Posted by: maddrcliche | March 26, 2011

Hipster Gamer

Everyone should play indie games. They are artistic, beautiful, fun, and a lot of the best ones are free. I’ve gotten more entertainment out of some of these games than I have out of some of the mainstream games pouring out of the industry these days and I thought I would share some of my favorite free indie games with you so that you can enjoy them as I have. So, here we go, in no particular order.

Hero Core

This retro style 2D shooter features fast paced gameplay with a pretty decent challenge to it. A few of the bosses actually had me on the edge of my seat. It also sports a beautiful retro soundtrack by Brother Android that I adore. It’s free and it’s fun, why aren’t you playing it?


From the same developer as the above Hero Core comes a surprisingly large indie game that is likewise free and totally awesome. This game is also insanely feature rich for something that is totally free, as evidenced by the following quote from its page:

Iji is an action-packed strategic platform shooter with a detailed story, large levels with multiple paths, powerful bosses and lots of secrets. There are alternate gameplay events, dialogues and scenes depending on what you do, a wealth of extras and bonus features, and seven stats to upgrade through a leveling system. Iji herself has superhuman strength and abilities, and can crack Nanotechnology, use her enemies’ most devastating weapons against them, and be a pacifist or a killer – the story adapts to how you play. Soundtrack by Chris Geehan and Dan Byrne McCullhough, songs also by Tom Mauritzon and Captain Goodnight (and LifeForce, but their song was not originally recorded for Iji).

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari)

You can’t really mention indie gaming without mentioning Cave Story. This game was single-handedly developed by Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya and is an absolute triumph. Cute, funny, challenging, and big, this is one of the greatest Metroidvania style games ever released. What? It is. There’s a reason that when you mention indie gaming this gem almost always gets brought up.

Within A Deep Forest

I can’t say enough good things about Nifflas’ atmospheric little games. Also check out his games Knytt and Knytt Stories. All feature good gameplay and beautifully atmospheric and introspective soundtracks.

La Mulana

Not for the faint of heart, this challenging and massive indie game is a love letter to the MSX. It’s graphical style is purposefully similar to MSX games and it is heavily influenced by “Maze of Galious” as well as a hearty dose of Indiana Jones. Consider yourself a hardcore gamer? Definitely check out this gem of a freeware game because it is seriously tough. Did I mention it has an absolutely rocking soundtrack?

Well, I’ve just finished a rather long history paper for college so now I think it’s time for a well deserved rest. Next time your bored or find yourself curious about the indie side of gaming check out some of the above games. They are all free to download and I think seeing this other side of gaming can give you a bigger appreciation for the art of gaming as a whole, whether you find them to your liking or not. Oh, this post is also my personal “fuck you” to anyone idiotic enough to say that video games are not art.


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