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Your favorite indie games

Posted Apr 25, '13 at 8:51pm

ihsahn

ihsahn

431 posts

Although independent game development is probably as old as PC gaming itself, indie games have been exploding critically and commercially as of late, and indie development is slowly becoming a more popular and accessible activity.

Services like the XBox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, WiiWare and Steam are creating a niche for smaller, artful titles that are far less expensive than average triple-A gaming fare and allow indie developers to gain widespread visibility and make a name for themselves. Games like Bastion, Braid, World of Goo, Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac and Limbo started out on these services and eventually achieved great success.

Valve's Steam Greenlight, in particular, is a project through which the gamer community itself can help promote and support games they feel are worthy. A notable example is the recently-released viral hit Surgeon Simulator 2013.
Some developers are looking to Kickstarter, as well, as a means to fund their ventures directly through the community and bypassing big-name publishers entirely. FTL: Faster than Light is an example of this.

IGN named the indie PSN title Journey as their best game of 2012, beating out, among others, indie critical darling The Walking Dead.
But perhaps the most notable independent game of recent times is Minecraft, an addictive sandbox which started as an idea in the head of one Swedish game programmer and has since become ubiquitous in gaming culture.

What are some indie games you all like?

Off the top of my head, I'm particularly crazy about Bastion, World of Goo, Psychonauts, Hotline Miami, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and FTL.

 

Posted Apr 26, '13 at 5:02pm

KentyBK

KentyBK

571 posts

I'm really into games that generate gameplay from audio files you feed into them, with both Audiosurf and Beat Hazard at the very top of my list. For me, those two are the perfect lunch break games, because the particular song greatly influences both the speed and the difficulty of the gameplay, so you can have a fitting experience for whatever mood you're feeling right now (assuming you have a piece of music for it ;P).

Other notable mentions include Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac, Minecraft (atleast back when it was still in alpha), SpaceChem, Auditorium (which has some ridiculously good music) and Magicka.

Bastion was also fairly amazing, but for me it seems like the kind of game you'd only play once, because subsequent playthroughs won't be nearly as impressive.

 

Posted Apr 27, '13 at 12:35am

ihsahn

ihsahn

431 posts

Bastion is almost certainly in my top 10 games ever. It just oozes atmosphere, with one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard in a game and that gorgeous art style. Everything about it is great, from gameplay to story.

I actually think it has a fair amount of replay value with the New Game+ mode, that lets you keep your weapons from the first playthrough, as well as the customizable difficulty level through the idol system. Those idols are one of my favorite things about the game. Play as hard as you'd like, change difficulty any time you want. That's how difficulty settings ought to be in every game, if you ask me.

 

Posted Apr 27, '13 at 6:24am

partydevil

partydevil

5,322 posts

Psychonauts is a indie game? =o

anyway. i love Psychonauts. as do i love world of goo, LIMBO and the original (student project) the Blob.

 

Posted Apr 27, '13 at 9:40pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

10,108 posts

Indie? I didn't know there were so many games about him!

Though..I'd have to say..my favorite is the Lego Indiana Jones. Fun and humorous!

Gosh..this subject is making me want to re-watch those movies

 

Posted May 2, '13 at 8:11am

ChromeDeathRazor

ChromeDeathRazor

417 posts

Pang, I hope you're Joking...

My favourite's Anti-Chamber. Its not really that fun but its challenging to the mind and sets me thinking a lot at times...

But still, Bastion always have a special place in my heart.

The Indiana Jones movies are always worth a watch. But the Crystal Skull one is HERESY.
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Just joking... All of them are fun to watch.

 

Posted May 4, '13 at 2:37pm

sonic20

sonic20

300 posts

... Curses.
I cannot think of many.
I always flash arcade games to my mind whenever the subject indie games are brought up.

 

Posted May 4, '13 at 3:04pm

stinkyjim

stinkyjim

487 posts

World of Goo is my favorite indie game. Dozens of hours of gameplay, great replay value, and extremely fun.

 

Posted May 4, '13 at 3:11pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

10,108 posts

Pang, I hope you're Joking...


*pang

And joking about what? I know Lego Indiana Jones isn't the greatest..but I like it the best. Simple gameplay..and gives me the feeling as if I were a child again
 

Posted May 4, '13 at 9:00pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,322 posts

played bastion today for the 1st time.
and yea that game is prety cool. some levels are a bit hard. but hey. the kid aint going down that easly. xD

i only have a hard time calling it a indie game. i mean... warner bros studios. is a millions probably billions company. =/

 
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