Greenlight District: Merchant, Ionia, Under That Rain, Professor Why, Pavel Quest

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.

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Merchant (Greenlight)

Belethor was probably the true unsung hero in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, willing to sell even his sister for profit if it would help the Dragonborn in his or her quest to put Alduin to rest. In all seriousness, players of RPGs would be lost without the vast network of reagents, magical weaponry, potions and food that vendors provide. Taking a different route than the cutesy dungeon crawler Recettear, Merchant places you in a fantasy game’s shop and tasks you with securing items through arbitrage, using heroes to acquire your goods or sending out workers to collect resources. Merchant’s take on shop management looks promising for gamers looking to get a cut of that sweet, sweet hero-extorting action.

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Ionia (Greenlight)

While I might be a little biased in favor of glitchy, surreal exploration-based games like Naissance, Master Reboot and  Soul Axiom, the brand of dreamlike, airy platforming and exploration provided by Ionia hits all the right notes. Futuristic environments devoid of other characters, sparsely lit by flickering screens? Parallel level configurations which you must jump between in order to progress? Sign me up.

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Under That Rain (Greenlight) (Indiegogo)

Badtale Studios brings us retro-styled psychological horror a la Downfall in their disturbing adventure game Under That Rain. In a world plagued by endless precipitation, our protagonist is confronted by nightmarish experiences and uncomfortable decisions aplenty. As a social worker from Paris, you’ve become obsessed with a missing child and the manor that was his birthright. You’ll subject yourself to countless untold horrors in the name of finding the truth.

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Professor Why (Greenlight)

I’ve professed my love for edutainment games before and as long as they’re genuinely interesting, I’ll continue to do so. Professor Why uses augmented reality to boost engagement – and hopefully fact retention in players. Players can print AR markers – similar to QR codes – onto regular paper and perform experiments through a webcam. Mouse-and-keyboard players will be able to do the same to gain a basic understanding of chemistry in this first installment of a planned series. Revolutionary or not, it’s a novel and interesting educational aid.

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Pavel Quest (Greenlight)

It’s hardly Greenlight District without a pixelated side-scroller, and this week’s Nintendo-hard entry is Pavel Quest, a fast-paced and unforgiving puzzle-platformer. You’ll have to guide the endlessly running Pavel through gaps in acid sprays, spikes, fire and more to achieve victory. Expect to die. A lot.