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A Star Wars world collides with anime-style motion on this sci-fi sport

Often, for this column, I’ll spend time combing via varied hashtags on Twitter to see what’s occurring. This week, I used to be delighted to comply with a gentle stream of launched and up-and-coming video games for #PitchYaGame, an awards present and hashtag for indie builders the place individuals showcase their video games. In some circumstances, I used to be delighted to see WIPs lined in earlier columns. Nevertheless it additionally opened a world of under-the-radar work from builders who haven’t posted as repeatedly.

Now we have newly uncovered gems and extra in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips, and screenshots of works in progress. Every week, the Polygon employees scours the web for essentially the most fascinating video games nonetheless underneath development, to present you a sampler of the best up-and-coming initiatives.

This week we’ve got a shocking sci-fi sport with unbelievable assault animations, a good looking open-world sport the place you assist a panda discover peace, a horror sport impressed by ’80s monster motion pictures, a chic rhythm sport, and an RPG impressed by anime within the ’90s.

You received’t imagine this was made by one individual

Felix Schade is the developer and creator of Morbid Steel, which they describe as a sci-fi motion roguelite the place you shapeshift to rack up sick combos. A clip shared by Schade reveals the sport in motion as a personality zips from one enemy to the subsequent, whereas unleashing a sequence of shimmering assaults match for the flashiest of JRPGs. Morbid Steel doesn’t have a launch date but however you’ll be able to catch frequent updates on Schade’s Twitter account.

A really wobbly, however very decided warrior panda

In keeping with the developer, Namra, Aka is a sport about serving to an ex-warrior panda discover their internal peace. From what we will see in a clip shared on Twitter, the sport boasts paint-style graphics in addition to the power to curve up and take a nap in spots — together with on an enormous capybara. The sport has a launch window of 2022 and you’ll catch updates on the developer’s Twitter account.

Be careful for this parasite

This top-down twin-stick shooter referred to as Demon Spore appears prefer it’ll have you ever working in your life. A clip posted by developer Ed Kay reveals the flesh-like monster because it oozes from the middle of a lab and makes its approach throughout your complete room. In keeping with Kay, the sport was impressed by ’80s monster motion pictures. There’s no launch window but, however as normal, you’ll be able to comply with the developer for updates.

This rhythm sport makes assembling furnishings look enjoyable

Please play this video together with your sound on; the music that goes with the rhythm sport is oh, so cute. The sport, referred to as Bits & Bops, is described as a group of rhythm minigames. A clip of a minigame the place you hammer in nails includes a brilliant and cheery monitor, paying homage to a tune from a Nintendo sport. Because the display screen scrolls alongside, you’ll preserve to the beat and hammer in nails. Bits & Bops doesn’t have a launch date, however you’ll be able to preserve updated with the studio’s Twitter account.

This sport appears straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon section

Wander Stars is an RPG impressed by ’90s anime. The hook is you could tack varied adjectives collectively to design your individual assaults. A clip from developer Paper Fortress Video games reveals a fighter doing an “superb water punch” to assault an enemy. The discharge date for the sport isn’t introduced, however you’ll be capable to comply with the workforce on their Twitter account.

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