The Nintendo Switch has so much indie appeal lately, and tons of games have been porting their way to the console. Many of these titles were only previously available on Steam, and that’s pretty cool because console gamers are quickly getting more chances to enjoy those little indie gems not available on PS4 or Xbox One. Baobabs Mausoleum Episode 1: Ovnifagos Don’t Eat Flamingos, Jacob Jazz’s weird genre-bender, is creeping into the catalogue today for only $5.99!
In Baobabs Mausoleum, players take control of Watracio Walpurgis, an FBI Agent-Zombie-Eggplant-Vampire, as he navigates the ethereal Flamingo’s Creek, a place that “appears every 25 years in Albatross Road, a neighborhood that only appears in nightmares.” The game is 50% mystery, 50% David Lynch, and 100% fever dream. Since this is only the first episode and it’s only $5.99, expect a small, digestible installment that’ll leave things on a cliffhanger with more to follow.
A lot of Baobabs‘ appeal comes from the intense weirdness, but also the mixed-genre gameplay, something similar to other small indie titles like Undertale. Part of that game’s appeal comes from the heart and soul inherent in the story, but also in the way it subverts expectations for gamers and introduces gameplay that seems to be something familiar yet different at the same time. There is something magical that happens when creators don’t take themselves too seriously, but still pour their talent into something that, on paper, sounds insane. Video games and comics are that place where the utterly ridiculous can flourish with the right creators and the right amount of style, and it’s these projects that I find myself drawn to more and more.
So many of these types of games crop up all the time, and it can be hard to keep track! Have a deep love for a weird but perfectly made indie project? Let us know in the comments below because we’d love to check it out!