It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for another Screenshot Survey. Every week, we take a look at a few cool new games in the works by game developers tweeting with #ScreenshotSaturday. For even more games you might be interested in, check out this hashtag on Twitter.
February's been a good month for Screenshot Survey, and here is further proof. This week we have a wide assortment of upcoming indies, including a Kickstarter title, a cartoonish adventure, a criminal turnip, and mountains of dead enemies. Neat!
This is one I've kept my eyes on for a while since its Kickstarter campaign started a few weeks back. There's proof in these screenshots that pixel art isn't overused or getting old. This is some high-quality stuff right here, and I can't wrap my head around how much talent goes into making projects like this a reality. What I especially enjoy are the enemy sprites in these screenshots, like the purple, goofy looking orcs and hunched, toothy goblins. I can't wait to see what other enemies Battle Axe has in store.
I mentioned Kickstarter, and indeed Battle Axe is well on its way; in fact, it's already surpassed its funding goal and still has several more days to go. Battle Axe is a retro-inspired action title coming from industry veteran Henk Nieborg, known for his incredible artwork with games such as Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Shakedown: Hawaii. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to hack and slash through some bad guys with Iolo the mage. Even better, I can do it with a friend since Battle Axe has co-op!
Minute of Islands
It's like I'm a kid again, and just woke up to tune in to the latest and greatest cartoon on my favorite channel. Seriously, Minute of Islands is a stylish, cartoonish game and features wonderful animations. For indies, it's usually the art style that initially grabs my interest, and Minute of Islands found the key to my heart. I will say this, though: I don't think this is a kid-friendly adventure by any means, and I shudder to think of what lies at the end of this creepy cave in the tweet above.
Minute of Islands is an upcoming adventure game by Studio Fizbin and published by Mixtivision. You might recognize Studio Fizbin by its previous titles called The Inner World, which were compelling, hand-drawn adventure games. Back to Minute of Islands, I'm very interested to learn more about this mysterious, and sometimes macabre, setting. You can join the character Mo on her adventure when Minute of Islands launches this year.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
We've been playing around with the dialogue in Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion! Look at those patterns! 😍😍 They change based on who's talking! c:#Unity #screenshotsaturday #gamedev #madeinunity pic.twitter.com/xaT9cIivnX— Kindlsticks 🍄🐸✨ (@Kindlsticks) February 22, 2020
It's tax season, so don't slack on doing them. And also, don't be like our turnip friend here, who seems hellbent on, well, committing tax evasion. As for the context of this tweet, I adore the new dialogue boxes they've added, as well as the wobbling effect. The patterns are a nice touch, and overall they remind me of Animal Crossing. If that turns out to be what inspired this design, you couldn't have picked a better game.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is an upcoming adventure game where players take the role of Turnip Boy. According to Steam's description of this title, you "Pay back your insurmountable debt to Mayor Onion, and tear down the corrupt vegetable government!" Sounds a bit like Animal Crossing again, except instead of Tom Nook it's Mayor Onion. I have the firm belief that Tom Nook is not a crook and your debt to him is your own fault, so I wonder just how devious Mayor Onion truly is?
HERE IT IS! The very first trailer for CORPSE CASTLE!— 😈Wicked Cake🎂 (@WickedCakeGames) February 22, 2020
And if you are in the Vegas area you can be among the first people EVER to try the game!#corpsecastle #gamedev #indiedev #indiegame #pixelart #gameart #pixelgame #gaming #unity #roguelike #madewithunity #screenshotsaturday https://t.co/KF1mp6LmAO pic.twitter.com/OwFaKs3IVr
You want to know what's metal? Climbing out of a hellish pit by using the piled up bodies of your enemies. This concept alone is worth a spotlight, but Corpse Castle looks pretty fun too. It's almost the opposite of Downwell, since your goal is to go down and down. If you have ever played Downwell, you know it's addicting. I can see Corpse Castle being very similar in that regard.
There isn't a great deal of information on Corpse Castle other than what is seen here, but we know that it's developed by Wicked Cake Games (great name, by the way) and published by Whim Independent Studios. As the tweet says, if you happen to be Vegas during the LVL UP EXPO, you can try Corpse Castle out for yourself.
Interested in any of these games? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!