So August is traditionally the slowest month for game releases, the end of the summer, the slowest release period, in an awkward time between E3 and the biggest release period, fall, and the pre-holiday sales… and we didn’t even have an E3 this year. So you’d expect this August to be slow as well, but you’d be wrong. While this month may not have the AAA releases you are looking for, the indiesphere is popping off, with one of the heaviest months for indie releases we have seen in a while. So if you get tired of playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3, or whatever July AAA release piqued your interest, there are going to be a ton of August titles you can pick up for 20 bucks or less that will keep you entertained.
The Gallery (August 1 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
Taking after amazing FMV games like Her Story, The Gallery is a two-part mystery, half set in 1981, half set in 2021. A mystery surrounding a mad artist and a bomb threat, can you unravel the mystery in time?
The Mortuary Assistant (August 2 – PC)
Life isn’t easy for a mortician. You have to examine bodies to figure out why they died and determine if foul play is involved. Then, every so often, there are demons. All in a day’s work.
Frogun (August 2 – PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
Frogun is a throwback to PS1/N64 era platformers. You play as Renata as you travel across a world of mystical ruins aimed with your frog-shaped grappling hook, the titular Frogun.
South of the Circle (August 3 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
Every month seems to have another major narrative game that people are excited about. This month it’s South of the Circle, a game that explores relationships and duty during the era of the Cold War.
After Wave: Downfall (August 3 – PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
It’s not often that we see shmups get new releases, but here we are. You and your friends will team up on a series of aquaborn battleships with heavy artillery to battle against the invading Deathtrix. It’s classic shmup action, now on water.
Turbo Golf Racing (August 4 – PC, XBO, XSX)
It’s Rocket League… but with Golf… that’s it. That’s the pitch.
Hindsight (August 4 – PC, Mac, Switch)
What if everything you touched provided a window into that object’s past? What secrets would you uncover? That’s the core of this narrative adventure.
Vanaris Tactics (August 4 – PC)
Vanaris Tactics seeks to bring back the classic feeling of the original Final Fantasy Tactics in a brand new land. You lead a group of refugees fleeing their occupied motherland and attempting to unite your people and escape your oppressors.
Camp Canyonwood (August 4 – PC)
We have practically every other simulator known to man, it was about time someone made a summer camp simulator. Build and manage a struggling summer camp and turn it from a run-down corner of the woods to where every kid wants to spend their vacation.
Retreat to Enen (August 5 – PC)
Survivalism sims seem to be hot now and this one has an interesting twist. It’s post-apocalyptic, in the year 3600 CE. Humanity narrowly avoided extinction and it[‘s up to you to rebuild, among the ruins of a forgotten world.
Gigabash (August 5 – PC, PS4, PS5)
Remember the old War of the Monster arcade game? Well, that style of gameplay is back, with a bit of a cartoony spin. You take control of giant monsters, heroes, robots, and even living buildings, battling it out in settings where you can revel in the collateral damage.
Timothy and the Tower of Mu (August 9 – PC)
This is Celeste with RPG combat elements. It’s an oldschool hardcore sprite-based platformer where you are going to die… a lot. Can you overcome the Tower of Mu?
Two Point Campus (August 9 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
From the makers of Two Point Hospital, Two Point Campus lets you create and manage your very own University. Will you pursue higher learning in all its forms, or will you be a renowned party campus?
Lost in Play (August 10 – PC, Mac, Switch)
It’s great to see the Puzzle Adventure genre getting some love, and this one has such an interesting premise, a cartoon-style adventure through the imagination of children. It’s almost like you are playing a Cartoon Network show!
Rumbleverse (August 11 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
A free-to-play, 40-person, wrestling brawler battle royale, where you can play as a giant chicken! Sign me up!
Arcade Paradise (August 11 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
In this arcade management sim, you need to do everything involved with making an arcade run, while also managing your day-to-day life. Make enough profit and manage your time well and you may even be able to play some of your treasured arcade games!
Cult of the Lamb (August 11 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
This is one of the most anticipated indie releases this month. Imagine Stardew Valley crossing with The Binding of Isaac. It’s rogue-lite farming, friending, satanic cult fun, with cute animal friends to boot.
Rollerdrome (August 16 – PC, PS4, PS5)
In the harsh post-apocalyptic wastelands, conflict can only be resolved in one way… ROLLER DERBY WITH GUNS!
Thymesia (August 18 – PC, PS5, XSX)
In this souls-like RPG, you are a plague doctor who commands the powers of pestilence. You must travel to a ruined kingdom that has fallen to dark alchemy, as all inside it have become monsters.
Cursed to Golf (August 18 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
You have died. Bummer. Of course, we all know you can challenge the Grim Reaper for your eternal soul. And what will you challenge him in? Golf of course! Part golf game, part metroidvania, every hole counts when you are golfing for a second chance at life.
Madden NFL 23 (August 19 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
One of the only AAA titles coming out this month, and it’s Madden. You wanna play football? This is how you play football. You know what Madden is.
Midnight Fight Express (August 23 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
What if a thrilling kung-fu street brawling flick was an isometric action game? That’s what Midnight Fight Express is, and it’s looking to be one of the more exciting action indie releases of August.
Saints Row (August 23 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
Now, this is the AAA release in August that’s worth looking out for. Amid a sea of indie releases, Saints Row is coming back! This is a bit different in tone to the last Saints Row we saw. Probably not going to be wielding giant purple you-know-whats here. It’s still delightfully over the top though, and that’s enough to make it worth a look.
SD Gundam Battle Alliance (August 25 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
Take control of all the most notable Gundams of history in this super deformed super chibi RPG action game. It’s fanservice, but it’s excellent fanservice.
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (August 25 – PC, PS4, PS5, Switch)
You were born on a starship far from Earth. You have never even known the planet you came from. Now it’s up to you to colonize a new planet with a small band of survivors. Live your life, grow up, find love, and maybe uncover a secret or two in this card based rogue-lite sci-fi RPG.
Soul Hackers 2 (August 26 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
Are you a Persona fan? Are you a fan of the rest of the Megaten series? Do you have any idea what I am talking about? Either way, you deserve to check out Soul Hackers 2. The sequel to Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hacker, a 1997 game for the Sega Saturn, this Megaten spinoff benefits from all the major advancements made in modern day Persona games, just with the darker plotlines that the Megaten series is known form, with all the anime style you know and love.
Immortality (August 30 – PC, Mac, XSX)
What a strange time we are living in to see not one but two FMV games release in the same month in the year 2022. Immortality is actually made from the creator of Her Story, and follows a mystery about Marissa Marcel, a film star who made three movies, none of which were ever published, and then mysteriously disappeared.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (August 30 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
If Shredders Revenge has got you in the mood for more TMNT, then you are in luck. This new collection brings back all of the Turtles’ greatest video games. Yes, that includes the unbeatable NES game, and the little known SNES fighting game. Take a trip through Turtles history in this fantastic collection.
Fraymakers (TBA August – PC)
And finally, as a cap off to this wonderful month of indie releases, we have a new platform fighting game that puts all the biggest indie icons against each other in one amazing brawl. You can even create your own characters, stages, and modes, and become an indie icon yourself!