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Spring Showcase: 10 Indie Games to Watch For in 2016

Hover: Revolt of Gamers

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Synopsis: “In a futuristic world, entertainment is banished by the dictatorship. Young rebels try to bring back fun in the city. With their high-tech suits they are able to run very fast, make incredible jumps or fall safely from high levels and escape the police with style.”

Developed by Fusty Games, Hover: Revolt of Gamers was funded by a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. Collectively they raised $116,000 to bring the project to life and it will be available on various platforms for a reasonable price. Inspired by games such as Mirror’s Edge and Jet Set Radio, Hover tries to capture that thrilling feeling of parkour. With a bit of a Borderlands art-feel and an intriguing cityscape to explore, you’ll feel like you’re in the year 3000 as you clamber up walls, grind some sick rails and complete a series of challenges found all across the map.

Despite having very little story direction, it seems like there’s a lot to be done throughout the open-world environment and you have the control. Play it single or multiplayer, and first, third person or VR view (my stomach does flips just thinking about that), or just go crazy. With editable missions and the ability to create your own gang, you and your friends can have hours of fun playing your way across the map. Did I mention that with 10+ unlockable characters, you can also customise them in a variety of different ways?

On a personal note, I really did have fun with this game. The movement was fluid and the framerates were steady. The art-style is awesome, blending futuristic elements with a bright-but-contrasted neon colour scheme. What I did feel is that they could improve it with a slightly more in-depth tutorial level just to give you a better understanding of the controls.

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, VR, and Wii U
Estimated release date: Q3 2016 but in Early Access now
Estimated price: $19.99/£14.99

NeuroVoider

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Synopsis: “NeuroVoider is a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Battle through the horde of vigilant robots, boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims, and defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war.”

Developed by Flying Oak Games, this quirky shooter has an air of retro arcade as it tackles its 8,736 enemies with a scattering of bullets… and grenades… and rocket launchers… and general generated chaos. With an FTL feel and a blood-pumping, dark synth beat, if the music doesn’t get you hyped the speedy pacing will as you travel through levels touched with a little rogue-lite charm.

After testing this out at the showcase I can see that it will be an entertaining game. At the moment it’s local co-op only, so I’ll be interested to see whether demand will have Flying Oak Games thinking about introducing online at any point. The one thing I will say about it is that I don’t feel NeuroVoider is a game you can just jump into immediately. I think it’ll take a little time to get the hang of the layout, controls, guns and tactics introduced before players can start tackling the levels like utter demons.

Platform: PC, Xbox One and PS4
Estimated release date: Q3 2016 but in Early Access now
Estimated price: $9.99/£6.99

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This Queen of the button bash was first christened by the Mega Drive back in the 90s, playing games such as Golden Axe and Primal Rage which lead to her somewhat unhealthy obsession with video games. Now she's a monster, spending more time gaming and writing than she does eating or sleeping. Emily loves daiquiris and games that make you scream - or leave dents in your controller from a crushing white-knuckle grip.