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So I narrowed my choices down to Sir You Are Being Hunted, Legend of Dungeon, or some other unexpected release or Early Access game.

I realized my specs can't run Betrayer, I can wait for Shelter, and I'll wait for games like Electronic Super Joy to go on sale.

Any impressions of Legend of Dungeon?
I made a first impression on it on my channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yy2lJyVaLM

It's fun with every playthrough that i've done. Lightning effects are great and the monsters from other games (or even tv series) and the countless of hats are a nice touch. The multiplayer is only local though and navigating your items is a little lacking sometimes if you quickly need to find a potion or weapon.
 
I made a first impression on it on my channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yy2lJyVaLM

It's fun with every playthrough that i've done. Lightning effects are great and the monsters from other games (or even tv series) and the countless of hats are a nice touch. The multiplayer is only local though and navigating your items is a little lacking sometimes if you quickly need to find a potion or weapon.
Thanks. I crossed SYABH off the list till I get a better computer so it's down to definitely Legend plus either Shelter or some other surprise release/Early Access game.

I was chatting with the dev on the forums and he said that the game is "first and foremost a single player experience." I was worried that the co-op would be the primary focus a la Left 4 Dead. How does the game feel while playing solo? Cause I'm never going to touch co-op
 

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Had a think, and I remember last month it was a wide problem that some users just didn’t quite have enough time to run through many of the games on the OP. So to (hopefully) help I’ve made this list of the OP games categorised in ‘impact levels’ being the amount of time I would consider that they may take to play. Of course many of them can be played for longer (if you enjoy them), this is more of a rating of how long it takes the player to see and learn all the tricks in play rather than master and fully complete the experience. All the games listed are free.

Mega Low Impact – You don’t even need to download these ones
Aaron Steed's Ending - http://robotacid.com/flash/ending/
Bokida - http://goo.gl/egH9r
Contre Jour - http://www.contrejour.ie/
Crypt Run - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/richtaur/crypt-run-death-is-just-the-beginning
ISIS - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/167055177/nsc-isis maiden voyage.html
Megabyte Punch - http://www.kongregate.com/games/Reptilegames/megabyte-punch
Ripple Dot Zero - http://www.rippledotzero.com/
T.O.M.B. - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6822849/KnightyGames/tomb.htm
Untitled - http://www.increpare.com/2013/06/untitled/

Low Impact – These games will take you about 10-15 minutes to play
Ergon / Logos - http://www.molleindustria.org/ergon_logos/ergon_logos.html
Frequency Domain - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=142393387
Maere: When Lights Die - http://www.whenlightsdie.com/
MTB Freeride - http://www.desura.com/games/mtbfreeride
Rotational - https://sites.google.com/site/fortdagamesauxiliary/
Time Squid - http://www.lazybraingames.com/time-squid/
Valdis Story: Abyssal City - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=155507013

Medium Impact – These games will take you about 15-30 minutes to play
Dungeonmans - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/56637190/dungeonmans-the-heroic-adventure-roguelike
Against the Wall - http://www.againstthewallgame.com/play/
Elliot Quest - http://www.desura.com/games/elliot-quest
Experiment12 - http://www.geocities.ws/experimenttwelve/
Fran Bow - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fran-bow-a-very-creepy-point-click-adventure-game
Outer Wilds - http://www-scf.usc.edu/~abhinavr/OW/about.html
Tessalation - http://tessallationgame.wordpress.com/
Viscera Cleanup Detail - http://www.runestorm.com/viscera

High impact – These games will take you about 30+ minutes to play
Desperate Gods - http://www.wolfire.com/desperate-gods
StarMade - http://www.star-made.org/

If anyone found this list useful then gimmie a buzz, I’ll do the same at the end of September if it proves good.
 

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The original is still the best :p
No doubt about it.

And you finally came out of your lair, the 21st century welcomes you conqueror of the world.

Had a think, and I remember last month it was a wide problem that some users just didn’t quite have enough time to run through many of the games on the OP. So to (hopefully) help I’ve made this list of the OP games categorised in ‘impact levels’ being the amount of time I would consider that they may take to play. Of course many of them can be played for longer (if you enjoy them), this is more of a rating of how long it takes the player to see and learn all the tricks in play rather than master and fully complete the experience. All the games listed are free.

If anyone found this list useful then gimmie a buzz, I’ll do the same at the end of September if it proves good.
Wow, that's a great initiative. Very helpful, thanks.
 

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Got Electronic Super Joy. It's still 4.99 on the dev site, but that's going to change soon so act fast if you want to get the lower price.

I'll post impressions later
Love to see them impressions once you're done, Electronic Super Joy does look potentially fairly cool and I do love my EDM.
 
Love to see them impressions once you're done, Electronic Super Joy does look potentially fairly cool and I do love my EDM.
Here you go!

http://indiegameenthusiast.blogspot.com/2013/08/pc-spotlight-2-electronic-super-joy.html

When starting up Electronic Super Joy, a screen warns that the game "may cause seizures! Also, cause motion sickness!" and that's not hyperbole. Electronic Super Joy is at once a psychedelic visual experience and a tough-as-nails platformer.

The surreal landscape spawns trees and other scenery as you approach, the environment is alive with strobing lights and moving colors, all while electronic music and orgasmic moaning plays in the background. The paper thin story is as surreal as the graphics: it's quite simple, you're on a quest to rescue your butt. The game is never static, even the levels are in constant motion.

Each level automatically scrolls left to right, adding a sense of urgency not seen in other platformers. You only have seconds to evaluate what obstacles lay ahead. The controls are simple: arrow keys to move, Z to jump, X to butt smash (also useful for quickly landing a jump and gaining a precious extra second) but are more than capable of overcoming the myriad challenges. Lasers, portals, blade turrets, jump pads, one-use jump pads, swarms of missiles (which follow you relentlessly and can pass through the environment), spinning blades, rotating levels, bosses, and other hazards all stand between you and the exit. You will die, that's for sure, but there are checkpoints and auto restarts give the game a "one more go" appeal that only the best platformers can provide.

The game's pixel art style is simple but plays smoothly and I doubt any modern computers will have trouble running it. Electronic Super Joy is quite literally a joy to play. If you're a fan of Super Meat Boy or other challenging platformers, I think you'll definitely enjoy this game.
 

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Lots of games to browse through this time, thanks to LD and 7DFPS jams.


? - Some engine shots from the team that made Black Snow, an acclaimed Half Life 2 mod.
The Floor is Jelly - Who honestly hasn’t dreamed of filling a swimming pool with jello? I mean, it would probably result in a horrible, painful lungs-slowly-filling-with-jello-death, but it sounds awesome otherwise, right? Thankfully, we have video games to answer these kinds of questions for us lest we try them ourselves. The guy made some cool games before, like IGF Nuovo finalist Feign and its spiritual succesor 13 Gates.
Chester United - Chester United is a complete overhaul of the game Chester: a 2D platformer with over 10 unlockable characters and 8 styles, that you could change on the fly. These styles changed the entire look of the game and granted unique bonuses.
Dream Room - A gem glittering in the dark. Click the link for a lovely animation.
Dysbiosis - An intestinal bacteria Shoot Em Up, combining fun gameplay and accurate scientific learnings in a format which is easily understood.
Legend of the Knightwasher - A RPG where you play as a brave washer with a lance. Yeah, that's right, the one you put your filthy stuff in it, holdin' a medieval weaponry. At least there's no need for armor.
Fabula Mortis - FP-shooter with weapons inspired by steampunk and designed to wreak havoc.
? - New Cellusious (Lifeless: Echro) project?

More to come a bit later
 

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No doubt about it.

And you finally came out of your lair, the 21st century welcomes you conqueror of the world.
Actually, I am still firmly seated in my lair and just started another playthrough yesterday with Moscow, but after 90 hours of gaming, the craziest phase should be over for now and I can dial my game time back from 8 hours a day to... maybe... 6.

...maybe.
 

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lol. You got some catching up to do, Toma. You've been usurped as top poster
Oh believe me, I was hoping for that to happen from the day I first came up with these threads. May there be plenty other posters in the coming months joining you :p

If these Indies get the exposure without me constantly babysitting the thread, I can focus on other stuff which need my attention lately as well. Totally fine by me. You all do a great job in here btw collecting the games and talking about them. I read through the thread even when I didnt post, so its really cool to see that the thread continues to work the way it does, even without me :)
 

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I only played three games from the list, so no vote from me. One of these games was Ittle Dew, and I must say I was disappointed with it. I finished the game, it had some fun moments but the experience as a whole was average. Visuals are nice, but the gameplay is simple and the puzzles lack variety; although there are clever puzzles, the majority involves pushing or destroying blocks. The game is also very short, I finished in about 3.5 hours doing some of the optional puzzles.
 

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I only played three games from the list, so no vote from me. One of these games was Ittle Dew, and I must say I was disappointed with it. I finished the game, it had some fun moments but the experience as a whole was average. Visuals are nice, but the gameplay is simple and the puzzles lack variety; although there are clever puzzles, the majority involves pushing or destroying blocks. The game is also very short, I finished in about 3.5 hours doing some of the optional puzzles.
You have until the end of the month to vote try some short games.
 

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I only played three games from the list, so no vote from me. One of these games was Ittle Dew, and I must say I was disappointed with it. I finished the game, it had some fun moments but the experience as a whole was average. Visuals are nice, but the gameplay is simple and the puzzles lack variety; although there are clever puzzles, the majority involves pushing or destroying blocks. The game is also very short, I finished in about 3.5 hours doing some of the optional puzzles.
As Panda said, there are quite a few games that are very short and can basically be played in a coffee break. OFN made a good overview for the time investment needed:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=78213869&postcount=956
 
The Tank Game-


This one kind of fell through the cracks. Great game, horrible name. Probably the best modern take on Atari 2600 Combat I've ever played.
That looks like a lot of fun. Although it looks more like a dual stick shooter with tanks rather than a tank game. I'll definitely be spotlighting this game. Let's brainstorm some names!

How about...
F.P.M. (Firepower, Protection, Mobility)
Neo Calibre
Hyper Tanks
Renault +
 

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Here goes part 2.

Classroom Aquatic - One of the Oculus VR jam participants.
Irkalla - Intensive tactic arcade shooter game with demons, mages, spells, mechs and hight tech weapons.
??? - Could be some Dark Souls inspired Action RPG.
Jason the Greek - Pointing and clicking with your fellow Greek heroes.
Wilfred the Hero - Eastern-style RPG with a focus on exploration of a strange and beautiful world filled with challenging monsters.
Regret - Psychological survival-horror starring a boy and a fox, coming to your PCs soon.
Mudlarks - Dark and mysterious tale set in London using embellished real world locations, inspired by Sierra and Lucasarts classics.
We Shall Wake - The game is aiming to be a hybrid of gameplay elements from series such as Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, Prototype, and Dark Cloud.
 

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I can't get Rawbots to run well at all. I got it from a bundle a while back and it just chuggs on my machine. It's a shame cos it looks kinda fun, sorta reminds me of this Star Wars droid building game I played on my PC when I was a young'un.
 

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Electronic Super Joy is half-baked in my opinion, the jumping doesn't feel good and the level design is pedestrian "hard". The music isn't great and the sound effects (constant orgasmic moans) are just embarrassing. I'd play it on Newgrounds but not pay for it.
 

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Electronic Super Joy is half-baked in my opinion, the jumping doesn't feel good and the level design is pedestrian "hard". The music isn't great and the sound effects (constant orgasmic moans) are just embarrassing. I'd play it on Newgrounds but not pay for it.
Thanks for the impressions, saves me money and saves a spot for another game instead next month.
 

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Dusty's Revenge -
Download


MOTHERFUCKING STUN LOCK! There's not many times I feel buyer remorse. So here I did. Great Shank-style cartoony art. Everything else, ehhhhh. I checked the developer team, and they're mostly artists than programmers. Very stilted controls. For this kind of action game, input response is key and it's just too delayed. There's fun in performing crazy combos. But THAT MOTHERFUCKING STUN LOCK! I've never played a non-fighting game with such bad stun lock, it's rage quit inducing. The block is useless. The guns are useless. You can't just get back up with an invincibility frame, you pretty much have to roll out of the way immediately. The hitboxes just feel wrong. There's tons of screen tearing and no V-sync option which is baffling for a PC-exclusive game. If there's going to be a Steam release, there needs to be a lot of tweaking.


You eventually get to use other characters as support, and I like that more because it's less me actually controlling the main character. Oh wait, I forgot to mention the horrible voice acting and super cliched antihero western revenge story writing. Changing the characters to anthromorphic animals doesn't change how generic the story is. I'm obviously going to suffer more because I paid for it but also I just want to get to that awesome looking gorilla boss in the first screenshot I saw for this.

Teslagrad - Download




After seeing Patrick Klepek play it on Worth Playing, I checked it out myself. My favourite of this bunch. Art style reminds me of Braid. The art and animations are gorgeous. Unlike Dusty Revenge, here the gameplay is actually fun too to go along with the great presentation. What I love is that the cute robot spiders don't hurt (directly), because usually through gaming instinct you'd have them marked as goombas.
There's not much of a tutorial, but here it works where it's more show than tell. After the quite challenging boss, you get the dash ability which is awesome. If there are more abilities as interesting in the full game, I can't wait.

MTB Freeride -
Download

First-person bike sports game. Zero tutorial, and can't see control options. Well, it is Russian-developed who don't seem to like accessibility :p Once I actually got riding (much harder than you expect), I was never able to catch up to the rest of the riders. The sense of speed is great. I love the concept. I just have no idea how to do anything.

ISIS -
Download

You get to play as the computer that controls a space station. And you get to fuck with humans. Even if you try to be good, it replays to make sure you're doing the HAL-9000 routine. If you're into torturing humans but only through text adventure games, go for it.

Strata -
Download
Tile puzzle game with nice presentation, but I'd rather play this on a phone. It's a head-scratcher because of its unique concept, so if you're into that, give it 10 min or so.

Gateways -
Download


How many games let you play as a lab inventor type? It's basically 2D Portal, as you can see in the gifs. Also, you get to kill monkey robots in a bloody display. I just wanted to call out, best map design EVER in a Metroidvania style game. If you're stuck, there is a hint system that you pay with points and the game takes over for the solution. I'm tempted to buy the full game.
 

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This first person bike thing really caught my attention, I'll give it a try.

And Teslagrad's demo is pretty good, was it Greenlit already?
 

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All the games listed are free.

Mega Low Impact – You don’t even need to download these ones
Aaron Steed's Ending - http://robotacid.com/flash/ending/
Bokida - http://goo.gl/egH9r
Contre Jour - http://www.contrejour.ie/
Crypt Run - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/richtaur/crypt-run-death-is-just-the-beginning
ISIS - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/167055177/nsc-isis maiden voyage.html
Megabyte Punch - http://www.kongregate.com/games/Reptilegames/megabyte-punch
Ripple Dot Zero - http://www.rippledotzero.com/
T.O.M.B. - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6822849/KnightyGames/tomb.htm
Untitled - http://www.increpare.com/2013/06/untitled/

Low Impact – These games will take you about 10-15 minutes to play
Ergon / Logos - http://www.molleindustria.org/ergon_logos/ergon_logos.html
Frequency Domain - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=142393387
Maere: When Lights Die - http://www.whenlightsdie.com/
MTB Freeride - http://www.desura.com/games/mtbfreeride
Rotational - https://sites.google.com/site/fortdagamesauxiliary/
Time Squid - http://www.lazybraingames.com/time-squid/
Valdis Story: Abyssal City - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=155507013

Medium Impact – These games will take you about 15-30 minutes to play
Dungeonmans - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/56637190/dungeonmans-the-heroic-adventure-roguelike
Against the Wall - http://www.againstthewallgame.com/play/
Elliot Quest - http://www.desura.com/games/elliot-quest
Experiment12 - http://www.geocities.ws/experimenttwelve/
Fran Bow - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fran-bow-a-very-creepy-point-click-adventure-game
Outer Wilds - http://www-scf.usc.edu/~abhinavr/OW/about.html
Tessalation - http://tessallationgame.wordpress.com/
Viscera Cleanup Detail - http://www.runestorm.com/viscera

High impact – These games will take you about 30+ minutes to play
Desperate Gods - http://www.wolfire.com/desperate-gods
StarMade - http://www.star-made.org/

If anyone found this list useful then gimmie a buzz, I’ll do the same at the end of September if it proves good.
Giving you a buzz, hopefully the voltage isn't too high. Brilliant idea, keep it up! :D

Hey Mess, I saw you bought Shelter. Do you know if the game will support gamepad?
Doesn't say on the store page, so I'll ask the devs.
 
So I've been playing for about a day and I'm really enjoying it. I don't have it feels as a co op game, but as a single player game, the sense of tension and fear of the unknown is there. The pixel art style is wonderful and the lighting/shadows give the game a very atmospheric feel

Regarding gameplay, the combat itself is simple but I like that you can't swing wildly. Well you could, but I've found that it's best to time your strikes and consider your reach, prioritize enemies, etc. Also it seems there's some kind of line of sight system (?) because enemies won't notice when you're behind them, which is great because it allows for some more strategic decisions

Only made to level 4 so far (never foolishly approach a Grim Reaper wondering what will happen), but the game is a lot of fun.

My main concerns are:
- Needs some kind of tutorial message, could be just one of the tavern NPCs saying something when you approach them. Unless I missed it, there were no screens detailing he controls.

- Inventory needs improving. Again, unless I missed it, there's no way to reorder your items and scrolling through them is very annoying mid combat. I mean the current method could wworks as a quick select but maybe implement an inventory overlay (that doesn't pause the game) where we can more easily equip and compare items. And hotkeys would be useful

- Maybe some more dungeon variety would be cool. It hasn't really gotten that repetitive yet, especially since I haven't played that much, but maybe some rooms/areas could be more overgrown or in ruins or be littered with corpses, stuff like that. Maybe stuff like that is already in the game, idk. But some more visual variety would add to the sense of exploration and discovery.

- Is there any reason not to take the lantern from the tavern? Just wondering

Anyway, can't wait to see how the game evolves and expands in the future
 
I haven't confirmed yet and I'm not sure it has already been discussed, but I was talking with the developer of Mobiloid on Facebook and he said:

the game is coming out on IndieGameStand when they open their shop next week (I think), and it's gonna be 20% off! (it may be a beta version of the shop, though).
Had anyone heard about such a feature being implemented on IGS? Not sure if they were trying to keep it a secret...
 

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I haven't confirmed yet and I'm not sure it has already been discussed, but I was talking with the developer of Mobiloid on Facebook and he said:



Had anyone heard about such a feature being implemented on IGS? Not sure if they were trying to keep it a secret...
Its the first time that I heard about it.
 

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Electronic Super Joy is half-baked in my opinion, the jumping doesn't feel good and the level design is pedestrian "hard". The music isn't great and the sound effects (constant orgasmic moans) are just embarrassing. I'd play it on Newgrounds but not pay for it.
Yeah, I found it pretty underwhelming as well. It's the kind of platformer I'd play if I didn't have any other one to play.
 

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I'm surprised at the muted reception to Electronic Super Joy. I just beat the first world and am really into it.

Oh well!
 

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I'm going to do a challenge in trying to play every single game on that list that I haven't gotten around to yet. These last few days just dedicated to indie games.
Good luck with a that one. There are some great games there but it certainly takes some time to experience them all.
 
Has Teslagrad been voted on before?

I'm going to do a challenge in trying to play every single game on that list that I haven't gotten around to yet. These last few days just dedicated to indie games.
It should be one of the featured games next month, I think

Heh, my project for class last semester had similar elements.

Now I gotta check this out.
You planning a career in game development?
 

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Voting!

Against the Wall - Free Alpha (PC)


http://www.againstthewallgame.com/play/

Interesting game idea, platform puzzling in the style of Portal/etc.
Ergon / Logos - Free (PC, Mac)


A visual choose your own adventure style game with loose narrative.. fun typographic elements give it a unique visual approach. Lots of potential.
Experiment12 - Free (PC)


Loved the "experimental" nature of the mini-games/segments.. the equivalent of a jam band.. lots of atmosphere.
Ittle Dew - $13,99 (PC, Mac) (available in various bundles this month for cheaper)


Fun visual style, dungeon puzzler. Smack stuff, repeat!
MTB Freeride - Free (PC)


Beautiful game that captures the experience and offers a lot of hilarious replays. A must have for simulation enthusiasts!
Shadowrun Returns - $20 (PC, Mac)


Classic isometric rpg gameplay.. a blast of nostalgia with an editor included to keep the game fresh after beating the included stories.
Viscera Cleanup Detail - Free (PLAT)


Hilarious and subversive. Another one for simulation enthusiasts!
 

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You planning a career in game development?
Not really.. too much competition, too high a risk for layoffs/budget cuts.

I've always been interested in what goes into making games and I'm one semester away from obtaining an AAS in SGD. I'll probably make some stuff for fun but being realistic about the job market.

That being said, Epic Games isn't that that far away provided they're hiring :D

(been out of work for 2 years now, ready to take almost anything at this stage)