Every month a fresh new wave of exciting Indie games come around that pique our interest and consume our pastime. If you are like me, Indie games fill a void for gaming that most AAA titles can’t. Whether it’s the music, style, or story, Indie games always find a way to impress us in new and exciting ways. There is a certain atmosphere that well-built Indie games immerse you in that is unmatched by big-name titles.
February’s list is no exception to that. It’s full of swift-moving, action-packed beat ’em ups, platformers, and horrors. All of these games have a skill gap that will push you to do better and leave you wanting to play through endlessly. Be prepared to set these games down, only to come back more determined than ever to master the mechanics.
With this much variety, this top 5 list surely has a game in-store for you. Ready to find your Indie game for February? The top 5 best Indie games of February 2022 have you covered.
5. Martha Is Dead
For lovers of the horror genre, Martha is Dead is an Indie game with an emphasis on psychological horror. This first-person horror/thriller is being developed by LKA and Wired Productions and is set to scare its players. And I’m not talking about your average jump scares or an old crazy grandma with a knife. The game plays off of a thick plot of two twin sisters, Giulia and Martha.
Set in Italy in 1944, you play as Giulia who finds her sister Martha washed up dead in the river. As Giulia, you deal with the post-traumatic stress of finding your dead sister while working to uncover what had happened to her. Combined with the hardships and hidden secrets of post-World War II, the game is not your average jump-scare horror. Martha is Dead creates a daunting atmosphere that is sure to get your heart pumping.
The game has been in development for over four years and is set to release on February 24th, 2022. You can grab Martha is Dead on Ps5/PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Once you do, be prepared to be thrown into a dynamic narrative of extreme tragedy and heart-breaking loss.
4. Not Tonight 2
Not Tonight 2 was released on February 11, 2022, and debate is already circling about this politically charged game. However, that is the whole concept of Not Tonight 2. This RPG adventure forces you to make difficult decisions as you travel across a broken America. These decisions inevitably have an impact on the outcome of the storyline. That is the great part about Not Tonight 2: there is a solid amount of replayability with various endings.
You will encounter some unlikely groups and situations that will force you to make some challenging decisions. So, be prepared to have your ideology tested as you travel across an America that’s filled with capitalism and political greed. If you are looking for a good amount of dark comedy matched with a pretty solid storyline, design, and style, then definitely check out Not Tonight 2.
If you are like me and have zero plans for Valentine’s Day, except for endless hours of Netflix, do yourself a favor and fill that void with Infernax. The game is being released on February 14, 2022, across all platforms, and is said to offer “a million ways to die.”
This challenging 2D 8-bit-style action and adventure is full of carnage and gore that is entertaining and fulfilling. Equipped with multiple endings for extensive replayability and a stellar soundtrack, there certainly is a lot you can get out of this game.
On a more serious note, Infernax is a serious contender this year for one of the top-end Indie games. Developed by Berzerk Studio, Infernax plans to take everything that makes classic platformers exciting, memorable, and achievable, and pack it all into one.
2. OlliOlli World
The new side-scroller skateboarding game OlliOlli World is one of the most anticipated Indie games of 2022. The anticipation is thanks to the game’s predecessor OlliOlli, which was released back in 2014. Developed by Roll7, this is the third game in the series and is playable on all platforms by February 7th, 2022.
OlliOlli stood out for letting players flip, grind, and trick their way through a fun and adventurous storyline. What sets this version of the game apart from the previous is the amount of customization and exploration. Multiple paths per level give players free expression when throwing down a line or grinding through a section. Top this with the ability to customize your character’s look, and trick set, Roll7 has made big improvements in their latest instalment to the series.
The way you approach a level or your tricks only opens up the more you persist at bettering yourself. So, if you are looking for a fun pick-up game that will also challenge you, OlliOlli World is the way to go.
Sifu, developed by Sloclap, takes the number one spot on this list. Initially released on February 8th, 2020, it is giving a new meaning to hand-to-hand beat ’em ups. The game has a challenging learning curve that will leave players hungry to master the combat. Expect to find yourself grinding through levels until you’ve achieved the graceful and fluent combat that mastering the game provides.
An interesting aspect of this game is that players will continue to age as they die. Till eventually, their butt-kicking Kung-Fu master can’t fight anymore. Every death will continuously add age to your character while you see their stance, face, and hair age along with your failed attempts. This gives some added pressure to levels and forces players to better learn the mechanics for a more skilled experience.
Sifu is available on PS4, PS5, and is an Epic Games exclusive on PC.