Indie

Ruin of the Reckless Review – A Stab ‘Em Up Dungeon Crawler | n3rdabl3 - Roguelikes have really taken off in the last five or so years, owing much to the success of games like Spelunky and Rogue Legacy, etc. Now it seems that every other game coming out on the indie scene is some form of roguelike. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the genre and still…
The Indie Fix: Outpost 9 | n3rdabl3 - Welcome to The Indie Fix, where we delve into the exciting world of indie gaming to have a gander at promising works in progress, weird and wonderful freeware offerings, or recently published games that may have slipped under your radar! This week I’ve been on the wrong end of a game of cat and mouse…
Escape a Brutal Dictatorship in The Man Came Around | n3rdabl3 - It’s bitingly cold; you can feel the warmth draining from your body. Your stomach rumbles with hunger, but you’ve nothing to eat. Every minute you linger, your condition worsens and the chances of being captured or shot increase. But up ahead you see another fugitive – he’s cornered by a patrol. What do you do:…
The Indie Fix: Bad Boxart Challenge 2017 | n3rdabl3 - Welcome to The Indie Fix, where we delve into the exciting world of indie gaming to have a gander at promising works in progress, weird and wonderful freeware offerings, or recently published games that may have slipped under your radar! This week I’ve been checking out some of the entries from last month’s Bad Boxart…
Rain World Update Makes Life as a Slugcat a Little Easier | n3radbl3 - Darwinian survival platformer Rain World has received its first post-launch update, ironically within the time of me submitting my review and it going live on site – isn’t that just typical? Personally, I was besotted with the sumptuous hand-drawn visuals and the enthralling sense of discovery and wonder, yet felt the game was somewhat marred…
Rain World Review – Discovery and Wonder Tinged With Frustration | n3dabl3 - I’ve developed something of a love-hate relationship with survival platformer Rain World. First I loved it, then I hated it, now I’m kinda back to loving it again. It’s a game that can sometimes frustrate just as much as it enthrals and mesmerises, let down by some finicky controls and one or two questionable design…
The Indie Fix: Infinity Inc. | n3rdabl3 - Welcome to The Indie Fix, where we delve into the exciting world of indie gaming to have a gander at promising works in progress, weird and wonderful freeware offerings, or recently published games that may have slipped under your radar! This week I’ve been seeing double with Infinity Inc., a neat little puzzle platformer based…
Blackwood Crossing Review – An Immersive Tale of Childhood Siblings and Loss | n3rdabl3 - Nostalgia is big business these days, especially in the wonderful world of indie gaming. But nostalgia is by nature incredibly selective. We remember and cherish the good stuff, but conveniently gloss over the not so good or someone how convince ourselves that things were better than the really were. This couldn’t be truer than when…
Thimbleweed Park Review – Relive the Glory Days of the Adventure Game | n3rdabl3 - Thimbleweed Park is very much a game built around nostalgia. Nostalgia for the ‘80s and ‘90s, nostalgia for period films and TV shows, nostalgia for vintage computers, nostalgia for 2D point and clickers. And it is no coincidence that it’s set in 1987. This was the year the seminal Maniac Mansion arrived on Commodore 64,…
Release Date Announced for Blackwood Crossing | n3rdabl3 - Choo choo! The story-driven first-person adventure game Blackwood Crossing will pulling into a platform near you on April 4 (PS4) and April 5 (Xbox One and PC). It’ll be the debut title for Brighton-based studio PaperSeven, which is made up of former Disney Black Rock Studio devs and Oliver Reid-Smith, of The Room fame. And…
Streets of Rogue Monkeying its Way on to Steam Early Access | n3rdabl3 - The “world’s only RPG rouguelike action stealth shooter brawler co-op megagame”, or Streets of Rogue for short, has been picked up by indie publisher tinyBuild and is heading over to Steam early access this Friday (March 10). I know what you’re thinking, “not another bloody pixel-art dungeon crawler!”, but Streets of Rogue has just as…
Sunless Skies Blasting Off to the High Wilderness | n3rdabl3 - Following an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, it looks like Sunless Skies is definitely getting made. Not only was the proposed sequel to Sunless Sea fully funded in less than four hours, but when the month-long campaign ended last week, backers had pledged nearly four times more than what Failbetter Games had asked for. That’s an…
Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II Review | n3rdabl3 - The republic versus monarchy debate has long been a divisive and hotly-debated issue in the UK, and no doubt will rage on for many years to come. But what if Oliver Cromwell’s legacy had survived and the Restoration never happened? How different would the modern era be? Well, that’s basically the premise behind Herald: An…
Plan Your Sick Day: Thimbleweed Park Gets Official Release Date | n3rdabl3 - Retro-styled point-and-clicker Thimbleweed Park, which began life as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, has finally got an official release date. It seems that Ron Gilbert, Garry Winnick and the gang had a big meeting yesterday and decided now was the time to make it public: Thursday, March 30. In their typical jokey style they…
Night in the Woods Review | n3rdabl3 - At first glance Night in the Woods looks like a typical cutesy 2D platformer, but it’s not really. So if you’re looking for lots of action or puzzle solving, then this is probably not for you. It’s a more game about hanging out with friends and dealing with change. A sort of interactive coming-of-age story…
Explore A Beautiful Yet Hostile Alien World in Anew: The Distant Light | Gaming Respawn - I do very much have a soft spot for games with unique or interesting art styles, so I was immediately wowed by the visuals in the trailer for Anew: The Distant Light. Set on what looks to be a huge and captivating alien world, it’s a stunning and seamless mixture of comic-bookish hand-drawn 2D environments…
Indie Freebies: V.H.S: Video.Horror.Story, Cigarettes and Minute of Rage | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: V.H.S: Video.Horror.Story, a short survival horror that forces you to choose between seeing either the environment or the monsters; Cigarettes, an abstract…
Sunless Skies Rockets onto Kickstarter | Gaming Respawn - Ahoy there Zee Captains! Sunless Skies, Failbetter Games’ successor to the critically-acclaimed and joyously-bizarre Sunless Sea, is now seeking funding over on Kickstarter. Like its predecessor, Sunless Skies will be set in the same Gothic steampunk universe as Fallen London, but this time ditching the gloomy mysteries and Lovecraftian horrors of the Underzee for the…
Indie Freebies: CAYNE and Color Wave | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. Just the two games this week: CAYNE, a dark, atmospheric and professionally-made sci-fi point-and-click adventure; and Color Wave, a rather bonkers and fast-food obsessed first-person puzzle platformer.…
Enter the Gungeon Resupplied With Free Update | Gaming Respawn - Gungeoneers rejoice! It looks like the fast-paced guntastic puntastic bullet-hell dungeon-crawling dodge-rolling roguelike Enter the Gungeon just got a little bit bigger. Launched earlier today, the free Supply Drop update brings with it a raft of new content and features, such as over 100 new rooms and more than 20 new weapons and items. I…
Pixel Art Academy: learn art through a social adventure game | Gaming Respawn - When I were a young ‘un, video games and pixel art were pretty much one and the same. Aside from some fairly primitive 3D, the comparatively miniscule resolution, memory and processing powering of the 8- and 16-bit machines left developers with little alternative in terms of visuals. Happily though, restriction drives creativity, and when done…
Hardboiled Cyberpunk Adventure Neofeud Coming Soon | Gaming Respawn - I’m not sure what compels me towards dystopian fiction and hardboiled detectives, maybe it’s because I’m a jaded, miserable git who thinks the world is going to hell, but I loved the trailers for the upcoming Neofeud. I suspect that it’s also something to do with the quirky but fantastic hand-painted visuals, the gruff, cynical…
Little Bug Now Lighting Up Fig | Gaming Respawn - Back in May 2016 I covered a rather polished proof-of-concept demo for a puzzle platformer called Little Bug. I’m now glad to see that it’s up on crowdfunding site Fig and very close to reaching its funding goal of $35,000 with 17 days still left to go. It certainly showed a lot of potential and…
Indie Freebies: Raft, Helping Hand and AFK | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: Raft, a survival-crafting prototype set upon shark-infested waters; Helping Hand, a funny narrative-based game about only being able to communicate with one…
Sign of the Times: The Pedestrian now on Kickstarter | Gaming Respawn - I rather liked the short demo of The Pedestrian, which I covered back when I was still opening my advent calendar and savouring a little dark chocolate treat each morning with my coffee. Ah, good times indeed! Well, the game’s now up on Kickstarter, with three-man team Skookum Arts looking to raise a relatively modest…
The Dark Beauty of Rain World Revealed on imgur | Gaming Respawn - Like its strange and wondrous inhabitants do to escape the long spells of “bone-crushingly intense rains”, Rain World seems to have been in something of a state of hibernation – at least news wise. Following its successful Kickstarter campaign, the intention was to launch at the end of 2014. Well, according to its Steam page…
Indie Freebies: Prime Mover and Others | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. Though I reckon I must’ve gorged on far too many member berries these past few days, as all my picks are very retro themed. Anyway, they are:…
Shed Some Light On Night Lights’ 2D Puzzles | Gaming Respawn - The background to Night Lights’ mysterious night-time world of murky forests, city rooftops, otherworldly ruins and vast underground caverns is not yet clear. Nor indeed is the reason for why our little square protagonist eventually ends up with a light bulb atop his or her oversized head. Perhaps we’ll never know. But there’s certainly something…
Portal meets Super Meat Boy in Portal Mortal | Gaming Respawn - One man, one room, one purpose: reach the exit – so goes the description. Like with so many other 2D puzzle platformers, the premise is simple and the formula relatively familiar. But for me, Portal Mortal manages to stands out – in what has in recent years become a reinvigorated yet increasingly crowded genre –…
Indie Freebies: Russian Roulette Tournament and Others | Gaming Respawn - Indie Freebies is back from its Christmas break, feeling slightly drained and rather portly from gluttonous overindulgence and copious intoxication. Nonetheless, it’s ready to delve back into the weird and wonderful world of free games. This week’s highlighted titles are: Russian Roulette Tournament, a simulator for Christopher Walken wannabes; Behind The Wallpaper, a sombre visual…
Explore The Bizarre World Of Murakami In Memoranda | Gaming Respawn - It takes bravery to attempt to emulate the fiction of one of the world’s most beloved authors, but that’s exactly what Bit Byterz has set out do to with their debut game Memoranda. An upcoming point-and-click adventure, it’s inspired by and draws directly upon the themes and strange happenings of many of Haruki Murakami’s short…
Alien Parasites Need Your Support For Earth Invasion | Gaming Respawn - Way back in the deepest, darkest depths of 2016 – i.e. last summer (oh warmth, how I miss thee!) – I wrote about the brilliantly-demented indie freebie Astrocreep. Inspired by classic sci-fi horror films such as Alien and The Thing, it’s a point-and-click adventure that sees you infiltrating an orbital space station as an alien…
Darkest Dungeon Getting A Shorter Campaign Mode | Gaming Respawn - I’m a bit of a late comer to Darkest Dungeon myself, having only received it as a birthday present earlier in the month (it launched way back in January), but boy has it grabbed a hold over me. Its captivating blend of gloomy comic book visuals, Lovecraftian narrative, roguelike dungeon crawling, tactical turn-based combat and…
Night In The Woods promises a colourful 2D adventure | Gaming Respawn - All Mae Borowski wants to do is run around with her friends, break stuff and hang on to a life of aggressive aimlessness. As someone who no doubt epitomes the perennial-student mindset and aesthetic, I can totally relate to that – though perhaps I am getting a bit too old for this now (mid-life crisis,…
Indie Freebies: Ludum Dare 37 | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week I’ve been purely looking at entries from the Ludum Dare 37 game jam, which took place last weekend. The somewhat restrictive theme was “one room”,…
Indie Freebies: Horror Vacui, Winds of Revenge, Feral | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: Horror Vacui, an experimental experience about the fuzziness of memory; Winds of Revenge, where the aim is to hit your boss with…
Lose your dignity with Butcher’s free W.I.M.P DLC | Gaming Respawn - Misanthropic cyborg shooter Butcher, released back in October (see my review here), is a heck of a lot of fun and the gore-drenched pixel art is blooming marvellous, but it’s also pretty damn tough. Well, the game that once proudly declared “The easiest mode is HARD” has introduced an easy mode via means of a…
Sign Me Up For The Pedestrian | Gaming Respawn - I do love a good puzzle-platformer, but they can tend to be a bit samey. Happily then, Skookum Arts’ The Pedestrian offers something a little fresher and more innovative. It still involves the usual climbing ladders, grabbing keys, pulling levers, jumping hazards, etc., but the slant is you have to arrange how individual sections of…
Indie Freebies: Tenebra, NIVA, Anxiety: Lost Night | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: Tenebra, an intense and brutal yet visually captivating horror experience; Anxiety: Lost Night, a tense horror puzzler that puts you under pressure;…
Streets of Rogue: Procedurally-Generated Sandbox Mayhem | Gaming Respawn - Roguelikes/lites are ten a penny these days and not all of them great, but I’m quietly impressed with the direction and ambition of Streets of Rogue, which is available to play now as an impressively featured alpha demo. Inspired by genre classics The Binding of Isaac and Nuclear Throne (aren’t they all!) as well as…
The Long Reach Promises Festive Zombie Shenanigans | Gaming Respawn - It’s Christmas time and people are starting to act strange. No, not the usual festive-induced insanity that results in people wearing silly sweaters, drinking egg-based concoctions and getting blind drunk in front of their boss at the office party, more the kind where they start snacking on their neighbours. Yes, The Long Reach is an…
Indie Freebies: Midnight Snack, Ninja Volley and Awake | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: Midnight Snack, a short but atmospheric horror adventure; Ninja Volleyball, a two-player sports game where Pong meets Mortal Kombat; and Awake, an…
Indie Freebies: Spoiled Eggburt and Others | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles are: Spoiled Eggburt, an offbeat interactive adventure about a film snob and his favourite horror flick; Werewolf in the Wild, an intense sensory…
Start spying with Beholder on Wednesday, play free demo now | Gaming Respawn - Several of your apartments require expensive repairs before you can move some new folks in, and the lonely Mr Shpak, over in number 4, wants you to help him find a partner. On top of that, your wife wants you to talk to the neighbours about borrowing a large cooking pot, your son needs a…
Indie Freebies: Halloween Special! | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week, as it’s Halloween, spooky is a must. So we’ve got a couple of creepy offerings from our old pal Suits n’ Nukes in the form…
Getting Nosy With The Hello Neighbor Pre-Alpha | Gaming Respawn - Pesky neighbours, they’re always up to no good. When they’re not nicking the missus’ parking spot, mine are always flying their drone out back, having fun in their swanky Jacuzzi, carrying out DIY home improvements and gifting us with fruit from their massive garden (actually I’m hoping to make a nice apple pie from that).…
Indie Freebies: Blameless and Others | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles: are Blameless, a nicely-written horror mystery/puzzler; Water Me, a simulation about keeping a plant alive while cut off during a flood; and Lily:…
Pavilion Review | Gaming Respawn - Aside from the sumptuous hand-crafted visuals and a soft spot for unusual puzzlers, I was drawn to Pavilion by the intriguing blurb, which describes the game as a “fourth-person puzzle adventure”. Turns out that’s not as pompous or as nebulous as it first sounds, particularly if you’re familiar with god games such as Populous or…
Indie Freebies: HUMAN and Others | Gaming Respawn - Always short of a few bob and looking for something a bit different, each week I scour the internet for fun, interesting or just plain curious Indie Freebies. This week’s highlighted titles: are HUMAN, an immersive first-person horror adventure; and The Dark Within, a pixel-art platform odyssey through a strange land. And then I’ll be…
Explore a terrifying nocturnal city in the Heliophobia alpha demo | Gaming Respawn - It seems that the success of the critically-acclaimed and brilliantly traumatic Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and more recently of Hideo Kojima’s cult-classic PS4-teaser Silent Hill P.T., continues to inspire within indie circles. There certainly has been a lot of first-person horror games in recent years that involve a disempowered protagonist sneaking around in the dark…
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