Report: 7 highlights from Nintendo Indie World

The Nintendo Indie World Showcase came with announcements and updates for a total of 17 games. Some games have been in the works for some time and have finally had their publication date set, others are completely new and some games can be played now. We're listing for you our highlights from the Indie World Showcase.

From climbing simulators to duck detectives and puzzle puzzles. The show came with a wide range of games and there was bound to be something for everyone. I especially noticed the games below. Are you interested in the show and the other games mentioned? Then watch it again here:

Little kitty, big city

Little Kitty, Big City was announced in March of last year, but no release date has been set yet. Now we know when we can realize our lives as a cat and it's closer than you think: May 9, 2024!

You are a cat lost in a big city. While you're trying to figure out how to get home, all kinds of things come your way. Of course, there's a lot going on in such a large, vibrant area… On your way home, you can make lots of new friends, discover the ins and outs of the city, taste new food and create a little chaos every now and then. . I mean, of course you're still a cat.

Refind Self: Personality Test Game

You bend over the grave of the doctor, the doctor who made you. You are the robot. However, you have no idea why you were created or what your purpose is. This is what you are trying to discover during this game. You talk to other robots, play minigames, and have to make dialogue choices. At the end of the journey, you discover your personality and purpose in life. The game has 23 different endings, depending on the choices you make. Each playthrough takes about an hour.

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What particularly appeals to me is the focus on the different character types you can achieve, and I'm curious about the choices you make of that. Plus, it looks very good visually. It's a bit like Stardew Valley, but in dark brown. Furthermore, retro vibes always work very well for me. Refind Self: The Personality Quiz Game will be released this summer.

Valley peaks

Speaking of visually interesting games: Valley Peaks. amazing. In this climbing simulator, you can join a climbing club and get your book stamped on every summit. Every mountain is a puzzle that can take you to the top. Along the way, you'll have to deal with loose stones, dangerous protruding rocks, and moving mine carts.

With each stamp earned, you can unlock different tools, such as the glider. the goal? Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The world that reveals itself above the clouds is a wonderful bonus. I think we all have that need sometimes. The fact that Valley Peaks also looks stunning means I can't wait to play this game after a long day of work.

Lorelei and laser eyes

The visuals of this game make me feel like I'm in a weird movie (think: Lost Highway). You are called by an eccentric man to participate in a project in an old hotel somewhere in Central Europe. What follows are surreal delusions that become increasingly dangerous.

The game can be described as a non-linear mystery puzzle game. Each puzzle solved leads you “to a better understanding of the puzzle.” It sounds interesting and I have a suspicion that the game is less about finding an answer and more about the motivation behind the project: what is the purpose of all those crazy fantasies? Moreover: what is reality anymore? Lorelei and the Laser Eyes will be released on May 16.

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Europe

Did someone say Zelda? No, but the Europe match was suspiciously reminiscent of it. But maybe that's just me. In this 3D action platformer, you can explore as Android Zee A reclaimed planet, against the backdrop of a fallen utopia. Little by little you will discover the story of the last man on earth. What exactly happened?

This story has nothing to do with Zelda, but the look and feel of the game certainly does. In some ways, it's also similar to Studio Ghibli's animation and the Sky game. Of course, this doesn't have to be a bad thing. It sounds nice, but it makes it interesting to see if the game can differentiate itself on story alone. I'm interested in your opinion – the European beta is already available for Nintendo Switch. The final publication date will take some time.

stitch.

Relaxed players unite! Embroidery without complicated tutorials, purchasing materials or pain in your wrist is now possible with Stitch. On your Nintendo Switch. Complete the hoops at your own pace, choosing the difficulty and size of your hoop. Are you waiting for the train? Then choose a small one, for example. Need to relax after a long day? Then move on to the bigger options.

You don't have to worry about going through it too quickly, as is the case with a game like Unpacking! There are weekly episodes, tailored to current events, which are also presented with fun facts. Take International Women's Day for example: you can create a special collar and learn more about the background of that day. Absolutely Awesome: The game has hint functions and various accessibility options, such as an option for people with color blindness. I can't wait and luckily I don't have to: Stitch. Already available for Nintendo Switch.

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Duck Detective: Secret Salami

We got a little glimpse of Duck Detective at the Nintendo Indie World Showcase. But say “duck,” “salami,” and “informant” and I'll sell you. Use your duck busting skills: interview suspects, search for hidden clues and solve this narrative mystery. Duck Detective: The Secret Salami will be released on May 23, 2024 and won the Wholesome Snack 2023 awards during The Game Awards last year.


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Winton Frazier

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