Even as AAA game releases end until the next big release season, there are still plenty of delicious indie snacks that can help you or even create your own uniquely flavored, tasty meal.
This week, we’ve got plenty of indie games to suit any palette, from the monochrome horror of Silt to the dark, devious action of Cult of the Lamb or the love letter of the retro game Arcade Paradise.
So if you’re looking for some of the best PC games we’ve been playing here at , check out our list and dive right into the buffet of delicious PC games.
Silt is described as a surreal underwater puzzle adventure game in which you control a deep sea diver as they explore the dark depths of the black ocean to unravel its mysteries. Its monochromatic palette combined with its creepy yet almost childlike graphic style creates a unique blend of tension that lingers with you long after the game’s conclusion.
Silt plays like a classic side-scrolling platformer where you mostly avoid obstacles and enemies while exploring a vast environment and discovering hidden secrets. Both the environments and the monsters are drop-dead gorgeous, with intricate detailing and an excellent contrast between light and dark to bring out those details.
What is especially impressive about Silt is the fluidity with which the diver moves through the water. The controls are tight and responsive, refreshing for a horror game as they derive the horror aspects of the atmosphere created by the visuals, music and sound effects rather than bad controls.
Worship of the Lamb
In the same vein as titles like The Binding of Isaac, Cult of the Lamb is a rogue-like game that throws random events and enemies at you as you try to keep your cult happy, busy, and properly controlled. The animal-people trope gives this game even more whiplash as you witness adorable animals wielding terrifying powers or being violently killed.
For fans of the rogue-like genre, the gameplay is smooth and frantic with excellent animation that rarely slows down. Despite its adorable look, this game is hardcore and doesn’t give up the challenge in the slightest. It’s surprisingly robust, with plenty of ways to upgrade your character as well as the cult.
I really love the presentation. The vibrant colors, the details, the tight controls, the fact that you’re playing like the cutest, most violent lamb there is. This game is gory for sure, but it offers so much more than that, which is why it has been so talked about since its release.
The indie scene has really embraced the retro aesthetic, as many games are developed using 8-bit and 16-bit sprite art, N64/PlayStation polygon graphics, or even the 1-bit style of old Japanese PC games from the 80s and 90’s.
Arcade Paradise is its own tribute to the arcade craze that rocked America’s 80s and 90s. At first it looks like a first-person garbage collection simulator with a retro UI for flavor, but once your character ventures to the back of the laundry room and enters the hidden arcade room, you can really see this game. for what it is.
Garbage collection and other life simulation aspects are an excuse for you to dump coins into various retro-styled arcade machines and play some of the most addictive, well-thought-out mini-games I’ve ever gotten my hands on. It’s an absolute treat and I recommend it to any millennial who wants to recapture the magic of their childhood, or even younger generations who may have missed the magic of old school arcades.
The Last Stand: Consequences
“Another rogue-like?” you say dismissively. And I correct you with that is actually a rogueLight with a mischievous smile on his face. But this is in a completely different style than Cult of the Lamb, which was a cute game with unforgivable gameplay, as Last Stand: Aftermath is a more visually realistic game with slightly more forgiving gameplay.
Part of the Last Stand series, Aftermath follows a group of people who survive a zombie apocalypse. He looks a bit like Hades, including the fact that they’re of the same genre, where environments and enemies thrown at you are procedurally generated. There’s a strong resource management element here, as well as a lot of other gameplay mechanics that need to be maintained as you take down the hordes of zombies chasing you.
There have been many updates and fixes since its release and the two-man team continues to work on polishing this hidden gem. But even now, the gameplay rarely gets dull and there’s tons of new content to liven up the formula. Also, as it’s a roguelite, it’s much friendlier for new players unfamiliar with the genre.
cursed to golf
What if in Mario Golf, instead of playing a good round of golf with your friends and enemies, you got stuck in Golf Purgatory and had to keep playing to become a golf legend and escape? Well, you can find out by playing a sprite-style rogue called Cursed to Golf.
Cursed to Golf is a fully developed golf game that accurately replicates the physics of golf, including swing angles and obstacles. It procedurally generates each environment in a game, creating a new and difficult puzzle to play golf each time.
Having to master not just every type of putter and use it to safely pass the ball through some of the more difficult sections while avoiding water and sand traps can sometimes feel diabolical. But the smooth animations and strong physics engine lessen the frustration and instead do what many villains can’t, which is make the difficulty feel rewarding in its own right and no longer an obstacle to conquer.