Neighborhoods are beginning a transformation from ordinary living spaces to horror festivals as we approach Halloween. Lawns are filling up with the deceased decorations and, unfortunately for people who fear spiders, large arachnids. And it seems like the indies can’t resist the lure of the next chilling vacation either. A large chunk of the indies coming out in the next few weeks have a particularly terrifying bias. However, the news could be even scarier, as one of the most anticipated releases of October was the victim of a delay recently.
A trick and a treat
Even the indie space has its giant projects, and the end of October seemed ripe for a massive harvest. But current events have mirrored the candy-collecting traditions of the season, offering players tricks and treats.
PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC
Let’s start with the trick; Solar Ash, the second game from Heart Machine, the study that Hyper Light Drifter did, was delayed last week. Originally scheduled to release in the last week of October, fans will now have to wait a bit longer to play it. But don’t despair; the game still technically has a fall release date. Solar Ash is coming to the PlayStation and PC platforms on December 2.
The darkest dungeon 2
Get ready to savor the sweet and sweet treat of Darkest Dungeon 2 because it will enter Epic Early Access on October 26. The incoming sequel continues the Lovecraftian horror narrative with similar combat and a well-known crowd of adventurers, but it plans to spice things up with a few changes. These include a new character called Runaway, who you can read more about here.
It’s creepy how many games we need to play
RIP our free time because there are too many good indies to watch. Last month’s hits still call us by name, but that’s only half the reason to feel uneasy. End of October has a score of scary-looking titles to get you in the Halloween spirit.
In the hole
Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PC
Into the Pit received an incredible reveal at this year’s Xbox Gamescom exhibit, and the retro-looking roguelite is set to launch tomorrow. When your cousin finds a sinister hole in the ground, he doesn’t think about moving away or trying to cover it up. No. They both belong to a family of mystics and cannot pass up hidden opportunities. This magical first-person title is coming to Xbox Game Pass and it looks like it’s ready to celebrate Halloween.
Undying is a bit on the nose for the spooky season, but we’re not going to have that against the game. This intriguing adventure title follows a mother who, in a world infested with the undead, has been bitten by a zombie. With little time, she must prepare her young son to survive in the world without her. Coming to Steam Early Access on October 19, Undying will assign you the task of teaching him how to fight the hungry horde before joining the ranks of the zombies yourself.
Don’t leave your mouth ajar when you see the deliciously creepy hand-drawn art style in this game. On October 20, Jars is a cross between a strategy, puzzle and tower defense game. The objective? To break as many fragile containers as you can find in the basement. But you don’t pretend to be just destructive; no, destroying these jars means saving the world.
Read the stars and decide the fate of many in this story-based title. Fortunately, you will play as a fortune teller, so you will already have an idea of how to interpret those complicated celestial bodies. That doesn’t mean there is no room for error, so be sure to think carefully about your pronunciations. You can watch the announcement trailer here to decide whether you should choose Grotto when it launches on October 20.
On October 20, Gravewood High will enter Steam Early Access. And, let’s be honest, high school is tough enough without the looming threat of mysterious disappearance, but school students with a funny name just can’t take a break. Especially since the building seems to have been transformed into a dangerous maze and a scary professor is on the hunt for you.
Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PC
It’s time to catch your crew and patrol the neighborhood for aliens because Echo Generation will launch on PC and Xbox Game Pass on October 21. The release date preview recently gave us a bit more to see in this beautiful voxel game with some serious details. nostalgic vibes. If you’re interested in playing a turn-based RPG similar to Stranger Things, Echo Generation might be for you.
Have you ever tried
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Scheduled to release on October 21, Evertried is a tactical roguelike trying to raise a tower in the afterlife. The isometric view and pixel graphics combine with the game’s turn-based combat, creating an experience that appears challenging and pleasing to the eye. Can you get to the top?
With its color palette and unique style, this point-and-click adventure follows a robot on a mission to protect his space station from impending danger. The team uses the term biopunk to describe the game’s aesthetic mix of the robotic and the organic. Growbot takes off on October 21 and the title will give you a chance to defend yourself from crystalline danger as you explore a vibrant alien world.
Tandem: A History of Shadows
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a top-down, side-scrolling puzzle game with a curious premise. You switch between two protagonists who seek to solve a mysterious disappearance. The turn? One is a girl and the other is her teddy bear. But don’t be fooled by the likable protagonists – the game is dark in tone and takes inspiration from Tim Burton, Jules Verne, and Conan Doyle. Tandem: A Tale of Shadows opens on October 21.
Aggro Crab Games, the developer behind the wonderful roguelite Going Under, is publishing their first game. Developed by Bubby Darkstar, Subway Midnight’s cuteness makes it feel even scarier. The strange action will take place on a train full of ghosts. As you move from car to car, you will try to help them come to terms with their past lives. Someone is after you though, so you better go fast unless you want to join the dead when this game comes out on October 28.
Who is ready to tell scary stories around the campfire? Released on October 28, this game’s developer description creates a unique narrative. It says: “DO NOT PLAY! This 8-bit game is a port of a mysterious source … This interactive, linear and informal story game focuses on a campfire with old friends telling … tales. “So choose Campfire Tales at your own risk. .
These puzzling titles aren’t for you? You can find more releases on our previous Fall For Indies lists; just click on the goose.