I thought since some people here seem to be at least somewhat interested in indie games, then they might be interested in this pretty huge list of indie game developers that I decided to compile quite sometime ago. It only just dawned on me to post it here.
It pretty much concentrates on the little guys - the guys that create the little freeware gems and don't receive much attention in return, although there are some critically acclaimed developers thrown in there and some have become a good deal bigger than what they were since the list began.
I constantly plan to update it (I never will consider it complete), although admittedly it hasn't had a major update in quite sometime (it has had a recent broken link clean up though). There are also some interview links below certain developers to give some background for those interested.
So that's that. Hopefully someone might get something out of it.
So I thought I'd make a post about the second youtube series I've been making called Indie Games You Might Have Missed. Anyone familiar with the old Indygamer / Indie Games The Weblog or TIGSource might be familiar with some of the games featured. Then again, unless you followed both with a fine tooth comb since their beginnings, you might have missed them, which is pretty much the point of the series.
The few people that read the 1st couple of posts of the blog I started here might remember a youtube series I was talking about called Obscure Indie Games. Anyways, halfway through it, I changed its name to Underrated Indie Games and eventually finished it off (rather recently).
There are 100 episodes, each featuring a game by a different developer. All are free to play. Many are short, experimental and lack polish, however all are definitely worth playing.
Here's a playlist if you want to watch all the videos back to back: [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWK4PUQq1e8&feature=PlayList&p=1BE40924E2B0FFCF&index=0&playnext=1"]Underrated Indie Games [Series 1][/url]
If you want to watch the videos individually, go here: [url=http://www.youtube.com/user/Slumlord27#g/u"]Youtube channel[/url]
100 Underrated Indie Games (game link list):
Keep in kind that you may have to scroll down the page or navigate to a games section on the occasional link but most of them are pretty straight forward.
Fire Fight!: [url=http://www.box.net/shared/g1jln67ar7"]http://www.box.net/shared/g1jln67ar7[/url]
Super Mega Awesome Dude: [url=http://gameslegendary.blogspot.com/2009/04/super-mega-awesome-dude.html"]http://gameslegendary.blogspot.com/2009/04...esome-dude.html[/url]
Dark Tower: [url=http://xout.blackened-interactive.com/DarkTower/DarkTower.html"]http://xout.blackened-interactive.com/Dark.../DarkTower.html[/url]
The Hanrahan Game: [url=http://www.sbox.co.nz/games.php?section=1"]http://www.sbox.co.nz/games.php?section=1[/url]
You Can't Possibly Expect Me To Do That: [url=http://loafoftoast.ueuo.com/YCPEMTDT.html"]http://loafoftoast.ueuo.com/YCPEMTDT.html[/url]
BlasterMan vs YellowSkull: [url=http://alexitron.weebly.com/bm-vs-ys.html"]http://alexitron.weebly.com/bm-vs-ys.html[/url]
Rainbow Sugar Go! : [url=http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=6900"]http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=6900[/url]
Super Boink-O-Doink: [url=http://www.acid-play.com/download/super-boink-o-doink/"]http://www.acid-play.com/download/super-boink-o-doink/[/url]
Theseus and the Maze : [url=http://www.jajaben.com/theseusatm.html"]http://www.jajaben.com/theseusatm.html[/url]
Bombing Room: [url=http://hempuli.com/BR/"]http://hempuli.com/BR/[/url]
Forgotten Sky: [url=http://code.google.com/p/blackdawn/downloads/list"]http://code.google.com/p/blackdawn/downloads/list[/url]
Click Copter 2009: [url=http://www.box.net/shared/ocfnkd2c9r"]http://www.box.net/shared/ocfnkd2c9r[/url]
Emergency Christmas Dash : [url=http://www.zixiao.info/games/index.htm"]http://www.zixiao.info/games/index.htm[/url]
Free Ice Cream: [url=http://www.twoschizos.com/?what=game&game=freeicecream"]http://www.twoschizos.com/?what=game&game=freeicecream[/url]
Earthbound Holiday Adventure : [url=http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Earthbound-Holiday-Adventure/"]http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Ear...iday-Adventure/[/url]
Gear World: [url=http://64digits.com/games/index.php?cmd=view_game&id=4282"]http://64digits.com/games/index.php?cmd=vi...ame&id=4282[/url]
Mr. Splode and the Fireworks Factory: [url=http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2007/12/16/mr-splode-final/"]http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2007/12/16/mr-splode-final/[/url]
TI em Up: [url=http://www.georg-rottensteiner.de/en/index.html"]http://www.georg-rottensteiner.de/en/index.html[/url]
Shoot, I Got Abducted!: [url=http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games.php?action=detail&id=1022"]http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games...ail&id=1022[/url]
Monster Pop: [url=http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=3202"]http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=3202[/url]
Black and Red: [url=http://www.gamemakergames.com/forum/index.php?topic=34687.0"]http://www.gamemakergames.com/forum/index.php?topic=34687.0[/url]
Onwards Jetpack: [url=http://www.ultimate-nerds.com/archives/390"]http://www.ultimate-nerds.com/archives/390[/url]
Cayanne Pepper : [url=http://members.multimania.co.uk/montague651/"]http://members.multimania.co.uk/montague651/[/url]
Cripple Apocalypse: [url=http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Cripple-Apocalypse/"]http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Cripple-Apocalypse/[/url]
Sessions 3: [url=http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Sessions-3/"]http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/Sessions-3/[/url]
Helium Floating Object Engage Combat: [url=http://teknopants.com/games/hfoec/"]http://teknopants.com/games/hfoec/[/url]
Shifter the Game: [url=http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=466"]http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=466[/url]
Peetoo's Revenge: [url=http://www.sitesled.com/members/bogo/peetoo.html"]http://www.sitesled.com/members/bogo/peetoo.html[/url]
Super Awesome Adventure Extreme: [url=http://www.box.net/shared/12ux1v8uf0"]http://www.box.net/shared/12ux1v8uf0[/url]
Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries: [url=http://www.yoyogames.com/games/32612"]http://www.yoyogames.com/games/32612[/url]
Roly Poly Pumpkin: And the Totem of Mystery: [url=http://www.create-games.com/download.asp?id=7427"]http://www.create-games.com/download.asp?id=7427[/url]
Don't Go Right: [url=http://jayenkai.socoder.net/GameList.php?ShowJust=35"]http://jayenkai.socoder.net/GameList.php?ShowJust=35[/url]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Puppets: [url=http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=30250"]http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=30250[/url]
M3 - Molesting the Match-3 Market: [url=http://www.kloonigames.com/blog/games/m3"]http://www.kloonigames.com/blog/games/m3[/url]
Cat Factory: [url=http://www.glorioustrainwrecks.com/node/383#comment-2508"]http://www.glorioustrainwrecks.com/node/383#comment-2508[/url]
Last Defender: [url=http://mig3.ifrance.com/tgfbigboss.htm"]http://mig3.ifrance.com/tgfbigboss.htm[/url]
I Love You: [url=http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/I-Love-You/"]http://www.planetfreeplay.com/download/I-Love-You/[/url]
The Sad, Sad Tale of Finnsworth, Private Eye in Space: [url=http://frankiesmileshow.blogspot.com/"]http://frankiesmileshow.blogspot.com/[/url]
Deep Magic: [url=http://www.yoyogames.com/games/127"]http://www.yoyogames.com/games/127[/url]
Nitro Butts: [url=http://www.drpetter.se/project_nitrobutts.html"]http://www.drpetter.se/project_nitrobutts.html[/url]
Kaiser Kitty: [url=http://www.klikscene.com/"]http://www.klikscene.com/[/url]
Zen Bondage: [url=http://www.fun-motion.com/physics-games/zen-bondage/"]http://www.fun-motion.com/physics-games/zen-bondage/[/url]
Super Fun Dungeon Run: [url=http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/?page_id=9"]http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/?page_id=9[/url]
Space Cry: [url=http://create-games.com/download.asp?id=7445"]http://create-games.com/download.asp?id=7445[/url]
Mr. Pratt's Haunted Mansion: [url=http://www2.bouncingfox.co.uk/games.php?download-id=9#a9"]http://www2.bouncingfox.co.uk/games.php?download-id=9#a9[/url]
Lone Warrior: [url=http://jet.ro/games/prototypes/lone-warrior/"]http://jet.ro/games/prototypes/lone-warrior/[/url]
Zone Runner: [url=http://www.acoders.com/acsite/viewsoftware.php?id=155"]http://www.acoders.com/acsite/viewsoftware.php?id=155[/url]
Liquisity : [url=http://www.vertigogaming.net/game/liquisity"]http://www.vertigogaming.net/game/liquisity[/url]
Really Shooter + Cleaning Lady vs. The Masters of the Universe: [url=http://www.nomoresweden.com/2009/08/the-games/"]http://www.nomoresweden.com/2009/08/the-games/[/url]
Building Panic: [url=http://www.caiman.us/pageN.php?nr=946&f=Bpan107.zip"]http://www.caiman.us/pageN.php?nr=946&f=Bpan107.zip[/url]
Afterlife 2 - Rickard's Journey: [url=http://www.rjbsoftware.co.uk/afterlife2_download.php"]http://www.rjbsoftware.co.uk/afterlife2_download.php[/url]
Raimond EX: [url=http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/platformer/raimond-ex/695/"]http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/platfor...raimond-ex/695/[/url]
Attack of the Robot Cats from Mars: [url=http://www.pugfuglygames.com/Game.php?game=3"]http://www.pugfuglygames.com/Game.php?game=3[/url]
Saru ga Daisuki: [url=http://cactusquid.com/games.htm"]http://cactusquid.com/games.htm[/url]
Shuttle 2: [url=http://planetfreeplay.com/download/Shuttle-2/"]http://planetfreeplay.com/download/Shuttle-2/[/url]
Ichor : [url=http://www.fun-motion.com/physics-games/ichor/"]http://www.fun-motion.com/physics-games/ichor/[/url]
Pleurghburg: Dark Ages: [url=http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games.php?action=detail&id=35"]http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/games...etail&id=35[/url]
Funk Jumpa: [url=http://www.thepoppenkast.com/forum/index.php?topic=653.msg12612#msg12612"]http://www.thepoppenkast.com/forum/index.p...g12612#msg12612[/url]
Albero and the Great Blue Emblem: [url=http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=3311"]http://www.gamemakergames.com/?a=view&id=3311[/url]
Wave Goodbye: [url=http://www.nomoresweden.com/2009/08/the-games/"]http://www.nomoresweden.com/2009/08/the-games/[/url]
The Flame Game: [url=http://www.caiman.us/pageN.php?nr=1516&f=FlameGame.zip"]http://www.caiman.us/pageN.php?nr=1516&f=FlameGame.zip[/url]
Brave Honey Bee: [url=http://gamesare.com/developers/dev/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=50"]http://gamesare.com/developers/dev/index.p...9&Itemid=50[/url]
Crystal Towers: [url=http://wired.st-and.ac.uk/~wong/"]http://wired.st-and.ac.uk/~wong/[/url]
Modnar SSOB: [url=http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/shooter/modnar-ssob/1197/"]http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/shooter/modnar-ssob/1197/[/url]
The Happy Fun Game: [url=http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XBDYXG1E"]http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XBDYXG1E[/url]
Hopefully there is something for people to enjoy here..
The first thing you will probably think when looking at Surphasm is that it looks amateurish. And it does. Even I was turned off the first time I played it, not only because of its appearance but also because controlling the creature you are given can be an infuriating experience. However, there was something about it that intrigued me and I decided to look a little deeper and pull back the skin. The more I played, the more I realised that despite its obvious flaws, it was actually a pretty successful experimental puzzle game. It grew on me.
You take control of a strange creature with a wiggling tail, who has been hatched in a deep underwater cave and must attempt to reach the surface. After the first couple of screens, which are relatively simple, it quickly becomes apparent that you must choose a path to take (there are multiple ways to complete the game). The strange puzzles are what make the game stand out: they range from trying to get passed a mirror image of yourself, strange contraptions that you must control and getting through barriers. These are what you need to conquer and they are also what make the game a rewarding and endearing experiment that works.
Folks that are into the indie gaming scene might know developer Lexaloffle by his other creations, Chocolate Castle, Jasper's Journeys or Swarm Racer. (If not, they are all well worth checking out so please do). This is one of his more obscure, smaller creations that was developed for Ludum Dare #10 (for those not familiar with Ludum Dare, it is a solo game development competition with a theme suggested by the community. Entrants given 48 hours to build a game from scratch). Ludum Dare #10 had the theme, 'chain reaction'.
Mr. Splode and the Fireworks Factory is an experimental platformer. Each level is a self contained fireworks factory. You must create a chain reaction by destroying all the fireworks in each factory and attempt to avoid the chain reaction that it creates. Sometimes a level can be completed by only setting off one group of fireworks, which will in turn set off the other groups, further into the level. The challenge is to avoid all incoming fireworks and this is based on both luck and skill. You are given a generous amount of health, however this can be zapped down very quickly if you are hit several times in quick succession.
There is no lack of charm here and for a game created in two days, this is a concrete effort and well worth a try.
Platformers, in which you control 'blocks' as characters, are usually signs of a pretty amateurish game, however Gear World is one of the exceptions to the rule (see also: Seven Minutes). It oozes retro, although it might be too tough for most tastes but if you like a challenge (and I know some of you do) then you might just dig it.