Games can take a bit of time – and time is a limited resource. For those of you who live the weekend (especially this weekend), we've come up with a few new indie games (and a classic) that are trying, not taking up too much time and money.  As fun as it is to dive deep into Open World / Action / RPG / Survival / Battle Royale Extravaganza # 284, not everyone has that kind of time. We understand it … life happens and you have to eat, shop and maybe get to pets or children. Sometimes you just want to have a good game that you do not have to sink into for hours.
To that end, we figured that now is a good time to highlight some recently released indie games that need a bit of your time, but not too much. The games themselves are not necessarily short (each game can be pumped for hours with enough effort), but they will definitely not claim the same number of hours from you as Kingdom Hearts 3 Sekiro or Metro Exodus . They are also all under $ 20, so they will not burden your time or your bank account.
This game from an Argentine studio is one of those jigsaw puzzles that do not require you to exert too much effort. This makes you think, but the soothing music and visual appearance are so relaxing that it's almost anti-stress. In this game you navigate in a 2D environment of shapes and lines and solve navigation puzzles.
That's it. The rules are not complex, but the atmosphere makes the whole thing an experience. It is pleasant, uncomplicated and simply wonderful. If you want to relax this weekend, this is the game you can do it with.
ETHEREAL is available on Steam and the Humble Store for $ 9.99. It was originally published as part of the Humble Bundle last September.
Baba are you
To be able to play puzzle games, new ways must sometimes be found in the rules, but at Baba you are the rewriting of the rules. In this one you play … I want to say a bunny? In any case, you're playing a creature called Baba that solves puzzles by literally rearranging the rules for the screen puzzle. For example, if you have a rule that says "Rock is Push" and "Flag is Win," Baba has to push the sentences of the sentence to read "Rock is Win" so he can win by running instead a stone.
It sounds weird and it takes a bit of getting used to, but it's fun to get the hang of it. It's fun to think of the rules of the game and not the environments as a puzzle. There are a variety of levels, so you may not have to finish it this weekend, but it's both easy to set and a pleasure to pick up.
Baba is You is available on Steam Humble Store and the Nintendo Switch for $ 14.99.
We. The Revolution
This game, in which you play a judge during the French Revolution, is a fascinating version of riddles and practices. You must preside over various legal proceedings and determine guilt, innocence, and how judgment will benefit you personally. The political climate is, as always, a ubiquitous cloud.
It's almost more of a strategy game than a puzzle. You must carefully manage your reputation with legal proceedings so that you do not stand near the guillotine. It's a tricky game and maybe not for everyone. But at least it's worth trying it out, and it's an easy game to play for a few hours.
We. The Revolution is available for $ 19.99 on Steam and GOG. According to the developer, the game will be released later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch.
Return of Obra Dinn
We have already accepted this game and it is not a new release, so consider it an honorable mention of this list. Nevertheless, it has just won several awards at the Game Developers Conference and the Indie Games Festival. So if you missed it last year, now is a good opportunity to get in.
In this murder mystery game you must discover the fate of the passengers who have disappeared the titular ship. It's a lot harder than it sounds, because you need to pay attention to contextual hints and make some pretty complex conclusions to find out. It also has a juicy story.
The Return of Obra Dinn is available on Steam, the Humble Store and GOG for $ 19.99.
I wish you a nice weekend! Let me know what you are playing!
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