List of All Indie Game Reviews -
ordered by date
- No more Bullets
—March 27, 2014— Typically when dealing with monsters, you've got to duke it out, but what happens when you literally can't? Created for the Procedural Death Jam and playable in beta, this dungeon-crawling roguelike drops you into deadly procedurally generated environments where you need to use your wits to bait, lure, and sneak by the things waiting to tear you limb from limb.
—March 24, 2014— You find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.
—March 16, 2014— It's comforting to contemplate that everyone has rough days, even if you're royalty. When the queen's daughter is abducted by a gargoyle, it's up to none other than her majesty herself to set out on a huge quest in this colourful indie RPG from Aldorlea.
—March 11, 2014— Windforge is going to blow your mind. On the surface it sounds like a garden variety Terraria or Minecraft clone with a steampunk coat of paint. Spend an hour with the game and you'll realize it's so very much more than that. Windforge is a sidescrolling role playing game that lets you build and fly an airship and craft tons of items, weapons and parts. Everything in the environment is destructible, giving you a tremendous sense of freedom and making just about every other exploration game look restrictive by comparison.
Cube and Star: An Arbitrary Love
—March 9, 2014— Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is the kind of game you fire up when you know you want to play something but aren't quite sure what you're in the mood for. The delightfully abstract experience from Doppler Interactive puts you in a gray world and says "now go out and do stuff". That "stuff" involves bumping into trees, painting the ground different colors, knocking corners with other shapes, collecting some of the many strange items hidden throughout the environment, and just generally rolling around to see what you can see. Somehow, it's bizarrely entertaining.
—March 8, 2014— Max and Anne are two very different young people, but they've both found themselves at the same college in the same student housing. Your choices will determine their lives, grades, and even their love-life in this funny, light-hearted, and addictive visual novel simulation!
The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode Two: A House Divided
—March 7, 2014— In this second chapter of TellTale's episodic point-and-click adventure series based on The Walking Dead, danger literally comes knocking when a stranger who seems to be after Clem's new companions shows up. Faces old and new make an appearance, but safety and trust are harder come by than before, and this chapter pulls no punches.
Chuck's Challenge 3D
—March 5, 2014— Chuck's Challenge 3D is Chip's Challenge for the 21st century. Created by Niffler, a team of indie developers that happens to include the original creator of Chip's Challenge Chuck Sommerville, the multi-platform sokoban-like game takes the tile-based puzzles from the original release and updates it for modern players. You'll still deal with slippery ice floors, falling platforms, enemies marching back and forth, and a large supply of items to collect before you can open the door. But now you'll do it with full camera control and lots of pretty visuals!
—March 2, 2014— Life is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.
—February 28, 2014— In the latest free horror adventure from Uri and vgperson, Sophie's stuck between the bullies at school and the isolation at home, but one night the clocks stop. All of them. And Sophie must search a strange and silent town for answers in the surreal adventure.
—February 23, 2014— Social Caterpillar is a refreshingly original game about introversion, and goes about demonstrating what it's like by modelling the game's mechanics from it. Conversations with other characters take on the look and feel of an old-school RPG battle, but instead of attacking you're presented with some bizarre shape pattern or geometrical design and must use the [arrows] to navigate the conversation by choosing the appropriate shape or pattern in response.
Card City Nights
—February 17, 2014— You've just moved to a unique town that's got one thing on its mind... card games! In this engaging blend of strategic collectible card battling and quirky adventuring, the great Card King is finally accepting battles, but you'll need to find eight legendary cards to even get a chance at him... and build a deck of 180 different cards in the process!
—February 16, 2014— It is the year 1959B. You are Polyblank, spy extraordinaire. In Necrophone Games' first person comedy adventure game, Jazzpunk, you are tasked with a variety of missions from infiltrating the Soviet Consulate to doing something involving a mechanical pig. Each mission will take you into a strange new world with an overabundance of objects to interact with. How are these missions connected? What is the big picture here? Is there one?
The Castle Doctrine
—February 9, 2014— A unique massively multiplayer strategy game by Jason Rohrer. Build an elaborate system of in-home defense to protect your valuables and loved ones. Then break into other houses to get the cash you need to upgrade your system!
Games Featured:Weekend Download N°262 —February 1, 2014— Weekend Download: the only day of the week where cats can go on dates with their owners, pirates demand their captives play football, and ninjas actually get trapped in castles.
- • Ninja Torappu
- • A Catastrophic Date
- • Flabby Blubberin Football
—January 31, 2014— Shay and Vella are two very different people. Shay lives aboard a ship where the AI loves him a bit too much. Vella is being forced to sacrifice literally everything for her village. Neither knows the other exists, but two extraordinary stories are about to come together in an unexpected way in this stunning point-and-click indie adventure from Double Fine.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
—January 30, 2014— What started as a crazy student project has grown into a crazy indie game. Octodad: Dadliest Catch by Young Horses continues the mad premise first showcased in the 2010 tech demo, adding a storyline and loads of new environments to stumble around in. What should be a series of ordinary tasks end up being wacky hijinks in the world of Octodad. Think of it as QWOP in a 3D world and you've got a good idea for just how mad this game can be.
Games Featured:Weekend Download N°261 —January 25, 2014— This edition of Weekend Download is out to mess with you. A serious art game. A game about clubbing baby seals. A game that might as well be made by a troll. Go ahead, download and play. Seriously. Go for it.
- • Olson's Journey
- • Inuit
- • Fictions
The Banner Saga
—January 19, 2014— The sun hangs unmoving in the sky, and the threat of the creatures known as the dredge puts even more strain on an uneasy truce between the humans and the giants known as varl. In this stunning and challenging turn-based strategic RPG/visual novel, the choices you make determines who lives and dies as you take an epic journey that will change the face of the world and the people who live in it.
A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky
—January 18, 2014— Ivy and Mint are two sisters suddenly left to fend for themselves in a barren and hostile environment after the death of their father. The only option available seems to be a rope... one that hangs down from the clouds high above, and will take them on an unexpected and wondrous journey in this massive free RPG.
Games Featured:Weekend Download N°260 —January 18, 2014— Game time! Grab some mom-approved snacks (apple wedges? celery? raisins?) and beverages (water? ugh...) and settle in for a good time. We've got cyborgs and evil angels and crazy alien beaming games ready to keep you entertained!
- • Dead Cyborg
- • Vindicator: Uprising
- • Env
Games Featured:Weekend Download N°259 —January 11, 2014— A savage in a savage land, a broken colony of bees, and a game that reminds you how terrible you are at games. Such a wild emotional ride could only be the result of a Weekend Download!
- • Savage: The Shard of Gosen
- • The Art of Dying
- • Bad Dream: Graveyard
—January 8, 2014— They call it the Place of Bones, and that's where you find yourself trapped in this surreal and unsettling indie game. Surrounded on all sides by different factions and people caught up in their own strange wants and desires, you'll have to solve puzzles and use sins to corrupt those around you into changing their views and thoughts.
Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp
—January 7, 2014— A murder has been committed at a tourist attraction deep in a swamp said to be home to a mysterious creature... but as the snarky detective in this gorgeous point-and-click mystery, you'll learn the truth is stranger than fiction!
Games Featured:Weekend Download №258 —January 4, 2014— Games, like chocolate glazed donuts, don't just appear in the world fully formed and ready to be devoured. They have to be crafted one ingredient at a time, working their way from concept to prototype to playable alpha and eventually full release. This week's games are all early versions of games that are still baking in the oven. Not that you actually bake donuts or games, but you get the picture.
- • Fantasy Dungeon
- • Sewer King
- • Into the Underdusk