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Top 20 Best Indie Games of EGX Berlin 2019

Hey there it’s Get Indie Gaming with EGX
bringing their roadshow to Berlin in this video we take a look into the top 20 indie
games at the show many of which are new to me I’d be making a beeline to go and play.
Links to all the games are in the description and feel free to let me know what you think
down in the comments. Let’s begin at number 20 and in no real
order of preference we start with Ad Infinitum. This one first popped into field of interest
back in late 2016 although things went dark from the team pretty uch soon after. I had
wondered if this first person survival horror game set in the first world war had been cancelled
although this clearly seems not to be the case. This one looks reasonably classy and
oozes delicious menace. Up next and at number 19, Ecosystem is looking
to offer a deep creature based simulation environment where you make and modify the
animals characteristics and high level behaviours. The game then sets about a simulated evolution
of the lifeforms within the environment via a form of natural selection as they evolve
on their own to adapt to the environment you create. If you want to see more there’s
a demo you can download from the games website with the link to be found in the description
below. Sliding over the shale and into our number
18 position, Lonely Mountains Downhill is out now and having followed it’s development
over the past 3 or so years, I’m so happy to say it’s a utter delight to play. The
visuals with the vibrant colours and clever use of depth of field as you make your way
down the tracks are superbly done although for me, the real cherry on the top comes from
the audio. The team have stripped it to the bear bones of the noise the bike makes traversing
the terrain and the natural environmental sounds of the play areas. Lonely Mountains
is super fun and is certainly one for the streamers At number 17 and something I played at this
year’s Gamescom, spitlings is a great local arcade affair where if one player messes up,
everyone else has to restart the level. As couch co-op games go this will come out fairly
high on the list titles to induce family and friends based feuds, insults and shouting
although it does it in such a way that’s just good old fashioned fun. Spitlings is
due out soon on home pc, and all of the usual consoles. At number 16 and another of the games that
grabbed my attention at this year’s Gamescom, El Hijo bills itself as a game version of
a spaghetti western stealthy adventure where you play as a 6 year old boy on his quest
to find his mother. There’s no violence and much of the progression comes about by
way of solving environmental based puzzles and you implementing distraction techniques
while hiding in the shadows. The demo gives a fine overview of everything you can expect
and if you see this on the show floor, please do spend some time with it and to also take
in it’s delightful soundtrack. At number 15 and on the most intriguing indie
games on display at this year’s EGX Berlin, Inkluinati is a deliciously quaint looking
turn based strategy game within a medieval setting about illustrated animal battles with
plenty of eccentric humour. There’s single player with local and online multiplayer options
too where you use so called living ink to paint and command your animals in various
battles to ultimately become the master illuminator Here we have Cris Tales and our number 14
in this countdown. Here you join Crissbell a time mage in this homage to classic JRPGs
in this hand drawn 2D art that’s animated frame by frame. With over 20 hours of play
time with it featuring branching storylines, innovative combat all within an overall experience
inspired by the likes of Crono Trigger, Final Fantasy 6 and more modern efforts such as
Persona 5. Cris tales should be out in 2020. At number 13 and something totally new to
me, get to the orange door promises a vivid neon and chrome soaked adrenaline pumping
rogue lite FPS with it featuring plenty of fast paste parkour action. Taking inspiration
from Halo, the classic doom franchise and the hugely under appreciated Titan Fall 2
it features over 20 customisable weapons, loot and burn cards to boost your character
and numerous player modes including the Ninja Mode where you’re only armed with a sword.
While this is the first time I’ve seen it, Get to the orange door came out on Steam in
Early Access in May of this year with a port onto the Switch expected soon. Let’s crack on with number 12, Ministry
of Broadcast is a narrative cinematic platformer inspired by the original prince of Persia
and Oddworld, Abe’s Exodus. Coming from a four person team based out of the Czech
republic, the mood seeks to form a dark hybrid of Orwell’s 1984 and the hypocritical nature
of today’s reality tv. Ministry of Broadcast is expected to launch late this year via Steam
and also onto the Switch and Playstation 4. At number 11, Jessika is looking set to offer
an interactive found – footage type of novella with a theme comparable to American History
X and having gameplay that’s inspired by Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies and Her Story.
You’re tasked with going through a number of data sources within a computer desktop
environment to piece together Jessika’s back story, motivations and possible crimes. At number 10 Upside Drown is something I know
almost nothing about other than you take control of Nora on her way though what appears to
be a utterly stunning looking mythical swamp. As the time of recording, much of what there
is to know about this games comes from a twitter feed and facebook page with so far as I can
tell no meaningful and dedicated website or steam wishlisting page. This has be super
intrigued and by goodness I want to know a lot more about upside drown. Now and at number 9, out of place is third
person story driven tale featuring a teenage lad and from the demo I saw at Gamescom and
the art work and associated trailers, visually it’s perhaps the most interesting game in
this list. I still want to get to know Out of Place in plenty more details although from
what I’ve seen of it thus far, well it all looks rather lovley. In 8th place and keeping up with the narrative
theme for much of the games in this countdown, Resort is a puzzle free open low poly world
featuring an interactive story about repressed trauma and buried secrets. You play as Laura
Tanner, an acclaimed writer whose visiting a small town that’s soon to be obliterated
by a comet where a few of the inhabitants are refusing to leave their homes. The choices
you make shape and transform Laura’s world in this fully voiced game that’s full of
quirky and interesting characters. At number 7 and one I have featured in my
hidden gems of the London EGX show from a few weeks ago, if I were attending EGX Berlin
I’d still want to take another look at Edgar BokBok in Boulzac. The time I’ve already
had with this chap and his chicken companion has been most delightful and if you only have
eyes for one point and click adventure I can wholeheartedly recommend you put this one
on your wishlist today. It’s expected out next year via Steam, the switch and xbox one. At number 6 and by a country mile the most
lets call it simplistic looking game in this rundown, mr gray scale is a mecanics driven
puzzler platformer. It uses a rotate the world type of system where you move between black
and white and by doing so in conjunction with spatial logic and reasoning, you solve the
room and move on. While there’s no firm release date, Mr Grey cale will come to home
pc, and the xbox. Moving on into the top 5 and taking this slot
is Roki is an adventure game with its roots in Scandinavian folklore and legends. Again,
I’ve had some time with a recent demo and found the gameplay with its puzzles and narrative
direction setting really rather compelling. I’m also really keen on the art style the
folks have used, particularly how colourful and yet sparse some of the colour schemes
are with the single colour blocks without gradients having a striking impact. It’s
also a non violent and socially inclusive game which I’m sure will be enjoyed by many
of you out there. One last observation I took from Roki is how the game deals with challenge
and in places where some help may be needed, it gently can guide you in what needs doing
without an over burdening sense of hand holding. Roki is at the moment coming to home pc and
the switch some point next year. At number 4 we have Lost Ember which comes
to Steam, Occulus VR and the consoles this November 22nd. In Lost Ember you play as a
wolf in a world without humans having been reclaimed by animals Here you’re able to
take control of other animals which you’ll use their abilities to get you places where
a wolf cant usually go – this means you can fly like a bird, dig into the ground like
a mole and climb steep cliffs like a mountain goat. Well this certainly looks very different
and while a few questions remain on the substance of the gameplay, I’m certainly willing to
give this a shot when it pops out in just a few weeks time. At number three and the first runner up as
it were we have Duru. As a fair few others in this showcase I have no previous knowledge
of it although I understand it will launch in the summer of next year on home pc with
ports to consoles and mobile expected at a later date.
I’m super keen to see more of this in what’s a 2D puzzle platformer that’s set within
a west African colony of mole rats. You play as tuli, and while solving puzzles with the
help and sometimes hinderance of and ai companion, Duru tales a tale of someones struggles with
insecurities, depression and friendships. All in game dialogue relies on using visualisation
queues and while the topic at play is reasonably heavy, it all seems to have been pulled together
in a light hearted and touching way. Coming in at number two, cloudpunk seems to
be a walking, driving and conversational game where You play as a courier in a semi legel
semi dodgy delivery firm were you traverse the city by way of your car or on foot. Along
the way you’ll meet a wide variety of NPCs, different AI systems, andriods and humans
from a wide range of social classes. It’s played over the course of a single night where
everyone you meet has a story to tell. This reminds me of the recent neo cab and is expected
to launch in 2020. And at the number 1 we have Minute of Islands
which as you can see on screen right now a drop dead stunningly put together narrative
adventure game with puzzle sections that comes from the developer behind The Inner World.
It’s set to come out by way of Steam and the Nintendo Switch early next year. The comic
book stylings are suitably impressive with an exceptionally high level of technical detail
across the characters and back grounds. The animations look as smooth as newly melted
butter and all of this beauty is underpinned further by the haunting and evocative accompanying
soundtrack. Minute of Islands puts me in mind of the recent Mutatione and I’m hoping it’s
every bit as compelling. So which games are you wanted to see more
of or if you’re going to or went to the show, which ones did you enjoy playing? Leave
us a comment and let me know what you think and if you liked the video don’t forget
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to the channel. Many thanks for watching, you can find me on twitter via the Get Indie
Gaming name and I’ll see you all again here soon for another indie game video.

Reader Comments

  1. Hello! Here we take a look at the top 20 indie games I would be looking to play if I was going to EGX in Berlin this coming weekend. There’s a fair few here I’ve not seen out before and I’d love to hear which ones you like the most.

  2. I've met the developers of Cris Tales. I'm looking forward to this game since it's a game made by partners here at Colombia. Much love.

  3. oh lost ember finally has a new release date? it was meant to come out a few months ago and just disappeared altogether so hopefully it does come out nov 22 cos i need my wombat gaming fix hehe

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