Each year our group of 50 industry experts select the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor.
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Cannon Brawl plays like a 2D artillery game and an RTS had a beautiful baby! Directing the action from their airships, players capture gold mines, build cannon towers, shields, and all sorts of other war machines. They upgrade their armies to their most powerful forms to defeat their opponent. Whoever executes the best strategy on an ever changing battlefield will prevail!
Catch-22 is a very relaxing and frustrating one-button game in which you play against yourself. You control one of two orbs that circle around a planet in an attempt to get a new high-score. Your goal each turn you control one of the two orbs is to get all the white balls, and to avoid your previous you (your ghost). When you get all the white balls your control will be switched to the other you, and you now have to avoid all the jumps you made in the previous turn.
This game of catch will go on forever, until you finally crash into yourself…. but you are the only one to blame.
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler is the puzzle game that fights back. The town of Franklin needs your help to fight off the undead hordes. Throughout the game you will use your wits, items you pick up along the way, and even the town around you to survive the zombie outbreak.
Deity is a stealth action game developed by a team of students at DigiPen Institute of Technology. Deity features unique gameplay mechanics, requiring only the mouse to play and was inspired by games such as Diablo, Torchlight and Batman: Arkham Asylum, encompassing stealth action in an isometric view.
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game for 2 to 7 players, designed for motion controllers such as the PlayStation Move. The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music — selections from J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos — plays in slow-motion, the controllers are extremely sensitive to movement. When the music speeds up, this threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you’re out! Try to jostle your opponents’ controllers while protecting your own.
Offspring Fling is a game about a poor forest creature that has misplaced all of her children. She’ll have to fight her way through over 100 levels of action puzzle platforming to get them all back home. There’s danger around every corner, but she won’t rest until her family is safe again.
Puzzlejuice is a game that will punch your brain in the face. The game mashes up three disparate game mechanics (block sorting, word spelling, and color matching) into a single brightly colored package. It was designed to challenge both your spatial and verbal abilities and if you don’t feel overwhelmed then you might not be human. Come for the puzzle, stay for the juice.
Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level (“strand”) consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves (“splices”). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other. Predict the sequence of splices you’ll have to make in order to successfully arrange each strand. Re-sequence, mutate, and splice your way through this unique puzzle experience, and you’ll exercise your ability to visualize sequential series of shapes over time. Solve your way to the final strands and you’ll be left with a heady sense of mental accomplishment!
The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher—Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor, and venture through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.
What if someone knew your mind better than you did?
The Swapper is an atmospheric 2D puzzle platformer, constructed using clay models and other everyday materials for a uniquely detailed look and feel. Players explore an abandoned space station while tackling the implications of the ‘Swapper’ - a device that can clone the user and transfer consciousness between different bodies.