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Breakout and permadeath combine to create 2x0ng

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...   more

Breakout and permadeath combine to create 2x0ng photo

This is what happens when SRPGs and Football combine

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...   more

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Indie Nation: A Fistful of Gun

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.    more

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Indie Nation: Evoland

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...   more

Indie Nation: Evoland photo

Indie Nation: Zineth

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...   more

Indie Nation: Zineth photo

Indie Nation: Venus Patrol games

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...   more

Indie Nation: Venus Patrol games photo

Indie Nation: Inside a Star-filled Sky

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 ...   more

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Indie Nation: To the Moon

[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...   more

Indie Nation: To the Moon photo

Indie Nation: 78641 - A Targ Adventure

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...   more

Indie Nation: 78641 - A Targ Adventure photo

Indie Nation: Ergon/Logos

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...   more

Indie Nation: Ergon/Logos photo

Indie Nation: Immortal Defense

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 ...   more

Indie Nation: Immortal Defense photo

Indie Nation: Where's An Egg?

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...   more

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Indie Nation: Time Gentlemen, Please

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...   more

Indie Nation: Time Gentlemen, Please photo

Indie Nation: Research and Development

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...   more

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Indie Nation: Handle With Care

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...   more

Indie Nation: Handle With Care photo

Indie Nation: Mr. Mullet

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...   more

Indie Nation: Mr. Mullet photo

Indie Nation: Drug Wars

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...   more

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Indie Nation: MoneySeize

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...   more

Indie Nation: MoneySeize photo

Indie Nation: Rosemary

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...   more

Indie Nation: Rosemary photo

Indie Nation: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

"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...   more

Indie Nation: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! photo

Indie Nation: Curse

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...   more

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Indie Nation: Polaris

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...   more

Indie Nation: Polaris photo

Indie Nation #64: Conscientious Objector

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...   more

Indie Nation #64: Conscientious Objector photo

Indie Nation 63: Dear Esther

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...   more

Indie Nation 63: Dear Esther photo

Indie Nation #62: Perri's Games

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...   more

Indie Nation #62: Perri's Games photo

Indie Nation #61: Today I Die

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 ...   more

Indie Nation #61: Today I Die photo

Indie Nation #60: Spewer

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...   more

Indie Nation #60: Spewer photo

Indie Nation #59: Windosill

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...   more

Indie Nation #59: Windosill photo

Indie Nation #58: Igneous

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...   more

Indie Nation #58: Igneous photo

Indie Nation #57: Enviro-Bear 2000

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...   more

Indie Nation #57: Enviro-Bear 2000 photo

Indie Nation #56: Snow

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 ...   more

Indie Nation #56: Snow photo

Indie Nation #55: Trilby: The Art of Theft

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...   more

Indie Nation #55: Trilby: The Art of Theft photo

Indie Nation #54: Strange Adventures in Infinite Space

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...   more

Indie Nation #54: Strange Adventures in Infinite Space photo

Indie Nation #53: Rescue the Beagles

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...   more

Indie Nation #53: Rescue the Beagles photo

Indie Nation #53: The Linear RPG

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...   more

Indie Nation #53: The Linear RPG photo

Indie Nation #52: Jumpman

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...   more

Indie Nation #52: Jumpman photo

Indie Nation #51: Xoldiers

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 --&...   more

Indie Nation #51: Xoldiers photo

Indie Nation #50: Lugaru

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...   more

Indie Nation #50: Lugaru photo

Indie Nation #49: The Legend of Princess

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...   more

Indie Nation #49: The Legend of Princess photo

Indie Nation #48: Aisle

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 ...   more

Indie Nation #48: Aisle photo

Indie Nation #47: Games I do not understand

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...   more

Indie Nation #47: Games I do not understand photo

Indie Nation #46: Spelunky

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...   more

Indie Nation #46: Spelunky photo

Indie Nation #45: Gravity Bone

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...   more

Indie Nation #45: Gravity Bone photo

Indie Nation #44: Games about games

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...   more

Indie Nation #44: Games about games photo

Indie Nation #43: Auditorium

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...   more

Indie Nation #43: Auditorium photo

Indie Nation #42: Minotaur China Shop

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...   more

Indie Nation #42: Minotaur China Shop photo

Indie Nation #41: Garden Gnome Carnage

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...   more

Indie Nation #41: Garden Gnome Carnage photo

Indie Nation #40: Fantastic Blood Boy

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...   more

Indie Nation #40: Fantastic Blood Boy photo

Indie Nation #39: The Graveyard

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...   more

Indie Nation #39: The Graveyard photo

Indie Nation #38: RunMan's Monster Fracas

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 ...   more

Indie Nation #38: RunMan's Monster Fracas photo