Greenlight District: Poncho, The Corridor, desolate, Hardland, CodeSpells

It’s hard to find great indie games on Steam Greenlight when the service is so inundated with garbage. To mitigate this, our discerning staff works tirelessly to find the very best games and bring them to our Greenlight District. Here they are displayed for your perusal and consideration. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection.


Poncho (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Poncho is a 2D open-world puzzle-platformer that toys with your perception by including layers in its seemingly flat environment. In its world, humanity is long-extinct, and robots have begun to band together in groups. Supposedly packed with discoverables and secrets alongside randomly generated fauna ecosystems, the game plops you down in the center of the action and lets you determine where to go.


The Corridor: On Behalf of the Dead (Greenlight)

Remember that pretty terrible J-Lo movie, The Cell? The one where she hopped into the mind of a serial killer? Well, the folks at Desktop Daydreams took a similar premise and turned it into something that, quite frankly, looks awesome and terrifying. Following some kind of society-shattering cataclysm, violent crime rapidly became the norm. “The Corridor” became an experimental tool of justice, where Custodians enter the minds of psychopaths in hopes of solving gruesome murders. This game has a TON of promise and the videos on the Greenlight page are fifty shades of really damn creepy.


desolate (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

desolate is a hand-painted adventure game with puzzle elements that explores the emotions and difficulties associated with growing up. Forcing players to address massive mistakes and lapses in judgment through real change and the use of three main mechanics – touching, speaking, and gesturing – desolate will be a difficult exploration into acceptance and resolution. Featuring lovingly detailed Tokyo cityscapes and New Zealand environments, it is extremely easy on the eyes.


Hardland (Greenlight) – Greenlit!

As a fan of fantasy action-RPGs, the trailer for Hardland made me fuzzy in all the right ways. The player awakes in a procedurally generated world ruled by the same Elder King for over 1000 years who is (finally) dying. With a tilt-shifted claymation aesthetic that feels transported straight out of fairytales, it’s an absolute pleasure to look at. Seriously, it’s beautiful. Characters are given free reign over their destiny: become Lord of the Chickens if you so desire and have a train of clucking companions, or don a mask and murder everyone in sight.


CodeSpells (Greenlight) (Kickstarter)

Creating an interesting and entertaining edutainment game is a difficult premise. Too heavy on the informative aspect and you’re likely to lose interest off the bat, too light on it and it loses credibility. CodeSpells uses a sleek, intuitive coding interface to allow players to create an infinite variety of spells in a sandbox environment. Players can team up online and even create game modes to compete in!