There have been loads of weird and wonderful indie games to look forward to in 2020, and I’m excited to report that there is a lot more to consider in 2021.
It was exciting to look over these upcoming games. There are so many interesting, weird, and great games to look forward to in the New Year. All of the games on this list are slated to come out in 2021, with each equally ambitious to achieve their goal. We have some noir style detective thrillers, a little teenage fear, and some hand-drawn delicacies.
Of course, these aren’t all of the amazing indies coming out in 2021 – there are just too many to list. We’ll continue our coverage of indie games for 2021, and I would love for you to share games you look forward to in the comments below.
Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance
From developer Rocket Adrift, Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance is about a shy, clumsy teenager who looked for love in the nineties. It’s a dating simulator and visual novel in which players – as the main character, Stella – make friends with a group of cryptic teenagers: a fairy, a talking velociraptor, and a Bigfoot. It’s described as a ’90s teen drama, and it looks like it. It offers everything from dramatic phone calls to meeting make-up to tapes. The art style looks amazing too.
Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance comes early 2021.
Saturnalia is a stylish survival horror game coming to the Epic Games Store in 2021. The game takes place in Sardinia, Italy in 1989 in an old village with a creepy ritual – and people disappear every year. What stands out the most is SaturnaliaArt style. I have never seen anything like it!
Saturnalia is coming to the Epic Games Store in 2021.
she dreams Elsewhere
She dreams elsewhere, as you may have guessed, takes place in a dream. The indie game is described as an adventure RPG and has a surrealistic vibe – the perfect setting for a bad dream. Mimi Page’s music is perfect.
She dreams elsewhere coming to Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and Xbox consoles in 2021.
Goodbye volcano high
The Canadian developer KO_OP is working on it Goodbye volcano height, a storytelling game about a series of high school age dinosaurs who are finding out about life as they graduate. It is described as a cinematic game, “about the end of an era and the beginning of a love story”.
Goodbye volcano high comes to Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021.
season, by developer Scavengers Studio, was recently announced during The Game Awards 2020 and was one of the standout games at the event. The game looks like an atmospheric wonder in which a woman collects memories of a beautiful, mysterious world.
season comes in 2021.
nuts is a game about watching squirrels. It has a very distinct art style – it looks amazing. When the player observes these squirrels, he will “uncover the secret that the curious creatures are hiding”. Personally, I am very excited.
nuts will be released on Windows PC in 2021.
Beet boy commits tax evasion
The name says it all – Beet boy commits tax evasion. There are puzzles, harvests, battles, but above all no taxes. “Tearing down a corrupt vegetable government,” it says on the Steam site. Who is not done with it?
Beet boy commits tax evasion in 2021 on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.
Chinatown Detective Agency
Sure, we released a huge cyberpunk video game in late 2020. But there’s more to the genre, and you can see that Chinatown Detective Agency. It takes place in a stylish, futuristic Singapore in 2032. Developed by Singapore-based developer General Interactive Co., it looks like an interesting future.
Like the others on this list it comes in 2021.
From developer Visai Games, Venba is described as a “narrative cooking game” set in Canada in the 1980s. It centers around an Indian mother with gamblers tasked with cooking and remembering lost recipes. It’s a story about “family, love, loss and more,” the developer wrote on Steam. It looks amazing.
Tony Hawk Per skater 1 + 2 held me back for a while, but the skateboard game is me Really
You can now wishlist the game on Steam, but it’s also coming to Nintendo Switch and other consoles.
The colorful world of 30XXlooks fast and intense, and It has a fantastic soundtrack. It looks very much Mega Man X., but according to the developer, it has the “replayability of a modern roguelike”. Co-op is also available. If you liked it 20XX, you will like this game too.
I was impressed with Mundauns Visuals since it was announced. The game is drawn in pencil and tells a horror story “in a dark, remote valley in the Alps”. The aesthetics are certainly enough to draw people in, but the story and gameplay make this a game to watch.
From developer Hidden Fields, Mundaun is available on Steam on the wishlist.
THE YEAR: Change
Another cyberpunk style game THE YEAR: Change comes from developer ThinkingStars and publisher Lightning Games. It has a really cool style – a mix of 2D and 3D graphics.
From developer BOBBY, Chaotic era looks super stylish – an interstellar black and white real-time strategy game. “Take on the role of a sophisticated AI system that was developed by one of the largest (and now extinct) megacorporations known to man,” said the developer. “Land the last escape ship on earth on a new world and rebuild human civilization from scratch.”
Hot pot for one
If it’s safe, the first restaurant I’ll visit in my local hot pot. Instead, I have a hot pot with my partner at home and look forward to experiencing the virtual version of it when Hot pot for one
There are plenty of noir detective games in 2021, however backbone stands out. From developer EggNut and published by Raw Fury, backbone Have you play as a raccoon private eye named Howard Lotor. The pixel art style is amazing and I can’t wait to try out this stylish point and click adventure game.
I played model at PAX East in 2020 and have been eagerly awaiting the release date. The game first appeared at the Game Developers Conference in 2011 and its ingenious design was an instant hit. After all, it’s a complete game based on an innovative and interesting puzzle style.
model comes to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Windows PC.
Developer Might and Delight describes Travel book as “a unique social roleplaying experience that your hand won’t hold.” It takes place in a fairy tale world that is open to exploration – “no overarching goal and no real beginning or end” – in which the player creates his own journey.
I’m curious to see how the multiplayer elements play out when this comes out for Windows PC in 2021.
If there is a way to describe DordogneI would go under anesthesia. The game has a fantastic watercolor style that I was immediately drawn to. In the narrative adventure game, the player deals with “childhood memories” according to the Steam site. It takes place in the present and the past, but each of these worlds looks equally great.
It will come to Windows PC in 2021. Wishlist it on Steam.
Teacup Star Teacup, a very shy frog. The bizarre world is full of other animals to meet and many puzzles to solve. It has fantastic aesthetics that include the healthy journey of finding herbs to make tea.
Another lovely hand drawn game, Whitewash is a hack-and-slash roguelike through the Amazon jungle. It has four player co-op and looks like a lot of fun. “Choose one of the five characters, master their skills and ultimate abilities, defeat epic bosses and uncover the secrets of the mysterious Amazon jungle,” wrote developer LEAP Game Studios on Steam. “The game focuses on high-risk, high-reward fights and has a ‘stylish’ grading system.”