IndieSpot UK #1

We run down our top four indie games this month, including Spelunky, Shoot 1UP, and Dodogo!

Hello GameSpotters and welcome to the first IndieSpot UK! This is the first in our monthly look at the weird and wonderful creations from world of independent video games.

While this isn’t something we have covered in great detail in the past, the fact is that some of the most creative games have come from smaller studios, outside of the control of major publishers. Classics such as Darwinia, Cave Story, and Machinarium have all been made by small teams or folks in their bedrooms and have generated ideas that inspired larger studios. Though indie games have traditionally been PC-based affairs, the advent of Internet-connected consoles has given rise to the likes of WiiWare, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live, all of which contain titles from indie studios. Some of the most highly rated games of the past few years have come from these platforms, with the likes of Braid, Flower, and, most recently, Limbo garnering high praise.

The UK itself has a long tradition of indie games, starting back in the late '70s and early '80s, with bedroom programmers laboriously learning to program on their ZX Spectrums. Those that owned a Spectrum will probably recall the tedious process of loading programs from cassette tape into its meagre 16k of memory, a process that more often than not would require several painstaking attempts to work. Fortunately, things have moved on significantly since then, and what started as a few teenagers programming in their bedrooms has turned into an industry worth billions of pounds. Some of the world’s most renowned studios, such as Rockstar, Rocksteady, and Rare, are based right here in Blightly, creating games that are loved the world over. With that in mind, we want to give a shout-out to all the up-and-coming developers who still programme in their bedrooms and highlight some of their best creations.

To help you decide what to devote your precious time to, we’ve sifted our way through the mountain of indie releases to bring you our top picks for the month. We’ve picked four recent games, including Indiana Jones-style adventuring in Spelunky, giant robotic breasts in Shoot 1UP, and a girl with a passion for zombie killing in GunGirl 2. So sit back, relax, and take a look at some of the best the world of indie has to offer.

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14 comments
TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

oh, and spot our union The Autonomous Regime which has been GS's sole indie source for a while now

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

nice. you should definitely spotlight some work from Brittish group GLPeas who released the critically acclaimed Carcophony and BlindGiRl (which is an indiecade finalist right now). excellent!!

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

from what I understand Mount and Blade was/ is an indie game. If that's true then that's the type of game that I'd be happy to play. Sad fact is most indie games aren't...what's the word--good.

itchyflop
itchyflop

have i gone back in time!!! like 20 years hmmm i hope it plays well??

rezpatriot
rezpatriot

Big Ups This Article. An indie game most have probably played and really should play on Xbox Live is a tidy and graphically rich game named 'Soul' for 80gp

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Nice to see some Indie games getting some coverage. Probably one of the few areas left that is still mainly PC.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Yes to Darwinia, yes to Indie games, Yes to IndieSpot. :D

daveversion1
daveversion1

Good work, like the other guys said, its great to see indie stuff getting more attention.

-INKling-
-INKling-

Great stuff. It's good to see the indie stuff getting some time in the spotlight.

CazmoV
CazmoV

It's nice to see some coverage on Indie games! :)