Independent Developers have seen a tremendous rise recently and proved wrong most of stereotypes by reviving the old school gaming or so called retro-gaming. Indie Game Developers have brought a nostalgia among the gamers with their creative and imaginative titles.
Old School Games
Old School Games are also known as Retro Games . It's those 2D games from 1980 and 1990s played on consoles. One of the most if not the most famous game of all time was Super Mario saga from Nintendo.
With the vast improvement on Computer Graphics and Artificial Intelligence people began to stereotype that what constitutes a playable and good games is a game with 3D graphics or that one which graphics better mimic the reality. This type of games were quite complicated and usually were/are being developed by Big Gaming Companies ( example Valve, Nintendo etc).
During recent years Old School Games saw a tremendous rise in the market of the games primarily due to:
- Imaginative Gameplay
- Internet (it made possible for Indie Games to be easily distributed through Internet)
- Steam Software
- Android and iOS
- Kickstarter ( i have already covered this subject in this topic :
Some of the Best Indie Games
Now, let's start with one of the most interesting Indie Games in the Market.
Braid has a very innovative gameplay in that you have six worlds with it's own time-based game mechanic. You can reverse the time even after you die so you can change your actions in the game. Each world has it's own puzzles to solve which tell the story. Braid is definitely a must play Indie Game.
Super Meat Boy
The main protagonist of the game is a cube-shaped red Meat Boy who must save his girlfriend. You need to skip every challenge posed by fatal obstacles like saw etc. Super Meat Boy is a very popular Indie Game known for it's difficult and challenging levels.
In Limbo you play a small kid who wakes up in a jungle. There is no indication why he is here or what he should do. While you explore the environment you realize that it's very dangerous place. During the game you need to confront a lot of challenges and traps that will horrify you. To quote myself, Limbo is probably one of the best gaming experience i have ever had.
World of Goo
You need to be careful because you have limited number of goos to reach the exit pipe. You need to built different structures with goo balls to adapt to different situations. World of Goo is a structural engineering based game. It definitely tops any Indie Game List.
Lead the Robot Josef into the world of Machinarium to save his girlfriend from the Black Cap Brotherhood.
Mark of the Ninja
Mark of the Ninja is a 2D Game but it didn't constraint it by any means it's stunning gameplay. The Comic based Graphics, stealthy assasinations, wide-ranging abilities and enemies you need to pass will give you a great gaming experience.
You are "The Kid" who moves through floating and fantasy themed post-apocalyptic world. The only chance of your survival is the Bastion, which is a island hovered up in the sky. Lead "The Kid" toward the Bastion and surpass the various obstacles in his way in this artistic Indie Game.
Play as Gomez a 2D creature living in a flat 2D world until the mysterious artifact called Hexahedron gives him a magical fez which makes possible for Gomez to see a 3rd Dimension. Hexahedron explosed and freezes the world. Gomez must collect the pieces of Hexahedron before the world ends. My advice: A must try!
Minecraft has had a worldwide commercial success and was given several awards such as Best Downloadable Game.
In the end, i would like to add that i tried to include several widely acclaimed Indie titles. Probably, i could have forgotten to include other great Indie titles. If that's the case, then, feel free to put those titles on the comments.