As expected, there were tons and tons of brilliant games on show at EGX Rezzed this year; more than we could cover in a single article.
Here are eight more games we think you should check out!
Fade To Silence
My first impression of Black Forest Games’ Fade To Silence was, “Ah, a game where I get to play as Jon Snow.” This survival adventure game is currently in Early Access and looks promising. I initially ran around a little bit before discovering I had a couple of dogs and a sled. Very nice. However, I soon ran into some eldritch horrors that rose out of the ground like corrupted trees. Less nice.
The first horror was easily dispatched but the rest had me running home for my life. This is what happens when you can’t remember which key to press to call for your dogsled. Some items in the frozen landscape intrigued me as I turned tail and ran.
First, I noticed some broken pylons. Second, there was a clearly abandoned and very rusty old school bus. Third, something in the sky occasionally chucked giant lumps of metal at me, possibly including one dubious-looking washing machine. The game will leave Early Access on PC and be available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on 30th April 2019.
I’d previously caught a glimpse of Disobedient Sheep at the Norwich Games Festival last year but didn’t get a chance to play it. It was great to see it on show at the Tentacle Collective. It’s a hilarious co-op survival game in which you and your friends play as frantic yet adorable sheepdogs.
Developed as a sheep herding game for two to four players by Sickly Dove Games, it’s a great party game you might want to check out. Look out for the falling anvils, exploding dynamites and massive boulders. You’re a sheepdog, you’ve got to protect your herd!
Snowtopia was another game on show at the Tentacle Collective that caught my eye. It’s a ski resort management game by French indie developer Tea for Two Games. They came up with the idea for the game while riding a chairlift at Val-d’Isère. Snowtopia will be coming soon to Kickstarter in May. In the meantime, you can play the open alpha. Get ready to hit the slopes, tycoon style.
The Collage Atlas
Creator John Evelyn’s intricate hand-drawn first-person adventure game The Collage Atlas is a thing of beauty. Everything that you see in The Collage Atlas was illustrated on 300 gsm watercolour paper with a 0.03 mm fineliner pen before being scanned and applied as a texture on a 3D model.
All of this painstaking effort culminates in a unique and dreamy hand-drawn environment which the player can explore. The game’s themes of memory, agency and hope come across fairly clearly. With its tender music and secret areas, the game offers an immersive experience in a mysterious world.
Luna: The Shadow Dust
I first saw Luna: The Shadow Dust at AdventureX last year, thought its frame-by-frame animation was gorgeous, and wrote about it here. Developer Lantern Studio describes its debut game as a “hand-animated story-driven point & click adventure puzzle game”.
The game is dialogue-free and you can control two characters in it – a young boy named Luna and his cute and mysterious shadow creature companion. There are lots of tricky puzzles to solve across numerous dimensions.
Oftentimes, they lead to a beautiful cinematic animation, which left me wanting more! Luna: The Shadow Dust is scheduled to be released in 2019 for PC, Mac and Linux.
A Dragon’s Tale
A Dragon’s Tale is a VR game currently in development by Spillage Games. What you see is what you get – you’re a great big dragon who can soar above an island and if you like, you can pick up some sheep.
Apparently, lots of people who played the demo seemed to enjoy picking up sheep and dropping them into the volcano. Lift-off is pretty easy and can be done in four flaps or so. Maintaining a steady flight path with your arms outstretched is a little more challenging!
Look at that face. Just loooook at that face. That Catbug-like grin stole my heart right away. Developer doinksoft’s Gato Roboto is a stylish metroidvania starring a cat, the purr-fect companion to have when your shuttle crashes on an abandoned space station.
The feisty feline is capable of donning a mech suit and easily blasting its enemies into smithereens. Go, kitty! Gato Roboto will be released for both the PC and Nintendo Switch later this year.
Autumn’s Chorus is currently in development by Mega Tiny Studio, which consists of solo developer Shaun White. It’s an RPG whose style and humour reminded me a lot of the Final Fantasy games that were originally released on the PS1.
I really enjoyed playing the demo which had a secret little hidden area and required the collection of a bucket of dragon spit. I’m looking forward to exploring the frontier land of Dorinth again!
Did you go to Rezzed too? If there are any other games you played at Rezzed that aren’t on the list, let us know. As always, it feels like there’s never enough time to do all the things – there’s always so much to see and do.
I’m looking forward to the next games event already, bring on the summer!