Indie atmospheric horror Downfall is now on Steam

The Cat Lady was one of the strangest and most intriguing games I've played back in 2012. I started it up expecting a run-of-the-mill horror adventure game but rather than jump scares The Cat Lady dealt with topics such as death, suicide and the general feeling of hopelessness in a serious, mature and very compelling way.

So you can imagine my surprise when I recently realized that Downfall, in many ways a spiritual successor to The Cat Lady, has released on Steam with purely positive reviews. Here's the trailer so you can get a good whiff of the atmosphere present in Downfall:

Overfall is a turn based RPG releasing in Early Access this March

Overfall is an upcoming turn based strategy game with a healthy dose of rogue-like and RPG elements mixed in. You will have  to travel across a large world, recruit companions and deal with conflicts and issues that pop up through whichever means necessary, be that violence, dipolomacy, trickery or otherwise in order to complete your all-important quest.

After going through a successful Kickstarter campaign Overfall is now getting ready to launch in Steam Early Access this March 1st with the core gameplay fully complete. Speaking of gameplay, here's a trailer showcasing it:

The Ship: Remasted is coming to Early Access this February 15th

The Ship: Remasted is an enhanced version of the popular murder-simulator The Ship: Murder Party where through cunning, stealth and a good dose of absurdity you need to make sure your target is no more while avoiding the same fate yourself. In essence it is a more complex, and a lot funnier, version of Assassin's Creed multiplayer.

After a good bit of internal testing The Ship: Remasted is ready to dock in to Early Access tomorrow, February 15th, though keep in mind its still quite unfinished. Here's the teaser trailer and information on what the developers plan to do in the coming months:

Democracy 3's Africa expansion has been announced

I'm sure that at some point in your life, most likely while showering, you thought how easy politicians must have it and how quickly you could fix up the country if you were in charge. Well, if you would like to put your theories up to the test then look no further than Democracy 3, a turn based political strategy game that grants you full control of all branches of government and expects you to deal with realistic issues and consequences for each and every action.

So far Democracy 3 mostly dealt with rather stable first world countries but how does the same concept work when you apply it to politically divided and potentially even unstable ones. This is the sort of question that gave birth to Democracy 3's stand-alone expansion Africa which, as you might guess, allows you to take control of various nations on the African continent and run them in to the ground through incompetence bring them to prosperity through clever policy making.

Here's a developer video briefly going over the its development and a bit more information on the game itself:

Heaven's Hope is an upcoming 2.5D point & click adventure

Despite trying to enjoy playing point & click adventure games for the better part of my life I could never get in to them, the combination of moon-logic and difficult puzzles proving too much for my FPS-addled mind. Ironically, I still enjoy them as a concept and like to keep up with interesting upcoming ones.

One such game is Heaven's Hope, a 2.5D point & click adventure game where you play as an Angel who has fallen down from Heaven and now needs to find his way back while avoiding the clutches of the maniacal inquisition. Here's the trailer and a bit more information:

Five Nights at Freddy's RPG FNaF world is currently free

I have to hand it to Scott, creator of the FNaF series, when he said he's going to make it up to people because of how unfinished FNaF World was he truly meant it.

After being pulled from Steam a couple of weeks ago the Five Nights at Freddy's themed RPG FNaF World is now available for free on Gamejolt in a beta state. Here's the trailer so you can get a better idea of what sort of madness FNaF World is up to:

The Flame In The Flood is an indie rogue-lite survival game based around river travel

The Flame in the Flood is an indie rogue-lite survival game that pits you against the flooded landscape of post-societal America. With food, medicine and worthwhile building materials in short supply you will need to constantly move downstream while evading predators, natural disasters and insanity as you attempt to survive in a world that isn't very interested in helping.

After going through a successful Kickstarter and Early Access campaign The Flame in the Flood is just about ready for its February 24th launch on the PC, Mac and Xbox One. Here's the trailer that accompanied the announcement and a bit more information:

Firewatch is now out, here's my list of the biggest pros and cons of the game

Firewatch is a very atmospheric narrative-driven adventure game that's all about hiking across beautiful landscapes and having a chat with your witty supervisor along the way.

I've spent my this weekend exploring its peaks and valleys and I found it to be rather lovely (you can read the full review here) so now that its officially released I'd like to bring the natural beauty of Firewatch to your attention.

Night in the Woods is coming this Fall

If the name sounds familiar you might be remembering Night in the Woods from its successful Kickstarter a few years back where it not only reached its $50,000 goal but quadrupled it instead and ended the 30 day campaign with a cozy $209,375.

After many years of work, and a couple of delays, the story focused adventure/exploration hybrid Night in the Woods is set to release this fall, as announced today on the developer's twitter. Here's the trailer so you can see what all the fuss is about:

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: