Gamescom 2018 Preview: Europe’s largest indie game showcase is bigger than ever

GAMESCOM 2018 is nearly here and before the biggest gaming show in Europe opens its doors, here’s some of the best looking indie games on show:

Gamescom 2018 is back and bigger than ever. With more than 80 indie games being shown off at the Indie Arena Booth, Gamescom is rapidly catching up with E3 its bigger brother in terms of the importance on the indie game calendar.

Since last year, the size of the show has increased by 10% with exhibitors coming from Brazil, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, Guernsey and many more to show off and celebrate the indie gaming scene.  While sadly we can’t make it this year, here’s our top pics of the indie games to see at this year’s event:

Airheart:

Airheart is a dieselpunk airplane action game, where every colorful level is built on top of the previous one, all the way up to the stratosphere. Welcome to Granaria, a flying city in the clouds. Meet Amelia – a young pilot and fisherwoman wishing to reach the abundant worlds edge.

ATONE:

ATONE is a story-driven puzzle game inspired by Norse Mythology and set in a 2D world comprised entirely of hand-drawn art. Players inherit the journey of a young warrior named Estra, solving complex puzzles and surviving rhythm game battle sequences as she ventures to unveil the truth behind her father’s death. The game is scheduled for release in 2019 on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One.

Felix the Reaper: 

Felix the Reaper is a 3D shadow manipulation puzzle adventure about making people die. Felix moves in the shadows. From here he manipulates the events in human lifes. He does so according to the Plans of Death issued by The Ministry of Death. All this because he thinks it will bring him to meet Betty The Maiden, with whom he has fallen in love.

Lonely Mountain’s Downhill:

In Lonley Montana Downhill, it’s just you and your bike – take it on a thrilling ride down an unspoiled mountain landscape. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash – all the way from the peak to the valley.

Homo Machina:

Homo Machina is a puzzle game inspired by the work of avant-garde scientist Fritz Kahn. Go on a crazy adventure to solve the surrealistic puzzles of Homo Machina and discover the inner workings of the human body, like a gigantic factory of the 1920s.

Overland:

A squad-based survival strategy game with procedurally generated levels set in post-apocalyptic North America. Every random level is full of close calls and hard choices, even though the interface is approachable and easy to learn. Manage allies, fuel supplies, medkits and weapons by making the right choices on the procedural roadmaps. A road trip straight into the heart of the cataclysmic event that changed the Earth forever.

The Garden’s Between:

The Gardens Between is an adventure puzzle game where you manipulate time to guide two best friends through a surreal world of mysterious garden islands.

Arina, a headstrong girl, and Frendt, a boy wise beyond his years, fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects that hold a special significance to the duo. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship: the memories they’ve built, what must be let go, and what should never be left behind.

Supermarket Shriek:

Supermarket Shriek is a unique (shopping) kart racer where an unlikely duo (a man and a goat) find themselves in a trolley, navigating through various obstacle courses and challenges situated inside a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets. Because, why not? Furthermore, movement is controlled by our hero’s voice, or more specifically, their wild incomprehensible screaming. Propel our protagonists using a gamepad in single player or play our unique co-op mode with dual microphones for an experience like no other!

Tracks – The Train Set Game: 

Build the train sets of your childhood dreams with an easy-to-use editor. Just indicate where you want to build and Tracks does all the hard work for you, effortlessly mapping out turns, junctions and crossings under your command.

Trüberbrook:

Trüberbrook is a thrilling mystery adventure game set in rural Germany in the late 1960s. The player takes the role of young american physicist Tannhauser, who happens to end up in the eponymous village of Trüberbrook, an ageing but beautiful health resort somewhere in the densely forested countryside of West Germany. Tannhauser, while working on his PhD thesis, comes to Trüberbrook seeking to crack a tiresome mental block. But something in this town seems strangely spaced out, as the superficial german homeland setting gradually evolves into a puzzling sci-fi mystery.

What the Golf

A silly physics-based golf parody where every golf course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?

Triband is ruining golf for everyone who enjoys it and for everyone else they are trying to fix it and it’s hilarious.

We will be back with more Gamescom coverage as we get closer to the August event as well as providing coverage during the show as it runs later this month.

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