Indie developers often treat us to intense, enjoyable, and unique experiences which the modern AAA industry struggles to provide. Without indies, gaming would be a much less exciting medium, and most of the biggest games this generation have started out as indie games. We’re talking games like Rocket League and Minecraft. This generation has seen a huge rise in indie game popularity, and with the creativity and talent we’ve seen so far, it’s not surprising. With that in mind, here’s a bunch of hand-picked indie games releasing in August that you should definitely monitor.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (August 4th)
We’ll start off with one of the more popular indie games releasing in August. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has gained traction this month for it’s wonderfully silly take on the battle royale genre. You and 59 other players have to compete in a series of levels inspired by shows like Total Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle. Usually racing through an obstacle course, you’ll need to jump, duck, and dive out of the way of incoming projectiles and dangerous objects. Cross the finish line before anyone else and you win. There are seemingly a bunch of different game modes, but the main draw is the game’s chaotic races.
You may also know that Fall Guys will launch next month, free for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Rocket League developers Psyonix had a similar tactic, so it looks like Devolver Digital is hoping for a similar success story. Fall Guys will be available August 4th for PC and PS4.
Skully (August 4th)
Slightly overshadowed by Fall Guys, another interesting indie game releases on the same day. Developed by Finish Line Games, Skully is a puzzle-platformer that has you play as a spherical skull. Starting out as a standard ball-rolling puzzle game, what makes this game interesting is Skully’s ability to morph into different creatures. Each creature has their own set of unique abilities that you can use to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Alongside some lush visuals, Skully looks to be at least an enjoyable puzzle-platformer with some tricky and challenging puzzles.
There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension (August 6th)
The AAA industry has largely forgotten about the point and click genre, leaving the indie market to fill the void. Thimbleweed Park, Full Throttle Remastered, and The Long Reach have all proven that there’s still a market for these games. Developers Draw Me A Pixel are the latest developer to capitalise on the lack of quality point and click titles. Originally developed as part of a game jam back in 2015, There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a fourth-wall breaking, point and click adventure game that does not shy away from parodying more famous titles like SUPERHOT, Myst, and even The Legend of Zelda.
Playing as a very annoying user, you click on a bunch of stuff you shouldn’t and end up travelling through different video game dimensions to find your way home. It looks very silly, yet wonderfully charming. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension will be available on August 6th, only on PC.
Dreamscaper (August 13th)
The indie game market is very competitive regarding roguelites. There are dozens of developers trying to make sure their game stands out from the others, and the developers of Dreamscaper have done just that. In fact, in April this year many fans got a preview with Dreamscaper: Prologue, an introduction to the game’s world. You play as a woman named Cassidy, and every night you delve into her subconscious to battle her nightmares and save her from an ever growing depression. During the night you’ll battle fearsome monsters, but during the day you’ll talk to people and forge new friendships which will grant you abilities during your next slumber.
Dreamscaper: Prologue is free on PC if you want to see what the game is all about. However, developers Afterburner Studios aren’t quite ready for a full launch just yet. Releasing first in Early Access, you’ll be able to purchase Dreamscaper on August 14th, only on PC.
Rogue Legacy 2 (August 18th)
Speaking of games launching in Early Access, the highly anticipated Rogue Legacy 2 launches next month. Releasing as a direct sequel to the first game, Rogue Legacy 2 is a roguelite platfomer all about lineage. Whenever you die, your children will take over your quest, equipped with a whole new set of abilities and perks. You’ll explore a Castlevania-esque dungeon packed with boss fights and secrets. With new weapons, classes, and biomes Rogue Legacy 2 promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor.
The game still needs a bit of work however, and is launching in Early Access on August 18th only on PC.
No Straight Roads (August 25th)
The indie market is the best place for creative projects to flourish, and the upcoming hack and slash rhythm game No Straight Roads is proof of that. Looking like a mixture of Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, the game delivers fast-paced action alongside some boss fight spectacles. Playing as Mayday & Zuke, members of the indie rock band Bunk Bed Junction, you’ll explore the wonderfully neon world of Vinyl City to defeat music superstars and end the EDM Empire. If you’re looking for something different next month, developers Sold Out Games have you covered.
Windbound (August 28th)
Indie games reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda will always capture my attention. However, Windbound by 5Lives Studios doesn’t just take inspiration from one Zelda game, but two. Combining the exploration elements of Breath of the Wild and the sailing mechanics of Windwaker, the inspirations are clear to see. You embark on a journey to uncover the history of a collection of forbidden islands. To survive and upgrade your boat, you must live off the land and hunt dangerous wildlife. It’s colourful, vibrant, and just might scratch your Breath of the Wild itches before the sequel.
So that’s a nice, extensive list of good-looking indie games releasing in August. The mid-year drought is almost over, so go check out some of these indie titles to tide you over. There’s something for everyone on multiple different platforms, so there’s bound to be something here that intrigues you. This list isn’t definitive so keep an eye out on the indie market so you don’t miss out on your next favourite game!