Though it's quite endearing the current visual style of SpyParty sorta looks like crud. We already know that the game is getting an artistic revamp, but so far we've only seen the new character art. Well, of course the e... more
Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now a... more
Meridian: New World has been in development for two years. The single-player, story-focused sci-fi strategy game slated to release next year comes courtesy of Elder Games, which is actually just one guy, Ede Tarsoly. Check a ... more
Lend me your ears for another tale of a former AAA workhorse who packed his bags his and moved onto the rich, fertile lands of independent development. Jim Shepard, whose resume includes time spent at studios such as Raven S... more
In my E3 preview of the upcoming comedy platformer Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, I noted that each time you die a random Nerd phrase appears on screen. Fans of the Nerd's foul-mouthed escapades are quite familiar with the... more
I'd be convinced Jazzpunk was made by some actually-talented, alternate universe me, for me, if I didn't meet and chat with one half of its creative team, Necrophone Games' Luis Hernandez, for myself.
It's a first-person joke... more
Chris Seavor, director of Conker's Bad Fur Day and voice of the titular squirrel, recently expressed his desire to acquire Wii U dev kits for his studio Gory Detail's next game. Well, the chicken is in the pot, so please welc... more
Teslagrad is shaping up to be another score for Wii U. The puzzle-platformer's newly-announced eShop release will join the Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 3 versions this fall.
Using electricity and magnetism, players wi... more
I'm always poking around for odd games, and usually I just find things that have some promise but aren't worth talking about or playing. Today I was pleasantly surprised to discover Last of the Patriots. It's an Amiga-inspir... more
Other platformers have gone the random generation route, but not to the extent that Cloudberry Kingdom has. In fact, it's taken developer Pwnee Studios over four years to perfect the engine and game logic. After seeing it in ... more
Hohokum is one of the games at E3 that might just convince me to buy a PlayStation Vita already, even if it is also coming to PS3 and PS4 next year. Playing it on Vita with a nice pair of headphones seems like the only way t... more
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is a game that wants you to curse at it. It wants you to flip out and go ballistic and yell at small children. It wants to give you the experience of being the Nerd in more ways than one.
You thought all that talk about paying attention to indies was just lip service, and that Nintendo wasn't going to follow through on support? You thought wrong! Nintendo is loving the indies at its E3 booth this year!
Mario ... more
I'm in love. Contrast is slated to come to PC, PS3 (PSN), and Xbox 360 (XBLA) by year's end, but according to the game's website it will also be available for PS4 at launch. Also, the above YouTube trailer is designated "(PS... more
In step with previous efforts and vocalizations regarding its desire to make its next console open to smaller developers, Sony has announced support for several independent teams and their games on the PS4.
A few of the annou... more
Have you ever slapped someone with a sticky hand out of a coin-operated vending machine? Do you need a modern-day analog sans real-world repercussions? Well, small Swedish developer Zoink! seems to have you covered in Stick ... more
The first thing you'll notice about CounterSpy is its unique art style. Really, you can say that about a lot of the indie titles Sony has been picking up lately, but there's something extra special about this one. That probab... more
PlayStation had quite the day yesterday with all of its indie announcements. Earlier this morning they revealed a new supplemental section for the PlayStation Store to better highlight indie projects. Shortly after that they ... more
When the OUYA was first revealed on Kickstarter last July, my curiosity was instantly piqued. Being the kind of gamer who values sheer fun and general style and aesthetic over pure graphical processing power, the more I read ... more
It seems as if the promise of a stellar looking Metroidvania was good enough, as Discord Games has met their lofty $150,000 Kickstarter goal for Chasm with five days left. Stretch goals are now possible, including a digital a... more
Tom and Tony Cannon have had quite the impact on the fighting game community with contributions like the Evolution Championship Series, the GGPO middleware for online play, and Shoryuken.com. For over a year, the duo has bee... more
The Metroidvania-inspired indie platformer A.N.N.E. has launched a Kickstarter, and unlike other massive projects floating around right now asking for millions of dollars, the goal is only $70,000. At the time of writing, it... more
A Small Favor, developed by two-man team ClickShake Games, has some big shoes to fill. Cartoonist and animator Jay Ziebarth describes it as a combination of "the gritty, futuristic adventure style of Full Throttle a... more
Jonathan Holmes and I have been plugging away at Guacamelee for the past week, and I have to say, it's been an incredibly positive experience. Alongside of solid Metroidvania action, DrinkBox Studios created a memorable world... more
Crowdfunding is becoming a new viable option for young upstart businesses and developers, but some come to the Kickstarter table unprepared. Not the boys at Pixelscopic, though! They wanted to make sure every last lower-case&... more
PAX East had a ton of indie games on display this year, and while many of them looked great, only a handful stopped me dead in my tracks as I became mesmerized by what was happening on-screen.
The Swapper was one such game, ... more
Throughout gaming history, there are many examples of iconic visual design and of characters and worlds that have transcended the limitations of their medium to become cultural icons. Gamers of all ages know the happy little ... more
Human Head Studios has revealed a single screenshot for Legend of Grimrock 2. While that's normally cause to poke fun and be sarcastic, the outdoors nature of the shot is notable -- it's a far cry from the underground tunnels... more
Running through the list of bullet points for Chasm, it's hard not to freak out. A 2D action-RPG platformer that's set up like a Metroidvania with procedural dungeons and loot drops is too much to take in all at once. Then y... more
You have to hand it to Benjamin "Komag" Ramsey and the rest of the hardworking individuals on his team. They put a lot of effort and passion into Legend of Grimrock - Master Quest, and the result is a full-length rework of th... more
Indie adventure developer Daedalic is returning to Aventuria, the setting of last year's sumptuous, yet sometimes frustrating The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, with Memoria. If it's anything like the previous installment, it p... more
[Update: The Yatch Club Games Twitter profile is up with a little shadowy sprite in the top left corner of the banner image. The Facebook page has even more shrouded figures. What does this mean?!? I know, but I can't tell yo... more
How 'bout that Dusty Raging Fist, eh? Or the recently crowdfunded Cryamore, hmm? Seems like the Wii U eShop is getting some much welcome indie love even as big boxed publishers turn up their noses. Would anyone object to ano... more
I heartily enjoy smartphone gaming, but it's hard to defend mobile distribution platforms when shameless rip-offs that steal characters and assets wholesale from other, more popular games can find find shelf space without an... more
It's been interesting to witness the rise of games that have a love/hate relationship with violence. Spec Ops: The Line and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance are two high-profile examples. Less well known, but just as effective... more
At first glance, I was ready to write off 140 for its unabashedly simple art style. Silly me. I should know better than to do something like that by now. Nominated for Excellence in Audio at the 2013 Independent Games Festiv... more
After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Gamesplanet Labs, developer Frogwares is branching away from its line of adventure titles and exploring a different area with Magrunner. And what better place to start tha... more
After releasing its well-received action-puzzler Waveform on PC, independent developer Eden Industries has moved onto its next, much more ambitious project. Citizens of Earth is a role-playing game in which you, the Vice... more
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is one of my most anticipated games of 2013. The new sprite-based graphics and the promise of additional content is giving me the vapors. The original Isaac looks great too, but this new "16-bit"... more
PC game Unepic is making its way to Wii U. If you haven't heard of it yet, this 2D platformer has some RPG elements, lots of rooms to explore, big bosses, pets, potions, achievements and hidden treasures. Metroidvania is always good, right?
We're still in the dark on a release date, but we're sure it's coming soon. This trailer and new screenshots should hold you over until then. more
[Update: New screen featuring the GBA-stlye art direction straight from Edmund McMillen's twitter. This is definitely my new favorite.]
I'm still freaking out about The Binding of Isaac coming to consoles. I loved the origina... more
Scandalous joking aside, Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds has indeed been popping up everywhere. There's the 3DS original, the PC update, yesterday's confirmation of a Wii U "deluxe" edition, and now news of a port for iOS devices... more
Are you familiar with "doujin soft"? They're essentially Japanese indie games, and although most are of the fan game variety, major publishers tend to leave them alone. As it should be! Fan games aren't harming anybody!
In 2... more
Even before watching this trailer for Outlast, I was happy on the basis that more independent designers are trying their hand at survival horror. This is currently in development at Montreal-based Red Barrels, a studio made ... more
Indie developer Nitrome, known for its disgustingly massive selection of free web games, is prepping its first major commercial release, Flightless. It's a fairly basic puzzle-platformer starring a thieving duck who has had ... more
Last year, a really slick-looking, stealth-based platformer called Stealth Bastard completely passed under our noses. Developed by Curve Studios, which was also responsible for Explodemon! and Fluidity, this freeware title i... more
Slender is one of the scariest experiences I've ever had. Mastering the art of simplicity and exploiting it to create a true sense of paranoia and fear, the indie game based on the Slender Man mythos is impossible to forget. ... more
It's not every day you see a DS title get new PC and Mac versions years after the fact, but that's exactly what's happening with Renegade Kid's first-person horror game Dementium II. Memetic Games is using the Unity engine, s... more
Undoubtedly, the best part of PAX is the opportunity to recharge your games blogger batteries, so to speak. After a certain amount of time observing the constant ebb and flow of anticipation and disappointment during the res... more
You ready for PAX? It's just a few short days away! I wish I could go, but The Fates have conspired against me. I'll be missing out on many things, such as the Fangamer VERSUS Attract Mode party going down on Saturday night a... more