Hey everyone. I'm back with part 2 of our look at the indie games of 2011.

Retro City Rampage

 

Retro games are nothing new. Everyone has been doing it from big publishers like Capcom and Nintendo down to the little guys. Retro City Rampage, however, looks to surpass all those games in its attempt to really take the player back to the 80s. Hell, just look at the video. How many Nintendo references are in it? Any old school gamer should fall in love with this game. It looks like a mix of many different genres and many different elements of NES-era games.

Retro City Rampage is coming to Xbox Arcade and WiiWare sometime this year.

 

Skulls of the Shogun

With the trailer released at Pax East 11 (the above trailer) Skulls of the Shogun has been getting a lot more attention, and rightfully so. Skulls of the Shogun is a turn-based strategy game that sports a very attractive hand-drawn art style. When I learned it was a game featuring undead Samuri warriors, I was even more intrigued. The premise of the game is built around a general who is killed in combat and is attempting to reach the afterlife. Upon learning that it will take over 500 years, he seemingly decides to butt his way to the head of the line by taking out everyone ahead of him. The developer promises multiplayer, up to 4 players, which has the potential to be one of the best multiplayer games of the year.

Skulls of the Shogun in coming to PC and Xbox Arcade. No release date has been announced.

 

Cobalt

I don’t know much about Cobalt. The developer hasn’t released many details. What I do know is that it looks like a fast-paced platformer with plenty of action, weapons and explosions. Also, the music in the trailer is pretty awesome and hopefully will be indicative of the quality of the soundtrack of the game. The AI looks pretty sharp too which will hopefully give the game a dynamic element.

Cobalt is supposed to be coming to PC and Mac OSX, and possibly consoles. No release date has been announced.

 

Orcs Must Die

Do you hate orcs? Want to kill them by the hundreds? Robot Entertainment is making the perfect game for you. Orcs Must Die is an action/tower defense game where you take on the role of a member of The Order, a group of mages tasked with defending fortresses against using a variety of spells, weapons and traps. Beating orcs to a pulp is the primary focus of the game, but there will be things like talent trees and a variety of enemies to mix things up. No multiplayer has been announced, but it looks like another game that could excel at co-op and PvP.

Orcs Must Die is coming to PC and consoles sometime in 2011.

 

Interstellar Marines

Interstellar Marines relies on a concept referred to as “AAA Indie” by developer Zero Point Software. The goal is to bring big-budget quality FPS gaming to the indie scene. Interstellar Marines looks to add elements back to the FPS genre that are sorely lacking in today’s world of cut-and-paste big budget shooters, such as non-linear gameplay and a deep story. And if you ever wanted to fight 4-legged sharks, Interstellar Marines is the game you’re looking for.

Interstellar Marines is planned for a 2011 release on PC first with Xbox Arcade and PSN coming later.

 

That will be all for now. I will keep an eye out for any more promising indie games and let you all know about them as soon as I do.



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