Tales Across Time Entrance

Tales Across Time

Tales Across Time Title

Official Site || Steam Page

Tales Across Time is a small, somewhat experimental RPG which isn’t afraid to take a few risks with its storytelling and combat system. Though not completely devoid of clichés, this RPG forsakes presenting players with a grand globetrotting adventure in order to tell three short stories about characters and events in a single location over the course of several hundred years.
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Chalk Gameplay

Chalk

Official Site

Chalk may be one of the older indie games developed by Joakim Sandberg, also known as Konjak and more well-known for Noitu Love 2 and the upcoming Iconoclasts, but it is far from unpolished. The title doesn’t just refer to the aesthetic as this bullet-free shmup challenges players to defeat their foes, overcome obstacles, and shield themselves from onslaughts of attacks all with a single piece of chalk.
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Epikos Combat

Epikos

Epikos Title

Official Site || itch.io Page

Epikos is, rather unsurprisingly, the Greek word for ‘epic’ and Epikos is aptly named indeed. Focusing more upon its lore than its plot, this RPG by Hummingbee Games is steeped in the traditional ways of the old poetic tales with deeds of valor, larger-than-life heroes and villains, grand myths, forgotten legends, and dark prophecies. This isn’t to say that Epikos is completely without a sense of humor or that it ignores more modern literary techniques when it comes to character development, but a person may very well decide to brush up on Beowulf by the time they’re done.
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Spuds Quest Elevator

Spud’s Quest

Official Site || Steam Page

Spud’s Quest is an interesting attempt at combining the platformer and adventure game genres, which isn’t all that surprising given that it is heavily influenced by the old Dizzy series, though parts of it feel disjointed. This game is certainly ambitious and there are many parts of it which I enjoy, but this is definitely one of my more tentative recommendations as there are some very rough edges and in many ways it feels like two different games.
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Slip Boss

Slip

Steam Page

Slip is basically Ikaruga with legs. This sole offering by the seemingly defunct Handsome Games (they and their website seem to have all but vanished after 2014) comes with a very reasonable $3.99 price for twelve fairly lengthy stages and a good bit of bonus content and polish. Outland may still be the king of color-swapping platformers, but there’s still enough to like here that the way in which Slip has so thoroughly ‘slipped’ under the radar really is unfortunate.
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