16 Indie Games To Be Excited About During July 2024

Welcome back, everyone. I took last month as an opportunity to actually try and play some of the releases I rant about every month, so I hope this means you did too. That didn’t stop the rest of the team though, because we had some real treats to review. June saw the release of the equal parts mystifying and mortifying Still Wakes the Deep, the surprisingly cosy cyberpunk city-builder Dystopika and XCOM meets The Boys with Capes. You can check out all those reviews and many more in the reviews section.

But the summer of games is not over. You could even say it’s only heating up, unlike the weather here or our football team in the Euros, but I digress. July is yet another jam-packed month for indie games. Whether it’s a fast-paced first-person foot-focused fighter you’re after or one cuckoo co-op coaxing sim, July has got it all. So without further ado, here are 16 indie games to be excited about during July 2024.

Anger Foot by Free Lives – 11th July 2024

Kick your way through the blistering grunge of Shit City like a Capoeira king in Anger Foot. The game on style alone fits right at home in Devolver Digital’s publishing discography. Anger Foot is an abrasive, unrelenting and kickass FPS from Free Lives. Utilizing your trusty toes as your weapon of choice, you’ll quickly become the heel to the scuzz lurking intricate levels – leaving destruction in your walk, wake… wait. Don’t believe me? Read Miles’ demo impressions from a couple of years ago to get a second opinion. Anger Foot will release on PC.

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Disaster Band by Produktivkeller Studios – 11th July 2024

A smash hit on PC, Disaster Band is back for an encore for consoles. Playing alone or with friends, you’ll be doing your darndest to play some timeless classics as a disorderly orchestra. Think of it as Guitar Hero, but you’re a zero and the sound guy didn’t tune your brass instruments before you went on to perform. Sounding off-key and playing off-kilter, Disaster Band looks to be a multiplayer hoot and toot. Disaster Band will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and is out now on PC.

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Mech Builder by Don Pachi – 16th July 2024

Making Gunpla can be daunting: They’re not cheap, they come with extensive instructions and you may not even have good enough dexterity to pull off some of the finer details during your building session. Fear not, however, as Don Pachi has put the cosy in COSI-X820 – that’s probably not a real mech but it’s convincing! Inspired by the hobby of Gunpla, Mech Builder is literally just that. Playing like a point-and-click puzzler, you’ll be assembling, painting and ultimately customising your mechs across 50+ kits to choose from. The Steam page states that each mech will take 7-9 hours to build, giving the player that slow yet satisfying process, without the hassle of failure. Mech Builder will release on PC.

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Flock by Hollow Ponds, Richard Hogg – 16th July 2024

After their breakout success with I Am Dead, Hollowponds and Richard Hogg are back with co-op herding game Flock. You assume the role of a flying shepherd, collecting and herding an array of weird and wonderful creatures. Described as an ode to the joy of exploration and flying, the game has a delightful low-poly art style that presents a wonderfully peaceful world full of vibrancy. As a cutesy collectathon, Flock even has some super rare creatures to seek out and add to your flock. Flock will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

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Aerial_Knight’s We Never Yield by Aerial_Knight, Beta Jester – 16th July 2024

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield was an impressive debut for the studio. There were no doubt some growing pains in terms of its gameplay, but what was there was a vision completely realised and executed with finesse. Something tells me the sequel We Never Yield will be bigger, bolder and more compelling as every dial has been turned up to 11. Now featuring two protagonists, you play as brothers who team up to reclaim the throne from their once-kingdom. You’ll be running, dashing and smashing across the fast-paced levels that’ll challenge your quick reactions and precise timings, all the whilst taking on the dark forces that want to stop you. Featuring new modes, split-screen co-op, a full voice cast and a whole new soundtrack, Aerial_Knight’s We Never Yield looks to be an exciting sequel. The game will release on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

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Clickolding by Strange Scaffold – 16th July 2024

As if Strange Scaffold haven’t been busy enough with their recent showing of I Am Your Beast; Creative Director, Xalavier Nelson Jr., just had a game ready to go and I’m guessing Clickolding might just be that one. Ominously coming out of nowhere and unsettlingly telling you to click, I don’t know where this short narrative could go but knowing Strange Scaffold, you probably won’t finish the game as the same person. My description is as aloof as the game, the name sells itself, check it out on PC when it releases.

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Nobody Wants To Die by Critical Hit Games – 17th July 2024

Seeing the trailer, I was convinced this was a ways out. However, to my delight, its brooding presence is quenching my thirst for cyberpunk noir this month. Nobody Wants To Die is a first-person narrative adventure that puts you into the role of Detective James Karra. New York 2329; immortality comes at the price of life, but who’s? With the help of advanced technology, you’re the lead investigator in pursuit of a serial killer whose targets are the city’s elite. Using Unreal Engine 5, the game looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to get embroiled in cyberpunk noir goodness. Bets on Karra getting a broken nose, I’ll start the bidding at 5 cybercoins. Nobody Wants To Die will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus by Squid Shock Studios – 17th July 2024

Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus is a 2D Metroidvania with a focus on aerial combat as you dash around the levels with finesse. You play the titular celestial blossom Bō, who has descended from the heavens to fulfil an ancient prophecy. Featuring fast and frenetic combat that will satiate any fans of games like the Ori series or Hollow Knight, with a similarly feeling traversal that sees you encountering wonderfully designed yokai monsters across a Japanese metropolis. Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Dungeons of Hinterberg by Microbird Games – 18th July 2024

Watching the gameplay footage I can’t help but think of Sable. Both games with delightfully intricate cel shading and a fantastic sense of place. Outside of both games’ inherent goading of exploration, those are where my comparisons end, as Dungeons of Hinterberg is only a slightly more grounded game of guiding, gliding and finding all that the Austrian Alps have to offer. Fighting the monsters to keep them at bay and keeping a quick wit during the environmental puzzles is key to surviving your dungeon crawling escapades. You play as Luisa, a law trainee who’s giving up the gavel for more excitement and boy does Hinterberg have them. Dungeons of Hinterberg will release on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Meifumado by Old Bit Studio – 18th July 2024

Meifumado is a 2D pixel art RPG set in a futuristic dystopian Japan – need I say more? Okay, for those who might need more info, Meifumado has a non-linear level structure that promises to have a complex combat system. With multiple fighting styles that have different move sets and a wide range of abilities and sub-weapons, Meifumado poses a challenge for those seeking it. With opposing factions causing rifts in the already crumbled world, the game’s quests alter your allegiance with consequences to your decisions. Meifumado will release on PC.

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SCHiM by Ewoud van der Werf, Nils Slijkerman – 18th July 2024

SCHiM is an inexplicably brilliant premise whereby you play as a shadow that’s trying to find its home. Much like vampires, however, you can’t just walk in plain daylight. Instead, you’ll be hitching a ride on people, objects and things in an overtly simple but brain-tingling fashion that creates the main puzzle mechanic in the game. To pull it all together in style, SCHiM has a bold two-tone art direction that really accentuates the shadowing from the asymmetrical perspective, giving the game a striking presentation. SCHiM will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Cataclismo by Digital Sun – (Early Access) 22nd July 2024

Cataclismo is an RTS that sees you creating and managing your castle grounds. You’ll have an almost endless amount of customizability for your creations as you build your castles brick-by-brick, only to then defend them from the horrors of the mist. The Cataclismo left the world broken but with the prospect of rebuilding and learning the mechanics, maybe the hope will live on. Moreover from the campaign, there will also be Skirmish, Endless Waves and Creative modes to make Cataclismo endlessly replayable. Cataclismo is releasing on Steam Early Access.

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Conscript by Jordan Mochi, Catchweight Studio – 23rd July 2024

Set during the First World War, Conscript is a survival horror that pits you against the claustrophobic terrors of trench warfare. You play as a French soldier on the hunt for his brother whilst the ongoing invasion spirals out of control. You must manage your resources, sparingly dispose of enemies and solve contextual survival horror-style puzzles to venture forth through the relenting Battle of Verdun. The game has a brilliant PS1-era art style, multiple endings, different difficulties and secrets to unlock, making it the full survival horror package. Conscript will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Été by Impossible – 23rd July 2024

French for Summer, Été sees you spend the sunny time of year in Montreal where you relaxingly paint and explore your town. Paint your surroundings to reveal their potential in a beautiful watercolour paint art style. Complete requests from neighbours by creating pieces of art and design your own studio as you put colour in all of your surroundings. Été looks like it’s going to be a serene experience that fully requires you to play this next to an open window to feel the summer breeze. Été will release on PC.

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Arranger: A Role-Puzzling Adventure by Furniture & Mattress – 25th July 2024

Arranger: A Role-Puzzling Adventure instantly caught my eye with its art style because it just looks so jovial and vibrant that you can’t help but appreciate the artistry. With that said though, Arranger is more than just a pretty game as its world-manipulating puzzle mechanic is giving me flashbacks to my tough but great time with Paper Trail. You play as Jemma as she tries to discover herself whilst facing the difficulties of her ability causing her to slide the world like a 2D Rubix cube every time she moves. Unique and premise and wonderful in design, Arranger: A Role-Puzzling Adventure will release on PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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The Garden Path by carrotcake – 30th July 2024

Often is the case with slice-of-life sims, you’re trapped in a tireless loop to upkeep the home you’ve created. Carrotcake’s approach with The Garden Path, however, is to let the player play as much or as little as they want and still see results that’ll feel rewarding. Growing your garden and cultivating crops until harvest, you’ll garner veg-headed neighbours who will set up shop beside you – building a wonderful and cosy community either alone or co-op. The Garden Path will release on Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Let us know what indie games you’re excited to pick up out of this list. Every game’s date is subject to change and as always you can reach out to us at hello@fingerguns.net, or on our socials if you have indies to showcase for August. Until next month!

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