Indie Games to Check Out During the Spring Release Drought

Vessel

Side-scrolling puzzler Vessel just looks like a brilliant concept. You create autonomous water-based robots who are completely fluid — then you use them to do things. And after a while, it seems, they stop listening so good, and you have to figure out not only how to solve the game’s puzzles but how to dispatch the automatons you’ve created to help you do it.

A steampunk setting, a side-scrolling puzzler, and a world with watery machines gone mad that the player character created and is responsible for stopping: sounds like a game rife with intrigue. Plus, it’s 10 hours long, so you’re getting your money’s worth.

Price: $14.99
Place: Steam

Yesterday

We previewed point-and-click adventure title Yesterday last month and found a lot to like, not the least of which is its comic-like art style and exceedingly dark story. Now the game is available on Steam with its full tale revealed, which contains things like the murders of homeless people and some insanity involving mannequins.

A twisting narrative combined with some tough puzzles — some clever, some a bit esoteric (though that’s par for any adventure title) — will keep players busy during the worst of the April showers. If weirdness is your thing, you’ll find Yesterday packed full of it.

Price: $29.99
Place: Steam

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