originals\ Sep 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Dr. David's Indie Roundup: Amnesia, Outlast, Pavilion, and River City Ransom


It’s time for another round of indie gaming goodness with the latest Indie Roundup right here on GameZone. This week we’re focusing on two new terrifying releases for the PC. There’s also an upcoming PlayStation 4 and Vita title that looks absolutely enchanting and deserves to be on your list of games to watch. Last, we’re going to take a quick glance at the impending North American return of one of the NES era’s most fondly remembered beat ‘em ups via Kickstarter.

Okay, so it would seem that the formalities are out of the way. There’s really only one thing left to do now: Let’s talk indie games!

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is ready to leave you disturbed

Amnesia A Machine for Pigs

When Amnesia: The Dark Descent launched back in 2010, it delivered a surprisingly terrifying experience for PC users. Now, Frictional Games and developer The Chinese Room have launched the sequel, titled Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The game has already garnered quite the reputation online for delivering an unnerving, gory, and horrific survival horror experience. If you were a fan of the original Amnesia, be sure to check out A Machine for Pigs.

You can purchase Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on Steam for $19.99.

Speaking of games that scare the crap out of you, Outlast is out, too


If creepy, psychological scares are your thing, you should definitely check out Red Barrels’ Outlast. The game has been well received for its haunting asylum setting and insane jump scares. Plus, it kind of scared the crap out of a few of the GameZone crew, which is always a good thing. If you’re looking for one of the straight-up scariest games in recent memory, this one’s a sure bet and absolutely deserves your attention. Now, buy it, turn off the lights, and get ready for some serious frights.

Outlast is available on Steam for $19.99. Watch as the game scares the hell out of GameZone in the video feature below.

Pavilion invites you into its surreal world on the PS4 and Vita in 2014


We continue to see more and more potentially awesome indie games announced for PlayStation consoles. Pavilion from developer Visiontrick Media is one such project, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The game is set in a surreal land and is being described as a “fourth-person exploratory experience.” Players will take control of a lone character’s surroundings and senses to help him move along in a dreamlike world. Pavilion is headed to the PlayStation 4 and Vita sometime next year.

Keep up with the game's development on the official Pavilion dev blog.

River City Ransom: Underground brings the famed series back to North America

Retro City Rampage Underground

If you ever owned a NES, you probably played River City Ransom. If not, it’s possible that you played it on the Wii or illegally through an emulator (for shame!). Either way, the game is remembered as a shining beat ‘em up from the NES era. An official PC sequel titled River City Ransom: Underground is in development by Conatus Creative, but the studio needs help with funding and is asking for $180,000 (Canadian). While other entries in the series have popped up in Japan, this would be the first time in 20 years that North America gets a true sequel, which is kind of huge.

You can help fund River City Ransom: Underground on Kickstarter.

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