FAR: Lone Sails
Released: May 18
Described as a “vehicle adventure game” by studio Okomotive, FAR: Lone Sails follows a vehicle’s journey as it trundles across the bottom of a dried-out ocean. Along the way you’ll encounter hazards, obstacles and poor weather, but in the face of all these troubles the vehicle must never stop. To ensure this doesn’t happen you’ll need to upgrade your vehicle along the way. This game garnered a lot of praise when it was shown in 2016, and it’s easy to see why: the post-apocalypse is eerie and beautiful, and as the studio makes a point of writing: there are no zombies. I’m put vaguely in mind of Christopher Priest’s novel The Inverted World when I watch this game in action. The game has over 500 reviews on Steam and is sitting on a “very positive” rating.
Released: May 18
Developer: Loveshack Entertainment
Publisher: Surprise Attack Games
This clever puzzle game tasks the player with re-arranging comic strip panels as the action plays out in real time. Arrange them incorrectly and the spy protagonist will meet a corresponding dire fate; arrange them correctly and the story goes on. Framed released for smartphones a few years ago, but don’t let that discourage you: it works swimmingly on PC with a drag-and-drop control setup and, better still, this collection features both the original Framed and its sequel. Hideo Kojima is a big fan, as well.
Horizon Chase Turbo
Released: May 15
Developer: Aquiris Game Studio
Publisher: Aquiris Game Studio
This is a heavily retro-inspired racer that strips things back to the basics: you drive a car very quickly in order to reach the finish line first. It’s inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s arcade hits like Out Run and Lotus Turbo Challenge, and it looks like what you probably imagined future racing games would look like when you were a kid. It’s beautiful in action and studio Aquiris has deftly captured the sense of color and speed of the old classics. It boasts up to four-players local competitive play, and a soundtrack by Barry Leitch, who wrote the music for games like the aforementioned Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear, and Rush.
Released: May 17
Developer: MERJ Media
Publisher: MERJ Media
Here’s a rhythm action game starring a bunch of breakdancing kids, which has drawn the occasional comparison to the old Tony Hawk skating games. According to studio MERJ Media, the game boasts “a dynamic scoring system that rewards your moves based on musicality, originality, and style”. There are eight characters, each with 16 moves and “over 100 transitions” between them, as well as eight locations and a two-player mode. This released for Nintendo Switch a few months back and received really positive reviews, but keep in mind you’ll need a controller to play it.
Wizard of Legend
Released: May 16
Here’s a retro-styled dungeon crawler which lends rogue-lite elements to the Magika approach of experimenting with spell combos. There are over a hundred different spells, and these can be combined to suit your play style. Levels are procedurally generated and cooperative local two-player is supported. Wizard of Legend was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2016 and initially slated for release in 2017, but after a delay the initial release looks very promising: nearly 800 Steam reviews have pushed it to a “very positive” score rating.
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