10 exciting indie games to kick off your January 2024!

Posted on December 31, 2023

It’s a new year and we all have a new outlook on life with new aspirations! Of course, not everything changes, and smashing through some fabulous indie games is a constant here at Checkpoint Gaming. So why don’t we dive into January 2024’s crop of indie games and take a look at the titles we should be excited for!

If you’d like to check out last month’s indie list, look no further!

Micro Machines: Mini Challenge Mayhem

Developer: WIMO Games

Release Date: January 4

Platforms: PCVR, Meta Quest 2/3

“Race Micro Machines around tracks and bring impossible courses, stunts, and speed to life in a high-octane VR track builder and racing game! Build tracks, blaze through circuits, perform stunts at max speed, crash elaborate sets for ultimate demolition. Do it all in your own home in mixed reality!”

Sovereign Syndicate

Developer: Crimson Herring Studios

Release Date: January 15

Platforms: PC

“A Victorian steampunk RPG with tarot cards instead of dice. Investigate the disappearance of society’s most vulnerable to uncover a mysterious cult. Play as three characters, each with their own skills and motivations. Customize your characters with narrative choices to unlock new tarot cards.”

Toy Trains

Developer: Something Random

Release Date: January 16

Platforms: PCVR, PSVR, Meta Quest

“Let’s play Toy Trains! A playful track-building VR game where you create your own small world and engage in a captivating storyline. It’s all about imagination, creative thinking, having fun and… trains!”

Atlas Wept

Developer: Kbojisoft

Release Date: January 17

Platforms: PC

“A Humanist retro-style RPG game about sincerity and empathy, featuring friendly robot dogs and evil smiley faces.”

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank

Developer: Snoozy Kazoo

Release Date: January 18

Platforms: PC, Xbox, Switch

“Turnip Boy is back! This time he’s teaming up with the fearsome Pickled Gang to plan and execute the weirdest heist of all time. Shake down hostages, steal precious valuables, battle the fuzz, and use wacky tools bought off the dark web to move further into the vaults of the Botanical Bank.”

New Cycle

Developer: Core Engage

Release Date: January 18

Platforms: PC

“Build a new civilization out of the chaos of an apocalyptic solar flare as you grow your House from a lone shelter to an industrial metropolis. Take on the burden of preserving life itself and help your people realize their aim: “A future beyond survival.” Lead the world of New Cycle.”

The Cub

Developer: Demagog Studio

Release Date: January 19

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Switch

“From the creators of Golf Club Nostalgia and Highwater. Return to their whimsical, neon-lit apocalypse in a Jungle Book meets The Armageddon fusion. Parkour through the remains of humanity as a child being hunted, while catchy end-of-days tunes and curious survivor stories play on the radio.”


Developer: Slipgate Ironworks

Release Date: January 23

Platforms: PC

“Action, mystery, and a chance for redemption await you in the gritty action first person puzzler GRAVEN. Explore a dark fantasy world as a wrongly convicted man of faith. Battle the horrors of humanity, the wilds, and beyond using the environment, magic, and armaments.”

Go Mecha Ball

Developer: Whale Peak Games

Release Date: January 25

Platforms: PC, Xbox

“Load up and roll out, in this twin stick shooter with roguelike progression! Blast your way through arcade-style levels, using pinball-style physics mixed with an arsenal of devastating weapons. Defeat waves of enemy bots, battle big bosses, and upgrade your mech between runs.”

Speed Crew

Developer: Wild Fields

Release Date: January 31

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch

“A hilarious party game that focuses on chaotic cooperation between players. The task of the pit crew is to inspect arriving cars and perform quick repair services while navigating intricate levels. To succeed and beat their bitter rival, players must help each other and build tactics for each race.”

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank

It’s hard to deny the irreverent whimsy of Turnip Boy. Once a simple tax evader, our little turnip mascot is moving on to more substantial crimes and doing it with a sense of humour. Now playing as more of a roguelike but clearly maintaining the exact same charm as its predecessor, we are very excited to see how this title turns out!