Welcome back to Screenshot Weekly! Every Tuesday, IGM brings you exclusive early looks at upcoming games in various stages of development. The featured image introducing each game will always be original, and made especially for IGM, so you’ll see them for the first time right here! Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s screenshots (remember to click the pictures to appreciate them in all their fully-sized glory):
Lenna’s Inception is a procedurally generated action adventure title stylized to invoke a sense of Game Boy-era nostalgia. After an archangel kidnaps her child-prodigy students, Lenna embarks on a journey to rescue them, stumbling across a much more sinister plot along the way. The game features 8 dungeons to explore, taking inspiration from The Legend of Zelda, Metroidvania titles, and roguelikes. Solo developer Tom Coxon has been working on the project for two years now, and is targeting a Beta access release on Desura and itch.io along with a Greenlight campaign sometime over the next few months. A full release is planned for the end of the year.
A six-month-old team based in Sydney Australia, SMG Studio is currently working on OTTTD (Which is a stylized acronym for Over The Top Tower Defense). In case you’re wondering just how over the top this tower defense game is, I’ve been guaranteed that this is the ONLY game that includes a knife-wielding, motorcycle-riding octopus. The story is described as Starship Troopers meets Stargate meets Spaceballs, and the gameplay blends RTS and RPG elements with the typical tower defense formula to create what the team refers to as a TDRTSRPG. The game will initially launch with three distinct worlds and over 35 story missions, with additional content planned. More, equally ridiculous information about OTTTD can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Taita: The Popular Rebellion of 1814 is based on Venezuela’s War of Independence. More specifically, the game focuses on the point in 1814 when the Liberation Army came up against the threat of Jose Tomas Boves. Developed by solo dev studio Otrora Interactivo as an instructional aid for history classes, Taita is described as a defense game with RPG elements. Spread out across 9 levels, players will discover action, strategy elements, and most importantly, historic significance as they help Simon Bolivar and the Liberation Army defend against waves of attackers. Taita is scheduled to release later this year, to commemorate the 200-year mark of the Popular Rebellion.
That’s it for this week’s Screenshot Weekly. Be sure to come back next week to see more exclusive looks of the latest indie games in development! Let us know in the comments section what upcoming indie games you’d like to see featured in a future installment. As for any indie developers who would like to see their screenshots featured in an upcoming segment, feel free to send an email to IGM at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: “Screenshot Weekly”. Or, if you’d like to be part of our Magazine’s Screenshot Monthly segment, include that in the email as well!