The 10 Best Indie Games You May Have Missed at E3 2019

Most of E3 is dedicated to big publishers and developers showing off their most anticipated new games with lavish stage shows and blockbuster trailers, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for smaller games. If you make a point to look, you can find plenty of indie games make their way to the show floor and even in some of the biggest press conferences of the show. There are so many smaller games that you’re almost guaranteed only to see a tiny sliver of what was actually at E3.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are 10 of our favorite indie games that you might have missed at E3 2019.

Astalon

  • Release Date: 2019
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch, Xbox One

Astalon: Tears of the Earth – Trailer #3

Astalon: Tears of the Earth is LABS Works’ love letter to the games of the 80s, but what may seem like a simple action-platformer has several surprises under the hood! Three explorers wander through a post-apocalyptic desert to find a way to save the people in their village.

Astalon: Tears of the Earth looks like a throwback to old-school action platformers, but with enough extra polish to keep it from feeling stale. You’ll follow three characters with distinct abilities. Through a trap-filled castle to face off against giant bosses and other threats. Astalon looks like the rare game pays homage to NES-era games without just being a nostalgia trip.

Cris Tales

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch, Xbox One

Cris Tales – E3 Announcement Trailer | PS4

Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future — all on one screen as you play!

Described by its developer as “a love letter to classic RPGs,” Cris Tales was one of the gorgeous indie games at E3 — or maybe ever, for that matter. Behind its distinctive storybook design, Cris Tales is a turn-based RPG where players make decisions that ripple across the past, present, and future, which you can see all at once. If you act quickly (as in, before June 24), you can even check out a demo on Steam.

Fall Guys

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Platforms: PS4, PC

Fall Guys – E3 2019 Trailer | PS4

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout flings hordes of contestants together online in a mad dash through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains! Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics to avoid both humiliation and elimination.

What do you get if you combine the Ninja Warrior TV show with a battle royale? Probably something a lot like Fall Guys. In Fall Guys, 100 players compete to make it through a physics-based obstacle course that whittles them down round by round until only one player remains.

Griftlands

  • Release Date: 2019
  • Platforms: PC

Griftlands E3 2019 Announcement Trailer

Griftlands: a deck-building rogue-like where you fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world. Alpha available now: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/griftlands/home. The Alpha is on the Epic Game Store, Early Access on Steam, full launch on both. Also if you buy during Alpha, you will get the Early-Access and the full game at launch, on BOTH Epic Game Store and Steam.

Card battling games are all the rage these days, but Griftlands stands out from the rest. It looks to be much more story-driven than most similar games, letting you schmooze with NPCs and choose how to make your way through the game rather than just fighting a series of opponents. The trailer shows off a card-based conversation system to go along with its battle system, and it’s all done in Klei’s signature comic book style.

Lost Ember

  • Release Date: July 19 (Switch TBD)
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch, Xbox One

Lost Ember Release Announcement Trailer

Watch the new announcement video at https://youtu.be/kkYyTU7u6q0 ►►► Wishlist now on Steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/563840/LOST_EMBER/ ···················································································· Lost Ember finally has a release date!

In Lost Ember, you play as a wolf with the power to transform into other animals as you explore a lush planet devoid of humans. Along with a spirit companion, you use the unique abilities granted by animals like birds and fish to discover what exactly led to the fall of civilization.

Lucifier Within Us

  • Release Date: TBD
  • Platforms: PC

Lucifer Within Us – Announcement Teaser

As a digital exorcist in Lucifer Within Us, the newest title from Kitfox Games, you’re asked to solve murders, purify the possessed, and purge their daemons. Trailer by Derek Lieu: https://www.derek-lieu.com/ Wishlist on Steam NOW: https://store.steampowered.com/app/717560/Lucifer_Within_Us/

A truly unique looking murder mystery game, Lucifer Within Us casts you as a paranormal detective solving crimes with both traditional evidence and information you gain by diving into their minds. We’re not even entirely sure how Lucifer Within Us will work in action, but its trailer and premise have us dying to know more.

Phantom Brigade

  • Release Date: 2020 (Early Access)
  • Platforms: PC

Phantom Brigade – E3 2019 Gameplay Trailer

Phantom Brigade brings an innovative twist to the turn based RTS genre, with strategic prediction based systems and realistic physics. Would your Brigade survive against all odds? Or would your best laid plans fall apart? Stay in touch!

A game’s UI is rarely the most exciting thing about it, but that’s the case for Phantom Brigade. In this game, you pilot a squad of mechs into turn-based combat, but in a way, you’ve never seen before. Rather than selecting one move at a time, you plan out a five-second sequence of moves on a timeline, and you can even see how enemies will react to your moves before you execute them. But once you shift into real-time, your plans can go awry in plenty of unexpected ways, leaving you with a bigger mess to clean up in the next five seconds.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

  • Release Date: Winter 2019
  • Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Gameplay – Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019

Farming is critical in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, releasing this winter! In this live demonstration from E3 2019, you can get your first in-depth look at this mechanic in action. Follow Nintendo E3 coverage: http://e3.nintendo.com #Sakuna #NintendoSwitch #E32019 Subscribe for more Nintendo fun! https://goo.gl/HYYsot Visit Nintendo.com for all the latest!

There are plenty of options out there if you want to play a fast-paced hack-and-slash adventure or a chill farming simulator. And if you want to play both at the same time, there’s Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. In Sakuna, you play as the daughter of the god of war and the goddess of the harvest to fight your way through side-scrolling stages while collecting cooking ingredients, then plant and tend to rice crops to make the perfect meal for you and your friends.

Superliminal

  • Release Date: TBD
  • Platforms: PC

SUPERLIMINAL – E3 KF TEASER

This is the….first person puzzle game that we’ve been working on for too long. Follow along at www.pillowcastlegames.com!

I can’t describe what’s going on in Superliminal, and to be honest; I’m not sure I even understand it. But that seems to be kind of the point. A first-person puzzle game where your point of view affects the fabric of reality, Superliminal looks like an absolute mind-bender, challenging your perceptions of scale and perspective to navigate its trippy environments.

Way to the Woods

  • Release Date: 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One

Way to the Woods – Official Trailer | E3 Trailer

A Deer and Fawn must embark on a journey through an abandoned world of the unknown to get home. A third person adventure game solo developed by Anthony Tan, featuring music from Aivi & Surasshu, composers for the show Steven Universe.

Way to the Woods is a truly unique looking game, putting you in the shoes — well, hooves — of a deer guiding her fawn through an abandoned city to find their way back to the woods. Along the way, you’ll scrounge for food, meet giant cats, and find your way with your light-emitting antlers, and it looks like it only gets stranger from there. A solo developer created way to the Woods and features a soundtrack by composers for the Steven Universe TV series.