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Classic games like Arkanoid and Breakout are always a blast to play. I think one of my first "mobile games" was one of their clones, before smartphones were the phenomenon they are today, of course. I've j...


It's SuperBowl Sunday, making it the most appropriate time ever to talk about Footbrawl Quest, a free football SRPG with randomly generated maps. So if you don't care whether or not birds are better than gold hunters (they ar...


A Fistful of Gun is a combination of a classic beat-'em-up like Turtles in Time and a shoot-'em-up like Jamestown. So naturally, I'm deeming it a sheat-'em-up. No, wait, that sounds terrible. A boot-'em-up? Better, but still not that great... How about a boosh-'em-up? Yeah, I'll go with that one. A Fistful of Gun is the best goddamn boosh-'em-up of all time. 


Videogames sure have come a long way, haven't they? Well, then again, maybe they haven't. Sure, games now are way more advanced than they were twenty years ago. But what about the untapped potential within the medium? Videoga...




Jet Grind Radio is my favorite game of all time. I don't care that people think it no longer holds up -- its place is solidified in my mind as number one. It's a decade old and still has more style and better character design...


Venus Patrol is a great idea. An indie-focused website hosted by none other than Brandon Boyer who, among other things, is the chairman of the Independent Game Festival. There's a subscription model for Venus Patrol that nets...


The concept of infinity can be hard to grasp. Other than the Energizer Bunny, space, and Buzz Lightyear, there is not much regular exposure to the concept of something that goes on forever and ever and doesn't stop. Our puny ...


[That's right, Indie Nation is back! Every so often, we'll highlight some of the best independent games available.] I know, I know. There has been next to no coverage of the indie adventure game To the Moon on this site. On b...


Our "Indie Nation" series highlights worthwhile, independently-produced games. Oh hello I did not see you come in! You have played with the Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden game and enjoyed, yes? Good news! GZ Storm...


Our Indie Nation series highlights cool independent games.What is this? An interactive poem? A fast-paced Choose Your Own Adventure? A smarmy existentialist critique of videogames and the status quo? A silly bit of conceptual...


Destructoid's "Indie Nation" series (semi)regularly highlights interesting, independently-developed games. Immortal Defense is a tower defense game for people who abhor tower defense games. Or people who like them. Or people ...


Our Indie Nation series highlights interesting, independently-made games. I will be the first to admit that Where's an Egg? has some of the least interesting base gameplay you'll ever see highlighted on Indie Nation (and that...


Our Indie Nation series highlights interesting videogames from -- wait for it -- independent developers.Amusement, and shame. These are the two emotions that every single classic LucasArts adventure game inspires in me. I lau...


Our "Indie Nation" series highlights kickass independent games.Here is everything you need to know about Research and Development:- You can download it here  - Despite being a mod, it is better than the entiret...


Our "Indie Nation" series highlights interesting games from the world of independents.Handle With Care, the sequel to Polaris and second game in Robert Yang's Radiator series, came out yesterday. It's interesti...


Indie Nation is an irregularly-scheduled series that highlights good independent games.Mr. Mullet by This Is Pop is probably one of the least funny games on the entire Adult Swim Web site, but it is also undoubtedly one of th...


Indie Nation is about independent games. You could have probably guessed that.To the best of my recollection, I've never played a game quite like Drug Wars. After a remarkably turbulent, accidental release on Steam a couple o...


At irregular intervals, "Indie Nation" highlights interesting games from the independent scene. I'm tempted to call Matt Thorson the king of indie platfomers, which may sound weird considering I've never highlighted...


Indie Nation highlights interesting, independently-made games. Which you probably could have guessed.I have a confession to make: I'm not really a fan of the indie adventure game scene. Apart from the odd deconstructionist wo...


"Indie Nation" highlights interesting games from the independent scene. Series installments are written pretty much whenever we feel like it. I've tried to start this post about a dozen times, forever attempting to write an o...


Every week, Destructoid highlights interesting, innovative, or just plain odd independent games for its "Indie Nation" series.After three weeks of heady, combat-free first-person shooter modifications, what say we d...


Half-Life 2's Source engine may well be one of the most reliably satisfying pieces of technology in the modern gaming world. It gave us gravity guns, zombie hordes, portal physics -- and now, of all things, a stargazing simul...


Conscientious Objector is a Doom 3 mod by thechineseroom, the same academic group who created Dear Esther. Despite the fact that Dear Esther couldn't possibly be more stylistically or mechanically different thanObjector, both...


I have to admit -- I heard about Dear Esther from RockPaperShotgun, and their writeup is probably superior to whatever it is I'm about to blather on about regarding this moody Half-Life 2 mod.Dear Esther is an incredibly slow...


You may know Anthony Perri from his position as Resident Person Named Anthony Who Isn't Anthony Burch in the Destructoid community.* But did you also know that he makes artgames, as well? Surprisingly good, minimalist artgame...


Every Friday, Destructoid highlights a fun, innovative, or just plain interesting independently-made game for our Indie Nation series. I've been putting off highlighting Daniel Benmergui's work for months, but now that Today ...


Anthony is letting me fill in for him this week on Indie Nation. Now, on to the good news. Spewer is a new puzzle/platformer from the creative team of Eli Piilonen (Stranded) and Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy), and it's way...


If you've ever played a flash-based, pointer controlled adventure game with no inventory puzzles like, say, Samorost (or Myst, if you don't know what Samorost is), Windosill belongs to that as-yet-unnamed game genre. Whatever...


Every Friday, Destructoid highlights a fun, interesting, or just plain weird game produced without funding from a major publisher for our "Indie Nation" series.I understand how boring that screenshot looks, but that...


Every Friday, Destructoid highlights a fun, meaningful, or just plain interesting independently-made game for our "Indie Nation" series.  Voting is still open for TIGSource.com's Cockpit Competition, but regard...


Snow is a game about a girl buying a cup of coffee. Not in a symbolic sense or in a pretentious artgame sense where you have to decipher what the actual mechanics and input buttons mean on a metaphorical level, and then that ...


Quick -- name every stealth game you've ever played that didn't suck. Not the great ones, not your favorites, not the ones that will stand the test of time, but merely the ones which did not suck.If you're anything like me, y...


Time for another Indie Nation, wherein we highlight a kickass independently-made game that may be worth your time. What with all my endless bitching about games that waste the player's time, now seems as good a moment as ever...


Another Friday means another Indie Nation, wherein we highlight cool, independently-made games that offer something you just can't get from the mainstream. After last week's anti-JRPG clusterf*ck, I suggest something I hope w...


Playing Lost Odyssey to completion taught me one very important thing about myself: I hate RPGs. Not the fun sort of hate that evokes a misanthropic glee -- the kind of hate one usually reserves for Fox News and Uwe Boll -- b...


It takes some serious balls to call your game Jumpman. Such a title mentally conjures a significant amount of videogame history, beginning with Donkey Kong and ending with this pretentiously-titled little indie title. It comp...


Xoldiers, by Cactus and Terry Cavanagh, is so damn fun you might not even notice it's an artgame. The premise -- you simultaneously control an entire squadron of soldiers who must kill everything that stands in their path --&...


As far as I know, there are only two artistic works in existence that prove bunnies can be badass: Watership Down, and Lugaru.Lugaru's been around for quite a while -- four years, to be exact -- so if you've never heard of it...


Oh, look -- it's another installment of Indie Nation, wherein I highlight a really good indie game you should play.The Legend of Princess is, in the end, a pretty typical action platformer. It's got a neat method of selling y...


I don't consider myself at all knowledgeable about text adventures, but it bears mentioning that of the dozen or so I've played to completion, I've totally fallen in love with at least three. My favorite of the three is ...


Since the very first Indie Nation, I've received several requests to highlight two different games: Toribash, a turn-based ragdoll fighter, and Dwarf Fortress, a dungeon keeper/crawler. Several times over the course of the la...


Have you ever played a game that was so incredibly punishing, yet so ridiculously fun and rewarding that you couldn't help but play it for hours and hours despite losing at least two hundred lives in that span of time? Have y...


Sorry for the late Indie Nation. I'd make an excuse, but it wouldn't be a great one.Though people frequently use the phrase "style over substance" as an insult, I've never been more happy to label a videogame as pos...


I love self-reflexive art. I don't really know why, but stuff like Adaptation or The People of Paper just drives me wild. Maybe it's the fact that the author is respecting his or her audience enough to admit that everything h...


I don’t really play all that many indie games. It’s not that I’m prejudiced towards high-profile, big-budget titles -- I love PixelJunk Eden, for example -- but most of the games that Anthony has highlighted...


You liked Jetpack Brontosaurus and Off-Road Velociraptor Safari. That was not a question. The guys who made those, Blurst, just released a new game. It is called Minotaur China Shop and it is, in my opinion, their best game y...


As Thanksgiving is only a few days away and my creativity is as limited as my enthusiasm, it's time for a Christmas-themed Indie Nation! Yay! Thankfully, however, this week's game isn't anywhere near as annoying as hearing "J...


Fantastic Blood Boy isn't just remarkable because it's a fun game (though it is), or because it has awesome visuals and an awesomely almost-but-not-quite-annoying soundtrack (though it does), but because, when explained verba...


Throughout the course of the Indie Nation series, I've highlighted action games, text adventures, art games, platformers, and everything else I could get my pretentious, elitist hands on. However varied and unusual those game...


In retrospect, I probably should have saved last week’s Indie Nation, Cottage of Doom, for today. Then again, I forgot today was Halloween until this morning, when I decided to dress up as Tim from Braid (this involves ...






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