Best Of Indie Games: The Weather Report

Sister site looks at the top PC Flash/downloadable indie titles released over the past week, including ACE Team's follow-up to Zeno Clash, a hacking game for the "Facebook generation", and more.
[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 delights in this edition include the release of ACE Team's follow-up to their first-person brawler Zeno Clash, a platformer for the Android and iOS devices, a Speedhack 11 competition entry, plus a hacking game for the 'Facebook generation'. Here's the highlights from the last seven days: Game Pick: 'Rock of Ages' (ACE Team, commercial indie) "Here's the jist of Rock of Ages: you have a huge rock with a smiley face on it, and the enemy has a castle with a solid, wooden door. You roll the rock around winding paths with nasty drops on either side, smashing through the enemy's defences before crashing into the door at the end." Game Pick: 'Bloo Kid' (Eiswuxe, commercial indie) "Bloo Kid is the standard 'boy meets girl, girl gets kidnapped by flying cloaked bird thing, boy chases bird thing' story, and it has a great pick up and play feel to it. On each level, you need to jump on the heads of all the enemies, and then grab the star that appears." Game Pick: 'Saving the Company' (Christopher Gregorio, browser) "In Saving the Company you play as an employee who is trying to steal a treasure chest from a huge castle, so that he may use the contents to rescue his employer's business from going bankrupt." Game Pick: 'Green Grappler' (Darkbits, freeware) "Green Grappler is a 72-hour effort created by Team Darkbits for the Speedhack 11 competition, featuring a protagonist who carries a grappling hook for getting across chasms and leaping over spike pits." Game Pick: 'Doppler' (Todd Luke, freeware) "Doppler is an arcade avoidance game set on the surface of an alien planet: you play as Professor Foehn, tasked by his colleagues to collect rainwater samples under a stormy weather for research." Game Pick: 'Infestor' (Wobly, browser) "As you might have gathered from the name, you'll play as the eponymous biological weapon in this delightful little platformer. Unlike most biological weapons, you're rather harmless; one shot is all it takes to kill you." Game Pick: 'Hacker Evolution Duality' (Exosyphen Studios, commercial indie) "At heart, Hacker Evolution Duality is a hacking game built for the Facebook generation and that's not exactly a bad thing. Stream-lined and simplistic, HED is fast-paced, frantic and absolutely demanding." Game Pick: 'Bug Hunt 8-bit' (Dom n' Tom, commercial indie) "Bug Hunt 8-bit is the iOS port of Lazy Brain Games' freeware release from a couple months back, featuring the same type of gameplay found in the original but with a new touch screen input replacing the old mouse controls."

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