By Jennifer Tan AKA Mrs Fett
Each year at Pax Prime in Seattle WA, a group of carefully chosen industry experts select the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor. I poked around to find the top 5 must have games of the chosen ten.
5. Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It’s logical, minimalist, and crafted with love and science.
4. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a co-op micro-platformer for 2 or 1 players set inside a neon spaceship locked in battle with hordes of space baddies. Players work together running back and forth between ship control rooms, manning turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters to rack up points and stave off a vacuumy demise. Death may be a given, but at least you don’t have to face it alone! Awesome right?!
3 .Ridiculous Fishing is a handcrafted game about fishing… with guns, chainsaws, & toasters. Nuff’ said, DL it!
2. TowerFall, is an archery combat platformer for up to 4 players. It’s a local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but combat is fast and fierce. The focus is on player mastery and friendly rivalry. Inspired by long afternoons and all-nighters squaring off in the local multiplayer classics of my youth, TowerFall aims to recreate that childlike joy. It’s best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.
1. And my favorite Indie game in the PAX 10, has to be… Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche!! Sequel to the popular flash game Avalanche, Super Avalanche is a game that’s just pure undiluted fun. Creator Chris Peterson presents a game which expands on the original while preserving the core gameplay that made the first one so addicting. Inspired by popular modern rogue-likes such as Spelunky and Binding of Isaac; every game is different. The game is built around replayability featuring challenging missions, combinable power ups with over 70,000 combinations, and collectible badges that modify the parameters of the game itself.
So, there you have it, 5 indie games, from PC, to iOS, sure to please your brain, all while avoiding your normal 9-5. I will say this though, Indie Devs need to start producing more titles for us Android users, just to keep it somewhat fair. Yes, I understand that iPhones are just too cool, but, some of us like tiny robots.