What a nice surprise, an Indie World Showcase today. We can all use some happy news and distraction I’m sure! So, I’m gonna wrap up the games that stood out to me:
Summer in Mara
Yes, yes, yes!! It’s finally getting close, Summer in Mara! I have featured this former Kickstarter several times on the site and I’m so pleased that the game is shaping up to be a very good game.
Chibig, a Spanish developer, is making this simulation game that has some nice exploration as well as crafting. Meet Koa who has to take care of an island, farming the land and crafting new tools in order to survive. Sail away with your boat to new islands, meet unique characters and find sunken treasures. If you want to read a bit more, here’s our article for the game.
The game is coming this Spring, and if you buy it at launch, you get in-game clothes and a backpack for free! Watch the new trailer right here:
The Good Life
Such fun to see games I’ve featured before in From Steam to Switch in this Indie World Showcase. See, the Good Life is a game that looks very promising too.
You play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who moves to a backwoods British town called Rainy Woods in order to pay off her massive debt. The only way for her to escape from debt hell is to take pictures of happenings in the town and report on them. Of course, ‘the happiest town in the world’ is not your average town.
It’s your job to pay off your debt by making a living out of taking photographs, but you also have to solve the mystery of the murder that took place in the ‘happiest town in the world. Aside from that, the townspeople are also hiding a big secret. Once a month, in the moonlight, all townspeople suddenly transform into cats and dogs! You can read more about it here.
Anyway, the game is coming to the Switch in 2020!
Baldo is an adventure RPG that looks a bit like Ni no Kuni in graphics. But this isn’t a linear RPG, but rather and open world game. You will find it full of puzzles, wonderful gameplay and complex dungeons.
Travelling around the world, Baldo will interact with many weird and funny characters scattered everywhere, to complete the main story quest and many other side-quests. Discovering new towns and people, fighting enemies, locating hidden temples and collecting objects to get new weapons or items to use.
It’s coming to the Switch as a time console exclusive!
The Last Campfire
This is an adventure game, about a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home. Discover beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins. From what we saw in the showcase this is a sweet game with great intro music.
Expect to join the Ember this Summer!
Platformers aren’t my go-to kinda game, but I must admit this 3D Platformer adventure looks good. Embark on an extraordinary journey through the desolated kingdom of Penumbra. Discover the hidden secrets of this long-forgotten land.
Explore mystical temples, encounter survivors and take on strange quests to collect valuable items. Along your adventure, slash your way through daunting adversaries, roam across mysterious and abandoned regions, leap through deadly traps and ultimately master the art of movement.
Expect the game this Summer.
I am Dead
Experience ghostly powers and unravel ancient mysteries. Morris Lupton is the recently-deceased museum curator of the tiny island of Shelmerston who is reunited with the ghost of his dog Sparky, only to discover that a disaster is about to destroy his beloved island.
Together, they must uncover Shelmerston’s ancient mysteries, prevent the island’s volcano from erupting, and save the place they call home. Morris and Sparky must unearth a number of Shelmerston’s lost and scattered ghosts. To find them, the duo must visit the places they spent time in, dive inside the memories of the people who knew them best, and learn the stories of their lives.
To help with their mission, Morris uses his newfound power that allows him to peer inside objects and people to reveal their contents and memories, like a supernatural X-Ray!
Meet Morris and Sparky this Summer!
EmB.ark (pun intended) on this side scrolling space shooter! In this family focussed game, you can play as a 4-player couch co-op. Each animal you play as has a specific game style, and to succeed communication with your team is key to defeating waves of enemies, rescuing your friends, unlocking new paths, and syncing your super abilities.
Hidden shops along the way allow you to customize your ship with wacky weapons; creating laugh-out-loud experiences and frenzied space battles with bosses inspired by the eeriest creatures from the ocean depths. The game is coming late 2020.
This strategy card game will be coming soon in March 2020. Craft the decks and even the battle fields itself. Enjoy 100+ hours of solo content, co-operative missions, and puzzles! Enter Pandora, Faeria’s unique draft mode that where your deck-building skills are put to the ultimate test. Choose to play against the AI or put your deck to the ultimate test in PVP. Earn rewards based on how well you do. It’s the perfect way to increase your collection, or just have fun!
At release, the game will come with four free cosmetic packs that will be paid DLC later on.
PixelJunk Eden 2
You have to guide the Grimps on their journey through stages made by your own actions.
Return to the spectacular, ever changing gardens of psychedelic sights and sounds as you cultivate new plants and biomes, collect pollen and help seeds sprout new exotic leaves and bloom flowers, all against a dynamic and vibrant backdrop of mellow, multi-hued visuals.
Gather pollen to make the gardens of the Grimps bloom again this Summer.
Sky: Children of the Light
At the end of the showcase, a couple little clips where shown of games that are being developed. One that I noticed was Sky: Children of the Light. I noticed, because I have the game on mobile. But I’m curious what it will play like on the Switch. Here’s the description:
Welcome to the enchanting world of Sky, a beautifully-animated kingdom waiting to be explored by you and your loved ones. In Sky, we arrive as the Children of the Light, spreading hope through the desolate kingdom to return fallen Stars to their constellations.
The game is made by the creators behind Journey and Flower, so we are in for a good one!
Another one that was shown very briefly is card game Wingspan, coming this Spring. You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats. Each habitat focuses on a key aspect of the growth of your preserves.
In Wingspan up to 5 players compete to build up their nature preserves in a limited number of turns. Each beautiful bird that you add to your preserve makes you better at laying eggs, drawing cards, or gathering food. Many of the 170 unique birds have powers that echo real life: your hawks will hunt, your pelicans will fish, and your geese will form a flock.
If you missed the Showcase, you can find it below:
Both those card games look AWESOME. I’ve heard very good things about Wingspan (tabletop version) but have yet to see one fly (hah! I crack myself up) my way.
Lol, nice wordplay CJ!
Looking forward to “The Good Life” coming to the Switch – seems like it will be quite interesting! I remember seeing something about “Summer in Mara” last year…looks interesting also, but also looks like the gameplay might be similar to several other games – hoping it does something to stand out.
I can wait for these – Animal Crossing on Friday!
I was pretty chuffed at the Indie Showcase. Most times they show a lot of games that aren’t in my genre, but this time I loved them. Mara and the Good Life are the best ones for me, but there were several more that looked great. Baldo and The Last Campfire look very promising too.
But: one more day to go! I wonder if I have a lot of time for other games afterward!
My thoughts exactly…downloaded, ready to go…and I have tomorrow morning off!