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#1 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:14 AM

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- Why an Indie thread?
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Because CAG is sorely missing one of the greatest highlights of this generation of gaming. People complain of big budget retail games not retaining the glory of past generations, but if you look at indie games, it's all there 8-)


- But indie games have always sucked or lacked over the years, why or what makes them good now? -

Ever since I'd say recently or around a few years ago indie game developers have finally had the tools that are powerful enough to create high level and unique designs while being relativly cheaper (or free) to make. Thank the tools such as GameMaker and XNA as well as other dev tools that are out today to the quality of indie games.


- What can I expect of this thread? -

Informative updates on indie developers that should be watched and adored for their lovely work as well as updates on game dev progress, news, demos, releases, and whatnot of what to expect. Don't worry, if you know nothing of indie gaming after this thread has grown in size, you'll be a pro.

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Devs to watch:

BLURST
Cactus
Konjak

more to come over time...

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Reccomended Downloads/Play:


Iji



- Website -
http://www.remar.se/daniel/iji.php

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Raptor Safari



- Website -
http://www.raptorsafari.com

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Noitu Love 2



- Website -
http://www.konjak.org/

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Clean Asia



- Website -
http://www.cactus-soft.co.nr/

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Passage



- Website -
http://hcsoftware.so...ge.net/passage/

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Cave Story



- Website -
http://agtp.romhack....hp?id=cavestory

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Facade



- Website -
http://www.interactivestory.net/

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Samorost



- Website -
http://amanita-design.net/samorost-1/

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Cortex Command




- Website -
http://www.datarealms.com/

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Nikujin



- Website -
http://www.tigsource...7/06/11/nikujin

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Truck Dismount



- Website -
http://jet.ro/dismount/

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More to come at a later date...

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Notable Websites


http://www.indiegames.com/

http://www.tigsource.com/


http://www.bytejacker.com/

(note: worth a watch and informative)


more to come...

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As always discuss and share away. Try to stay on topic of indie gaming if possible but all discussion is open.



Edited by RelentlessRolento, 14 October 2009 - 06:25 AM.


#2 weevles

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:20 AM

Nice. I don't delve much into this scene, but I'm always open to trying out games that do Treasure fan service type stuff.

#3 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:21 AM

Nice. I don't delve much into this scene, but I'm always open to trying out games that do Treasure fan service type stuff.



you're in luck because alot of indie shooters harken back to the good times of Treasure. I'll see if I can find some more shooters for you.

#4 DarthPuma

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:26 AM

I'm down for good shooters too. Just need to get a pad working on my pc.

#5 heavyd853

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:43 AM

Noitu Love 2 is sex.
Hates Fatties x 2

#6 hankmecrankme

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:48 AM

I'm also interested in good shooters. :)

Edited by hankmecrankme, 22 October 2008 - 03:04 AM.

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I like how this one black guy manager at my nearest KFC rejected the chicken and told the employees to make me some new chicken. He understood how us black folks like our friend chicken fresh and not hard.


I love me some fried food. I eat friend food all the time and I'm still super skinny. I can eat all the friend chicken and other unhealthy foods never getting fat.:D


#7 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:51 AM

I'll have to do my research, but I'll post stuff when i get the time.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:16 AM

here's a preview pic of the next game from the guy who made noitu love:

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#9 I Am ProZac

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:17 AM

Noitu Love 2 is sex.

indeed.
"It is not enough to succeed; Others must fail."

#10 Kendal

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:35 AM

I want Raptor Safari on my 360. I would love to see what cheezmintz they would come up with.

But now I'm ready for D/P, excited and terrified. It's going to eat so many hours of my life.


I am a pussy :-(


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#11 JEKKI

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:39 AM

Restless Roberto you're an asshole... I seriously had the idea to make this topic since 2 days ago but I wanted to let it sink for a bit before I did it for reals.

t(-_-t) take that!!!!

nah jk tho.... anyways the good news is...

I jus beat Noitu Love 2 like an hour ago!!!

it was.... fucking.amazing.

Here's my review... first the bad:

I dont like the controls. This is entirely due to the fact that I am not a PC gamer and am not used to WASD + mouse style gaming... However this definitely is not a problem for most people and with more practice I may be able to get better scores than a C on stages.

Also as a platformer the stage design is uninspired... it's basic get to point A to point B. However, this complaint is moot if you dont look at the game as a platformer but rather as a beat-em-up. The character is very floaty anyways so it's not like a platforming structure level design woulda benefited the game as she doesnt move like Mario or Megaman.

and of course... there's always the staple "I'm riding a vehicle in this stage" level.

ok now the good:

Despite below average level designing, the stages themselves, the environments and whatnot, are freakin insane!! I could care less if the stage was a straight line from point A to B becoz the journey itself would've been an amazing experience... the game is beautiful and you want to replay the stages over again!

Then the bosses in the game... EPIC. Stage bosses and mini bosses. I'm not even gonna explain or spoil it to you... but you jus needa see and play them for yourself.

and this review is OVER!!! all in all... go take $20 right now and freakin buy this game!!! I am going to start play thru 2 very soon!!!

other than that, I'm definitely gonna check Iji out soon as well.

indie gaming is fukkyn true school btw... true school and ultra cheap ass, free games that are far better than most retail games...

and yet gamers are still sleeping zzzzzzzzz

#12 Moxio

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:44 AM

Someone recommend me a REALLY good RPG.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:45 AM

Thanks for making such a nice thread, ReRo. I will definitely be checking these out in between classes.

#14 JEKKI

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:56 AM

Someone recommend me a REALLY good RPG.



do u really have to ask?!?!?!

no seriously... do you????

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Charles mother ducking Barkley!!

the best game most havent played... a game made by pure love!!!!

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here's the link to the game:

http://www.gamingw.n...php?topic=68488

and if u need the patch then go here:

http://games.on.net/...iden_v1.08_Demo

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#15 Kyo

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:03 AM

?!

Isn't that the same church in Chrono Trigger?!

#16 JEKKI

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:16 AM

lol good find.

Moxo, one more:

http://www.indiegame...ikkikomori.html

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it looks real interesting... I've actually had the install file in my computer for a while now but I still have yet to run it

#17 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:36 AM

yeah, I can say both of those are top notch RPGs.

I'm still surprised microsoft/sony/nintendo don't approach some of the better known indie devs to make digital downloads... it'd be a gold mine.


here's a shmup for treasure fans... I have yet to play it so I don't know how good it is:

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http://www.nona.dti....kbz/soft00.html




also:

8 bit killer... I have yet to play it, but looks nice

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http://www.locomalit...8bit_killer.php


a personal fave of mine i started playing last week...



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http://www.pixeljam.com/dinorun/

#18 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:46 AM

for spastics:

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http://www.farbs.org/games.html

#19 JEKKI

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:54 AM

btw Rolando my idea for the thread was to make like a list on the 1st or 2nd post (well first since gunman owns post 2 now) that linked to posts within this thread whenever a notable game was posted.

and also to update the thread title whenever such a notable release is made news to all so it says like "Indie Thread... Noitu Love 3 is here!!!" or something like that

#20 The Crotch

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:55 AM

*watches a few videos*

*hits the Passage video*

*downloads Passage*

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#21 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:00 AM

btw Rolando my idea for the thread was to make like a list on the 1st or 2nd post (well first since gunman owns post 2 now) that linked to posts within this thread whenever a notable game was posted.

and also to update the thread title whenever such a notable release is made news to all so it says like "Indie Thread... Noitu Love 3 is here!!!" or something like that



I'll try and make it a point to keep records up tot date in the OP. good layout idea.

I'll also keep the OP titles up to date as well like you said.

I need to look for more shooters since people seem to want them...


also, Virtual On fans here's your answer:



http://mirrormoon.org/projects/windom

#22 Moxio

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:10 AM

Thanks for the RPG suggestions, keep em coming. 8-)

#23 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:11 AM

bedtime for me... I'll be on a computer all day tomorrow busy, but if I have time while working I'll be posting other things as well as adding a database (categorized by genre) to the OP like JEKKI mentioned.

#24 modium

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:46 AM

Only one I can think of that's not covered here is Execution. It's more along the lines of Passage, more experimental art than game, but I think it's great. It's very, very short, just take the site's advice and play the game right as it downloads, without reading anything else. It's a lot better that way.

http://gmc.yoyogames...howtopic=375097

There's also The Marriage. It's pretty interesting, mostly if you're interested in seeing how one can attempt translate a metaphor into rules within a game.

http://www.rodvik.co...s/marriage.html

#25 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:20 PM

Only one I can think of that's not covered here is Execution. It's more along the lines of Passage, more experimental art than game, but I think it's great. It's very, very short, just take the site's advice and play the game right as it downloads, without reading anything else. It's a lot better that way.

http://gmc.yoyogames...howtopic=375097

There's also The Marriage. It's pretty interesting, mostly if you're interested in seeing how one can attempt translate a metaphor into rules within a game.

http://www.rodvik.co...s/marriage.html




I've played The Marriage. the concept is strong but my main complaint is that that's all there is to back it up, the concept. I wish it was a little more engaging.

#26 JEKKI

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:53 AM

Cave Story fans!!!

CAVE STORY FANS!!

I'm calling all yallz out!! u gotta GOTTA check this shyt!!



it's called The Underside... it's not out yet but it's definitely got me hella hype!!

official site: http://www.insignificantstudios.com/

go go get hype!!

#27 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:58 AM

yeah, I've been eying that "mod" for a while. good shit.

also be sure to watch the new bytejacker... hella good show even if you hate the host:

http://www.bytejacker.com/episodes/013



good show for reviews of downloadable games as well as indie games.

#28 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 06:05 AM

Looks hot! scrap metal!



#29 Doomed

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 05:35 PM

Only one I can think of that's not covered here is Execution. It's more along the lines of Passage, more experimental art than game, but I think it's great. It's very, very short, just take the site's advice and play the game right as it downloads, without reading anything else. It's a lot better that way.

Spoiler

By the maker of passage, but much better IMO:
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#30 RelentlessRolento

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 08:37 PM

if people like what the guy who makes passage does, he's a regular writer on http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

also watch kokoromi.org