Indie Spotlight | March 7th – 11th 2022

It’s a jam-packed week in the indie scene with 13 different titles, most of which arrive on the 10th of March. Those with an Xbox and PC Game Pass subscription will perhaps want to check out Young Souls which launches onto the service on Day One. There isn’t much to mention with bigger releases with only WWE 2K22 landing on the Xbox family of consoles on 11th March 2022. With a great variance in differing genres this week, will you add anything to your collection?

Dawn Of The Monsters

Release Date 8th March 2022

Love Manga and side-scrolling beat-em ups? This one is for you.

The cataclysmic battle between giant monsters has begun in this manga-inspired, side-scrolling, kaiju beat-’em-up! Titanic creatures known as Nephilim have invaded Earth, and the only hope of stopping them is DAWN (Defense Alliance Worldwide Network), which unleashes its own colossal combatants to defend against the enemy hordes! Take control of four hulking behemoths – Megadon, Aegis Prime, Tempest Galahad, and Ganira – each with distinct abilities and play styles, and smash your way through destructible real-world environments spanning more than 35 missions! Power up with DNA augments, crush foes with devastating Rage moves and brutal finishers, and team up with a friend for 2-player co-op action! You are the planet’s last line of defence…but will that be enough for mankind to survive the Dawn of the Monsters!?

Splash Cars

Release Date 9th March 2022

Turn a dull world to a vibrant colourful one with Splash Cars

Bring colour to a boring grey world as you drive your heart out and leave a brilliant trail of paint in your wake! Splash Cars is an isometric 3D driving game where you’ll race for freedom of expression, outrunning the authorities and inspiring other public servants to join your cause.

Aztech Forgotten Gods

Release Date 10th March 2022

An intriguing and interesting action-adventure with beautiful aesthetics

Aztech Forgotten Gods is the cyber-stone action-adventure following Achtli, a young woman who battles the colossal Forgotten Gods. To uncover the truth behind her far-future Mesoamerican metropolis, she’ll have to turn the Gods’ power against them, as she soars through the city with power and grace using an ancient artefact, a remnant of a time long forgotten.

Dungeon Color

Release Date 10th March 2022

Activate your brain in this colourful retro puzzler

Dungeon Color is a top-down puzzle game, where you switch between flames in order to achieve the rainbow flame in each room. Interact with special obstacles and melt your brain to find the exit. Cute, colourful, hard, fun.

Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures

Release Date 10th March 2022

Explore fairy tale worlds from popular Sony Picture Animation Hotel Transylvania

Explore classic fairy tale worlds with your favourite characters from the Sony Pictures Animation films in Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures! Take control of Drac and Mavis and play through unique worlds with their own spooky spin, including Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

The Last Cube

Release Date 10th March 2022

The second puzzler on offer this week, prove your worth and save your dying home with the Last Cube

As the Last Cube, you must prove your worth and save your dying home. Venture into the desolate cube world where you’ll discover 3D puzzles in diverse, colourful environments. Solve puzzles the cube way: stamp stickers to your sides and use their special powers. New mechanics and abilities are frequently introduced, always surprising you with what your little cube is capable of.

Radioactive Dwarfs: Evil from the Sewers

Release Date 10th March 2022

More nostalgic goodness in this retro top-down shooter

The game is a retro top-down shooter with pixel graphics and chiptune music, with lots of enemies, items, secrets and bonus levels. The armed heroine goes in search of her brother in the sewers where an ancient underground settlement of dangerous dwarfs has awakened!

Retro Pixel Racers

Release Date 10th March 2022

16-bit racing action in this fast-paced addictive racer

Retro Pixel Racers is a fun top-down arcade racing game with retro-style graphics where you control little cars racing over exciting tracks. Start your engines and prepare for the craziest and most addictive racing game ever. Fast-paced racing game with a fresh interpretation of the 16-bit style.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

Release Date 10th March 2022

A wonderful unique experience where you play a hand-drawn RPG

It’s time for adventure! When school’s out, it’s RPG time! Play an RPG that’s hand-drawn by a game-loving boy named Kenta, who drew it all in his notebook. Fun and exciting gimmicks and tricks appear every time you turn the page!

Submerged: Hidden Depths

Release Date 10th March 2022

Super casual vibes in this “relaxploration” adventure in the ruins of a beautiful world

Submerged: Hidden Depths is a non-combat third-person “relaxploration” adventure, set in the sunken ruins of a beautiful world. Take on the role of Miku and Taku – one cursed with a mysterious power that she wants to use for good, the other determined not to let it tear them apart.

Time Loader

Release Date 10th March 2022

Take a dive back into the 1990’s in this physics-based puzzle platformer with a twist

Time Loader is a story-driven, physics-based puzzle platformer with a twist. At the helm of a small robot, you’ll travel back to the 90s to prevent a tragic accident. Explore the house of your creator, solve brain-teasing puzzles, acquire unique and powerful upgrades, and see common household items from an entirely new perspective!

Young Souls

Release Date 10th March 2022

Available on Day One with Xbox Game Pass & PC Game Pass

After an exclusive period on Google Stadia, time to try this 2D brawler story-rich RPG which comes straight to Xbox Game Pass

Young Souls is a gorgeous 2D brawler meets story-rich action RPG. Fight hordes of belligerent goblins, level up with hundreds of weapons and accessories, explore, and journey between worlds, as rebellious twins battle their way to save their foster father.

Cosmos Bit

Release Date 11th March 2022

One for the oldies, take on this Metroidvania painted in the legendary Amstrad CPC’s colour palette

Cosmos Bit is an old school Metroidvania that will take you in an extraterrestrial world painted with the legendary Amstrad CPC’s colour palette, reworked for modern devices. The game is enjoyable for both veterans and newbies of this genre!

The Final Analysis

Now is the perfect time to dive into a couple of indie games after the hype of Elden Ring calms down. Perhaps you want something a little more casual after dying repeatedly? With a couple of retro titles in the mix, we also see some intriguing and unique games heading our way. Young Souls makes its console debut on Xbox Game Pass after an exclusive period with Google Stadia, we have a review incoming for this one so keep your eyes peeled. Submerged: Hidden Depths is another title we will be checking out. With so much choice this week it’ll be interesting to see if there are any indie gems amongst the pile. See you next week for our next Indie Spotlight!

Jordan Campbell

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

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