While most of your time last year was probably spent playing WOW Cataclysm, Black Ops, Halo and God of War, there was a whole other world of gaming waiting for you. That world is indie games, a strange place full of experimental gameplay, stylized and often terrible visuals and pretentiousness. On planet indie thereâs even a few real gems to be found. Consider the entries in this list the Unobtainium of planet Indie.
Digital: a love story
Combining nostalgic for the earliest days of pre-internet on-lineÂ communication and aÂ nostalgic,Â bitter-sweetÂ storyline,Â this little game charms from the first minute. The storyline is compelling and shows that without any real graphics a rich and involving narrative can be constructed and vivid and believable characters can be crafted. I was so immersed in this game it took me to a whole other world. When I received an email on my own computer I read it thinking it was from someone in the game world. Teams of hundreds of developers supported withÂ millionsÂ of dollars of development budget rarely engage a player soÂ completely. Its like Uplink orÂ Wargames, but with more humanity. Beautiful .
If you haven't played Super Meat Boy yet, this original version should win you over. Retro stylings, brutal but completely fair and hillarious, Meat Boy has something for everyone. It will beat you down, but you will love it for making you stronger.
Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal
Part of the appeal of the original Robot Unicorn Attack was the super-gay soundtrack. The gentle, euro-dance tones of Erasure contrasted perfectly with the urgency and danger of the game to create an experience that managed to be both soothing and invigorating (I just realised that description makes it sound like a bubble bath). I thought a metal version of the game would detract from the main selling point of the original: the pitch perfect soundtrack. Thankfully the metal version is almost as good, combining ludicrously camp Dio-style rawk with suitably ridiculous remixed graphics while retaining the addictive gameplay of the original.