Keep Your Eye Out for These 10 Promising Indie Games
As the dust settles on all the “Best Of” lists for 2019, our eyes turn to the coming year, 2020, which promises another steady stream of great games to steal our free time once again. And let’s not forget that Indie games are often among the best titles released each year, as evidenced by such 2019 standouts as Untitled Goose Game and The Outer Worlds, both of which we introduced you to right here last year. Now, COGconnected is once again pleased to offer you our picks for the Top 10 indie games to watch for in 2020. You may not have heard of some of these titles yet, but trust us, you definitely will by the end of the year!
10. Minute of Islands – Releases Early 2020 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC
We know, raving about a game’s “gorgeous” or “stunning” visuals is almost a tired cliché these days, but in the case of Minute of Islands, a game coming in the next few months from Studio Fizbin, the visuals really are worth talking about. Done in a comic book style that’s full of color and detail, it’s a game that you’ll enjoy just inhabiting and experiencing for its own sake. But don’t worry, there’s also lots of secrets to find and a great narrative to uncover, so keep your eyes out for this little gem in the coming year.
9. The Procession to Calvary – Release Date TBA on PC
One-man indie dev Joe Richardson is at it again, bringing us more of the repurposed-art based, point-and-click zaniness that won us over with 2017’s brilliant Four Last Things. If you loved the original’s Monty Python-esque cheek and whip-smart puzzle-solving, it looks like you’ll be in Heaven when The Procession to Calvary arrives. Richardson continues to single-handedly build almost a whole new genre of indie game – Renaissance art puzzle adventure – and we can’t wait to take another hilarious pilgrimage.
8. The Last Campfire – Release Date TBA on PC
We were expecting to see The Last Campfire, from Hello Games of No Man’s Sky fame, last year – in fact, the release date on Steam still says “2019.” Well, we can only assume and hope that it’s at least on track for a 2020 release, because we’re still as impressed as ever by its promising concept that has you exploring a mysterious landscape and meeting strange new creatures.
7. Cloudpunk – Releases Early 2020 on PC
While CD Projekt Red’s upcoming AAA title Cyberpunk 2077 will rightfully command the lion’s share of gamers’ attention in early 2020, there’s actually another cyberpunk game that should be on your radar as well. Mixing the uber-cool visual style of Blade Runner with gameplay elements from Death Stranding (among others), Cloudpunk looks positively engrossing. It’s a story-based RPG with lots of exploration through a gorgeous neon cityscape, and we can’t wait to visit.