Hype Hopes: Look Forward To These Indie Games

E3 is almost over and there has been plenty of hype for all the new projects. Of course, not all games can showcase a 10 minute gameplay demo of the main character failing to love his own son. So here’s a trio of games from independent developers you should look forward to.

Quadrilateral Cowboy by Blendo Games

We have drooled over Quadrilateral Cowboy plenty of times in the past, even as far back as PAX 2012. It’s a game of hacking, espionage and heists. You play a team of talented burglars in a world of obsolete cyberpunk, switching between them and using a rewind function to time their actions so everything happens in sync. The Hacker might disable some lasers while the Engineer pries open a door and the “Greaseman” slips around the outside.

For a better idea of how this works you should watch this video of Brendon Chung running through an earlier version, sneaking through an airship and popping pills to speed up time. Blendo Games is also the creator of Flotilla and Thirty Flights of Loving and according to their website the game will finally be released this year. Don’t get too excited, because that’s what they said in 2014 as well. But you can get a little excited.

Overland by Finji

Overland is a blow-by-blow survival strategy that Alec described as “XCOM as post-disaster roadtrip”. You are travelling across America, stopping to scavenge fuel for your journey. The survivors are tiny, randomly generated people with skills and personalities. And each of them will have to do their bit in the turn-based scavenging sections.

But monsters soon show up – products of the mysterious cataclysm that has destroyed the country – and more will appear the longer you stay in any one place. Using your actions to fill up your car with a jerry can of petrol might be a wise decision, but dragging one of your friends to safety might only get you into more trouble. A game that promises tension as well as that FTL-like feeling of loss you get when a whole group gets wiped out and you have to start again. It’s in the earliest of early access right now and not available to most. But keep your eyes open.

Bear Rodeo by Punches Bears

Zombie-infuriated paw flailing or naked Danny DeVito attempting a bear rodeo? We don’t know exactly what form this game will take when developer Punches Bears is through with it. But judging by all the playful GIFs and videos posted on the Twitter account, it will surely be something good. For now the idea seems settled on “Bear Rodeo” but, as with a lot of indie developers, this idea might warp dramatically into anything else. It is a coin toss as to whether this game is finished before Punches Bears’ other mysterious project, “Burrito Quest”. And it looks like they are both in early stages yet. But so long we get bears and rag doll physics somewhere down the line, everyone will be happy.


  1. Hunchback says:

    Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
    In a world of magnets and miracles
    Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
    The ringing of the division bell had begun
    Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
    Do they still meet there by the Cut
    There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
    Running before time took our dreams away
    Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
    To a life consumed by slow decay
    The grass was greener
    The light was brighter
    With friends surrounded
    The nights of wonder
    Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
    To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
    Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
    Dragged by the force of some inner tide
    At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
    We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world
    Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
    There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
    Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
    Though down this road we’ve been so many times
    The grass was greener
    The light was brighter
    The taste was sweeter
    The nights of wonder
    With friends surrounded
    The dawn mist glowing
    The water flowing
    The endless river
    Forever and ever

    • magogjack says:

      100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 points you are the winer

    • Benratha says:

      I’m guessing here, but these are not the lyrics for Pokemon?

  2. yhancik says:

    Yes, yes, and yes!!

  3. padger says:

    What a lot of games there are. Thanks for playing them for me, Brendan!

    *continues 1000-hour The Witcher 3 playthrough*

  4. shagen454 says:

    Looking at the graphics of Overland made me wish someone would create a new Interstate ’76. Out of all of the games I can think of that need a reboot, that is the one.

    • BathroomCitizen says:


      And then, a sequel to Heretic 2. Am I the only fan of that game? And, if not that, I’ll settle for Hexen 3.

  5. caff says:

    I do have high hopes for Mr. Chung’s Quadrilateral Cowboy. I hope it has his previous comedic touches.

  6. Benratha says:

    Still hoping for Mr Pope’s “Return of the Obra Dinn” to, um, return?