This month seems to have gone by so fast! By the time you read this, it should already be mid-August and I still haven’t completed all the games I need to review! Within the last few months, we’ve seen a resurgence of games with old-school-gameplay and the emergence of classic side scrollers reminiscent of the 16-bit era. With so many great indie titles to choose from, it was difficult to pick a Top 10. But just because you’re favorite indie game might not be on my list this week, it doesn’t mean it won’t be on the next! Stay tuned!

Developer: Stingbot Games

The Forbidden Arts is an action-adventure platformer with a focus on discovery and exploration. You play as Phoenix, a young boy who seeks to master the element of fire in a grand adventure of ancient magic.

Developer: MistFly Games

Subdivision Infinity is an immersive and pulse-pounding sci-fi space shooter featuring stunning graphics and tight spaceship gameplay. Hunt down and destroy enemy spacecraft, crush capital ships, mine asteroids for rare minerals, and find blueprints to craft amazing new vessels!

Developer: Game Atelier

A legendary series returns with a brand new adventure! Enjoy a colorful action-adventure game made alongside Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the original Wonder Boy in Monster World series.

A modern take on the retro arcade shooter. Super Mega Space Blaster Special is a fast-paced frantic blast of a shoot ’em up (shmup). Played alone or in local coop the game is addictive and will keep you coming back to unlock the next ship or beat your high-score.

Experience nature’s wrath in this top-down twin-stick shooter. Command up to 10 different wing sets each with a unique bombing tactic. Unleash fury with powerful weapon upgrades. Defend your grove with Flutter Bombs!

Developer: DRM GMZ

Deep Space Anomaly. Throwdown a challenge to mad alien mutants in dynamic firefights with continuous injection of adrenaline! Get ready for the most unforgettable and enchanting space confrontation of all time!

HORGIHUGH is a horizontal side-scrolling shoot ’em up from Japanese developer PiXEL featuring vibrant retro graphics, intense boss battles, a unique power-up system, and an adorable roster of anthropomorphic characters.

Fighters Legacy is a 1 on 1 INDIE CASUAL combat game. No flashy over the top effects, just good old fashioned fisticuffs!

Never Give Up is a death-defying platformer packed full of vicious traps and hazards specifically designed to turn you into bloody chunks, and where the only way out— is through. It may break your keyboard, don’t let it break your will.

Devader is an intense 90’s-style twin-stick shooter, complete with crazy old-school bosses, powerful tower defense abilities and multiple endings. Upgrade your robot with nukes, shields, turrets and more to exterminate the relentless invaders.