As soon as Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest showcase ended, Day of the Devs began, putting lots of interesting, unique indie games in the spotlight. While not all of the games shown during this segment are coming to PlayStation, a handful of them are, and it's a very eclectic bunch. We're going to go run through each of them now, and you can find a little more information over on the PS Blog. Let's have a look.
Animal Well is a 2D, side-scrolling pixel art platformer, but it has a very mysterious air about it that we find very intriguing. You control a little round character and simply must navigate through the titular labyrinth, discovering its multitude of secrets and dangers as you explore and delve deeper. It looks like you'll unlock some new abilities, make friends and foes, and uncover some cool secrets. It's described as a multi-layered experience, with apparently some puzzles that will take some community participation to crack. Very interesting. Animal Well is heading to PS5 in late 2022/early 2023.
We actually already knew about this one, but we're including it because it looks pretty promising. Escape Academy is a game all about escape rooms, designed by a team with experience in making real life escape rooms. Framed as a school environment, it's up to you (and a co-op partner, if you like) to solve each room, which are all filled with puzzles and secrets. There's a new video above going over the concept, and it looks like it'll be a good time. It's actually super close to release, coming to PS5 and PS4 on 14th July 2022.
Well, this one's just adorable, isn't it? Naiad is a peaceful, relaxing adventure game about swimming down a river. Playing as the titular character, your sole purpose in this game is to splash about and interact with the plants and critters you meet along the way. Divided into 16 chapters, you'll journey through forests, caves, creeks, and more. It just looks so nice. This chill experience floats onto PS5 and PS4 on 1st October 2022.
Perhaps our favourite is Time Flies, the new game from the people that brought us the hilariously odd Plug & Play and KIDS (neither of which are on PlayStation). This curious little game casts you as a house fly and, depending on where you live, your fly will be given a lifespan in seconds equivalent to your country's average life expectancy. That's a long way of saying you'll have just over a minute or so to explore a minimalist house and carry out various mini objectives, fulfilling that little fly's bucket list. Time Flies buzzes onto PS5 and PS4 in 2023.
What do you make of these indie games from Day of the Devs? Tell us in the comments section below.