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As much as I love a good AAA title I find myself being drawn to indie games more and more on steam. I find the price point $10-20 for 10 hours or so of fun perfect for me. What have been some of your favorites on Steam or games ported over into Steam (Deadlight is one that I can think of).
Dark Matter just got released last week and that one looks interesting. One other that I think has been creepy and fun has been Outlast

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Guacamelee is absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite games of the last few years. I couldn't wait to get back to it

My most recent is Hotline Miami. That game is a lot of fun too.

I like the length and the ability to play in small chunks that a lot of indie games give you. I like just being able to pick up and play for a little bit without worrying about stopping in the middle of a chapter or losing interest because I lose touch with the story.

About Dark Matter Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Isn't Dark Matter the game that ends abruptly because the devs ran out of money?
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About Dark Matter Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Isn't Dark Matter the game that ends abruptly because the devs ran out of money?
I'll let you know when I finish it. Based on reviews I would say not since it seems to have scored pretty well. There is a warning on the store page that there is a "Known Issue at the end of the game" and the developer is aware of the problem and working on a patch as a solution.

You are right the Monger about gaming in chunks. Much easier to do with Indie games I think then some of the bigger ones.

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I own a bunch but haven't really spent much time with all of them, and some I haven't even touched yet.

These are the few I spent the most time with and would recommend. Valley might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it for a bit - it's very repetitive.


Terreria
Vessel
Zeno Clash
A Valley Without Wind

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Audio Surf
FTL
Anodyne
And Yet It Moves
AVSEQ
Symphony
Beat Hazard
Breath of Death VII
Cthulu Saves the World

There's a few I like, probably more if I went through my whole list of games.

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Kerbal Space Program
Organ Trail

Probably more but thats what I can think of atm.

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I really enjoyed Ittle Dew, though it was very short.

Gone Home was great, though admittedly not for everyone.

There's others, but I've played so many it's hard to remember, to be honest.

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Antichamber, brothers: a tale of two sons and surgeon simulator 2013 are my favorites this year. The swapper was pretty good too.


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I forgot about The Swapper. That game can be tough in parts!

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Antichamber is definitely a good one.

I just tried both Element4l and The Stanley Parable tonight.

The former is sort of a weird... I don't want to quite say platformer, but you switch between four phases to slide through the levels to the ending. So ice will slide along the path, air will jump/float to reach the next section, etc. If you look up a video that'll probably make more sense. biggrin.gif

And The Stanley Parable is a bit of an exploration mindf*** type game, but it's also pretty humorous in a Portal sort of way. It doesn't mess with your mind in the same way Antichamber is - there aren't really any puzzles I've seen so far or anything, but it does screw with you. I'd just recommend trying the demo (which apparently has no content from the actual game, but will give you an idea of how the game works).

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Nother one to add

Mini Motor Racing Evo. Such nostalgia for games like RC Pro Am back in the day.

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<<<< Limbo is probably my favorite Indie title. I don't know if it's considered Indie, but Mark of the Ninja would be my second favorite. Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a different take on the tower defense genre. Osmos is both relaxing and incredibly frustrating. Renegade Ops may not be Indie but it's a lot of fun with friends.

I tried both Hotline and Deadlight and didn't like either one. I did at least finish Deadlight though...
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Limbo
Castle Crashers
Braid
Deadlight
Shank 1 & 2
Awesomenauts
Trine 2
Rochard
Bastion (technically not indie since it's published by WB Games, but it's in the same spirit)
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Capsized
The Swapper
Mark of the Ninja
The Walking Dead (so good, and so awarded, that people forget that Telltale games in an independent publisher)


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Well my update for Dark Matter is hold off until it goes on sale. I like the concept, but overall it lacks. Level design is ok. The game does not give you objectives very well from what I can see and have experienced. Developers did not do a good job of hiding the tag scrip events (see screen shot) which detracts from the game as a whole. There was an update and I was hoping it would resolve the tagging issue for the script events and the ending of the game. Graphics and lighting are still good though.

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Nother one to add

Mini Motor Racing Evo. Such nostalgia for games like RC Pro Am back in the day.


I agree on Mini Motor Racing. A cool little game, really enjoyed it.
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Spelunky is an absolute obsession for both my wife and I right now.  I haven't had a game capture the same kind of wonder, epicness and surprise of some of the classic NES games from my childhood since...I was a kid.  It's punishingly difficult, but in a way that makes you want to be good at it. 

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My indie obsessions are Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX2.

Pinball Arcade is a fantastic pinball sim with amazing physics. Actual IRL tables are painstakingly modeled and play realistically. There's plenty to choose from - many of the most famous tables are there, alas no Adam's Family yet. The menu and interface is serviceable, but not very slick, and leaderboard support could be done better, but the actual playing of pinball is fantastic.

Pinball FX2 (sometimes called Zen Pinball (2) on other devices) is the slicker of the two, with a better interface and great leaderboard support. The tables are fantasy tables, sometimes based on a licensed theme like Star Wars or Marvel comics, other times a general theme that could have been a real pinball machine. This is pure video pinball, with animation and events that couldn't happen on a real table, but work great in video pinball.

Both games give a good pinball feel, and each offer a free table to try with score-limited demos of all tables. Those that love real pinball tables will prefer the accurate sim of Pinball Arcade, but the slicker interface and creative animation and effects of Pinball FX2 will probably be favored among the action-oriented video-gamers.

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Spelunky is an absolute obsession for both my wife and I right now.  I haven't had a game capture the same kind of wonder, epicness and surprise of some of the classic NES games from my childhood since...I was a kid.  It's punishingly difficult, but in a way that makes you want to be good at it. 
I picked this up when it was just on sale. I am finding it surprisingly tough! Even on the beginning levels. I see now way of earning back health or lives right away and bombs are scarce.. Fun to play though!

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I picked this up when it was just on sale. I am finding it surprisingly tough! Even on the beginning levels. I see now way of earning back health or lives right away and bombs are scarce.. Fun to play though!

Yeah, the key is really situational awareness.  Traps are more dangerous than enemies.  You can't hurry.  There's no benefit to killing enemies, so pick your fights.  You can get health back.  There is a "damsel" somewhere on each level (it can actually be set to be a girl, guy or dog, but is referred to as a damsel).  If you pick her up and carry her to the level exit, you get one health back.  Wooden crates give bombs, ropes and items.  It's always worth burning 1-2 ropes/bombs to reach a wooden crate, as they give 3 ropes or bombs. 

 

Between the two of us, we've probably had 200+ runs on it, although some of those might have only been a couple of minutes long.  When we started, just reaching the second world seemed like a major victory.  Now we can consistently reach the 4th world, though we still haven't actually beat the game.  There's a bunch of hidden/surprising stuff.  I'd avoid looking anything up for a bit, just for the possibility of randomly discovering some of the really neat stuff. 

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Desktop Dungeons just came out on Steam, I'm liking that for a short little timewaster. Agreed on Spelunky as well though.

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