It’s American Independence Day, so celebrate your independence with some American Indie JRPGs! What could be more American than that?
So of course when it comes to indie RPGs made in America, the word on the lips of everyone for the last few years has been Undertale! Undertale came out in September of 2015 and made so many waves. Undertale was developed by Toby Fox, of Massachusetts. The game was originally released for PC and OSX, and eventually brought to Linux, then PlayStation 4 and Vita, and now there’s even a version coming to Nintendo Switch at some point. The fact that the game was made by just one dude in three years is absolutely staggering! I’ve been told I need to play this game, and I’ve been told that I need to not look up anything about the game’s story before playing it, and I haven’t. So I’ll say the same to you! Don’t look up anything else about the game, just go give it a shot, and it’s currently half-off for the Steam summer sale!!
“Shadows of Adam” is a game that’s been on my radar for months, coming from developers Something Classic in my home-state of Kansas! “Shadows of Adam” is a gorgeous pixel-art romp currently available on PC and coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime later on. The game focuses heavily on character development, and features solid turn-based RPG mechanics, and is of course drop dead gorgeous. As an added bonus, the game is currently half-off on Steam today and tomorrow, which is a screaming deal!
Cosmic Star Heroine is a Sci-Fi RPG by Zeboyd Games. The game is another fantastic looking, inspired by the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger and Mass Effect. Cosmic Star Heroine features 11 playable characters, and eschews random encounters instead opting for scripted encounters. The game was originally released for Windows and PlayStation 4 in 2017, with the possibility of a Nintendo Switch version in the future. Cosmic Star Heroine is also currently half-off on Steam until the end of July 5th.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a JRPG with its tropes on backwards. Based on the comic book series of the same name, and inspired by fantastic RPGs from the past, Battle Chasers is a visually stunning piece of art to behold. The game was developed by Airship Syndicate in Texas, and has been released on all major current platforms. And I’m starting to see a trend, because this game is also half-off today and tomorrow for the Steam Summer sale!
And finally, Saturday Morning RPG is a game that was developed by Mighty Rabbit Studios, in North Carolina. The game is a quirky turn-based RPG that was originally released on iOS in 2012, but has been since released on PC, OSX, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and most recently Nintendo Switch earlier this year. The story of the game is episodic with a villain-of-the-week sort of structure that harkens back to Saturday morning cartoons. The game is chock-full of nods and references to 80s and 90s TV and movies. If you’re into that sort of thing, and I know I am, then this looks like a pretty great way to fill out your indie RPG collection!
So up to this point I’ve been talking about games that are already out, but here are some upcoming games that I’m keeping an eye out for, some of which are just around the corner!
Gravastar is a turn-based RPG that’s still in early development by Studio Atma, which is a company based here in Seattle Washington! In fact, I first found out about Gravastar when I bumped into one of the devs during my commute to work! How cool is that?! The game is still being worked on but looks gorgeous, and every update I see from them on twitter has me hungry to see more!
Soul Saga by Disastercake is also based out of Washington, and this time we’ve got a polygonal RPG with turn based battles that occur in the same map you walk around in! The game has been in beta for a while, but the early access build will be available sometime this month!
And lastly, for something a little different we’ve got a rock-paper-scissors style strategy RPG featuring… well, rocks, paper, and scissors! Coming from Nexus Games in Tennessee, Chromasia was a zero-budget game built over two and a half years, and is coming to Steam on July 11th. The game aims to deliver an accessible strategy RPG experience and a dark plot juxtaposed against comedic writing.