Screenshot Survey: The Unreal and Surreal

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It’s another Screenshot Survey, which means it’s time to look at another batch of the latest indie games in development. Every Saturday, developers tweet out screenshots (or gifs) of their games using the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag on Twitter.

This week, we have an awesome brawler, a puppet game, a surreal adventure, and a game where everything is lethal. If you’re a fan of all things indie, check out below and add these to your ever-growing list of games you need to play.

Tunche Screenshot Saturday

I love a good brawler, and if it has a cool art style, even better. Tunche seems to fit the bill, with interesting enemies and super fast, heart-pumping action. Its hand-drawn aesthetic reminds me a bit like paper crafts, although I’m not sure if that’s just me. Either way, when I look at more screenshots of Tunche, I get more and more engrossed.

Tunche is a brawler with 4-player co-op. Developed by LEAP Game Studios and published by HypeTrain Digital, you’ll fight with various enemies befitting its Amazonian-inspired world. Tunche‘s Steam page says there are roguelike elements too, and I’ll be very excited to find out how they infuse that into the brawler gameplay.

A Juggler’s Tale Screenshot Saturday

I can’t say I’ve ever seen a game where you play as a puppet, much less one on strings. Scrolling through the developer’s Twitter, I see they have done their research by referencing string puppets. I’m no expert in the subject, but I would enjoy seeing how a game could emulate the unique movements and animations of one of these toys.

In A Juggler‘s Tale, you play as a puppet named Abby, who will explore, according to the game’s website “a war-torn, medieval fairytale, surrounded by ravaged, starving citizens…” Abby is on a quest for freedom after an escape. It looks to be no easy task if that spooky tree is any indication. I’m rooting for Abby all the way!

She Dreams Elsewhere Screenshot Saturday

It’s not often that a game speaks to me on an emotional level. But well, here we are. She Dreams Elsewhere captures the life of a 20-something in two simple sentences. But more importantly, I like the evident humor and surreal style of She Dreams Elsewhere.

She Dreams Elsewhere is developed and published by Studio Zevere. It’s a JRPG with a combat system like Earthbound and a world that looks just as bizarre. It features a “deeply personal narrative with a thematic focus on emotions, mental illness, and self-identity”. With deep combat and a strong cast of characters, it looks like a title that will resonate with a lot of people.

Bloodroots Screenshot Saturday

For something completely over-the-top, look no further than Bloodroots. Our crazy character uses all manner of objects to defeat his enemies in gory glory, including a barrel, a cart full of hay, and possibly a vegetable.

Developed by indie studio Paper Cult, Bloodroots is a game where the most unconventional and unseemly objects become your weapon, like a carrot! This revenge story takes place in the Weird West, which I assume is an alternate version of America’s Wild West. The name is appropriate for Bloodroots‘ style, that’s for sure.

Austin Suther

I love to write, and I love to game. So, I’ve combined those two hobbies into one! Some of my favorite games include Fire Emblem, Halo, The Elder Scrolls, and World of Warcraft. Sometimes I like to read the occasional fantasy novel, too!

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