Indie Game Roundup (May 28, 2024)

It’s been a month since I’ve done one of these so I should probably do another before the list of stuff to write about gets too big. This one will be kinda rushed just because there’s so much and I must clear the list! There’s so much I’ve missed too, especially with the bigger releases lately. It’s been ridiculous how many games have been released lately. I meant to publish this yesterday but Itch was down for most of the day. If you enjoy these, consider adding the blog to your RSS feed reader.

HAPPY99 is a tabletop rpg with a GM and multiple people each playing a hacker looking to take down S-CORP, the corporation ending the world in only a few short years. There is a demo on and a Kickstarter that wraps up in a few days.

Jet Set Steamboat Willie is a platformer for the ZX Spectrum celebrating Steamboat Willie becoming public domain and the 40th anniversary of Jet Set Willy. Available on as Pay-What-You-Want

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Jet Set Steamboat Willy

Hand Eye Society is a non-profit in Toronto doing a lot of excellent work in the indie games space and could really use some financial help right now. Consider supporting them if you can.

This tutorial for using seems nice for new users.

elderly woman sitting in a chair in a small apartment
Clothes Line

Clothes Line is a short and free point-and-click adventure. I was sold by the line “Zero references to classic adventure games and zero fourth wall breaks”

Chalicebound is described as a short point-and-click adventure inspired by Shadowgate and looks very nice.

You Are Peter Shorts is a new game by ondydev, who is a game developer I’m a big fan of. It’s described as a Metroidvania beat-em-up hybrid. Their new game is on Steam and

It’s also been a good month for dungeon crawlers with the Wizardry remake by Digital Eclipse and this neat looking game Dragon Ruins

Somnabulist is a horror gamebook available in physical and digital forms by Valerie Paris, who has made a few games I’ve really enjoyed.

screenshot of someone standing next to a pool and saying "A beautiful shimmering patina of damp shines on the slick wet tiles all round. Something sprays me but I don't mind as fresh towels will be provided later by the management. My emotional needs met, I may now enter the sea"
Anthology of the Killer

Anthology of the Killer is a collection of 9 games wrapped in a launcher. Winner of the 2024 IGF Nuovo Award!

A Chirp in Space is a cute free 3D platformer.

And finally, there has been a new Indiepocalypse with a new game by tipsheda.

a bunch of yellow guys and one red guy standing in a field next to a boombox

Other Folks Talking About Indie Games

Remember when a ton of games like 1000X Resist came out on May 9? This post covers them better than I could.

This blog has a nice weekly Screenshot Saturday roundup of Mastodon posts.

Indie Tsushin continues doing great coverage of indie games in Japan.

The Database Turnpike

With Google search taking a huge nosedive in the last few years, I’ve been thinking about how effective specific search engines and databases could be. There’s still plenty of general search engines like DuckDuckGo and Ecosia that I’ll keep using but it feels like AI grift stuff may be coming to them as well. So anyway, I’ve started building out a list of more specific databases. I might eventually turn it into a standalone page so I would love to know what databases you like. I’m avoiding Fandom wikis since they’re an awful company and I don’t have a lot of confidence in them in the long term, but please recommend other wikis that aren’t owned by big companies. I’ll keep updating this over the next few days as I think of things and more suggestions come in.

Anyway, here’s a few that might be worth looking at:

Academic Journals

Board Games

The Conjuring Archive – Search for books about magic
Demian’s Gamebook Web Page
The Online Books Page – Links to archives of magazines, journals, newspapers, and other periodicals
Standard Ebooks – Public domain books

The Grand Comics Database

Archive of Our Own


Global Myths/Folklore
The Mythology and Folklore Database

Guitar Tabs
Ultimate Guitar

Font Awesome
Noun Project

Internet Archive

Online Etymology Dictionary


All Music Guide

Open License Content

Basenotes – Fragrances

Podcast Index

Search Engines
A look at search engines with their own indexes
List of alternative search engines
– independent DIY search engine focused on non-commercial content
OpenOrb – Personally curated search engine focused on blogs

Tabletop RPGs

United States Art
Library of Congress

Video Games
The Adventure Games Database
Bundle Browser – Search for games in bundles
IFDB – Interactive Fiction Database
Game Making Tools Wiki
Michigan Games Database
Point and Click Adventure Games Database on AdventureGamers
Solution Archive