Tunic is one of the most successful indie RPGs of 2022

5 Best Indie RPGs Worth Replaying in June 2022

RPG are large-scale releases that, more often than not, receive the most recognition. With open game worlds and various characters and NPCs dotting the map, these games are highly sought after.

Typically, this need is provided by the big developers in the gaming industry. Yet, sometimes independent developers knock it out of the park as well, with the occasional release that even matches the AAA checklist or manages to provide a unique experience that no other video game could offer. These types of RPGs tend to become rare gems, which usually remain a one-time release.

As of 2022, many such indie RPGs have been released over the past few years that can keep gamers busy with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are the five best indie RPGs for gamers to try out in June.

To note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author only.

Top 5 Indie RPGs Players Should Check Out In June 2022

1) Tunic

The tunic is a action-adventure RPG from developer Andrew Shouldice and published by Finji. The game follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic fox through a world full of enemies and boss fights. Tunic was released on March 16, 2022 on all platforms and will be coming to next-gen consoles in September 2022.

The game is played in an isometric view, with players maneuvering the fox around the world. Exploration is the main feature of the game, as the story, game text, and dialogues are all delivered in a language that players are not usually expected to understand.

Tunic employs some metroidvania elements, with some areas inaccessible until an element is acquired or enough story progress has been made. The combat and world are similar to the Soulsborne series, with a stamina meter used to roll and attack and a checkpoint system similar to Dark Souls bonfires.

2) Hades

Hades is the roguelike which stole the show in 2020 when it was released. Developed by Supergiant Games, this game tells an original story set in the lands of the Underworld of Greek mythology. Following Zagreus, son of Hades, lord of the dead, this RPG sees the protagonist fight their way through many areas of the lands of the dead to escape the Underworld.

Traversing the lands of Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium, and the Temple of Styx, players battle various monsters and bosses while making new friends with different famous personalities from Greek myths as well as the gods themselves.

The many friends Zagreus makes along the way will give him various items to help him on his journey, while the gods can grant him different boons, which players can change to suit their needs. Being a roguelike, the game repeats the same gameplay loop of the four areas while other parts unlock new endings.

3) Disco Elysee

Widely regarded as one of the best indie RPGs ever made, Disco Elysee was developed and published by ZA/UM and released on October 15, 2019. This game’s protagonist and player character is a detective who sets out to solve a murder while dealing with amnesia. Disco Elysium is depicted in a top-down isometric view, where players control their character.

The game focuses on the different attributes players need to assign during the character creation process. This determines how the player character functions in the game’s open world, which skills they are best suited for, and which ones they will most likely fail at.

The main attributes of the game are intellect, psyche, physique, and motor skills, which players can further improve through leveling up. The game does not feature any direct combat, instead opting for TTRPG-style skill checks, which, if successful, will allow players to perform actions. Dialogue is also an important aspect that determines the flow of the story.

4) Loop Hero

Loop Hero is an RPG from Russian developer Four Quarters that takes place in an endless looping world. The gameplay follows a hero at the end of the world where reality itself is soon to be destroyed by none other than God himself, known here as Omega. This retro-style top-down 2D game will challenge players to use their creativity and ingenuity to progress through the map.

The hero is spawned into the game world, which at first is a simple looping path populated by a handful of enemies. The loop is further enhanced by playing different cards around the map to gain passive abilities, add more powerful enemies, and make other such changes throughout the game.

Players can choose to play as one of three classes: Warrior, Rogue, and Necromancer, each with their own specific attributes as well as unique attacks. Enemy encounters occur separately from exploration gameplay, with each enemy defeat granting players a few drops, including new maps, which can be used to explore the map further. The higher the enemy level, the better the drops.

5) The Forgotten City

From developer Modern Storyteller, The Forgotten City was released as a standalone game in July 2021, although it started life as a fashion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game is a first-person action-adventure RPG set in an ancient Roman city hidden in the underground areas near the Tiber in Italy.

Players control an unnamed protagonist, who finds himself in this town and becomes embroiled in its politics and assassination plot. There is a rule on the town that requires citizens to commit no sins, known as the Golden Rule. Breaking this rule means being transformed into a golden statue.

The story of this small-scale game is complex and includes many small side quests that players can complete. A key aspect of the gameplay is the reset mechanic, a portal that players can go through at any time to reset all events the moment they arrive in the city. Therefore, if players die for any reason, the game resets and all progress is lost.

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