TROP Recommends: Upcoming indie titles to look forward to

Written by Pat Kerley

From the Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us: Part II and CyberPunk 2077, it’s quite easy to get swept up in the excitement of the bigger releases of the year. And with these massive games taking up most of the limelight, it’s easy to overlook the gems that lay hidden among them. So today we will be looking at some indie games that should be on your radar for the future!

Project: Longtail

Something Old Yet New!

The PlayStation 2 was the main console I played while growing up. It was a console with a vast variety of games and genres and one such genre that often tickled my fancy were platformers like Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Vexx.

Platformers have begun to see a big resurgence in years especially thanks to older titles like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro getting remakes from the ground up. I think because of this resurgence we have a slew of new platformers coming to us and one of these titles that I’m looking forward to is Project: Longtail.

Project: Longtail plans to try and recapture the feel of those old PS2 platformers from back in the day but with a modern twist.

A Promising Looking Game!

There isn’t much known about the game although there is a small pre-alpha gameplay trailer that shows off quick platforming, puzzle elements and combat segments. The trailer is over a year old which in my opinion has given them plenty of time to polish up the gameplay where it’s needed.

From what can be observed the main character Longtail will have some sort of mystical powers and there does seem to be a possibility of a deep story going off of a video they recently posted showing off a bit more of the game.

The game does look very inviting, with nice lush environments, neat character designs and colour that pops and just grabs one’s attention. The music that has been showcased through their most recent video adds to the idea that the story will play a big part but equally as impressive is the music which is uplifting and cheery and is quite easy on the ears.

Project: Longtail is a game I always love to see more news about, and I hope we get more soon. So far from what this game has shown it has garnered my full attention and I eagerly await the day I get to sit down and give the game a whirl.

The game is being developed by Hologram Monster and I can’t wait to see what comes next. The game is being developed in Unreal Engine 4 and they are planning to bring it to PC and consoles.

Fisti-Fluffs

Fisti-fluffs a Brawl between Cats!

I find that games these days have a deeper focus on telling a compelling narrative first and foremost. I have nothing against that approach, however, I feel like games are starting to lean on it too heavily and rather having a game that’s just simply for fun.

A whole different kind of catfight!

This is why I love seeing games like Fisti-Fluffs. Something so utterly endearing, something so utterly mad, that I get giddy about thinking of the amount of fun I could have with this game. The premise is simple, up to four cats fighting each other while they tear up the environment to prove who is the dominant feline! The game is physics-based which adds to the pure insanity as you scrap, scratch or throw something at any cat that dares to get in your way.

This game to me is the definition of just pure fun in the same vein of games like Gang Beasts, meeting up with a few buddies and tearing into each in an over the top fighter is just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for something that will bring forth a hefty amount of craic between each other.

Be sure to look like the Top Cat!

What’s the point of fighting unless you do it in style? Fisti-Fluffs offers you the chance to customize your little cat with a hat before you jump into battle against each other, it’s a nice little feature that adds a little more to the game outside of fighting.

Playfellow Studio is making a fine little fighter here, and they already have a demo out that allows up to four-player fights so you get a taste for the madness.

With each passing year it feels like games that are made purely for the fun gameplay have been few and far between, but with games like Fisti-Fluffs we’re sure to have an experience with simple, over the top fun.

Metal Revolution

Time from some Robot Wars!

Over the past two years, I’ve been digging fighting games and trying to dive in deep beyond the surface level. One game that has been holding my attention quite strongly over the past few months would have to be Metal Revolution, a fighting game with an incredible sense of style that will keep people busy in trying to master it.

The game looks to be simple to grasp making it easy for anyone to jump in and go a few rounds without having to have a great understanding of how the game works. It’s a smart move on NExT Studios part, leaving the game open for a wider audience.

But like many fighters, there is a deep pit to fall into to get a whole understanding of the game and be an expert at the game. Learning to better yourself and challenge yourself against others will truly put you to the test.

Robotic Cyberpunk Style!

This game seems to be incredibly stylish. As I watched the smooth combat between two fighters, I found that they were surprisingly fluid.

There are the creative character designs for these robotic fighters to choose from, from the fancily dressed, katana-wielding Miyamoto Ren, to the Gundam like Trishula. The nine fighters so far are appealing to look at as well as to witness fighting. 

In all honesty though, from what I have seen of Metal Revolution it looks incredibly polished and is akin more to that of a Triple-A game in my eyes. It’s incredible to see smaller projects look as impressive as anything the big boys can throw out and it’s becoming more and more common that these indie games can rival the big title releases.

If you’re anyway a fan of fighting games then Metal Revolution is one to keep on your eyes on for future updates!

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