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"This is a story about death and coffee."

Inspired equally by film and anime, Necrobarista is a unique take on the visual novel medium. Follow a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne's hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.

  • Stylized, fully 3D cinematic presentation that draws from anime aesthetics.
  • Soundtrack by Kevin Penkin, BAFTA-winning composer for Florence, Made in Abyss, and Norn9.
  • Delve into the world of the Terminal and fantasy Melbourne through free-roaming first-person scenes.
  • Featuring goon-sack robots, alchemical coffee, and Australian folk hero Ned Kelly.
  • Support for fourteen languages, including Korean, Arabic, and Russian.


"You know how, sometimes, games look so good you just want to eat them? You want to print out all the screenshots in glorious, glossy photo paper, and just put them into your mouth? You know that feeling? Yeah, that’s how I feel about upcoming visual novel game Necrobarista." - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"It looks like what would happen if Persona took over a coffee shop, which is to say, stylish as heck." - Kotaku

"It’s full of dramatic pauses, sassy dialogue, and a lot of mystery" - Gamespot

"Stellar art design and a compelling cast of characters round out the title, and a dark, synthy soundtrack ties it all together." - Paste Magazine

"This is the most Melbourne game imaginable." - Kotaku


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ioty editors choice

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2019 Indie of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the indie games from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention. Ranging from best singleplayer, to best multiplayer and several other specific categories, these games have gone above and beyond to create a unique and engaging experience for players this year.

Best Singleplayer

Outer Wilds

From: Mobius Digital

An exploration game about curiosity, roasting marshmallows, and unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos. Explore an alien world of campfire tunes and celestial wonders as it evolves over time. Investigate tales of quantum phenomena and launch probes into the depths of space. The answers are there for those who seek them. Fasten your hiking boots, check your oxygen levels, and venture into the unknown.

Best Multiplayer


From: Blackmill Games

Experience authentic First World War action with 64 player battles of maneuver on the Eastern Front. Warfare between the Russian Empire and the Central Powers is a tense battle for dominance – stay close to your squad to survive!

In this original mix of a Dungeon Defender and a Rogue-lite designed by Goblinz Studio (author of Dungeon Rushers), you will manage your career as a Dungeon Master! Join the Dungeons Company and try to climb the ladder, try to stop heroes and protect the treasures of the company, hire monsters, manage your employees and your stock of traps and deal with employees strikes and other fun events.

Most Creative

It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose.

Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village. Make your way around town, from peoples' back gardens to the high street shops to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and generally ruining everyone’s day.

Best Art-style

Void Bastards

From: Blue Manchu

Forget everything you know about first-person shooters: Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies.

Community Award


From: Butterscotch Shenanigans

Levelhead is a level building platformer with a challenging campaign for 1-4 players. Run, jump, and power-up through tons of levels in the handcrafted campaign, then build and publish levels for the world to play!

Best Co-op (Online or Local)

We Were Here Together

From: Total Mayhem Games

We Were Here Together is a standalone online cooperative adventure, the third entry in the We Were Here series. It continues the communication-centered adventure in which you and a partner must solve puzzles on an urgent mission to save the expedition... and yourself! This time, expect even more puzzles and discover the story behind the Antarctic expedition.

Best Party Game

Brief Battles

From: Juicy Cupcake

May your butt reign supreme in Brief Battles! Use your underpants to fight your friends in this fast-paced, underwear-fueled party game. Gather up to three friends, cheek-to-cheek on your couch to dominate in classic or ridiculous underpants-themed game modes. Train up and test your skills in solo challenges or battle cute beasties with a friend to take back the arenas from hordes of foes!

Best Gameplay

Katana Zero

From: Akiisoft

Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.

Best Narrative

Disco Elysium

From: ZA/UM

A groundbreaking blend of hard-boiled cop show and isometric RPG. Solve a massive, open ended case in a unique urban fantasy setting. Chase down leads, interrogate suspects, or just get lost exploring the gorgeously rendered city of Revachol. What kind of cop you are — is up to you.

Most Anticipated


From: Route 59

This is a story about death and coffee. Inspired equally by film and anime, Necrobarista is a unique take on the visual novel medium. Follow a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne's hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.

Sponsors Award

Special award presented by mod.io, for a game we love with mod support coming.

Play any kind of tabletop game you want online! Make the rules in a physically simulated 3D sandbox. Or create your own games using the integrated editor and share them with the world!

Who would you have picked given the chance? Let us know in the comments and get ready for the next announcement in a few days, the most anticipated Indies and then the big one soon after that, the Top 10 Indies of 2019.

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