The resurgence of pixel gaming has grown in popularity thanks to widely successful games like Stardew Valley, Undertale, and Terraria. These games and many other popular indie games have helped reignite the love of retro style games.
One of the biggest publishers that comes to mind when thinking of indie games is Chucklefish. They’ve helped develop and publish some of the biggest indie games since 2011. Chucklefish was also respected as a publisher who would rather spend time releasing polished games than prematurely launching an unfinished product. It’s not hard to see why fans love this company so much.
13 Wanderlust: Reverse
Chucklefish’s debut saw the first published game known as Wanderlust: Rebirth. Developed by Yeti Trunk, this co-op action RPG was released in 2011.
In this game, you embark on a quest to save humanity as the hero of an old legend. There are several game modes with many enemies to fight with four different character classes and skills. The game has been released to positive reviews over time, but reactions have been mixed. Worst Chucklefish game on Steam at 50%.
12 Wanderlust Adventure
The second installment of Wanderlust was released as a standalone game set in the Wanderlust universe. Wanderlust Adventures is an open world free roam action RPG.
The game features many events with 65 different enemies to fight, 4 character classes with different skills to unlock, and a vast world to explore. If you have the first game, you can also unlock the game’s original hero. This game is the second worst game on Steam with slightly better user reviews.
One of the rare games available in early access as of 2023 and published by Chucklefish is Starmancer. Released on Steam in 2021, Starmancer received mixed reviews.
Starmancer is a game about rebuilding a human colony. In this sandbox game, you play as an AI looking for a place to start a new life for humans. Space exploration, resource management, the consequences of your actions, and much more to do. You can keep the new humanity safe from space zombies and give them jobs.
10 Pocket Rumble
Developed by Cardboard Robot Games and released in 2016, Pocket Rumble is an early access game marketed as a beginner-friendly 2D fighter.
Very reminiscent of games like Street Fighter and SNK Fighters, the game only uses a simple two-button control system for combat. Everything from the health bar to the damage is simple, making it very beginner-friendly. There are 5 offline modes, including training and arcade, and 2 online modes, including rankings.
9 half way
Halfway is one of Chucklefish’s first released games, and the third to be precise. Developed by Robotality and released in 2014, this game received good reviews.
Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG. You play as another survivor in a colony ship and try to survive by fighting different enemies. The storyline offers 10-14 hours of gameplay, characters with unique skills, and turn-based combat. The story doesn’t end there, as you can modify the game for added missions, campaigns and map editing.
If Pathway could be summed up, it would be an Indiana Jones story meets a pixel indie game. Developed by Robotality and published in 2019, Pathway is a turn-based strategy adventure game.
Set in the 1930s, the game offers an occult-based story and gameplay. You must embark on a journey to stop the forces of evil from raiding tombs and bunkers. Five campaigns, countless choices, and a story full of rare loot. Pathway has been well received by fans and critics alike.
7 war groove
Looking at Wargroove, you can see the influence of many games that came before it. This strategy turn-based game was developed by Chucklefish and released in 2019.
It’s easy to see why this game has been so well received by so many people, and it’s because of the Chucklefish feel we’ve come to know and love. There are many characters to play in the campaign with 4 different factions. You can also create your own maps and campaigns and play in three different game modes.
6 time spinner
There has always been an idea of what it would be like to travel back in time and change your destiny. That’s the point of Timespinner.
Developed by Lunar Ray Games and released in 2018, this 2D action platformer combines a great story with a retro feel. What really made this game stand out was the protagonist’s ability to warp time and the nostalgic feeling of classic platformers. The game received good reviews from fans and critics alike.
5 risk of rain
Risk of Rain is the second game released by Chucklefish to many positive reviews. Risk of Rain was released in 2013 and developed by Hopoo Games.
This action platformer combines roguelike elements with a classic 2D feel into a very fun game. The main objective is to survive as long as possible through ten levels, but the more time you spend, the more difficult the game becomes. There are over 100 different items to use, drones to help you out, and 12 different characters to play with, along with tons of enemies and bosses to fight.
Inmost is a very unique take on a puzzle platformer. This game is an unforgettable and beautiful story of loss and hope brilliantly developed by Hidden Layer Games.
Released in 2019, this narrative driven game brings together the stories of three different characters intertwined with dark visuals. Each character has a unique gameplay style and must go through a variety of specially crafted adventures. Inmost has received very positive feedback and is one of the top rated Chucklefish games. One look at this game and it’s easy to see why.
Space exploration games can always make or break, but they hit it big when it was released in 2016 when Chucklefish decided to develop and release it on its own.
Starbound lets you explore different worlds while being a side-scrolling action game. You can choose from 7 different races and customize your character with several options. As well as having a main story, there are also plenty of side quests, dungeons and worlds to explore. You have the ability to travel to silent or extremely hostile planets, and you must be well equipped to deal with the environment. There is also a lot to do in terms of building spaceships.
2 to the east
Eastward was a highly anticipated game even before its release. When it was finally released in 2021, it was well received with very positive feedback.
Developed by Pixpil, Eastward is an adventure game set in a near future where society is collapsing. You play as a duo traveling the world, fighting different enemies with different weapons and trying to solve different puzzles. A unique and heart-warming storyline and near-future setting, along with an amazing soundtrack, really make this game stand out.
One Stardew Valley
When you think of the name Chucklefish, the first game that might come to mind is Stardew Valley, and for good reason.
Developed by ConcernedApe and released in 2016, Stardew Valley already had a sizable fan base prior to the game’s release. When it was finally released, thanks to Chucklefish’s help, the game garnered a huge following and exceeded expectations. The game sparked the love of farming games with RPG elements and a story that captivated players.
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