Indie News Roundup February 28 2016 Feature

Feb. 22 to 28 Indie News Roundup

Chasing Dead


Thanks to a listing on Nintendo’s website, it’s now confirmed that Chasing Dead is slated for a March 3 release in North America as well. The game will cost $29.99.

Here’s an overview of the game:

“Chasing Dead is a story-based, Sci-fi/Horror First-Person Action Shooter .The game begins with a strange phenomenon in which another Earth appears in our skies. The curiosity and fear of a doppelganger planet initiates multiple missions in order to make contact with the duplicate Earth. A team of agents, astronauts, and scientists were sent 955,600 miles across space by NASA and the US Military, however all contact is lost a few hours after their arrival. You play as a marine named “Jake” who is sent on a mission to retrieve any research and data left behind by the original survey team while fighting off hostile forces. As Jake, you must traverse the zombie-ridden lands of the alternate Earth as you battle endless hordes of the undead, frightening mutants and insane soldiers.”

Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard


Abylight recently released Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard in North America on February 18. Last week, Abylight announced that the 3DS music app is coming to Europe on March 3, with pricing set at €7.99.

Grumpy Reaper

Drakhar Studio’s Grumpy Reaper is now confirmed to be releasing on the European Wii U eShop on March 3, with pricing set at €4.99.

You can find a trailer for the game below:

Star Ghost

Squarehead’s Star Ghost is also confirmed to be releasing on both the European and North American Wii U eShop during the month of March. Europe will be getting the game on March 10th for €8.99.

You can find a trailer for the game below:

Tadpole Treble

BitFinity, the developers working on Tadpole Treble, recently wrote in a Kickstarter post that the team is “very optimistic now that we can release in March”. Originally, they hoped to have Tadpole Treble out in the eShop by last month, but it didn’t come to be.

You can find another look at Tadpole Treble’s Composition Mode in the following video:

WordsUp! Academy


CoderChild recently announced its next project for 3DS: “WordsUp! Academy”.

Here’s an overview of the title:

“Becoming part of the Academy is not easy; its most illustrious members are waiting for you, ready to challenge you in this extraordinary puzzle and skills game. Prove your mastery of language in WordsUp! Academy… and dare to challenge them and get their approval!”

WordsUp! Academy will allow you to learn Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Portuguese. The game will have “tens of thousands of words” as well as “6 game modes, from a counterclockwise to a relaxing mode, where you can test your knowledge”. Top game scores can also be shared via online leaderboards.

The Legend of Kusakari

Nnooo recently announced new plans to localize The Legend of Kusakari for western markets. Librage originally released the game in Japan last May.

Here’s an overview of what the game is about:

You know what’s the worst thing ever? Fighting slimes and dragons knee deep in grass and weeds.

Well if Kusakari has anything to do with it it wont be that way for long. Get your scythe sharpened and jump in to this quirky Japanese adventure puzzle game. Slice through over 50 levels of grass filled action and help those heroes save the kingdom, in battle grounds fit to have a picnic on!

The Scythe:

Rush from blade to blade and then getting hacking! As you slice away at grass your Scythe will become sharper and start to level up. The higher the level the bigger are you can cut using your special ability. Watch out tho’ Kusakari gets pretty ill if he’s not cutting that grass so make sure you eat up those odd blue bits of grass for a health boost (I’m sure there is nothing odd about eating glowing blue grass right!?) then rush off to the next patch!

Finally, you can find the Japanese trailer for the game below, so you can see what it looks like.

Planet Diver

Fabraz has recently confirmed plans to bring Planet Diver to Wii U. It’s unknown when it will release on the eShop, but development is currently underway.

Planet Diver has players taking on the role of an interstellar wingsuit diver out looking for thrills. Here’s a game overview from the game’s Steam page:

Planet Diver is about an adventurous daredevil tackling her newest obsession: Wing suit diving. With her close robotic companion Buddy she’ll travel across space to seek out the most dangerous planets and their respective chasms to dive in. You’ll dive through a variety of deadly and exotic planets, fighting off the flora and fauna of each locale, while collecting valuable star stuff to further fund your adventures.

Use your hard earned rewards to fly to more distant planets, as well as to acquire new outfits and special ability modifiers! Along the way you can compete online for the best dive or try to unlock rewards by completing tough challenges. Careful how deep you dive though… Who knows what slumbers within the planet’s core?


– An extensive campaign made out of 3 planets, 9 biomes and 75 unique missions with a quirky story and challenges.
– Carefully crafted, randomly generated chasms that make each dive unique!
– An endless arcade mode for each planet that pushes the challenge to the limit.
– All planets have their own special biomes, obstacles, enemies and bosses!
– Fast paced gameplay where you need to avoid, brake and speed up like a pro!
– Unique obstacles and enemies like bats that follow your every move, lava that slowly cuts off your escape or a… giant whale?!
– A lot of terrifying boss fights that require fast reflexes and a sharp mind.
– A vibrant setting with a fun, quirky story to explore in the depth of space!
– A cool astro shop full of unlockables like diving suits, modifiers and music!
– Competitive leaderboards for the score junkies out there!
– Plenty of hidden easter eggs that can be found throughout the extensive planet surfaces you explore!
– NEW: Speed running mode to compete for the fastest completion of each mission!
– NEW: Black hole mode that allows you to customize your dives by adjusting the chasm generation!

You can also find a trailer for Planet Diver below.

Quest of Dungeons

Upfall Studios previously made Quest of Dungeons available for PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One, but is now bringing the game to both Wii U and 3DS.

In Quest of Dungeons, players usually choose from four character classes and try to go clear various randomly generated dungeons and obtain loot, while boosting their abilities.

Here’s the overview of the game on Steam:

By playing as either a Warrior, a Wizard, a Assassin or a Shaman you have to traverse dungeons, defeat enemies and loot everything you can in order to survive. You can learn new skills in Tomes you find along the way and buy/sell items at shops.

The entire game is procedural so you won’t find items/enemies in the same place each time you play.


– Procedural dungeons
– Procedural weapons
– Boss encounters
– Quests
– 3 Difficulty levels
– Permadeath – Once you die, game over man, game over!
– Shop – buy and sell items/weapons
– Leaderboards – compare your Adventure points with the community

While you wait for a release date for Quest of Dungeons take a look at the trailer below so you have an idea what the game plays like.

Project Fist

RCMADIAX has recently shared a small tease for a new project on Twitter.

The indie developer posted an image from “Project Fist”, a game tentatively slated for a 2018 release on the Wii U, New 3DS and NX (although I would bet the Wii U might slip under depending on the NX’s success).

Here’s the teaser image:

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Stone Shire


Finger Gun Games has been hard at work on Stone Shire’s 1.1 update and, if all goes as planned, it will be available in early March.

Stone Shire’s upcoming patch adds a number of new elements like lit and dark areas, water blocks, and the ability to craft different doors. There’s also the addition of off-TV play and support for the Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller, among other things.

You can take a look at the various patch notes in this blog post.

Cube Creator 3D

Big John Games is currently working on a new update that will bring Cube Creator 3Dup to version 1.2.

One of the new features set to arrive with this next update is the inclusion of multiplayer. You can see what this looks like via the screenshot included below.

There’s still no word on when the update will be made available though.

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Two Tribes recently shared a new RIVE trailer to promote the title’s upcoming appearance at GDC 2016. Check it out below:

Soul Axiom

Wales Interactive’s Soul Axiom just made its first debut on PC, with the console versions coming in Q2, including Wii U.

A new launch trailer for the game was made available, which you can watch below:

Space Dave!

Choice Provisions has shared a new gameplay teaser video for Space Dave!, which is planned for Wii U and 3DS. Take a look at it below:

6180 the moon

NintenDaan has shared with us a first look at some gameplay footage from 6180 the moon. Check it out below:

Inside My Radio

NintenDaan also shared with us a first look at some gameplay footage from Inside My Radio. Take a look below:

Replay: VHS is not Dead

Furthermore, NintenDaan brings us a first look at some gameplay footage from Replay: VHS is not Dead, which you can watch below:


Dreii made its debut on PC at the end of February, and there are plans to bring it to additional platforms like Wii U in the near future. You can now take a look at some gameplay footage in the video below: