10 sweet indie games coming out in July 2023

Posted on July 8, 2023

July? It’s here. What else is there to say but wow 2023 is now more than half over and you know what that means! MOAR INDIE GAMES! Shocker, I know. It’s a quieter month, with the hype of Summer Games Fest finally settling down. So without further ado, let us finally dive into this month’s fresh roster of indie games.

Presences: Dark Awakening

Developer: Cozy Marshmallow

Release Date: July 8

Platforms: PC

Genre: Horror

“Explore a dark reality, discover a forgotten ritual, interact with the world around you, solve ancient puzzles, platform treacherous underground chambers, and feel the terror. Survive the night in this interactive haunted house narrative adventure from a first-person perspective.”

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

Developer: Night School Studio

Release Date: July 13

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5,  Nintendo Switch

Genre: Mystery

“Five years after the events of OXENFREE, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio signals. What she finds is more than she bargained for.”

Sticky Business

Developer: Spellgarden Games

Release Date: 17 July

Platforms: PC

Genre: Simulator

“Experience the joy of running your own cozy small business: Create stickers, pack orders and hear your customers’ stories. Time to build the cutest shop on the internet!”


Developer: Sad Owl Studios

Release Date: July 18

Platforms: PC, PS5

Genre: Puzzle

“Challenge perception, redefine reality, and reshape the world around you with an instant camera. Viewfinder is a new single player game offering gamers hours of interesting and fun experiences while uncovering the mysteries left behind.”

From Madness with Love

Developer: Jamsanpoid, VampireK.K.

Release Date: July 18

Platforms: PC

Genre: Visual Novel

“This is a dating sim with guys you will never be on the same page with! For some reason, you just can’t communicate with the guy you like… An unusual yet extraordinary experience with a cute pixel art style, fully voiced in Japanese.”


Developer: Fire Hose Games

Release Date: July 19

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch

Genre: Simulator

“Techtonica is a first-person factory automation game set beneath the surface of an alien planet. Work alone or in co-op to build factories, gather resources, research new technologies, mold the destructible terrain, establish a base of operations, and uncover long-forgotten secrets.”

My Friendly Neighbourhood

Developer: John Szymanski, Evan Szymanski

Release Date: July 19

Platforms: PC

Genre: Horror

“Something scary is happening with everyone’s favorite Saturday morning puppet show, The Friendly Neighborhood! Play as Gordon, a repairman sent to get to the bottom of this disturbing dilemma. Fend off puppets and solve puzzles in this survival horror adventure.”

Crime O’Clock

Developer: Bad Seed

Release Date: Now Switch/July 21 PC

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch

Genre: Puzzle

“Crime O’Clock is an investigation and time exploration game with a deep storyline. Investigate cases through time and evolving maps by unveiling a multi-eras linked story. Will you be observant enough to solve the mysteries? Crime waits for no man!”

Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara

Developer: Chilbig

Release Date: July 28

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch

Genre: Platformer

“Join Koa and her best friend Napopo on an action-packed adventure through the islands of Mara! Outwit traps, manoeuvre dangerous environments, and explore a series of dazzlingly different landscapes on their quest to recover stolen pirate loot.”


Developer: Artificer

Release Date: July 31

Platforms:PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch

Genre: Puzzle

“Venba is a short narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more.”


After playing the incredibly hearty and short demo, Venba has rightfully won a place in my heart with its exploration of life and loss. Its art style is simple yet refined, carrying its narrative with a lively embrace of culture and cuisine. It’s coming to PC and all consoles on July 31.