10 Games You Might Have Missed In April 2021

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Life is full of things that only come once a month and most of them aren’t very fun, utility bills, subscription fees, periods, me… However, the end of the month does bring at least one nice thing, a list of really cool games you probably haven’t heard of.

So here are 10 games that were released in April that look pretty nifty. I also recently implemented a game release calendar on my website that I curate and update personally a couple of times a month. You should definitely keep an eye on that!

I caught some flak for “shoving my politics down people’s throats” during last month’s list due to a couple of small political jokes. Well, in the wise words of Bo Burnham…Swallow bitch! Most of my jokes are done in jest and target multiple affiliations; Democrats, Republicans, Vegans, whatever. But let me cut off this infection before it spreads.

Some things aren’t political, they are factual. Covid is real and dangerous, masks need to be worn, science needs to be trusted, and climate change exists. Racists and bigots are garbage humans stinking up the place for the rest of us. People deserve living wages and healthcare even if they are poor, especially if they are poor. And if any of this offends you, my content probably isn’t for you anyway. The door is right there.

Now back to the list!

Katja’s Abyss: Tactics

So imagine minesweeper, but actually fun. Voila, you have Katja’s Abyss in a nutshell. You scan the walls for safe spots to mine so you can collect the energy. But you must also build units to fight off creatures and protect your drill in turn-based combat.

Katja’s Abyss features a campaign mode, but also an endless variant with multiple difficulties. There looks to be a pretty cool unit modification system too.

It’s a cool twist on a simple concept. Shove in your drill, work the right spots, release some energy, bring protection, and hopefully keep any bugs away from your prized tool.

We Are The Caretakers Early Access

We Are The Caretakers is a strategy game about animal and ecosystem conservation. On the grand scale, you can upgrade your HQ, research new tech, and conduct diplomacy. But the other half of the game consists of turn-based combat where you send squads of Caretakers to battle the trespassers.

There are 20+ classes for Caretakers, so it sounds like the game has plenty of meat on its bones already, despite being in early access. It also plans on having a short early access phase of around 6 months which is nice.

Ten percent of the game’s revenue is going toward conservation to save real-life Rhinos. I don’t know anyone, who dislikes Rhinos, so everyone should be on board with that.

Godstrike

Godstrike is a crazy bullet-hell-boss-rush game that uses time in a really unique way. Each battle is timed, and when you take damage you lose some of that time. The ticking clock is literally your health bar.

But you also spend that same time to fuel your abilities during the fight. The whole concept is balls to wall action while carefully balancing out how you spend precious time. The more you get hit, the less room you have to use cool abilities, so it really incentivizes you to “git gud” in a different way. There do seem to be difficulty settings though.

Too bad boss fights aren’t a thing in real life. I wouldn’t have been forced to work so many weekends if I had to option of Falcon punching a boss in the kidneys for demanding it…

Knight Squad 2

Knight Squad 2 is a party game for up to 8 players but also features AI for introverted hermits like myself. It’s a top-down hectic game with tons of power-ups. It’s a perfect choice for some knightly shenanigans with an orgy of dueling lances, scoring balls, and rapidly shooting your shots into the other participants.

There are so many modes that you can’t put Knight Squad 2 in a simple box. You can play soccer, push the payload, capture the grail, and even battle royal! That’s the herpes of video game modes!

The power-ups are equally varied. You can pick up a chain gun to match your chain mail or go medieval on someone’s ass with a bazooka. If you want to ride a unicorn, there is definitely a support group for that, but it’s also a thing in Knight Squad 2. The coolest part is, if you own the game on Steam, your friends can join you for free!

Trials of Fire

Trials of Fire is a deck-building game combined with a grid-based tactical RPG. The world is procedural, but there is a lot of narrative to be found within. The genre-blending looks to be smooth, and the visuals pop in neat ways despite the fact it’s a game about cards and tokens.

You control multiple heroes at once, and the gear you equip them with add and remove cards from your deck. The game looks deep and replayable even if it’s not strictly a rogue-lite, a contrast to most deck builders.

Fire is in the name and the world you explore is called Ashe, fitting for a genre that’s so hot right now. It’s also one that I’m still not burnt out on. The creativity that goes into them makes it’s easy not to sweat the quantity, and the variety means there’s probably at least one out there you can warm up to.

First Feudal 1.0

First Feudal is a colony sim that was in early access for a while and recently had its 1.0 release. Rimworld has definitely inspired an awakening of a genre that largely only consisted of Dwarf Fortress before.

That’s great because Dwarf Fortress is undoubtedly fantastic, but God gave me digestive issues and anxiety instead of a brain capable of deciphering hieroglyphics. I get it, it’s the Matrix. You see a Dwarf suplex a goblin through a table. I see a squiggle vigorously humping another squiggle.

First Feudal has a couple of neat quirks, such as being able to take control of specific peasants and the neat old school Grand Theft Auto aesthetic. You need to build, farm, hunt, and command your peasants to pick up arms and fight off invaders.

Colony sims are cool because the good ones let you tell your own stories, and if you haven’t tried one, now might be the time. The genres only gonna grow larger, resistance is…Feudal.

Potion Party

Potion Party is like Overcooked, but instead of food, you and your friends go full Breaking Bad and run around creating and selling drugs…Okay, that’s not fair…Potion Party is a totally cute and innocent game about running a shop where you grow plants to make various liquid substances and powders using a chemistry set. That you then sell to strange and shady-looking customers. Potions, definitely not drugs, potions.

The game is a bit more involved than just chaotic prepping. You actually invest into and upgrade the shop and the variety of unlockable characters. All while fighting off monsters eager to get a taste of your product.

The graphics have a lot of charm that even makes the little 8 bit Meth lab Alchemy set look cute. It even has an endless mode to see how long you can stay in business, so there should be plenty of bang for your buck.

Insurmountable

Insurmountable is the only game on this list that won’t be released by the time this article drops. It releases on April 29th. Insurmountable is a rogue-lite game about climbing dangerous and procedural mountains.

I may have written it off before, but Death Stranding somehow made walking with a crying baby fun enough that I platinumed it. So I’m willing to bet a mountain climbing game with permadeath and no crying baby is probably thrilling too.

It’s hard to pin down exactly how it’s going to play. But you will need to tend to your vitals, contend with the weather and make choices in random events as you make the climb. Games are beginning to rival porn when it comes to hitting fantasy’s you can’t do in real life, such as slaying dragons, scaling mountains, and paying off debts. Brings a tear to my eye…

Across The Obelisk Early Access

Across the Obelisk is another deckbuilding rogue-lite with a pretty big twist. It can be played in 2 to 4 player co-op. There’s nothing stopping you from flying solo and controlling all four characters and their decks. But you can split that duty between other players, and that’s a super cool idea.

It’s not entirely finished yet, but it features 10 of the 16 planned characters and apparently, more than 1000 cards. That’s enough cards to make a Magic the Gathering player cross their legs.

The game itself looks like a mix of Darkest Dungeon and Slay The Spire that you can also play in co-op. Playing with your deck can be a lonely experience sometimes, so the option to do it together is a welcome one.

Dee-6 Dice Defenders:

With my love of cards and dice, you might assume I’m addicted to gambling. I’m not. Instead, I have the equally destructive vice of being a Game Master for Pathfinder and DnD. Where I spend countless hours prepping games for the privilege of getting to dictate what happens when people try to have sex with Monsterous Hags. I get to answer great questions like, “How many boobs do I have?” when the lady playing a cat person flashes an assassin.

Perhaps I’m a masochist, and that’s why I’m so interested in Dee-6. Apparently, FTL didn’t kick me in the nuts hard enough because adding dice into the mix sounds fantastic. That’s pretty close to what Dee-6 actually is.

It’s a space rogue-lite where various types of dice dictate how you run your ship and battle enemies. The FTL inspiration aside, it has a very board game aura to it that I really appreciate that. It’s super cheap too, which makes trying it out painless.

I hope you found at least one game you’re interested in. Consider checking out my other content while you’re here such as my reviewer profile. As always, purchasing games from my Creator store or tossing in a donation via Kofi is what supports me, the website, and the YouTube channel. But if you made it this far, thanks for reading the list in the first place!