Best of Indie Games: From Journey to Gratuitous Tank Battles

Sister site looks at the top PC Flash/downloadable indie titles released over the past week, including the highly-anticipated release of thatgamecompanys' third and final exclusive game for PlayStation Network.
[Every week, The Weblog co-editor-in-chief Tim W. will be summing up some of the top free-to-download and commercial indie games from the last seven days on his sister 'state of indie' weblog.] 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 a PlayStation Mini port of Adam Atomic's one-button platformer Canabalt, a physics puzzler with gerbils in it, the highly-anticipated release of thatgamecompanys' third and final exclusive game for the PlayStation Network, plus an old-school turn-based RPG that's all about scavenging to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Here's some recent highlights from Game Pick: 'Canabalt' (Beatshapers, commercial indie) "Previously available as a free flash game and an iOS game, you can now play Canabalt on the go on PlayStation handhelds, or get it up on a big screen via the PS3 version." Game Pick: 'Gerbil Physics' (Pencel Games, commercial indie) "In the Gerbil Physics games, players use a limited number of explosive items to demolish structures and get each level's gaggle of gerbil characters below a specific height threshold." Game Pick: 'Pig & Bullet' (Spiceworx, commercial indie) "Indie collective Spiceworx has released an upgraded version of its Flash bullet-dodger Pig & Bullet for iOS platforms, introducing a collection of new features and new gameplay modes." Game Pick: 'Gratuitous Tank Battles' (Positech Games, commercial indie) "Set in a universe where World War One never ended, but gradually the guns turned into lasers and the tanks turned into mechs, Gratuitous Tank Battles is a strategy game with elements of tower defence, RTS and time management games." Game Pick: 'Journey' (thatgamecompany, commercial indie) "A 3D exploratory, puzzle platformer of sorts, players can choose to embark on this journey solo or with a partner online as they venture towards a shining mountain in the distance." Game Pick: 'Craftimals' (Roppy Chop, commercial indie) "Unlike the many Minecraft-likes that infest the XBLIG marketplace, Craftimals restricts construction to a 2D plane. Players are equipped only with a single block type and are given a simple objective: build a tower that reaches the sun." Game Pick: 'NEO Scavenger' (Blue Bottle Games, browser) "NEO Scavenger is a deliciously old-school turn-based RPG that will have you juggling a multitude of concerns as you journey through a desolate, post-apocalyptic world." Game Pick: 'Incoboto' (Fluttermind, commercial indie) "In Incoboto, said to be in the spirit of Ico and Portal, a boy named Inco and his solar friend, Helios, explore planets with grapples, jetpacks, teleports, gravity beams and other game mechanic-inducing machines on a mission to return light to the skies."

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