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Indie Games: From Dream. Build. Play., PAX, And Beyond!

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Posted August 30, 2011 - By Rob Manuel



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While everyone was out at PAX not learning about the release date of The Old Republic, the boys over at Microsoft announced the winners of the Build. Dream. Play. challenge. First place went to Solar 2, the Katamari meets asteroid crashing game. TIC: Part 1, robot platforming at its finest, took home a respectable second place while the DDR meets RPG, Sequence, finished in third.

I can personally attest that each of these XBLIG titles each deserve recognition as well your attention the next time you happen to be online with a couple of loose Microsoft points jingling in your pocket. But the grand prize winner was the one game I hadn’t yet played, Blocks That Matter. Give this puzzle platformer a whirl and you’ll agree that there’s no other game like it around.

Somewhere in Sweeden, the home of indie games, a group of armed men kidnap two developers before they’re able to reveal their latest creation – not a game but a tiny robot. Now playing as the tiny robot, you are their only hope as you warp from place to place avoiding danger and solving puzzles with blocks. In this 2D puzzle platformer, you can destroy blocks with your handy drill or less than handy head. Blocks you collect can then be used to bridge gaps or get to higher areas. Here’s the trick – you can only build in units of four. If you happen to only have three blocks or need that one last block to make the jump, it won’t work. And that’s the puzzle that spans this great rescue operation from beginning to end. With plenty of hidden items and humor to find along the way, Blocks that Matter should be the one game on everyone’s download queue right now.

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With everyone’s eyes on Kim Swift’s new game, Quantum Conundrum – and how could you blame them, it’s an amazing looking game – some of the smaller indie announcements fall through the mass media cracks. That’s why I’m here to sweep them up, blow off the bits of dust collecting on the sides, and serve them up to you.

Minecraft might be the most talked about beta in history. The game that let you dig anywhere and build everywhere else is about to hit a turning point with the new 1.8 update. Markus “Notch” Persson explained that the new update will actually have to be split into two since adding in new elements like NPCs, towns, and a new enemy-type takes up a ton of code. The bow will allow players to pull it back even further for added distance. Critical hits now enter the combat fray as well as knockback attacks. 1.8 radically changes the game by removing survival mode and replacing it with two new modes – adventure and creative.

Zeboyd games reveal their new title and partnership with Penny Arcade. The series with the longest name in the world, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness, falls into the hands of the boys who brought you Cthuhlu Saves the World. And much like Frank Sinatra, they’re doing it their way by going with their trademark 16-bit asthetics. We’ll have to wait until next year to see how it all turns out.

Jasper Byrne, the man behind the flash game Soul Brothers, puts it all on the line for one game he believes in. That game is Lone Survivor – the scariest 16-bit game to hit your monitor. Check out the official trailer launched just this weekend. We wish Jasper the best of luck on his project and future endeavors.

Finally, if you haven’t been able to check it out, go watch the new trailer for The Binding of Isaac. Inspired by Zelda, The Bible, and your mom’s basement; this dungeon crawler designed by Edmund McMillen, half of Team Meat, has all the makings of a cult hit. Just check out the trailer to get a taste of this twisted world.

And Now What You Should Be Doing…

You should be playing: Coinbox Hero

Hitting that little block filled with coins might just be the best thing about the Super Mario Bros. games. Or it might not, but Coinbox Hero wants you to believe that. With your trusty German band, you hit a block filled with coins. That’s about it. The more coins you earn, the more items you can buy to attack the block – to earn more coins to buy more stuff. Simple, addictive, and filled with Lederhosen; Coinbox Hero will keep you entertained far longer than a one button game should.

You should support: IndieCade Video Series

Do want to go to the biggest Indie party around? If you don’t live in the LA, that might be a little harder than expected but a couple of filmmakers want to bring the festivities to you. With a couple of well-funded donations, you can experience all the fun of IndieCade without having to deal with the cheap wine. It’s your house. You can drink whatever you want.

You should buy: Who Is God?

What sounds like an existential question is actually a game about making your way to the top. Pick from four Godly shapes and bounce your way up collecting stars along the way. Collect enough stars to earn a second just to get you over those little misses or keep you from falling below. The soundtrack makes me think that I might be the God of glowsticks but for 80 MSP it’s a quick jolt of fun for not much money.

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