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Best Of Indie Games: Melancholic Naked Assassin Musings

Every week, IndieGames.com: The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds up top titles and happenings in indie games in the last seven days for Gamasutra -- this time checking out a new game from Ikiki, a tower defense title, a game about drug abuse, and the Interacti

Tim W., Blogger

December 5, 2008

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[Every week, IndieGames.com: The Weblog editor Tim W. will be summing up some of the top free-to-download and commercial indie games from the last seven days, as well as any notable features 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 new game from prolific Japanese developer Ikiki, a couple of entries from TIGSource's recent Commonplace Book competition, a tower defense-type strategy game, a game about drug addiction and abuse, an interactive fiction work which finished a respectable third in the recent IFComp contest, and more. Game Pick: 'Teppomanto' (Ikiki, freeware) "A 2D action game from the developer of Nikujin and Teppoman, where players assume control over another naked assassin on a mission to infiltrate the enemy base and take out all adversaries within." Game Pick: 'Lost in Eldritch' (Joachim Despland-Lichtert, freeware) "A short 2D platformer created by Joachim for TIGSource's Commonplace Book competition, featuring a protagonist who is stranded on an unfamiliar landscape with no memory of events leading up to his current predicament." Game Pick: 'From Primordial Egg' (Logan Ames, freeware) "A Commonplace Book competition entry created by Logan Ames, developer of the exploration platformer Nothing. Starting out as a baby dinosaur inside an egg, players would have to break out of the shell, venture forth into the labyrinth, search for food, and terrorize a couple of archaeologists during the course of their adventure." Game Pick: 'Verge' (Kyle Pulver, freeware) "In Verge, players assume control over an unnamed protagonist who has to traverse between two worlds in order to solve rudimentary block puzzles and reach the exit in each stage. This 2D platformer features music written by Alec Holowka of Aquaria fame." Game Pick: 'Everybody Dies' (Jim Munroe, browser) "An interactive fiction work written by Jim Munroe, with Michael Cho contributing illustrations for the game. The story is centered around three employees who happens to work in the same Cost Cutters grocery store building. Playable on any internet browser with Java Machine installed." Game Pick: 'Lovecraft Game' (cactus, freeware) "cactus' Lovecraft game is a mouse-controlled action shooter created for TIGSource's Commonplace Book competition, where a number ideas from the author's journal form the inspiration for events, objects and situations to encounter in this journey into the macabre." Game Pick: 'Freefall' (David Slagle and Warren Post, freeware) "A short game which puts you in control of a man who has made the decision to end his life by jumping off a bridge. An Xbox360 controller is required to play this one, as keyboard and mouse controls are not supported." Game Pick: 'Akrasia' (AHA! Studios, freeware) "An experimental game which features multiple endings, where players can arrive at a different conclusion based on the number of pills they collect and the state they are in when exiting a maze." Game Pick: 'Cosmic Invaders' (X-G, freeware) "An interesting take on the classic Space Invaders gameplay, where ships have been replaced by defensive structures in which players must purchase and place on the ground to protect themselves from the advancing alien invasion."

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