Eastshade is a peaceful first person exploration game set on a mysterious island

After spending a lot of time playing Firewatch over the past few days (the review of which will be up tomorrow) I've gained a deep appreciation of games that focus on story and exploration of some rather beautiful places.

One such game is the recently announced Eastshade, a very stylish indie game that's all about exploring an interesting world as well as soaking in the atmosphere and story. Here's the announcement trailer:

Action puzzle-platformer N++ is coming to PC later this year

While I haven't played N++ I've probably spent over a hundred hours with its predecessor during the many repetitive lessons back in my high school "IT" class. It was a simple game with easy to understand controls and a difficulty hump so massive you needed climbing gear to get over it.

But overall it was an immensely fun experience so I'm glad I can tell you that the much improved and sadly PS4 exclusive N++ will be making its way to Steam later this year. While not officially announced just yet the co-founder of Metanet Software, Raigan Burns, said on NeoGaf that they are currently working on porting the game to Steam.

Here's the full message:

Puzzle-platformer Unravel is arriving to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 this February 9

Unravel was first announced and demoed at the most recent E3 and despite being a relatively small indie game it absolutely stole the show on account of its stylish design and great presentation by one of the developers.

A couple of months have passed since then and the cutesy puzzle-platformer Unravel is just about ready to be fully released this February 9th. Here's a video of a developer showcasing Unravel's gameplay mechanics:

XCOM inspired Xenonauts 2 has been announced

Xenonauts 1 was a turn based strategy game released back in 2014 and heavily inspired by the old XCOM series. Rather than simply copy the XCOM formula Xenonauts developers opted to go for a much more in-depth tactical experience and even though it definitely had some flaws it was a pretty fun game.

While there were rumors of Xenonauts 2 being in development for many months now, it has only recently been confirmed by the developers themselves. Xenonauts 2 is set to launch sometime in 2017 with an Early Access release coming in the next few months. Here's the currently known list of features:

Matrix inspired indie FPS Superhot is arriving soon

After being successfully Kickstarted in a single day back in 2014 the indie time-bending FPS Superhot is now getting ready for a full release.

You can expect it to arrive on February 25th for the PC, Mac and Linux platforms with the Xbox One version following a couple of weeks later. Here's the rather stylish trailer that came along with the announcement:

Iron Snout is a fun button-mashing fighting game

The past two days have been rather strange for me as far as indie games are concerned. First I came upon a Dark Souls inspired ARPG starring a mouse in shining armor fighting off hordes of spiders and today its a martial arts pigs fending off hordes of wolves using hog-fu.

Despite the ridiculous premise Iron Snout, the game in question, turned out to be a really fun and challenging fast paced button-mashy fighting game. Here's the trailer so you can see for yourself what its all about:

DarkMaus is a Dark Souls inspired ARPG

Given how often I mention it there's no hiding the fact that I am a gigantic fan of Dark Souls and the Souls series in general. The combination of brutal difficulty, immersive world-building, well balanced combat and plenty of ways to approach any single problem turned out to be exactly what I ever wanted from a game.

With Dark Souls 3 still a tiny spec on the horizon I'm constantly looking for similar games to sate my endless hunger for Souls-y gameplay. And much to my surprise, given that I do try to keep an eye out for upcoming indie games, I would've completely missed DarkMaus - a Dark Souls inspired ARPG starring a tiny badass mouse in armor - if not for PCgamer, so thanks for that one guys.

Here's the trailer and a short description of what DarkMaus is all about: