[Special] Tiffany’s Notable Picks! – Indie Games Waiting to be Greenlit (Pt. 4)

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Tiffanys Notable Picks

Well here we are a few days before Thanksgiving and the holiday season at my full-time job officially kicks off the day after. So to commemorate the upcoming holiday season, here is this week’s list of notable picks! Word of warning – Things may get a little crazy at my other job, but I will definitely try to keep our readers updated with interesting indie titles in development.

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 11/22/14: (They are in no particular order)

 

Splash_Logo_Square_GL1. Name: Cylne

Genre: Adventure,Puzzle

Developer: Cylne

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: Cylne is a first person surreal exploration game, in the form of a visual poems collection. Choose a chapter to explore and feel unreal worlds filled with psychic/environmental enigmas and platforming. Surrounded by a dark halo, dive into roots of consciousness to find meaning…
These poem-like worlds are linked together by a common thread. Explore weird places, from ancient architectures to abstract and wide stripped landscapes. You may also encounter strange life forms.

The only thing you know about your avatar is this strange misty halo.

At the end of this journey, you will be faced with a choice that echoes your experience and might unlock some mysteries. In a way, the game is about self revelation.

One way to solve the puzzles is to use the halo.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=190168837

Official Website: http://cylne.com/

 

 banner2. Name: Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens

Genre:Action,Strategy

Developer: Team Chaos LLC

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: The Zombien menace has, mostly unintentionally, descended upon the Rooster Teeth studio. It’s up to you and the RT cast members to survive their onslaught.

After an Unidentified Flying Object becomes an Identified Grounded Object (it’s a space ship) right in the heart of the Rooster Teeth studio, legions of zombie aliens (Zombiens) start coming out of the woodwork and get all hostile up in the studio. It’s up to you, as one of six playable characters, to find and team up with the Rooster Teeth cast members to survive what will one day be known as the Rise of the Zombiens. For as long as possible, at least.

In this action/strategy game, you will have to survive in the studio amidst a variety of randomized circumstances: random supporting party members (chosen from eight Rooster Teeth cast members in the game, each with their own unique VO), random weapons, random zombien waves, random crafting materials, and more. You never know what you’re going to get when you set foot in the studio, but you’re going to have to make the best of what you’re given.

To survive, you’re going to have to get weapons from Weapon Dispensers, build traps, construct defenses, and stay on the move so the Zombiens don’t corner you and devour your innards.

Features
* 8 Different Rooster Teeth Cast Members, totaling over a thousand lines of unique VO.
* 25 Different Weapons.
* 10 Different Traps that you can construct to prolong your life.
* Randomized level contents: weapons, materials, pickups, enemies, allies, and more. You’ll never play the same game twice.
* Daily Challenge lets you play the exact same level as everyone else for a chance at the top leaderboard position for the day.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341590175

Official Website: http://teamchaos.com/game/roosterteeth-vs-zombiens/

 

Greyfox logo3. Name: Greyfox

Genre: Adventure

Developer: pewpew games inc.

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Greyfox is a retirement community, but not so sleepy as one might expect. Follow the protagonist as she discovers how her decisions affect the outcome of the story. After moving to a new town, she meets a mysterious woman who offers to show her how a fresh perspective might change her mind…

This game touches on dementia, fear, crazy-cat-ladyness, and death, as well as many other topics related to old people. Every character in the game is inspired by a real life person.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279660440

Official Website: http://pewpewgamesinc.itch.io/greyfox

 

 Ashen Rift Logo4. Name: Ashen Rift

Genre: Action, Adventure, Shooter, Horror

Developer: Pyroclastic Games

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Ashen Rift is a first-person action adventure game. The gameplay is focused on the relationship between you and your only friend, a canine named Bounder, who together are on a journey to the Rift to save their world. The game will explore what life is like in a dying world.

You will be challenged and aided by the unpredictable elements which surround you, such as your faithful companion Bounder, the hungry, howling beasts known as Feeders, and the ever churning and changing world around you. You must adapt to whatever circumstance befalls you with whatever means you have available to you at the time.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=343788366

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

 

X-note logo5. Name: X-note

Genre:  Adventure, Casual, Simulation

Developer: Zeiva Inc Production

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: Ten years ago, Essi’s mother died in a strange accident. She left a USB flash drive with a locked folder called “X-note”. Unable to understand the purpose of it, Essi continued living her life as a normal junior high school student. However, Essi is hardly normal, for she possesses power beyond normal human.

Essi’s quiet life was interrupted by a sudden visit of a young man named Yuon. He asked her to investigate a murder case and a mysterious disappearance in the Xen Institute, a school deeply connected to Essi’s mother. Tempted by the possibility of unlocking “X-note” and solving her mother’s mysterious death, Essi decided to take his request. However, what awaited her there was a lot more than what she could possibly imagine…

GAME OVERVIEW:
X-note is a blend between Visual Novel and Dating-Sim. Follow the story of Essi as she pursues the truth of her mother’s death. The game spans 30 days, of which you can train Essi’s psychic abilities, explore the school, collect notes, and make choices to determine her fate.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=339972778

Official Website: http://www.zeiva.net/otome/x_note_story.html

 

Wayward Terran Frontier Logo6. Name: Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls

Genre:  Action, Adventure, RPG, Simulation

Developer: Allogonist

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: You play as a human captain stranded in an uninhabited star system that happens to be full of conflict and mystery. There was a cancelled terraforming project in this system which has left behind an abandoned yet habitable planet and a lot of infastructure. There are multiple factions which have set up shop in the area for different reasons, for some reason an elite paramilitary organization has been commissioned to protect the abandoned planet, and other groups have moved in to support their efforts and profit off of local resources. Your task, given to you by the AI that woke you up, is to land a ship on the abandoned planet, and it won’t be easy.

The gameplay centers around an upgradeable space station where the player can use a special matter furnace to convert raw materials into new ships and weapons and equipment. The station also offers a risk-free home base for the player to engage in crafting, farming, and ship design activities between adventures.

Outside the station the player will find a large semi-procedural solar system with asteroid belts, space stations, ice fields, pirate raiders, civilians going about their daily lives, and deadly mercenary forces patrolling for people like you. The game is very open in design with a focus on free exploration. There is a huge amount of space to cover and there are interesting things hidden everywhere for the player to find.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=339464845

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

 

 Americana Dawn logo7. Name: Americana Dawn

Genre: Adventure, RPG

Developer: Seltaire

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-Player

Description: Americana Dawn is a role playing game which explores over two centuries of early American history using a new tradition of folklore and tall tales. Throughout its story, we follow Foster, the spirit of the sea, a gentle and innocent being who arrives in America with no apparent heritage or home. Lost to the wilderness of Shenandoah Valley, he lives in complete isolation for a hundred years until he is found and recruited in the provincial militia. Thus begins his strange journey, spanning across three wars and the entire eastern seaboard of North America: from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution, from the colony of Georgia to Quebec City.

Foster witnesses once loyal English become American rebels. He fights against dear friends turned foe, watch mortal companions blossom and wither, bears witness to the chain of events that would create the United States, and is left with revelations both inspiring and woeful.

This is not a story about a man who changes the world, but a world that changes a man.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=343291594

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

 

Hollow Knight Logo8. Name: Hollow Knight

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer

Developer: Team Cherry

Demo Available:

Players: Single-Player

Description: Hollow Knight is a challenging, beautiful action adventure game set in the vast, inter-connected underground kingdom of Hallownest. A 2D action game with an emphasis on skill and exploration, Hollow Knight has you fighting a fearsome host of deadly creatures, avoiding intricate traps and solving ancient mysteries as you make your own way through fungal wastes, forests of bone, and ruined underground cities. 

The atmosphere is eerie and sometimes unnerving, but there is a good-hearted core of humour and levity in there too, especially when conversing with all of the weird and wonderful NPCs you’ll find along the way. Hollow Knight has beautiful traditional art, fluid and responsive action, challenging but fair gameplay, and an incredible, bizarre insect world begging to be explored and conquered. Step into the depths of Hallownest and experience Hollow Knight for yourself! 

FEATURES

  • A beautiful, eerie world of insects and heroes. 
  • Traditional 2D animation brings creatures and characters to life. 
  • Challenging gameplay that can be difficult but always fair. 
  • Fluid and responsive action allows you to flow through combat like water. 
  • A collection of challenging “feats” the most skilled players can strive for. 
  • Find powerful new abilities and spells on your adventure to grow stronger and open new paths. 
  • Speak with a weird, intriguing cast of characters. 
  • Explore a vast, connected underground world. 
  • Scour the world for hidden secrets – powerful artifacts, piles of riches, and surprising encounters. 
  • Go Dream Diving! Venture into the minds of friends and enemies and discover the strange worlds that await within. 
  • Head to town to seek advice, purchase new items, and chat with quirky townsfolk. 
  • Hidden areas full of the toughest challenges and battles, for expert players. 
  • Ancient mysteries hidden about the world waiting to be solved by the most observant investigators. 
  • A collection of challenging “feats” the most skilled players can strive for.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=344329253

Official Website: http://teamcherry.com.au/

 

 Sketch Tales Logo9. Name: Sketch Tales

Genre:  Action, RPG

Developer: 8D Studio

Demo Available: No

Players: Single-player, Multi-player, Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Co-op, Local Co-op

Description: Sketch Tales is a story-based first-person action RPG / Sandbox with drawing-gameplay that alows you to create items, alter the world and transform the game by drawing. It’s a first game by 8D Studio from Kyiv, Ukraine which was founded by Alex Sytianov, best known as the lead game designer and writer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

GAME FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL

– Action / RPG sandbox: Singleplayer and multiplayer modes 
– Non-linear gameplay: Based on a flexible storyline 
– Drawing gameplay: You can draw new objects while playing 
– Content sharing: Exchange your creations with other players 
– Realistic physical effects: Forces, gravity, waves, particles, splashes 
– Cross-platforming: Players can use different devices and platforms while playing together in a common game session 
– Not a spiritual successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or any other game

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=343611854

Official Website: http://sketch-tales.com/

 

OASE Logo10. Name: OASE – Other Age Second Encounter

Genre: Adventure, Simulation, Puzzle

Developer: Zeiva Inc Production

Demo Available: Yes

Players: Single-Player

Description: OASE – Other Age Second Encounter is a quirky, bizarre game that incorporates several different types of gameplay into one – puzzle, adventure, dating-sim, and visual novel. It’s primarily a parody game, with over-the-top comedy and homage to many different anime, manga and RPG games of the SNES and PS era. There are a total of 10 girls to summon, 200+ original illustrations, and 60 endings to unlock for 20+ hours worth of gameplay.

Greenlight Page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=337748889

Official Website: http://www.zeiva.net/oase/game.html

So there you have it! Take a gander at the trailers, check out a website, or try a demo! 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.

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, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, 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.