Best Of Indie Games: Qwop, Qwop, Qwop

Every week, The Weblog editor Tim W. sums up top titles and happenings in indie games in the last seven days -- this time examining a ragdoll-based recreation of an Olympic event, a classic 2D L
[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 goodies in this edition include a ragdoll-based recreation of an Olympic event, a solo project entirely driven by user-generated content, a catchy music rhythm game, a couple of physics-based puzzlers and a 2D adventure game in the style of classic LucasArts releases. Game Pick: 'QWOP' (Benzido, browser) "A new ragdoll-based Flash game by developer of Too Many Ninjas and Top Spinner. In it, you play an athlete named Qwop who is participating in a hundred metres sprint event at the Olympic Games. Using only the Q, W, O and P keys, players must attempt to finish the event or at least get as far as they can without falling over." Game Pick: 'IncrediBots' (Grubby Games, browser) "A physics-based sandbox game by the developers of Fizzball and the Professor Fizzwizzle series. This beta build offers eight tutorial levels, nine challenges with multiple difficulty settings and a sandbox mode which can be used to create robots of any size, shape and function for sharing purposes." Game Pick: 'The Maze of Madness' (Phil Hassey, browser) "A browser-based exploration adventure game coded in under forty-eight hours by the developer of Galcon, featuring content created exclusively by registered forum members. The game itself can be played by casual and random visitors without any restrictions, but only authenticated users can add new locations, actions and items to the database." Game Pick: 'Factory Balls 2' (Bart Bonte, browser) "A sequel to an entry from Jay is Games' Ball Physics Competition, now with unlimited retries and an extended collection of tools to use. The objective of this game is change the shape and color of your balls to match a picture pasted on the side of an open box, simply by using the ball with a set of tools provided in each of the thirty levels included." Game Pick: 'Karateka Mania' (Krobon Station, freeware) "Inspired by Nintendo's Rhythm Tengoku, this fan made version of the catchy music rhythm game features slightly updated graphics, customizable settings, and even comes with an editor to facilitate the sharing of user creations." Game Pick: 'The Tales of Bingwood' (BugFactory, commercial indie) "A 2D adventure game which tells the story of an unlikely hero named Tom, who must embark on a quest to save a kidnapped princess and restore peace to the kingdom. There are plenty of humorous observations and conversations to be had, puzzles are relatively easy to solve, and the game also comes with full voice acting." Game Pick: 'Crayon Physics Deluxe' (Kloonigames, commercial indie) "New week, new bargain. This IGF award-winning physics puzzle game is now available for pre-orders; customers who purchase it early get a substantial discount and will receive a beta build once it is released. Don't miss this one, folks."

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