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OIO

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OIO is a puzzle platformer made by the French dev Uncanny Games. The game is kind of like machinarium, in the sense that a lot of the value of the game comes from the atmoshpere, art style, and magnificent aesthetics. The game feels simple and styled with no clashing of graphics. OIO has nothing that really is directly scary, but it is a combination of atmosphere and sugestion tht makes the game quite dark. TYhis quality is something that we have really noticed is common in some of the best indie games.

The game doesn’t tell you much in the way of story, and it doesn’t have much dialog. This focuses you on the game-play and keeps this game kind of casual.

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There are a few problems with the game, like when you try to move in a direction your character starts moving slowly, and then accelerates. This is normally fine, but in this game the running animation for the character stays the same, even though you are running very slowly, which makes the main character look like Roadrunner from the Looney Tunes.

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The basic main mechanic of this game which differentiates it from the average platformer is the ability to grow or destroy wooden platforms by simply throwing seeds at nodes located in parts of the levels. Only three of these platforms can exist at a time, when there are 4 on the field the oldest one is destroyed. This mechanic can get very deep, as sometimes you have to do timing jumps with branches and you have to grow branches off of branches.

OIO is really a puzzle platformer that requires thought and is much  deeper than a standard run and jump indie Mario clone. If you were to compare this to most other puzzle platformers out there, this would come out best. Levels are more about than timing your jumps or moving for just enough time, but about thinking and intellectual challenges.

 

tl;dr: OIO is a great puzzle platformer with  great art style and good gameplay.

 

OIO

8/10

 

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Crayon Physics Deluxe

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Puzzle games are usually chosen by indie developers because with their limited budget and workforce creating outstanding graphics and gameplay to match a mainstream FPS would be difficult, if not impossible. But this does not mean that most puzzle games are bad. A unique indie game with an interesting mechanic or one that has great story, creativity and addicting gameplay can be argued to be better than many current Triple A titles out there right now. Crayon Physics meets these criteria.

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Osmos

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You’ve probably heard of this type of game; big fish eat small fish and grow bigger, to eat bigger fish. This time, Hemisphere Games brings us a top indie game called Osmos: you are a single-celled organism (a mote) and have to propel yourself around and absorb smaller motes in order to complete the goal, which revolves around becoming larger, most of the time.