Indie Zoe: Raider of the Lost News (25 September 2014)

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It’s payday for all of you who work in typical office jobs in South Africa. Except for those who get paid on the 20th. Or the end of the month. Or have to fight their colleagues in a payday battle royal… what is that just a lazygamer tradition? Oh, never mind then. Here’s some indie news for those of you who can afford to care.

Hand-drawn adventure Shu has been announced for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. It’s a side-scroller inspired by Klonoa and Oddworld with the following description:

Shu is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer, where the player can harness the unique abilities of a group of unusual and adorable hand-drawn characters. A deadly storm has forced villagers to seek refuge across the land, but many have become trapped. Your journey will take you across savannah and through forests, all the way to the very peak of a desolate mountain.

It certainly looks mighty pretty – just look at this screenshot.

Shu

While technically not indie, Child of Light’s success means that the studio will continue to make more games like it for Ubisoft. It’s nice to see more creatively independent ideas being used by big name studios.

We told you about Steam Curators in the new update – a fantastic initiative for finding signal in the noise of the almost 4 000 games available on Steam. It might finally solve the issue of curatorship for indies – find some curators that you know and trust and they will help guide you towards awesome independent games. Of course, now curators need curatorship.

Prototype of the Week

I’ve already told you about Monsters and Medicine. It’s a cute idea and needs your love over on Steam Greenlight. You can check out the adorable trailer below and then play the demo/prototype over here.

Last Updated: September 25, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Shu looks like Cat in the Hat kindda art, like it 🙂

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That’s one thing I like about Ubisoft – they’re willing to take chances on smaller games like Child of Light or FC3 Blood Dragon & aren’t just AAA BLOCKBUSTER YEAH!

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      *Pulls out hate-ray*
      Uplay.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Why did you have to spoil it all? I expect that from Rince, but you? 🙁

        • HAHAHAHA

        • Kensei Seraph – Staff

          And I didn’t even have to pull the trigger. : P

  • Kensei Seraph – Staff

    There’s just something about the petals of that flower (the one that has bloomed).

  • Jonah Cash

    Shu looks like the type of game I can play with my 4 year old daughter… Count me in!! Busy playing Child of Light with her and she loves it, so I am happy that Ubisoft will invest a bit more money on these type of games!!

    • Brady miaau

      Ah yes, just where I want to be. Ten months now and counting the days, months and years till we can do that!

  • Who do U play with? Teheheh

    • Brady miaau

      The encouragement of “bad” puns is almost as bad as (badass?) as “bad” puns themselves.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Well in the case of Shu, no One.

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