Indie Game Highlights from April 2018
All year long we’ve been highlighting some of the best new indie games available for the PC. In March, we featured A Way Out from Hazelight, Q.U.B.E. 2 from Toxic Games, and The Wizards from Carbon Studio. Hopefully you had a chance to check them out.
April was no different, and we’ve highlighted our favorites below. In addition, May is shaping up to be a great month for PC indie games, too. Let’s take a look at some of the fun releases in April.
Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Frostpunk is the latest creation from 11 bit studios, Warsaw-based developers known for anti-war game This War of Mine.
Frostpunk tells the story of the last city on Earth. During the industrial revolution, earth suddenly became frozen and civilization on the verge of extinction. You play as the leader of the last city on earth, who has to manage both the inhabitants and the infrastructure the citizens live in. The leader’s tactical skills face challenges, frequently questioning morality and the basic foundation of what we consider an organized society. Optimization and resource management often clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. While city and society management consume most of the ruler’s time, at some point exploration of the outside world is necessary to understand its history and present state.
Your tasks as the leader are not just managing people, technologies, and exploring the world. You also establish laws that allow your society to evolve into an organized community able to endure the overwhelming cold. Sometimes that means making quite radical choices.
There are two important factors that players must constantly keep an eye on, Hope and Discontent. Hope makes people go on despite hardships. You can keep it up by fulfilling promises you've made to the community. When you do so, people believe in you as a trustworthy leader. Discontent on the other hand can also sit in. Sometimes tough decisions will need to be made for the long term survival of the city, and these decisions can sew discontent. You might need to pass a law requiring 24-hour work shifts. Or add sawdust to the soup to ensure everyone has food. And they will surely be mad when hard laws are established, like imprisonment of rebellious individuals. That being said, from that angle, Frostpunk can be described as a game about the cost of rulership.
Developer: Harebrained Schemes
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
From developer Harebrained Schemes, BATTLETECH puts you in the role of a mercenary commander leading your band of MechWarriors from star system to star system, utilizing your arsenal of awesome Mechs to earn your keep.
The player will travel across the galaxy, negotiating dangerous jobs the local governments can’t (or won’t) take on themselves. Along the way, you’ll upgrade your ship, customize your ‘Mechs, salvage enemy technology, train your MechWarriors, and deal decisively with the myriad events that befall a mercenary at the edges of known space.
While furthering your mercenary career, you and your crew will fall in with Lady Kamea Arano, the deposed ruler of a kingdom of planets, who is engaged in an interstellar civil war with the uncle who usurped her throne and instituted a brutal dictatorship.
BATTLETECH is an exhilarating blend of turn-based tactical ‘Mech combat, open-ended mercenary company management, and a taut story campaign that will have you whispering, “Just one more turn..." until the sun rises.
In addition to the above games, several others released in April. You might also enjoy:
For the King - a tactical RPG strategy game
Solo - a puzzle game about loss and love
Swords of Ditto - a roguelite action RPG
Several of the above games were part of our indie game developer program, NVIDIA Indie Spotlight. If you are an indie game developer, apply today!