Indie video games not to be missed: the best independent games of November
We are approaching when at the end of the year and after the scariest holiday of the year, Halloween, preparations for Christmas begin. However, an atmosphere that is still a bit cold still remains, which we do not fail to revive with the news of the independent videogame panorama, like every month. After ours discoveries of the month of Octobernow we go into new arrivals, as always, all to be discovered thanks to ours monthly selection of November’s indie video games!
5 November Indie Video Games
Let’s find out which are the best independent games chosen for this month.
- Okidokiko – A little golf journey
- Moonlit and Kuba Wójcik – Model Builder
- Fossil Games – Sunshine Manor
- Trinity Team – The Darkest Tales
- Erik Rempen – Kainga: Seeds of Civilization
1. Okidokiko – A little golf journey
Let’s start our November indie video game selection with a relaxing and truly enjoyable game. Born from the Okidokiko team we tried A little golf journeyan experience dedicated to a “noble” sport that focuses on the setting and the playing field.
A Little Golf Journey was released on Steam for PC, GOG and Nintendo Switch on October 14th and was a test that allowed us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the path we must take. In fact, we can decide to focus on shots in the hole or dedicate ourselves almost to a sort of exploration of the various biomes, although this is clearly a reduced possibility. The worlds available are different and all colorful, which can be visited in a gameplay with features similar to a two-dimensional platformer. Not just sport, however, also a short but intense one background narrative: the story of two characters without identity that is proposed to us in an elegant and refined way through the cards we meet along the way.
A Little Golf Journey
A Little Golf Journey offers us a golfing experience born from the team’s interpretation of this sport, while giving one relaxing and intriguing storytelling, not devoid of puzzles. From a purely technical point of view, the gameplay is very good (we tried the title in the PC version) and we can say that the travel experience is an important focus. In basic mechanics, A Little Golf Journey is really very simple, but perhaps frustrating for those looking for something more tantalizing. For example, we cannot choose clubs, the rolling of the ball is a bit reduced and we just have to adjust the power of the shot. For the rest, however, even graphically speaking, the result is really pleasant and one of a kind. A discovery that we greatly appreciated.
2. Moonlit and Kuba Wójcik – Model Builder
Green Man Gaming Publishing and the Moonlit team are grappling with crafting theirs virtual hobby simulator for PC, Model Builder. A title currently available in preview, having also participated in the Steam Next Festis expected at the end of 2021. Model Builder presents itself as the next generation of virtual hobby games, to the delight of fans of scale models, but also accessible to beginners.
As we can imagine from this game genre, the basic story is really short. There story mode tells of a journey in the footsteps of the protagonist’s grandfather, Leon, and his exploits, revealing the secrets of the past. We are commissioned to build various models and can compete in your journey to become a world-class model builder.
Alongside this mode, however, in Model Builder we can give voice to our creativity. How? By carving, assembling and painting different models including planes, tanks, figures, mechs and more. Once we create them, we can sell them to expand our toolkit or display them in dioramas to create amazing scenes to show. We also have the option of paint our favorite models again in a different or unique style.
Moonlit SA, Kuba Wójcik
The instruments I am easy to use, thanks also to the great variety available and useful for assembling the various models. The ability to unlock new tools for further precision and finishing work gives us the satisfaction of feeling like professionals in the trade in no time. We can also customize the different jobs. There choice falls between sticking to instructions or pure creativity, breaking out of the box and painting models with different colors of paint, a choice of airbrush tools, as well as fine detail brushes and decals.
Another interesting aspect of this title is the possibility to show our works in a diorama or share them for all users to see. Overall, a title that we feel we can recommend to passionate about simulators and creative worksalthough the options are quite limited, but not too much.
3. Fossil Games – Sunshine Manor
Just two weeks after the release, the doors of the old and haunted Aitken house opened for us to enter Sunshine Manor, an 8-bit horror RPG full of blood and demons. Available from the end of October on Steam, it is a new work from the Fossil Games team that makes us take on the role of Ada. Dare to spend the night in haunted Sunshine Manor and encounter ghosts, demons, blood-soaked horror and more in this Camp Sunshine prequel 2016. Let’s find out together how our test went.
The story in question, gloomy and macabre in perfect Halloween style as its release period, tells of the rise and fall of Aitken, a showman on a television show, The Sunshine Hour. Given the low ratings and the possibility of canceling it, Aitken is now desperate but meets a visionary, Chu’mana, already seen in Camp Sunshine, as well as the antagonist of the story, which promises him success and luck. So it happens, but after building a sumptuous residence, called Sunshine Manor, here on Halloween night in 1976, a tragedy takes place. Four years later, three little girls, including Ada, they find themselves there and her two friends disappear almost immediately due to a mysterious force, while Ada must explore the mansion full of spirits. So the task is twofold: to free the latter and find her friends again.
Sunshine Manor borrows several stylistic features from Camp Sunshine gameplaywhere theexploration and the search for objects useful for game progress. A labyrinthine map awaits us in this title, where escapes from dangers and obstacles and many puzzles make up the real core of the game. The game also offers a simple and beautiful graphics in pixel art style, to tell this scary story in an even more frightening and engaging way. The graphics created in this way, however, must not suggest a simplistic and coarse work, on the contrary. From a narrative point of view, we encounter several jump scares, making it a perfect title for lovers of the genre and suitable for the climate of this period.
4. Trinity Team – The Darkest Tales
We continue our selection of November indie video games with an all-Italian preview. Let’s talk about the tasting available so far of the dark reinterpretation of classic fairy tales by Trinity Team in The Darkest Tales, sliding platformer that we definitely enjoyed in its free demo available on Steam. We still have to wait a little while before we get our hands on the final version. But let’s see what awaited us in the two hitherto accessible levels of their work Slaps’n’Beans developers.
As a not too tame bear, we faced two different levels, each dedicated to a different fairy tale. A reinterpretation first of Little Red Riding Hood, of Jack and the Magic Bean then, are the contents so far left to the public on Steam, to give us dark atmospheres in settings created through hand drawings and pastel shades. The journey of Teddy and Lucetta, the two protagonists, begins in a small room, at night, where the two decide to leave to protect their mistress Alicia. The latter ended up in a dark place and a prisoner of her nightmares. So in the first level we are dealing with a decidedly revised, and overturned, version of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, who is now very bad and unleashes us against several werewolves. Instead in the second level, Jack and the Magic Bean, the plant that reaches the sky is here full of dangerous insects.
The Darkest Tales
During these two short-lived levels, we can gradually increase the skills of our hero and try them one after the other. Furthermore, in this first test we have not noticed collectibles to be collected and other aspects that encourage the replayability of the levels, perhaps a trait still to be reviewed. Graphically speaking, we really appreciated the hand drawings with which the whole game was made, with a fairytale taste. A title that probably still has a little way to go but already at this point presents a gameplay with new mechanics and challenges, with fast progress and a fast pace. We can’t wait to discover the final result offered by Trinity Team, hoping that the final work is as good as its premise.
5. Erik Rempen – Kainga: Seeds of Civilization
We conclude our selection of November indie video games with the new title from Green Man Gaming Publishing and the only game designer Erik Rempen, the roguelite village-builder Kainga: Seeds of Civilization. Fresh out of the oven, on Steam Early Access from 11 November 2021comes after one Kickstarter campaign successfull. It is now ready to give us the opportunity to create thriving new cultures, while adapting to the procedurally generated environment.
In this title, making the right choices could mean the difference between a happy and thriving village or the destruction of your new civilization. In fact, we can create a unique culture, through the skill tree to be inspired by different civilizations around the world and try to make their mark. We can choose buildings, anniversaries and holidays, produce resources and more. We also need to use the land and resources to our advantage, keeping an eye on available resources and planning how to move in an ever-changing environment. Managing the lands by defending them from natural elements and disasters will not be easy, as well as protecting them from other villages and from the beasts that roam the lands.
Kainga: Seeds of Civilization
We also need to train units and tame animals, gain new knowledge for future challenges, and unlock new technologies. We will earn Karma to purchase advanced types of structures and build legendary structures. A simulator that deserves your attention, thanks also to the ability to customize the style of play. Give it a chance and you won’t regret it.
Also for this month of November we have finished our selection of indie video games. As always, we are also waiting for suggestions if you would like to see your favorite titles in our column!