This here is part 2 of our "ten great games you might have missed in 2019" feature. Here's part 1 in case you missed it.
Astrologaster is among the most unique and surprisingly funny games of 2019. It tells the tale of real-life occultist Simon Foreman, who attempted to diagnose and cure old-timey London residents of their various ailments using astrology. Its choice-based gameplay is simple and fun, but it's the writing and voice acting that makes Astrologaster an easy recommendation.
Knights and Slimes
Knight and Slimes is a smart roguelike platformer which takes the humble slime and turns it into one of the best video game enemies of the year. Hitting a slime with your weapon will result in it splitting in two, leaving you with double the enemies to take on. That said, the enemies will shrink with each strike, meaning there will eventually come a point where they've been whittled down to nothing. It's a great mobile game which feels like a forgotten classic of the early App Store.
The Stillness of the Wind
The Stillness of the Wind is a gorgeous and affecting game which casts you as an elderly woman left alone to tend to her farm. Its gameplay is intentionally slow, which is going to cause many to bounce straight off it, but the game offers a powerful tale to those who stick around.
This one's for those who miss old school adventure games and their very deliberate pacing. The free-to-play prologue and chapter 1 are currently all that's available to play, but already 157 has delivered plenty of neat moments and a compelling drip-feed of plot details. Sure, its puzzles can be a little hit and miss, but there's a lot to like here.
Scorcher is a fast-paced, frenetic title which brings some much-needed life to the tired runner genre. Its blistering pace and striking aesthetic are the main reasons to play, but Scorcher also boasts an excellent soundtrack which ebbs and flows to match the gameplay.
It's an easy recommendation for runner fans or those looking for a burst of energy following this week's festivities.