This Week In Indie: DieCrypter, Low Light Combat And Retro/Grade
This week has been one with a greater number of game releases on the horizion. There is a large amount of promising indie news revolving around games than the previous week, which is a great sign for more game releases in the near future. This week we take a look at DieCrypter, Low Light Combat and the upcoming Steam release of the indie gem Retro/Grade.
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The first game we’ll be taking a look at this week is called DieCrypter. DieCrypter is a top-down tactical stealth action game set in a virtual reality dystopian future. Gameplay is reminiscent of both Frozen Synapse and Metal Gear Solid in many ways. This is what the developers had to say about the game:
In the year 2025, a global epidemic occurred, a deadly virus was spread across the Human Race. This virus has cut the average lifespan of the Human race to just 25 years. This meant the population was stunted severely. However, scientists came up with a way to preserve the body of Humans to allow them to continue living indefinitely inside NEKUR (virtual reality). Essentially, this meant humans were allowed to continue living their lives in a virtual world peacefully, without any risk from the deadly virus that was threatening them before. Each Human was given their own Avatar upon access to NEKUR. You take on the role of a Human Being, who has been preserved in NEKUR like everyone else and given their own Avatar… The Avatar this user was given, has became glitched for an unknown reason, whether it was on purpose or not is not known. This glitch, has somehow altered the Humans psyche and as a result, has caused him to go berserk. [Data Sector Corrupted]
DieCrypter is currently on Steam Greenlight where you can vote for the game. It is definitely an interesting take on the stealth action genre, and the VR Matrix-like world and characters are brilliantly designed. This is indeed one promising game.
The next game we’ll be talking about is called Low Light Combat. During the Mojam 2 charity drive developers Wolfire created a first person shooter called Low Light Combat. They were given the choice theme of “endless nuclear war” and had to make a game pertaining to that theme. What they made was a multiplayer deathmatch FPS. This is what the developers, Wolfire, had to say about the game:
Low Light Combat is a multiplayer stealth shooter for Mac, Windows, and Linux, created for the Mojam 2 charity drive. The game is about nuclear-powered cyberninjas who decide world issues for the Illuminati via proxy battles, after traveling to a deserted ice cave in a submarine. Each ninja only has enough power to survive sixty seconds, so they can only survive by stealing power from one another, or fighting for control of a central nuclear charging station.
By purchasing a copy of Low Light Combat through Wolfire’s site you can support Camphill Communities California who help and support people with developmental disabilities, or your proceeds can go to supporting the development of free and open source 3D modelling software. Besides this, the game itself is great to look at, and the gameplay is fun to boot. Definitely consider giving this game a purchase.
The final game we’ll be telling you about is called Retro/Grade which was originally a PSN indie game, and is now coming to Steam by the 20th of March. It combines the shoot-em-up genre with the rhythm game genre immensely well. You have to catch enemy fire in response to the timing of the amazing soundtrack. The game allows the player to use either a wireless controller or guitar controller to control the flow of time. The game has 130 challenges and 6 difficulties which provides tons of longevity. This is what the developers, 24 Caret Games, had to say about the game:
Play a classic Shoot ‘Em Up… in reverse! Navigate deadly enemy waves and un-fire attacks in Retro/Grade, a mind-bending rhythm game by 24 Caret Games. Pick up a gamepad or a guitar controller and help Rick Rocket restore the continuity of space-time, before a temporal anomaly rips the universe a new time-hole!
If you are into rhythm games and have a spare Guitar Hero guitar lying around, then this might be the title for you. It is definitely an interesting take on both genres, and seems to be hitting all the right notes. We suggest keeping an eye out for Retro/Grade when it is released for Steam.
Well, that’s it for this week. Indie news was pretty interesting this week, and we hope that next week bodes just as well. Remember to check back every week, for more indie news and developments.