals, harness the powers of the Thaumaturge by taking control of the Salutors, and explore the heavily researched period of early twentieth-century Warsaw, with a dark twist. The Thaumaturge will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator by Stillalive Studios – February 22nd 2024
Garden Life lets you live out the fantasy of creating a garden exactly how you’d like. As you plant and nurture your garden, you’ll use techniques based on reality but with adaptations for everyone to have fun with. You’ll also be able to collect multiple variants of plants, as well as pick and choose the weeds you uproot to deter pests and let your plants thrive. The story mode pits you in charge of an abandoned community garden that you’ve decided to return to its former glory. During your time, you’ll complete tasks given by neighbours to earn rewards like new tools, seeds, ornaments and areas of the garden; all the whilst you unearthing the mystery it pertains. Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator will be released on PlayStation 5 & 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
Pacific Drive by Ironwood Studios – February 22nd 2024
Pacific Drive is a first-person driving roguelite where your car is your only means of survival. Putting the pedal to the metal across the anomaly-ridden planes of a reimagined Pacific Northwest, you’ll face a plethora of supernatural phenomena that can total your vehicle. When you’re not just trying to survive, you’ll be uncovering the mystery of an abandoned research site known as the Olympic Exclusion Zone. Scavenge resources, craft equipment, upgrade your car and most importantly, drive like a bat out of hell to evade the pervasive storm when Pacific Drive releases on PlayStation 5 and PC.
Spiritfall by Gentle Giant – February 28th 2024
Spiritfall takes inspirational cues from platform fighters like Brawhalla for its combat, whilst also being a frenetic action roguelite. With nimble traversal mechanics to navigate the 2D randomly generated maps, you’ll also inherit the divine abilities from spirits to suit your playstyle. Like every roguelite, death is not the end as every run will make you stronger, as you spawn back at the Sanctum. Featuring a helping of NPCs to meet along the way and an arsenal of abilities to procure, Spiritfall is a colourful and impactful action title. The game will be released out of Steam Early Access for PC.
Dare I say, we may have a couple of indie games that show signs of GOTY potential and we’re only the second month in. What indie games are you planning to pick up this month? Release dates are subject to change but as always, you can reach out to us at email@example.com, or on our socials if you have indie games to showcase for March. Until next month!
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