Day of the Devs got prime real estate during the Summer Game Fest 2022 stream, celebrating the indie curating project’s 10th anniversary with a batch of new and upcoming indie games that caught the attention of its founders.
Day of the Devs began in 2012 as a collaboration between Double Fine and iam8bit with the goal of highlighting great indie games, and it’s those same people chipping in this year as well. Double Fine’s Time Schafer and James “Spaff” Spafford, PlayStation’s Greg Rice (formerly of DF) and iam8bit founders Amanda White and Jon M. Gibson all helped to pick the games that feature in today’s show. Right, let’s dive in!
Note: We’re waiting on a bunch of trailers and videos to appear on YouTube, but will update this article as they arrive.
Be a fly with just seconds to live in a metaphore for the relatively short time we get to spend on this planet. Coming out in 2023.
The new trailer for this side-scrolling out-of-Earth adventure shows off more of the gameplay with Mui. Planet of Lana is coming to Xbox and PC in 2022.
Dive into the gameplay of Choo-Choo Charles, a game in which you and your little yellow train have to try to survive the constantly hunting Choo-Choo Charles, the spider-train. Not one for people that find Thomas the Tank Engine creepy! It’s coming to PC via Steam in 2022.
Escape Academy gets delayed to July
The release for this escape room inspired game has been nudged back to 14th July. Grab it from Xbox Game Pass on day one, though, or PlayStation, Xbox, Switch or PC consoles.
A cosy puzzle game about organisation where your cat can come and mess everything up. A Little to the Left is out on PC and Switch later this year.
You’re a bear called Hank, and you want to set up and manage a B&B in the woods. Sounds delightful! It’s out on 28th July for PC and Switch
Animal Well is a gorgeous pixel art metroidvania
A metroidvania that takes pixel art to new heights by lavishing every pixel with lighting effects and physics, there’s some cute ideas in Animal Well, too. You’ll encounter animals that aren’t always friendly, find abilities that can be used for multiple different puzzle solutions – like the frisbee – and get chased by a ghost. Also, there’s a community collaboration puzzle within the trailer! It’s coming to PS5 and Steam.
Be a waternymph in the zen exploration game Naiad
Coming to PC and consoles toward the end of 2022, Naiad casts you as a newly born waternymph traversing the world and learning from the creatures that you meet along the way. You’ll grow to become the guardian of the river, oh, and you can change the colour of your hair in sunlight.
Roots of Pacha is a prehistoric farming sim
A farming sim that goes right back to the beginning, Roots of Pacha takes you to the Stone Age and lets you build a whole community around your farming endeavours. Along the way you’ll figure out many of the technologies and techniques that led to modern humanity, from irrigation to animal domestication. A new Steam demo is live now!
The next game from the makers of Monument Valley, Desta: The Memories Between combines a personal narrative with roguelike turn-based tactics. It’s coming first to mobile this year, and later for PC and console.
SCHiM is a shadow-hopping platformer
Take control of SCHiM, a little shadow creature that’s lost its owner and needs to hop from shadow to shadow trying to find them again. Along the way, you’ll encounter other shadow creatures that are a bit lost and help them out of trouble. Wishlist it now on Steam,
Fox and Frog Travellers The Demon of Adashino Island, and Goodbye World
Two games from Asoby.dev were highlighted in the stream to showcase some of the Japanese indie talent coming through.
Birth takes you to the big city in August
A tale about moving to a new city, Birth is a cosy point & click puzzler with a decidedly odd art style. You create a companion out of bones, body parts and more that you find while exploring places, meeting creatures and rummaging through their belongings. It’s out this August.
Help ghosts in the afterlife in How to Say Goodbye
How to Say Goodbye is a tile-shuffling puzzle game in which you try to help ghosts reach satisfaction and leave for the afterlife. A bit like a Rubix cube, though, you’re just rearranging the world. Also you’re trying to escape and evil wizard who simply doesn’t know how to let go. It’s coming to Steam in 2022.
Little Nemo and the Guardians of Slumberland features music from one of Anamanaguchi
Live now on Kickstarter and featuring music from Anamanaguchi’s Peter Berkman, you explore a dream world as Little Nemo, using toys, candy and stuffed animals to get through the metroidvania puzzle adventure.
Source: Day of the Devs