recettear.JPGThere's been a couple of big indie releases this week, and some nice trailers on the old Youtubes to feast your eyes on. Rather than post each one by one, I thought it might be nice to do a roundup. Also, I'm lazy.

Let's mention Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale first. An RPG with a twist, as you are put in the role of the lady behind the counter in an item shop. You may think all she does is stand around, playing the role of your standard NPC type, but Recettear will tell you otherwise. Where do you think all those items comes from? Dungeon looting, of course!

It's really charming fun, with great dialogue and story. Carpe Fulgur translated the entire game from Japanese for your benefit, and you should thank them by giving it a Steam purchase.

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Frictional Games released Amnesia: The Dark Descent this week, and according to many online reviews, it's one of the scariest games ever created. You control Daniel, who wakes up in a castle and has no idea who he is or why he's there. Then his troubled memories begin to attack him, and that's when you'll be jumping out of your chair.

I haven't got around to giving it a go yet, but I'm a self-professed scaredy cat, so I'm kinda building myself up to it. Grab a copy here if you're up for it. I dare you!

Time to make with the trailers! Skulls of the Shogun is apparently a bit like Advance Wars, but with a more arcadey feel to it. You also power up your units by eating the skulls of your dead enemies, so that's a nice selling point right there.

The game is coming to XBLA and PC early next year. Check out the official site for more details.

Snailien Invasion is clearly inspired by classic multiplayer blaster Liero, but it also includes jetpacks, and everybody loves jetpacks. There is 8-player online multiplayer, and 4-player splitscreen. 240 MS Points from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Excruciating Guitar Voyage is "a platform/puzzle/adventure game featuring fire, lasers, electricity and crickets. and levers." Yes, it has lots of levers. Coming later this year for PC and Xbox.