This year I want to recognize some of the Indie Game Developers who caught my eye. Â I’m not saying their games are the greatest, or that you’ve even heard of these particular devs. Â I simply think they warrant some attention for a variety of reasons.
Image & Form – Steamworld Dig
The team at Image & Form (Steamworld Games?) somehow did everything right. Â They launched strong onto the Nintendo 3DS via the eShop, took the world by storm, and are now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam. Â They even contacted us and opened the lines of communication. Â I can really respect a team that reaches out to influencers and offers to let them review a game.
Graev wrote a fantastic review of Steamworld Dig, so I won’t go into too many details. Â Suffice it to say the game is like Spelunky meets Metroid, and has hours of entertainment. Â I think it’s also on sale during the Steam Holiday Sale event.
Picroma – Cube World
What blows me away is the fact that this dev team consists of only two people. Â The quality of Cube World and what they have been able to accomplish is amazing. Â Graev and I both bought Cube World and logged several hours back in the early release version of the game. Â There was a period of several months where the devs went quiet, and we feared the worst, but they are back in action posting on their blog and giving us updates. Â Trion recently announced a game that looks… well, in my opinion it looks like it is ripping a lot right from Cube World but without the charm. Â Personally, I’ll be playing Cube World and I think you should too.
Frogdice – Tower of Elements 2
If there was an award for never getting tired and continually pushing to succeed it would go to Michael Hartman, master of the frogs over at Frogdice. Â I see him Tweeting up a storm every day, constantly working to get his games into the spotlight. Â Frogdice recently launched a Kickstarter to fund their newest game, Tower of Elements 2, and received 159% funding (with 6 more days to go at the time of this post).
They are now trying to get their game on Steam via the Greenlight program, which is no easy task. Â If strategy puzzle games with a tower defense twist appeal to you, show them your support. I think their ‘Elements’ series is pretty fun. Â Personally, I would love to see ToE2 on the iPad.
There were dozens of great games from indie developers this year, and I regret not being able to write about them all. Â I look forward to what is shaping up to be a fantastic era for indie devs. Â If you played any indie games this year, or have anything to share about a particular dev, let’s hear it!
Update: I’ve added a few more to the list already.