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Magic Gravity

Magic Gravity – it’s 2D platformer for PC with the possibility of a change of gravity. The main hero is to reach the door to the next level facing various traps (fireballs, lava, bayonets, etc.). You will be also able to play on Internet with a friend. In multiplayer game levels remain the same, but gravity begins to manipulate the second player, the first player has to avoid traps moving forward.

More info: https://itch.io/t/162684/magic-gravity

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Nitronic Rush

Best Indie Game - Screenshot of Nitronic RushNitronic rush has a pretty interesting story that I thought I’d share before I stated the review. Some DigiPen students created a very early version of Nitronic Rush for school project, and decided to post their results online. Suddenly, they received massive support, backing and encouragement. Powered by the internet, these students went on to turn this into an entire game.

Nitronic Rush is a survival racing game made by and published by Team Nitronic. Survival racing may seem like an odd term, but that is because you don’t really race against other cars in this game, but you merely try to survive all the obstacles and make it out quickly. The game is quite good, and then considering the game was made by amateurs, mere students the quality of the work is just astounding. There are very few flaws, the quality control is perfect and it feels like the Team Nitronic only put their best work into this game.Best Indie Game -Screenshot of Nitronic Rush

 

The gameplay is fairly simple. There is a track, and you must race along it. Obstacles are on the track and you must dodge them. Your car can also fly, flying is sometimes necessary, as some jumps can’t be maneuvered with just speed. Overall, it’s pretty simple. But some of the creativeness in this game is pretty intense. You must hop onto walls, or sometimes fly through a bunch of obstacles, like the N64 Star Wars Millennium Falcon scene. Obstacles can be impossible to dodge, and trying to play without braking can get REALLY hard. There is also a very nice system of doing tricks in mid-air, where your car has jets on all side of it, and you can use this to do a myriad of different tricks, all with different point values. Overall, the gameplay can be pretty challenging, its fast paced, and quite deep. My only concern is that after a seemingly short amount of time, everything gets too repetitive.
Best Indie Game - Screenshot of Nitronic Rush

The graphics and sound in this game are what really makes it great. With a world looking like it was straight out of TRON and heavy electronic music playing in the background, you really feel like a total badass flying around and going at a ridiculous speed. Flashy lights, bright colors and a general futuristic Las Vegas feel is always present. Any crashes or successful tricks are announced by voice over, and the announcer must have hundreds of lines, because very rarely do you hear the exact same comment twice in a row. Buckets of tears!

Best Indie Game - Screenshot of Nitronic Rush

Nitronic rush is really about the atmosphere and the feel of the game. It is too hard to describe the game and how it plays in a review, because there is just a certain air of badassery, and it just can’t really be described with words. With the good graphics, good sound and great and badass gameplay, you might as well check it out the game, as its completely and utterly free to download, and it is definitely worth the hard drive space!

 

 

tl;dr: Nitronic Rush plays well, sounds good, looks good, but kind of feels too short and repetitive.

 

Nitronic Rush

8/10

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Cortex Command

Best Indie Game- Screenshot of Cortex Command

Cortex Command is another indie game from the nice folks at Data Reams LLC. While the game is incomplete, it has been released in playable alpha versions several times. It is a 2D platforming simulation game where objectives are carried out by “bodies” controlled from a distance by a brain.

Humanity’s technology has evolved so far that brains can be separated from the worthless flesh-bodies and can be sustained for long periods of time, being able to remotely control “bodies” from a distance. The player controls a brain, and at the start of each scenario it can call down various types of spacecraft to deliver whatever you select from the buy interface. The interface for selecting what will be drop-shipped down is a buy-menu with a shopping cart. Once you select what you want, you pay for it with gold, the game’s currency and then the specific dropship of your choice will deliver your load.

You can buy various bodies that have their benefits and different costs, and equip them with a variety of different weapons or tools. Tools such as miners and shovels can be used to dig the fully-destructable land, and to scavenge for the gold that you need to support your operations. You can also equip your men with weapons to create your rag tag team of fighters that will be especially important, as most scenarios will require you to either defend your precious brain hive, or attack the enemy.

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The game has a very steep learning curve. Although there is a thin tutorial mission, (which is brutally difficult in it’s own way) you are left to figure out how to do things yourself. However, once you get the hang of things it is entertaining to set up your own base of operations and station your bodies, put workers to mining gold and drop-ship units in, controlling them individually from afar with your brain. (Protecting your brain is of the utmost priority, if it’s protective glass case is destroyed you will lose.)

The biggest drawback to the game are the horrible controls, and the clumsiness of the engine. The game runs awfully slowly and only if you have an extreme level of patience, you will probably give up after an hour. Walking your units around takes eons, and even the “speedy” jetpack is clumsy to control and is very weak, holding more than one weapon will likely weigh it down to oblivion. The number of effects and the sheer amount of physics going on at one time is impressive (Tactics such as using your dropship as kamikaze or using it’s rocket engines to burn your enemies alive are very viable) , but the physics often glitches and your men and your enemies’ men will likely die from jumping on eachother, or by being crushed by some dirt particles.

Best Indie Game - Screenshot of Cortex Command

The game is a great concept but the execution lacks what it needs to become the best indie game. It could have been much better, and playing it is trying to build a stack of cards, unbelievably slow and frustrating. (But of course, as there are card house enthusiasts there are many who enjoy this game.)

 

tl;dr: Cortex Command is an unique 2D platformer with a plethora of possible tactics, although difficult to perform at times.

 

Cortex Command

7.5/10 

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Demolition Inc.

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Demolition inc is a quite the game. A brief synopsis, you are Mike, and you must wreck the earth. Sounds fun. Silliness will ensue.

This physics based game is reminiscent of Blast Corps and Destroy All Humans. The storyline is simple, you are an alien who won a contract to level earth to create an intergalactic park. One thing German-based ZeroScale Game development has done right is how well the game is made. IT is done, complete and doesn’t have many bugs. You can see that they put time into this game, and they did not just rush till they got a semi-finished product. And this is especially nice because this is an indie game and indie games don’t normally have this polish.

The graphics aren’t really cutting edge and miraculous, but realism in a game like this would not fit. The cartoony graphics really bring together the whole aesthetic and feel of the game.

Best Indie Game - Screenshot of Demolition Inc.

Gameplay is fairly simple, follow the roads and knock down any building that you see, and you must do this quickly because the army is on its way. To knock down the buildings you use some pretty silly methods, like using oil slicks, glue bombs and exploding cows. This all seems very silly and it feels like ZeroScale went overboard here on the Silly Scale. You have a few super attacks to use in times of need, but basically all your destruction will be caused using good ol’ hit and run, smash everything with vehicles. Use cars and other objects to destroy and level the buildings. When debris starts falling, suck it up for some extra money and clean up the block. Clean up a block and flora and fauna start sprouting on it. Clean up every block and you clear a level. The game isn’t particularly hard.

The music of the game is quite good and matches the feel of the game well, but it can get repetitive at some moments. The physics of the game fit the game, they aren’t particularly realistic but they are just silly enough. The mayhem can cause many chain reactions as tiny bits of shrapnel trigger exploding cows and destroy wuilding all across the map and start a huge explosive climax of alien demolition. The chaos of the game is quite entertaining.

 

tl;dr: Demolition Inc. is a fun cartoonish game, it isn’t particularly amazing but is good all-around and definitely worth a buy. No area is really lacking.

 

Demolition Inc

8/10

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Top 5 Indie Games To Watch Out For In 2014 and Beyond

True enough, when compared to the $67 billion per year gaming industry, the independent gaming projects on Kickstarter are working with pocket change. Then again, players are sick and tired of the uninspired content and abundant paid DLCs. If you want proof that the modern gamer desires something thoughtful and creative, then look no further than Path of Exile, an amazing indie game that won the PC Game of The Year award in 2013.

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Mind you that Path of Exile had some pretty though competitors, including Bioshock: Infinite, Tomb Raider, DMC: Devil May Cry and DOTA 2, to name some of the AAA games released last year. In the light of these facts, it’s understandable why everyone is excited about the indie games coming out in 2014. Let’s explore some of the titles that are worth checking out.

1. Routine

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The storyline in Routine revolves around identifying the reasons behind the disappearance of everyone on a lunar research station. However, don’t expect your mission to be simple, especially since you will be forced to work with old 1980s technology to find out what happened there. Hey, if Bioshock: Infinite managed to draw in a lot of players with the city floating in the sky, Columbia, who is to say that the floppy disk on the moon will not be excellently implemented.

2. Radio the Universe

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Combining dark science fiction and Zelda-like action, Radio the Universe is surely a promising indie title for this year. Considering that the game features action similar to the famous Zelda series, it was only natural that your goal is to guide an unarmed heroin through a labyrinth filled with traps and mechanized opponents. Did we mention that you’ll have to complete your adventure with only a handful of weapons at your disposal?

3. Rain World

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Rain World throws you into a dystopia where you will have to navigate maze-like environments as one of the inhabitants. The game is a survival platformer, which throws you into an industrial environment where the ecosystem has been shattered to the point where bone-crushing rains pound the ground. Although you might think that life is impossible in such a setting, you will discover various lesser creatures as well as lizard-like predators while trying to escape from this broken world.

4. Hyper Light Drifter

If you’re an incurable nostalgic and want to relive the glory days of gaming from the 1990s, then Hyper Light Drifter from Heart Machine is surely going to bring back a lot of fun memories. Despite the fact that the game is a 2D Action RPG, the truth is that the settings of the ruined world in Hyper Light Drifter are very impressive. As you probably guessed by now, you will be playing a drifter – a collector of lost technology and knowledge – who will hack and slash his way in search of unimaginable treasures.

5. Escape Goat 2

Scheduled for a launch on March 24, Escape Goat 2 is a worthy sequel filled with puzzles, magical barnyard animals and traps, all in a completely redesigned art style. Given that the game features an editor level and hence, you can design your own challenges, Escape Goat 2 promises to be a neat and fun puzzler.