Small… But Perfectly Formed
The best black and white indies to play right now
West of Loathing It might look like something you’d doodle in the back of your jotter in school but don’t be fooled, West Of Loathing is a hilarious, in-depth RPG. Pick your class, head out into the detailed open world, and turn up the rollicking soundtrack. All the fun of Westworld without waiting for HBO.
Spiders? Check. Hideous head worms? Check. LED signs that murder you? Also check. It’s besides the point but who on earth would want to see this in full colour? Taking fifty shades of grey to a whole new horrifying level, even replaying Limbo is a disturbing shadowy gift to your nightmares.
How do you make Where’s Wally even harder? Make it monochrome and have everything move. Adriaan de Jongh’s hidden object puzzler is a relaxing delight that’ll have you poring over your screen for hours. You can even play on the go on your phone or tablet, like portable meditation.
Waking up in a 1940s hospital as a storm rages is terrifying enough, but the creeping sense of dread in this VR-exclusive is palpable. Whether you’re escaping shackles or taking on Lovecraftian creatures with your mechanical heart, this noir world is virtual reality at its real-life-escaping best.
Escape Pl an
Remember Lil and Laarg, PS Vita owners? Thankfully now available on PS4, this hapless pair still need your help to, well, escape rooms of endless deadly traps in a nefarious gloops factory. A beautiful art style and ridiculously dark sense of humour blend together to make a joyous puzzle platformer.