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Indie Links Round-Up: One Foot In Front Of The Other


A host of reviews and spotlights in today’s Indie Links, including looks at The Swapper and Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe.

The Story Of An Indie Game’s Life (And Impending Demise) On Steam (Kotaku)
“There are literally thousands of games on Valve’s Steam service, and a growing number are small, independent titles. You’ve probably never even heard of many of them, but for the tiny teams (or sometimes individuals) behind them, their success or failure can be literally life-changing. Take Lunar Flight, for example.”

The Swapper review: Swap it to me (Opposable Thumbs)
“While walking through an interstellar outpost midway through The Swapper, you come across a giant asteroid lodged into a series of steel girders and bathed in dotted lights. You might think it’s a weird choice of interior decoration, made all the weirder by the all-caps message it soon beams into your brain. “The one called the Swapper: it manipulates minds by some method that is not persuasion or argument. Is it a weapon?” By this point in the game, though, it would be weird if the asteroid didn’t start spouting nonsense—and besides, this is the first time the voices in your head make even a little sense. This rock is plainly describing the game that contains it, which may seem quite familiar at this point. After all, The Swapper’s brain-bending 2D puzzles, super-scientific yet non-violent gun, and cryptic sci-fi disaster setting will hardly turn the puzzle-platformer genre on its head.”

Indie Fund-backed titles Mushroom 11, The Swapper offer unique, memorable experiences (Polygon)
“Mushroom 11 and The Swapper are two vastly different games with one common ally: Indie Fund, a funding source for independent developers with remarkable titles.”

Guacamelee DLC Incoming, Sequel Possible (IGN)
“Guacamelee was the best-selling game for both PSN and Vita last month, and there’s good reason for that: it’s friggin’ awesome. In a conversation with IGN, Graham Smith, co-founder of Guacamelee creator DrinkBox Studios, talked about the game’s success, as well as future DLC possibilities and – oh yes – a sequel.”

Review: Unmechanical (Indie Game Reviewer)
“Unmechanical features a great number of engaging puzzles to solve. The art design is the real hook, and Talawa Games has done a fantastic job creating an alluring inner mechanical (and yet strangely organic) realm that aptly conveys a sense of enormity.”

Review: Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe (Indie Game Reviewer)
“Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is a SNES-era Super Mario Bros. and Tetris mashup from indie developer Andrew Morrish and published by Adult Swim Games. Those are the low-hanging comparisons. It’s a simple enough premise, but it is fun. I immediately modified the default control scheme on my Xbox gamepad to use the left thumbstick to move directionally in lieu of the default joypad mapping. I set the right trigger to shoot and left to fire the secondary weapon, and A to jump. Suddenly this was a no-brainer to pick up, and I found myself returning to it frequently for a quick pick up lightning round of jumping, blasting dodging and yes even a little strategizing. There really isn’t much more to it than that, well there are a few more things, but it works.”

Former Grubby Games, Big Fish dev Ryan Clark on his DDR-like roguelike (
“Upcoming rhythm and roguelike hybrid Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Ryan Clark recently spoke with me to fill in the gaps left from the early alpha trailer above. His latest project is certainly different from his earlier work at Grubby, such as FizzBall and IncrediBots. He still likes creating title words with capital letters in the middle of them, though.”

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage (Pixel Prospector)
“Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a combat racer with machine guns and rocket launchers in which you drive speedily around and cause explosions either in single player or multiplayer mode (LAN or internet). Beside normal racing action (reach finish line asap) there is also a deathmatch mode which offers FPS arena action (with cars). I highly recommend to check it out… it’s great fun!”

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Indie Links Round-Up: One Foot In Front Of The Other