Live Free, Play Hard: The Week’s Finest Free Indie Games

By Porpentine on December 9th, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

Powerful game teens. @’s widow. EVERY DAY I WAKE UP AND OPEN PALM SLAM A KILLER RETORT TO MISOGYNY INTO THE SLOT.


Live Forever by Hubol

I love Live Forever! so much. Shuddering, messy, ecstatic–life as an arcade experience. You don’t win or lose, things just change. Food and porn and drugs are hurtling at you, and, and…ice? Hit the porn that matches your sexuality and you’ll spray cum destroying everything in your path! You’re high, you’re aging, you’re cumming, you’re puking, you’re dead, that’s life!

Hubol’s joyous handling of colors and patterns and music and design is all the more impressive when you learn that Hubol is sixteen years old. In ten years I expect his games to be cosmic balls of energy that swallow and regurgitate matter.

 

Every Day by Courtney Stanton

Courtney Stanton is doing a game Every Day for a month. Personal musings on pets, work, the game industry (I cannot stress how on point these bits are), pregnancy, pizza, booze, anything, everything.

Mundane, everyday frustrations and activities somehow seem much more interesting when they’re happening to someone else. Emotional voyeurism. Our own nudity is boring.

I’m interested in what people are thinking and not saying, the silent battles they fight each day, so games like these draw me in.

 

 

7Soul’s Tower by 7Soul

7Soul’s Tower is an addictive two-button platformer where lava is rising in a randomly generated tower. You can’t control where your character goes but you can control when they jump, a satisfying constraint.

The bottom of the screen measures how super you are. Spikes destroy your ability to be super. Crystal orbs help you be super. If you are super, you can do a superjump, which passes through platforms and saves you from lava when all else fails.

 

 

Housefly by David Capello

Poor little Housefly trapped inside a room. Someone closed the window and you want to feel the fresh air on your wings. Interactive parts are conveyed with natural color and motion–a spot of white against drab green, the twitching of ears.

No flashing red, no targeting reticules. We don’t need to leave our fingerprints anymore than a movie set needs to show the boom mic and crew. This is just, ah, what pure design. Argh. So good.

 

WasteDroids by TNERB

Well WasteDroids involves being a robot racing around a track and each time you lap you get sprayed with massive blasts of booze (this implies the robot was built with alcohol receptors), and you can run over people in the crowd, and it supports two players. Not sure what else you want.

 

 

Less Raum by Jake Clover

Mysterious delivery mission. I like how Less Raum simultaneously suggests travel and claustrophobia. Endless metal tunnels and dark voids graced only by retinal-damage dots and your lonely ship.

Reminds me of something I read today: watching a movie when you’re 8 years old, when you kind of don’t care about a lot of the stuff like dramatic subplots and musical numbers but you accept them anyway as possibly appealing to a kind of phantasm audience that you don’t belong to but which presumably exists, and which has needs and tastes far more defined than yours. the fact that this structure seems so consistent across the board just heightens this feeling. playing videogames and feeling that anything awkward or silly about them was just you failing to get some kind of reference that would undoubtably be picked up by the people that the game was REALLY made for.

Jake Clover makes games for aliens and I’m okay with that.

Collect the stuff. If you don’t collect the stuff, you get the bad ending. You gotta get the STUFF.

 

 

Predicament by orangepascal

An attractive one-room, err, one-cave escape game. Full of surprises but never frustrating, Predicament is the cozy knowledge that everything you need is in this tiny space and you just have to look harder for it to pop out.

Audio only seems to work in Chrome.

 

Subbania by Ektomarch

Subbania, an atmospheric submarine exploration set in monochrome. Every detail sets the ominous mood, from the minimal, sinister music to line of sight that leaves everything outside your vision pitch black. Shoot your way out of Hell’s sinister ocean armed only with an upgradeable sub and the advice of your Nazi crew or die trying. Or respawn at the checkpoint, trying.

 

 

Red Rogue by Aaron Steed

@’s widow is back for revenge. Her husband’s skeleton is tagging along to help out. Red Rogue is a 2D roguelike that plays out live or can be set to go turn-based when Something Dangerous Is Happening.

Cool things I’ve noticed so far:

-Runes can be applied to armor, weapons, or eaten by you or your minion, adding an interesting layer of decision making and unexpected interactions.

-Shrines to the RNG spawn here and there. I got health the one time I used it but I’m hoping there’s a chance that you instantly explode.

-MULTIPLAYER (someone controls the minion)

-You can record GIFs ingame using the Option menu oh my god

-You can wear a tiara! You can wear flies! Fuck the typical fantasy rpg adherence to boring medieval armor, I love my tiara.

Roguelikes have always been hopeless, brutal slaughterfests, but unlike most, Red Rogue leaves little to the imagination. Kill monsters and throw their heads to kill other monsters. Health potion? You mean that kobold heart?

It’s a roguelike, of course you’re here to kill everyone, and of course there’s no attack button–just your attack existence. We kill others by moving into them. We are toxic. We are death.

Grim, gray dungeon. The only color it permits is red, the color of oh I dunno BLOOD. Blood sprays out of enemies. Blood sprays out of you. Take a lot of damage and blood fills the screen. The only thing that isn’t red is the overworld, for which I will let the author’s source code speak for itself:

/* Create the overworld
*
* The overworld is present to create a contrast with the dungeon. It is in colour and so
* are you. There is a health stone for restoring health and a grindstone -
* an allegory of improving yourself in the real world as opposed to a fantasy where
* you kill people to better yourself
*/

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16 Comments »

  1. golem09 says:

    RED ROGUE
    I think I’ve played it for about 20-30 hours since wednesday.
    I just can’t second the love for Tiaras, because there are Top Hats, Fedoras and Viking Helms.
    Also you can wear the heads of slain enemies to TURN INTO THEM.

    • GeneralTso92 says:

      The hell.
      Here i was kicking the heads around, when i could’ve been wearing them.

      • golem09 says:

        You can’t kick them around if you can pick them up. They also have that signature white border around them if you can pick them up.

        I’ve just been in Chaos lvl 2 for the first time at lvl 11. It just gets better and better.

        • Geen says:

          Made it to Chaos 3, then got stunned & killed by a balrog.

          • golem09 says:

            Same here, although my gear was quite epic. Should have gone back some levels to revive @

        • GeneralTso92 says:

          Oh.
          Well, now i feel stupid for carefully pushing around heads.

  2. phoenixdk says:

    Turns out you should definitely NOT eat the Rune of Bleed… my bad :-/

  3. TheloniousPunk says:

    I also agree. The word needs to get out on this little rogue-like

  4. wu wei says:

    I can’t help think Red Rogue’s author missed an awesome opportunity in not calling it “rouge”.

  5. The Random One says:

    I didn’t like Red Rogue.

    I think that speaks more to a problem with me than with Red Rogue.

  6. Skabooga says:

    Housefly is without a doubt the best housefly simulator I have ever played. I really internalized the mindset of the common housefly, and I’d like to think I came away from the game with a greater empathy for their plight.

  7. thomhorne says:

    Subbania seems to be quite good.

  8. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Thanks for linking to ‘Every day’. Aside from games it also linked me to this: http://www.auntiepixelante.com/twine/ (which is basically a short how-to, it’s really simple). Seems neat to just experiment with. Maybe we could have a rps twine-a-thon sometime?

  9. Gigaloth says:

    If you like Donkey Kong Country and Angry Birds, check out this new fruit shooter game called Produce Wars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QncZBMsuzu0