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  • unmanneddrone 2:10 pm on December 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: indie games, , Teleglitch   

    Fellows of the Squawk, may I just direct your attention this way for a moment. In a word, Teleglitch.

    I’m reviewing this sucker at the moment, and it’s a corker. Imagine if Quake was a top-down survival horror shooter with roguelike sensibilities. And had a crafting-lite system. Teleglitch is essentially that. It’s a nice little piece of indie excellence and I highly recommend anyone who reckons the above sounds luvverly to dig in for the asking price of thirteen clams. A challenging, cold and satisfying thing.

    It lacks a soundtrack, so augment your play with something interesting. I went with Stars of the Lid and it was phenomenally sad, watching my little bloke dismally try to find his way to the teleporter with rapidly depleting health…cobbling together nails and his old ration cans to make nailbombs (get behind something when these go off!), scratching around for shotgun ammunition and being cornered and slain by biological entities in this offworld base gone Island of Dr. Moreau. The crafting system, incidentally, is very slick. Combine tubing with plastic explosives to create a one-use Panzerfaust…hardware modules and pistol to create an SMG…rather spiffy.

    Quite a tense and bleak experience. Might have to throw a little drum and bass at it for the next play session. Roni Size Reprazent…on Medusa 1-C. That’s well wikkid, innit.

    Oh, and there’s a demo.

  • RedSwirl 6:05 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: indie games,   

    Man, I just realized how many “indoe” games have come out this year that have gotten a ton of attention that I haven’t played:

    Mark of the Ninja
    Hotline Miami
    Retro City Rampage

    …and all of these games are probably gonna be low as shit come Steam sale. I got some demos to play. If any of these games had demos that is.

    @angryjedi Sorry man, still can’t do stuff for free right now.

  • unmanneddrone 12:40 am on November 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Ascension, , indie games   

    Speaking of horror, a little tail-ender for the spooky season from some folks in Vancouver. A lonely little sidescrolling survival game called Ascension. Play-time is around two hours. Cost of entry is free.

    Ascension is a survival horror sidescroller set in a skyscraper plagued by a strange disease.

    Download HERE

  • unmanneddrone 10:59 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , indie games   

    I think art direction makes for great discussion, especially if we’ve got something like HL2 and Dishonored to compare and contrast. I figure I can’t hold sustained art direction in a bad light, even when jumping IPs. It seems like a decent fit. In such a position as art director, you can’t help but bring your own style to the table.

    If I were ever in charge of doing something with Wuthering Heights, I’d try and squeeze in a dropship and some battlesuits.

    @cgrajko @impynickers Bring on dat Cyberpunk! Sumptuous.

    Hot on the heels of FTL and other indie gems that somehow outdo even a triumvirate of As, I present to you November’s corker of a game. Meet Cargo Commander:

    Spelunky in space? Either way, it has that rogue-like risk/reward aspect. You’re charged with attracting massive floating space containers to temporarily collide with your station, then go aboard to retrieve whatever you can find. It sounds simplistic, but I’ve spent a little bit of time with a preview code and it’s amazing. Especially when you’ve gone three or four containers out from your home and a wormhole starts to suck them away, collapsing walls and bulkheads – leaving you frantically trying to pick your way back the way you came, or desperately drilling out into the void for a distance-saving space-hop. Really good stuff. Impressions for GamesAreEvil next week, plus a developer interview then the final review.

  • unmanneddrone 2:03 pm on July 17, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Firedance Games, , indie games, , , , Science Fiction, ,   

    Salvation Prophecy (PC) – Review 

    One man. One vision. Firedance Games’ debut title fights an intergalactic war on all fronts.

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  • Pete Davison 11:34 pm on June 9, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Atooms to Moolecules, BeatBuddy, Blackwell's Asylum, DIVO, Imagine Earth, indie games, Level Up 2011, MilitAnt, Splice, , The White Laboratory, ThunderWheels, Trash TV   

    Level Up Winners Give a Sneak Peek at Upcoming Indies 

    Indie darlings of the future or unworkable nonsense? Pete delves into the 2011 Level Up winners.

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  • unmanneddrone 3:15 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: indie games,   

    Another indie gem dropped today, with high squad factor. Allow me to shunt Lone Survivor into your periphery…

    I saw someone describe it on Twitter as being more Silent Hill than any Silent Hill post-2005. There you go, but regardless of peanut gallery ramblings, this is one fellow’s four year opus.

    Could be a right hoot.

  • unmanneddrone 1:38 pm on January 18, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , Gunpoint, indie games,   

    @impynickers Awesome, so it looks like we’ve got all bases covered. I’m curious to see what class appeals to @beige.

    Going to have a long overdue evening session now. Holy hell, to be able to marathon like the old days.

    By the by, here’s one to chalk up for a future Squad Mission! Gunpoint. I spent about fifteen minutes with a test build before dinner, and it has Squad written all over it. It’ll be free, too, or so I’m led to believe. Totally awesome stealth/action/platformer with an excellent logic component of reworking and rewiring elements within a level. Maybe even more popular around here than Stealth Bastard. Someone PLEASE check out Stealth Bastard, because it’s very good. Metal Gear Meatboy Speed Run, in a nutshell. And free.

    Anyway, yes, Gunpoint. This vidya will explain all:

  • Pete Davison 5:05 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: indie games   

    Another new indie bundle for your delectation. Not familiar with some of the titles in here, but worth a look for those who like that sort of thing.

  • unmanneddrone 12:42 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , indie games, suteF   

    Another terrific little freeware indie offering, probably my favourite since Super Crate Box.


    suteF, to quote, is a nightmare-fueled cross between VVVVV and Lode Runner. Outside of the gruelling yet intuitive gravity puzzles, it’s a despairing little game. Incredible minimalist sound design, and like any tastefully designed game, does a lot with very little. Austere, uncomplicated but certainly not lacking nor amateur in summary.

    6MB – http://bit.ly/gQ8Knw

    But here’s one for a) the adventure game fan, b) the Darwinia fan or c) the Autechre fan.


    FRACT beta: Come and Play is still, yes, in beta, but it’s a slick and visually arresting Myst-style adventure experience. Headphones recommended, especially if you were into the mid-90s Warp/Skam Records electronica scene. The puzzles are good, but the ambience is what you play for. Just spent a little time enjoying it and heartily recommend it.

    Mac & PC / 85MB – http://bit.ly/dH308u

  • unmanneddrone 10:55 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: indie games,   

    Saw this today, fellows. Utterly charming indie FPS+RTS rendered, thankfully, in shades of colour we’ve been missing for a while – outside of Halo. Primarily, I thought of @RocGaude and young Alex when I saw this. Seems right up the Whittington alley, and we’ve not seen any enemies yet. Very, very early stage of development, but just look at the lovingly crafted physics and animation! Go Unity engine! And go devs who endearingly acknowledge their inspirations.

    Indeed. Warsoup! I drink it up!

  • unmanneddrone 2:52 am on October 29, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , indie games,   

    @RedSwirl Fair enough. I actually think Enslaved was the perfect “action game for busy people”. It didn’t mess about, you got through the game and BAM, if you weren’t satisfied with the actual mechanics, you’d be an idiot not to be satisfied with the real reason to play that – Trip and Monkey.

    I can see how you’d be annoyed at the lack of platforming freedom, even in regards to basic ledges and channelling progression.

    Oh, here’s a freebie that is refreshingly unrelated to Halloween. Super Crate Box. Since many are on a Meatboy high and the air is filled with the delightful stench of ye olde schoolery, this wonderful little game should fit the bill. Get crate requirement, finish level. Fight the horde. Download – http://bit.ly/clFQrB


  • Pete Davison 5:19 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: indie games, Privates   

    This is the trailer for Privates, the spunky (literally) shooter from Zombie Cow Studios of Ben There, Dan That! fame. They confirmed today that the game is not coming to Xbox. But all is not lost, because the PC version is free! Get it here.

    You can’t shoot me, I’m AIDS.

    (EDIT: can’t embed Flash in an entry, I see. Oh well.)

  • zegolf 11:49 am on September 17, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , indie games   

    Indie Games Bundle: 12 Games, $29.99


    And go.

  • unmanneddrone 5:43 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: indie games, Six Gun Saga   

    Couldn’t resist sharing this with my fellow frontiersmen.


    The new game from Vic Davis, the guy behind Armageddon Empires and Solium Infernum – Six Gun Saga.

    ‘It will remind you of some games like Race For the Galaxy, Dominion and of course Poker and it’s more than just a simple card game as it’s got a small board for moving your “posses” around and going after your opponent’s homesteads…and more importantly killing off their dudes which gives you victory points. It’s single player focused. You can play up to 3 other AI’s. You’ll meet a lot of historical characters from the Old West.’

    Due to be finished in a few months. Go indie titles, go!

  • FGBA Kim W. 6:03 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , indie games,   

    To follow up @angryjedi’s post about his recommended XBI game, it’s in the Marketplace as “BlindGiRl.”

  • Pete Davison 1:44 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , indie games,   

    Gonna jump in here and say something completely unrelated to anything. Because, y’know, I can.

    If you like creative, weird, mildly terrifying indie games, check out Blind Girl on the Xbox Indie Games marketplace. It’s weird and wonderful, and only 80 points. Plus you can play it through in about an hour or so.

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