Through recent Steam sales (those joy givers/money stealers) and the second edition of the Humble Indie Bundle (games + charity = a great cause to take part in), I have acquired a great deal of indie developed PC games. Independently developed games are a great source of fresh gameplay ideas and art styles, so I will take it upon myeslf to give a quick rundown of my thoughts on them, starting with platformers.
Ah, yes, the indie platformer/puzzle-platformer. These are a dime a dozon, because it seems indie developers and simple platforming go together like skinny jeans and fixed gear bikes (there must be a chaffing problem amongst hipsters).
Here are 6 I’ve played:
And Yet It Moves
Run and jump through a paper world with the help of a world-rotating game mechanic.
Yay – Great unique visual style and sound, world-rotating works well
Nay –Really short, paper man is a weakling
So – With the permanent price drop, this game is worth a shot
Run and jump and play with time as you save your princess, or build an atomic bomb, or something.
Yay – Brain-melting puzzles (in a good way), looks and sounds real purty, great final boss.
Nay – Ambiguous story is ambiguous.
So – Get it, like right now even. Unless you don’t like thinking real hard.
Bob Came In Pieces
Fly through levels as you collect pieces of your spaceship.
Yay – Using the different parts to get through the levels is fun, good puzzles
Nay – Plodding pacing
So – A nice little game, get it if you see it on sale.
Roll and bounce though as a blob of tar with a face.
Yay – Once it all gets going it’s satisfying fun, good sense of humour
Nay – It’s frustrating to try and get momentum going.
So – Worth a look in if it’s on sale.
The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom
Manipulate time and clone yourself to grab some tasty pie.
Yay – It’s like Braid but it’s about pie.
Nay – It’s like Braid but not as good.
So – Buy braid instead.
Three treasure-seekers bound together as one fight baddies and physics puzzles.
Yay –The three character buisness works great and adds variety, well designed levels, looks real nice
Nay –It’s $20, which is a lot for a smallish indie game
So – Buy it, even if it’s $20.
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