Best Of Indie Games: Clash of the Titans

Every week, The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds up some of his top indie games and features, this week checking Zeno Clash, Ludum Dare 14 competition entries and more.
[Every week, The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds 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 goodies in this edition include the release of IGF finalist Zeno Clash, a unique 'Spot The Differences' game, a couple of Ludum Dare 14 competition entries, and a game where you play the anti-hero carrying out evil deeds. Game Pick: 'Zeno Clash' (ACE Team, commercial indie) "An IGF finalist in the 'Excellence in Visual Art' category, ACE Team's Zeno Clash is now finally available for purchase from Steam and Direct2Drive. This hybrid melee fighting game sure packs a punch, delivering a surreal world to explore and an eccentric cast of characters well-deserving of the award nod. Some may find issues with the storyline and length of the adventure, but for the asking price you won't get anything else quite like it out there in the market." Game Pick: 'Mind Wall' (Seth A. Robinson, freeware) "A puzzler similar to Kokoromi's Super Hypercube, where players have to fit a colored block through a wall before it is done automatically for them. The shape in play will always appear as a silhouette at the bottom left corner of the screen, and a one-square hole has to be made somewhere on the wall before this shape will pass through successfully. Also available for the Mac OS X." Game Pick: 'Tombed' (Auntie Pixelante, freeware) "Tombed is Dessgeega's submission for the Ludum Dare 14 competition, a short game that borrows one or two gameplay elements from Mr. Driller. Danger Jane is on a quest to raid an ancient tomb, but finds herself running away from a ceiling of spikes that threaten to squash her and end her endeavours prematurely. This is where you step in, as the invisible guiding force assisting her with digging through colored blocks and navigating the winding passages that obstructs her path downwards." Game Pick: 'Headspin: Storybook' (State of Play Games, browser) "On the face of it, Headspin: Storybook is basically a 'Spot The Differences' game, but the way it's all presented is rather lovely. Provided with an open book, all the pop-up on the right-hand page must be the exact mirror image of the left-hand page to progress. There's a time limit involved, of course, and clicking each object will make it spin and face the opposite direction." Game Pick: '(Don't) Save The Princess' (Shen Games, freeware) "A fair princess has been kidnapped, and the valiant knight has been dispatched by the king to save her daughter. Playing the role of the evil-doer, you must find a way to thwart this hero's efforts and prevent peace from being restored to the land. Magical launching platforms have to be placed all over the screen in an attempt to fling him around, eventually landing in the jaws of your pet monster."

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