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Best Of Indie Games: Music, Mine Carts And Minimalism

Every week, IndieGames.com: The Weblog editor Tim W. rounds up top happenings in indie games for Gamasutra -- this time checking out Auditorium, some mystic mine cart madness and an escape-the-room game
[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 one-key action game with multiplayer support, the commercial release of a long-awaited music-oriented puzzler, a new game from GameSetWatch columnist Gregory Weir, and a charming 2D adventure game with art drawn using a limited six-color palette. Game Pick: 'Auditorium' (Cipher Prime, commercial indie - demo available) "In Auditorium, players attempt to direct a flow of sound into audio containers, releasing the music. As each container is filled, more parts are added to the music, eventually resulting in a full musical piece. The game looks brilliant and plays like a dream - well worth checking out." Game Pick: 'Mystic Mine' (Koonsolo, commercial indie - demo available) "A single or multiplayer experience in which players control the direction of a minecart with the use of a single keyboard button. The main selling point of the game is the fact that up to six people can play at the same time on one keyboard, leading to some hilarious gameplay." Game Pick: 'Bars of Black and White' (Gregory Weir, browser) "An escape the room game created by the developer of that popular pixel-horror Flash game, (I Fell in Love With) The Majesty of Colors. The adventure involves using a barcode scanner to read clues scattered around the room you're trapped in, with hopes that a key can be found to unlock the door blocking your exit." Game Pick: 'Annie Android' (Ben Chandler, freeware) "A short 2D adventure game created by Ben Chandler (developer of Man Boy vs Doctor Sock), featuring art drawn entirely with a six-colour palette as a self-imposed artistic limitation. The story centers around a female Robot named Annie Android, who is thinking of asking her good-looking Mailbot friend out on a date."

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