These past few years have seen a ton of interesting indie games that try out all kinds of new things. Yet many of them are rather small, or the "new" is such a central element that they're best covered as discretely as possible, so it's hard to come up with enough to say to justify a major article on them. Also, there are so many games worth talking about that it's hard to get to covering even the most interesting ones.
That's why we have this new reoccuring feature to cover them in brief. The format is similar to YWK, only with more good games, and a more strict word limit - hence the name.
The beginning makes Antichamber, Alexander Bruce's weird experiment in a world that makes no sense - but in a good sense. It's kind of resembling Portal in concept, but is very much its own thing. Check it out!
Post by Gendo Ikari on Feb 25, 2013 14:02:06 GMT -5
I second the idea. There's also a more recent version rebuilt in Multimedia Fusion I think, and ported to other systems (or at least Linux), although the game stayed exactly the same. Brilliant little arena shooter that manages to be great despite the severe limits of the tool.
Locomalito should get space. I'd also suggest the games of Eiji "Buster" Hashimoto: Akuji the Demon, Guardian of Paradise and Meikyuujou Hydra (aka Hydra Castle Labyrinth). Those are freeware and there's also the action game Buster (I may have the full version somewhere in my dvds). Actually, there'd be much to suggest just looking at the Freeware/Indie thread in the General section.
I may be interested in writing about some of them but I don't know if I'm really up to the task. Guess I'll wait and see some future entries first.
I really like this new feature. There are a lot of good independant games that tend to slip through the cracks and it's cool to see some coverage on them. I might have to write one of these some day when I have more time.
Can I do Dan! Da! Dan! by Omega? The website seems to be gone but I still have this game in my PC for years.
Oh and Browser stuff is fair game (given the platform is listed on the site)? I don't mind writing a 500 word article on Hoshi Saga series or anything by Gamepure.
In principle, anything that's indie, not among the aforementioned super famous games, and lets you end up with something very close to 500 words (I'd say less than 450 is too short, more than 520 too long) is good.
Post by drpepperfan on Feb 25, 2013 17:53:33 GMT -5
Man, if it wasn't for the fact I am a sucky writer (see, sucky isn't a proper word), I'd love to help with this. I can think of a few games worthy of mention, and back in the early/mid 00's, I was a big fan of AGS Games. A few of those should definitely be worthy of mention.
(Also wow I just checked the AGS website and it's still a thing?? That people still make games with and still have yearly awards for?? Wow I'm genuinely shocked.)
I discovered an awesome game yesterday for the PC98 called Hate Punishment 2 (I don't know if there even is a first one). The gameplay is shallow. It just consists of running in terror and dodging. What makes it interesting is that it uses actual video content as graphics. It has a kind of old school Mortal Kombat look it it, but much more surreal. You play as one of the developers running in terror from a larger developer in a kind of Alantia style "Space Harrier, but running" thing, but it's toward the camera instead of away. When playing it, I wasn't sure if I could write a whole article on it because it's pretty shallow, until I remembered these and that I could be able to write a 500-Word Indie on it. Would Hate Punishment 2 be eligible?