Indie builders proceed to push the envelope with the wild and peculiar worlds we get to play in. A variety of the enjoyment of this column comes from seeing what builders create, when left to their very own units — and this week it’s a third-person shooter the place you’ll tackle the world, preventing as a espresso bean who barrels headfirst into James Bond-level motion.
Now we have harmful espresso beans 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 probably the most attention-grabbing video games nonetheless below building, to offer you a sampler of the best up-and-coming initiatives.
This week we’ve got a correct kick-off into October with a spooky open-world journey, a gardening sim which you could play now as a part of Steam’s Subsequent Fest, a Jet Set Radio-esque third-person preventing recreation, and a hardcore racing recreation that’s really simply actually cute.
This espresso bean will wake you up by kicking your ass
This bean has obtained some pep in its step (and in addition two weapons). Killer Bean is a third-person shooter the place you play a espresso bean. A clip posted by its developer, Jeff Lew, exhibits the bean fearlessly approaching a totally armored tank in an enormous, pure setting. You gotta respect the spunk behind this one! As of now, the builders plan to launch Killer Bean in 2022. You’ll be able to comply with updates on the developer’s Twitter account.
A spooky RPG that jogs my memory of Majora’s Masks
Beautiful Hellplace is making a recreation known as Dread Delusion — a spooky open-world RPG the place you discover floating islands and encounter creatures like a goth woman carrying a black cloak that floats over the college. A brief clip of the sport exhibits off its world, together with an enormous looming moon within the sky that jogs my memory of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks. The sport is coming “quickly” in keeping with its Steam web page and you may wishlist it now.
Play a demo of this peaceable sim on Steam’s Subsequent Fest
The Backyard Path is a fantastically crafted recreation that appears like an aged-up world from a youngsters’s storybook. A GIF from the sport exhibits one character you’ll encounter within the recreation, Greet Reed, an enormous humanized stalk of celery. The builders at Carrotcake describe the sport as a “slice-of-life sim in regards to the joys of gardening.” The builders will launch the sport someday in 2021, and you may play a demo of it as a part of Steam’s Subsequent Fest proper now.
Oh no! One other new Jet Set-esque indie recreation
Nukefist is a duo making a Jet Set Radio-esque, third-person preventing recreation known as Genokids. A brief clip exhibits the sport’s preventing in motion the place the character pulls off a slick combo together with a dodge. Though the developer says there’s numerous sprucing to do, it already seems fairly snazzy with the character’s vivid blue sword and tremendous dramatic assaults. There’s no launch date on this recreation but, however you’ll be able to comply with the builders’ work on their Twitter account.
The cutest racer for hardcore speedsters
The builders of Circuit Superstars promote their upcoming recreation as a “top-down racer constructed by racing followers, for racing followers,” but in addition its toy vehicles are simply dang lovable. One of many builders, Alberto Mastretta, confirmed a GIF of a small toy automotive rolling over from its roof again onto its wheels. Mastretta says that is an “necessary mechanic” for precisely simulating the automotive, however it additionally seems cute struggling to get again up. Unique Fireplace Video games is creating the sport for Xbox One and can launch the sport on March 5, 2022. You’ll be able to take a look at extra details about the recreation on its Steam web page.