Freeware

Project Adventure Game: The Cycle of the Cave

Game Jolt Page

Project Adventure Game is a rather challenging Metroidvania which pays tribute to the nostalgic games of the past as well as to the Game Maker engine itself. It has some rough spots and the difficulty level is more of a ‘U’ than a curve, but it also has an interesting, often methodical feel to its progression and gameplay.
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Eversion

Original Freeware Version || Steam Page

Eversion is definitely more well-known than most of the games covered here on Indie Overlook and it deserves the relative fame it has earned. It’s fairly safe to say that this deceptively cute platformer takes some inspiration from the infamous first stage of Monster Party on the NES, but Eversion has in turn gone on to become both a direct and an indirect inspiration for other indie games. It shows its age in spots, has its share of rough edges, and isn’t as novel now compared to when it first released, but it’s still certainly worth taking a look at both for its own merits and for its historical value in the fast-moving world of indie games.
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Breeder Series

Breeder Game Jolt Page: http://gamejolt.com/games/breeder/43356
Breeder: Homegrown Game Jolt Page: http://gamejolt.com/games/breeder-homegrown/63826
Breeder itch.io Page: https://outlands.itch.io/breeder
Breeder: Homegrown itch.io Page: https://outlands.itch.io/breeder-homegrown
Developer’s Website: http://www.outlands-games.com/

It’s not particularly scary and it’s rarely all that graphic, but I will forever be a fan of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. What it lacks in actual spookiness it makes up for in spades with raw atmosphere, with a sense of mystery mixed with a subtle, uncanny valley-style feeling of ‘wrongness’. Breeder and especially its semi-sequel Breeder: Homegrown capture this atmosphere wonderfully well and make for great, short additions to a genre largely founded upon great short stories.
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Halloween Wars

RPGMaker.net Page
Note: I have replaced the boss music with the royalty-free song “Evil Returns” by Myuu. Please see the video description for more info.

Halloween Wars is a game which takes a risky and creative approach to turn-based combat by combining it with rock-paper-scissors. The end result is clunky in some spots and doesn’t always work out, but there is enough charm and genuine innovation here that it’s well worth a look.
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Infested

itch.io Page || Bandcamp Soundtrack Page

It’s one thing to be inspired by a game, but it’s another thing entirely to successfully recreate and even, in some ways, improve upon the formula of the original. Infested is a point-and-click adventure game heavily inspired by Uninvited and other famous ICOM Simulations games and it perfectly captures the sense of mystery, adventure, and, of course, danger which made those old games so great while also taking advantage of some more modern design philosophy to cut down on the elements which could make those games so very, very frustrating.
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