CounterSpy is a fun little gem of a game from indie studio Dynamighty that draws on a rich stylistic history of espionage in 1960’s cinema. It starts with excellent graphic design inspired by the likes of Saul Bass, then layers on a cool, “spy jazz” soundtrack that would have made Mancini proud. Add some fun, light gameplay combining side-scrolling action with simple stealth mechanics and you have an experience that will have you longing for the simpler times of cold war espionage.
Mudlarks is a point-and-click adventure from indie developer Cloak and Dagger Games. It freely mixes fictional European history, paranormal events, and, of course, the strangely tantalizing world of mudlarks, people who muck about the shores of the Thames in search of historical artifacts. Besides being a decent game in its own right, Mudlarks shows what a small, amateur dev team can accomplish when they focus on what matters most.