Archived entries for indie games radar

Antichamber: An “MC Escher-Like Mindfuck” Game

 

Antichamber

One of the games I’m most looking forward to this year is an abstract indie puzzler called Antichamber that Machinima calls “an MC Esher-like mindfuck.” If there exists a combination of magic words that have the power to make me want to play or purchase a game immediately, it might be that.

It’s a game that many reviewers have been comparing to Portal, and understandably so. In Antichamber, self-described as “a mind-bending psychological exploration game,” you move through stark rooms and corridors with bright explosions of color solving puzzles to escape each chamber.

The Gamers Hub posted this great in-depth preview of Antichamber that gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect:

After having spent nearly an hour fully absorbed into the crisp, sharp visuals and ambient soundtrack whilst solving puzzles, it was interesting to see how my fellow gamers approached the same problems; the results of my observation? Everyone plays differently. Simple and direct instructions adorn the walls of each puzzle room, designed to help you as much as hinder you – yet many players didn’t even bother to give them the time of day, others would defiantly ignore the advice given, and many would ponder for too long and thus overthink a painfully simple problem.

The puzzles on offer vary quite wildly, some requiring you to trigger switches, whilst others ask you to do incredibly simple things like walk through a room or persevere at a menial task. It’s nice to find a game that keeps you so on your toes, never really knowing what’s asked of you, yet continually putting obstacles in your path that have blindingly simple solutions; and that’s the beauty of Antichamber.

Do yourself a favor and watch this teaser:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT2VlffrSMg#!

It’s almost like a video game version of Beyond the Black Rainbow, which is the highest compliment I could possibly give.

Indie Games Radar: To the Moon, Owlboy, EDGE

Indie GamesIndie Games Radar is a pre­view of new and upcom­ing inde­pen­dent games that I’m really excited about.

Some really interesting picks this week:  To the Moon is a serious JRPG-style game that explores death and regret; vertical platformer Owlboy is a soaring adventure with gorgeous 2D graphics, and the award-winning iOS game EDGE finally gets a Steam release.

To the Moon

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqkJuSV-23U

Developer: Freebird Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: Fall 2011

To the Moon is an RPG/adventure game about two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish.  There exists a technology that allows doctors to weave artificial memories, such that a patient can request attempts to alter their mind and wake up with memories of things that didn’t actually happen.  This particular story follows Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts’ attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny, whose dying wish is to go the moon.  With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny’s curious past is revealed.  And as the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a lifetime, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.

Owlboy

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkwgJK88Ajs

Developer: D-Pad Studio
Platform: PC, XBLA (& Steam?)
Release Date: Demo Available August 12, 2011

Owlboy is a vertical platform-adventure game.  You play as Otus, a young Owl, who sets out on an adventure when his village is attacked by sky pirates.  Feature a deep storyline, emotion-based dialogue, open environments, massive dungeons…oh yeah, and goldfish with tophats!

EDGE

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_aB_ZkonGw

Developer: Mobigame
Platform: iOS, Steam
Release Date: August 11, 2011 (Steam)

EDGE, the award-winning, retro-styled platform game previously only available on iOS is now coming to Steam!

Indie Games Radar: Trauma, Vessel, Atom Zombie Smasher

Indie Games

Indie Games Radar is a preview of new and upcoming independent games that I’m really excited about.

TRAUMA

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHWSJiJUWEc

Developer: Krystian Majewski
Platform: PC, browser-based
Release Date: End of August 2011?

TRAUMA tells a story of a young woman, who survives a car accident. Recovering at the hospital, she has dreams that shed light on different aspects of her identity – such as the way she deals with the loss of her parents. TRAUMA lets you experience those dreams in an interactive way, reminiscent of Point-and-Click Adventure Games. It builds upon this established formula by introducing a gesture-based interface, real-time 3D technology for dynamic level layouts, unique photographic visuals and a level design philosophy that focuses on creating a rich experience rather than an elaborate puzzle challenge. Combined with the unconventional story, it is aimed to be a compact and deep game for a literate and mature audience.”

Vessel

Developer: Strange Loop Games
Platform: PC & Console
Release Date: TBD

Vessel is a 2d action and puzzle game played in a physically simulated world, built on a physics and fluid engine featuring the unique ability to simulate characters composed entirely of fluid.

Arkwright, inventor of the world famous Fluro (mechanized-fluid automaton) is on a quest to finish his next great invention – The Device – that will alter existence in unimaginable ways.

Travel to different industrial sites that use Arkwright’s Fluro invention to run their machinery. The Fluros, thought to be lifeless machines, are somehow developing minds of their own, mutating into new forms and running amok. It is up to Arkwright to understand (and exploit) these strange evolutions, and apply what has emerged in the field back to his lab work at home. Gather these evolved Fluros and machinery and bring them back to Arkwright’s lab to finish his grand invention.

Explore physically modeled worlds, solve puzzles by controlling fluid and machines, and harness the power of the mysterious ‘Fluro’ creatures that populate the land.”

Atom Zombie Smasher

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL0WH8ry30E

Developer: Blendo Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: Available Now

“The only thing preventing the zombie apocalypse is…90 million tons of nuclear warheads…and you.”  Atom Zombie Smasher is a zombiepocalypse game that combines real-time strategy with classic tower defense.