Indie Game Roundup – November 2023

Indie Game Roundup – November 2023

November looks to be another stellar month for indie games. The best November indie games span a wide range of genres once again, although there’s a weird absence after the 17th for some reason. We’re not going to worry about that though, maybe there’s a worldwide nap event going on that nobody has told us about yet. 

So, if you’re in the market for something a little bit different, we’ve got a selection of games to choose from that you might have missed without us. Sure, some could say we’re doing a service to you all, but we just see it as spreading the good word of indie games. With that nonsense out of the way, let’s look at the games themselves. 

We love a good ARPG and Phantom Blade: Executioners looks to be a very good one. Aside from a stunning visual design, this game looks to have incredibly fast combat with a focus on style as well as substance, and some seriously unhinged enemies. You also get to make choices throughout the story that’ll change how things pan out, giving it better replayability. You can even tweak the way your combos work too, which means you can find your ideal playstyle. 

If you like cooking, skateboarding, turn-based battles, and the power of self healing, then Thirsty Suitors is the game for you. You take control of Jala as she tries to heal the traumas from her past via her favourite hobbies, and try to sort her life out before her sister’s wedding. If you’ve got family problems to work through, so does Jala, so help her out and maybe you’ll feel better too. 

Blacksmithing is hard work. Well, we assume so, we’re pretty obviously not blacksmiths. While the Iron’s Hot is a game where you get to become a blacksmith who is trying to master their craft, and you’ll get to learn more about your skills as you go, and help to rebuild the ruins of a town as well. There’ll be treasures to find, puzzles to solve, and people to meet. Think of it a bit like being Stardew Valley, but with less flowers. 

A good roguelike is a tasty thing, and this roguelike also happens to be about food, which makes it even better. Cuisineer has you delving into dungeons to try and defeat monsters, gather ingredients, and get cooking, and you’ll have to master those dishes to serve at your restaurant at home. It’s a cute idea, and we’ve got high hopes for it. 

If chess is a philosopher’s game, then Checkmate Showdown is for the philosopher’s who also lift big old weights. Checkmate Showdown is chess to begin with, but whenever pieces clash they’ll have to battle it out fighting game style. Each piece has their own strengths, weaknesses, and moves, and it adds a fun layer to the usual tactical stylings of chess that you can actually try out right now thanks to a demo. 

If you don’t have kids and you think you’re too good for Bluey, you’re wrong. Nobody is too good for Bluey, and the show is a gift to parents the world over who get to enjoy a show that’s actually good with heartfelt characters and touching stories. The game version lets you and up to three other people go through different adventures together, play mini-games, and just generally enjoy the world. We can’t wait. 

Tiger Blade is a new PSVR2 game coming to the wonderful world of virtual reality that puts you in a world of swords and incredibly fast gameplay. You get to play as a character who has not only studied the blade, but also has a pistol to use in case your enemies are staying too far away. It’s got an arcade feel that makes it feel less serious, and also means it’s more replayable as well, which is always good news. 

The people of England are suffering under idiot rulers. That’s also the plot here in Gangs of Sherwood, but the Sheriff of Nottingham has utilised the Philosopher’s Stone to completely upgrade his armies, so you’ve got a bunch of flying castles and robots to fight, instead of just mediaeval stuff. You get to take control of Robin, Marian, Friar Tuck, or Little John, and use their unique abilities to work together in co-op or on your own to fight back against the oppression. 

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