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.
Second-person narratives tend to be clunky in any art form, though indirect intervention in the name of progress is uniquely tangible in video games compared to other non-interactive media. nextReality Games’ Blink puts you in the shoes of an enigmatic ancient being capable of solidifying light by closing its eyes. Using this power, you’ll move light sources and time your blinks to escort your protagonist through hand-drawn levels full of mystery.
Armed With Wings: Rearmed (Greenlight)
It’s apparent that dark-foreground 2D games are becoming my new Kryptonite alongside excessively adorable adventures. It’s equally apparent that Sun Studios’ Armed With Wings: Rearmed, despite its overblown and repetitive title, is full of promise. As a resurrected sword-swinging badass, you’ll harness the power of lightning and a trusty eagle companion to solve puzzles, and dispatch foes in a quest to free the world from a tyrant’s grasp.
Faceted Flight (Greenlight)
Earlier this year, Vector won us over with realistic Tatooine pod racing on Martian landscapes. Now the VR-compatible Faceted Flight, developed by Matthew Scott, is bringing low-poly, high-speed action to players everywhere. This flight-sim-meets-racer is beautifully optimized for a wide range of hardware specs, and the recent addition of AI opponents hints at the potential of its upcoming multiplayer mode. Well worth checking out for adrenaline and flight-junkies alike.
Fourth wall breaking adventures like The Stanley Parable offer the gaming medium a rare chance at introspection. Evan Tognotti’s interactive adventure 199X centers around Clara, a woman painfully aware of her plight as a pawn: she believes she’s being controlled (and she is!) but those around her think she’s delusional. They might be right too, given how dreamlike things in the game can get.
Ten seconds is all you get in TIMEframe, Tyler Owen’s time-stretching exploration-driven adventure. Spread out across ten minutes, you’re able to capitalize on every fraction of the ten seconds you’re granted in a bizarre and vivid low-poly desert world, taking screenshots, discovering landmarks, and interacting with mysterious relics. Oculus Rift support might on the horizon – a welcome addition to this trippy, immersive experience.