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February 2009 Indie Game Round-Up

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the better-late-than-never dept.

PC Games (Games) 27

gametunnel1 brings us the February round-up of reviews for recent independent game releases. The top game this time around was Crayon Physics, which was also celebrated at the Independent Games Festival. Also scoring high were Ragdoll Cannon and adventure game Emerald City Confidential, about which they say, "The game is set in the mythical land of Oz, but not quite the same one as the movie/books. Rather than a cheery and fun-filled world, Oz is depicted like a 1940s film noir, so things are much bleaker. ... The highlight of the gameplay would have to be the gathering of information, via investigation of the environment or questioning characters in the game. Talking to characters for leads and clues is fun, especially since sometimes you'll have to figure out if what they're saying has any significance or not."

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Zomg (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27178189)

I think they got rid of the red color on the new stories to stop spam about the redness.

Now there is a black outline. Amazing

Re:Zomg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27178279)

Or you can just, you know, log on and set it to the classic style.

temporaryinbox.com if you don't want to use an email. And always post as AC.

Tadaaa, problem solved.

Re:Zomg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27178281)

Maybe they should just put a NEW! test inside a jagged lines bubble.

Yeah ok (-1, Troll)

deathtopaulw (1032050) | more than 5 years ago | (#27178283)

When is the true pop-culture's obsession with the term "indie" going to die? Just because it's been done by two fat guys in their basement does not make it instantly praiseworthy. These games are mildly entertaining for when you're sick of playing better ones.

Huh WTF? How young are the reviewers? (4, Insightful)

serviscope_minor (664417) | more than 5 years ago | (#27178625)

About "Air bandits":

Air Bandits, from developer Insofta Games, is a side-scrolling airplane-shooter. In other words, it's a clash of two genres that you wouldn't necessarily expect to work together.

I take it the reviewer has never been to an arcade, or owned an 8 bit micro.

Re:Huh WTF? How young are the reviewers? (2, Interesting)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179755)

Or played Sopwith [wikipedia.org] on pc. It's slightly older than I am, but I played it because it was one of the games on my dad's pc when I was younger.

Geneforge 5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27179181)

The Windows release of Geneforge 5 [spidweb.com] is probably worth mentioning.

hmm? (1, Informative)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179245)

No reference to The Unfinished Swan [iandallas.com] or World of Goo [worldofgoo.com]? Or how about The Maw [mawgame.com] (which is a bit boring after a while, but in a really cute way)?

Physics seems to be the "next big thing" in games. And those games rely a lot on that. Or are they not "Indy" enough?

Re:hmm? (3, Informative)

Ninnle Labs, LLC (1486095) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179985)

No reference to The Unfinished Swan or World of Goo? Or how about The Maw (which is a bit boring after a while, but in a really cute way)?

Probably because this is a review of games that came out LAST MONTH not LAST YEAR.

Re:hmm? (2, Insightful)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180009)

The first one isn't released, the second one won their game of the year last year - they can;t put it it in every month for all time, the third one also doesn't seem to be released?

So you want the monthly games to include stuff from last year and from next year???

Re:hmm? (2, Informative)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182565)

The Maw was released in January on the XBox 360 and last week or so on Steam so I guess it depends on which system you have which month you'll count it for.

Re:hmm? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#27186073)

I was fooled by the site's "STORE" linking being a "coming soon" on mouse over. The "Buy Now" icon on the main image is outside my view area and I didn't scroll right...

Re:hmm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180167)

Old games are old.

They Could Do Better... (1)

Mo0o (1499045) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179701)

Lemmings is a little more fun and just like this Crayon Physics game. At least if you get bored you get to see splats of Lemmings and amusing ways of watching them fall to their death and scream.

Re:They Could Do Better... (1)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182645)

I'm not going argue about which game is more fun, since that's a subjective opinion, but Crayon Physics and Lemmings are nothing alike. The only similarity is that there is there is a goal at the end of each level. It's like saying Super Mario Brothers is just like Lemmings because there is also a goal at the end of each SMB level, or football is just like basketball because you're trying to move a ball in to a position such that you get points for it.

Also, I don't know why you are making an apples to oranges comparison to a non-indie game. Why don't we all just ignore these games because they aren't Half-life, or World of Warcraft? sigh

Oz Genres (3, Funny)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180625)

Well, we've Original OZ, updated 80's OZ, maximum security prison rape Oz, and Oz Noir. All we need now is steampunk Oz and Zombie Oz and we'll have all the bases covered.
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