Happy Friday everyone.
Every week, when I’m staring at my feed of indie news looking for interesting things to talk about, I see quite a few games that I’d love to bring to your attention.
I grab the news on the game and throw them on the list of things to write about, but when you grab so many, it comes down to quantity over quality — of posts, not games.
So, in an effort to bring these games to your attention without spamming the GAMEBREAKER site with “Here’s a new indie game.” posts, I’ve decided to start a weekly roundup of all the games I find. Of course, this won’t be every game I come across, but ones that stand out for various reasons. I’ll do my best to bring you a variety of games so that there’s something for everyone.
This week, I’ve picked out three games worth taking a look at.
The first game is the fifth major title in a series that has been around for over a decade now, DROD: Gunthro and the Epic Blunder.
For those of you who have not been introduced to DROD, the name is short of Deadly Rooms Of Death, and it is one of my all time favorite indie titles. DROD is a puzzle/maze game in which players solve puzzles to move out of one room into the next. The only thing is. You have to kill all the monsters in the room in order to solve the puzzle.
If you’re a puzzle-junkie, you’ll end up doing what I do and losing hours to this game without realizing it. The DROD series is amazingly fun. I actually lost days to playing the DROD games when a friend introduced me to them a few years back.
If you want to check this game out, pop over to Caravel Games. You can download demos there.
The next game on my list is one of the more “artsy” ones and is from the same company that created Machanarium, Amanita Design. Botanicula, a point and click game, looks to be very much like Amanita’s previous works in both game play and art style.
The narrative of the game is about five little tree creatures who set out to save the last seed in their home tree from the evil parasites that infest it.
Like prior Amanita works, the art style is unique and rather than worrying with words to tell the story, they do it completely with visual and music.
The game isn’t available yet, but you can check out some of their other stuff on their site.
And with the final game, I am doing a bit of a 360. While in Botanicula the seed of a tree is being saved, in this next game bunnies will die. So anyone with a soft spot for these floppy eared creatures may want to just skip this one.
As part of the gaming community, I know that 99.999999999% of you are familiar with Yahtzee and his work. So you may already be aware of his new game Poacher. For those of you who are not, Poacher is a 2D platformer in which the player, under the guise of Derek Badger, a well armed man from Yorkshire… well… kills rabbits.
And with all things involve animated shotguns and soft fluffy animals, the rabbit’s deaths are a tad dramatic with plenty of animated gore. Apparently the rabbits have it coming, though. So maybe we don’t have to feel so bad.
The game is available here. And I should note that Escapist Magazine, who (of course) announced the game, has mentioned that some browsers may flag the file as malware but that it is most certainly safe.
So, that’s it for this week. I hope you guys enjoy this feature. I’ll be refining it as I go along, so feel free to leave suggestions or thoughts. And if you come across any games that you think deserve attention, I’m always open to ideas.