Even though Sony eventually performed a U-turn on shuttering the PS Vita digital store, tomorrow (20th July) still marks the cut-off point for new digital PS Vita releases.
It so transpires that a handful of indie studios have new games lined up, helping the cult handheld to go out with a bang rather than a whimper.
We covered Sometimes Youâ€™s promising Metroidvania Witchycraft (a â€œtemporaryâ€ PS Vita exclusive) last week. This isnâ€™t the only release from the indie specialist â€“ sci-fi puzzler Mind Maze is planned too, playing like the classic pen and paper game Dots and Boxes. We found the recent demo surprisingly challenging.
Then thereâ€™s Russian Subway DogsÂ (also coming to PS4), based on the real-life stray dogs of Moscow whoâ€™ve learned to ride the subway and snaffle food from passengers. The PC version, from 2018, gained â€˜very positiveâ€™ reviews on Steam.
Gumbo Machineâ€™s Ultra Mission will offer 20 levels of top-down arcade shooting. Killer Dolls United – starring a cast of female characters – is also viewed from a top-down perspective but appears to play more like a hack â€˜n slasher.
These two are overshadowed somewhat by the aptly named SturmFront: The Mutant War – Farewell Edition. The original SturmFront only hit the likes of Xbox One and PS4 back in April, gaining favourable reviews and comparisons to 1992’s Total Carnage.
A few more homegrown projects springing out of nowhere isn’t out of the question, so don’t be surprised to see something not covered here on the storefront tomorrow.