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.
This week we have another crop of cool new indies to look at. Our headliner features a dog with a sword, which is just about the coolest thing I've ever seen. But, for some other awesome games, we have a look at a cool new FPS weapon, a city builder, and a magical scarf. We've got quite the diverse collection today, so come on in and take a look!
Hounds of Valor
I promised a dog with a sword, and I delivered. I'm seriously excited to show Hounds of Valor to more people. I liked Sif from Dark Souls and Zacian from Pokemon Sword and Shield, and now we have the next great sword doggo to be featured in video games. In terms of gameplay, you can clearly see some heavy inspiration from Okami. I mean, you play a badass canine in both games, after all. The artistic direction for Hounds of Valor is also superb; I love the cartoon aesthetic. I'm looking forward to seeing more footage with this pawsome pup.
Hounds of Valor even has a playable demo, which is available on the game's official website. From Hounds of Valor's website, developer Greg Wark notes that, as expected, Okami and God of War serve as inspirations for this title—so if you couldn't tell from the footage above, this is an action-packed game for sure!
Behold the Bow Blade! Latest weapon from #SCATHE— Damage State (@DamageState) February 15, 2020
See more footage on our Discord: https://t.co/aJjOeTPO47
Catch it on Steam here: https://t.co/6cSKVBuYxQ#screenshotsaturday #UE4 #MadeWithUnreal #indiegame #indiedev #pcgaming #gamedev #indiegamedev #indiewatch #fun pic.twitter.com/nxIF3tOmbn
My FPS senses are tingling, and I see another modern, retro-inspired shooter on the horizon. Usually I'm pretty up-to-date when it comes to knowing what new FPS games are coming out. Scathe is one I haven't seen but immediately caught my interest. One of the hallmarks of a good FPS are its weapons, and this Bow Blade has a brutally cool look. I'm sure it's going to be a devastatingly fun gun to use.
Scathe is an upcoming FPS developed and published by Damage State Ltd., and it's set to launch some time this year. Certainly paying homage to Doom in some way, players are going to fight in a brutal "mega maze" set in Hell. Expect dark passages and fire and brimstone as you rampage through this brutal FPS title.
The Bonfire 2
We added the time-lapse feature in our game The Bonfire 2. Now you can view your settlement growing. #screenshotsaturday #indiegame #gamedev #lowpoly #madewithunity #indiedev #indiedevhour #thebonfiregame #timelapse pic.twitter.com/xKwwduhBjy— Xigma Games (@xigmagames) February 15, 2020
I'm terrible at city or town builders of any kind, but I still like them. I mean, it's just so satisfying to see the fruits of your labor pay off as your town becomes a thriving civilization. Something I've never seen before in games such as this is The Bonfire 2's time-lapse feature. Perhaps I'm being hyperbolic, but I think this is a brilliant addition.
The Bonfire 2 is, as you might suspect from the name, the sequel to The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands. The first game was a settlement builder like its upcoming sequel, but it was in 2D rather than 3D. Now, The Bonfire 2 is taking it to the next level, and dare I say it looks beautiful? Xigma Games' The Bonfire 2 has no release date yet, but rest assured it's coming along just fine.
Let's end this Screenshot Survey with some beautiful sights and scenery. Scarf certainly fits the bill. Watch as the scarf-clad protagonist jumps off the ledge and sails into this wonderful valley. It reminds me of the glider from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with those wide shots of the world before you as you fly around. What's unique and charming about Scarf is that, well, the scarf itself is your means of travel. I wish all scarves worked that way.
Scarf is an upcoming adventure game by Uprising Studio. It's a wordless adventure that features several different large environments like what is shown above. Uprising Studios' website says that this is a metaphorical adventure, so I'm curious to find out what kind of meaning there is behind this tale.
Interested in any of these games? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!