Indie games have a tendency to struggle to compete alongside bigger titles. They don’t have the budgets for fancy marketing campaigns or advertising. With the blockbuster season fast approaching, it’s important to highlight some smaller games coming out. Next month there are several interesting indie titles that you should definitely keep an eye on. This includes the long-awaited return of a cult classic, a satirical roguelike published by Team 17, and an action adventure title very reminiscent of games like Breath of the Wild. Without further ado, here’s a list of the best looking indie games releasing in September!
Ary and the Secret of Seasons (September 1st)
Starting off the month is Ary and the Secret of Seasons, a gorgeous action-adventure game by developers Exiin and Fishing Cactus. The seasons of Valdi are thrown into disarray and it’s your job to fix them. As the Guardian of Winter, you’re able to control the seasons to explore, solve puzzles, and help the rest of the guardians save Valdi. Boasting a wide range of enemies, Ary and the Secret of Seasons has a fluid combat system with some seriously satisfying fighting mechanics. The game is very reminiscent of Breath of the Wild, and I’m sure it’ll be just as fun to explore.
Spinch (September 3rd)
Next up is Spinch, a psychedelic platformer from developers Queen Bee Games. Just a cursory glance at Spinch shows you it isn’t your standard platformer. The game’s unique art style is down to award-winning cartoonist Jesse Jacobs’ creative mind. You play as a hyper-agile organism who has to transcend the material realm to save your offspring. You can then use your children in boss fights at the end of fast-paced precision platforming levels. Imagine Super Meat Boy but if Edward McMillen had taken a whole bunch of LSD before he thought of the idea.
Star Renegades (September 8th)
Following Spinch is a multi-award winning title from developers Massive Damage. Star Renegades is a tactical role playing game with roguelite elements that has been receiving glowing previews. You control a group of warriors who have to topple galactic empires by outsmarting the AI driven adversaries in charge. As you progress through each run, enemies will evolve and rank up to try to defeat you. With dozens of unlockable characters and procedurally generated combat, every playthrough is unique, making the game incredibly replayable as a result. It’s also worth noting that the game is being published by Raw Fury, a publisher with a consistent eye for quality.
Star Renegades will be available on September 8th for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Inertial Drift (September 11th)
One for you racing fans next! Inertial Drift is a standout arcade racer from the minds over at Level 91 Entertainment. These developers have attempted to create a unique game by taking twin stick mechanics and implementing them into a racer. With nothing more than a flick of the right stick, you’ll be able to seamlessly glide around corners at rapid speeds. It’s a fascinating concept and one that I’m very interested in seeing how it works. With sixteen unlockable vehicles, it’s also a game that has plenty of replayability and length.
Spelunky 2 (September 15th)
The long-awaited Spelunky 2 is releasing next month! After several delays, developers Mossmouth and Blitworks finally have the game ready. For newcomers, Spelunky 2 is an action roguelike that has you digging through many layers of caves to collect treasure and claim the ultimate prize at the bottom. Many people consider the original Spelunky as one of the founders of the roguelike genre. However, with an extended world with more monsters, areas, traps, and people to meet, the sequel is looking to be much bigger and better than its predecessor.
The biggest change to the game is the addition of a brand new dimension. Players will able to swap between layers to discover more treasure and challenges. Online multiplayer and multiple routes have also been added to give the game more life and replayability.
Spelunky 2 will be available on September 15th exclusively for PS4.
Going Under (September 24th)
My personal favourite from this list is going to cap off a great month for indies. Going Under is a satirical action roguelike from developers Aggro Crab that has you dungeon diving through failed tech startups. You play as Jacqueline, a newly hired intern that wants to discover the true motives of her employer, a soft-drink company known as Fizzle. Throughout each dungeon, everything you see can be used as a weapon, and each dungeon is based on a different failed company. This ranges from a failed dating business to a company obsessed with cryptocurrency. Going Under is also going to be published by Team 17, a publisher that rarely puts a foot wrong with games they publish.
So there’s an extensive list of great looking indie games releasing in September. This list is not definitive, so keep an eye out for other indie games that you might like the look of. Comment down below on what indie games you’re looking forward to next month and if there’re any games you think should be on this list.