Top 5 best indie games from E3 2018

By YP cadet Finian Jupp

What indie gems and smaller-scale games are worth a look

By YP cadet Finian Jupp |

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Now that E3 has come and gone and the triple-A games have made all the headlines, it’s time to dive into some of the games that went mostly under the radar. These indie gems and creative efforts from smaller studio deserve way more attention, so here are the five best indie games to watch out for from E3 2018

Sea of Solitude

The trailer will blow you away, with the bright colours of the water, sky and buildings contrasting beautifully with the deep darkness that make up the monster/protagonist. With a unique tagline of “When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters,” it seems like they have taken that literally, with the main character having transformed into something sinister due to the solitude.

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Sable has one of the most unique art styles we’ve ever seen, with the graphics of the sand planet looking like they have been lovingly drawn by hand. This game by indie studio Shedworks is beautiful in its simplicity, and it is described as a coming-of-age tale on an alien planet. We are super interested to see if the story does the art justice.

Killer Queen Black

For more of a wild ride, look no further than Killer Queen Black. The return of the arcade classic makes its way to the Nintendo Switch. This co-op action platformer is basically tug-of-war with a giant snail, as you simultaneously fill your opponent's hive with berries and kill their Queen bee. If that sounds crazy, that’s precisely because it is! With support for up to eight players at the same time, grab some friends and go nuts!

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No Skate 4 for the skateboarding fanatics out there, and instead we get Session. A supposedly realistic skateboarding simulator developed by a studio that doubled its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, the trailer looks great. Hopefully the finished product is going to deliver on its initial promise, and we won’t be left with a faceplant of a game.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The sequel to 2015’s indie hit Ori and the Blind Forest comes out next year, and the same delightful art style is back. Expect to master some new combat abilities as you team up with what appears to be a baby owl-like creature, in a brand new story that adds an emotional element to the usually boring plots of action platformers.

And there we have it, 5 awesome indie games to get unreasonably excited about. Each is unique, not massively time-consuming, but stunning in their own ways. We can’t wait to get our hands on some real gameplay soon!

Edited by Jamie Lam