Video games let us do many amazing things, like forcing us to live in an apocalypse or allowing us the freedom to travel to an unknown galaxy. Then there is the world of "indie games," which let you pretend to be, say, a murderous goat or an octopus disguised as a human man. While mainstream video games take a very logical approach to fun, indie games sometimes take an approach that can best be described as "Is this really happening?"
And with less pressure put on them to be as popular as Call Of Duty, indie games are able to take a lot more risks. That's why we have these upcoming games to look forward to, which are all your ridiculous childhood fantasies come to life.
6An Extreme Version of "The Floor Is Hot Lava"
You ever play that game in the house where you had to jump from obstacle to obstacle without touching the rug or the grass? Remember how you pretended that everything floor-related was lava? Remember how Alex from across the street slipped and broke something and his parents glared at you? Back to the lava thing: What if it was?
"Honey, did you re-up the volcano insurance?"
Hot Lava is exactly that. You get out of bed and, oh shit, lava everywhere. These circumstances require you to hop, surf, and slide around furniture and other objects. The levels start innocently enough, in a house and a school, but soon become more advanced and fantastic, turning you into Parkour Indiana Jones. It's Mirror's Edge meets Saturday morning cartoons, and you can sign up for the beta right now. It's hard for fully-grown people to jump from chair to chair without later having to make a sudden IKEA trip, but luckily, video games have got your back.
Wanna get kids to exercise in gym class? Strap on VR glasses and let them play this.
5See Who Would Win In A Fight With Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
From the game studio that is bringing you ClusterTruck, a game about driving 18-wheelers through your fever dreams, comes Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. It's scheduled for release next year, but the teaser trailer gives a good glimpse of what it's trying to be:
I think this is the only time I've seen the graphics and hoped they're actually as bad as they look.
The game simulation mode allows you to select two "teams" -- red and blue -- and watch them go at it by flailing around and causing a big, jumbled slaughter. Where's the fun in watching a bunch of polygons slug it out without any control over them? Well, the trick is that you can make the teams as powerful or as weak as you want. So if you want to find out if a bunch of cavemen with clubs could take out some villagers with pitchforks, now's the time to settle those bar bets.
Or maybe you've always wondered if some archers could defeat an invading giant chicken man:
If this was Game Of Thrones, that field would be red by now.
Variables include cannons, muskets, swords and shields, goddamn chariots, and, riding that fine line between being surprising and being a totally obvious choice, chickens. Go ahead, child inside you. Set up 100 vs. 100 matches so ridiculous that your computer begs for release. I'm not sure if there's already a genre of game called "Stuff We Made Just To See What Happens," but this should be at the top of the pile.
The game is now in Alpha, and is made by some crazy Swedish people. It should be noted that Sweden was neutral during most of our World Wars, so maybe they think this is, like, a documentary.