In the world of video games there are video games of completely different genres. We have action, adventure, platforms, shooters, strategy, rhythm, driving, simulators, etc. Despite everything, personally, for the games I prefer more than any other, are RPGs, Visual Novels, and Rhythm games.
Either by the world they transport me to, by the story they tell me, their characters with whom I manage to empathize, their mechanics, they get me hooked. Naturally there are cases and of course not all RPGs, Visual Novels and Rhythm games succeed and stand out above the rest of the titles that exist.
For all this I’ve wanted to prepare the following list formed by what I consider to be the best indie RPGs, Visual Novels and Rhythm games that exist for Xbox One and that shouldn’t be missing in anyone’s library.
Super Dodgeball Beats
Super Dodgeball Beats is an interesting proposal that the guys at FinalBoss Games offer us. Merging the musical genre with that of arcade fighting and with a sporty touch, we must face all kinds of peculiar Dodgeball players in a “fierce dance”.
With a style strongly influenced by the manga, in Super Dodgeball Beats we’ll control a team of four young people. According to their convenient layout on the playing field, each of them will correspond to a button on our controller. Following the rhythm of the music and the visual cues, we must press these buttons correctly. If we do better than our rival, we’ll attract “the ball” to us and if it’s on our side when the game ends, we ‘ll have won. Since the ball will only move to one side to a certain extent, it’ll be important to always be vigilant because the match can take a radical turn at any time.
As you stroll for the first time on one of Thumper‘s psychotropic highways, you may feel a sense of passive awe as you gaze at the mercurial shapes floating in the distance. Then the metallic squeaks and thundering drums spring into action and the path ahead of you turns into a nightmare. Thumper doesn’t reinvent “rhythm games” after all, the influence of Audiosurf is obvious. It does give the genre a terrifying new coat of paint.
Thumper puts players in control of a silver beetle that is perpetually running down a track. Players use a button and movements to navigate obstacles; by holding down the action button and leaning left or right to take turns, for example. Players must progress through nine worlds with increasingly complex tracks. Each of which culminates in a boss defeated by players by executing certain movement patterns. Thumper is probably the scariest rhythm game ever created. The horror comes not only from the images, but also from the oppressive industrial soundtrack. Easy to follow and challenging to perfect, Thumper is one of the most spectacular rhythmic games in a long time.
Crypt of the Necrodancer
One of the pros of indie games is that without financial pressure, creators have a lot of freedom to experiment. This spawns in rarities like Crypt of the Necrodancer. Which combines the essential traits of rhythm games and roguelikes for a truly unique experience. Players descend the floors of a randomly generated dungeon, collecting treasures, evading traps, and fighting enemies. The twist comes on the controls. Each floor has its own soundtrack, and players must move and attack. (Don’t worry: there is a visual sign at the bottom, if you can’t move forward in time.)
The floors are divided into grids and the players move using the four cardinal directions. Each enemy has it’s own movement pattern, and some have unique abilities. Players must learn and react to each enemy’s patterns. The game gets hectic from the start. Players can find and equip themselves with various elements that will make things easier for them.
Role Playing Games
Many games, particularly those based on fantasy, place characters in so many dangerous situations. It always comes to mind how they will avoid developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
How can video game characters not crumble before dragons, ghouls, and other abominations? In Darkest Dungeon, they do. The game turns players into heirs to a former estate. Due to the hidden activities of the previous owner, is now invaded by monstrosities. The player must recruit heroes to explore various environments, kill monsters, and gather resources to build a base of operations.
The defining mechanic of Darkest Dungeon is stress. As the heroes explore various dungeons and face internal abominations, they will become stressed and can develop various neuroses. A character who develops paranoia, for example, may reject the player’s attempts to heal him.
Combat unfolds like classic JRPGs, with characters lined up on both sides, but positioning plays a role; whether an ability will impact depends on the user’s position and target.
In Moonlighter, in the daytime, you run a store, selling your products to city people and travelers. You set the prices yourself, through a surprisingly fun system. However, you need to replenish your inventory at night, and that means heading north to the forbidden dungeons.
In the dungeons, Moonlighter plays like old school Zelda with a rogue design. In the city you upgrade the store, create new weapons in the blacksmith, and build the city through upgrades. Moonlighter is an attractive administration simulator and an excellent dungeon tracker. There is nothing else like that.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
With a setting based on 15th century historical events in the Holy Roman Empire, a realistic combat system, great freedom of action, a huge map and decisions, many decisions to make along the way. Warhorse has collected all these items and left them packed in Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
It is very difficult to find any other RPG that looks like Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
The first, and most important thing in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, is the absence of any fantastic elements. What does this mean? Don’t expect to find fantastic beings like dragons or orcs, or have magical powers.
With this in mind, we move to the fifteenth century, year 1403. More specifically to the skin of Henry, the son of the blacksmith of an important blacksmith in the Bohemian region.
Henry knows little about the world around him. He is a boy whose main concerns so far haven’t gone beyond his neighbors, the place where he has his girlfriend and friends, with whom he shares the afternoons of drunkenness in the local tavern.
Once we leave the town he lives in, we’ll have to build our own adventure, reputation. Defining Henry as an adult, who will mature with us, and whose personality and virtues will be affected by our way of playing and decisions that we are making.
Coffee Talk is the perfect remedy for a cold and lonely night. It’s full of interesting stories, adorable characters, and mini-games to warm your heart and calm your mind.
As the only night barista in town, you act as a confidant for a wide range of lost souls. Serve the coffee and hone your skills, while giving advice and providing company. With a gorgeous pixel layout and a fun soundtrack, Coffee Talk is something different than a normal visual novel. It’s a story without too many pretensions, but attractive enough to keep you alert to the different personalities of the various characters. As in real life, some complex problems arise, which are touched with delicacy and are sometimes not fully resolved. Although the success of an early morning coffee shop can be debated in real life, Coffee Talk is a rewarding place to spend an evening.
If you are looking to kill a couple of hours in a quiet way. Coffee Talk should be the first indie on your list. After having a long chat with your clients, you can spend hours making perfect mixtures and decorating your steamed coffees. A true meditative game for when life refuses to slow down.
Where The Water Tastes Like Wine
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, a narrative adventure that gathers the folklore stories of deep America at the time of the great depression of the United States.
It’s story puts us in the shoes of a tramp who, not content with playing poker with those who shouldn’t, plays his soul in a game that he ends up losing. His sentence, singular like few others, will be that of touring the United States collecting stories that serve as payment for his debt. Stories that, magnificently orchestrated and performed, become the true protagonists of the game.
That wraps up the best indie games on the Xbox One. Once again, most of these games are available on Xbox Game Pass. If you haven’t already, check out the other entries in the series, and stay tuned to Generation Xbox for all the latest news, reviews, and opinion pieces in the world of Xbox.