E3 isn’t just about AAA games. There are indie and even retro-inspired games worth checking out, too. Here’s our list of five titles that have us wanting to relive our cartage-based, pixelated childhoods.

A Walk With Yiayia: It’s a visual novel that is mainly side-quests, but the retro visuals and interesting story have us hooked. Helping your grandmother recover from a nasty fall, the game’s narrative is a special one.

Loot River: An Action/RPG with Puzzle elements? Sign us up, now.

Axiom Verge 2: The first game was awesome, the new one looks even better. Thomas Happ Games has done it again.

Garden Story: Watch the trailer. It’s gorgeous.

Vokabulantis: A stop-motion game about people holding hands?

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