From a Switch release of Devolver’s My Friend Pedro to the stylish moodiness of Neo Cab, Nintendo’s Spring Nindies Direct seemed to confirm that 2019 would see no deficit in fascinating releases.

With a potential Nintendo Direct coming this April, here are our five most anticipated indie games releasing in 2019.

Creature in the Well

At first glance, Creature in the Well doesn’t look dissimilar to Hyper Light Drifter, with its stylized visuals and lone swordbearer protagonist.

Yet, it’s actually a pinball-inspired hack n’ slash dungeon crawler.

While that doesn’t sound like an obvious combination, it does look fun, challenging and enticingly rhythmic.


In this zippy actioner, you are ‘Mr. Wolf’.

Betrayed and left for dead, the wolf-capped antihero embarks on a bloody rampage to track down his killer.

The visual style gives Bloodroots the pleasing impression of a Samurai Jack cartoon, except with a far more liberal approach to blood.

As someone who devoured Hotline Miami start to finish, that’s certainly put Bloodroots high on my to-watch list.

The Red Lantern

The Red Lantern had one of the most intriguing trailers of the Spring Showcase.

Set within the gorgeously-rendered Alaskan plains, you control a  sledge-racer who’s left stranded after an accident in the frozen wilderness.

Though the trailer doesn’t offer much to go on, it feels tonally similar to Firewatch, yet with personal disaster moments comparable to Tomb Raider. 

Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda

I’d never have thought of smooshing Zelda together with the rhythm game, but this Crypt of the NecroDancer spin-off quickly became one of my most anticipated indie releases of the year.

After leaving the notorious Crypt to find yourself inexplicably in Hyrule, you team up with Link and Zelda to save the kingdom.

You’ll explore randomly generated worlds and dungeons while matching the beats of The Legend of Zelda theme tune as you cut down the series’ hallmark beasts.


In this turn-based survival game, the player accompanies a group of travellers on an adventure across a post-apocalyptic United States, fighting off monsters, scavenging for materials and making tough choices concerning your crew of survivors.

And according to Nintendo, there’ll be consequences for every action you take.

Featured Image: Nintendo

Related Topics