Indie Links Round-Up: Seeing Stars

If titles like Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, Drox Operative, and Titan Flux Kapacity 2 make you wonder what the games are about, today’s Indie Links will totally inform you.

An Interview With Dejan, The Creator Of Underail (Independent Gaming)
“I am both an RPG lover and dear lover of Fallout. When I saw Underail, I was awed at how intriguing it looked. I contacted the developer, Dejan, right away.”

Kickstarter Katchup – 1st December 2012 (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
“I doff my comical Santa hat to Maia and Sui Generis, both of which are hugely ambitious and required more than small potatoes to fund their dreams – and both convinced the world to pledge. They’re not the only winners though and even the week’s loser (I might change that word in future Katchups because I’m a softie) has a positive spin, with hardy developers planning to continue their hard work. Bless ‘em all.”

LA Game Space Will Be A Place, Having Reached Funding Goal (Joystiq)
“With four days to go, the LA Game Space has reached its $250,000 Kickstarter funding goal. The Space is a nonprofit location for video game-related research and exhibitions, also planning to stream talks and other events live for non-residents.”

Live Free, Play Hard: The Week’s Finest Free Indie Games (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
“Close your eyes, the real ones. The only skill in this game is cheating. Alien civilization’s version of Metal Slug. Grow your own vignette.”

Review: Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (Indie Game Reviewer)
“Though the action can get repetitive, CTHCC is a bright, well-detailed and entertaining tale.”

World of Goo Co-Creator Ron Carmel On Indie Success, Patent Infringers, And “Saving Gamemakers From Publishers” (Kill Screen)
“Earlier this year, the fine organizers at Portland’s XOXO Festival asked me to interview Ron Carmel, principal of the Indie Fund and co-creator of World of Goo. Ron was a lovely intervieweee and the piece above is a great overview/origin story from start to finish of a successful indie title. We talked about his life at EA, the untraditional roots of Goopatent infringement, and the future of independent game. If you want a primer on a exciting slice of games, this should be it.”

Frog Fractions (TIGSource)
“When Twinbeard Studios’ Frog Fractions was released in October, I played it for only a few minutes before dismissing it as a cute parody—a humorous dig at the multitude of terrible edutainment games. Luckily, I was recently persuaded to check it out again and was rewarded with an extremely unique and surprising experience. I don’t want to say too much about the game for fear of spoiling it, but I will say this: It’s worth finishing.”

Drox Operative: Dungeon Crawling In Space (Game Wisdom)
“The action RPG genre has seen a wave of new talent in the last few years from the indie community.  Soldak Entertainment may not have the reputation of Blizzard, but that doesn’t mean that their games are any less innovative. Their last title: Din’s Curse combined ARPG gameplay in a non static world: Forcing the player to balance dungeon crawling with saving a town from all manner of attacks. With Drox Operative, Soldak is setting their sights on a much grander setting: The Universe.”


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