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IndieGames.com is presented by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, which runs the Independent Games Festival & Summit every year at Game Developers Conference. The company (producer of the Game Developers Conference series, Gamasutra.com and Game Developer magazine) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

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Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment

November 15, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

molyneux MIGS.jpgIn a MIGS keynote that had to be delivered via Skype, 22Cans' Peter Molyneux made no apologies about Curiosity, stating that while it was maybe a "mistake" to launch the project when they did, game developers "owe it to the billion consumers out there with phones to be brave with our experiments."

Forever the optimist, Molyneux opened by saying there has "never been a more exciting time" to be a designer in the games industry.

"We are now at a point where there are a billion people with gaming devices in their hands," he claimed. "There are millions of people playing a game at this very second. It should be the golden age of invention."

"For me, and this is purely for me, a lot of experiences that are currently on smartphones are a bit rubbish. They remind me of games that were around in the early 80s and 90s and they're not really using technology in a surprising or interesting ways. So when we founded 22cans we founded it with this one single thought. If you are an indie developer I think this is how you should think: that you have a destiny."

22cans' destiny? In Molyneux's words, "one great experience."

Pid's dilemma - how do you make a 2D platformer that stands out?

November 7, 2012 2:00 PM | Staff

pid long.jpg2D puzzle platformers are now ten a penny in the indie game space and, as such, it can be tricky for a studio to get noticed amongst all the noise. Might and Delight, the studio behind the newly released Pid, has found its own solution to this problem -- simply don't refer to the game as a puzzle platformer.

"I think of it as a platforming adventure," notes Kian Bashiri, lead programmer on the title and creator of the cult Flash mini-game You Have To Burn The Rope, "since our puzzles aren't of the kind that most people think of when the genre is mentioned."

Sure, Pid features numerous lengthy sections that most players would describe as classic puzzling, but for the most part Pid is made up of what Bashiri describes as "moment-to-moment navigational puzzles that make up the core of the game."

"The beam, like the grappling gun in Bionic Commando, forces you to read your environments in a unique way," he adds. "When you really 'get' how to use it and when you get comfortable with using it (because it is a demanding mechanic), you get extremely agile. Planning your route around the various hazards is a kind of puzzle that gets richer and richer the further you get in the game as new 'rules' and restrictions are introduced in form of enemies, gadgets and clever level design."

Even Canabalt's Creator Can't Explain its Success

November 7, 2012 1:00 AM | Staff

canabalt thumb.jpgAdam Saltsman, developer of Canabalt talks to Gamasutra about why the game has been a hit with fans -- though he's "hesitant to give any specific reason," maybe the key lies in one of his workaday fantasies.

"I used to have this fantasy when I worked in an office building with this long, long hallway with this glass window at the end that looked out over a river and a cliff," says Saltsman.

"You'd be in this office and a two story party boat would just creep down the river, filled with people partying. What a beautiful thing to feel -- if you were invincible, how beautiful would it be to take off down the hallway at top speed and physically and metaphorically explode out?"

That, as much as anything, could explain the appeal of Canabalt -- a game which has become not just successful but highly influential in the mobile space, with its one-button approach toward platforming easily executable on smartphones.

"My general sense is that there's a clutch of different things that it does that are good" about Canabalt, says Saltsman. "It's pretty awesome right away. One of the things that doesn't hurt it is that the game turns on, the music gets super creepy, things start shaking, you jump out of a window, barely land on your feet and take off running."

For more on Canabalt -- and the claustrophobic Capsule, which forces players who run out of fuel to wait for death -- check out Gamasutra's full feature interview with Saltsman, live now.

The Secret to Spider's Success: New Forms of Collaboration

November 3, 2012 2:00 AM | Staff

100310-spider.jpegRandy Smith, the Thief designer who went mobile and found success with Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, says that remote work means he creates "more evocative documents to communicate the vision and design."

When he founded his studio Tiger Style with programmer David Kalina, it was always set up for distributed development -- which presents its own challenges. The two had come from a studio environment -- most recently at EA LA -- and needed to find new ways to work.

"I don't see everyone face to face, so I rarely assume they're picturing the same game I am. This puts pressure on me to provide effective direction. I find myself creating more evocative documents to communicate the vision and design," Smith says.

You can see an example of that at the bottom of this post.

While the document describes a "different version of Spider than what we shipped," according to Smith, getting ideas into easily comprehensible formats is key to remote collaboration.

Dust: An Elysian Tail Dev Bit the Bullet, Cut a Third of the Game

November 2, 2012 3:00 AM | Staff

dust long.jpegDust: An Elysian Tail co-writer Alex Kain explains in a new Gamasutra feature how the game's story had to be sliced down by one-third to make its release date, drastically changing the story's antagonist and finale.

"Towards the end of 2011, Dust: AET was beginning to come together," Kain writes. "A rather large problem was looming in the background this whole time: the story was nowhere near finished."

Dean Dodrill, the game's original creator and sole full-time developer, had created a storyline for the game that was impossible to implement in time. Kain said the narrative included "a massive third act that took the player to brand new locations fighting against a new main antagonist and changing the entire focus of the storyline."

The Ship Sequel, Spud's Quest, and More Kick Off Kickstarter in the UK

November 1, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

Time to go pledge-shopping across the pond! Kickstarter has allowed UK-based developers to submit projects and ask for pledges starting this week. Notable selections include Blazing Griffin's sequel The Ship: Full Steam Ahead, Paul Firth's mmoAsteroids, and a rebirth of Chris Davis' Spud's Quest (for all pre-indie game boom fans!).

As described above, The Ship: Full Steam Ahead will be a full-motion video adventure another Steampunk multiplayer online murder mystery for PC and Mac due to release in 2014. New gameplay details are scarce at this moment, but the team is keen on creating "something new and rather daring with input from YOU -- our most noble players." [Kickstarter Project].

And that's just the tip of the UK iceberg...

Frog Fractions Developer's "Shameful Secret" and Like a Billion More Details

October 30, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

frog fractions.pngThe Twinbeard himself Jim Crawford's sensation Frog Fractions is a game more about metamorphosis than about math. Its subversion catches players by surprise, when what seems like a quirky Missile Command clone becomes something far more exotic.

For the moment players discover that exoticism, Crawford's friend and Jamestown developer Tim Ambrogi compared it to learning one could burn bushes with the candle in The Legend of Zelda. It's that kind of awakening that suggested Crawford was on to something big. But even after many played Frog Fractions, their responses suggested not knowing what that "something" was.

In this *SPOILER-FILLED* interview, Crawford sheds light on the meaning behind Frog Fractions, a shameful design secret that was ultimately cut, why not getting the game is part of the appeal, and how the game taught at least one person math. He discusses a possible iOS port, gives advice on how to tell people about Frog Fractions without giving away its surprises, and tries to explain Bartholomew Salience.

He also highlights the importance of having a Brandon Sheffield-like (well-known member of the gaming press) in his corner early. Even when a game doesn't pack a series of subverted punches behind a veil such as edutainment, having someone thoroughly understand and champion it is critical.

Terry Cavanagh and the Heart of Super Hexagon

October 30, 2012 3:00 AM | Staff

terry super.jpgAt England's independent game festival GameCity, Terry Cavanagh was introduced as "brilliant and unforgiving," and his popular iOS action game Super Hexagon is certainly an example of both.

Super Hexagon has three modes: Hexagon, Hexagoner and Hexagonest, and they're labeled "hard, harder and hardest."

"I like to think the first two modes are just practice," Cavanagh joked.

Of course, he's a master of his own game, in part because of his persistence -- it took him a few tries, but he was able to complete the game in full before a live audience, even through its final Hyperhexagonest mode unlocked after 60 seconds surviving the hardest difficulty. The prize is just a simple kill screen and a single word of praise: "Wonderful."

Behind him, the projector showed his folder of bright, offbeat and minimalist prototypes on his computer, from things made in jams (there's a game where you have to drive a speeding bus the wrong way down a cluttered highway) to popular VVVVVV. The folders are labeled simply by number, one through seven, and in the seventh is a prototype called Hexagon.

Some Indies Don't Fight Piracy, They Embrace It

October 27, 2012 10:00 PM | Staff

hotlinemiami icon.jpgJonatan Soderstrom is the latest indie developer who's accepted that people will pirate his game, and has even gone out of his way to provide technical support to people downloading Hotline Miami without paying.

He joins a small but growing list of independent developers who have acknowledged that there's little they can do to stop people from stealing their PC games; instead they have found ways to embrace those pirates and make the best out of the situation.

"I don't really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do," Soderstrom posted on Twitter, adding that he knows what it feels like to be broke. "I definitely want people to experience the game the way it's meant to be experienced. No matter how they got a hold of it."

After finding a cracked copy of Hotline Miami posted on popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, Soderstrom addressed commentors who complained about bugs in the game -- he not only offered advice for some issues, but also promised a patch and asked that the page be updated once it's released.

When McPixel developer Sos Sosowski found his game on The Pirate Bay recently, he also chose not to ask the site to take down the torrent. He instead thanked the people stealing his game for their interest, and offered free download codes in the comments.

What a Horrible Night to Have a Demo: Castle in the Darkness Prologue (Matt Kap)

October 27, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson

Developer Matt Kap has released a playable demo for Windows of his retro-flavored exploration platformer Castle in the Darkness in the form of a prologue. Those who dislike playing demos because they spoil the main game, fear not! This is a separate scenario chock full of action. I explored a bit, too and found what I think was a bloated Double Dragon brother attacking me with drumsticks.

Readers seemed very excited by the mix of Megaman, Metroid, Castlevania mechanics seen in previous trailer. Players can expect all that and more in the full adventure in 2013 with over 15 hours of play, and according the the Greenlight page will be "the (cheap) price of most games' DLC!"

Those satisfied with the demo or the trailer can vote up Castle in the Darkness on Steam Greenlight.

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GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
-July 10, 2012 8:00 PM

Games Like Spelunky That Do Not Require An Xbox 360
-July 4, 2012 11:00 AM

A Developer Love Letter to Spelunky
-July 4, 2012 10:00 AM

Indies Challenge Themselves to Find Innovation in the Tired Old FPS Genre
-July 4, 2012 1:00 AM

Ask IndieGames: What makes a good free-to-play game?
-June 30, 2012 1:00 PM

PlayStation Network Indie Devs Divided on Software Pricing
-June 28, 2012 1:00 AM

Mobile Features

Five PR tips indies really need
-July 16, 2013 10:50 AM

Indie Games Summit at GDC Europe debuts line-up, adds Gamescom perk
-July 10, 2013 11:40 AM

What indie game festivals do for the big publishers
-June 25, 2013 3:30 AM

GDC Europe's Indie Summit adds Ridiculous Fishing, Badland postmortems
-June 20, 2013 1:49 PM

Video: Over 20 amazing demos at GDC 2013's Experimental Gameplay Workshop
-May 21, 2013 5:50 PM

AudioBrush aims to cure iOS music games of their offbeat afflictions
-May 14, 2013 8:56 PM

Aliceffekt Interview: Hiversaires' World Without Words
-May 14, 2013 2:45 AM

Video: 'Hothead developers' rant at GDC 2013
-May 7, 2013 6:07 PM

A MAZE. Indie Connect - German Indie Festival - 2nd Encounter
-May 3, 2013 2:10 AM

Four perspectives on personal games
-April 30, 2013 10:40 PM

November's GDC Next open for talk submissions
-April 29, 2013 3:07 PM

Vlambeer's games popular among players, cloners alike
-April 23, 2013 12:01 AM

How a bad publisher deal made Mutant Mudds dev Renegade Kid go indie
-April 18, 2013 12:07 AM

Postmortem: Game Oven's intimate finger twisting Fingle
-April 14, 2013 10:06 AM

Play folk games on the fly with Tiny Games app
-April 3, 2013 11:05 PM

GDC/PAX East Catch-up Part 2: Home, Kentucky Route Zero devs' next plans
-April 2, 2013 2:00 PM

The five reasons freemium sucks (according to QWOP's developer)
-March 30, 2013 1:36 PM

IGF 2013 winners led by Cart Life and FTL: Faster Than Light
-March 27, 2013 10:35 PM

Your indie guide to IGF 2013: a GDC primer
-March 21, 2013 6:23 PM

Road to the IGF: Behold Studios' Knights of Pen & Paper
-March 20, 2013 6:50 PM

Team Meat's Refenes: Apathy and refunds are more dangerous than piracy
-March 20, 2013 11:50 AM

Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance
-March 16, 2013 8:00 PM

Veteran Japanese devs make a game on fighting terrorists with a wrecking ball
-March 11, 2013 6:42 PM

Why they're playing: Year Walk
-March 6, 2013 11:58 PM

Vlambeer, Kert Gartner on making a six-second Vine trailer for Ridiculous Fishing
-March 6, 2013 3:43 PM

A history - and call - for German indie developers
-March 6, 2013 3:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Klaus Pedersen's Back to Bed
-March 4, 2013 3:10 PM

Indie game development on the rise in a big way
-March 4, 2013 3:00 AM

GDC Play 2013 'Best in Play' game winners announced
-March 3, 2013 4:00 PM

RIOT interview: ethnicity not a focus as it disconnects us, says developer
-February 25, 2013 3:55 PM

IGF 2013 Audience Award Opens Voting
-February 19, 2013 1:07 PM

BitSummit initiative to help connect Japanese indies to the world
-February 19, 2013 3:00 AM

Shade, and the future of interactive fiction on the App Store
-February 13, 2013 2:15 PM

Q&A: Bit.Trip Business: Indie studio life in 2013
-February 13, 2013 8:00 AM

'Road to the IGF' Pt.1: the stories behind this year's top indie games
-February 8, 2013 10:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Henry Smith's Spaceteam
-February 7, 2013 1:30 PM

Bastion's argument for doing away with cross-platform development
-February 7, 2013 1:00 AM

Video: How to function as a depressed, solo game developer
-February 5, 2013 11:00 AM

Road to the IGF: Simogo's Year Walk
-February 1, 2013 10:30 AM

Road to the IGF: Lucky Frame's Bad Hotel
-January 27, 2013 4:00 PM

Why they're playing: Hundreds
-January 26, 2013 6:00 PM

Interview: The 411 on Indie Speed Run
-January 24, 2013 3:05 PM

Super Crate Box, Thomas Was Alone devs share on new site stories of being bullied
-January 17, 2013 3:00 AM

Joe Danger is a rare example of console-to-mobile done right
-January 13, 2013 9:00 PM

10 Indie Games Scene Shakers in 2012
-January 10, 2013 4:00 PM

GDC 2013 adds Capy, Shellrazer, Yamove! Summit talks
-January 10, 2013 1:30 PM

Betting on style with Saltsman and Wohlwend's Hundreds
-January 6, 2013 7:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2
-December 31, 2012 2:00 PM

What AAA can learn from indies -- according to indies
-December 30, 2012 12:00 PM

Indies met challenges, learned lessons in 2012
-December 28, 2012 5:00 PM

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 1
-December 25, 2012 12:00 PM

Unique Showcase Space for Smaller Devs at GDC 2013 via GDC Play
-December 19, 2012 5:00 PM

Top 10 Indie Games Of 2012 (+2!)
-December 18, 2012 6:00 PM

The Avant-Game - brain food for the hardcore weirdos
-December 14, 2012 3:00 AM

Personal Struggles Inspire Personal Games
-December 6, 2012 3:00 AM

The 9 Common Mistakes Every Indie Game Studio Should Avoid
-November 23, 2012 4:00 PM

How competition deadlines whipped FTL into shape
-November 21, 2012 4:01 AM

PlayStation Mobile opens the floodgates for all game developers
-November 20, 2012 9:00 PM

F*ck This Jam Gets Personal: Devs Parody Curiosity, Facebook, and YouTube
-November 16, 2012 12:00 PM

The unique challenges of building a game world out of cardboard
-November 16, 2012 1:00 AM

Molyneux to indies: Don't be afraid to experiment
-November 15, 2012 1:00 AM

Even Canabalt's Creator Can't Explain its Success
-November 7, 2012 1:00 AM

The Secret to Spider's Success: New Forms of Collaboration
-November 3, 2012 2:00 AM

Terry Cavanagh and the Heart of Super Hexagon
-October 30, 2012 3:00 AM

A New Record for IGF Submissions at Nearly 600 Games
-October 23, 2012 8:00 PM

Video: Is Your Game 'Juicy' Enough?
-October 17, 2012 8:00 PM

One Week to Go for 2013 IGF's Main Competition Entries
-October 11, 2012 1:00 AM

Gree Launches New Program to Support, Promote Indie Devs
-October 9, 2012 1:00 AM

The Benefits of Making Your Players Suffer (and Maybe Throw Up)
-October 8, 2012 8:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: 'Can too much interaction obstruct a game's intended message?'
-October 6, 2012 2:00 PM

GDC 2013 Indie Games Summit Call for Submissions
-September 29, 2012 12:00 AM

10 Indie Games to Sing Along with
-September 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Why Indie Games Make Meaningful Spectator Sports
-September 20, 2012 3:00 AM

Rewarding Kickstarter Donors with Copies of Your Game Is Vital
-September 3, 2012 10:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: Are indie developers censoring themselves?
-September 2, 2012 10:00 AM

IGF China Seeking Indie Game Submissions for 2012 Event
-August 17, 2012 8:43 PM

Don't Let Popular Opinion Get in the Way of Your Vision
-August 15, 2012 3:30 AM

Pay Once for PC and iOS? Galcon Dev Experiments with Dynamite Jack
-August 10, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: Which genres do you want to see indie developers tackle?
-August 5, 2012 8:00 AM

The Day After #ScreenshotSaturday 5
-July 29, 2012 9:30 PM

The Day After #ScreenshotSaturday 3
-July 15, 2012 10:00 PM

GDC Europe's Indie Games Summit Adds Fotonica, Eufloria HD Design Discussions
-July 10, 2012 8:00 PM

Take this survey on the motivations of Kickstarter contributors
-July 6, 2012 5:00 PM

Indies Challenge Themselves to Find Innovation in the Tired Old FPS Genre
-July 4, 2012 1:00 AM

Ask IndieGames: What makes a good free-to-play game?
-June 30, 2012 1:00 PM

Feature: 10 iOS Adventure Games You Must Play
-June 28, 2012 7:30 AM

Why a Key Trials Evolution Coder Went Independent
-June 22, 2012 3:00 AM

Letter From The Chairman: Welcome back (soon!) for IGF 2013
-June 19, 2012 12:00 PM

Wreck-It Ralph: The Indie Edition (by Kert Gartner) Must Happen
-June 10, 2012 8:00 AM

Andy Moore on His One-hour Breadth Jam: Jam O'Clock
-June 1, 2012 2:00 PM

Dev Tech Tops Wii U as "Open and Flexible," Uses Gadgets You Already Own
-May 21, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask IndieGames: How Do I Get You Guys To Pay Attention To My Press Release?
-May 18, 2012 4:15 PM

FPS Games and Imitation: What Should Return and What Must Go
-May 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Interview: Hard Lines Dev Pumps His FIST OF AWESOME
-May 17, 2012 2:00 PM

Ask Indie Devs: FPS Games and Innovation
-May 11, 2012 3:00 PM

Exploring Parallel 3D Space and Time with Oliver & Spike
-April 28, 2012 4:30 PM

Bieg and Nasser on Sexy Joysticks and Subversion in Swordfight
-April 27, 2012 2:00 PM

Final Fantasy to Snow White: Composer Kumi Tanioka's Independent Vision
-March 1, 2012 5:00 PM

Road to the IGF: Powerhead's Async Corp.
-February 26, 2012 5:07 PM

Road to the IGF: Game Oven's Fingle
-February 25, 2012 4:43 AM

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