Best Of Indie Games: 5 Indie Games of Uniqueness

Every week, The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds up top happenings in indie games for Gamasutra -- this time checking an arcade game with a talking moon, an action RPG with 30-second quests and more.
[Every week, 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 simple yet polished space-based RTS, a small but atmospheric maze game, an arcade game which features a talking moon, an action RPG you're supposed to beat in thirty seconds, and a mod for a new release from last year's IGF finalist in the Seumas McNally Grand Prize category. Game Pick: 'The Space Game' (Casual Collective, browser) "A space-based RTS which involves building up a mining base while holding back enemies. It's simple but very polished, with a number of different modes to choose from and a variety of baddies who are always on the offensive." Game Pick: 'Where' (Mike Inel, freeware) "Where is a small but atmospheric maze game created by in under three days, and apparently 3D glasses can actually be used while playing for that added effect as well. There is an actual way to reach your intended destination, although you will have to figure out the solution to a puzzle or two in order to get there." Game Pick: 'Classic Night' (Akarolls, freeware) "A strategy game with arcade elements, where players are asked to help a talking moon grow brighter by constructing utilities or buildings which give off light. Light from flowers and structures can be collected as the main resource for upgrades or new constructions." Game Pick: '30 Second Hero' (UUE, freeware) "An action RPG consisting of really short battles that require no interaction, as players race against the clock to save the kingdom from an evil wizard's wrath. As indicated by the title, you only have thirty seconds to level up your character sufficiently for the final battle, although additional time can be bought if you have enough gold to cover the cost of your purchase." Game Pick: '4 Minutes and 33 Seconds of Uniqueness' (Petri Purho & friends, freeware) "An extremely strange yet unique invention by which the user loaded the 'game' and then simply sat and watched a bar fill up. If anyone else in the world booted the program up while you were 'playing', it would quit and you had lost. If, however, you managed to last the entire time as the sole user, you win... Now Jonathan Basseri has created a tracker so players can follow exactly who is 'winning' at any time."

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