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The Great List of Good Indies

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Trash, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Trash Pointing and laughing.

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    With the amount of Indie games around lately and the wildly fluctuating level of quality in them it's often quite hard to figure out which ones are worth playing. That is, if you even heard of the game. Lets try to remedy that by keeping a list of Indie games that are at the very least good for what they are. Recommendations are more than welcome. Here we go.



    Minecraft

    http://www.minecraft.net/

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    Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.



    Super Meat Boy

    http://supermeatboy.com/

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    The game follows a small, skinless, cube-shaped character named Meat Boy as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the villainous Dr. Fetus through over 300 levels filled with deadly hazards.



    The Binding of Isaac

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/113200/

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    Roguelike meets Smash TV meets some pretty nasty childhood issues.



    Cave Story

    http://www.cavestory.org/

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    Cave Story, or Doukutsu Monogatari, is a Japanese freeware PC side-scrolling platformer game developed by Studio Pixel.



    Braid

    http://www.braid-game.com/

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    Braid is a platform game in a painterly style where you manipulate the flow of time to solve puzzles



    Plants vs Zombies

    http://www.popcap.com/extras/pvz/

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    A mob of zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Think fast and plant faster to stop the zombies dead in their tracks.



    World of Goo

    http://2dboy.com/games.php

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    World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls who live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.



    Creeper World

    http://knucklecracker.com/creeperworld/cw.php

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    Imagine an enemy that is everywhere and moves like a giant, organic mass across the map. Imagine your base and your people surrounded by a blanket of crushing destruction from all directions. Your only hope, well what hope? Then you take the high ground and pound this enemy into oblivion. You've saved the day just so you can do it again and again. Do you have what it takes to save your great city, your people, and all of history?



    Gemini Rue

    http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/gemini-rue.html

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    Azriel Odin, ex-assassin, arrives on the rain-drenched planet of Barracus. When things go horribly wrong, he can only seek help from the very criminals he used to work for.

    Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a man called Delta-Six wakes up in a hospital with no memory. Without knowing where to turn or who to trust, he vows to escape before he loses his identity completely.



    Atom Zombie Smasher

    http://www.blendogames.com/atomzombiesmasher/

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    The only thing preventing the zombie apocalypse is you, your mercenaries, and a nuclear-capable orbital battlestation.



    Machinarium

    http://amanita-design.net/

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    Machinarium is award-winning independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost2.



    Revenge of the Titans

    http://www.puppygames.net/revenge-of-the-titans/

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    At first they came from the skies. In the ensuing war, Earth was laid waste, but we had won...

    But that was just the first strike - now the invasion has landed! Defeat the returning Titan horde in a series of epic ground battles, save the Earth, again, and command the counterstrike against their homeworld!



    Solium Infernum

    http://www.crypticcomet.com/games/SI/So ... ernum.html

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    The Prince of Darkness has vanished and the Infernal Throne sits empty. A conclave of the Powers and Potentates of Hell will be summoned to Pandemonium to select the next ruler of The Infernal Pit. Do you have what it takes to claim the throne and rule Hell?

    Solium Infernum is a turn based strategy game set in the profoundest depths of Hell.



    Armageddon Empires

    http://www.crypticcomet.com/games/AE/ar ... pires.html

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    Earth has been laid to waste by two alien races who then left. On the ruined planet humans, mutants and left behind aliens fight for domination. Turn based strategy game in a post-apocalyptic setting versus 1 to 3 AI opponents.



    Terraria

    http://www.terraria.org/

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    Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.



    SpaceChem

    http://www.spacechemthegame.com/

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    Take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. Construct elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products! Streamline your designs to meet production quotas and survive encounters with the sinister threats that plague SpaceChem.



    VVVVVVV

    http://www.kongregate.com/games/TerryCa ... vvvvv-demo

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    VVVVVV is a retro styled 2D platformer by Terry Cavanagh, creator of dozens of free games. You play as the fearless leader of a team of dimension exploring scientists who inadvertently crash, and are separated. The game involves exploring the strange world you've found yourself in, and reuniting your friends.



    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    http://www.amnesiagame.com/

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    The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape. And poop your pants. Which you will.



    PG Forever

    http://rudankort.spb.ru/pgforever/

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    PG Forever is a freeware remake of one of the greatest strategy games ever created - Panzer General. The goal of the project is to preserve the original game mechanics and the characteristic look and feel of this classic game, and at the same time improve all the other aspects: compatibility with modern hardware and operating systems, UI and usability, multiplayer capabilities, AI and customizability.



    Frozen Synapse

    http://www.frozensynapse.com/

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    Frozen Synapse is a thrilling PC and Mac strategy game. It brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad. Classic gameplay with a modern interface!



    Knights of the Chalice

    http://www.heroicfantasygames.com/

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    Knights of the Chalice is a PC computer role-playing game (CRPG) for Windows loosely based upon the Open Game Licence 3.5 (OGL), the set of rules at the root of the popular pen-and-paper role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons Edition 3.5, made by Wizards of the Coast.



    Uplink

    http://www.introversion.co.uk/uplink/

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    You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.

    You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed.



    Eschalon I and II

    http://basiliskgames.com

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    The Eschalon games are classic oldskool role-playing game experiences that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who – or what – you are.



    Dwarf Fortress

    http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

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    Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world. Oh, and that world hates you. Expect to learn enjoy abstract art and dying.



    Aquaria

    http://www.bit-blot.com/aquaria/

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    A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She'll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators.



    Prelude to Darkness

    http://www.zero-sum.com/

    http://www.mediafire.com/?dnetngwnmjj

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    Oldskool rpg that for a short time became a codex favourite. The countless bugs then drove almost everyone off and the game was discontinued. Still, one of the most hardcore rpg's in recent history and worthy of mention.



    Firefight

    http://www.windowsgames.co.uk/ff.html

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    Firefight is a World War II real time simulation game. It relies heavily on the use of artificial intelligence to create a realistic game, while having a user interface so simple and intuitive that you can learn to play in minutes.

    Review at TCancer.



    Trine

    http://trine-thegame.com/site/

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    Trine is a physics-based action game where three characters allow clever solutions to challenges created by hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies.



    Zeno Clash

    http://www.zenoclash.com/

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    Zeno Clash is a 3D fighting game or brawler, with some elements of a first-person shooter set in a wierd fantasy world.


    The Avernum Games

    http://www.avernum.com/

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    Jeff Vogel's biggest hit series has been the Avernum games. These party based rpg's are all about exploration and combat in the giant underground penal colony named Avernum.



    The Geneforge Games

    http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/geneforge/index.html

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    Another one of Jeff Vogel's hits are the Geneforge rpg games. Dabble in a world where the sect of the Shapers, being with the power to create and control other creatures, come under more and more pressure.



    Avadon: The Black Fortress

    http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html

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    Jeff Vogel's latest brings you Avadon: The Black Fortress, the first chapter in a new, epic fantasy saga. You will serve the keep of Avadon, working as a spy and warrior to fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Experience an exciting fantasy role-playing adventure and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.



    Capsized

    http://www.capsizedgame.com/

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    Capsized is a fast paced 2d platformer developed by Alientrap Games, focused on intense action and exploration.

    As a intrepid space traveler, your ship has crash landed on a mysterious alien planet. You must navigate through the perilous environment and fight off blood-thirsty creatures to save your crewmates and escape with your lives!



    Osmos

    http://www.hemispheregames.com/osmos/

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    Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.

    Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.



    Space Pirates and Zombies

    http://spacepiratesandzombies.com/

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    At its core, Space Pirates and Zombies is an action based, skill oriented, top down space combat game. It's similar to the ones we knew and loved in years past, but now using full physics simulation and modern graphics for those oh so pretty explosions. It's however also a freeroaming exploraton in a huge randomly made universe.



    Spelunky

    http://spelunkyworld.com/

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    Randomly build worlds in a devilish oldskool platform adventure.



    Alien Assault

    http://www.teardown.se/

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    What started as a fanmade remake of the classic Space Hulk got shot down by lawyers and arose from the ashes as Alien Assault.



    Bastion

    http://supergiantgames.com/?page_id=242

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    Bastion is the first title from Supergiant Games, an original action role-playing game set in a lush imaginative world, in which players must create and fight for civilization’s last refuge as a mysterious narrator marks their every move.



    Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole.

    http://www.stealthbastard.com/

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    Stealth games are awesome. Hiding from The Man, skulking in shadows, the thrill of the unseen infiltration. But why do they have to be so... slow? Introducing Stealth Bastard: stealth, with a great big kick up the arse. A fast-paced, frenetic, one-step-away-from-chunky-death melange of sneaking, platforming, hacking and cursing. A whole lot of fun. It's like Metal Gear Solid and Super Meat Boy had a baby out of wedlock. Semi-literally.
     
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  2. Trash Pointing and laughing.

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    Here we've got some upcoming indie releases that show promise of incline all over. Good extra recommendations are as always very much welcome.


    Stasis

    http://www.stasisgame.com/

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    A horror adventure set aboard a drifting and wrecked spaceship. Looks extremely pretty.



    Xenonauts

    http://www.xenonauts.com/

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    A game aiming at brining us the genuine UFO: Enemy Unknown experience and then some. Probably the most promising looking remake/homage yet. Could it finally be?



    Infested Planet

    http://www.rocketbeargames.com/infested ... index.html

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    Upcoming RTS in which you take charge of 5 veteran solders and fight an alien army of 100000 mutating aliens with anything from machineguns to walking tanks.



    Kenshi

    http://www.lofigames.com/

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    An open world, unscripted rpg with some Overgrowth, Mount and Blade but also clear Hardwar influences in it.



    Project Zomboid

    http://projectzomboid.com/blog/

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    Depression, starvation, trust issues, loneliness, illness, insanity. These are just some of the things you have to deal with in Project Zomboid. The zombie holocaust has started and you WILL die. How you live up to that moment is up to you though.



    Cognition

    http://www.postudios.com/company/

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    An indie dev working together with the grandmother of adventure games Jane Jensen on a new adventure thriller? Colour me interested.



    Overgrowth

    http://www.wolfire.com/overgrowth

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    The sequel to Lugaru and another game in which you get to fuck shit up as a bunny.



    Blockade Runner

    http://blockaderunnergame.com/Projects/ ... unner.aspx

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    Minecraft in space meets Elite meets Star Trek Academy? Dunno, but it sure looks interesting.



    Cortex Command

    http://www.datarealms.com/

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    Probably one of the most promising yet never somehow getting anywhere indies out there. When it gets somewhere this should be awesome. As it is it's already quite awesome. Still, does anyone actually still work on this?



    Scrolls

    http://scrolls.com/

    The Minecraft dude is working on a new game. So far mostly known for the Minecraft dude and all the legal naming shenanigans going on with Bethesda.



    Lone Survivor

    http://www.superflatgames.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... KOSWKbM454

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    You will play the last human living human in a city filled with shambling skinless slaughter-men, seemingly safe in your derelict apartment but forced to leave in order to scavenge for dead rats to shove down your gullet in a desperate bid for survival as your fevered brain-thoughts splinter under the strain of living among the dead, and you are forced to digest samplings of unknown and potentially mind-shattering drugs to blot out the clotted claret hallways that now make up your waking life, replacing them with unsettling and unwhimsical hallucinations. Take a look.



    Gratuitous Tank Battles

    http://www.gratuitoustankbattles.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... CtjlwFhMdM

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    Well, it looks more like a new take on the tower defense formula than Kursk 2.0 but still, worth keeping a look on.



    Prison Architect

    http://www.introversion.co.uk/prisonarchitect/

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    KZ Lager the political correct edition? Dunno but if it involved barbed wire and German shephards I'm game.



    Nidhogg

    http://www.messhof.com/nidhogg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2sZ4pV5 ... r_embedded

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    Nidhogg is a 2 player frantic fencing game with football & platforming elements. Less is more and all that?



    Conlan's Claim

    http://conlansclaim.com/

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    Conlan's Claim is a SF game which tasks you with setting up a colony on an alien world. The focus is on survival and exploration.
     
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  3. Trash Pointing and laughing.

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    Reserved
     
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  4. TripJack Prestigious Gentleman Hedonist

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    List needs more dwarf fortress and freeware in general.
     
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  5. spectre Arcane

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    Needs moar People's Tactics

    Mount and Blade should count as well.

    Also, thread needs moar roguelikes. I fap to ADOM personally, but there's more out there.
     
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  6. Wyrmlord Arcane

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    Gemini Rue looks very cool.
     
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  7. spectre Arcane

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    Indeed, I'm getting a Beneath a Steel Sky vibe from it.
     
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  8. http://store.steampowered.com/app/35480/ Dwarfs!?

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/95300/ Capsized

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/98200/ Frozen Synapse

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/105600/ Terraria

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/92800/ SpaceChem

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/63800/ Delve Deeper

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/70300/ VVVVVVV

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/35700/ Trine

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/39800/ Nation Red (Possible, I enjoy the hell out of it but it's probably not quite as good of a class as the rest of these)

    I can vouch for all of these being excellent games for excellent bros. There are other good indie games, but these are for the most part the best ones off the top of my steamy head you missed.
     
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  9. Trash Pointing and laughing.

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    Gemini Rue is a great adventure game. Do check it out. Thanks for the recommendations for the list so far btw!
     
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  10. FatCat Educated

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    Amnesia: The Dark Descent and The Penumbra Series obviously.
     
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  11. Peter Arcane

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    +1 for Frozen Synapse, SpaceChem and VVVVVV.
     
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  12. baronjohn Cipher

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    Super Meat Boy is just a shitty copy of Jumper
     
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    Jumper? SMB is not shitty anything. It has super-tight gameplay, incredibly precise controls, great music and sound and shows an ultra old-school spirit both in gameplay and difficulty. I have nothing but huge respect for that game. Extremely well executed at every level as well.
     
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  15. baronjohn Cipher

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    Uhm, it's a shitty copy of Jumper.

    And I don't mean like inspired or anything. It's an EXACT copy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBMoyGxkh7w
     
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    The guy who made Jumper loves Super Meat Boy though and has put in his own character and a few secret levels.
     
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  18. piydek Cipher

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    I don't know the background of this game called Jumper nor have i played it, but on that video it looks like it's much shittier than SMB. Movement of character in Jumper doesn't look nearly as flexible and precise as in SMB and that's one of the major gameplay forces in SMB.

    Not exactly that anyone making a platformer today has any illusions about making something new. If you're copying some design element, better be honest about it and make it obvious. This game invalidates SMB in no way and SMB seems to be way better.

    That game is certainly worth checking out. Really unique.
     
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  19. kazgar Arcane

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    Might be worthwhile splitting or mentioning free vs paid (not that it should stop anyone, just worth a distinction?)

    Anyhow, onto list:

    Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen Please

    http://www.sizefivegames.com/games

    Two well written a good looking point and click/lucasarts-esque adventure games, first ones free.
     
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  20. TripJack Prestigious Gentleman Hedonist

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    i concur with kazgar
     
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    You can tell all this from a youtube video?

    How about you play it, you fucking moran?
     
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  24. convivialist Educated

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    I've been lurking these forums a while, due to agreement with the general sentiment regarding :decline: in gaming. I figured it was worth finally posting to recommend my favorite indie game, since I don't see it on the list.

    The game is Knytt Stories
    http://nifflas.ni2.se/?page=Knytt+Stories

    It's a fairly small, simple game, but it combines really atmospheric visuals with really good ambient music, and is all about exploring environments in a non-linear fashion.

    It also has a level editor. The 'Knytt Stories' program itself is basically a menu for running any levels you've downloaded. But it comes with a few levels made my the game's creator, the main level being 'The Machine'. So, really I'm recommending 'The Machine'. There's also an expansion ('A Strange Dream') with another great level by the creator. As for the user-made levels that are out there, they range from terrible to pretty good.

    P.S. The list of games above includes most indie games I've heard of. It makes me wonder what are all the shitty indie games people are saying give indie games a bad name.
     
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