DRY DROWNING, SECRET NEIGHBOR, & GREEDFALL
Click to win.


INDIE ROUNDUP
By JAY TEE
07/08/19

INDIE ROUNDUP?

ThatHITBOX Indie Roundup’s are built to cover a broad selection of recent / upcoming indie releases. There will likely be no running theme or connective tissue between any of the titles; just two or three games that stood out to us, and therefore might be worth a look. In much the same way as the rest of our review coverage, each title will be given a final score. In the case of a hands on preview, or future recommendation, no score will be given.

We’re kicking things off with a review of Dry Drowning, a point and click visual novel with a moody aesthetic and soundtrack to match. Then, we’re sharing our initial impressions of the Secret Neighbor beta (with a full hands on preview to follow). We’re closing things out with a look ahead at Greedfall, an upcoming open world RPG from Focus Home Interactive that is very promising. We’ll have a full review of that when it launches in September 2019.

DRY DROWNING - Like a point and click version of Deus Ex, Dry Drowning’s stylish noir visuals and genuinely brilliant soundtrack makes for an intriguing premise at first glance. Games of this type tend to be very deliberately paced, and given the sheer amount of story content on offer, you should prepare to dig in for the long haul. You’ll navigate your way through an ever twisting tale, with multiple opportunities for branching dialogue options and three different endings. However, the lack of voice acting is really disappointing, and seems at odds with the interactive nature of the genre. The over reliance on text to deliver the narrative disconnects you from the action. As a purely visual novel, it works. But it feels like a missed opportunity. 3/5

He’s seen some things. He’s getting too old for this. This time it’s personal. I have to save my daughter. Insert cliché here.

SECRET NEIGHBOR (BETA) - Thanks to the lovely folks at tinyBuild, we went hands on with the multiplayer spin off to indie hit Hello Neighbor, which features an asymmetric game of cat and mouse that totally fits within their established universe. In Secret Neighbour, you play as a team of kids trying to break in and unlock the basement of the villain's sprawling home. The twist here is that one of the players on the hero side is actually the Neighbour himself in disguise, and is working to capture them one by one before they accomplish their goal. Although lacking visual polish (and an easily viewable set of controls), Secret Neighbor is an effectively creepy twist that works exceptionally well as a multiplayer title. Look out for our full hands on impressions very soon!

GREEDFALL - Focus Home Interactive deserves a shout out for having a pretty good year so far. World War Z was a huge success (and a game we thoroughly enjoyed), A Plague Tale: Innocence was critically acclaimed, and The Surge 2 looks set to deliver a memorable sequel to the highly enjoyable original . This brings us to their latest title, Greedfall, a soon to be released open world RPG that’s something of a jack of all trades. Mixing character creation, dialogue choices, various combat styles, optional stealth mechanics, and hefty story content, it’s giving me medieval Mass Effect 2 vibes and I can’t help but be excited. It’s definitely worth investigating, and we’ll be covering the game with a full review in September 2019.

DRY DROWNING (PS4, XBOX ONE, PC, NS)

The neighbor’s house is impractically large. Just think of the bills for gas and electric.

SECRET NEIGHBOR (PC)

So long as I can have access to some sort of lair / hideout, that is perhaps customisable? Then we could be on to a winner...

GREEDFALL (PS4, XB1, PC)

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