On April 9th, the Unique Drops team will be at the Renton City Retro Con demoing four indie games that we really enjoy. Here are three of the games with unique spins on their respective genres, and really showcase how varied and different games can be.
In the fall of last year, we did a write up of Featherpunk Prime and even talked to the creators at Super Hatch Games. This odd and interesting take on the action platformer is fun and remarkably polish entry to a crowded genre. If you take the action from something like Thexder and Cybernator, boss battles from Gunstar Heroes, a cool soundtrack, and a dash of rogue-like gameplay, Featherpunk Prime is the fun, run-and-gun result. The story and context have perhaps the only instance of flamingo cyberpunk dystopia in video games and perhaps any genre.
For The King
Published by Iron Oak Games in Vancouver, For The King reminds us of Heroes of Might and Magic but with a JRPG battle system, random events, RPG storylines, and quests. It retains the board-game, tactical feel of HoMM, but this is a rough and harsh world. The game pulls no punches, and dances on the edge of RNG unfairness. But quick thinking and careful planning can usually overcome bad luck. This game got more impressive the longer we played.
If you like strategy board games with a bit of political humor, Manila-based developer Squeaky Wheel’s, Political Animals is right up your alley. Don’t let the fabulously cute art style and cheerful colors fool you. Political Animals is a tough strategy game that requires you to be patient and willing to learn several systems all at once. While it shares some themes another Positech Games published title, Democracy, Political Animals wraps its deep gameplay in a wonderful and delightful package.
(Ninja Edit by Chris E.)
We're also going to be showing one of my most anticipated indie games, Wandersong! I wrote a little bit about this game after meeting the developer Greg at PAX 2016. You play as the bard who must make his way through the world, solving problems the only way he knows how; with his gift of song. The game oozes charm and cheer in endless amounts, and I never stopped smiling the entire time I was playing. Bottom line, this is what video games are about - bringing to life experiences that cannot be had otherwise, and this experience is straight up fun, and we're really grateful (and lucky!) to have the chance to share it with you all.