Ooblets Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ooblets RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 12 Great Games You May Have Missed in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/vmq12/12-great-games-you-may-have-missed-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/vmq12/12-great-games-you-may-have-missed-in-2020 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:30:01 -0500 Mark Delaney

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Roundguard

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile (iOS)

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"How about Peggle but it's a dungeon crawler?" is something no one said until the three-person team at Wonderbelly Games did it. Roundguard is the Peggle 3 EA didn't want to make, and it carries the pinball-esque game forward more than Peggle 3 probably would've anyway.

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Using roguelite elements, players bounce around levels very much like the PopCap favorite, only death means it's back to start. But fear not, you'll acquire some bonuses on the way to use game after game, while you see how high you can climb the leaderboards and with which of the game's three different classes. It's Peggle, but deeper, smarter, and often tougher. In short, it's Peggle but better.

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Those are some of the best games you may have missed in 2020. Are there any games you think should have gotten more recognition this year but didn't? Let us know what they are in the comments below!

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Pumpkin Jack

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

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3D platformers have undergone something of a renaissance lately, with the resurgence of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, and more. One game that understandably didn't get the same love but totally deserves it is Pumpkin Jack.

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Though it's best played at Halloween given its spooktacular visuals and setting, the gameplay is solid and fun enough that it's still a great game year-round. Plus, not to spoil anything, but playing it in December may prove timely too. If you long for the days of Banjo-Kazooie and games like it, the solo-developed Pumpkin Jack is 2020's greatest love letter to the era.

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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Platforms: PC, iOS

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On the list of games that are kind to their animals, Alba is just behind Ooblets for the best of the year. In this Apple Arcade and PC game, you play Alba, a young girl with a camera and a passion for nature. Exploring a seaside villa on a trip with your grandparents ends up more like a freeform — and even educational — Pokemon Snap.

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Photograph the birds that fly by, look out for the elusive lynx, or just snap pictures of the townspeople living their lives. If you like photo modes or games that promote being a supportive citizen of the environment around us, Alba's little girl with a big heart storyline is a warm and fuzzy way to overcome some 2020 blues.

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The Last Show of Mr. Chardish

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One

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Fans of Edith Finch need to make time for the new name in genre-defying adventure games. The Last Show of Mr. Chardish is about a woman who returns to a theater of great importance to say goodbye to an old friend. What begins in the real world with her exploring halls abandoned by the late playwright soon unfolds as flashbacks through ever-shifting worlds where memories and feelings collide in often beautiful displays.

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Though these variable gameplay sections aren't as varied as Edith Finch, their overarching watercolory aesthetic is great and the story it tells in its two to three hours is worth seeing in one go if you've got a free evening.

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Suzerain

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Platforms: PC

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Speaking of politics, if reorganized classic literature about a farm in revolt isn't your thing, perhaps running your own nation will suffice. In Suzerain, you've just won the election of an imaginary country after decades of political turmoil. Running on a platform of your choosing, this adventure game asks you to balance promises made with the stark realities of politics. Quickly, it's shown just how delicate that balance is.

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Suzerain isn't afraid to slow the game to a crawl, which will truly be fascinating for the right players. You literally start each day reading (or ignoring) briefings from departments around your administration. For those who want to simulate a true-to-life career in federal government, with all the highs and lows that may entail, I don't know of another game that captures the process as well as Suzerain.

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Orwell's Animal Farm 

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Platforms: PC

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Nobody was likely clamoring for a video game based on a decades-old allegory about the Russian Revolution, but Orwell's Animal Farm masterfully reimagines Orwell's classic in a video game context, giving players Reigns-like control over the animals and their titular farm after they overthrow their farmer. How will you lead? Will you head down the same tragic path of the book, find new ways to suffer, or perhaps rise above and deliver prosperity to the herds?

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With multiple endings and an excellent audio mix of original music and the narration of Abubakar Salim (Assassin's Creed Origins), Orwell's Animal Farm is an unfortunately timely reimagining of the corrupting influence of power over those who seek to lead.

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Unto The End

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia

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More than the Zelda-likes listed before, the Soulslike genre is one that has already been going very strong for years. For a look at something different but still akin to the brutal tests seen in such games, try Unto The End.

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Presented in a cinematic 2D, voiceless world where one man fights tooth and nail to get home to his family, Unto The End demands you master a harsh world of traps and unforgiving enemies at every step — seriously, watch your step! Using bonfires and crafting vital resources, it can feel just as exhilarating as the Souls games even in its new perspective.

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If Found

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Platforms: PC, Switch

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If Found is one of the best kinds of games for your end-of-year backlog. It can be played in one sitting if you define a sitting as about two hours. Using the overarching metaphor of a space explorer, this drama focuses on the experiences of a trans individual as they reflect on what's come before and where they're going next.

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It uses an inventive touchscreen mechanic that has players literally wipe away memories, making it a perfect fit for Switch. It's certainly not the lightest story on this list, so maybe it's not the sort of fare you're seeking for a holiday break, but in its brevity, it reveals a ton of heart and could bring forth an empathic response in even the skeptical players.  

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Ooblets

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Platforms: PC, Xbox One

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Animal Crossing got all the glory, but it was actually Ooblets that pushed the farm sim genre forward more than anything in years. The extraordinarily silly game begins with a familiar premise — arrive in a new town and set off to make friends and grow out your farm — but it does everything with a conscious awareness of the casual violence these games normally include.

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In Ooblets, turn-based fighting is now dance battling, while fishing is "sea-dangling" for crafting objects. None of the titular creatures are ever put in harm's way, and beneath the adorable language the game has built for itself lies a game with a strong point to make about living in harmony with the beauty around you.

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Windbound

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia

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2020 was the year we saw the dam holding back Breath of the Wild's influence on the games industry break. Games like Genshin Impact and Immortals Fenyx Rising borrowed major aspects of the beloved Zelda game and applied them to new contexts. But did you hear about Windbound?

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On the surface, Windbound looks like another branch of the Zelda family tree, but it ends up playing quite differently, with a strong and enjoyable focus on survival elements like crafting your boat in every act. That boat soon becomes the symbol of your progress as an adventurer, going from a simple rowboat to a much grander wind-catching trophy of perseverance.

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Spellbreak

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

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Battle royale has proven to be more than a fad, in part because innovative studios keep rethinking what the genre may mean.

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In one of the year's best examples, Spellbreak takes the last-player-standing mode and puts it in a world of spellcasting and elementals very much like Avatar: The Last Airbender. Even better, its first major update, which just launched on December 15, adds story missions to the game, so you'll be questing to uncover more lore in the middle of a battle royale match.

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It's sort of uncharted territory even as others have tried to add context to their massive battles. Spellbreak is the battle royale for fantasy fans who'd prefer to trade in their M16 for a fireball.

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I Am Dead

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Platforms: PC, Switch

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Every year Annapurna Interactive blows my mind by continuing their streak of never publishing a bad game. Like If Found below, I Am Dead is one of 2020's great games.

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This quirky adventure game about being dead has you explore an afterlife with your dog, swirling through the memories of those the dead have left behind like a spoon in hot chocolate. Along the way, you learn who these people were and what kind of legacies they left behind. It's a lighter way to broach the subject than we usually see in games, and ultimately reminds you how we all touch the lives of others even if we don't always realize how.

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If you liked Spiritfarer's cathartic look at death, I Am Dead makes a strong companion piece.

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You don't need to have your finger on the pulse of the games industry to have heard about the year's biggest games such as Call of Duty Black Ops Cold WarWatch Dogs Legion, and, of course, the lightning rod that has become Cyberpunk 2077. These games command the zeitgeist like few can.

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A notch or two below those are the indie darlings that rose to moderate fame. Hits like SpiritfarerHades, and Fall Guys each took a bigger share of the attention pie than many would've predicted.

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But what about the games that never really got their time in the sun but totally deserved it? We've been tracking several throughout the year and caught up with a few more. Here are a dozen of the best games you may have missed in 2020.

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Ooblets Movelist Guide: Every Ooblet Signature Move https://www.gameskinny.com/gfzg4/ooblets-movelist-guide-every-ooblet-signature-move https://www.gameskinny.com/gfzg4/ooblets-movelist-guide-every-ooblet-signature-move Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:03:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Ooblets may not have the most in-depth battle system, but that doesn't mean there isn't a bit of strategy involved in every dance battle. While the most generic cards will help you win early on, you'll need to rely on ooblet signature moves once you begin taking on more diverse teams. They become even more critical after repairing the Dance Barn. 

Below is a list of every ooblet signature move. It includes the levels at which those moves become available, how many beats they cost, and what they do. As I'm still collecting every species of ooblet and leveling them up, this list is currently incomplete. 

It's worth noting that as of right now, uncommon ooblets and gleamy ooblets have the same signature moves as common ooblets. It also appears that ooblets only gain new signature moves through Level 3. As far as I can tell, anything above that doesn't reward you with any new signature moves. 

Finally, it seems that it's possible to get all of the ooblets listed in the Almanac. Though Nullwhere and Port Forward are not yet accessible (and Elswair isn't even listed as a travel option), I've gotten ooblets from those regions through Dance Barn tournaments and by increasing my friendship levels with townsfolk (Gimble gave me a Kingwa seed and Tinstle gave me a Skuffalo seed). 

Bittle
  • Pilfer Polka
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 4 points
  • Flout or Doubt
    • Available: Lv.2 
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to opponent team
  • Capoeira Copy
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Steal a random opponent signature move
Bristlebud
  • Prickle Prance
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun Target for 2 turns
  • Spiny Spin
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 3 fluster to opponent team
  • Stompulent
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Increase opponent move cost by 2 beats for their next turn.
Clickyclaws
  • Marginal Mamba
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 1 point
  • Hopping Mad
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Gain 1 hype
  • Just a Taste
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 5 points
Clomper
  • Shock 'N Shimmy
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 2 turns
  • Jittershrug
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Stun target for 1 turn
  • Astound Around
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Stun opponent team for 1 turn
Dooziedug
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Dumbirb
  • Jolt 'N Bolt
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Stun target for 1 turn
  • Dawdle Waddle
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 trepidation (useless) card to the opponent's deck
  • Muster Fluster
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent team
Firmo
  • Hydraulic Hornpipe
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Earn 6 points and gain 1 beat
  • Gear Glissade
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Steal a random opponent signature move
  • Soft Shoe Servo
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Lower your move costs by 1 beat this turn
Fripp
  • Fair Port-De-Corps
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to your team, earn 4 points
  • Loaded Lindy
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 18 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Swing Crimson
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 3 trepidation (useless) cards to your deck, earn 6 points
Grebun
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Gubwee
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Gullysplot
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Isopud
  • Hunker Down
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Get 3 extra beats after 2 turns of warm-up
  • Spin Up
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Join a teammate's warm-up move and increase any points it earns by 50%
  • Repress Duress
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Clear all stun, trepidation, and fluster from your team
Kingwa
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Legsy
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Lumpstump
  • Put Down Roots
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain 3 points and 1 hype
  • Boogie Blossom
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Gain 6 points and 2 hype
  • Shake the Tree
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Steal 5 points and add 3 fluster to the opponent
Nuppo
  • Friend Flurry Floss
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain 2 hype
  • Flummoxtrot
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 5 points and add 1 fluster to opponent team
  • Grand Adage
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 3 turns
Oogum
  • Displace Dervish
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Discard a random move and get another move from your deck
  • Counter Projection
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Steal 16 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Backward Limbo
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Lower all your team's future warm-up times by 1 turn for the match
Petula
  • Blue Sky This
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 20 points after 4 turns of warm-up
  • Design by Committee
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 turn of warm-up to all of the opponent's warm-up moves for the rest of the match
  • Bike Shed Cred
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 1 turn of warm-up time to the opponent's warm-up move in progress
Plob
  • Loot Scoot
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain a basic resource (nurnies, blankets, etc.)
  • Crop Bop
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Gain a basic random crop seed
  • Sow Glow
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Gain a better random crop seed
Radlad
  • Slow Jam
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 6 points after 2 turns of warm-up
  • Cancel Prancel
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Interrupt and cancel an opponent's warm-up move
  • Big Flourish
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 20 points after 3 turns of warm-up
Shrumbo
  • Shake It
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 6 points
  • Sashay
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Earn 4 points
  • Showcase
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 8 points
Sidekey
  • Finite Loop
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Play next move twice
  • System Pause
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Stun target for 2 turns
  • Machine Spurning
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Increase opponents' beat cost by 1 per move for the rest of the battle
Spuddle
  • Risky Shift
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: 50:50 chance of earning 9 points or giving opponent 9 points
  • Berserka Mazurka
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Stun a random ooblet from either team
  • Group Think Slink
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 10 points to both teams
Tamlin
  • Todoozie One
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Gain 2 points every time a move is played this hand
  • Todoozie Two
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Add 1 fluster to the opponent's team and gain 1 hype
  • Todoozie Three
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Earn 10 points after 2 rounds of warm-up
Unhunny
  • Sugar Pan Shuffle
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Earn 6 points and get a new move from your deck
  • Fresh Start
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Start with 2 extra beats next turn
  • Let Loose
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 1
    • Effect: Join a teammate's warming-up move and decrease its warmup time by 1 turn
Whirlitzer
  • Gracing Pacing
    • Available: Lv.1
    • Beat Cost: 0
    • Effect: Get 2 extra beats after 1 turn of warm-up
  • Abrupt Disrupt
    • Available: Lv.2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Interrupt and cancel all opponents' current warming-up moves
  • Fateful Flourish
    • Available: Lv.3
    • Beat Cost: 4
    • Effect: Opponent draws 1 fewer moves each hand for the rest of the match
Wigglewip
  • Gyrate Fete
    • Available: Lv. 1
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Add 3 trepidation (useless) cards to the opponent's deck
  • Rattle 'N Addle
    • Available: Lv. 2
    • Beat Cost: 2
    • Effect: Add 2 fluster to the opponent's team
  • Plie DJ
    • Available: Lv. 3
    • Beat Cost: 3
    • Effect: Increase opponent card cost by 1 beat for their next turn
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That's it for our Ooblets signature movelist. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above. Stay tuned for more guides as the game makes its way through early access! 

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Ooblets: How to Fix Gimble's Hot Air Balloon https://www.gameskinny.com/t5ls6/ooblets-how-to-fix-gimbles-hot-air-balloon https://www.gameskinny.com/t5ls6/ooblets-how-to-fix-gimbles-hot-air-balloon Mon, 20 Jul 2020 22:03:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Much like the Friendship Sticker Printypress, fixing Gimble's hot air balloon in Ooblets is pretty straightforward. However, there is a slight difference that may make you think you've done something wrong. 

Gimble's hot air balloon is the only mode of transport between Badgetown and Mamoonia, the other available area in Ooblets' early access period. You'll find the balloon on the far western side of the map, to the left of Arah's house. 

If you can't find it for any reason, go to the town map to the left of Meed's Seeds and look for the big red and white hot air balloon.

Though you can find Gimble as soon as you get off of the boat in Badegtown, you won't be able to repair the hot air balloon until after you've restored power to the Oobnet tower, which is in Mayor Tinstle's second set of tasks after you:

  • Repair your farmhouse
  • Fix the Printypress
  • Scan your first ooblet
  • Reconstitoot the mystery cans

How to Repair GImble's Hot Air Balloon

The Badgetown city map showing the location of Gimble's balloon.

To repair Gimble's hot air balloon, Ole Burpy, you'll need 20 planklets, eight clothlets, 12 nurnies, and one oobsidian. 

You should already know how to get most of these, but you get planklets from chopping up wood, clothlets by foraging or farming, nurnies from breaking rocks on your farm, and oobsidian from random sources, such as breaking rocks as well. 

It's worth noting that I've found three random pieces of oobsidian while exploring: one in a house, one on the beach, and one under a tree near the town square. So keep a look out! 

Once you have all of the necessary materials, dump them in the wooden box in front of the hot air balloon. Unlike most other repairs you've completed in Ooblets, you'll have to wait a full day for Gimble to repair the Ole Burpy.

The day you give Gimble the materials does not count; you'll have to play one more subsequent day. Once the balloon is upright and fired up, you're free to travel to Mamoonia. 

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That's all you need to know about how to fix Gimble's hot air balloon in Ooblets. Unfortunately, the game's other areas, Nullwhere and Port Forward, aren't available yet. But once they do open up, Gimble's balloon will be the way to get to each location. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above. 

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Ooblets Friendship Sticker Printypress Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lu23x/ooblets-friendship-sticker-printypress-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/lu23x/ooblets-friendship-sticker-printypress-guide Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:26:54 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Once you fix the Friendship Sticker Printypress in Ooblets, you'll be able to start earning friendship points with the residents of Badgetown, either through speaking with them or giving them gifts. Each of the 16 townsfolk has six unique stickers, alongside a number of other useful rewards and funky cosmetics.  

To start work on the Printypress, you'll first have to beat the Clickyclaw in the town hall via the sacred rights of the dance-off. After that, Mayor Tinstle will give you your first set of tasks, one of which is speaking with Arah about the Printypress. 

With the town hall in front of you and the wishywell behind you, take the steps to the left. Go left at the top. Arah's house the dark purple house on the right, just past the house with the white picket fence. Go inside. 

The Printypress is against the wall on the right-hand side of the room. Interact with it to begin the task. 

Arah's house is the dark purple house next to the house with the white picket fence.

You'll need six sporbets, 10 nurnies, and one sweetiebeetie. It's anyone's guess why veggies/fruit are needed to fix a pinrting press, but here we are. Gather the needed items and deposit them in the wooden box outside of Arah's house. 

Sporbets are pinkish-orange mushrooms that grow on the groin in groups of three. They're all over town, but check around houses, in the town square, and the small grassy area with trees in front of Kibbonbon (the clothing store). 

Nurnies are easy to find. All you have to do is smash rocks on your farm. You'll get at least one if not four or five for each rock you smash. You could sea dangle for a nurny bundle, but the discovery rate for nurny bundles while sea dangling is excruciatingly low. 

Finally, you should have already planted several sweetiebeeties by this point. Simply wait three days for them to grow and pick one. If you want to speed up the process, use speedy grow or speedy grow pro, both of which you can find by sea dangling. 

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That's all you need to know about getting the Friendship Sticker Printypress back online. Now you can start befriending townsfolk and getting sweet swag and useful items for your farm, including the spiffy bowtie and monocle, as well as two basic sprinklers. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check the links above. 

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How to Change Your Hairstyle in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/5hm4l/how-to-change-your-hairstyle-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/5hm4l/how-to-change-your-hairstyle-in-ooblets Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:15:22 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Just as you may want to change clothes in Ooblets, there's a good chance you may want to change your hairstyle, too. When you start the game, there aren't many hairstyles to choose from, and if you want a beard or other facial hair on your character, you're initially out of luck. 

However, once you get off the boat at the Badgetown and complete a few Tinstle Tasks, you'll have the ability to change all of that.  

Snups barbershop is easily found by looking for the shop with giant scissors above the door.

Of course, you'll need gummies to pay for your new hairdo and/or face-do, but you can quickly get those by doing a few simple tasks. Head to the Learnery in the far upper right corner of Badgetown, and scan your first ooblet in Rugnolia's scanner. She'll give you 50 gummies, more than enough to change your hairstyle. 

Next, head back down to the main part of town and hang a left at the bottom of the stairs. You're looking for Snups, the barbershop. It's just to the right of Cuddlecups Cafe. You'll notice it by the large pair of pink and purple scissors above the door.  

Once inside Snups, you'll notice three chairs to the right. 

A catalog of various hairstyles in Snups, with the player portrait to the left.

Sit in the first chair to change your hairstyle. Right now, since Ooblets is in early access, there are only 18 hairstyles to choose from. Each one costs 16 gummies

Sit in the middle chair if you want to add facial hair to your character. Currently, there are nine facial hairstyles to choose from. Each style costs 15 gummies

Sit it the third chair to change your hair color (not your facial hair color; that's not an option yet it seems, even though there's a tab for it). There are currently 17 different hair colors, and it costs 20 gummies for each color. 

To change your hairstyle, facial hairstyle, or hair color, all you have to do is select the option you want and confirm it. The changes will be applied automatically. However, you'll have to pay to go back to your previous style, so make sure to take advantage of the preview before dishing out gummies. 

You may also see Snups' barber, Padrig standing in the middle of the shop, though you may not. Padrig doesn't have to be in the shop for you to change hairstyles, etc.

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That's all you need to know about how to change your hairstyle in Ooblets. For more on the eccentric farm sim, be sure to check the links above or head over to our dedicated Ooblets guides page! Hopefully, more styles will be added in the future so that we can all hone in our perfect look! 

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How to Change Clothes in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/zpotn/how-to-change-clothes-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/zpotn/how-to-change-clothes-in-ooblets Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:13:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When you start Ooblets and create your character, you're able to choose the clothes your character wears. The thing is, your options are very limited and pre-defined by the game. Because of that, there's a good chance you'll want to change clothes once you start playing. 

Doing so is easy, and technically, you can change your clothes as soon as you get off of the boat in Badgetown and complete Mayor Tinstle's first real task (beating the Clickyclaw in the Town Hall).

However, you have to buy new clothes first, and you won't have enough gummies saved up to buy anything for a little while longer. 

Get Gummies to Buy Clothes

Meed's Seeds shop and Plenny's kiosk next to the Badgetown map.

As soon as you can, go to the Learnery in the up right-hand corner of the map. Help Rugnolia with her ooblet research project by using the scanner at the back of the room. Scan your ooblet, and Rugnolia will give you 50 gummies. That's enough to buy a few accessories or an item of clothing at Kibbonbon (more on that below).

To get more gummies, forage everything you come across, from clothlets and gastroglobs to buttonboys and sporbets. You can sell these at Meed's Seeds, which is the green building next to the Badgetown map on the far left side of the main area, just where you exit to go to your farm. 

You can also sell crops at Meed's and Plenny's Bulk Orders, the kiosk just to the right of Meed's Seeds. However, Plenny only buys crops and other items in bulk, while Meed buys them individually. 

Eventually, you'll also be able to take on small tasks for many of the townsfolk. Typically, your reward will be gummies. Not a lot of gummies, but it helps! 

How to Change Clothes

Kibbonbon is recognizable by large teal cat above the door.

Once you have enough gummies to buy a piece of clothing or an accessory, go to Kibbonbon. This is Churles' shop, and you'll find it to the right of Meed's Seeds; it has the big teal cat above the shop door and clothes on stands.

Most everything is 50 gummies, though some things sell for as low as 16 gummies. The Basic Bum Bag, which increases your inventory slots, is 250 gummies. 

To buy an item, simply walk up to it and interact with it. Confirm you want to buy, and it's yours. It automatically goes into your clothing and accessories inventory. Press "Tab" on PC or "Y' on Xbox One to open your inventory

You'll see your character on the left-hand side of the Grumboire, as well as your current level and a string of icons. Choose the icon with the shirt symbol

The Ooblet's inventory screen with the round, shirt icon highlighted.

When you click that, you'll be taken to another screen (seen at the top of this guide). There is a box to the right that contains all of your clothing and accessories, and there are tabs along the top for different categories, such as shirts, pants, shoes, etc. You can choose options from either; they're the same. One option is just more organized than the other. 

To put on a piece of clothing or accessory, simply click it, and it will automatically appear on your character. Exit the menu and then your inventory and voila, you've changed your clothes! 

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That's all you need to know about how to change your clothes in Ooblets. Currently, clothes don't take up any actual inventory space, so you're free to continue harvesting crops and foraging for items. For more on Ooblets, be sure to check out the links above! 

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How to Get Nurnies in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/d9fix/how-to-get-nurnies-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/d9fix/how-to-get-nurnies-in-ooblets Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:04:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As with any game in the farming sim genre, Ooblets has a lot of different items you can use to craft or improve things like your house. Nurnies are one of the first items you'll need to find, and since the tutorial doesn't tell you much about them, you may be wondering how to get nurnies. 

When you first visit your dilapidated farmhouse to repair it, Arah will give you 3 nurnies for free (check your mailbox). But you'll need to find many (many) more nurnies to complete even the first of Tinsle's Tasks. 

How to Find More Nurnies in Ooblets

Breaking a rock on an Ooblets farm, looking for nurnies.

The easiest way to find nurnies is by breaking rocks on your farm. You can also find them by weeding weeds on your farm, though your chances of getting nurnies by weeding are very slim.

You always get nurnies by breaking rocks. Every time. I've received as many as four nurnies and as few as one nurny for breaking rocks. But I always get them. Weeding, on the other hand, is much harder. Of the about two dozen weeds I've removed from my farm, I've received roughly 3-5 nurnies. Total.

To break rocks or weed, you'll need to enter farming mode. To do so, press: 

  • "Q" on PC
  • "LT" on Xbox One

Breaking rocks takes 6 energy, while weeding takes 3 energy. So, it's much more efficient to just break rocks if you're only after nurnies. Luckily, you also don't need any special tools to break rocks; you simply break them after several hits. 

When you break a rock, the nurnies inside burst out in an umbrella around you. While the inventory symbol for nurnies is a metal coil, nurnies look like all kinds of junk in the wild, such as the metal coils mentioned above, combs, paper clips, and even small beach balls. Some even look like rolls of toilet paper (because why not?). 

You will automatically collect the nurnies around you, as they often fall closeby. If they fall further away from you, just run up to them, and you'll collect them. 

It's also possible to find nurny bundles by exploring and sea dangling. When exploring, look for sparkling areas and interact with them. There's always something good, and it could be a bundle of nurnies! On the other hand, it's possible to get nurnies when you sea dangle, though the drop rate is very low. 

The Ooblets Grumboire (inventory book) showing 45 nurnies (metal coils) in an inventory.

It's good that nurnies are easy to find once you know how because you'll use them in quite literally everything in Ooblets. From rebuilding your farmhouse to fixing the printypress and repairing the hankerbot, you'll be searching for them.

Nurnies can also be used in the Reconstitooter to make basic bait to sea dangle. One nurny equals two slurry, and you need 10 slurry to make one basic bait. 

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That's all you need to know about finding nurnies in Ooblets... at least right now. I'm still early on in the game, so there may be other ways to get nurnies I haven't yet come across. However, I'll be sure to update this guide if/when I find them. Be sure to check out our other Ooblets content by clicking the links above!

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How to Open Your Inventory in Ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/ligcd/how-to-open-your-inventory-in-ooblets https://www.gameskinny.com/ligcd/how-to-open-your-inventory-in-ooblets Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:22:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

OK. It's easy to overlook things in a tutorial or simply forget them in the flurry of learning a new game and its mechanics. It happens. Ooblets is cute AF and full of character, so it's understandable if you were a little bit distracted early on and have forgotten how to open your inventory. 

Your inventory is found in the Grumboire, a tome full of useful information about ooblets, recipes, badges, friends (frenz), and more. 

To open your inventory in Ooblets, simply press: 

  • "Tab" on PC 
  • "Y" on Xbox One

Technically, the above inputs open your Grumboire. However, your inventory is the first thing that pops up; it's under the red "STUFF!" tab. Your equipped items are found in the top row, and everything else in your inventory is found below. 

You'll also see how many Gummies you have (in the top right corner), as well as how many Ooblet Club items you have to the left of that. 

How to Get the Grumboire in Ooblets

Standing on a brick pathway speaking to Rugnolia by the Town Hall in Ooblets.

Getting the Grumboire is super easy. In fact, you already have it. 

When you arrive in Badgetown at the beginning of the game, you'll first speak with Mayor Tinstle. Afterward, you'll be tasked with speaking to 8 of the townsfolk. To get the Grumboire, you'll want to speak with Rugnolia

Leave the dock and go up and left. You'll quickly come to the town square, a green patch with a fountain. Above that is the Town Hall. Rugnolia should be standing to the left, near a stack of cardboard boxes. If not, she's walking around closeby. 

She's wearing an orange jacket, a bright teal dress, and bright teal shoes. She's hard to miss. If all else fails, go to the top right-hand corner of the map to find her in the Learnery (a white and yellow trailer that looks like an Airstream). 

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That's all you need to know about how to open your inventory in Ooblets. Be sure to check out our early access review by clicking the link above, and stay tuned for more on the farming/dance-off simulator in the coming days. 

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Ooblets Early Access Review: The Greatest Non-Violent Game of the Generation https://www.gameskinny.com/ofzte/ooblets-early-access-review-the-greatest-non-violent-game-of-the-generation https://www.gameskinny.com/ofzte/ooblets-early-access-review-the-greatest-non-violent-game-of-the-generation Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:29:02 -0400 Mark Delaney

Where do I begin with Ooblets? How about here: it's amazing. Its colorful world imbued with saccharine creatures quickly reveals a sarcastic, slightly subversive sense of humor. 

The daily to-do list is better organized than just about any of those seen in genre peers, teasing players to play forever on a day/night cycle that isn't dependent on the real-world calendar.

Townsfolk are interesting, and the turn-based battle system is approachable yet revolutionary. This is an early access review, so don't expect a score at the bottom, but understand this: Ooblets is nonetheless a Game of the Year contender.

Ooblets Early Access Review: The Greatest Non-Violent Game of the Generation

In Ooblets, the everpresent trope of a boat ride into a dazzling new town gets players into Badgetown, a rather bustling village in the land of Oob. While you'll soon get to explore neighboring areas, Badgetown is where your custom character plants their flag. 

Unlike the year's other big farm sim, Animal Crossing New Horizons, the land you settle on is not up to you. Instead, you are gifted a fixer-upper farmhouse and asked by the mayor (Mayor Tinstle, a rainbowish girl with a welcoming demeanor and a reward system of badges for you to chase) to introduce yourself to everyone.

Badgetown seems to have about 20 or so permanent residents, and they each have set personalities, allowing you to get to know each of them. A friendship system even incentivizes chatting with them and giving them gifts regularly.

For the first few days of your new life, you'll work to revitalize the neighborhood. This means learning how to craft, cook, garden, and shop. You'll also need to repair places around town like the dance barn, the hot air balloon, and a mission board that constantly offers fetch quests for big payouts in the town's currency, gummies. 

For veterans of the genre, this likely all sounds very familiar, and pleasantly, it is. It helps you hit the ground running. But, as I said, Ooblets is a Game of the Year contender, and for that, the small team at Glumberland would need to raise the bar somehow. 

How they do that, in my view, is threefold. 

First, the titular creatures themselves bring a major second point of emphasis alongside Ooblets' typical farm life mechanics. By collecting these adorable creatures, which alternatively appear like sentient plants or robots (but are always grown out of the ground like the former), Ooblets brings an element of Pokemon to the genre in a way nothing before it has.

A turn-based battle system allows players to collect more of them as they progress, and in turn, unlock new moves to use in battle. This is no small wrinkle for Ooblets. The battles are one of the game's best elements, and though they're currently without any difficulty settings, they haven't been difficult to handle thanks to a familiar, somewhat simplified system of action points and damage.

The battles also reveal another of Ooblets' strongest features: its universal commitment to non-violence. While many wholesome games smuggle in the casual violence of fishing, crafting with animal parts, or direct creature battles (sorry, but Pokemon is dog-fighting, folks), in Ooblets, every single aspect has been reimagined in a pacifistic context.

How? They're dance battles, which the Ooblets, according to the game's lore, take part in enthusiastically. The "fishing" you do involves no hooks through the faces of animals. Instead, you "sea-dangle" for non-sentient objects, like crafting supplies or food. Even the food itself is entirely vegan. You won't have to worry about the moral implications of eating some Ooblets and caring for others.

While the creatures themselves are sentient plants, there are unconscious crops with which to make food, each of them with names as silly as anything from Adventure Time, such as a carrot hot dog called a hop dob or sugar called froobtose. 

Ooblets invents its own silly language, and while it's adorable on its own, it's made much more charming to see how it's used by Glumberland to carefully avoid any instance of harm to the game's conscious creatures. As an animal rights activist, Ooblets fills my heart with intense glee.

Even if you're unphased by this avoidance of the genre's casual violence, Ooblets is, quite simply, one of the best-made games in the genre regardless. With a tantalizing XP system, virtually all actions big and small, from chatting with neighbors to completing quests to even something as common as picking or planting crops, earns you XP.

As you level up, you can spend Wishies to improve your character by giving them more energy in the day, or expanding their farmhouse, or even introducing new types of Ooblets to town, among a growing list of other features.

Farming is much more engaging and speedier than many games like it too. With the hold of a button, you transfer into gardening mode, and your crop space becomes a grid for you to work on. This system seamlessly allows you to clean up the backyard, plant, and harvest in no time, all the while making it so it feels decisively yours. Everything goes just the way you want it, and the UI helps you know exactly what your plants need, be it time or water or the clearing of some encroaching weeds.

While initial customization options are purposely sparse, you'll soon unlock a wealth of options for your hair, clothes, and farmhouse, meaning the sim-like aspect of living the life you want is present as well. I haven't grappled with those elements too much yet in my 10 or so hours, but a look at the stores tells me they run quite deep. I'm eager to turn my brown shack into a party pad for dancing Ooblets in due time.

As this is early access, I expected bugs  the game even reminds you of this when you load it up  and yet, I didn't find anything too problematic. The worst case I saw was when one of my crops disappeared. That happened once. Other than that, the UI does trip on itself at times, with descriptions of items overwriting some other icons in a way that feels unpolished.

The quick-access inventory is a key feature, but it needs to be brushed up a bit too, as moving things into it can get clunky in the full inventory menu thanks to that aforementioned issue with your item descriptions. I've seen somewhat regular clipping too, usually when you enter a store or a home. My wife witnessed one character running on the walls of their home, but I only heard this one secondhand.

Ooblets Early Access Review — The Bottom Line (So Far)

Pros
  • Unprecedented respect for its creatures
  • Engaging XP system keeps you chasing great rewards and upgrades
  • Adorable, funny world full of color
  • Smart gardening system keeps those mechanics fun, never dull
  • Ample secrets to discover, friends to make
  • Dance battles bring rewarding turn-based combat without the casual violence
Cons
  • Unclear today what the endgame may look like
  • Bugs are along for the ride in early access, as expected

In addition to bugs, I'm wondering what the pull may look like after many more hours. Some farm life games have a clear endpoint, while others go on forever. With so much scripted content, Ooblets seems to fall in the first category, so I wonder how long its tail will be at launch, but the journey so far has been awesome. I wouldn't mind a finite amount of story and exploring to do, so long as the rest is as fun as it has been so far.

After four years of clearly hard work, Ooblets feels like it's hardly an "early access" game at all. I've seen plenty of games launch in worse states than this pre-release title has done today, and that makes for an exciting starting place. When Ooblets exits early access, I'll offer my final verdict including a score and some renewed thoughts as needed, but for today, even as it's not officially out, it's absolutely my new frontrunner for Game of the Year.

We'll see how the year shakes out, but one distinction I'm quite comfortable awarding it even today is perhaps a more important one; for so many reasons, Ooblets is the greatest non-violent game of the generation.

[Note: An early access copy of Ooblets was provided by Glumberland for the purpose of this early access review.]

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Ooblets Might Actually Arrive This Year — Maybe https://www.gameskinny.com/dvz0e/ooblets-might-actually-arrive-this-year-maybe https://www.gameskinny.com/dvz0e/ooblets-might-actually-arrive-this-year-maybe Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:56:05 -0500 Calen Nakash

Ooblets, which made our most-anticipated games of the year list three years in a row, might actually be coming out in 2020 according to its developers.

In a recent devlog, Glumberland (and what a name for a developer) hinted at the possibility of a release this year, though there was nothing official mentioned. 

I don’t want to get you excited, but ¡GET EXCITED! because 2020 is the YEAR OF THE OOB. It’s been foretold in the prophecies/milestone calendar. That’s really all I can say about that right now so feel free to draw all sorts of wild conclusions.

The devlog also outlines a new feature coming to the game called "Sea Dangling." That's Ooblet for fishing, but developer Glumberland assures players they "won't be harming any animals." Other additions include a badge-delivering ooblet, new animations, mystery can files, new moves, and new lore. 

More about the update can be found here.

We can only keep our fingers crossed that this tease actually comes to fruition this year, and that we don't have to wait another three years for the game's final release. 

The E3 2018 Ooblets trailer, seen above, comes off as a really trippy fever dream at first but quickly develops into a mishmash of colors and Katamari-Damacy vibes. As we showcased before, that's about what it is. Instead of Ooblet battling, however, players will face off in tense Ooblet dance battles.

We'll have more information if and when Ooblets releases this year. Saty tuned for more updates on the game's development. 

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10 Anticipated Upcoming Indie Games of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/tz43f/10-anticipated-upcoming-indie-games-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/tz43f/10-anticipated-upcoming-indie-games-of-2020 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:00:01 -0500 Mark Delaney

I don't mean to alarm you, but a new year is upon us. While you gather your best New Year's resolutions and finish up any shopping you may need to do for the holidays, it's time to peek ahead at what kind of presents the gaming industry may give us in 2020.

After a summer of conventions and expos and plenty of awesome looking reveals since, we're ready to share our most anticipated upcoming indie games of 2020. 

From far-off games with assumed launch dates to set-in-stone 2020 arrivals, there's a lot to look forward to. We could've gone on forever with how strong the industry is right now, but we've narrowed it down to 10 indies. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!

Tunic

Developer: Andrew Shouldice
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

Tunic may be familiar to some as it was featured on the Microsoft stage at E3 way back in 2018, which came as a surprise to even the game's developer, Andrew Shouldice.

To his credit, Shouldice corrects the oft-repeated record that he is the only developer. In fact, he says, he's had help with some audio work, but even a two-person team making something like Tunic is exciting.

Tunic plays like an isometric Zelda with a bit of Dark Souls flair thanks to a labyrinthine level design that wraps around itself, some tough enemies, and resting at bonfires. It also features an adorable fox who looks way in over his head. 

Temtem

Developer: CremaGames S.L.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: January 21, 2020

Whether or not you enjoyed Pokemon Sword and Shield, you need to have Temtem in mind for next year. The game takes all of the beloved foundations of Pokemon but has aspirations to outshine Game Freak's best-seller with some features the former has still failed to introduce.

With a true open-world MMORPG setup, Temtem will allow players to explore, battle, cooperate, and trade with other players all while collecting and leveling up their titular creatures. They'll then take down boss dojos, the game's equivalent to gyms. Could this be the Stardew Valley of creature collectors?

Fall Guys

Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2020

Just when it seemed like the battle royale genre was slowing so soon after it began, along came Fall Guys. The game looks to revitalize things with a colorful and absurd physics-based battle royale that plays more like a Japanese game show.

One look at the trailer tells you all you need to know about Fall Guys, but we mean that in a good way. One hundred players start out by running through an obstacle course that's constantly shifting below their feet, and only one will win. Can you survive next year's most ridiculous round of Ultimate Knockout? 

12 Minutes

Developer: Luis Antonio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

12 Minutes dazzled when it was shown on stage at E3 2019, and knowing it comes from Annapurna signals to us that we can probably expect another solid game from the publisher who has a keen eye for quality. 

12 Minutes will be the latest in a recent string of timeloop games, but it doesn't exactly play like the others. In a top-down view, players will continuously relive the night their home is invaded and their wife is killed. Why it's happening and how to stop it seem like just the tip of the iceberg of this mysterious thriller, and we can't wait to unravel the rest of it.

Spiritfarer

Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: TBA 2020

Spiritfarer is unforgettably advertised as "a cozy management sim about dying," which may lead you to ask, "what's so cozy about dying?". But that's precisely what has us excited for Thunder Lotus' latest hand-drawn adventure.

The game's premise seems to take an adult and cathartic view of death as players steer a ship in the afterlife, transporting the dead to their destinations. It's exactly the kind of concept that would only be made by an indie studio. It stands as a testament to the industry's growth that we can now enjoy something with a concept so esoteric and niche.

The Outlast Trials

Developer: Red Barrels
Platforms: TBA
Release Date: TBA 2020

We don't know much about The Outlast Trials yet, so much so that there isn't even a trailer to see, as it was just announced days ago. But what we do know is it's another Outlast game from Red Barrels — an already exciting proposition — but this one comes with a twist.

Four-player multiplayer is coming to the series for the first time ever, and though the reveal uses the word "cooperate," something about this series and the key art tells us we should instead maybe expect a social engineering element. Perhaps we'll be playing out scenes that would fit into SAW, where survivors have to risk saving themselves at others' expenses.

Time will tell if our hunch is right, but even if we're off base, a new Outlast is only a good thing.

Atomic Heart

Developer: Mudfish
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

Give a game some BioShock comparisons and it'll pick up steam in a hurry. That's the case with Atomic Heart, whose only issue has been radio silence since its reveal. 

The trailer depicts some sort of Russian post-apocalypse where players will battle with monsters both mechanical and fleshy. It even stars the iconic wrench as a melee weapon, so let there be no mistake what Mudfish is going for with this one.

Coming up on a year since we got a fresh glimpse at Atomic Heart, we're hoping to hear more on the game soon. As of now, there's no reason to think we won't. 

Way to the Woods

Developer: Anthony Tan
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: TBA 2020

What 2018 did for Tunic, 2019 did for Way to the Woods. By that we mean it was a surprise featured game on stage at the Xbox E3 presser, and it turned a lot of heads. Whereas Tunic stars a fox, Way to the Woods stars two deer.

We love the look of this one because it may deliver some well-timed commentary on human impact on the environment. The pair of deer explore a post-human world, but we don't know why that is yet. Might this be a story of the planet's resiliency after brushing off its greatest polluters? It could be, and that's a point we need more games to make in the years to come. 

Ooblets

Developer: Glumberland
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2020

No most-anticipated list is complete without Ooblets, the oft-delayed controversy-courting mash-up of all things wholesome and cute. With a bit of Animal Crossing mixed with some Pokemon and a dash of Adventure Time, Ooblets is not the direct take on creature collectors like Temtem is.

Instead, Ooblets combines life sim activities like farming with the creature collecting of Pokemon to give players the most Nintendo game Nintendo never made. It also apparently features trippy dance battles, as you can see in the above trailer. We're sold.

Table Manners

Developer: Echo Chamber Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2020

Just revealed weeks ago, Table Manners is our favorite indie VR game to look forward to in 2020. While Half-Life: Alyx allegedly pulls the platform away from the edge of irrelevance, it's the quirkiness of stuff like Table Manners that fills the platform's believers with both joy and hope.

Table Manners is a dating sim like no other. Using VR controls, you're tasked with having successful dates while trying to navigate a crowded dinner table full of opportunities to break, spill, and spoil the evening while your date looks on. Can you win their affection, or merely stain their shirt? Check, please! 

For more of the most anticipated games of 2020, be sure to head over to the lists below: 

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10 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:38:28 -0500 ESpalding

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So then, there you have it! Ten great indie games which are going to be heading our way in 2019. Of course, we've only scratched the surface as there are so many amazing indie games in development at the moment and many we will see in the coming year.

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Are you looking forward to any of these ones? Maybe you are excited about something else?

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Let us know which games you are most looking forward to seeing and we will try to keep you informed about them as well as many other titles arriving next year and beyond!

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Trine 4

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Developer: Frozenbyte
Release date: TBA 2019

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Not much is known about what Frozenbyte will be bringing us with Trine 4; there isn't even an official trailer for it, but given that Trine 3 gained quite a lot of negativity, fans are hoping that they have learned what wasn't done well last time and have built on that. 

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This time around they have partnered with Modus Games and Trine 4 will eventually be available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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As the news of a new Trine game was announced by accident by someone that wasn't the developer, we still don't know all that much about it. But we'll be sure to let you know when we do. 

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Spelunky 2

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Developer: Mossmouth
Release date: TBA 2019

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There is currently a frenzy of excited Spelunky fans eager to find out when the next installment is coming to our screens. Those who went to PAX West this year have already had a look at it and, judging by the chatter, it is looking like a worthy successor! 

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In Spelunky 2, you play as the daughter of the spelunker from the first game, who is trying to make her own way in the underground world. She has taken to the skies and is now exploring the tunnels on the moon. There are plenty of new dynamics, critters, and mobs to fight against.

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Phoenix Point

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Developer: Snapshot Games
Release date: June 2019

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It is always exciting when a founding father of a genre returns to their roots. That is what Phoenix Point is.

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It is being made by the creator of the original X-COM series, Julian Gollop. It is a squad-based game using turn-based tactics and strategy and is said to be the true spiritual successor of the original series. It has already got a massive fanbase, which is evident from its hugely successful Fig campaign, launched in 2017, where it raised $765,948.

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In the future, Earth is decimated by a deadly outbreak called the Pandoravirus. It has the ability to mutate a being almost instantly by combining human, animals and alien DNA. This gives the game an ever-evolving menace to deal with. The aliens themselves are procedurally generated so players will constantly be having to evolve their own tactics in order to defeat them.

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Upon release, Phoenix Point will be available on PC, Mac and Xbox One.

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In the Valley of the Gods

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Developer: Campo Santo
Release date: TBA 2019

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The last time developers Campo Santo were on the scene was back in 2016 with their sensational mystery game Firewatch. Their latest game, In the Valley of the Gods, aims to take you on a journey through 1920s Egypt while out to discover new archaeological discoveries.

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You play as an explorer named Rashida who has one more shot to make it to the big time as a filmmaker. She has been sent out to Egypt to try and uncover new ancient relics and to document the whole thing. Unfortunately for you, the only other person on this adventure is your former partner who you have absolutely no desire to work with again.

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In the Valley of the Gods does not have an exact release date just yet, but we do know that when it becomes available it will be on PC, Linux and Mac.

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Sable

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Developer: Shedworks
Release date: TBA 2019

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Undoubtedly, the first thing that grabs you about Sable, by UK-based developer Shedworks, is its unique comic book art style. It went down a storm at E3 2018 and gained a lot of interest from fans and press alike.

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The story starts when the titular character sets out into the desert for her tribes "right of passage". To become an adult, Sable must explore her surroundings, unlocking ancient histories and learning about the world around her. This is very much an exploration game with some platforming and puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no combat in the game at all. Everything is focussed on exploration.

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There is no definite date for Sable's release but, until we know, here is the E3 announcement trailer for you to watch.

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Session

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Developer: crea-ture Studios
Release date: Q2 2019

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Fans of the skateboard subgenre have been hoping for a follow up on the vastly successful Skate 3 but, as it has already been confirmed by EA that there isn't going to be a Skate 4, there was a big hole in the market which needed to be filled.

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Enter crea-ture Studios and their game Session. Back in 2017, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to make and release their own skateboard game. They were initially looking to raise CA$80,000 but managed to get a massive CA$163,700 in funding.

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Session promises to reignite your passion for skateboarding and wants you to explore what it means to be a street skater. The only limit to the tricks you can do is your creativity and your dedication. Some of the game's features include a video editor which will allow you to film, edit and create your own montage to then show to the game's community.

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PHOGS!

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Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release date: TBA 2019

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If you love bright colors, puzzles, and physics-based games, then, my friend, PHOGS! is going to be the game for you. Developed by Bit Loom Games and published by Coatsink, both in the UK, the game has been doing the round on the expo circuit this year and has been a roaring success.

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In PHOGS!, you play as a creature which resembles two dogs who are connected to each other via the mid-section. The aim is to travel through the "Phoggyverse" completing puzzles and overcoming various obstacles. Sounds pretty straightforward but with two characters for the price of one to control, things could get interesting!

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It is going to be released across multiple platforms but, as of yet, we don't know which ones that will be.

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Creaks

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Developer: Amanita Design
Release date: TBA 2019

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You might think that this is an obscure choice, but the folks at Amanita Design have a pretty good cult following thanks to their smash hit point-and-click Machinarium. The artwork of their games is unmistakable!

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There isn't a whole lot known about this game. In fact, on the game's Steam store page, all it says is "meet your new neighbors".

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In the teaser trailer for Creaks, you get the impression that this is going to be another point-and-click adventure which is heavy on puzzles and problem-solving. The setting looks dark and eerie with great attention to the smallest details.

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Once we know any more details about Creaks, we will let you know. 

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Sunless Skies

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Developer: Failbetter Games
Release date: January 31, 2019

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Even though Sunless Skies has been in Early Access on Steam for quite some time, it is finally getting a full release at the beginning of next year. Since hitting Steam back in 2017, it has been getting positive reviews all the way through its development, so this is looking like it is going to be a great addition to your indie collection. 

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In the second of their Sunless games, Failbetter Games wants you to take command of a flying locomotive and explore the reaches of space in this Victorian Gothic adventure RPG set among the stars.

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Sunless Skies is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Sea of Solitude

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Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Release Date: Early 2019

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Sea of Solitude was announced last year as one of EA Originals' next indie titles, but it was at E3 this year that we got to see more of this stunning indie game.

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The game follows a young woman called Kay as she battles loneliness while trying to survive in an abandoned, submerged city. Her feelings and fears have turned her into her own personal enemy and the only hope she has of getting back to normal is to get help from the monsters lurking around the city. 

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Sea of Solitude will be available on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

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This year has been a fantastic year for gaming. Both indie and AAA developers have pushed out some amazing games and, if conferences like E3 are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for gaming.

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Most of you will already know which AAA games you are most excited for in the coming year, but there are also some great indie games coming up, too!

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Join us as we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated games heading our way in 2019.

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Ooblets Replaces Traditional Monster Battling with Dance-Offs https://www.gameskinny.com/7mcns/ooblets-replaces-traditional-monster-battling-with-dance-offs https://www.gameskinny.com/7mcns/ooblets-replaces-traditional-monster-battling-with-dance-offs Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:53:09 -0400 Erroll Maas

Indie developer Glumberland has revealed that its monster-raising-life-simulation game, Ooblets, has replaced traditional monster battles with dance-off battles in a new trailer from E3 2018.

Ooblets will have different dance moves to perform, which can agitate opponents or boost your team's confidence. Ego is the dance-off version of health, and Ooblets will run back home in shame if they lose all of it.

Crash is a randomized event that can cause a move to miss and can be affected by accessories and other moves, while Fresh is another randomized event more akin to a critical hit; it is also affected by certain accessories and moves.

As Ooblets gain experience, they can be taught more dance moves and each of them will have different movesets and specialties.

There will also be a Dance Barn that will let players engage in friendly dance-off battles against in-game Ooblet trainers.

To learn more about Ooblets and the details on why the developers made this change, you can read the devlog post on the Ooblets website.

Ooblets is slated for a 2018 launch for Xbox One and PC.

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The Top 5 Cutest Indie Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/zfkae/the-top-5-cutest-indie-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/zfkae/the-top-5-cutest-indie-games-of-2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:05:55 -0500 pithyalyse

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Moss

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PSVR
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Ok, so Moss may stretch the definition of "indie" just a bit -- its developer, Polyarc, was formed by three ex-Halo and Destiny developers and funded by over $3 million in seed money -- but it is firmly within the realm of adorable. 

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The PlayStation Virtual Reality exclusive brings players down to the perspective of its teeny protagonist, a young mouse named Quill, as you help her explore lush environments, solve puzzles, and fight a newly awakened evil that's taken root in her otherwise quiet home. All the while, your identity as the player, an "other" in her world, is apparent in your manifestation as a masked figure or floating orb. 

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You won't have to wait long to get your hands on this cute adventure -- it's slated to come out next month.

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Are there any upcoming releases you think could thrash these titles in a cute-off? Post your picks below. Or if you're interested in other indie game suggestions (of all aesthetic varieties), you can check out more of our content here.  

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Wandersong

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PC, Switch
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"Save the world with singing" goads the Wandersong Kickstarter page. This side-scrolling adventure encourages players to solve puzzles and build relationships through music by breaking into song at any time. Literally, any time. Even when some NPCs would really rather you shut up.   

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Last year, Wandersong exceeded its Kickstarter goal, earning $21,000, with plans for release on PC and Switch in 2018's first quarter. It draws inspiration from other quirky narratives like Earthbound and Over the Garden Wall, as well as some of the personal encounters creator Greg Lobanov experienced as he biked 5,000 miles across the United States. 

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Tala

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PC
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If Tala looks like an art project that sprouted legs and ran off into the sunset, that's no coincidence. Matt Petrak, its sole developer, recounts on his game's website that it began as an art test combining traditional animation and nature photography. After he was exposed to the corrupting influence of Unity, however, it began to take root as a point-and-click puzzle adventure. Adding to its charm is a completely visual dialogue system and, from the looks of the trailer, plenty of quirky humor keeping those conversations interesting.

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Tala's website states its release date as simply "when it's done," but PC Gamer's indie issue lists this PC title as a 2018 release So fingers crossed! 

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Wattam

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 PC, PlayStation 4
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Only the minds behind Katamari Damacy could hatch up such a delightfully wacky concept for a game.

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In Funomena's Wattam, players take on the role of a bowler hat-sporting green cube known only as the Mayor. Everything in the environment is sentient, and by extension, everything is capable of being controlled. The aim? Get everyone to hold hands together in a circle so the Mayor can set off the bomb under his hat.

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Why? Who knows! Maybe we can all figure that out together when Wattam comes out later this year. In the meantime, players can look forward to the idea of playing as a giant mouth that poops ... and then getting to play as that poop.

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Ooblets

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PC, Xbox One
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Have you ever been playing Animal Crossing and thought, "You know what would make this better? Pokemon!"

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"And what if they grew out of the ground? And after I farmed them, they waddled after me everywhere I went! And I could even dress them up in little outfits..."
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Did I lose you there?

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If not, then you might want to watch out for Ooblets, a monster tamer/farming simulator combo scheduled to release mid-2018 for PC and Xbox One. The first game by two-person developer team Glumberland, Ooblets' adorable aesthetic captured the heart of Double Fine Productions after a reveal trailer. And with the Psychonauts publisher's support behind them, the team received an invite from Microsoft to unveil its demo at last year's E3. 

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The Best Indie Games to Look Out for in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/j52vz/the-best-indie-games-to-look-out-for-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/j52vz/the-best-indie-games-to-look-out-for-in-2018 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:03:54 -0500 Edward Wills

Did you play any of these indie games over Halloween? I know I couldn’t get myself off Space Beast Terror Fright, but now I see myself looking to the future. Although 2017 has been a good year for indie titles in general, the first quarter of 2018 is looking good for a number of new games. There seems to have been a big expansion this year in developments, thanks largely in part to competitive eSports tournaments, as well as gamers having more flexibility in game making with the use of dedicated server hosting, which has allowed players to create their own leagues with their own rules. Gaming is getting back into the hands of the gamers!

Lately, some incredibly inventive people have been making some fantastic games, so with that independent spirit in mind, I have found a few indie titles that you really need to check out in 2018.

Ooblets

One of the more lighthearted (but nevertheless immensely enjoyable) games on the horizon, Ooblets is a game about farming, creatures, and adventure that sees you managing your farm and growing and training little creatures called Ooblets. Taking inspiration from games like Pokémon and Animal Crossing, you're able to explore strange lands within the gaming world as well as battle wild Ooblets and other Ooblet trainers.

Ghost Song

The science fiction aficionados out there will definitely appreciate Ghost Song. Born out of an obsession for Super Metroid and influenced by a few other games along the way, Ghost Song is a 2D platformer that takes place on the mysterious moon Lorian V. What makes the game unique is that approximately half of the game is open world, giving the player an option to explore it or not. You can also discover new powers and abilities, many of which can be easily missed if not careful, encouraging the player to go above and beyond as you explore the moon.

Chasm

If you were let down by big-budget games like No Man's Sky, then hopefully Chasm can fill the void in your heart. The game features six massive, procedurally assembled areas in a platform format, and it takes inspiration from hack 'n' slash games such as Castlevania and Metroid. It's a pixel purist's dream come true as you take on the role of a soldier named Daltyn who arrives in a remote mountain town to discover it taken over by paranormal forces. You're required to explore the mines below the town and fight hordes of deadly enemies in a quest to save not only the township but possibly the world.

The Last Night

For those who have just watched the new Blade Runner film and can't get enough cyberpunk in their lives, then The Last Night should be at the top of your wish list. You play as Charlie, a second-class citizen living in a crowded city of augmented denizens who live life in a "gamified existence," which you are unable to experience thanks to an accident as a child. The narrative is rich, the visuals gorgeous in a way reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell, and the gameplay immersive. It's quite possible that you will feel as though you're Rick Deckard himself, off to retire a replicant escaped from an off-world colony.

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What indie games are you looking forward to in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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Why Haven't There Been More Indie Monster-taming RPGs? https://www.gameskinny.com/0tmsq/why-havent-there-been-more-indie-monster-taming-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/0tmsq/why-havent-there-been-more-indie-monster-taming-rpgs Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:33:28 -0500 Erroll Maas

Over the past few years, there have been a number of successful indie games inspired by the higher-budget, well-known games which came before them. The Harvest Moon series inspired the addictive Stardew Valley, Mega Man and the lack of new entries inspired 20XX (and another rather infamous game), and The Legend of Zelda series has inspired numerous indie games from The Binding of Isaac and Oceanhorn to the more recent Hob and Yono and the Celestial Elephants. But not all well-known games have inspired successful indie counterparts, or at least if they have, the games are still currently in development. One subgenre in particular, despite its popularity, has seen little to none in terms of inspired indie games until recently. The subgenre in question is the monster-taming RPG, first introduced by Mail Order Monsters and Shin Megami Tensei, and later popularized by the Pokémon franchise.

Not counting series like Digimon and Monster Rancher, which were concepts created around the same time but distinct enough to differentiate themselves other than the "Mon" name, Pokémon has had plenty of shameless imitators since release. This trend still continues to this day, mostly with mobile games. As the years went on, many of these games grew to become less like carbon copies and developed their own identities, evolving into an entire subgenre of role-playing games that we know today, eventually bringing us games such as Ni No Kuni, World of Final Fantasy, and Monster Hunter Stories, as well as plenty of others.

While indie games in the subgenre aren't completely nonexistent, there are fewer noteworthy titles than one might think. Currently, there are two rather similar indie games backed by bigger companies planned for release in 2018: Re: Legend, created by Magnus Games and supported by the Square Enix Collective, and Ooblets, created by Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser, and supported by Microsoft and Double Fine Presents. Both games are heavily inspired by Pokémon and Harvest Moon, while each takes inspiration from other games to feel more distinct. Two other known games flying more under the radar are Rainbow Skies, published by eastasiasoft and developed by SideQuest Studios, and Crowns. While at least three of these games are expected to release as soon as next year, it's still rather shocking that there have been no notable indie games inspired by the subgenre sooner. However, there are a few important reasons as to why we haven't seen many of these types of games yet.

Fans Needed to Grow Up

One significant reason indie monster-taming RPGs are only starting to appear now is because those who grew up with Pokémon and similar games are just now in a position where they can contribute to making a game as a homage to the subgenre. It took years before numerous indie counterparts of The Legend of Zelda series were made, but now they're a dime a dozen, with a few new ones releasing every year. It takes time for fans to develop their passion, and after that, even more time to develop a game. Most fans of Pokémon and similar games were in elementary or middle school in the late 90's, and now that they're possibly finished with their educations and have the careers they were seeking, they can finally start paying tribute to the games which helped them get there.

Creating a More Unique Experience Requires Multiple Inspirations

Another reason may be because it's difficult to rival the amount of success and brand recognition of a phenomenon like Pokémon. Having similar catching and battling mechanics with only some minor differences is likely not enough to interest players on a worldwide scale. This may be a reason why both Ooblets and Re: Legend decided to take inspiration from farming simulation games like Harvest Moon in addition to monster-taming RPGs. Furthermore, each game has more unique inspirations, with Ooblets being partially inspired by Pikmin, and Re: Legend being partially inspired by Rune Factory and Monster Rancher. These amalgamations of preexisting ideas help create new, more unique games which will pique player interest due to feeling new yet familiar at the same time, without feeling like a shameless copy.

Making Games Always Costs Money

While Ooblets is being supported by Microsoft and published by Double Fine Presents, Re: Legend had to be voted for through the Square Enix Collective and have a successful Kickstarter campaign before obtaining a guaranteed release. After the Kickstarter campaign ended, the studio had their equipment stolen, but luckily they were able to move their location and replace what they had lost. Ooblets may not have had the exact same development obstacles as Re:Legend, but it does still have a Patreon to give the developers an extra boost and help speed up development of the game. 

There Are Likely More in Development and TBA

Just because there are only a small number which we're aware of doesn't mean that there aren't more in development. Developers may be having trouble finding someone to publish their game, or maybe they just don't feel ready to announce it yet. Ooblets, Re: Legend, and Rainbow Skies are all expected to be released in 2018, while the release date for Crowns is still yet to be determined, but they have all been in development for a few years. There may be more people who want to make these types of games in the right position, but making games still takes time, and it's not always certain how long it will take for a finished product to be made.

More to Come

In the coming years, we're bound to see a number of indie games similar to Ooblets and Re: Legend, but players may have to wait a while before there are as many as there are Legend of Zelda- or Metroidvania-inspired indie games. For now, we just have to wait for those we know will release next year and anticipate those which haven't yet been announced.

Which of the games mentioned are you excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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