We’re back again to have a look at some of the wonderful indie games coming out this week. It’s an incredibly busy one for the world of indie games, and while we’re not convinced it’s unrelated to the Easter holidays, it’s hard to separate the two when a lot of people will be coming in hot after an extra-long weekend.
This week we’ve got a game with an impressive focus on blinking, which sounds weird, but looks incredibly fascinating. The second game is designed to turn friends into enemies and have everyone all suspicious of each other. Finally, we’ve got a game that may well scratch your Animal Crossing itch, especially if you fancy doing so on a haunted, but surprisingly wholesome, island. Let’s get right into them then, shall we?
Before Your Eyes
Before Your Eyes is a first-person narrative adventure where you’ll immerse yourself in your character’s memories. The story starts after you’ve died as you’re being ferried to the afterlife. However, you can’t move onto the next world without the Ferryman understanding you a little bit more, so you get sent back to relive key moments from your life. These aren’t all going to be happy, so you can expect it to be a fairly intense ride.
What’s more interesting than all of that though, is that you’re going to need a webcam to play this game. The reason for that is that it watches you, which sounds creepy, but it does so to pay attention to when you blink, because that’s how you’ll be interacting with the world. You’ll have to learn how to play this game by blinking, with the speed of your blinks taking you through your character’s life. We’ve no idea if this is going to work well or not, but even just as a curiosity, Before Your Eyes is a fascinating concept that we can’t wait to see in action.
‘Before Your Eyes’ is now available on PC.
First Class Trouble
Don’t you just hate it when you’re on board a luxury spacefaring ship, and then everything goes horribly awry, and you have to try and survive an evil AI? It’s something that all of us has had to deal with at some point, and it’s right up there with locking yourself out of your house, or that annoying meow that cats do after you’ve just fed them, and then they pretend you’ve never fed them ever. Well, that’s exactly what First Class Trouble is about, and it could end up being the next big social deduction game, which is a fancy term for a game like Among Us.
First Class Trouble has you and your friends aboard the ISS Alithea, but unfortunately, the Central Artificial Intelligence Network, or CAIN, has decided to try and take control of the ship, and they’re using Personoids, humanoid robots, to help them do so. What this means in terms of gameplay, is that some of the players will be human, and some will be robots, and the aim of both teams is to stop the others from succeeding. You’ll have to be as sly as a fox to be able to succeed in every game, but you should have a lot of those skills ready to go thanks to the weird and wonderful Among Us, which also happened to get a new map last week.
‘First Class Trouble’ is now available on PC.
Everyone loves a bit of chilling put in a cute world surrounded by odd little tasks to do and the chance to make new friends. While one of the first games that will probably come to mind when reading that is Animal Crossing, we’re actually talking about a little game called Cozy Grove. Rather than being all about the crushing weight of capitalism and the tanuki’s that enforce it and help you work your way into massive debt while also establishing a way to destroy islands and rob them of their natural resources, Cozy Grove is all about camping on a haunted island.
This isn’t your average haunted island though, as the land will constantly chop and change itself. You take control of a Spirit Scout, and your job is to wander through the forest and help to soothe the spirits that live there. You’ll have to do this using crafting, solving problems via quests, and just a lot of generally very cute stuff. Cozy Grove looks truly magical, and that’s always a good thing.
‘Cozy Grove’ is now available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.