Sometimes you just have to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks. I don't know how else to explain how some of these games came together on their own, and I can feel a migraine setting in if I try to figure out how they found my eyeballs at the same point in time.
Learning to code to play a game seems kind of backwards, but if you want to play a hacker video game, you should probably suck it up. At some point Quadrilateral Cowboy probably just becomes a puzzle game, but I've wanted to get lost in a hacking simulation ever since I first saw Angelina Jolie. I've heard about this game for years and its finally out now on PC. Check out a review.
On one hand, I always love finding awesome looking games. On the other hand, it's quite frustrating when you have no idea when that game is coming out. Behold the Kickmen looks like a fantastic top down soccer game from one of the creative minds behind The Swindle. The thing is, he doesn't know anything about soccer, but it has charge shots, brutal tackles, and multi-point goals. I'm ready. I can't wait to get my hands on it, but that's all I can do.
Obviously, I was ready for some competition, and then thankfully Giraffe Volleyball Championship entered my life. The Pole Riders part of my brain immediately giggled with glee at these awkward giraffes. It's super easy to pick up and play with anyone. I just wish I could teach them to block with their legs. Go grab it on itch.io.
Insomniac Games continue to branch out, but I still never saw an underwater metroidvania coming from them. Song of the Deep looks like a fun adventure, but underwater levels always worry me so I'm not sure how an underwater game will hold up. From what I've seen though, Insomniac's imagination seems to be flourishing in the ocean. Available now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If silly giraffes aren't your thing, maybe overly serious teddy bears will do it for you. Bear With Me is a noir adventure game starring a detective teddy bear. It's hard to tell how much of a sense of humor this game has about itself, but maybe that's the joke. This game will be out on August 8 on Steam.
If you have any other discoveries of your own for Backlog to the Future, let me know in the comments.