Anew: The Distant Light is a single-player, open-world action and adventure game for PC and console platforms. You are a child with limited resources, waking up on a distant alien moon, twenty light years from Earth. Discover a mysterious, interconnected alien world and carry out a mission of critical importance. Earn game-changing equipment through skillful combat and solving puzzles. Customize your gear, pilot insane vehicles, and repair your powerful home ship for the ultimate advantage. Inspired by classic games like Metroid, Cave Story, Limbo, and Dark Souls, Anew: The Distant Light will appeal to fans of platforming, combat, exploration, and visual storytelling.
About Our 2020 Selection
We’ve cast a wide net, taking a look at over 350 indie games available on Steam, and have picked 20 titles that were especially original, compelling, and just plain fun. You can get the full rundown below.
2020 Game Index
Romance your swords! Capture the hearts of weapons to level them up in this dating simulator, dungeon crawler mash up. Featuring male, female, and non-binary romance options - plus a cat if you want to stay single! Date different bae blades with varied combat styles to clear monster infestations because after all, a couple that slays together, stays together.
Dap is a top-down horror action-adventure game about collecting and interacting with cute little critters called Daps. Set in a lush forest world beset by an alien infection, battle strange monstrosities and scavenge for resources while using your Daps to help you along the way. Meet bizarre, otherworldly creatures in damp and dark corners. Come face to face with powerful god-like beings who seek to destroy you. Travel to the spirit world and learn the truth behind the Daps and the infection. With influences spanning from The Legend of Zelda, the films of Studio Ghibli, to sci-fi author Phillip K Dick, Dap is a psychedelic, horrific, cute and unique take on the top down action/adventure genre.
A surreal, roguelite inspired ARPG with modernized hack’n'slash combat about lucid dreaming. Warp the dreamscape around you to battle a nightmarish depression that lives in a young woman’s subconscious. DREAM. DIE. WAKE. REPEAT.
Gamedec is a single-player cyberpunk isometric RPG. You are a game detective, who solves crimes inside virtual worlds. Use your wits to gather info from your witnesses and suspects, getting to the bottom of deceptive schemes. The game continually adapts to your decisions and never judges.
Welcome to Warsaw City of the 22nd century. The Tech of the future is so advanced that the term “real” is relative and “life” and “death” have many meanings. Virtual worlds give rise to problems of the human nature: lust, sloth, envy, and pride. The residents of these virtual game-worlds need specialists - Gamedecs - Private Investigators with experience in those worlds who work to discover the secrets and explores mechanics hidden in those realities for the commission of your clients. You are one of them. You are a Gamedec.
Gamedec emulates the nature of tabletop RPGs by focusing on character development through decision making. Gather aspects and craft your unique set of professions that will allow you to lead investigations in a way that feet your style. You’re given the freedom to approach situations from multiple angles rather than forcing a single solution - the choice is yours and yours alone.
Gone Viral is set inside a mutant post-apocalypse society that so glorifies violence and social media that the ultimate hybrid of the two has become the cornerstone of their entertainment - in the form of the most brutal gameshow ever devised. Gone Viral puts the player in the shoes of a “contestant” on that gameshow - a nomad without ties to their sadistic culture who’s been captured and will now be forced to fight for their life.
The universe’s greatest heroes have gathered to compete in a showdown for the ages; the legendary HyperBrawl Tournament!
Smash, brawl and score your way to victory in relentless, high-adrenaline, 1-4 PvP arena battles. Master the HyperCurve and channel the HyperForce to become the greatest hero in the universe.
Innchanted is a co-op adventure where you discover magical potions, serve otherworldly guests, and pacify monsters. Gather your party and journey on a quest to overcome the evil Wizard - your landlord!
JUSTICE SUCKS: RECHARGED is an action comedy sandbox game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a Neo-90s multiverse. Cuteness, comedy and over-the-top gruesome action collide like you’ve never seen before.
After the events of Roombo: First Blood, your family is brutally attacked by the FamilyCorp elimination squad and in the battle you’re thrown into the living room TV. On the brink of robodeath, your consciousness enters “the TV dimension” to gain the abilities you need to rise from the ashes and avenge your family.
Experience a collection of 90’s pop culture inspired sandbox worlds, starting with a futurist robotic cruise ship being invaded by the infamous SeaBoyz, a group of mischievous pop-band pirates. Use your hacking abilities to improvise traps using gadgets, hilariously bad robots and everyday objects as projectiles as you master your environment to discover exciting and hilarious solutions to your challenges.
Defeat your enemies and watch them explode into chunks of meat, and then do your vacuuming duty and clean up the mess afterwards. Consuming their blood and gibs powers you up to use exciting new blood abilities. Hone your vacuum combat skills within the Neo-90s TV multiverse, seek revenge for the murder of your family and show the world again that JUSTICE SUCKS.
Pat the hapless alligator is trapped in Alligator New York City with his murderous (?) family and he needs your help! Explore the city, discover secrets, and play a collection of goofy minigames to get to the bottom of his family’s nefarious plot.
Parkasaurus is a dinosaur tycoon management simulation where you take care of your dinosaurs by constructing well-designed exhibits, researching specialized technologies, and maximizing profits to expand into the ultimate dinosaur theme park. Do you favor development for guests or your dinosaurs?
When you’re a lonely ghost, you have to get creative to make new friends. Possess the living and steer them into hazards to release the friendly souls trapped within. Puzzle through diorama-style levels and figure out how to make as many friends as possible using comically fatal accidents.
Keep up with the latest memes by getting popular on the afterlife’s hottest social media app, LiveBurial. Get a unique look at the dysfunctional, hyper-consumerist world of the living through the posts of your social media-obsessed Polter Pals.
Ring of Pain is a dark dungeon crawler roguelike, in a world distorted by your mind.
Travel lands where terror lurks, embrace a curse you can’t reverse.
Through dungeons crawling, treasure hauling. Challenge calling, deeper falling.
Choose your gear and strategise. Learn, adapt or face demise.
SHING! delivers classic arcade beat’em’up gameplay in a lighthearted, action-packed adventure with a band of wisecracking warriors. Experience fast, freestyle combat - designed intuitively around the right analog control stick - with an extensive moveset of combos, parries, counters, aerials and the power to instantly switch between four playable heroes. Battle demons and epic bosses in style on your own or with friends in local co-op for up to four players
The latest ‘castle sim’ RTS from Firefly Studios, Stronghold: Warlords allows you to recruit, upgrade and command AI lords across the battlefield in the form of in-game ‘Warlords’. Each warlord under your command boosts your strategic prowess with unique perks, characteristics and upgradeable abilities. Put them to work for your industry, fortifying borders, forging weapons or team up for a pincer attack!
In Stronghold: Warlords players take command of Mongol hordes, imperial warriors and samurai clansmen as you lay siege to Japanese castles and fortified Chinese cities. Besiege historical warlords using new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons, classic units and a completely new way to play Stronghold.
- CONQUER AND COMMAND WARLORDS across the battlefield unlocking more powerful castles, armies and abilities.
- RECRUIT NEW UNITS including imperial fire lancers, disciplined samurai, Mongolian bowmen and auxiliary axemen.
- RELIVE HISTORICAL CAMPAIGNS from 3rd century BC China through to the rise of the Shogunate and coming of the Mongol Empire.
- RAZE YOUR ENEMIES with the arrival of gunpowder and new siege equipment such as the fire lance, siege tower and flaming ox!
- BECOME THE GREATEST LORD through fear or admiration using a range of medieval entertainment, taxation and torture.
We challenge you to a Swapette Showdown!!!
Swapette Showdown is a competitive action puzzler for one to four players. Swap the blocks to create matches! Battle as/against cute magical girls a.k.a. the Swapettes.
Play by yourself, against CPUs, or with up to four humans in the Versus Mode.
Learn more about the Swapettes in our demo Story Mode.
Do you have what it takes to be the Champion Swapette?
Venture through six unique areas of the cube-world and overcome three-dimensional brain-teasers in this upcoming puzzle adventure game. Collect stickers on the cube’s sides and use their distinct abilities to progress through levels with atmospheric environments. You, the Last Cube, were awakened for a purpose-save this peculiar world from collapsing by solving puzzle tracks left by your ancestors.
The Last Cube is a puzzle adventure game set in a sci-fi universe. The player character was the last cube built using the last of the power on the planet. By solving puzzles the player can restore power to the six areas of the planet and prevent destruction.
The core mechanic of the game is the rolling cube character. The player can collect colored stickers on the cube by touching them. The stickers can then be used to touch buttons and lifts to progress further. Each sticker (there are six different colors) has its own special power, which brings a load of never-seen-before variety into this cube-puzzler.
In total, there are 18 levels in the main storyline, each consisting of multiple puzzles. The levels contain collectible relics, which can be used to unlock bonus levels. Each level will also contain a special challenge unlocked after the first completion, for extra replayability.
TopplePOP is physics puzzle eSports with bendy animal acrobats on bungee cords for 1-4 players in solo, co-op & PvP. Master deep skills to dominate team battles & racing leaderboards -or don’t! with assist-modes, bouncy couch parties & chill zen puzzles.
“TrickShot” is a fast-paced, skate trick multiplayer shooter where players dodge bullets and take out opponents as they skate ramps, grind, parkour, complete tricks and kills for the most points to win. Play in teams as you face-off thru the aerial verticality of skatepark arenas using Hoverskates or Hoverboards. Find us on Steam, Discord, and Youtube.
Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part “item Tetris”, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking. Over the course of eight house moves, you are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told.