This is about games off the grid. Non Triple-A games that most won’t play, let alone hear about. I’ve done two previous articles and they got a good enough response for me to continue it. Nevertheless, I have not played most of these games, but intend to showcase them anyway as they have managed to garner some interest from me. Some of them might be free to play, even on Steam. Others in Beta stages or waiting to get kick-starters funds to move to the next phase. A good number have retro-styles that tickle the nostalgic centers of the brain. Yeah there are even a few which look like they could be big. Still most are strange. You can check them out at their sources with the link if you feel it’s something that you like.
BADBLOOD is a local split-screen hide & seek between two players, with a deadly consequence. Find your unique style of murder in this intimate and visceral local multiplayer, and outwit your neighbor. Same bloody field, different bloody perspective. Hide, seek, kill.
I love the look of this game as it has the scratch ‘n sniff style of a comic called Rocketo. A book deserved of a film if ever there was one. By switching perspectives two people stalking or one running from the other, adds a good degree of fun as you can sneak up on the other or hide. You move across space with one of four characters who all have different abilities, hoping to uproot your opponent. The Hunter character has a dog who tries to alert you to his presence. The Hitwoman has a garrote. Oh and it’s a one-shot kill game. But if you miss, you’re the one who could be done for.
This game is on Steam for $7.99. It looks like it’s getting a good deal of praise. Whatever that means.
You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.
Don’t Starve has a sketchy look and a mysterious premise. Another survival game that mixes a bit of Tim Burton and mad science. There are absolutely no guides for this game. You’re plunked down in this domain by the demon’s hand and forced to fend for yourself. You either have to find things or make them. You’re given nothing. And everything wants to kill you.
The first is the trailer to the story. The second a taste of the actual gameplay.
This game is $14. 99 on a number of venues.
The Takeover is an old school beat ’em up inspired by games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage.
Final Fight you say? Double Dragon was one of the best games I’ve played in the Arcade when those things were around. Then came Final Fight and we would skip school to play it. I’m not sure if those games still have any appeal, but there haven’t been many good fighting games since, except Samurai Showdown and Soul Caliber. No Mortal Combat is not really of any interest to me. But I might be able to go back to this.
This game has been Greenlit by the Steam community and is in its prototype stages which you can download. Here are five minutes of gameplay.
Float is an adorable puzzle-platformer in which you must float your black blob friend through the twisting tunnels of a pixellated world, dodging enemies and picking up power-ups along the way.
Playing as Gloop and Gleep from the Herculoids would be enticing. This is close enough as you take control of something that looks like them crossed between a soot-ball from Spirited Away and a black cat bobbing its head. Overcoming obstacles and avoiding enemies are your objectives to destinations unknown. Completely old school in endevour it looks like there are some areas which are going to be humorously annoying.
This game has been greenlit by the Steam community.
Black Desert Online is a hotly anticipated action high fantasy action MMORPG with Assassins Creed-style parkour and exciting combat with manual targeting, dodging and combos.
This game is available in Korea right now. And the website is based in Russian. It is coming here and apparently people are waiting for it. I’m not really anxious to play another MMO and I have an unopened Skyrim game in my desk that I kept on meaning to get to, yet have not. This game looks interesting, really fast. It might be a hyped up on Ninja Gaiden, another game I absolutely loath. Though it doesn’t mean you can’t learn lessons and take ideas from them. The open Beta which starts today in fact has no region restrictions. But the Russian thing is an obstacle…for most.