Posts Tagged ‘indie’

forma.8 Looks Rather Lovely

I’m a sucker for silhouettey foregrounds, colourful backgrounds, it’s true. Which is likely why my brain-eyes were immediately drawn to forma.8. They stuck around for the intriguing-looking 2D exploration and splatty combat of a little floating probe.

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Explore Every Corner Of The Universe: Planets³

It probably seemed a good idea at the time to call a game about cube-shaped planets, Planets³. Before realising that this was the internet, and people weren’t going to open Character Map every time they wanted to search for your game. So Planets3, as even developers Cubical (³ical?) are calling it now, perhaps isn’t going to win any SEO awards. But it might pick up a couple for cuteness. This is a voxel-based universe explorer, in which you fly your spaceship from planet to planet, beating up monsters, gathering tools, building houses and vehicles, and generally being very busy with stuff.

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With Lofty Aims: Ascendant

Ascendant looks a lot like Guacamelee at first glance. But its 2D beat-em-up ways are apparently roguelite rather than metroidvania. And rather importantly in that distinction, the platforming environments are randomly generated.

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Blue Sky Fragging: Sky Rogue

Any game described “fwooshy” will immediately take up space on my hard-drive, and if it’s also described as a “feel good flight sim” then I am down with it. That’s what Sky Rogue is: a procedurally-generated arcade flight-sim painted in that happy blue that doesn’t exist in nature (the one that Billy Connolly describes as “Fuckin’ BLUUUUUEEE!”), but the blue that I think of when I think of Sega Dreamcast games. In that bluingest of blues you’ll pick your aircraft, kit out its weaponry, and shoot things.
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Iubes Is Shareware, Also A Kind Of Darwinian Minecraft

Sort of like a Darwinian Minecraft.

Iubes: the game with the name that looks a bit unfortunate in our post title font. Iubes: intelligent cubes, who roam around the inside of a spherical world. Iubes: a sort of speeding god game mashed up with a real-time strategy game.

It’s now available to download as shareware, with a paid version if you want to play the game’s online mode.
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Sax And Violins: Arranger

Whatever Arranger is, and it appears to be many things, it has something in it called a “Turpato Peeler”. That is such a beautiful mangling of the term that I laughed for about a minute. The rest of this strange adventure game seems no less silly and wondrous: it’s set in a world of music and inspired by classic point and clickers, and a game where you fight not with swords or guns, but with the musical instruments that you’ve collected in your adventures. Your goal is to become the best music arranger the world of Musica has ever seen. The trailer below is quite the thing.
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Galactic Princess Is As Pretty As A Thing

If you won't tell George Lucas then neither will we
You know, if you’d told me that my freelance career would coincide with the biggest resurgence in space gaming, I probably wouldn’t left my job. I don’t have time for this. Something’s going to have to give if I want to have time to play all these damn games and pay the bills. Galactic Princess is another game of space exploration and expansion, this time rendered in the sort of high-definition pixel art that makes everything look retro and futuristic at the same time. It’s a “spaceship survival sandbox”, one where you’re the captain of a ship and doing what you can to survive. The bad thing you do rhymes with “bravery”.
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Mythmas Time: Apotheon Trailer

Apotheon is one of the more interesting games on the horizon. It’s a stunningly pretty action RPG set in ancient Greece, where you’ll wander an open-world Mount Olympus as you attempt to overthrow Hera. It’s from Alien Trap Games, who made the splendid Capsized, and they’ve just announced that if you pre-order Apotheon you’ll get Capsized for free.
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Pixel Piracy Devs Pirate Pixel Piracy

Well, this is just confusing. The last time I posted about Pixel Piracy, it was part of my drive to reclaim the RPS ‘piracy’ tag. I am trying to steer it away from the choppy waters of people acquiring games they haven’t paid for, and into a calm bay of games about pirates. Pirates of the sea, and not of the Internet. Well, the makers of the Pixel Piracy have stuffed that notion right up: their charming little roguelike (and honestly, while it’s at an early stage it’s completely utterly winning me over) is being seeded on Bit-Torrent, and running the Traceroute program that the NSA loaned me exposed the developers as the seeders. Before you start disconnecting, don’t panic! The devs are only doing this to ensure that pirates receive a safe and reliable version of their game. Thanks, Solidust! You’ve messed my tag right up.
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Better Slate Than Never: Rymdkapsel Coming To PC

You know that Game of Thrones is an allegory of the horror of gaming on touchscreens, yeah? What else could “Winter is coming” be about other than the pain and suffering of trying to use a mobile phone or tablet device in the cold? It’s clearly about having your nose pressed against the freezing glass, the horror of a snotty face finger prodding away in a clumsy mockery of what could be done in the days of warmth and plenty. So I am very happy to have the announcement trailer for rymdkapsel, a strategy game that could only be played on iThings and Google gadgets, is coming to the PC. It’ll have a warm welcome and a place around my fire.
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