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Indie Games & Discussion
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With the growing popularity of indie games it's only right we get a proper thread for them!

Review Center (Constant work in progress)
(Current List of Genres)

NOTE: Many games will incorporate multiple genres (which can make it hard to categorize); therefore, I will categorize games based on their core genre. (e.g. Bastion may play as an isometric (or kinda top-down) shooter but is ultimately an RPG)

What You Can Do For This Thread
Talk about what you like or dislike, growing trends, and what we can expect about anything as long as it pertains to this thread.

If there is something out of place, missing, or mislabeled, bring it up and I'll fix it

As for submitting content for the list, limit games 1 per post (unless it's a series); include a complete list of genres/elements it incorporates and why you think it's awesome. You don't necessarily have to copy me, but here's a template (courtesy of Infomancer).

Feel free to add on additional material to any listed game and I'll add your post as a link next to the game.

Game Retailers
Greenman Gaming

Bundle Sites
Humble Bundle
Indie Gala
Bundle Stars
Big Bad Bundle

Gaming News and Reviews
Pixel Prospector
indie game database
TotalBisuit's Youtube Channel

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Something wasn't working right with the old code when I was trying to add it so I changed it a bit.

Link to OCN Indie Games Steam Group!
currently invite only, just ask JoelMartinez or BreakDown

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Currently in Development
Support the creaters with Desura's Alpha Funding


Genre: Strategy, Action
Release date: Early 2012
Demo Available: Soon! @ skullsoftheshogun.com/
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and Windows Phone
Shack News article

thanks to TFL Replica for notice on this

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Genre: Survival, Simulation, Action, what-have-you ZOMBIES
Released on: In development but buy-able now
Demo Available: Yes to Demo, Yes to Alpha access @ Desura
Currently: $7.99 at projectzomboid.com and Desura
Developed by: Project Zomboid (couldnt find a name for them)
Project Zomboid is a Zombie Survival RPG. Here are some of its planned features:
Retro-isometric style with plenty of zombie insides thrown in for good measure.
A massive city and the surrounding areas to traverse, explore and loot.
Open-ended sandbox world - survival is your only goal, and we're sorry to tell you… you WILL die eventually.
Get infected. How will you spend your final days? Will you have a heroic moment of self-sacrifice, or end up chewing your best friend's throat out?
Meet other survivors who you can join forces with, trade with, undertake missions for, or fight with for resources.
Loot, salvage, and build what you need to survive the apocalypse, from food and medical supplies, to weapons, even just booze to help get you through the nights.
Advanced item crafting allows you to use looted items to build weapons, traps, defenses, and many other things to help you survive.
Character progression. Learn skills and perks to help your character face the challenges of survival.
Starvation, illness, loneliness, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, insanity, trust issues. There's more to zombie survival than shooting zombie heads off.
Join your friends and survive the apocalypse together in co-op multiplayer.
The world changes the longer you survive; power plants fail, plunging the city into darkness and making batteries and tinned food prized commodities. The army rolls into the streets to perform 'clean up operations' and other gamechanging events occur the longer you survive.
Play in your browser, or stand-alone, on PC, Mac and Linux.
xBISHOPx's post about it
Thread by SpikeZ

Thanks to xBISHOPx for notice on this

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Genre: Adventure, citybuilder
Released on: In Development
Demo Available: Yes! @ IndieDB
Currently: $5.09 on Desura
Developed by: French Rise Games studio

Wiki page
"Survivors of Ragnarok is a city-building-management-survival game inspired by Dwarf Fortress."

Survivors of Ragnarok is a game made by French Rise Games studio. By now, the game is in very pre-alpha stage.
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Genre: Action
Released on: In Development
Developed by: Hitbox Team
Demo Available: Yes! @ indieDB may be very buggy
Dustforce is a 2D platformer game developed by indie studio Hitbox Team. Play as an acrobatic cleaner and sweep up a storm!
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Genre: Arcade
Release: No date of release yet
Developed by: Squid in a box. Demo available here as well.
Demo Available: Yes! @ www.squidinabox.com
In Waves, the player controls a heavily armed ball. The goal is to clear the board of enemies while racking up a big fat Combo with swift kills and well timed Bombs and if it all gets a bit too much you can use your Time Buffer to slow down the action and turn defeat into victory.
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Released on: In Development
Currently: $29.95 Wolfire Games Preorder (get the alpha now)
Developed by: Wolfire Games

Screenshots and Vids

thanks to xBISHOPx for the info!!!

Natural Selection 2


Genre: First Person Shooter, Real Time Strategy
Released on: In Development
Demo Available: No, but there is Alpha access and Dev Tools available @ www.naturalselection2.com/download
Currently: $34.95 Natrual Selection 2 Preorder (get the alpha now on steam)
Developed by: Unknown Worlds

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thanks to xBISHOPx for the info!!!

Delenar Tower Defense
Released on: In Development
Platforms: Windows phone 7,
Demo Available: No
Currently: N/A
Developed by: OCN's Add3r with McAulay Studios

Add3r's post with info


Genre: Adventure
Released on: In Development, Q4 2011
Platform: PC, Xbox 360
Demo Available: Yes! @ roflgames.com
Currently: no price
Developed by: DPad Studos

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Trine 2

Genre: Puzzle, Platformer
Release Date: Dec. 2011
Platform: PC, XBLA, PSN, OSX
Currently: $14.99 on Steam
Demo: NA
Developed By: Frozenbyte

Gameplay and Trailer

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Desura's Alpha Funding
The idea behind alphafunding is simple, fans get instant access to their favorite games with the understanding that the game might be buggy and isn't complete - but frequent updates will add polish over time. The developers can then fund the games continued creation, giving supporters early access to the latest and greatest content.
Humble Bundle

Currently no deal going on now. Last one ended 12 October 2011 so be patient lol

Humble Indie Bundle 1 included: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Penumbra: Overture, Lugaru HD, and Samorost 2. Raised a total of: $1.27 Million

Humble Indie Bundle 2 included: Braid, Cortex Commad, machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans. Raised a total of: $1.8 Million

Humble Frozenbyte Bundle included: Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor, Splot, and Jack Claw. Raised a total of: $900,000

Humble Indie Bundle 3 included: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves, Steel Storm, and Atom Zombie Smasher. Raised a total of $2.16 Million

Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle included: the Frozenbyte Bundle, Frozen Synapse, Trauma, and Spacechem. Raised a total of $1.11 Million

Steam Deals

Packs with suspense:

Packs with no suspense:

Indie Action Pack
includes: AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, Gridrunner Revolution, Metal Drift, Starscape, Zombie Driver
all for $39.95

Indie Puzzle Package
includes: Chains, Gumboy - Crazy Adventures, Obulis, Vigil: Blood Bitterness
all for $9.99

Action Indie Pack
includes: Larva Mortus, Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, RIP - Trilogy, Space Trader: Merchant Marine, Tank Universal
all for $14.99


For $6.99 buy Edge,Rush, and Toki ToriOriginal prices at $13.99 so save 50%

Indie Royale


Site shows planned bundles every 2 weeks!

Current Bundle:



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This post will be the main list of all past games covered, they will all be links to the individual posts for games as they are added into the main body of the thread

Game List

Orcs Must Die! - - - - Now with DLC! Artifacts of Power, Lost Adventures
The Binding of Isaac

Super Meat Boy -request by Joelmartinez (and everyone else to
Frozen Synapse
World of Goo

Cthulhu Saves the World
Dungeons of Dredmor
Killing Floor
And Yet it Moves
The Ball

MINECRAFT.... ....

Defense Grid
Beat Hazard
Defy Gravity
Nation Red

Zeno Clash
Solar 2

Fortix 2
Zeit Squared

System Protocol One
Galcon Fusion
Team Fortress Arcade
Dungeon Defenders
Alien Zombie MegaDeath
The Haunted: Hells Reach


Fate of the World

DEFCOM: Everybody Dies
Multiwinia: survival of the flatest

Freeware Games
---Here we can find even MORE indie games, but these are special because they are completely free!

I Wanna Be The Guy
Ninja Senki
8-Bit Killer

Pirate Kart!!! 300 games by 100 indie devs... free 1.4gb download!

Independent Mods
---Still working on a solid definition here.

"To Do" List
Inside a star Filled Sky
Really Big Sky
Dwarf Fortress
Project Black Sun

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Genre: Tower Defense, Strategy, tiny bit of RPG
Released on: 12 October 2011
Demo Available: Yes! @ Steam
Currently: $14.99 on Steam xbox live
Platforms: PC and Xbox 360
Developed by: Robot Entertainment
Slice them, burn them, skewer them, and launch them - no matter how you get it done, orcs must die in this fantasy action-strategy game from Robot Entertainment.

As a powerful War Mage with dozens of deadly weapons, spells, and traps at your fingertips, defend twenty-four fortresses from a rampaging mob of beastly enemies, including ogres, hellbats, and of course, a whole bunch of ugly orcs. Battle your enemies through a story-based campaign across multiple difficulty levels, including brutal Nightmare mode!

Will you roast orcs in pits of lava, pound them flat with a ceiling trap, or freeze and shatter them with a slash? No matter the weapons and traps you choose, you're sure to have an orc-killing blast!
Destructoid Review IGN Review Gamespot Review


Now available on Steam New tools and traps!


Steam New levels, enemies, more skulls, new trap!

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Genre: Adventure, Action
Released on: 16 May 2011
Demo Available: No
Currently: $9.99 on Steam
Developed by: Re-Logic
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. Grab your tools and go! Make weapons to fight off a variety of enemies in numerous biomes. Dig deep underground to find accessories, money, and other useful things.
Gametrailers review IGN review OnRPG review

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Genre: Action, RPG
Released on: 16 August 2011
Demo Available: Yes! @ Steam
Currently: $14.99 on Steam and 1200 on xbox live
Developed by: Supergiant Games
Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
Edge Magazine review joystiq review 1UP review

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Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Released on: 28 September 2011
Demo Available: Yes! on Newgrounds
Currently: $4.99 on Steam
Developed by: Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl
When Isaac's mother starts hearing the voice of God demanding a sacrifice be made to prove her faith, Isaac escapes into the basement facing droves of deranged enemies, lost brothers and sisters, his fears, and eventually his mother. The Binding of Isaac is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue-like elements.
IGN review Giantbomb.com review indie game mag review

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Genre: Adventure
Released on: 2 August 2011
Platforms: PC, PS3. xbox 360
Demo Available: Yes! @ Steam
Currently: $9.99 on Steam, limbogame Store, 1200 on xbox live
Developed by: PlayDead
Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO...
IGN review 1up review destructoid review

Screenshots and Vids




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This is a transplant from the thread "Indie Games...can't get enough" which is now obsolete because of this much better thread!

still wanted to keep the good posts
Orcs Must Die is an awesome example of this.
Tower Defense + a bit of RPG + 3rd person shooter + mass killing of orcs = a seriously great time!
the story is simple, old wizard dies, you start up, boom story in 5 seconds. yeah it isnt much but at least it's something and every bit is amusing.
after you finish a level the main character does a little victory dance for himself surrounded by the mass of bodies.
There is great variety with the traps, so many different ways to kill. then you have a crossbow that can stun, and a staff which you can use to throw orcs into the air. Everything has smooth animation, great sound, enemies have variety, great stuff all around.

and steam is doing wonders for these developers by giving us a one stop shop for everything.
Even better is so many of these games have demos! at least 75-85%. something that doesnt happy near enough (though i do understand why they arent made). also why pirate when you can check it out in a demo?!

now that i am starting to collect indie games i feel like i have stumbled into the best arcade ever invented. no pounding quarters for a fun time, just one time buy -sometimes in a combo pack that saves me even more money- and i am set until the world or the internet dies (take your pick on what's first.

i just cant get enough!! even better is that soon we will have the holiday sales! most take advantage of the bigger titles coming down in price and i know i will be, but i will be hunting out every indie game i can find.

current great games -totally subjective to me-

Orcs Must Die - just a demo but it is a sweet game with challenge and spunk 10/10

Terraria - sweet little dungeon crawler, i havent played it but many many have

Bastion - waiting for the holiday sales, loved the demo, dynamic story telling. when i played the demo i got to one area and decided to see how many things i could smash with the hammer, and the narrator waited a second then spoke of how 'our young hero vents his frustration of the collapse upon his surroundings" i had to stop and enjoy how much was really put into this game.

Defense grid - Solid TD, interesting story, a good refresh on how cool this type of gameplay is!
Revenge of the Titans - very challenging, tough to master, amazing soundtrack i had to download, and very funny, very new take on tower defense

Anomaly - havent got far into it, but it's a Top-down Tower Defense with you and the mob switching places, now you have to get to the objective and destroy the towers. it's a bit slow, but very interesting and you cant blame them for borrowing from crysis

Sanctum - futuristic (arent they all? haha) TD Shooter combo. very odd, but i have had fun trying to get good at this game. cool block style building and great leveling of towers and weapons.

Limbo - gosh what a weird game AND an amazing idea. fun gameplay, very creepy.

Edge - fun block puzzle game with 8 bit music, if i cant get the level i just let the music play!

Dwarfs - fun gold digging game, they took the gimic pretty far though, still an interesting play

need i say anything about 2 greats AudioSurf and Beat Hazard?!?! no!! they FREAKING ROCK


World of Goo - love the music! challenging, fun puzzle game, oddly cute blobs of goo.
Originally Posted by Sgrrsh26
Terraria is a combination of minecraft, digdug, and the legend of Zelda links awakening (greatest game ever made).

Tons of items, loot, digging, crafting, dungeons, and the developer is working on massive content updates for the second time.
Originally Posted by FreekyGTi
yeah it would seem that Indie games are all the rage right now and there are plenty of them that are great games

Binding of Isaac is great...just needs native controller support IMO to be awesome

Revenge of the titans...really good spin on a tower defense game...definitely worth a try if you like tower defense games

Braid...another must play...its like a platformer with time altering abilities

Osmos...is like the starting stages of "Spore"...very relaxing game that has great eat or be eatin gameplay

Super Meat Boy...if you like hard and i mean VERY hard platformers than this is the game for you

i just listed a few games ive enjoyed and that i own on steam...someone already said this...but i would bookmark the humble bundle site and check it out when they run their sales...they have a sale going right now thats pretty good...but their last sale was awesome...for 5$ i got like 17 games or something like that
Originally Posted by Sgrrsh26
I picked up Isaac last night. Loving it, thanks to whoever reviewed it. It's like Links Awakening again lol except just the dungeon parts.
Originally Posted by geovas77
Bindings if Isaac is one of the most awesome games I have played this year, hell I've played this more than the BF3 Beta although this has mostly to do with the crap map Dice has given us but still it say something.

You just cant get enough of it and in the early hours of the morning I'll go for one more try only to find myself playing for hours more.
Highly recommended.
Originally Posted by TFL Replica
A few more indie recommendations:

Blocks that Matter: a cute puzzle platformer with a unique twist of drilling blocks and using them in different ways.

And Yet It Moves: One of my all time run and jump favorites, the main game mechanic is that you can rotate world around your character to progress and solve puzzles.

Defy Gravity: 2D platformer. You're a guy with a jetpack and a special gun that fires orbs that either attract matter (including yourself if you wish) or repulse it. Almost feels like a faster paced 2D version of portal.

Zeit Squared: Side scrolling space combat game with the unique game mechanic of the necessary use of time travel to defeat foes.

Addition recommendations for Osmos, Trine, Frozen Synapse that have already been mentioned.
Limbo -
Talk about a quiet game, i couldnt turn on my own music though, nothing i have could compliment this gritty dark game. most the sound is from your feet hitting the ground. nothing is truly pleasant in the game, it's a black dream world wanting to kill you. the demo showed a progression of traps trying to give the player a good preview of what else the makers have thought up. very interesting game, you wont keep playing for fun, but for the intrigue and curiosity of whats to come next.

hacker evolution -
i have no idea why i tried this one out. faint curiosity. demo was tough to run because it loved to freeze and crash. mostly just typing with a helpful "type this out exectly next' walkthrough.. not really interesting.

Steel Storm: Burning Retribution -
definitely a quarter arcade game, it's fun but it is also everything we have done before with Tyrian, 1942 (all the top down shooting vehicle with upgrades games). this one just does it from a slight angle and is set in the future. all you have to do is steer and hold down shoot and you'll win. again, it's fun, but it wont keep your interest

Atom Zombie Smasher -
save the yellow blocks from the purple blocks. so in this one you save people from the zombies by via helicopters, problem is once every one is grouped and 1 zombie comes up it's all over and the whole mob turns to zombies. interesting puzzle game, fun setting. top down in a city that looks like a board game is kinda cool. very interesting concept, difficult though.

Solar 2 -
top down....galaxy maker? start as a rock, become a planet, then a star, and work your way up to being a black hole i think. good ambient music. once your planet has enough mass there will be life (humans) who will evolve to make space ships to shoot asteroids. all in all a simple, but very interesting game, definitely not for everyone though. think ill buy it for the amusement factor.

Fortix 2 -
you will get sick of the ring of steel on steel every time you click on something in this lil game. pretty simple puzzle game. you walk around making squares to capture land. you die if something touches you or your line while your making a square. point is to capture all the towers as quick as you can. amusing, but not for me.

The Polynomial -
dizzying, fractal based space light shooter with music. not sure how else to put it but you shoot evil black and red pacmen with a blue laser cannon and apparently your actions cause the music in the game, so i have no idea what i was doing wrong. kinda fun but yes i got very dizzy..pass

ProtoGalazy -
messed up top down space shooter, could not play it at all. someone else will have better luck. you have a laser cannon, missiles, shield i think, and a gravity beam to somehow throw stuff..didnt feel right, it said you could have 4 players coop, upgrade guns and the ship, lots of missions, but not much help and the oddest pink 3 layer clover leaf aiming retical i have ever seen

Vertex Dispenser -
interesing puzzle game with shapes fighting eachother to. capture triangles to conquer one big shape while battling the computer. couldnt really get into it, instructions are vague, very little music.

Zeit Squared - space shooter where your shields are your ammo and all enemies deplete that shield if you dont kill them and killing them uses up the shield with their life replenishing you. They really make this unique with the control of time, you can back it up shoot more or move to another spot and take out another group of baddis then keep going. cool concept, fun side scroller shooter. you feel like a bubble though. music reminds me of f-zero x.

System Protocol One -
another Tower Defense game! gotta love them. this one i couldnt get to enjoy because the tutorial is literally 70 pages of small paragraphs..not fun, i was bored by the time i started and the little blips and bleeps took away from it even more. the strategy is interesting, and very cool concept so i want to try it again for sure and see what this game is really made of. not turned away just yet.

Eufloria -
what in the world is this? take over asteroids with seedlings and make trees which produce more seedlings. apparently turns into a game of conquest against the computer. very like pleasant ambient music.. thats all i got on it really, not something i enjoy.

Super Laser Racer -
just like the top down dirt track arcade racer you would find at burger joints
except it's all digital light vehicles and you have some weapons, shield, and dubstep music. very amusing, easy and tough at the same time. worth 5 bucks but other bigger racing games will hold the interest more.

Osmos - peaceful bubble, reminds me of the flash game Fish. you get bigger by absorbing smaller bubbles, and die if something bigger eats you. an extra is that all movement takes away from your own mass which can be recovered if you get to it again. wonderful music, and they are very kind by providing the track and artist names.

Galcon Fuzion -
very straight forward strategy game, using little ships from multiple worlds you conquer all the worlds or just take over everything the enemy has. fun to think of different ways to mass up armie and use them. great lil game and good music to.
Originally Posted by TFL Replica
Recently tried OIO. You play as a little wooden creature that can plant seeds to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. It's one of those games you'll probably stop playing after several levels and then come back in a few weeks to finish the rest. Good if you're starving for an indie platformer but there are better choices otherwise.
Originally Posted by gooface
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a great indie game:

also the The Penumbra Series are great as well:

both made by the same dev, and both on steam, both are horror games and awesome ones.
Originally Posted by TFL Replica
I can't get enough of it. I keep unlocking additional items, enemies, bosses, chapters and characters for subsequent playthroughs. A recent patch actually added new bosses.

The challenge of the game is adapting your playstyle according to what the game gives you and assessing the risk/reward of various situations.

Do I enter this room hoping for a useful item or do I conserve my health and try to tackle this level's boss? Do I eat this pill knowing it could just as easily damage my stats as it can improve them? Do I sell my health for more damage? Do I trust my gut feeling that there's a hidden door here and potentially waste a bomb to find out? Those and many more questions you'd ask yourself while playing this game.

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Originally Posted by loop0001;15288575
guessing one and the same then? looks like a pin or something going through his head. happened to me on the demo but with a coat hanger??
He starts with the hat but I think the hole is from the skeleton key item (the item that gave me 99 keys).

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Here's the playthrough (with Maggie) that finally led to me unlocking Judas. Note the massive amount of health, the poisonous charged projectiles and a "gamekid" that turns me into a kind of pacman that gobbles enemies up and does damage to bosses. Also in this screenshot you can see I have a 1UP mushroom (not that I needed it), one of my lost brothers assisting me and a cube of meat that rotates around maggie protecting and dealing damage if you're lucky/skilled enough.


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im so impressed with how many items and things they have put into this game. you just showed me 2 new characters in and several items i had no clue about. need to get some playtime into that game

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lol quick break, im starving and hands are cramping from the dang laptop. off to the D-FAC... woot (not really)

when i come back first thing is adding review links to each game. all the better for those curious
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