Indie games I played this week 02/06/2018

I’ve decided to start a new short segment detailing the newest ID@XBOX indie games I played during the week! A short and sweet description of all of them in as few words as possible! Enjoy!

Mining Rail

Developer: WS net
Publisher: WS net
Release Date: June  1, 2018
Price: $12.99

Pure, unapologetic and unrepentant garbage – Yet somehow Compelling?

This is a game about riding a minecart down a track, leaning into turns, avoiding giant spiders, summoning golden eagles and hanging out with 2spooky4me skeleton bois. You know – The usual…..

The graphics are crap, the sound is crap and the developers can barely speak English. Typically this would put a game into the trash, But Mining Rail wears its trash label as a badge of honour. Similar to other “anti-games” like Goat Simulator, the game plays out like a straight-faced parody of gaming in general. You can find the exact same appeal in playing Mining Rail as watching D-grade movies while you riff on them with your mates, MST3K style.

When played for laughs with friends, this is actually surprisingly great, but it’s not something you should invest into beyond the joke value.

Yoku’s Island Express

Developer: Team17
Publisher: Team17
Release Date: May  29, 2018
Price: $19.99

One of the most charming games I have ever had the pleasure to play.

Were you ever playing the seminal Xbox One “Metroidvania” style exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest and thought to yourself “This game is great and all… But what if it was also pinball?”. If so, then this is the game you have been waiting for. You are the beetle Yoku, and as the newly appointed Postman of Mokumana Island, your job is to roam around in the semi-open world environment meeting the inhabitants, delivering their mail and helping them out with various issues they are having – All while playing pinball. The Island is dotted with pinball bumpers that you must use to fling Yoku and his ball around the island, in a super original alternative to traditional platforming.

Beautiful graphics and music, adorable characters, tight gameplay, interesting level design and great pinball physics. Everyone should try this out.


Developer: Appnormals Team
Publisher: PQube Limited
Release Date: May  30, 2018
Price: $11.99

Haunting, original and human.

STAY is a difficult game to describe. It deals with serious issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety. The premise is that a man has been abducted and placed alone in a dark room with only a computer. On the other end of the computer is you, the player. You can see his mood, a webcam feed, hear whats going on and he can also type messages to you, which you reply to. Together via suggestions you make to him, you puzzle your way out of the SAW like predicament he finds himself in and forge a bond together. Interestingly the game tracks how long you stayed (see what they did there?) with him, and how long you have left the game. Don’t play for a week and you may return to find he has gone totally insane from the isolation.

STAY is really something special and I couldn’t pull myself away from it, despite its simple art style and gameplay I just had to see what happened next. Check it out!

Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition

Developer: Lichthund / Crunching Koalas
Publisher: Crunching Koalas
Release Date: June  1, 2018
Price: $9.99

Quirky, Fun and Funny – But ultimately repetitive and a little shallow.

Lichtspeer is the ultimate realisation of German stereotypes fused with a neon 80s cartoon and sprinkled with a generous helping of ultraviolence. The gameplay is very simple – Your heroic avatar (either a glorious Germanic space hero or cybernetic space doggo in 2 player local co-op) stands fixed at the far left side of the screen and enemies run at you from the right. If they touch you, you die. The only way to defend yourself is by hurling the titular Lichtspeer at your foes and impaling them as you laugh at them collapsing in a shower of blood.
That’s it.
The game does attempt to mix things up with interesting enemy types and even boss fights, but at the end of the day, all you do is fling your spear. That said, the act of doing so is highly entertaining if played in short bursts – So much so that I went out and download the game on Android, where I intend to make full use of it on my daily commute this week.

Worth a try, and will make you chuckle – But frankly, this kind of simple gameplay is better on mobile.

And that’s what ID@XBOX indie titles I played this week! There will be a short delay in the continuation of this series as I am attending E3 next week, but I will be back as soon as possible with more hot takes on great indie titles.