We talk about the best indie games of 2021 together with Lenovo
In 2021, AAA games from major publishers were more disappointing than pleasing. Terrible Battlefield 2042,mediocre Call of Duty Vanguard,a disgusting remaster of the GTAtrilogy. Not surprisingly, the players were looking for an outlet and found in the indie sector.
Together with Lenovo, the editors of gamexenon.com.ru decided to talk about the most notable indie games of 2021, which can be found on laptops.
In the past few years, a new trend has emerged – to release a roguelike project for those who hate them. In 2020, Hades shone, and this year the attention of players switched to the debut creation of the domestic studio Four Quarters. The latter managed to combine roguelike and CCI together, and the player is deprived of the opportunity to take the character under direct control.
The concept is pretty simple. During the start of the expedition, a looped road is randomly generated, along which the protagonist moves. When meeting an enemy, a separate screen is turned on, on which the character automatically exchanges blows with opponents in turn-based mode.
What depends on the player? He can pick up the main character equipment and skills, as well as arrange objects on the card, choosing from the deck of cards. The latter is the basis of the gameplay By placing mountains and fields on the field, the player increases the maximum health indicator for the ward. In addition, you can put in the way of various obstacles that create new enemies.
The game has a large field for experiments, which consists in combining cards. For example, if you put a village next to the castle of vampires, then its inhabitants will turn into ghouls, becoming a serious test. Thanks to this, Loop Hero constantly manages to surprise the player.
Four Quarters’ project is great for smaller sessions, allowing you to let off steam and relax in the midst of a busy day.
The Forgotten City
This project is a success story of a group of enthusiasts from Australia. In 2012, they released a major modification for Skyrim,which became one of the most popular in the community. As a result, the developers founded the Modern Storytellerstudio, planning to turn their creation into a full-fledged project on UE4,which took as much as five years.
The Forgotten City is a fascinating detective story. The player finds an ancient Roman city stuck in a time loop, over which a curse hangs. If one of its inhabitants commits a crime, then all its other few inhabitants will turn into golden statues. And it is the main character who will have to understand the story, find the guilty and break the vicious circle.
The project was done only by a few outsourcers, which is striking. This is especially true for not the best facial animations, but this does not mean that The Forgotten City will not surprise players. The developers have carefully worked on the environment, and a fascinating story is the main attraction.
Tails of Iron
In recent years, there has been a trend – more and more developers are releasing games in which the central characters are intelligent animals. And Tails of Iron turned out to be the most curious representative of the movement.
The developers from Odd Bug Studio did not
hide that they were inspired by the stories about Redwall Abbey,written by the legendary writer Brian Jakes. But at the same time, they decided to spice up the game with a sauce of brutality and cruelty.
The player takes control of the rat Reggie,who must become the new king of the local kingdom. However, during the coronation, the lands are attacked by an army of toads and moles led by Wart Green. Now the main character needs to drive away the invaders and avenge the death of his father.
Tails of Iron is a 2D metroidvania diluted with fierce battles using edged weapons. The player can choose the equipment to his liking, which will affect the characteristics of Reggie. For example, in heavy armor, the rat will move more slowly.
In addition, this made it possible to make the gameplay more diverse. Well, the icing on the cake was a pleasant visual style, reminiscent of the animated illustrations from the book.
At one time, the game Factorio made a lot of noise, giving rise to a whole direction of simulators for the construction of intricate factories, crossed with the adrenaline shooting of crowds of enemies. However, The Riftbreaker from the studio EXOR brought the concept to a new level.
The player takes control of scientist Ashley Novak and her mecha costume “Mr. Rigs”, who explores the planet Galatea-37. She needs to gather resources and open a wormhole to return to Earth. This will require gathering resources and strengthening its base for operations. And the main problem will be hundreds and thousands of aggressive inhabitants of the planet.
The key difference between The Riftbreaker and Factorio is a more thoughtful action component, which was enriched by pumping “Mr. Rigs”, loot and elements of tower defense. In addition, the project looks extremely juicy, drawing bright special effects and huge crowds of enemies, thanks to which The Riftbreaker turns into an analogue of a bulletthell.
Game designer Daniel Mullins’ new project is also an attempt to make friends between the roguelike and CCG genres. But on top of that, he decided to add puzzle quest mechanics.
The bottom line is this. The player finds himself in the house of Leshego, from which it is necessary to escape. To do this, you will have to explore the environment, as well as play a game with the owner, in which you need to move to the boss on the playing field using a deck of cards.
The above is only the basis of Inscryption. Because as the game progresses, new unexpected facets open up, and Mullins doesn’t hesitate to break the fourth side. Seasoned with all this from above with a great visual style, catching up with the player creepy.
We talked about just a few interesting indie projects that came out in 2021 and were able to interest us. However, one thing is certain – not only do they offer a unique experience, but they are also able to run seamlessly on Lenovolaptops.
Fans of games should take a closer look at the Legion 5 Proline, within which you can choose the specifications that are suitable to taste.
Are you an AMDfan? Choose from the Ryzen 7 5800H and Ryzen 5 5600H. Prefer Intelproducts? Then you can opt for a version of the laptop with an Intel Core i7-11800H processor of the 11th generation or Intel Core i5-11400H of the 11th generation.
This is complemented by the ability to install up to 32 GB of RAM. Do not forget about the video card. The simplest option is equipped with a GeForce RTX 3050 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, and the most powerful is the GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
Such capacities will not be superfluous. If the same Loop Hero is extremely undemanding to the hardware, then The Forgotten City is a good demonstration of the capabilities of Unreal Engine 4, and The Riftbreaker overwhelms players with crowds of aggressive enemies and a lot of bright special effects.
In such conditions, the main advantage of Legion 5 Pro should manifest itself – a well-thought-out cooling system. Lenovo engineers have tried to provide stable performance even in the most demanding applications. Well, the battery life can reach about 8.1 hours.
In 2022, we wish you to find even more exciting games that not only surprise with unusual gameplay solutions, but will also work perfectly on your computers and laptops.
We talk about the best indie games of 2021
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