I recently stumbled across this game on the GMC forums. Its a Mario fan game involving painting the main character certain colours to navigate around the level to find the silver exit pipe.
I am surprised to say it is pretty good. The level design is well done with everything seemingly being placed where it is for a reason; boss fights are challenging and genuinely fun to figure out their weaknesses; the controls are predictably solid given that it is a game based on Nintendo’s plumbing hero. The game is pretty short but just about long enough to have some good fun with it, there is also the additional challenge of obtaining all the coins each level holds to complete the game 100%. My main gripe with this game is that it doesn’t need to be a Mario fan game, it could be a completely original and superior gameplay experience if the developer had made their own assets. Overall though, its a good enough game especially for the puzzle game aficionados amongst you. I give it 7/10
Link: Mario Learns About Colors
Just thought I’d mention one of my favourite indie games of all time here, for anyone who hasn’t played Cave Story, go and do it now, its a gem of a game. Everything is solid from the core gameplay to the music that plays throughout the game. It can get hard in some places but beating the game is definitely worth it just to see the whole story play through. I might go play it again now actually…
I’ve been playing Super Crate Box a good bit recently. I discovered it way back last year but just thought it deserves a mention here, as its truly a great indie game. You play as a variety of small critters whose sole aim in life is to collect as many crates as possible before they are over-run by the never ending stream of enemies. The gameplay is solid here and the large variety of weapons available keeps things interesting.
I’ve been playing the great Luftrauser by Vlambeer recently. Its a great little game in which you play as a small plane taking on a lots of enemy planes and boats. The graphics are simple but the gameplay is solid. I do think a bit more development could have seen it became something much greater but as it stands its a pretty good game.
I’m really starting to appreciate the game programmers of the world now, especially the one man armies who make games solo. One game programmer I really appreciate is Derek Yu, creator of a really cool indie game called Spelunky.
Although the game has a very steep difficulty curve, it definitely does pay off to get good at it, as its a highly enjoyable and unique game, it would be best described as video gaming’s Indiana Jones, as it certainly plays like it and even has a few cunning references to the films (check out the Crystal Skull in the image above). Its definitely a must play for anyone involved in the indie gaming scene.