Indie Games

‘Aaru’s Awakening’ teleports platformers to new heights

Aaru’s Awakening takes our need for speed, crosses it with the fascination of teleportation, and ties it together with gorgeous graphics that lure us to our doom. Which is, of course, why this game is so incredible to play–if you’re up to the challenge, that is.

‘Never Alone’ brings folklore into the new millennium

Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa), a game created in collaboration with the Iñupiaq, a Native American tribe in Alaska, is a rare example of a video game consciously bridging cultures together. Based on Iñupiaq folklore, Never Alone weaves the tale of a young girl named Nuna, an accomplished hunter, and an arctic fox, a spiritual medium, as they journey through the arctic tundra in order to discover the source of a series of devastating blizzards.

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 2’ makes you appreciate doors

There are no doors. No sheets of reinforced steel to slam shut and keep out the wandering animatronics. This time there are not four killer robots, there are ten. The number of cameras has multiplied. As if all of that wasn’t worrisome enough, now there is a music box that must be constantly wound. Luckily there are two ways you can attempt to prevent death and dismemberment: a flashlight, and an old Freddy Fazbear head.

‘Only If’ is a peculiar experiment with mixed results

Indie games are a mixed bag, sometimes they’re great, sometimes they’re terrible, and sometimes…sometimes you wonder what the heck you’ve just played. Only if falls into the last category. Described by the developers as a game designed with the millennial in mind, Only if seeks to challenge the way we interact with games.

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