Indie Links Round-Up: Graffiti

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Just to change things up, today’s Indie Links have some articles on things people don’t like. A game gets a negative review. Developers create games in genres they hate. Indie developers create games to challenge social orders and political policies they disapprove of.  Anyway, though, check out the articles – you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

Indie Title McBank Challenges The Social Order (Develop)
“An independent developer has created a mobile game that questions the value of money and freedom in modern society. McBank: The Puzzle of Money and Freedom is described as a cross between gaming and social commentary and takes the form of a puzzle adventure.”

Impressions: Gone Home (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
BioShock 2: Minerva’s Den was quite a special thing. It viewed the wildly fantastical world of Rapture through a surprisingly personal, down-to-earth lens, leading to one of the more brilliantly understated conclusions I’ve ever seen in a game. It was, then, with tremendous glee that we collectively squealed when we found out that the main thinkers behind Minerva were forming their own independent studio, The Fullbright Company. But what of their first game, Gone Home, which ups the character-driven mystery drama but throws out the undersea cities and drill arms (there’s not even one!) altogether? Can the seemingly simple act of exploring a house make for a good game? I recently got the chance to take a closer look.”

Developer Hopes To Change Views About Marijuana With Drugbound (Polygon)
Drugbound, an endless runner whose developer hopes to challenge the conventional wisdom about marijuana legalization, is headed for release this winter, developer Slouch Couch announced in a press release today. The mutli-platform HTML5 game sets the runner on a mad dash away from the law, collecting various medicinal herbs and dodging bosses as the genderless protagonist runs through five levels. According to today’s press release, Dave Homan, the one-man developer behindDrugbound, wants to use the game to encourage players to question marijuana’s illegality.”

Entropy (Second Chance With The Chick) (Indie Gamer Chick)
“Entropy was part of the third Indie Games Uprising.  Like other members belonging to the second week of the event, it was one of the weaker games.  Graphically, it was head-and-shoulders above the rest, but the gameplay was clunky and boring.  The developers, even knowing that I wasn’t likely to upgrade the status of their creation to Chick Approved, still asked me to play around with it some more today to show the progress they’ve made.  Guess what?  They were right.  The game is improved, but my personal seal of quality is out of reach.”

PixelProspector’s Greenlight Picks (PixelProspect0r)
PixelProspector’s Greenlight Picks features now 80 games… and has a new design that offers infinite scrolling.”

Review: Vampires! – A Tricky Real-Time Action Puzzler From CBE Software (Indie Game Reviewer)
“Vampires! is the latest title from developers CBE Software, the team behind the sci-fi game J.U.L.I.A. This time they’re putting their skills to work in an innovative puzzle game with some noteworthy features. Aspects of the gameplay in Vampires! are similar to Lemmings and to reverse tower defense. Strategic challenges wait in this gothic-themed puzzler.”

F*ck This Jam Gets Personal: Devs Parody Curiosity, Facebook, And YouTube (IndieGames)
“The general goal of Fuck This Jam was to make a game in a genre developers hated, and through “ignorance for conventions and hate for the established rules of a genre, beautiful things will happen.” While most of the 1,424 developers are still at work to meet the November 17 deadline, at least three developers have drawn their line in the sand, attempting to the right the wrongs of Peter Molyneux’s Curiosity and certain practices on Facebook and YouTube.”

Video(s): A Longer Look At Gaijin’s Runner 2 (Venus Patrol)
“Though the group was a mainstay in early Offworld days, I haven’t yet taken the time out to give Gaijin Games their due in recent months, but they’ve just given me the perfect opportunity with a wave of new videos detailing Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, slated for release next February.”




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