Best Of Indie Games: Space Station Inferno

Sister site looks at the top PC Flash/downloadable indie titles released over the past week, including a retro-style release resembling Pac-Man on steroids, and a game inspired by Contra
[Every week, The Weblog 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 goodies in this edition include a retro-style arcade game that resembles Pac-Man on steroids, a first-person shooter built on the Source SDK, a 2D action game inspired by the climbing sequences in Contra 3, plus a visual novel featuring the gorgeous artwork of one Mike Inel. Here's the highlights from the last seven days: Game Pick: 'Forget-Me-Not' (Nyarlu Labs, freeware) "Forget-Me-Not is a retro-style arcade game in which you get to control a blocky avatar inside procedurally-generated levels, eating pellets for points and collecting a gold key to unlock the exit which appears after you've acquired all of the flowers on screen." Game Pick: 'Infernal Edge' (Lazy Brain Games, freeware) "Infernal Edge (pictured) is a 2D action game that puts you in control of a super soldier with vice-like grip and an extendable grappling hook attached to his arm. An alien race called the Unicus has wiped out all of humankind's defensive measures save for one space station named LV-427, so it's up to you to drive back the invaders and regain control of the floating stronghold." Game Pick: 'Tanooky Tracks' (benradish, browser) "Tanooky Tracks doesn't quite follow your typical 'adventure game' formula. Nonetheless, it's still a rather enchanting way to waste an hour or so. Filled with beautiful, storybook-like visuals, Tanooky Tracks will have you searching through a rather charming-looking house for twelve mischievous spirits." Game Pick: 'NeoTokyo' (Studio Radi-8, freeware) "Built on the Source SDK, NeoTokyo is a first-person shooter set within the distant future. It also looks glorious, something that could possibly be attributed to the fact that the game is, according to the developers, heavily influenced by Masamune Shirow and Katsuhiro Otomo." Game Pick: 'The Man Who Sold The World' (Nick Yonge, browser) "The Man Who Sold The World is a Ludum Dare 21 entry inspired by the David Bowie album of the same name. The world is about to end, and you alone have the chance to save humanity if you can provide proof that the human race deserves to be saved." Game Pick: 'Sake Express Pro Wrestling' (Zak Ayles, freeware) "Sake Express Pro Wrestling is all about punching giant animals in the face and laying down some serious Japanese pop culture moves. As the first game from Zak Ayles aka mooosh, Sake Express Pro Wrestling is a rather entertaining arena shooter/puncher hybrid." Game Pick: 'Aphelion Incident' (Cirrial, browser) "At first glance, Aphelion Incident looks somewhat like your typical platformer. You're a little alien looking to escape from the clutches of some other aliens. The twist here is that the protagonist is a telepath capable of controlling his enemies, something that opens a huge realm of possibilities." Game Pick: 'deIz' (Mike Inel, freeware) "deIz is a visual novel made by Mike Inel using the Ren'Py engine, featuring plenty of unlockable gallery artworks and twelve different endings to discover in total. You play as a student who has a crush on a female film director attending the same school as him, and the success or failure of his pursuit is determined by the choices that you make in the game."

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