Indie Spotlight | February 21st – 25th 2022

As February 2022 draws to a close, perhaps Elden Ring and The Witch Queen update for Destiny 2 will be the highlights in gaming this week. For competitive circuit racing fans, GRID Legends also drives onto the scene. There is always some time for indie goodness though, in this lineup we see an abundance of mainly retro style experiences. Nothing to note down for Xbox Game Pass for console other than Super Mega Baseball 3, let’s take a look and see what’s on the horizon.

Monster Crown

Release Date 22nd February 2022

Dive into a dark world where monsters rule and make pacts with them to defeat an evil young woman seeking power. Hunt, battle, tame and breed monsters to create your own legacy. Together with your monsters, you can restore the balance to Crown Island. Breed and fuse over 200 base monsters to create your own new species and play online to battle and trade and have your new species reach across the globe.


Release Date 22nd February 2022

Synergia is a yuri thriller visual novel that takes place in a cyberpunk future, wrapped up in a beautifully unique, vibrant neon aesthetic. At the end of the world, sometimes love is the ultimate crime. Having released for PC on Steam back in July 2020, Synergia has received very positive reviews across the board.


Release Date 23rd February 2022

Dr. Oil is a hardcore 2D platformer. As a child, the boy was bitten by a seagull, and now he is Captain Seagull. He became angry because all seagulls are evil! There is also Doctor Oil. He is also angry, but the seagull is angrier. Therefore, Doctor Butter decided to kill Captain Seagull and went on a journey. He has to go through 75 difficult levels. These levels are divided into 5 unique locations. Each location has its own peculiarity.

Explosive Candy World

Release Date 23rd February 2022

Forget running or jumping. In Explosive Candy World, you’ll have to destroy obstacles, blow yourself over pitfalls, and ricochet off walls to reach the goal! It’s physics-based mayhem with a precision platforming twist presented in cute, colourful pixel art set to an original retro soundtrack.

Istanbul: Digital Edition

Release Date 24th February 2022

This digital version maintains all the features that made Istanbul one of the best board games ever published but also expanded upon with several tools and features with an authentic board game feeling.

Light Up the Room

Release Date 24th February 2022

A fast-paced platformer about using your character to uncover your surroundings. The object of each level is to avoid all the traps in the room and reach the goal – but the terrain is invisible. The player can discover terrain by physically touching it.

Tux and Fanny

Release Date 24th February 2022

Tux and Fanny just want to play soccer, but their soccer ball is deflated. Go on an epic adventure to help them inflate their ball. Play as both Tux and Fanny as well as a cat and a flea. All four characters will have to work together if you’re going to inflate the ball.

The Final Analysis

There doesn’t appear to be a star of the show in this range of games this week. However, there is little variance in the types of experiences on offer. Will you pick any of these up? Or will you be too busy dying countless times on Elden Ring instead? See you next week for another Indie Spotlight.

Jordan Campbell

Writer for XboxEra, owner of xbox.era on Instagram. Residing in Penzance, Cornwall, UK

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