Steam Police: The Indie Highlights Edition
While Stream has been a great spot for indie games for the past few years on Steam, there are those titles that stand head and shoulders above the rest. In this edition of Steam Police, I want to highlight some of the indie games that I've enjoyed on Steam. These are my list of the games I though you should be playing on Steam, becuase these games and their developers deserve the added support.
Chroma Squad was a game that I was excited about months before its release, as it combined two things that I love, strategy RPGs and tokusatsu. If you're unfamiliar with that last word, maybe you'd be more familar with the types of shows that fall under the genre, how about Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, or as we know them in the west, Masked Rider and Power Rangers. If the mere mention of Power Rangers, then you may have some interest in this game. In the game, you direct your own television series, you hire your actors and each of the game's chapters are an "episode" of the show. The show's battles are played in a strategy RPG style, and as your show becomes more popular and you make more money, you can improve your sets, special effects, costumes, etc. In order to make your show even more popular. It's an interesting premise for a game, and its a lot of fun if you have any interest in any of what I said above. So, check it out and give Behold Studios some love, and they'll be able to make the game ever greater and continue from here.
To the Moon
Release in 2011 by Freebird Games, To the Moon is one of the most interesting titles I've played in the last five years. To the Moon is an entirely story driven RPG, there is no battle system and, perhaps more interestingly, the entire game was built using RPG Maker XP. The story of To the Moon focuses around two scientists, Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts, who work for Sigmund Corp's in their "wish fulfillment" division. Their job is to work with those on their deathbeds and implant artificial memories in their heards using a device that would allow them to implant false memories in their minds to make their believe they've fulfilled their greatest desires, allowing them to pass on without regrets. To the Moon's story is a facinating one, and this is a game you need to play if you're a fan of great story telling. Freebird Games released a sequel in 2012, with a third game planned for the future.
Boot Hill Heroes
Inspired by the Japanese RPGs of old, and specifically Earthbound, fused with the aspects of western films, Boot Hill Heroes is a fun experience for fans of Super Nintendo era RPGs. As you set out to save your family's farm, you wind up meeting new friends and becoming a part of something that makes this only the first game in a trilogy. A real-time battle system, four player local co-op, and some great writing and visuals tht are a tribute to the SNES classic, Earthbound. Undertale may be all the rage right now, but don't forget this little gem, it deserves more love and the team at Experimental Gamer deserve to be praised for this hidden gem, and let's not forget soundtrack by the venerable Jake "virt" Kaufman.
A lot has change in Skullgirls since its initial release back in 2012, now known as Skullgirls: Second Encore, this amazing fighter is one of the best one on one fighting games on the market today. Once an all female fighter, the game has since added two male characters and the roster has grown from a mere eight to a much more balanced thirteen. With gameplay similar to the fantastic Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Skullgirls is an absoulte joy to play and is one of the premiere fighting games on Steam. If you fancy yourself a fan of the genre, and you haven't played this great game, then do yourself a favor and pick up Lab Zero's game that is well on its way to becoming a classic.
Game Dev Tycoon
The last game I'd like to talk about is Game Dev Tycoon, different from everything else on this list, Game Dev Tycoon is a simulation game in which you are a game dev. You start out as a one man operation working out of your garage. After releasing your first game you begin building your name as a developer, and eventually you will be able to hire your own employees and become a full fledged developer. The console cycle starts similarly to it did in the real world, with initial development only being for PC and eventually systems and handhelds come down the line that are oddly similar to systems released by Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and more. The game is a surprisingly fun, and with the unlocking of new genres, each playthrough feels unique. Greenheart Games did a great job with this one, and with an active community, there are a few mods out there, so check it out and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.