Indie Games 2015 [January] Now Voting - Post 305!

Toma

Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
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Welcome! A new year has come and we start into a new round of checking out notoriously overlooked Indie Gems and talking about the Indies we loved the most.

Off to start on a more serious note: This thread series is running since March 2013 now, but we noticed a steep decline in post count and overall attention during the past year. Since these threads are a community effort and currently rest on the shoulders of just very few people, losing some more of those or the help of a few very dedicated Indie-Pals, might turn out to be very unhealthy for the future of these threads.

I love these threads! I love this community! I love the idea of playing games that barely anyone else gives any attention to! But for that we need to make sure these threads are actually able to exist throughout the coming year ;) If you have any idea on how to improve these threads, how to make posting here more appealing, let us know!

Quick reminder what we do in here:
1. We archive all the Indies so these releases are easily findable even in a few months. If there is an Indie Game you like, make a post here so we can feature it next month! If you post a thread about a certain Indie Game, also crosspost here since those smaller Indie threads are lost to the GAF page 2+.

2. We check out new games, talk about them and play gems that barely anyone else knows!

3. We recommend games for others!

4. We talk about anything Indie related: Want to talk about the color of Fez' head wear? Want to compare Braid to Limbo? Talk about the perceived impact of Indie Gaming on AAA game design? Or did you just play a random favourite Indie from 2008 and want to recommend it to others again?

5. Vote on the monthly games to make a recommendation list for next month!

We love reading all of this, so just drop by :)
On a more positive note: I am hugely looking forward to our Community - GOTY 2014 list! We are probably going to release it in about 2-3 weeks, and there are plenty of worthwhile games last year that you might not have had on your radar before!

Anyway! I promise not to post this in every Indie thread this year. Hope to read you guys in here!
 

Toma

Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
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GAF Indie Steam Group (We are currently looking for someone to handle the Steam Group announcements, any volunteers are welcome to contact me via PM):
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/NeoGAFIndie
IndieGAF Steam Curator Group (Game suggestions curated by me):
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/4626771

Older threads[ (which are by no means "outdated" and still contain awesome games to check out and/or look forward to):

IndieGAF recommends: The 50 Best Indie Games of 2013 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=766928
As before, voting going to happen in the last week of the month.

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Post 1:
1. Header Information
2. Overview
3. Introductory Blurb
4. Voting Results "Best of Last Month"
5. Indie Media Corner

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6. Recently released Indies!

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7. Upcoming Indies to look forward to!

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We are always interested in getting to know more people with the same hobby. If you share our love for Indies, let us know! We talk about anything Indie, want to talk about the block design in Braid? The character design in FEZ? Need recommendations? This is the right spot to ask! We'd also love to read more impressions :)

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Hey! I assume you are new in this thread series and want to see what we were up to? Or you didnt have enough time to play through all of the games from the last month but still want to catch up with the best ones? Then this list is for YOU! These were the games we enjoyed the most in the previous thread, voted on by the community (More thorough descriptions and impressions in the previous thread, especially the last few pages with the voting):

1. This War of Mine - $19.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/282070/

In This War of Mine, there are only murky grey choices. Your actions matter, not just at that moment when you're desperate enough to kill and steal from people who are just trying to survive, people trying to keep their group alive just like you are, but also over time as guilt and depression erodes your characters' will to endure. Overall, This War of Mine was just one hell of an engrossing, compelling, and atmospheric experience.
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1. The Sun and Moon - $9.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/321560/

The Sun and Moon, the winner of Ludum Dare 29, is a platformer with a unique mechanic: you can dive into the ground. Momentum is conserved but gravity is reversed, letting you fling yourself high into the air or deep beneath the surface.
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3. Elliot Quest - $9.99 (Win, Mac, Lin)

http://elliotquest.com/

Elliot Quest is an adventure/RPG where players explore the mysterious Urele island in search of an ancient demon. With 5 dungeons to conquer, 16 bosses to defeat, and countless treasures to discover and hidden areas. Well-balanced gameplay easy to pick up but challenging to master.
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3. Deadnaut - $9.99, Free demo (PC, Mac)

http://deadnaut.com

Will your crew survive a galactic graveyard of hostile terrors?From the makers of Zafehouse: Diaries comes Deadnaut, a challenging, character-driven game of complex strategy, cunning tactics, dynamic missions and customisation.
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3. 0hh1 - Free (Web)

http://0hh1.com/

A logic puzzle game reminiscent of Sudoku without the numbers. Fill the grid with either red or blue tiles. Columns/rows cannot contain three adjacent tiles of the same color. Columns/rows must contain an equal number of blue tiles as red tiles. No two columns/rows can be the same.
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6.-15. (Still great games here)
Detective Grimoire
Shootmephrenia
Move
Courier of the Crypts
Fancy Pants Adventures World 4
SHIFT
Impulse
The Awakening
A Bird Story
Pitiri 1977
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I noticed there are a few noteworthy, and relatively unknown, projects that deserve a shoutout here because I feel that they share a common interest with the people in this thread. I talked to the guy from Pixabyte and MetaVendetta and both are very enthusiastic about the things they love and figured you might appreciate the shoutout as well. If you enjoy anything here or want to give feedback, let these guys know via their websites or also here in this thread. If you appreciate something, let people know. A heads up can sometimes very valuable.


This is a monthly podcast series that presents notable Indie Game soundtracks. A likeable host and guests, a fantastic track selection, interesting discussions and a focus for Indies will make this one a mainstay in my monthly threads.

Episode 11: Episode 11: Summer Girls
[Wolfenstien | Elysian Shadows | Trials Fusion | Fract OSC | Out There | Parappa the Rapper]
 

Toma

Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
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3030 Deathwar - 2,99€ (PC)

http://www.desura.com/games/3030-deathwar

Similar to games like Escape Velocity Nova and Elite/Privateer, the game features Open World exploration, boarding stations and derelicts, many diverse NPCs, tons of missions and an exciting plot! You play John Falcon, a roguish space adventurer, down on his luck, who gets involved in uncovering a huge conspiracy that will determine the future of mankind.
A Postcard From Afthonia - Free/$3.33 (minimum) for Special Edition

http://landsofdream.net/games/a-postcard-from-afthonia/

A Postcard From Afthonia is a short excursion to the Isle of the Sun via the means of a magical portal. Said portal connects to events that take place after The Sea Will Claim Everything, but can be nevertheless be used by someone who has not taken that journey yet.
bit Dungeon II - $4.99 (PC, Mac, IOS, Android)

http://kintogames.tumblr.com/post/105258031537/bit-dungeon-ii-is-released-steam

bitDungeon II is fast action roguelike game with a giant overworld to explore. Inspired by some of my favorite games Zelda, Diablo and Dark Souls.
Bliss - $7.99 (PC)

http://oruji.com/games/bliss/

Bliss is a quiet and subtle puzzle platforming adventure. Always searching for what he didn't have; the man climbed a mountain his entire life just to find himself alone at the top with a view of all the mistakes he made along the way.
Blockade Runner - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47032

You are one of a few surviving humans in a robot-infested world. Each robot emits light in one of the primary colors (Red, Green, or Blue) which must combine with the color of the floor and/or the colors of light emitted by other robots to create white light.
Breach & Clear - 11,99€ (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.desura.com/games/breach-clear

Breach & Clear brings deep tactical strategy simulation to PC, Mac and Linux! Build your Special Operations team, plan and execute advanced missions, and own every angle. Learn to approach, engage, and dominate your opponents through superior tactics and training. (Steam key cheaper via Desura)
Cat-ana - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=3211

It's an action-exploration games, in a japanese futurist world We searched to mix 3D cell shadding characters and pixel art props.
Centauri Sector - 8€ for Alpha access (PC, Mac)

http://www.desura.com/games/centauri-sector

Centauri Sector is a top down space combat game powered by a dynamic turn based campaign, RPG elements, fleet management and detailed ship control.
Chromyrinth - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=38163

In Chromyrinth, you play as a teeny tiny creature trying to use lasers to purify all the colors in its excessively colorful world. The world is made up of many different zones, each of which can be controlled and moved around like a tile in a generic sliding tile puzzle.
Crimea - 2,75€ for Beta (PC)

http://www.desura.com/games/crimea

CRIMEA is a single player adventure that takes place on boundless steppes, radioactive swamps, distinctive settlements and grim mountain forests of the same-named island.
Cubetractor - 7,99€ (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.desura.com/games/cubetractor

WINNER: IGF China award for BEST GAME!Cubetractor is a neo-retroesque action-strategy-puzzle hybrid where you defeat enemies through an unconventional cube-pulling, turret-buildling mechanic. The game carries elements of a reverse tower defence and a grounded bullet-hell dodger to deliver a unique gameplay experience presented in a classic top-down perspective.
Desert Ashes - 4,99€ (PC, Mac)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/324420/

Desert Ashes is a turn based strategy game with online multiplayer and single player campaigns, it also boasts an innovative menu system allowing you to play multiple games at once. The Day-Night system adds a dynamic twist to turn based battles that affect the battlefield.
Detective Chirpums: Private Investigator - 2,99€ (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.desura.com/games/detective-chirpums-private-investigator

Detective Chirpums is the city's best detective. He's the city's only detective. Because someone had to. And he's got a new case. It's his only chance at paying rent for the month. And not unlike too many of his cases, this one comes with a dame in sheep's clothing.
Dog Sled Saga - $7.99

http://www.dogsledsaga.com

As a rookie musher, learn to foster a competitive and happy team of unique dogs so you can make your mark on the dogsledding capital of the nation!
DotHop - Free (PC, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=16615

Hop through space instantaneously to get Dots! Click to hop, and Space to jump. Interestingly enough, the game appears to take place within a mug of coffee...
Drift Stage - Free Alpha (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://driftstage.tumblr.com/

It's a game that looks like the old outrun games and with the emphasis on drifting. Apparently it's being developed by only two guys. I think it looks pretty awesome, artstyle wise. The music is great as well and while it's really early on, it looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Error: 562 - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47119

Error: 562″ is a game where you control a ship and our goal is to successfully reach the hall of the screen, there for you to discover the “Entire Game on One Screen”
Faster Than Alien - Free (PC, Linux)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=510

The game could be best described as an alien survival game. The games draws inspiration from the first Alien movie, FTL and 90’ies game Space Hulk. You play as the alien spawn and try to breed (as that is what aliens aspire to do, right?).Unfortunately for the spaceship crew, this involves taking captures and defending the nest and territory.
First of Many - Free (PC, Mac, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46696

City/Settlement building simulation/exploration hybrid. Goal is to eventually create a self sustaining settlement that survives without exploiting the scarce resources.
flop - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=18837

For this theme, I decided to create a platforming game which never scrolls. Instead, triggers mutate the level around the player.
Galcon 2: Galactic Conquest - Free (PC, Mac, Linux, IOS)

http://www.galcon.com/g2/

Galcon 2 is a demolition derby in space! Send swarms of ships from planet to planet to conquer the galaxy in this fast paced multiplayer strategy game!
GhostRing - Free (PC, Mac, Linux, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=8502

The road. 6 cars. Friendships. One-button game where you have to hold your key to turn.
Hunt The Yeti - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=6780

Dig through the ice with your hi-tech drill then *PUNCH* enemies into the water, freezing them to death. Defeat all waves to face the Legendary Cyber-Yeti!
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf - 14,99€ (PC, Mac)

http://www.desura.com/games/joe-devers-lone-wolf

Lone Wolf is back, as a video game series with a brand-new story, a deep combat system, stunning graphics and much more! Make meaningful choices and carve your own path through this epic non-linear adventure.
Law Breaker - Free (Browser)

http://deepnight.net/games/law-breaker/

Get a car, rob banks and go rampage through the city. That's the story of life. Law Breaker is a GTA 1 tribute that fits on a single screen. On each mission you have to rob banks and to stay away from the cops. All the good'ol friends are here: cars, helicopters, tanks and GOURANGA!
Lisa - $9.99 (PC)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/335670/

A game about survival, sacrifice, and perverts... Lisa is a quirky side-scrolling RPG set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Beneath the charming and funny exterior is a world full of disgust and moral destruction.
Lost Constellation - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation

Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods.This is a supplemental game, which is to say it's not a demo or a preview of Night In The Woods.
Lumberjacks - Free (PC, Mac, Linux, Browser)
Microphyla - Free (Browser)
my father's long, long legs - Free (Browser)

http://correlatedcontents.com/misc/Father.html

"Free Twine game My Father’s Long, Long Legs manages to capture some of the uncanny horror of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki using nothing more than a fine selection of words and some cleverly applied sound effects."
Noct - Free demo (PC, Mac)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/351030998/noct/posts/1036224

Explore a ruined world filled with ancient nightmarish creatures from a time long forgotten.Noct is a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements.
Owls Ever After - Free (Windows, Mac, Linux, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=34229

A game about the life of an owl family, made by my wife and me. Remember the past, one New Year's Eve at a time.
Paper Knife - Free (PC, Mac)

http://paperknife.itch.io/paperknife

A psychological exploration game by Fionn Murray and Tiago Roldão. Play as Dr. Joanna Dowell, a child psychiatrist, and explore the minds of her patients to unlock their deepest traumas and anxieties.
PhotoBound - Free (Windows, Linux)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=10948

You are a tourist who on a mission to take a picture of a rare bird, the Hippogriphastopholes. Unfortunately you are stuck on a single screen. If only you could use your camera like one of those camera's in those video games you play.
Polyology - Free Demo/ 3,99€ (PC)

http://www.desura.com/games/polyology

A lovely block pushing puzzle game with varied and unique mechanics. Push two 2 blocks together to make them disappear, connect three 3 blocks, just match n blocks.
POP: Methodology Experiment One - $3.99 Steam (PC / MAC / Linux)

http://www.popme1.com

POP: Methodology Experiment One is an experimental game by Rob Lach which was designed music first, with the gameplay and aesthetic derived from the creative flow of the music production process. What emerged is an emotional psychedelic roller-coaster of interactive vignettes.
Proelium - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=41470

Fight agents, mercenaries, zombies and samurai with 4 different weapons in this immensely satisfying arena-action shooter. Contestants come from near and far to star on Proelium, the world's only fight-to-the-death TV show.
Ragtown - Free (PC, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47505

Welcome to Ragtown. In this city you will play as the sheriff who protects the city for 8 years. You must decide who gets in and who gets out in order to get a balanced amount of criminals, businessmen, goldminers or indians. It is your duty to get their heads filled with lead if anyone oversteps their boundaries.
Recollection - Free (PC, Mac)

http://community.vfs.com/arcade/game/recollection/

Recollection is a first person puzzle game with shooter elements in a surreal environment
Roadkill - Free (PC, Mac)

http://shawnbecktp.itch.io/roadkill

A game about absurd city-planning, anarchic pedestrians and casual murder.
Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut - 6,29$ (PC, PS4, Vita)

http://tikipod.com/rockboshersdx/

A twin-stick shooter set on a suspiciously British alien planet and a loving tribute to the ZX Spectrum. Escape from captivity and grab a jammy scone or two on the way.
ROCKROCKET - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46642

You wake up inside a cave. Find your way though the opening.
Satellite Reign - $29.99 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/268870/

Satellite Reign is a real-time, class-based strategy game. You control a team of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities, collectively battling for control of a simulated, living cyberpunk city.
Secret Habitat - Free (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://strangethink.itch.io/secret-habitat

Aimlessly explore 99 procedurally generated art galleries full of generated artwork and generated sound loop exhibits. Maybe you will find some meaning here. I don't know.
Sentinel - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46923

Wounded hero lies on a battle field near his mystic sword. Hordes of monsters are coming closer and only you can protect him! Grab the sword by the handle and swing it as fast as you can, crushing through endless waves of monsters.
Serenity - Free (Windows, Linux)
Space Docking Sim 2014 - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=11344

Use the rockets to align your ship with the space station docking port then gently bring your ship in and make a connection. There is a green marker on the gimbal, bring this to the top to align your ship's axis with the axis of the station.There are four difficulty levels (Baby, Standard, 2001, Interstellar)
Starship Rubicon - 8,99€ (PC, Mac)

http://www.desura.com/games/starship-rubicon

Starship Rubicon is a space shoot-em-up that modernizes the physics and mechanics of Asteroids combined with the ship modification and rogue-like elements of FTL.
Suddenly, Thousands - Free (Browser)

http://omiyagames.itch.io/suddenly-thousands

Suddenly, Thousands is a mob controlling game that takes inspiration from Pikmin and The Swapper. As a lone individual, you can recruit characters with synchronized movements to help push blocks, trigger switches, and avoid perilous lasers.
Swords and Hammers - Free (Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=21669

A simple medieval RTS with hand-drawn art and procedurally generated maps. Refresh the page to play a new map!
The Entire Screen Of One Game - Free (Browser)

http://entire.spacebar.org/

You can't win the game. It exists only to destroy your mind
The Maker's Eden - 6,99€ (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.desura.com/games/the-makers-eden

The Maker's Eden is a first-person hypertext adventure game presented in the style of a motion comic. You play a character trying to discover what their predefined purpose is, in a science fiction/noir inspired world filled with androids, flying cars and an early 20th century vibe.
The Stained - 2,99€ (PC, Mac)

http://www.desura.com/games/the-stained

A platformer puzzle game that seeks new possibility within new perspective. Amazing world of [the Stained] hides and reveals with 3 different colors. Delicate control and logical thinking is required to venture these 20 elaborate stages.
The Taos Principle - $39.99, Free demo (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.croteam.com/talosprinciple/

The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam games, written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything). As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology.
Visibility Zero - Free (Browser)

http://vidroid.itch.io/visibility-zero

You've are an astronaut, stuck on a distant planet.You need to find the Simple Field Emitter parts to fix Communication Device and call for extraction.The good news: the planet is a junkyard, 99% chance to locate needed parts.The bad news: zero visibility.
Where They Once Were - Free (PC)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=491

WTOW is a weird survival thing about a woman finding a weird abandoned cottage while escaping pursuers. Can you find out the secret of the cottage?
Wide Opened Eyes - Free (PC, Mac, Browser)

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=29854

They are afraid of the light. So your only weapon is a lantern. Monsters don't move while you looking at them. Find a way out.
Within Deep Sorrows - Free (PC)

http://www.desura.com/games/within-deep-sorrows

A monsterious demon haunts you throughout your nightmares, as it gradually makes its way into the real world. The only way to prevent this from happening is for you (Johnston Barker) to destroy your diary, which is hidden within your third dream.
Xeodrifter - $9.99 (PC)

http://www.renegadekid.com/xeodrifter.htm

Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets, and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers from a legendary supreme culture in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure.
 

Toma

Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
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About Love, Hate and the other ones - € 6.99

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277680

"About Love, Hate and the other ones is a puzzle game, in which you influence your surroundings by the force of Hate and the power of Love."
Angus hates Aliens - PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita

http://www.team-stendec.com/

Angus hates Aliens is all about reaction and tactical choices against a plethora of different enemies. Every enemy and every situation requires Angus to think about specific approaches making this game more tactical than your usual shooter. Keep your finger on the trigger, think first, then shoot and Angus might get out of this mess alive
Aviary Attorney - (PC, Mac)

http://aviaryattorney.tumblr.com/

Play the role of Monsieur Jayjay Falcon, a bird of prey with a good heart and questionable lawyering expertise. Join him and his witty apprentice, Sparrowson, as the two take on clients, interview witnesses, collect evidence, and deliver justice to the guilty!
birdsong - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=3479

It's finally time to leave the nest. The whole wide world sprawls out before you (conveniently squeezed into just one screen), waiting to be explored. Can you learn to fly?
Blackfaun - 2015

http://www.blackfaungame.com/

Blackfaun is a fast paced action-RPG built on the principles of skill-based, challenging combat and replayability.Players will join a faun as she battles through unforgiving, procedurally-generated dungeons on her journey of self-discovery. Along the way, you will uncover an incredible variety of powerful items with over 80 unique spell mechanics and thousands of additional stat variations. You’ll fight against cunning and relentless enemies that employ advanced tactics and abilities to exploit your weaknesses.
Dustbowl - FREE ALPHA (PC)

http://www.dustbowl-adventure.com/

Dustbowl is an epic adventure RPG set in a bleak world that has been turned into a wasteland covered in toxic dust. You are just one of the survivors that made it through the nightmare and now you’re on your own.
Elsinore - ????

http://www.elsinore-game.com/

Elsinore is an adventure game unlike any other, set in the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. You play as Ophelia, a young noblewoman of Denmark, who awakes from a terrible vision: in three days, everyone in Elsinore Castle will be dead.Lie, assassinate, befriend, love, or destroy — the actions you can take at any stage are numerous. Elsinore uses a custom-built event simulation engine to create a story that responds to your choices unlike any other adventure game available. Characters have their own lives, schedules, needs, desires, and intricate personal plans; even the smallest interaction has an impact on the world around you.
ExtroForge - PC, Mac

http://extroforge.com/

ExtroForge is both a first person shooter, and a real-time strategy game, with sandbox building and construction as the basis of the experience.Extroforge takes players to a strange and mysterious alien world, where they must work with their teammates to make a new home for themselves. The alien world is both beautiful and ruthless. There are sweltering jungles to the south, and a frozen ice land in the north. Using only minimal technology, players assemble their command post, begin securing resources, and then use those resources to establish a home base.
Faceted Flight - 2015 (PC, Mac)

http://site.facetedflight.com/

Faceted Flight is a game designed to capture the exhilaration of flying. Hop into the cockpit of a Hover Jet, and fly through beautifully stylized environments. Developed with Virtual Reality Headsets in mind, like the Oculus Rift, Faceted Flight delivers an experience described as "Sonic in a Spaceship."
Fossil Echo - 2015

http://www.fossilecho.com/

Influenced by the Oddworld series, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, as well as Studio Ghibli films,Fossil Echo tells the story of a young boy and his journey to climb a giant tower in the middle of the sea.
Gladiator Manager 4015 - ????

http://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/com...t_saturday_205_happy_new_year_edition/cncweh1

This game is what happens when you throw Madden, Unreal Tournament and Hotline Miami in a blender. The result is projected to be a pseudo-turn-based action strategy sports game with optional TDS elements. Your gladiators play a sport that is essentially Red Rover with guns and explosives. There are (currently) 8 players per side, with three front linemen, two linebackers and two gunners. Each team has also a runner with utility equipment, and this player can score by reaching the opposing goal area of bestowed points. You can also score by disabling/killing the other team's runner before they eliminate yours.
Inkanians - ????

http://dev.kronbits.com/tagged/inkanians

Inkanians is a puzzle game on control two players at the same time.
Meta Warrior - ????

https://twitter.com/metawarriorgame

Meta Warrior is a thriller beat em up game that features the story of Andrei, a Cold War Veteran, who still fights within his dark past.
Operation: Covert - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.l45ltd.co.uk/

Operation Covert is a retro themed stealth game with a completely interactive environment. You can go through furniture and drawers for items, hide inside a cupboard or behind a gas tank, hold up guards to make them open doors or safes, hack computers and take over the security, and infinitely more... The choice is yours!Both single player and co-op, Operation Covert offers an intense story line filled with action, betrayal and plot twists. And to add to that, a sophisticated level editor will be included for the community to provide their own levels to play. This level editor will be the same one used to produce the main campaign!
Pollen - ????

http://pollengame.com/

A first-person exploration game"Rather than a fast-paced shooter, Pollen is an adventure genre set on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, where you have to solve puzzles and figure the story through your own actions."
Songbringer - ????
Steel Assault - PC

http://steelassault.com/

Years after the fall of the United States, the world is on the brink of war once again. A 2D sidescrolling action platformer, in the style of a late NES game.
SWORDLORD - ????

http://sleepingtitan.tumblr.com/tagged/swordlord

A crunchy 2d sword swinging gladiator game! Choose from 4 different characters, swing your weapon into your enemies, gather money, buy loot, destroy the Duke!
The Cat Machine - ????

http://twitter.com/mattluard/

A game of logic and cats. It's somewhere between Spacechem and World of Goo.
Treasure Star - ????

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=41808.0

"A RPG missile command, crossed with dragon ball z on a tiny traveling planet made of gold."
Trench Run - ????

http://www.thd.vg/trenchrun

Multiplayer run & gun game. Simple cooperative/team mechanics, lots of explosions and pixel gore mixed with some tongue-in-cheek features.That’s ‘Trench Run’ in a nutshell.
Unnatural - PC

http://www.handforgedstudios.com/

In a "Post-Humanity" world, evolution has taken hold of the remaining creatures left alive, twisted and manipulated them. Groups of these creatures will battle for resources in a "Last man standing" fight to the death. While surviving the elements, maintaining health, hunger, and stamina; One must also be wary of what lurks in the darkness. For the rodents aren't the only Unnatural beasts roaming this desolate earth.
 

Toma

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#5
As always, if you find any errors, let me know here in this thread and I'll have them corrected by tomorrow.
 

Toma

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#7
Someone answer me this: why am I not playing Galak-Z at the moment?

Mystery!
Because you are apparently posting on GAF :p

I remember looking at Galak-Z and then deciding not to play it, I think. Whats so good about it?
 

Yoshichan

And they made him a Lord of Cinder. Not for virtue, but for might. Such is a lord, I suppose. But here I ask. Do we have a sodding chance?
#8
Hey guys,

I was wondering something. A few months ago, I saw a gif of a very simple and clean indie game and at that time it had yet to be released. It was a gif of a burning log fire out in a camp and the animation was amazing - you could see a character resting at the bonfire as well.

That's the only thing I know of that game - and I'm wondering what it's called and if it has been released yet? Great thread, thanks for all the effort put in it (and all the previous threads).
 
#9
Because you are apparently posting on GAF :p

I remember looking at Galak-Z and then deciding not to play it, I think. Whats so good about it?
Well my question was more along the lines of when the hell is it coming out?

But having not played it, I'll say that the way they've sold it as a Spelunky inspired space shooter with physics, crazy AI and that old school anime style... Just, yes please.
 
#10
2014 was the year that I think more than 85% of all the games I played were indie. I don't think I've ever experienced so much diversity in games
 

Toma

Let me show you through these halls, my friend, where treasures of indie gaming await...
#11
Hey guys,

I was wondering something. A few months ago, I saw a gif of a very simple and clean indie game and at that time it had yet to be released. It was a gif of a burning log fire out in a camp and the animation was amazing - you could see a character resting at the bonfire as well.

That's the only thing I know of that game - and I'm wondering what it's called and if it has been released yet? Great thread, thanks for all the effort put in it (and all the previous threads).
Random try, this one?

http://www.indiedb.com/games/eitr

Edit: Link corrected.
 

Toma

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#12
Well my question was more along the lines of when the hell is it coming out?

But having not played it, I'll say that the way they've sold it as a Spelunky inspired space shooter with physics, crazy AI and that old school anime style... Just, yes please.
Ah, you are right. They only released a demo before. Neat, another game to look forward to then.
 

Yoshichan

And they made him a Lord of Cinder. Not for virtue, but for might. Such is a lord, I suppose. But here I ask. Do we have a sodding chance?
#15
Wait, did you link me the correct game? Because all I can see in the link given is a game with shit art and not the same premise as I was reading about before :(?
 

Toma

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#16
Wait, did you link me the correct game? Because all I can see in the link given is a game with shit art and not the same premise as I was reading about before :(?
Ah yeah, sorry mixed up links:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/eitr

Its called Eitr, but apparently there isnt much on IndieDB about it now. Maybe I can find more info somewhere else.
 

Toma

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#18
Phew, got a bit worried there :lol Holy shit, THIS GAME... just LOOK AT IT!
Some information from the devs:
We are aiming for 2016 :), let's hope all goes to plan.
Thank you! Currently we're confirmed for PC, Mac and Linux! As for PlayStation platforms, well... no announcements, yet... ;)
Apparently, quite active in development! The devs post almost daily updates/answers on Twitter.
 

Yoshichan

And they made him a Lord of Cinder. Not for virtue, but for might. Such is a lord, I suppose. But here I ask. Do we have a sodding chance?
#19
Yeah that's what I'd love to hear :D PS4 seems to be a given! HELL YES E3 2015 HYPE!
 
#20
Whatever happened to that one open world-ish Dark Souls-like title with, like, very simple but amazing looking 3d graphics.. there were only a couple of artworks and an ingame gif with a dude and his hair in the wind, overlooking like a valley or some hiils, i think. i can't remember the name, but it was in one of these threads, and it was made by a Gaffer too, i think.
 

Toma

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#21
2014 was the year that I think more than 85% of all the games I played were indie. I don't think I've ever experienced so much diversity in games
I think I preferred 2013 overall, 2014 had some great releases, but 2013 saw more games that I'll be still considering among my favourites in years to come, for example Card Hunter, Cart Life, Factorio, FEZ PC, Fjords, Full Bore, Kentucky Route Zero, NEO Scavenger, One Way Heroics, Papers Please, Reus, Rogue Legacy, Spelunky, Starseed Pilgrim and some more.
 
#22
I'm so bad a remembering games.

what was the metroid clone called a gaf member is doing?


and what was that arpg that has the same color pallet as FEZ?
music sounds alike too. AFAIK the composer is the same as on FEZ.
 
#25
Woohoo, a new year! And a shitload of games to play and even more to discover!

Whatever happened to that one open world-ish Dark Souls-like title with, like, very simple but amazing looking 3d graphics.. there were only a couple of artworks and an ingame gif with a dude and his hair in the wind, overlooking like a valley or some hiils, i think. i can't remember the name, but it was in one of these threads, and it was made by a Gaffer too, i think.
That's Ashen
http://www.ashen-game.com/


Looking at their social media pages, the game's development has been pretty quiet
 
#34
I think I preferred 2013 overall, 2014 had some great releases, but 2013 saw more games that I'll be still considering among my favourites in years to come, for example Card Hunter, Cart Life, Factorio, FEZ PC, Fjords, Full Bore, Kentucky Route Zero, NEO Scavenger, One Way Heroics, Papers Please, Reus, Rogue Legacy, Spelunky, Starseed Pilgrim and some more.
I'm just mainly talking ratios. Maybe because there were more AAAs that got my attention in 2013 vs. 2014, but the overall ratio of games I played was significantly higher indie this year than last. I think last year it was closer to 70%.

I mean I'd have to compare what i liked in the indie world in 2013 and 2014 to see which year I preferred more in that regard, haven't really compared the two in that way
 

Toma

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#35
I'm just mainly talking ratios. Maybe because there were more AAAs that got my attention in 2013 vs. 2014, but the overall ratio of games I played was significantly higher indie this year than last. I think last year it was closer to 70%.

I mean I'd have to compare what i liked in the indie world in 2013 and 2014 to see which year I preferred more in that regard, haven't really compared the two in that way
Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I was playing more high profile games before 2013 as well, mostly because consoles had a better big budget output than they do currently.

Still, the diversity and quality of indie games is indeed increasing and just plain awesome to see.
 

Toma

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#36
Repost for next month because this month is bursting with 63 games already:

Elegy for a Dead World - PC

http://www.dejobaan.com/elegy/

Three portals have opened to uncharted worlds. Earth has sent a team of explorers to investigate them, but after an accident, you are the sole survivor. Your mission remains the same: survey these worlds and write the only accounts of them that outsiders will ever know.

All The Way Down
- Free (PC)

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1872/

A lovecraftian adventure set in rural Yorkshire, England.

BossConstructor
- $17.99 (PC, Mac, Linux) (PC)

http://bossconstructor.com/

BossConstructor is a game about building and flying your own spaceship. The core feature of the game is its editor which allows you to assemble your own ships based on a number of components. The way you build your ships has a strong influence on how they behave and what they are capable of doing. Since every component you add to your ship will cost money and increase your ship’s weight and energy consumption, designing a good ship is very a challenging yet rewarding task.

NeuroIDE
- Free Cyberpunk Jam version (Browser)

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=45293.0

A math and logic-based puzzle in a cyberpunk world of technologies, evil corporations and neural implants. Cyberpunk Jam Version here: http://0x0961h.itch.io/neuroide

The Spooky Cave
- Free (PC, Mac, Linux

http://polkm.itch.io/the-spooky-cave

The Spooky Cave is a modern take on classical roguelike RPGs. I am attempting to introduce streamlined gameplay while also increasing the depth of combat and actual gameplay. It's hard to explain without playing it, so just give it a shot, and remember dying is fun!
Super Galaxy Squadron - Free demo (PC)

http://psychestudiosgames.com/supergalaxysquadron/

Taking inspiration from exemplifications of the genre like Raiden and classic anime like Gundam, Super Galaxy Squadron is a retro-styled shoot-'em-up that believes tradition shouldn't get in the way of fun. With a forgiving health system and elements taken from shmups throughout the years, plus a one-hit-kill hardcore mode for veterans, the game is accessible to players of all skill levels while still offering a challenge. Features include 14 playable ships with unique weapons and attributes, dozens of upgrades, eight arcade style levels with unique bosses, an escalating endless mode, and more.
Splasher - Free demo (PC)

http://splasher.itch.io/splasher-early-demo

Splasher is an indie 2D platformer featuring paint and bionic potatoes
MagNets - 9,99€ for Beta (PC)

http://www.desura.com/games/magnets

Frantic arcade-style robot-recycling collect-em-up! Players must fight to restore order in Polarity City, one arena at a time. Do this by capturing enemies in your Electromagnetic Nets (or ‘MagNets’), and Recycling them into tools to complete the level or powerups to survive their attacks!
 
#39
Oh hey, you got Desert Ashes in the opening post. I played a fair bit of that on my iPod last year, good to see it has reached PC. Solid Advance Wars clone, although the one issue I kept running into with it is the unit designs are so out there in places it can be hard to remember just what their roles are. Many times I rode the 'flying whales' into the enemy ranks thinking they were the front line fighters only to learn they were the artillery.

Edit: Drift Stage has a demo now!
Outstanding, dunno how I came to think this, but I was under the impression that this game had been canceled, very happy to be wrong. Dunno how it is in motion, but from screen I gotta admit that this has some of the most amazing visuals I've seen in a game in a long time.
 
#40
Oh hey, you got Desert Ashes in the opening post. I played a fair bit of that on my iPod last year, good to see it has reached PC. Solid Advance Wars clone, although the one issue I kept running into with it is the unit designs are so out there in places it can be hard to remember just what their roles are. Many times I rode the 'flying whales' into the enemy ranks thinking they were the front line fighters only to learn they were the artillery.



Outstanding, dunno how I came to think this, but I was under the impression that this game had been canceled, very happy to be wrong. Dunno how it is in motion, but from screen I gotta admit that this has some of the most amazing visuals I've seen in a game in a long time.
In motion you say?


 
#42
Spent New Year's morning playing Lost Constellation and loved it. Nice and short, I hope Night In The Woods is cut up (pacing wise) in to similarly bite-size chunks.
 
#44
Drift Stage is incredble. I think I'm going to be playing that alpha all afternoon. They have a way to go but they're definitely onto something. I don't think the low poly track really adds anything to the aesthetic, and it detracts from the game play which is a shame. I hope in the final tracks they decide to make the corners smooth as the game handles. As it stands it's a little too difficult to get out of a drift and you can end up smashing into a wall just to cancel it. Additionally the game doesn't feel that fun to play without drifting. Sort of like how some Mario levels aren't fun unless you just hold down the sprint button. I think that is something the game lacks and probably should provide. But I guess it's too early to say what their goals are.

Hope the art direction transforms into other settings and times of day.
 

Toma

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#45
Spent New Year's morning playing Lost Constellation and loved it. Nice and short, I hope Night In The Woods is cut up (pacing wise) in to similarly bite-size chunks.
Cant remember reading anything about it. What is it about?
 
#48
<3

How good are the tablet controls compared with mouse? Take longer? Less precise?
A bit longer because you have to drag the commands, but double tapping works really effectively for opening up the submenus you need to switch between Grab and Drop, Bond + and -

The main difference is that the story elements aren't in the iPad version

But overall it's SpaceChem on the go and it works great

Funny that the majority of my iPad purchases have been PC ports. FTL, Papers Please, Botanicula, SpaceChem. FTL feels like it destined for touch, the touch controls are that good
 

Toma

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#49
A bit longer because you have to drag the commands, but double tapping works really effectively for opening up the submenus you need to switch between Grab and Drop, Bond + and -

The main difference is that the story elements aren't in the iPad version
Why would they omit that? But the levels are in I suppose? Just no text?
 
#50
i REALLLY want Ghost94 to get localized, because dammit I'd love to know what I'm doing.

I have just discovered doujinshi and comiket games.