Release Radar – Three Intriguing Indies Coming Soon

At this point, I have a lot of games on my wishlist that don’t even have release dates yet, which leads to me checking frequently to see if any of them have gotten release dates. Normally, this is an exercise in futility and disappointment, but not so right now. Three games that are potential day one pick-ups for me are all coming out before the end of August!

Ruinarch is releasing into Early Access on August 25.

I discovered Ruinarch during the most recent Steam Game Festival, and was instantly enamored by it. As someone who would have gladly played the demo over and over, Early Access on this one isn’t a deal breaker for me – the game is already fun to play. The demo is available again as part of the Tiny Teams Festival, so if you missed it last time, or want to see the improvements made over the past month or so, you can check that out for the next couple of days.

Best Friend Forever is releasing on August 27.

Best Friend Forever is a game I’ve had my eye on for quite a while – I think I first mentioned it here during LudoNarraCon, but playing the demo catapulted this title from “Looks cool.” to “I must have this now”. Well, it’s just about here, and although I’m still not super excited about dating sims in general, I really want to play with and train all the dogs.

Do Animals Dream? is releasing on August 31.

Although I’m completely sold on the previous two titles, I am more cautiously optimistic about Do Animals Dream? It looks like a pretty chill game to play through, and the store page description puts me in mind of A Short Hike, which I’ve seen people rave about. For me, my interest in this title is going to be probably be tied to both length and price point – I’d find it far more appealing as a compact, sub-$10 title than I would as something more ambitious, especially since as far as I can tell it’s a freshman effort from Black Vein Productions.


Are there any games – indie or otherwise – dropping over the next couple of weeks that you’re super excited for? Drop me a comment and let me know.

5 thoughts on “Release Radar – Three Intriguing Indies Coming Soon

  1. I’m pretty excited for Windbound, which comes out on August 28th. It looks like a mix of Breath of the Wild and Wind Waker, and I am totally here for that.

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  2. For the People will release tomorrow. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll buy it immediately… depends on the price, I guess, and how much I want to play the game right away… although I tend to wait for the first few reviews, at least. Others are scheduled for fall 2020 or even later, so no excitement there yet. πŸ˜‰
    Parkasaurus will also release and thus, leave early access, tomorrow. I am excited about finally playing the release version. But since I got it so long ago, it’s only a small excitement. Still… yay!

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    1. I’ve had my eye on Parkasauraus forever, but it’s never hit a price I wanted to jump on it. I do have a lot of building / management games already in my library, so at this point, I’m waiting for either a really good sale or a bundle inclusion.

      For the People looks like a neat concept, and I look forward to seeing what you think of it if you pick it up.

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      1. I actually did get Parkasaurus for free as I’d been part of early testing and our group gave them such good feedback that they decided to gift us our copy. πŸ˜€ What would hold me back from buying the game if I didn’t already have it, are actually the graphics. Very cute-cutsey, bright, and the fences are much too low for the dinosaurs. But it’s a fun game nonetheless.

        I’m disappointed with For The People when it comes to the translation. The German one has several mistakes within the first few minutes already. And they were told about the bad English translation after they had released their demo. They promised a better one for the final product. I switched to English and didn’t notice many mistakes. So that part was improved, I guess. πŸ™‚ Some reviews say it’s incredibly short (5 hours). I’ve not played much yet, so I don’t know. I didn’t understand the resource management that you need to do in one part of the game. But they’re aware that it’s not easy to understand. So, no regrets so far, but not a definite recommendation either at the moment.

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