Season: A Letter to the Future is the breath of fresh air that not everybody and their neighbor may exactly want, but will entertain the idea of inhaling nonetheless. This is mainly down to the fact that, unlike a lot of high-end games that cram copious amounts of unnecessary action in, the Scavenger Studio-led indie instead prefers to hand you something else entirely—a wholesome and revitalizing memoir in which actions have morals and progressing has purpose.
Anyway, if cycling through the memoirs of an everyday citizen doesn't quite do it for you, then you're in luck, as there are, in fact, a number of alternative walking simulators that do the genre justice. Curious to know more about its phantom lookalikes? If so, be sure to check out these five award-winning indie hits below.
Lake casts its focus on the fictional region of Providence Oaks, a serine lakeside resort that hosts cascading waterfalls, sun-glazed woodlands, and mesmerizing mountainscapes. As an out-of-town ex-villager of the valley, you are tasked with returning for just a few short weeks to assist with your father's courier service. As well as completing deliveries in the idyllic state, you will also need to reconnect with your former friends, love interests, and extinguished flames. All of this can be done by hopping in your van, turning the key, and just driving to wherever your heart takes you.
It's a given that Lake isn't the most perplexing video game in the world. Truth be told, it's a real breath of fresh air, and it serves its purpose of being a wholesome indie. So, if you're interested in taking a short break away from the hustle and bustle of most modern RPGs, then it's definitely worth taking a look at this relatively short but surprisingly elegant and hearty walking sim.
4. A Memoir Blue
A Memoir Blue is a short interactive drama about life, loss, and most of all, the unbreakable bond between a mother and child. As the daughter of said mother, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into the core memories that helped shape your future self. From present day to your earliest and fondest memory, you will trickle back in time and reconnect the dots.
Of course, A Memoir Blue isn't the most physically demanding game on the market, nor is it the longest, either. The fact is, you can mop up its every objective and episode in a little under sixty minutes. But, for the sake of experiencing its story in full, we would strongly recommend taking your time with it.
3. Road 96
Road 96 is a story-driven indie about being on the road as just one of many, many teenage runaways. As a lost hitchhiker who's ultimately bound for a better life on the opposite side of a war-torn border, you must learn to carve your own way and make all the right decisions that lead you to your personal silver lining. How you reach the border, though, is entirely up to you, as you'll come to see as you wade through a multitude of unique episodes featuring vastly different characters and scenarios.
Road 96 is bursting with hard-hitting morals and eye-opening revelations about very real world problems regarding media propaganda. Although humourous and somewhat wholesome at times, there's definitely a bigger picture that it attempts to paint—and it does it remarkably well. Therefore, if you are on the hunt for a powerful story-driven indie to play through, then look no further.
Journey holds its position as one of the most memorable walking simulators of all time, and it's mostly down to the fact that it's not only aesthetically appealing, but also because it's one the most intriguing games of its kind, period. It's intriguing simply because, well, there is no backstory to it, nor any indications that you're supposed to do anything other than follow the beacon of light that gleams on the far end of the sandy dunes.
On top of its impressive art style and original narrative, Journey also benefits from a stellar soundtrack that's both mysterious and inviting. And while the game itself may only be an hour or so in length, it's definitely one of those games that stick with you long after seeing it through to the conclusion. So, if you're all for the idea of discovering one of the industry's all-time favorite indies, then be sure to sink into this award-winning masterpiece.
Haven is a heartwarming tale about companionship and the trials and tribulations that orbit the concept of love. In the story, you take on the roles of star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay as they explore a forgotten world in search of a new life. Your goal in this elegantly decorated indie is to scavenge materials and components as the inseparable duo, and in turn establish a home away from home beneath the stars of a mysterious planet.
If you enjoyed both Journey and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, then you'll most likely enjoy the two-for-one gameplay style that Haven employs. As the couple, you will merge your abilities together to become an unstoppable force of nature; a beating heart that bears the powers to tackle even the most deadly obstacles. It's angelic, serine, and perhaps one of the most visually divine indie games you'll ever have the chance to see with your own two eyes.
So, what's your take? Will you be picking up any of the above games this week at all? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.