Hey everyone, it’s the start of April and here’s our new list ahead of EGX Rezzed! You know the routine, it’s a new list of great free indie games we think you should play! Here’s The Indie Toaster’s round-up for this month.
Ducks In A Row
Ducks in a Row is a great game that is trickier than it looks! And it sure looks lovely. You play as a duck who has to find and collect five little ducklings and take them home safely. Sounds easy? Well, you’ll be surprised as it’s pretty darn challenging.
It begins with a crash of lightning as you learn how to make your duck quack and pick up disobedient ducklings. In this 2D platformer, you’ll come across crickets, frogs, snakes and crocodiles…yes, that’s right, there are nasty swamp critters out there who want to eat your babies. I’m looking forward to checking out the other games by its creator, Carlie Olson.
Rocks and Ravens
Rocks and Ravens by Andy Bacon is a delightful little puzzle game that was inspired by haiku and Japanese logic puzzles such as Sudoku. It’s a very polished game where you pick up rocks and diamonds and arrange them in accordance with the rules. Rule number one: diamonds cannot be placed in a raven’s line of sight. Rule number two: there must be one rock and one diamond in each row and column. The rules change later when you reach the thirteenth puzzle.
The game’s gentle music suits its palette and art style perfectly. I really enjoyed the little details from the chink of the diamonds to the bouncing of the rocks. Its creator suggests that you play this game with headphones and a cup of tea – I fully agree! I really enjoyed playing it and wish there were more games like this out there. There are seventeen puzzles altogether so take your time and savour each one slowly.
Here’s a Pizza Jam entry by Jarrett Ang named Love Triangle, where the theme was “To Love Oneself”. With the arrow keys or WASD, and the spacebar to jump, you play as a circle that is doubting its self-worth. Its very much a feeling that everyone can relate to at some point in their life.
You guide the circle on its journey to the right, passing couples who are clearly in love, and who don’t really seem to care about you. I don’t want to give away too much but it’s fairly clear that the game has been designed to be played more than once. Which ending will you find? Tell us!
Comforting Sounds was made by melessthanthree to survive a time of hurt. Such is the power of games to console. In Comforting Sounds, you maneuver a sprite who is drowning in the darkness, deeper and deeper, and it feels like it will go on forever. It is impossible to go up, and anything that appears comes from below.
When little specks of coloured light appear, you can drift towards them using your mouse and they will explode into a starburst. They then attach themselves to you and suddenly you feel a little less lonely. Not everything colourful is safe though, as you will soon find yourself under attack by a variety of malicious cubes and shuriken. Persevere for a blazing starburst ending!
These were The Indie Toaster’s four free indie game recommendations for April 2019. Let us know what you think of the titles above in the comments section, or send us your recommendations here!