Happy 2019 from The Indie Toaster, where we’re gearing up for a new year with more new games to play! And what better way to kick off the new year than by giving some video games the exposure and praise they deserve.
So, without further ado, we’re back with another of our monthly listicles. If you’re looking for some great free indie games to play throughout January, check out our list below!
Sort The Court!
I came across Sort The Court! on itch.io and was curious about how far one could go in a game as a ruler with only “Yes” and “No” options to all requests. The only other button you press in the game is “space” to progress conversations. Created by Graeme Borland along with artwork by Amy Gerardy and charming music by Bogdan Rybak, Sort The Court! is a charming game with a wide cast of humorous characters.
The results can be quite entertaining as the requests vary greatly. They include a royal belly rub for a cat, the chance to go on a dragon-slaying quest, the option to feed souls to a cursed chest in exchange for gold, and a little money to buy the daily newspaper (this one’s usually from your grandmother). Be a great ruler and you might ascend to join the Council of Crowns!
I fell in love with Short Trip the very first moment I saw it. Created by the talented Alexander Perrin, this beautifully-illustrated game is a delight to play. You play as a cat who drives a tram to and fro small towns, ferrying other felines. All this is accomplished through means of the right and left arrow keys.
The meticulous attention to every detail is a joy to behold; from the brickwork of the bridges, to the rotating water wheels, to the large windmills. I love looking at the trees as the tram goes past them. There is something very poignant about the ending. If you decide to play Short Trip, let us know what you think of it.
My Father’s Long Long Legs
Created by Michael Lutz, My Father’s Long Long Legs is a delightfully creepy Twine game. It’s a delicious piece of horror about what happens when your father decides to dig a deep hole in the basement of your old house. To advance in the game, you simply click on the bold text.
I don’t want to spoil any of this indie title’s story, so I won’t spend many more words on it. All I can tell you is that the plot and the text-based gameplay took me by storm and left me holding my breath. Make sure you play this with the lights out.
A.L.F.R.E.D. is the titular butler bot of this short game. You play as a young girl in a hostile world where robots must always save humans. While A.L.F.R.E.D will protect you from bombs and falling meteors, he won’t be able to protect you from the other inhabitants on this world.
The game was selected as a Best Student Project finalist for the 2017 Unity Awards. I found it atmospheric and mysterious although the controls were a little clunky sometimes. It reminded me a little of Playdead’s Inside.
These were The Indie Toaster’s four free indie game recommendations for January 2019. Let us know what you think of the titles above in the comments section, or send us your recommendations!