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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 of months ago, t...   read

 
 
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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 any of his gam...   read

 
 
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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 works like Snow, ...   read

 
 
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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 opening sentence...   read

 
 
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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 detox with a Hal...   read

 
 
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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 simulator.Polaris, t...   read

 
 
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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 mods exhibit t...   read

 
 
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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-paced mod with...   read

 
 
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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 artgames?Well, he does...   read

 
 
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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 I Die is finall...   read

 
 
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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 better than it...   read

 
 
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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 that genre is ...   read

 
 
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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's just the fir...   read

 
 
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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 regardless of who act...   read

 
 
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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 metaphorical le...   read

 
 
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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, you're strugglin...   read

 
 
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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 to talk about ...   read

 
 
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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 we can all get b...   read

 
 
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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 -- but a depressing...   read

 
 
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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 compares itself to ...   read

 
 
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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 --  is simple...   read

 
 
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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, now's the tim...   read

 
 
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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 your difficulty ...   read

 
 
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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 Photopia. My th...   read

 
 
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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 last year, I have...   read

 
 
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