Nintendo showcased over 20 minutes of indie games during today’s Indie World Showcase, and if you didn’t get to watch it, or if you missed the name of the game you’re excited to check out (or even its release date), we’re here. protecting you.
Here’s Everything Announced During Today’s Indie World Showcase May 2022:
Developed by Glumberland, there’s a good chance Ooblets is already a game you’ve played. That’s because it was previously released in early access on Xbox One and PC in 2020. However, it’s now coming to Switch, potentially in 1.0 form. It’s the same game, i.e. it’s a very cute farm/life simulation game where you control a highly customizable character to grow Ooblets on top of Ooblets.
BORA: Lost Port
Scheduled for release this fall on Switch (and PC), Batora: Lost Haven is described by developer Stormind Games as a “deeply story-driven game”. It features a lot of platforming and combat that mixes your physical and mental powers. In fact, you can sacrifice one in combat to benefit and strengthen the other, which represents the push and pull between you and your consciousness throughout the game’s story.
“The physical and mental powers of a naive and reckless girl who lost everything are the only weapons to save Earth from oblivion,” reads a description of Batora: Lost Haven. “Jump on a journey across colorful and fascinating planets in this fast-paced adventure, where her conscience will carry the weight of her decisions.”
Developed by a person who goes by NamaTakahashi, ElecHead started life as a proof-of-concept game designed to suit the “Flow” theme in a school competition. After the competition, though, NamaTakahashi decided to turn it into a full-fledged game, and today, ElecHead is a cute and charming platformer that embraces electricity. You’ll use it to solve puzzles, move platforms, and more as Elec, a small, electrical outlet-like character you control as you make your way through a facility in an effort to restore light to the world. It’s coming to Switch this summer, but if you don’t want to wait until then, it’s now available on PC.
Scheduled for release this spring, Soundfall is a rhythm-based shooter action game with “musical gameplay”. Described as a dungeon crawler, you will control a girl who is the Keeper of Harmony tasked with saving the world from Symphonia. You can do this alone or in four-player co-op. Whether you go it alone or have a friend along, you’ll use melee attacks and weapons to shoot and take down enemies to the beat of a great-sounding pop soundtrack. Full of bosses, dynamic levels that react to the game’s 140+ tracks, and a beautiful art style, Soundfall is set to hit Switch (and PlayStation and Xbox and PC consoles) this spring, which we hope means it’s coming soon. .
Wildfrost is a “roguelike tactical deck builder” by Deadpan Games, and it looks like a cozy, great time. As you’d expect from this description, it features dozens of cute cards, card companions, and items to use to win fights against snowy creatures that range from cute to scary, but still cute. When you’re done with your battles, you can return to the central city to upgrade it and unlock new events, cards, and NPCs to interact with. Plus, the daily challenges are meant to keep you coming back long after the credits roll. Wildfrost is coming to Switch this holiday.
Fully accurate battle simulator
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, or TABS as the developers call it, is a very ragdoll fighting game developed by Landfall Games, and it looks like it’s filled with a lot of laugh-inducing combat. You can play as samurai, knights, fencers and more in battles that feature over 100 wobblers (fighters) on each team. Plus, TABS features mounts and more, like wooly mammoths and other fearsome beasts to help you take home victory. If none of the game’s wobblers appeals to you, you can build your own in Unit Creator, which lets you create custom wobblers by deciding weight, size, speed, and more. TABS comes to Switch this summer, but you can play it now on Xbox Series X/S or PC.
Coming via developer Devolver Digital and Gato Roboto, Doinksoft, Gunbrella is a “noir-punk action-adventure game” with lots of side-scrolling combat and platforming and some fun traversal mechanics too. Shooting feels reminiscent of Spelunky, but more advanced because you can use the titular Gunbrella to “dive, swing, run, and dive”. Plus, you can scour this decaying world to find parts you can use to upgrade your Gunbrella. Gunbrella comes to Switch in 2023.
We are OFK
Indie pop band OFK is ready to tell their story of how the Los Angeles band made it to the top, or at least tried to. Developed by Team OFK, We Are OFK is described as a “musical biography” told episodically, with new episodes released every week until the story ends.
“All five episodes of We are OFK will be released weekly, accompanied by the release of new OFK singles with each new episode,” reads a press release. “Episodes one and two will be released together at the beginning.”
You play as Itsume Saito, who struggles to make a name for himself in the LA music scene while managing a full-time job, brutal travel, and more. However, a chance meeting with an up-and-coming Hollywood producer could change everything, and you’ll witness it through the voice cast when We Are OFK comes to Switch this summer.
Developed by Spiral Circus Games, a fully remote team, Silt is set in a “weird oceanic” world that is monochromatic and full of puzzles. You’ll unravel a long-forgotten mystery as you explore a surreal underwater realm with strange machines, ancient ruins and dangerous ocean inhabitants. On your journey, you will have sea creatures to solve puzzles using their skills while trying to survive against deep sea goliaths and much more. Silt comes to Switch in June.
Dinosaur Polo Club Mini Highways is exactly what it sounds like: a game that takes place between several mini highways. That’s because you’ll be tasked with bringing these highways to life, starting with a small town that will eventually become a metropolis. As a result, you’ll have to revisit these maps inspired by real-life cities to update them with highways and more. The daily and weekly challenges are also meant to keep you coming back, and you can check them out very soon because Mini Motorways comes to Switch today.
Developed by Ghost Pattern, Wayward Strand takes place aboard a floating hospital airship in rural Australia in the 1970s. You play as Casey, a teenage journalist interested in the stories of patients in this strange hospital. Each story unfolds in real-time, so you’ll need to decide who to talk to and when to talk to them to advance your stories. In fact, the Ghost Pattern says that multiple playthroughs are recommended to get the full story and advance the stories you weren’t able to in previous playsthroughs. You can keep track of the information you learn by talking to patients and doctors, or spying on them, in your journal, which will help you unlock new locations, stories, revelations, and more. Wayward Strand comes to Switch on July 21.
Worship of the Lamb
Massive Monster’s Cult of the Lamb remains great, combining rogue-lite action gameplay that feels a lot like Hades with an Animal Crossing-style base-building mechanic. Game Informer got an exclusive look at Cult of the Lamb recently. You can watch this exclusive gameplay while listening to developer commentary in this Cult of the Lamb New Gameplay Today. A release date hasn’t been revealed, but Cult of the Lamb is coming sometime this year, according to Massive Monster.
Another Crab’s Treasure
If you’ve been playing Elden Ring lately and thought to yourself, “I wish I were a crab”, then Another Crab’s Treasure might be for you. That’s because Aggro Crab, the team behind Going Under, describes Another Crab’s Treasure as a soul, well actually a shell, to be exact. As you’d expect, it feels like it plays like a Dark Souls game that’s underwater. You play as a crab that uses things like cans and shells to strengthen your own shell while fighting other crustaceans and more. Coming to Switch in 2023.
The Indie World Showcase ended with a quick montage that quickly showcased OneShot: World Machine Edition, Gibbon: Beyond the Trees, Idol Manager, Card Shark, Cursed to Gold, A Guide to Bable, and OPUS: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition.
And that’s the May 2022 Indie World Showcase in a nutshell. What were some of your favorite games shown? Were there any you expected to see that didn’t show up? Let us know in the comments below!