Every month, as part of the regular monthly meetings of the Austin, TX independent game community JUEGOS RANCHEROS, we do a very casual & chatty rundown of the ten or so games from the previous month for the audience, to give people — especially those curious onlookers from outside the indie community itself — a look at what they may have missed. The featured games are both local and global, and both indie and, on occasion, a bit-bigger-budget — what binds them together is simply that they’re all amazing.
In keeping with the tongue-in-tobacco-packed-cheek tone, we call these run-downs A Fistful of Indies, which are presented here on Venus Patrol for your reference, each fully-annotated, -linked, and off-the-cuff blurbed, in addition to their home on the JUEGOS RANCHEROS site.
While some of his older titles are finding new life on new platforms — see, specifically, the excellent 3DS conversion of his Night Game, also quietly being prepped for an iPhone port — creator Nicklas ‘Nifflas‘ Nygren has relatively quietly been gearing up for something even greater, Knytt Underground, announced this past summer for a launch on PC & Mac, as well as PlayStation 3 & Vita.
The original freeware version of Knytt has already made its mark as a lo-fi ambient masterwork (and, with Knytt Stories, one that players themselves could extend), but Nifflas has made it clear that Underground represents the magnum-opus-type culmination of everything he’s learned about storytelling through games, claiming that this latest will be “about the big questions; trying to understand life and our place in it – and failing completely.”
Stylistically, it’s another sort of aesthetic mash-up, working with a similar photo-surreal style as his 2010 game Saira, and with some of the same characterization as some of his earliest work like Within a Deep Forest.
Still due for a PlayStation Network launch later this year, consider this your first peek into something that we’ll be exploring here further. Below the fold you’ll find four more PS3 screenshots of the game, with more coming soon via Nifflas’s official Underground site.