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« on: October 24, 2010, 05:53:56 pm »

So, I'm updating the old Beginner's Guide to Indie Gaming. I have updated some broken links and left some observations. Since it has been a while since the thread was last updated, I believe there are several good games released more recently that didn't have a mention.

Since the old blog feature was lost, left to the abyss of the lost bits, and since, even though TIGdb is an awesome resource, some important games can end up not showing up in the first pages of the Top list, I decided to bring the old list back.

Like the old thread, the intention of this is one is not to list everyone's favorite indie games, but representatives of justic indie games in general. Variety is recommended.

Since the list is getting kind of overwhelmingly huge, a few games will be voted to be highlighted. This will happen in another thread.

You will notice that I added the People category. Since there are several good games from the same devs, even on this list, It would be nice to make a list of devs a newcomer should know about, with links for personal pages and/or list of works.

Related threads:

Old Beginner's Guide to Indie Gaming
Indie Games Highlight Poll, to choose a few games to be highlited

Games  
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5 Days a Stranger (Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Win) {Site currently infected, safe download here}
6 Days A Sacrifice (Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Win) {Site currently infected, safe download here}
7 Days a Skeptic (Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Win) {Site currently infected, safe download here}

A
(NEW)Action Fist (Beau Blyth, Win)
Alien Hominid (The Behemoth, Web/Other)
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games, Win/Mac/Lin, $20.00-Demo)
(NEW)Anamaton (Beau Blyth, Win)
Aquaria (Bit Blot, Win/Mac, $19.99(Win)/$30.00(Mac)-Demo)
Armadillo run (Peter Stock, Win)
Art of Theft, The (Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Win) {Developer site currently infected}

B
(NEW)Babo Violent 2 (Huh?, Win)
Barkley, Shut Up & Jam: Gaiden (Tales of Game's, Win)
Battle for Wesnoth, The (Collective, Win/Mac)
(NEW)Block Towers (JLJac, Win)
Blockland (Step 1 games, Win/Mac, $19.95-Demo)
Blurred Line, A (Lysander86, Win)
Boxycraft (Robert Dodd, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Braid (Jonathan Blow, Win/XBL, $9.99-Demo)

C
Canabalt (Adam Saltsman, Web/iOS, Free(Web)/$2.99(iOS))
(NEW)Caster (Mike 'Elecorn' Smith, Win/Mac/Lin/iPhone/iPad, $4.99-Demo(Win/Mac/Lin)/$4.99(iPad)/$2.99(iPhone))
Castle Crashers (The Behemoth, XBLA/PSN, $15.00)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Cave Story (Pixel(JP), Win/WiiWare, Free(Win)/$12(WiiWare))
Chocolate Castle (Lexaloffle, Win/Mac)
Clean Asia (cactus, Win)
(NEW)Coptra (JW, Win)
Cortex Command (Data Realms, Win, $18.00/Demo)
Crayon Physics (Petri Purho, Win)
(NEW)Cube 2: Sauerbraten (Collective, Win/Mac/Lin)

D
Darwinia (Introversion, Win/Mac/Lin, $15.00-Demo)
Death Worm (JTR, Win)
Desktop Dungeons (QCF Design, Win)
DoomRL (Kornel Kisielewicz, Win/Lin/Other)
Dwarf Fortress (Bay 12 games, Win)

E
Echoes (Binary Zoo, Win)
Eternal Daughter (Blackeye Software, Win)

F
Façade (Procedural Arts, Win)
flOw (thatgamecompany, Web)
Flywrench (Messhof, Win)
(NEW)Frogatto (Collective, Win/Mac/Lin/iPhone, Free(Win/Mac/Lin)/$0.99(iPhone))


G
(NEW)Galcon (Phil Hassey, Web/iPhone, Free(Web)/$2.99(iPhone))
(NEW)Gang Garrisson 2 (FAUCeT, Win)
Gish (Chronic Logic, Win/Mac/Lin, Pick your price(Suggested:$19.95)-Demo)
Grow (v0.3) (Eyezmaze, Web)
GunGirl 2 (BlueEagle, Win)

H
Hydorah (Locomalito, Win)

I
I Wanna Be The Guy (Kayin, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Iji (Remar, Win)
Immortal Defense (Radical Poesis Games, Win, Name your price(suggested:$17.00)-Demo)

K
Knytt (Nifflas, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Knytt Stories (Nifflas, Win-DS)

L
La Mulana (GR3, Win)
Liero (Joosa Riekkinen, Win)
Limbo (Playdead, XBL, $15.00-Demo)
Lugaru HD (Wolfire Games, Win/Mac/Lin, $9.99-Demo)
Lyle in the Cube Sector (Bogo, Win)

M
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Machinarium (Amanita Design, Win/Mac/Lin, $20-Demo)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Minecraft (Notch, Win/Mac/Lin, ~$14-Free mode)
Mr. Robot (Moonpod, Win, $19.95-Demo)

N
N (Metanet Software, Web)
Nikujin(dl) (Ikiki(JP), Win)
Noitu Love & the Army of Grinning Darns (Joakim Sandberg, Win)

O
Osmos (Hemisphere Games, Win/Mac/Lin/iOS, $10.00-Demo/$2.99(iOS))

P
Passage (Jason Rorher, Win/Mac/Lin/iOS, Free/$0.99(iOS))
Penumbra (Frictional Games, Win, $20.00-Demo)
Photopia (Adam Cadre, Win)
(NEW)Prototype 2 (Dark Castle Software, Win)

R
Rescue The Beagles (Nenad, Win)
Retrobattle (Daniel Remar, Win)
rRootage (ABA Games (Kenta Cho), Win)

S
Samorost (Amanita design, Web)
Samorost 2 (Amanita design, Web/Win/Mac/Lin, $5)
Seiklus (Clysm, Win)
(NEW)Shotgun Ninja (cactus, Win)
(NEW)Sim War 5 (Beau Blyth, Win)
Soldat (Michal Marcinkowski, Win)
Space Funeral (thecatamites, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Spelunky (Derek Yu, Win)
Spirit Engine 2, The (Mark Pay, Win)
(NEW)Strange Attractors (Ominous development, Win)
Subvein (bencelot, Win)
Sumotori Dreams (Archee83, Win, $4.50-7sec. trial)
Sunset Over Imdahl (H3Who, Win)
Super Crate Box (Vlambeer, Win)
(NEW)Super Mario War (Collective, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)Super Meat Boy (Team Meat, Win/Wiiware/XBL, $10.00-Demo)

T
Temporal (Renbo, Win)
Teppoman 2(dl) (Ikiki(JP), Win)
(NEW)Toblo (Collective, Win)

U
(NEW)Überleben (Beau Blyth, Win)
(NEW)Under the Garden (Paul Greasley, Win)
Uplink (Introversion, Win/Mac/Lin, $10.00-Demo)

V
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)VVVVVV (Terry Cavanagh, Win/Mac, $5.00-Demo)

W
(NEW)Warlock Bentspine (Lazrool, Win)
Warning Forever (Hikoza'n Chi, Win)
(NEW)We Want You (Quicksand Games, Win)
Windosill (Vectorpark, Web/Win/Mac, $3-Demo)
Within A Deep Forest (Nifflas, Win)
(Hand Thumbs Up Left)World of Goo (2D Boy, Win/Mac/Lin/Wiiware, $20/$15(Wiiware)-Demo)

Indiecators

(Hand Thumbs Up Left) = Highlight
(NEW) =  Added recently to the list. First time going through the poll.
(FIXED) = Link fixed. Not subject to removal yet.

I'd be thankful if you post suggestions already formated like this:

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For Games
[b][url=http://game/]Game Name[/url][/b] ([url=http://dev.site/]Dev Name[/url], Platforms, $Price-DemoOrTimedTrial)
use [size=6pt](dl)[/size] inside the URL tag if the only available link is a direct download, without a page
use [size=6pt](JP)[/size] inside the URL tag for a japanese site, or a corresponding abbreviation if the linked site is not in english

For People/Teams
[/b][url=http://site/]Name - Nickname[/url][/b]: Some games from them, no need for links, just to help recognizing

EDIT: The People category won't be shown until there are more entries
« Last Edit: November 17, 2010, 05:17:52 am by TwilightVulpine » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 08:32:25 pm »

I think these would be good additions:
World of Goo (2D Boy, Windows/Mac/Linux/Wii, $20-Demo)
Machinarium (Amanita Design, Windows/Mac/Linux, $20-Demo)

(I just realized that Samorost and Samorost 2 are already on the list, so maybe Machinarium would be a little redundant)

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Shoot the Bullet (Team Shanghai Alice(JP), PC) {Is there an official download link? I only seem to find it in file-sharing sites and I'm not sure if it's okay to link here}
I don't think there's an official download link - the reason you find it in file-sharing sites is that it's not freeware (see this to see where you can purchase Shoot the Bullet and other Touhou games).

Edit: Also, you can link to cactus's Games page directly through this link: http://cactusquid.com/games.htm
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 09:00:15 pm »

art of theft
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 01:42:49 am »

Would you count mount & blade, or not? They were indie, but have a publisher now and a studio...
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010, 08:22:49 am »

@iffi

Thanks. I've updated Clean Asia and Shoot the Bullet. I'll add the others later (weekend at most), I don't have time to do it right now. There is no problem in suggesting more games from the same devs, there is a lot a already and we will pick a few to highlight.

The thread is kind of slow Sad I was expecting a lot more suggestions. I would add more but picking games for "The Indie List" by myself is kind of pretentious. Well, I only created it yesterday...
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010, 08:29:53 am »

boxy craft - http://boxycraft.com/
and knytt stories is better than knytt
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010, 08:38:16 am »

boxy craft - http://boxycraft.com/
and knytt stories is better than knytt
Knytt Stories isn't one game, you can't really say every single Knytt story is better than Knytt Shrug
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010, 08:48:10 am »

I like the idea of an update of the original list. Like mentionned before a shorter list, maybe 25-30 games, would be more suiting. Especialy if they are not in another list.
Anyway, I heartly approve of this and I'll be keeping an eye out on this Smiley

Oh and yeah! Keep your "this game is indier you retard" to yourself, I don't want to have to lock this update topic Smiley  Gentleman

Minecraft, Amnesia, Spelunky, World of Goo, Machinarium, Canabalt, Passage, Braid, Limbo and Super Meat Boy definitively need to be up there Smiley A lot of nice games came out since the original list was made Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010, 09:23:07 am »

Messhof's Flywrench is a must!
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2010, 11:04:20 am »

The list could probably use another RPG.

Spirit Engine 2, The (Mark Pay , Windows, freeware)
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2010, 11:59:06 am »

Space Funeral
Teppoman 2 (more recent, and personally I dig it more than Nikujin)

Also,  a more concise list would be awesome.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2010, 12:53:05 pm »

I could start removing the games with less votes in the poll from the list. What do you think?
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2010, 01:03:29 pm »

Sounds cool.
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2010, 11:13:23 pm »

Braid.
Passage.
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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2010, 11:30:48 pm »

Super Crate Box -- http://www.supercratebox.com/
Osmos -- http://www.hemispheregames.com/osmos/
VVVVVV -- http://thelettervsixtim.es/
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2010, 08:54:37 am »

good to see deathworm there - a fun game I had forgotten about Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2010, 02:52:54 pm »

Where's Aquaria?
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2010, 05:21:51 pm »

http://king-soukutu.com/flash/owata.html The Big Adventure of Owata's Life. I have it bookmarked so I can never lose it.
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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2010, 05:57:10 pm »

blueberry garden
windosill
super meat boy
spelunky
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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2010, 06:32:27 pm »

Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden
I Wanna Be the Guy
World of Goo
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