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January 2009 Indie Game Round-Up

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the new-year-new-games dept.

PC Games (Games) 22

cyrus_zuo writes with this month's round-up of independent game reviews by the folks at Game Tunnel. The top rated game this month is Defense Grid: the Awakening, a tower defense game which "does not revolutionize the tower defense genre, but is solid in every aspect with a few interesting twists." Also scoring highly were cloudphobia and The Tales of Bingwood: Chapter I. "Bingwood is a very clear and unabashed homage to The Secret of Monkey Island. It succeeds because it manages to reference and mimic the style of the original with a fresh and engaging story and a consistent, clean presentation."

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Questionable Content (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26635313)

How does a game that doesn't run on half of the reviewers' machines not get last place?

Re:Questionable Content (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26635349)

It's based on the Torque Advancd engine by GarageGames.

They have been known to pay for placement on various sites.

Re:Questionable Content (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26635937)

What, people still use that piece of crap?

Somehow, I'm not surprised that the game is crash-happy.

Re:Questionable Content (1)

cliffski (65094) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636639)

No way in a million years did torque pay to be listed on gametunnel. The reviewers are probably just understanding of the fact that PC's being PC's, there are sometimes cases where a newly released game might have issues on some peoples computers.
The reviewers at gametunnel are just indie developers, not people with a bank of 10 PC's they can try a review copy on.

Re:Questionable Content (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26646381)

False. Also, Stickman Studios (makers of Buccaneer) used an unreleased version of the engine that is used by GarageGames to test new features. That is, it's probably

Re:Questionable Content (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26647795)

Blah! That is, it's not the most stable version of the engine they could have used, and has almost nothing in common with the most recent versions.

Re:Questionable Content (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 4 years ago | (#26637087)

Because it's sorted by scores and "can't run it" gives an n/a score instead of 0?

Braid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26635395)

Still waiting for Braid.

Re:Braid (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 5 years ago | (#26647219)

For PC? The Braid port is March release.

Tower Defense (3, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26635397)

If you're a big fan of Tower Defense, go check out http://www.towerdefence.net./ [www.towerdefence.net] They catalog nearly every variation of Tower Defense known to man. You can easily waste days on that site. So click through at your own risk! ;-)

Re:Tower Defense (1)

aCC (10513) | more than 4 years ago | (#26635713)

Arghhh! Thank you very much for stealing 45 minutes from me. Me reading your comment and thinking "what are tower defense games? Let's click on the link." Good idea! Then wasting 44 minutes on playing Onslaught instead of working...

It is fun though. I can recommend it. Just not when you're meant to be working.

Re:Tower Defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26636065)

Arghhh! Thank you very much for stealing 45 minutes from me. Me reading your comment and thinking "what are tower defense games? Let's click on the link."

Same here. Mod GP down "-1 Dangerous Time Sink".
Now, back to Bloons Tower Defence...

Re:Tower Defense (1)

lorenzo.boccaccia (1263310) | more than 4 years ago | (#26637003)

beware (windows users)! that site tries to install all sort of shit on your pc.

Re:Tower Defense (1)

electricbern (1222632) | more than 5 years ago | (#26657041)

If you are a Windows user, you had it coming.

Re:Tower Defense (1)

Dolda2000 (759023) | more than 4 years ago | (#26639149)

Damn you! You just made me waste hours on that site. Why didn't you warn me?!

Oh...

Is GameTunnel really testing the games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26636107)

6/10 for MiniOne Racing? That's not fair. I bought the game 3 weeks ago for me and my son and we still having fun with it.
I can't understand one of the reviewer saying the game "lacks any feeling of speed", on the 200cc difficulty the cars speed is excellent!
If you take 2 minutes to think about it you'll understand that not having car to car collisions isn't a drawback : with collisions the game would be chaotic and absolutely not fun.
None of the reviewers have saw that there is 3 cameras angles (not 1, not 2).

Anyway... I have to agree that the two game modes (Equilibrium and Jump) are the funnier.

A quick note about Buccaneer : the demo is now available so give it a try, it's a fun game.

Monkey Island! (1)

troll8901 (1397145) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636165)

You fight like a diary farmer!

(In the meantime, Elaine Marley is lying on the bed, sweat glistening from every pore...)

Innovation! (3, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636169)

So two out of three games mentioned are good because they're just like some other game?

Re:Innovation! (0, Troll)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636383)

Yes, why not look for something original, like (I believe), my iPhone game :) iTune Link [apple.com] . While there has been a lot of real problems with apple and the iPhone store, I believe it is a great place for indie games, providing a way of getting some money out of small, fun games.

Re:Innovation! (2, Funny)

Goaway (82658) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636663)

Thanks for walking in and taking a big shit on my comment. ":)" indeed.

Cloudphobia? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 4 years ago | (#26636815)

I remember getting a version of that from HOTU ages ago, I guess it got expanded and made retail or something like that?

I found the game too hard BTW, having to worry about your health AND the health of the mothership AND the time limit was too much for me.

What about OCW? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26644589)

Any chances of the materials being available on OCW( http://ocw.mit.edu/ ) :P

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