, Top 10 Indie Games #3

Top 10 Indie Games #3

Originally posted Aug 7, 2019, reformated and updated Aug 7 2020.

Not every game needs to be a multi-million dollar affair, indie games come in all shapes and size some good, some bad, but they all have one thing in common, they were produced by small teams of passionate individuals.

1) ClusterTruck.

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ClusterTrucks reminds me of the type of game that could have been safely made any time in the last 20 years.

Clustertruck is not groundbreaking, but it is incredibly fun with delightfully simple graphics and an entertaining concept, and while it’s not the type of game you would put serious hours into, the high speed jumping focused game-play offers a nice change of pace on days when you feel like burning off some adrenaline.

2) Game Tycoon 1.5.

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90% of people who reviewed this game hate it, and frankly, in this rare case the negative reviewers are right, the game is total and utter tripe, with awful “supermarket £1 pc game” graphics, ghastly music, weirdly sexual & poorly rendered female NPCs, and an overall feeling of lacking polish, the only enjoyment I had from this game was hitting uninstall, it was well and truly awful.

Play game Dev Tycoon instead.

3) Game Dev Tycoon.

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Game Dev Tycoon is a genuinely excellent indie title, while the graphics are simple and the UI basic, the game-play is fun and makes you want to play more, unlike games like Game Tycoon.

Game Dev Tycoon feels like it was loved by its developers, and that love shows in the care and attention to detail they put into the product, I played the game for dozens of hours before coming to Steam and hope to give it another playthrough someday soon.

4) Infectonator: Survivors.

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Now I must confess I don’t usually enjoy modern pixel art games; I find them lacking the nostalgia of the original pixel art gems and often fee to me like a lazy low budget copout.

However in the case of Infectonator: Survivors I was pleasantly surprised the game-play is smooth, the 2D and pixel are equally gorgeous, the controls are fluid, and game-play is near perfect for the genre, I enjoyed every aspect of the game and will add it to my game rotation, a rare honour for an indie title, and a nearly unheard of one for a pixel art title.

5) The Last Federation.

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The Last Federation is an odd mix of shoddy arcade shooter and excellent diplomacy, while I wish the space shooter elements were more like space rangers, the incredibly well thought out diplomacy aspects of the game still give this game a very solid B+ in my book, a solid indie title with basic graphics and simple yet addictive game-play.

PS not sure why the only playable race in the base game is a hydra though.

6) Space Rangers! (Removed from Steam).

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Space Rangers is very much your Triple-I quality indie from the early 10’s and that ok, Games of this quality and era still stand up well today and Space rangers is no exception, with very enjoyable combat, decent but ageing graphics and a vast and diverse universe that feels alive and dynamic, you will find dozens of hours of enjoyment per playthrough as you upgrade your ships and build a fleet to eventually save the universe.

Removed from Steam in 2013 and replaced with Space Rangers HD: A War Apart, original however offers slightly different mechanics to Space Rangers HD: A War Apart.

7) Space Rangers 2 (Removed from Steam).

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Here is what I said about Space Rangers.

“Space Rangers is very much your Triple-I quality indie from the early 10’s and that ok, Games of this quality and era still stand up well today and Space rangers is no exception, with very enjoyable combat, decent but ageing graphics and a vast and diverse universe that feels alive and dynamic, you will find dozens of hours of enjoyment per playthrough as you upgrade your ships and build a fleet to eventually save the universe.”

All that holds up, and, is built upon, the addition of ground-based missions may appeal to some, but I found them tedious, the story and scale of the threat facing the galaxy has been ramped up, and overall it’s a fantastic sequel to a superb game.

Removed from Steam in 2013 and replaced with Space Rangers HD: A War Apart, original however offers slightly different mechanics to Space Rangers HD: A War Apart.

8) Towers Unite.

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The game is itself is rather simplistic in design and the art style won’t appeal to everyone, its a mix of zany and realistic that doesn’t really mesh well.

Despite its bad points, Towers Unite is the only game of its kind on the PC that allows friends and strangers to hop into various party games and a lot of the games are entertaining, from the Casino to mini-golf.

The ability to customise your avatar and apartment with items and furnishings you won/purchased with winnings is a nice form of progression, and for those who care about that aspect, a reason to keep coming back.

The community, however, is not always the nicest and the few times I played every lobby had trolls who followed people about yelling and being a nuisance.

9) Windward.

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This game brought back sweet memories of Sid Meier’s Pirates and games like Port Royale, with gorgeously crisp 2D art and solid retro mechanics, the developers should feel proud of their work, Its the type of game I find myself wanting to play “just a few minutes more”, and as I said previously indie games rarely do that for me.

A fantastic homage to the Pc games of the early ’00s, any fan of Sid Meier’s Pirates or Port Royale will enjoy this, to smaller extent fans of Space rangers will also find this game and its mechanics similar and welcoming.

10) Sheltered.

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Now I will make two statements about Sheltered from the start.

1) The game is well made, well thought out, well designed and well-loved by the developers, a labour of love without question.

2) I simply didn’t like it, however just because I didn’t like it, didn’t mean that it’s a bad game, it’s just not my cup of tea.

The art style is very retro and gorgeous, the concept I found flawless, and even the atmosphere was perfection, the moral choices and feeling of gravity were both well-executed, the random nature of each playthrough gives infinite replay value, and yet for some reason despite all this for me it didn’t click, so while its a solid game and one many will enjoy, its certainly not a game for everyone, and I suggest watching some game-play to decide for yourself.

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