Tag: indie games

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IndieCade 2017: going behind the scenes

The 10th annual IndieCade Festival was earlier this month, and as in previous years, it celebrated innovation and creativity in independent games. One of the things that sets it apart is the way it’s modeled after film festivals. IndieCade is an event that celebrates the technical and artistic merits of games as a medium and…

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Cuphead sales pass 1 million in two weeks

The fiendishly difficult run-‘n’-gun Cuphead launched two weeks ago on September 29, and developer StudioMDHR announced today that it’s now sold more than one million copies. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much!!! Cuphead has sold over one million copies!https://t.co/nHSCe3oKMo — Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR) October 13, 2017 StudioMDHR started working on Cuphead…

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PC Gaming Weekly: Independents day

We love PC gaming for high-end experiences such as Diablo III (read how Blizzard designed around thousands of corpses ) and Middle-earth: Shadow of War  (what I’m cheekily referring to as “the orc-collecting sim”). But this weekend, indie games took the spotlight. We sent Stephanie Chan to the 10th annual IndieCade festival, and she’s so far…

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Google Play’s top indie games: Flipping Legend, Slayaway Camp, and Tiny Bubbles

Google Play picked its top three independent games in the U.S. on Saturday at its Indie Games Festival in San Francisco. The winners included Flipping Legend , Slayaway Camp , and Tiny Bubbles . The three Android-based winners emerged from a list of 10 audience favorites and a total of 20 finalists selected from a…

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Jump is a Netflix for indie games that promises better discoverability than Steam

Jump is hopping on an opportunity to offer high-quality indie games with a subscription service that focuses heavily on discoverability. It’s launching today with a library of 63 hand-selected titles — role-playing games, racers, multiplayer brawlers and more. The monthly fee is $10 to stream an unlimited number games, and every month, it will add…

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Why someone would turn classics like Katamari into text games

Noah Swartz seems to specialize in abstracting adorable games and distilling them into text adventures. He’s turned colorful ball-roller Katamari Damacy and cutesy cat collector Neko Atsume  into text-only command-line games, which have a curious charm of their own. “There’s hardly any gameplay in Neko Atsume, all you do is get fish to get more fish,”…

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PAX West in retrospect: The most exciting and surprising indie games

Inside the Indie Megabooth at PAX. (Indie Megabooth Photo) Now that I’ve had plenty of time to recover from four solid days of PAX West over Labor Day weekend (my twelfth PAX West in a row!), I’d like to share some love for my personal “best in show,” the games that wowed, surprised, impressed, surprised,…

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Uurnog Uurnlimited pairs its Super Mario Bros. 2 style with dynamically generated tunes

Uurnog Uurnlimited is a colorful platformer starring a main character with googly eyes and a shock of neon hair. It will unleash on Steam and the Nintendo Switch later this year thanks to Raw Fury , the publisher of the adorable hellscape of Gonner . Nicklas Nygren, who made Uurnog Uurnlimited under his studio name Nifflas Games, says…

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Google Play Indie Games Festival unveils 20 finalists

Google Play announced the 20 finalists for its second annual Google Play Indie Games Festival . The festival celebrates Android mobile games by independent developers and will take place on September 23 in San Francisco at Spin, a restaurant and event space. The event is free , and attendees will be able to play the…

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Little Red Lie is an emotional gut punch about paralyzing fear and insecurity

I played Little Red Lie , and now I am no longer capable of feeling joy. It’s a story-driven game that unflinchingly shines a light on topics of mental illness and economic disparity. The main interaction is lying — to yourself and to everyone around you. It’s bleak and uncompromising, full of people who either…