Indie Arena Booth Online 2021 Recap

This past weekend was the Indie Arena Booth for gamescom, showcasing games from 119 different devs across 33 countries. As an indie game enthusiast, I wanted to recap some of the games that caught my eye.

Frank and Drake

Thrilling adventure about two housemates that will develop a relationship without seeing each other because of their extraordinary condition: Frank only lives during the day, Drake operates at night. An unexpected event will force them to dive into an unexpected quest to understand their past and destiny. The day and night aspect is what draws me into this game and I wonder how it will play out.

Behind The Frame – The Finest Scenery

Behind the Frame is a vivid, interactive fiction about an aspiring artist on the cusp of finishing the final piece of her gallery submission. Guide her brush strokes and solve a variety of puzzles to help complete her masterpiece; amid her brusque neighbor’s gaze and his pesky cat. As her painting starts to take shape, uncover an emotional tale of chance and artistry revealed behind unrelated yet familiar moments. This was the game that made me go and see what else the booth had and added it to my wishlist.

Haven Park

Be Flint, who is doing his best to keep his grandma’s park up and running and make it a place for the campers to enjoy. Learn the camper’s wishes and build whatever their hearts desire to attract even more quirky characters and look forward to whimsical conversations and quests. This reminds me of A Short Hike in a few ways which is what caught me eye.

Harmony’s Odyssey

Harmony’s Odyssey is a 3D adventure puzzle game in which modern world mingles with mythology. Embark on a fantastic journey through remote fabled dioramas tangled by a rowdy cat and bring peace to its inhabitants. The trailer for the game is what made me add it to this list because it is the kind of puzzles I enjoy in games. Plus the whimsical concept comes across better in the trailer.

When the Past Was Around

The game tells a bittersweet tale between a girl and her lover in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms from memories and time. With each gathered clue, solved puzzles, and unlocked door, the girl will find her way, unraveling the secrets between her and her lover, the secrets which she used to know. I’ve actually had the demo of this game sitting on my Switch for a while and this reminded me I need to give it a try.

Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator

Potion Craft is an alchemist simulator where you physically interact with your tools and ingredients to brew potions. You’re in full control of the whole shop: invent new recipes, attract customers and experiment to your heart’s content. Just remember: the whole town is counting on you. The experimental freedom and art style is what caught me eye specifically.

Curses

Curses is a darkly comedic journey into the world of Girl, a teen in a very unhappy home in the 90s, who turns to magic and magical thinking to solve her problems. Explore her world through different emotional lenses and ultimately choose whether you will curse or practice self-care. Seriously though, no judgement. Both are hard. It seems like a fun mix of 90’s nostalgia and magic.

Have you taken a look at the games from Indie Game Booth? Tell me your favorites in the comments!


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