Another month, another 10 games you might want to check out. As usual, I only list games with a set release date since it reduces the chances that they will be delayed after I publish the list. It can still happen though and I’ve included a bonus at the end of this article listing a few extra titles from previous lists that got their release dates moved to this month.
I don’t list titles with heavy renown. You don’t need my help informing you about The last of us 2 or its release date. I prefer to list games you may not know exist. Any Humble Bundle link is a referral link, feel free to ignore those and utilize the others.
Depth of Extinction: Console Release
Depth Of Extinction is a turn-based tactics game set in a flooded world. It seems to cross X-COM style combat with elements from rogue-lite games such as FTL. The game features 10 classes, skill trees, stealth, a variety of weapons, and five factions to battle against.
The combat looks like a lot of fun and I’m always eager to see more strategy style games reach console audiences. It’s already available on PC and since I schedule my game lists to publish on the first Friday of every month, it will already be available on a couple more platforms by the time you finish reading this.
Isle Of Spirits
Isle Of Spirits releases to Steam on June 10th, 2020
Isle Of Spirits is a survival game that describes itself as being laid back but dangerous. In addition to hunger, sleep, and temperature, players will need to contend with tornados, monsoons, and other dangers.
Permadeath is present and the game trusts the player to learn how to survive with little to no guidance. Its minimalistic presentation is charming and the gameplay seems to be set at a relaxing pace with intermittent spurts of danger. It’s worth keeping an eye on.
Frag releases into Steam early access on June 10th, 2020
Frag is a turn-based tactical roguelike inspired by miniature wargaming. You battle enemies in match based warfare while upgrading skills, gear, and loot between matches. Lose a match and it’s over though.
The combat looks very tactical and I like the miniature war game-style approach to individual matches. On top of that, the game just straight up looks cool. It is an early access title but plans on having a shorter cycle of 6 months. That is always subject to change of course, but I’m always more confident in early access games that don’t come out of the gate with several years to go.
Beyond Blue releases to Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 11th, 2020.
Beyond Blue is a narrative simulation game focused on interacting with the deep blue sea in a meaningful way. It features a full voice cast and the player will take part in ocean deep dives as part of a research team.
I make a point of only including games I would personally be interested and games like Beyond Blue don’t really fit me. But it’s peaceful beauty might be what some people really need right now given the current chaos around us. Besides that, it’s clear how much heart went into the game and it deserves to be seen.
Warborn is a turn-based tactics game that looks like a cross between Gundam and Advance Wars and that is the bee’s knees. I’m a sucker for mech related media in general but Warborn looks to be fun, tactical and the battle animations and presentation are just superb.
Warborn features four commanders, a campaign, skirmish, multiplayer and a map editor. It’s inspired by 90s Japanese animation so the Gundam assertion isn’t far off. The only way it could be better is if a unit has a super dramatic burning finger attack. Now I feel old..
Tanknarok releases to Steam on June 12th, 2020. (Tanknarok has delayed to June 23rd)
Tanknarok is a crazy party game where players battle it out in speedy tanks using potent power-ups across a whopping 90+ arenas. It’s 2 to 4 players locally or online, but fear not, you can also play with bots.
These party style beat em ups, or in this case tank em ups are always a riot with friends. In particular, the visual feedback is pretty stunning and the amount of arenas is bonkers. Each arena has obstacles and hazards so it should hopefully have all sorts of replay value.
Animal Revolt Battle Simulator
Animal Revolt Battle Simulator release into Steam early access on June 12th, 2020.
Clearly inspired by Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Animal Revolt Battle Simulator sets itself apart by making PETA crap a brick. I joke, but in case the name didn’t give it away it is very animal-focused.
Basically, you pit two armies of physics-based animals together and watch them smash into each and the physics go haywire. These types of games are just simple silly fun and the trailer opened with Dinosaurs, my greatest weakness. It also features a campaign where the animals take on humans and their pets. So that’s neat.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker enters Steam early access on June 16th, 2020
Hardspace: Shipbreaker is easily the most unique game on this list and one that I initially rolled my eyes at until I watched the above video. Words don’t truly do the concept justice.
You aren’t a space marine, or a starship pilot. You salvage space ships. That sounds simple but when you factor in a lack of gravity, physics in space, and numerous hazards the idea begins to sound more interesting. A badly placed incision with your laser cutter could spell doom for example. It looks really interesting and I could see this game hitting it big with the right simulation crowd.
Summer In Mara
Summer In Mara releases on to Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on June 16th, 2020.
Another more relaxing game to grace our presence this month is Summer In Mara. It is a farming sim and exploration game similar to titles such as Harvest Moon, My Time At Portia, and Stardew Valley.
You play as a girl named Koa and will spend time taking care of your island, upgrading your boat and sailing to other islands, and interacting with the inhabitants. It’s has a very serene, warm, and welcome feel to it.
Sacrifice Your Friends
Sacrifice Your Friends releases into Steam early access on June 18th, 2020.
Sacrifice Your friends is a cutesy, party brawler based on the works of H.P Lovecraft. That’s one heck of a combination, you could almost say that it’s…madness..
It’s has a physics system in place where players can be sent flying, weapon pick-ups and you can transform into the avatar of a great old one. Why say I love you when you could say I Cthulhu. In all seriousness, the game does look like insane fun and the arenas seem to be interactive and based on locations from the mythos. Fancy that.
Rescheduled: A couple games from some of my other monthly lists got delayed and are releasing this month instead. When big-name games delay, people are disappointed. When smaller games delay they are forgotten. Not on my watch! I’ve listed them below.
However, in addition to shilling all these games I need to shill myself for a moment. As always if you enjoy my content please consider checking out more of it, such as my reviews. I also have a Kofi I usually quietly leave a button to. Well, being the complete knucklehead that I am. I didn’t anticipate the fact that my entire website needs to be renewed this month. Go me!
I will be completely honest, I can cover it, Gideon’s Gaming is in no danger of going anywhere, but it was an expense I didn’t anticipate so I will love you a teensy bit more than normal for any coffees bought this month. Anyway enough about me, back to the games.
Artificer: Science of Magic
Artificer: Science of Magic releases on to Steam on June 18th (Delayed to July 23rd)
Artificer is a single-player RPG survival game with an incredibly unique concept. As a man of science marooned on a magical planet. You have to adapt and mix your scientific nature with the arcane to survive. The game is based on the idea of learning through exploration and the crafting of consumable items and magical spells.
Artificer could have been a bog-standard survival game, but it seems to play its theme close to its heart. You can, for example, perform a dissection on fallen creatures to learn about them. I seriously can’t wait for this one.
Haxity releases into Steam early access.
Haxity is a cyberpunk-themed deck-building card game. The games draft, plan, and execute system looks to be fast-paced, tactical, and unique. You can play against AI or other people and this is a really big high point for me. There are no loot boxes, booster packs, or other nonsense.
I have nerd PSTD from my Magic The Gathering days where a single good card could cost over 100 dollars and you always needed more than one of them. A card game that lets me play against other people on level ground without scalping my wallet? Sign me up.