Tag Archives: Indie

Have triple-A games lost their ‘wow factor’?

ook to the movies, and the blockbuster is dying. Check out sport, and football’s showcase Premier League isn’t what it used to be. Think about triple-A gaming, and the lustre seems to  have faded somewhat. We’re living in a period of flux; people are being drawn into the bombastic and...

Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out Of Time review
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Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out Of Time review

The Japanese language has a phrase – ‘mono no aware’ – that refers to the feeling you get when you realise every moment is fleeting. Life Is Strange is all about that feeling, using time and photographs as recurring motifs. In the first episode, we were uncertain whether Life Is...

Ori And The Blind Forest review
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Ori And The Blind Forest review

Ori And The Blind Forest might be the most deceptive game ever created. Just look at it. Gorgeous, cartoon visuals. Lovably cuddly characters. Fairies. Trees. It’s a kids’ game, right? That’s what Moon Studios wants you to think, because Moon Studios is comprised of sadists who take great thrills in...

Hellblade – Behind the scenes at Ninja Theory

“There are games out there that have sold about five million units, and were considered failures,” says Dominic Matthews, product development ninja at Ninja Theory, to games™. “That’s ridiculous. absolutely ridiculous. It’s that unfortunate cycle that’s lead to a lot of development teams disappearing.” He’s not wrong – in 2015, so...

Pneuma: Breath Of Life review
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Pneuma: Breath Of Life review

Puzzle games, like perhaps no other genre, truly benefit from a sense of conceptual coherence, and Pneuma is a game that throws nothing but relentless curve balls at you. Simple switch puzzles are superseded by complex spatial awareness hoodwinkers, which in turn are followed by elaborate environmental riddles. It’s a...

Apotheon review
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Apotheon review

There’s a very simple way of putting this: Apotheon is God Of War in 2D. With that, any effort we might’ve expunged detailing its intricacies can be saved, letting you bask in knowledge with only the smallest of sentences. That change in perspective hasn’t done much to alter the gameplay,...

18 Must-Watch Indie Games

From the end of the world to the centre of the universe, here are the most exciting independently-developed videogames on the horizon 01. Volume Developer: Mike Bithell | Formats: PlayStation 4, Vita, PC, Mac | ETA: Q2 ■ Mike Bithell is watching his words. “I’ve been playing a lot of...

Kalimba review
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Kalimba review

Kalimba is a puzzle platformer based on one simple mechanic: you control two avatars instead of one. Nudge the analog stick right, and both will move right; tap the jump button, and both will jump. On top of this, Press Play has layered different uses of that basic mechanic, one...