74 posts tagged indie
1001 Spikes: Of Death and Love ⊟
[Guest writer/TinyCaster Francesco Dagostino shares why he loves a game that hates its players so much, judging by the lengths it goes to kill them.]
This might sound like a very bizarre statement, but 1001 Spikes has some of the best sliding ice block puzzles I’ve ever had the honor of attempting to solve. They don’t appear until the second half of the game, but when they do you just get this sudden feeling that the people who made it (these people being 8bit Fanatics with the help of Nicalis) have a grasp on the puzzle-platformer genre that is waaaaaaaaay above average.
Every action that the main character Aban Hawkins can perform, from shooting knives to pushing boulders (or, in this case, ice blocks) has a lot of depth, and variables to take into account. Basically, to solve these stages, you don’t have to just push or break ice blocks, but also run behind them, jump ahead of them, use them to reach higher ground or run back and forth on top of them to avoid some of the game’s titular, deadly, and omnipresent spikes.
Of course, it’s not just the ice block puzzles that drove me to sit in this chair and start writing an article about this fantastic game instead of playing it some more: pretty much every single level is built to amaze and surprise the player. The focus being on the word “surprise” here. “Surprise” meaning “kill.”
Mercenary Kings coming to PS Vita ⊟
As are Ninja Senki DX (another game with a Tiny cameo!) and Tribute Games’ next project Curses n’ Chaos, according to a report from Destructoid. Mercenary Kings is expected to have Cross-Buy with the PlayStation 4 version. The console and PC versions are great, but obviously we feel like the game will work even better on a handheld.
Mercenary Kings out March 25 on PC, Mac, April 1 on PS4 ⊟
Mercenary Kings, Tribute Games’ awesome run-and-gun-and-craft will bring the Tiny Computer to life starting March 25 on PC and Mac (where it’s been available in Early Access for a bit) and April 1 on PS4.
If you’ve got one of those things, you should probably look into this game, as it looks bonkers. And the team at Tribute has a hell of a track record (Scott Pilgrim, Wizorb)!
Nintendo’s new eShop hub page for indies ⊟
Nintendo’s systems are surprisingly rich with indie content, and the list is growing especially on the Wii U, where developers can get free Unity licenses from Nintendo – which can then be used to develop multiplatform games.
There could be even more games on 3DS and Wii U from small teams, if Nintendo was a bit freer with devkits, as Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail notes in this Ask.fm answer:
Essentially, letting a developer make a game for a console is not doing us a favour. We’re spending months of our lives getting a game to work, adhering to strict technical standards and going through yet another launch just to achieve a fraction of the Steam revenue.
At that point, I feel it’s super reasonable for a platform to not charge for the ‘honour’ of being allowed to do the above for them. As such, we’ll only start seriously considering developing for Nintendo if they get us 3DS and Wii U devkits without any time limits or similar restrictions.
Sorry to end this post on a sorta down note! Go get Attack of the Friday Monsters (that kind of counts as indie even if it’s Level-5-published, right?)! And good job Nintendo on promoting the eShop with a nice clean website!
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Volume 1 Remix Preview
One day left to put your money down for a Shortsleeves cassette! I’ve mentioned before that The Shortsleeves are one of my favorite chip groups, and they’re kickstarting a tape that will include all of its old materials, new songs, and remixes from friends. The audio embedded here contains samples from two remixes: Bear & Walrus with "In the Memory", and sylcmyk taking on "OceanSideArcade".
But lemme holla at you for a sec while you’re in a crowdfunding mood. These nice folks need your support:
- My once coworker and indie games tastemaker Brandon Boyer got screwed over by Humana and cancer — help him pay some bills
- Elizabeth Simins produces great comics about being bad at games
- DB0 makes it possible for people to play one of my new obsessions, Netrunner, online through OCTGN
- Anna Anthropy creates beautiful games
- Merrit Kopas runs Forest Ambassador, which is like a Tiny Cartridge for free and accessible games
If you have suggestions for other Kickstarter/Patreon/Whatevers that you think should be highlighted, make sure to mention them in our comments! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some important ones — these are just what immediately popped up in my head.
Tinycast 023 - Bravely D
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TinyCast 23! The usual crew catches up on indie eShop/PSN games, Sonic Boom and the state of Sega’s flagship franchise, and Bravely Default (JC had to jet, so we recorded the “what have we learned” segment early, but make sure to stick around after that!). Fun episode, even though half of us were sick!
Your new Samurai Gunn shirts ⊟
I can’t even play Samurai Gunn right now (so, so mad) and I still want one of these shirts from Attract Mode! Man, what a killer design by Jesse Tise, for one of this year’s best swordfighting games.
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3DS eShop will hold its own in early 2014 ⊟
It’s been slow on the 3DS eShop lately, but that won’t be the case for long. Today was a big news day for indies on the eShop! First we have Retro City Rampage's enhanced 3DS port coming out… TOMORROW.
And then we’re going to get Shovel Knight on March 31 and Moon Chronicles in the same month (I’m just going to link to USgamer’s previews for those two since I grabbed the above images from there). And some time in the first quarter of the year, we’ll also get 1001 Spikes? That’s where the top screenshot from our photoset comes from — Kat Bailey is calling its multiplayer mode “Mario Bros. done right.” Wow.
Then you have Treasurenauts in May, and Siesta Fiesta in March. The latter actually looks like a fun, Arkedo/Nervous Brickdown-esque Breakout game. And while it doesn’t qualify as indie, don’t forget that Sayonara Umihara Kawase, or Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, is supposed to come out this month too!
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Aw yiss. Amazon carrying PSN codes again means Amazon is discounting PSN codes again — here’s Hotline Miami for a crazy $2.49, with Cross Buy so you get both versions. As Eric’s mentioned on the podcast a few times, the PS Vita release really is the best version!
So if you didn’t already get it through PS Plus, get it here! Image via KurkoBoltsi.
In case you didn’t see this blow up last week, Interstellar Selfie Station is a super cute app from Christine Love (Digital, Hate Plus) — Kill Screen calls it “Instagram meets Game Boy Camera”. Essentially it uses your computer’s camera to take photos/GIFs of you with lofi Game Boy-style filters.
Gonna post it here even if it’s late, though, because 1.) it’s coming to iOS/Android next Spring, and I want there to be an eShop version; 2.) I found that neat GIF from Drawings and Words; and 3.) this quote from Christine in a Daily Dot interview:
“What I like about the Interstellar Selfie Station is that it gives you just a little bit more control over how you look, and I’ve noticed this blowing up on my Twitter feed: Suddenly that makes people who are otherwise terrified to post pictures of themselves seem a lot more confident.
With my phone’s super-high resolution, high-colour 8-megapixel camera, it’s got enough detail to show all my pores and how uneven my complexion is and how messed up my hair is and whatever else.
Four colours isn’t enough for that. In four colours, every picture looks super flattering, and the weird outer-space colour schemes just add a little bit more distance, so there’s far less to worry about.”
Samurai Gunn out for PC right now ⊟
It won’t release for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita until some time next year, but Teknopants/Beau Blyth’s “lightning-fast Bushido brawler” is out RIGHT NOW for Windows computer machines.
Why you should pick Samurai Gunn up posthaste:
- It’s like a bloodier Smash Bros. with samurai (who also pack heat), with support for 2-4 players!
- How awesome is this new trailer?
- Duels by the sunset! Dudes getting beheaded!
- Music by Doseone!
- Logo by Maré Odomo and Cory Schmitz!
- Other Tiny friends (Adam Robezzoli, Lamar Abrams, and more) lending their voices as dying samurai!
New Mercenary Kings trailer ⊟
If I end up buying a PlayStation 4 this winter, it will be because of Tribute Games’ run’n gun here. It’s more likely, though, that I’ll grab the final version (there’s an Early Access build you can buy/try now) that releases for Steam/PC. Whatever, the point is that Mercenary Kings will be mine.