Greenlight District: Phantasmal, Cube and Me, Paradigm, Sam Glyph: Private Eye, Hiragana Pixel Party

It’s hard to find great indie games on Steam Greenlight when the service is so inundated with garbage. To mitigate this, our discerning staff works tirelessly to find the very best games and bring them to our Greenlight District. Here they are displayed for your perusal and consideration. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection. 

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Phantasmal (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

In horror games, repetition is safety. Once you’ve been brutally murdered by the disfigured, grotesque humanoid, you know where he spawns and whether it patrols. After being on the receiving end of a jumpscare, the novelty – and terror – is gone for subsequent runs. Enter Phantasmal, where you embody a PTSD-stricken ‘Nam veteran with images of napalm-doused children drilled into his memory who scored a job as a night-shift janitor. As is to be expected from working the night shift, things start to go to hell. Literally. The worst part? It’s always a fresh hell. The game is entirely randomized, and you’ll have to sneak past gruesome creatures, defending yourself with improvised weapons when all else fails. Phantasmal looks to be a truly awful experience in all the best ways. Back it today on Kickstarter and give it your thumbs-up.

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Cube and Me (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

If you have anything even faintly resembling a soul, you were inexplicably – but understandably – crushed at the loss of the Companion Cube in Portal. Fret no longer. Three indie devs have taken Tamagotchi, slapped on a pixelated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World aesthetic, added party-building and dungeoneering, set the whole thing to bouncy chiptune and created what looks to be the cutest damn pet simulator we’ve ever seen. Iron your cube’s clothes and then take it on a quest for epic loot in Cube and Me. Currently halfway done with its campaign, the game still needs $12000 before it can be produced in a timely manner. Go spend some paper rectangles and be rewarded with digital cubes when the project is released sometime in 2015. $50 will net you Alpha access as early as October of this year.

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Paradigm (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

It’s not uncommon for many gamers’ eyes to glaze over at the words “point and click adventure.” To be fair, most adventure games don’t drop you into the skin of a genetically-engineered reject surviving in a post-Soviet Eastern Europe-inspired city plagued by radiation and enough surrealism to make Dali feel at home. Paradigm – the protagonist, not the game – makes sweet-ass discotecha beats, has the only dog in Krusz and tends to a beatboxing eggplant. Paradigm – the game, not the character – centers around Paradigm’s quest to triumph over a wimpy but dictatorial sloth, Olof. It’s as weird and awesome as it sounds.

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Sam Glyph: Private Eye! (Greenlight)

Sam Glyph seems to have taken it upon himself to be everything typical hardboiled detectives aren’t. He boasts the raspy, voice, but bumbles and is vulgar, hilarious and gloriously inept. Low-polygon adventure ensues as he descends into a nebulous underworld, rife with bad guys and “physical harm is a serious possibility.” Most importantly, Sam celebrates victory with confetti showers. Sam Glyph seems to be a promising and entertaining foray into a usually humorless genre.

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Hiragana Pixel Party (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Sometimes, edutainment has to be weird to get its point across. With a faux-Terry Crews narrating the intro video, Hiragana Pixel Party has definitely decided to go that route. With 200 levels, players will learn two of the Japanese writing systems – Hiragana and Katakana – to saccharine retro beats. An informative and useful rhythm game, Hiragana Pixel Party is a great way to justify gaming to your parents.