This week on "Best Of Indie Games," we take a look at some of the top independent PC Flash/downloadable titles released over this last week.
The delights in this edition include the release of the much-anticipated sequel to Shank
, a student project that pays tribute to Visceral Games' Dead Space
series, a first-person dungeon crawler for XBLIG, plus a pinball simulator styled after video pinball classics like Epic Pinball and the 21st Century Pinball series.
Here's some recent highlights from IndieGames.com:
Game Pick: 'Hacknet'
"A 'terminal-based hacking game' with multiplayer options, HackNet
follows the story of a recently expired Hacker by the name of Bit. If you're someone who has even dabbled with command-line programming, you're going to find something to like here."
Game Pick: 'Noxious'
(Full Sail, freeware)
"Developed in five months, Noxious
is a brief experience but an impressive achievement nonetheless. The game sees players engaging in combat with waves of violent creatures while attempting to escape a locked down research facility."
Game Pick: 'Shank 2'
(Klei Entertainment, commercial indie)
"Klei Entertainment have spent the last 18 months busy working away on a follow up to their beautiful but brutal sidescrolling kill 'em up, and have now unleashed it on the world. This sequel comes with an all new coop-survival mode that supports local and online play, a redesigned weapon system, and lots of baddies waiting to be cut, stabbed, shot, punched, chainsawed and even shanked."
Game Pick: 'Dark Delve'
(Checkmark Games, commercial indie)
's gameplay offers a Wizardry
-like mixture of exploration and turn-based combat. The game boasts a six-hour campaign, and includes three character classes and over 100 unique items."
Game Pick: 'Ragdoll Blaster 3'
(Backflip Studios, commercial indie)
"In the Ragdoll Blaster
games, players complete levels by launching floppy ragdoll characters at a series of bullseye targets. It's a simple but effective formula -- ragdoll physics can theoretically add instant hilarity to pretty much any situation."
Game Pick: 'Hardboiled Pinball'
(Stryde Games, commercial indie)
"Styled after video pinball classics like Epic Pinball and the 21st Century Pinball series, Hardboiled Pinball
presents a single overhead-view table with a crime noir moti."
Game Pick: 'Cell: Emergence'
(New Life Interactive, commercial indie)
is something along the lines of Innerspace: The Game, where you take control of a nanobot injected into a poorly girl, tasked with eradicating the infection that's the source of her illness."
Game Pick: 'Beat Hazard Ultra'
(Cold Beam Games, commercial indie)
"Previously released for PC platforms and the Xbox Live Indie Games service, Beat Hazard Ultra
scans a user's music library and produces enemy waves of varying intensity as tracks play."