[Special] Tiffany’s Notable Picks! – Indie Games Waiting to be Greenlit (Pt. 3)

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Tiffanys Notable PicksWelcome to Part 3 of my Notable Greenlight Picks! This week I’ve revisited some of the games I voted for a while ago to see how progress on them is going. I also have some newer submissions on this week’s list. So without further delay, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

These games will be of various genres and ones that I feel have potential to be a must buy game. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and not the opinions of my fellow co-workers or of Anjel Syndicate as a whole. People may agree with me and others may not, but I feel that people should at least give them a look and decide for yourself whether to vote it “YES” or “NO”!

What is Steam Greenlight?

Steam Greenlight is a system that enlists the community’s help in picking some of the new games to be released on Steam. Developers post information, screenshots, and video for their game and seek a critical mass of community support in order to get selected for distribution. Steam Greenlight also helps developers get feedback from potential customers and start creating an active community around their game during the development process.

So here is my list for this week ending 11/15/14: (They are in no particular order)

Fort Meow logo1. Name: Fort Meow

Genre: Adventure, Strategy, Casual

Developer: Upper Class Walrus

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Fort Meow is a physics-based tower defense / adventure game. You play as Nia, a small girl who is on vacation at her Grandparent’s house. While in the attic you find an interesting looking journal written by your Grandfather. You decide to check it out and open to the first page… Only to be interrupted by CATS! A whole bunch of them. Grandmother seems to have taken up cat collecting in the time you were last here! You take decisive action and build a fort out of furniture to keep them at bay, while you try to decipher the mysterious stories within the book.

Features

  • Physics-based fort building.
  • Hundreds of cats. They come in 6 different types!
  • 20+ items to discover and add to your fort as you progress.
  • Investigate the mysterious journal of your Grandfather through a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Finger-clickin’, foot-tappin’, head bobbin’ music by Moritz P.G. Katz!

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=329294425

Official Website: http://fortmeow.com/

Gunlore Logo2. Name: Gunlore

Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG

Developer: Cat Paw Games

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: In the world of Gunlore there are two kingdoms that were once ruled under one king, but are now torn apart by revolution. Gunlore takes place in ancient times where the sword and the bow still rule the battlefield, but this world holds more to be found. The ancient past of this world has advanced technology of a past civilization that is more advanced than previously known. As the kingdom Andoria fights for freedom, the kingdom of Vendoria fights to crush it. As this war continues, the ancient secrets of the past will be revealed.

Gunlore is an Action Turn-Based RPG. The battle system is similar to Neverwinter Nights, with inspiration from Dungeon Siege and Outlaw Star.

Greenlight Page:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=333355462

Official Website: None Yet

WAS Logo3. Name: WAS – The Hourglass of Lepidoptera

Genre: Casual, Visual Novel

Developer: Sekai Project

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: The keyword for this game is dystopia. The game is set in Post-War Japan, yet this Japan is unfamiliar and strange compared to the one we know from history. Journey with the characters as they meet new people and encounter high drama that will forever change them and uncover the mysteries of the world they inhabit.

In this dystopian world, nothing is what it seems. Though the character seem to be in a land of peace and plenty, we quickly discover that nothing could be further away from the truth. Though WAS might appear to be a bishoujo game, we wish to present a brand-new interpretation of the concept.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341268748

Official Website/Kickstarter Page: https://sekaiproject.com/  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sekaiproject/bring-was-the-hourglass-of-lepidoptera-to-the-west?ref=card

Dwarfscape-Lands-3A-5124. Name: Dwarfscape

Genre:  Adventure, RPG, Simulation

Developer: N/A

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Dwarfscape is a RPG survival simulation. As a hermit Dwarf, you struggle to survive alone in a remote wilderness. You build up powerful Dwarven skills over a lifetime. Each play through animals, monsters, and nearby kingdoms pose unpredictable challenges.

Key Features

  • Twelve Core Skills 
  • Ore Mining 
  • Crafting 
  • Hunting 
  • Fishing 
  • Wild Animals 
  • Classic Fantasy Monsters 
  • Spells 
  • Exploration 
  • Dwarf/Elf Racism 
  • Blood & Gore 
  • Day & Night 
  • Weather & Seasons + Dwarfven Calendar 
  • Survivalism (eat, drink, sleep) 
  • Survival Horror Features

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=252453689

Official Website: Dwarfscape.com

Guild Commander Logo5. Name: Guild Commander

Genre:  Strategy, RPG, Simulation

Developer: GTGD

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: In Guild Commander you manage your guild to victory! Deploy your guild members and save your world from the Necro Lord! 

  • Guild Commander is a resource management game. No dark depressing story here. 
  • You will be challenged. 
  • Three hours play time so long as you don’t fail. 
  • Nerdy GTGD humor. 
  • Standard stuff like saving & loading, changing key bindings, etc. are all implemented. 
  • Guild Commander is complete and will be ready to ship within a month of being Greenlit. 
  • Steam Achievements will be integrated.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=340066113

Official Website: http://www.gamertogamedeveloper.com/home/guildcommander

CotC Logo6. Name: Courier of the Crypts

Genre:  Action, Adventure

Developer: Emberheart Games

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: Courier of the Crypts is a 2D action adventure game where you have to survive as a courier on his first errand to the guardian of the crypts. Your main tool to achieve your mission is a magic torch which you use to illuminate your path, defend from evil spirits and solve puzzles.

The Magic Torch – The main aspect of the game is your magic torch. The environment will react to its flames in different ways so it will be common for you to toggle the flame on and off throughout the game. Some enemies will leave you alone while others will try to extinguish the torch. It’s up to you to learn all about them and use that knowledge to your advantage. You can lure some enemies into traps or sneak past them. Will you let Dark Moths drink your light or attack you? There are also riddles in the dark that only the magic flame reveals. Enemies and puzzles should not be your main worry though. You must keep your torch filled with magic flame all the time otherwise dark spirits will come to get you. Use your torch flame wisely and look after the flame.
Features
  • Ambiental and carefully hand-crafted maps full of puzzles and secrets. 
  • Magic torch – light your path, scare off the enemies, solve puzzles…. 
  • Deadly traps and rich treasures 
  • Simple yet appealing story with a twist. 
  • Beautiful pixelated graphics. 
  • Music and visuals for perfect ominous ambient. 
  • World map with secret maps to unlock. 
  • Meet the spirits and buy some upgrades. 
  • Perfection system. 
  • Challenging achievements. 
  • Full controller support.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=339621580

Official Website: http://www.indiedb.com/games/courier-of-the-crypts

HitH Logo7. Name: Hare in the Hat

Genre: Adventure, Puzzle

Developer: Alexei Garbuzenko

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: A Point and Click quest in cartoon setting: first chapter of game called Hare in the Hat! Action in this chapter takes place in magician’s room, full of puzzles, riddles, clues and hidden object, where the player has to find a way to release the Hare from captivity!

Game is built using own game engine for mobile and desktop platforms and works smoothly on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8 and Mac OS X. Game is to be released later this year (2014) on these 5 platforms

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341428196

Official Website: http://runserver.net/hih/

acky-300x2508. Name: Acky’s Breakout Reloaded

Genre: Action, Casual, Puzzle, Arcade

Developer: Isotope 244

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Acky’s Breakout Reloaded is quite different than most games in the ball and paddle genre, instead of having a set number of balls, you have two resources which are needed to craft a ball, this resource is called ether. To further add to the excitement there are dozens of power ups which grant you special abilities, like slowing down time, and seeing inside bricks! Visit the space lab and collect a comical cast of unique characters and pets, each one grants you a special strength to aide in your quest. 

Acky’s Breakout Reloaded also features a unique bonus system for doing specific actions. Gaining bonuses is optional but you are encouraged to do so because they are needed to unlock XP mode, an adrenaline inducing display of particles where you get super powers! Acky’s Breakout Reloaded also features dozens of achievements to master, and a ranking system based on how many trophies and bonuses you’ve obtained. While you play statistics are saved to compare your performance to other players. While blasting bricks you will need to collect as much space pizza as you can, space pizza is used to unlock the vast array of characters and pets, and can be used to buy extra power items.

  • 175 Levels 
  • 32 Power Items 
  • 24 Challenges 
  • 14 Pilots 
  • 14 Pets

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341187181

Official Website: http://www.isotope244.com/ackys-breakout-reloaded.html

title-dungeonnightmares-small9. Name: Dungeon Nightmare II

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Casual, Horror

Developer: K Monkey

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: Dungeon Nightmares II is the follow up to the cult classic horror game played by over half a million players on all platforms and has been called one of the scariest games created. 

Dungeon Nightmares was originally made for mobile in late 2013 and was later released for the home computer early 2014 on www.gamejolt.com. It was an overnight hit with the community and is still currently one of the highest rated games on there to date. 

The game is inspired by classic roguelike design which includes 100% procedural-generated maps and permadeath. These features play an important part in making this game tense with the feeling of dread & terror as you walk the hallways of the dungeon. 

The sequel will improve on every aspect of the original game and has been rebuilt from the ground up targeting the home computer as the lead platform. This has allowed me to do things that I could not do before when mobile was the lead platform. 

Countless hours have been spent watching the thousands of YouTube Let’s Play videos to see what worked and what didn’t. 

The main aim for this follow up is to amp up the level of horror and produce something even scarier.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=326607919

Official Website: http://www.dungeonnightmares.com/

Monsters and Medicine logo10. Name: Monsters & Medicine

Genre:  Casual, Puzzle

Developer: Clockwork Acorn

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: In Monsters and Medicine, you are playing the role of a hospital administrator, trying to build and grow your hospital quickly and efficiently to deal with the ever increasing number of patients lining up every morning. To do this, you will have to strategically build up your hospital in order to address what you deem to be your most pressing concern. Each morning, patients will queue up outside your hospital and try to find a place inside to be cured. However, if one of them can’t find a bed they’ll stop and wait, and everyone behind them will have to wait as well. So do you try and optimize your hospital for one type of disease and treat the pesky patient that will hold up your queue yourself? Or do you build your hospital to treat as broad a number of diseases as possible and sacrifice greater capacity and efficiency?

Features
  • Easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master gameplay. 
  • Original art style with monsters you’ll learn to love. 
  • Awesome music to keep you in the zone. 
  • 100+ hand-crafted replayable levels. 
  • Unlockable endless mode with randomly generated levels – play forever!

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=286951501

Official Website: monstersandmedicine.com

So there you have it! Take a gander at the trailers, check out a website or two! Quite a few demos to try this week also! See you all back here next week for more of my picks! Don’t forget to GO VOTE for these games and share your opinion of these titles.

Developers who would like to see more exposure to their game title are welcome to add me to their press list and/or send me a copy of the game for preview/review.

Missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this series? You can find Pt.1 and Pt. 2 here!

About Tiffany "CeissaDesiste" Toms
Long time female gamer who has been playing all genres since the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 days. Freelance Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Beta Tester, and studied one year of Game Design. I play games on PC, PS4, PS3, Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, PSVita, and Android. Freelance Writer, Reviewer, and News Editor/Asst. Director for Anjel Syndicate since the site launched! Part time employee of a major video game retailer.