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Indie Essentials 13: Revenge of the Titans!

Indie Essentials 13: Revenge of the Titans!

The 13th instalment of Indie Essentials is Revenge of the Titans by Puppygames!

Revenge of the Titans is a Tower defense game which tasks you with killing loads and loads of aliens.

Puppygames is a 2-person indie studio out of the UK, who make a lot of well-polished games. They have a unique, slick aesthetic that makes it very easy to tell when a game is developed by them -and if you’re in any way a fan of Tower Defense games, I encourage you to check this one out! The only caveat I have is that the tutorials aren’t fantastic, which can lead you to making mistakes in upgrades or not saving power-ups until they’re actually needed, and that the soundtrack in the upgrade screen would’ve been awesome to have in the main game as well.

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Indie Essential 10: Punch Club!

Indie Essential 10: Punch Club!

LOUD NOISES!

Tonight marks the tenth Indie Essentials video I have made for my Instagram channel!

This week’s game is Punch Club, a neat-o little boxing/fighting/life sim game!

I guess this means I gotta start thinking of doing a longer-form video for YouTube, compiling these shorter videos into something more shareable (maybe?) than videos posted on Instagram.

Over the course of these weeks, I have also started livestreaming over on my Twitch channel – and it would mean the world to me if you would throw a follow my way! So far, I’ve been streaming Bloodborne, Monster Hunter World and a bit of Overwatch. I’m planning on streaming more indie games on my Twitch, so feel free to let me know if there’s something in particular you’d  like to see!

For now, thanks for watching/reading, and see you next week!

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Indie Essentials 9: Owlboy!

Indie Essentials 9: Owlboy!

A mix of real life and bad planning is to blame for this week’s Indie Essentials being out a day late – my apologies!

Owlboy is a video game that was ten years in the making, developed by Dpad Studio. The ten years development time really shows – it’s a great game!

It’s a Metroidvania game where you play Otus, a mute Owlboy. Owls, in this world, are the people / creatures (I’m not really sure tbh) who protect their villages in the sky from SKY PIRATES. Yes, you read that right – sky friggin pirates! :D

It’s got “high-bit” graphics, meaning pixel graphics that look super neat. The chiptuney soundtrack is really nice, and does a great job of setting the mood. Lastly, the gameplay is tight – I can’t wait to get all the way through the game. This might be one of those games where I actively try to 100% it on Steam.

 

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Indie Essentials 7: Nex Machina

Indie Essentials 7: Nex Machina

Indie Essentials 7 is Nex Machina!

This game released in June 2017 on PC and PS4, and was made by Housemarque.

The game features a cablepunk take on the cyberpunk aesthetic. If you took away all the neon and lasers, I could definitely see some of this fit into the Alien franchise!

As a heads up, I’m going on vacation to Japan! I’ll try to record videos in advance for the next two thursdays, but if no Indie Essentials 8 & 9 pop up in the next 2 weeks, that’ll be why.

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Indie Essentials 6: Forced Showdown!

Indie Essentials 6: Forced Showdown!

The latest instalment of Indie Essentials is out! This week is the Danish game “Forced Showdown” by BetaDwarf!

 

I originally got this game with my The Indie Box subscription, but I’ve followed BetaDwarf for a few years, due to my interest in the #dkgame scene. I really like the way BetaDwarf integrates their community in their games, like adding Twitch integration and releasing free DLC based on community goals.

This game plays with either keyboard & mouse, or a controller. My personal preference is playing this kind of game with a controller, especially since I got myself a wireless one for my pc!

Forced Showdown is a neat game, and it’s on sale in the Steam Holiday Sale right now, if you’re interested!

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Indie Essentials 5: Dead Cells!

Indie Essentials 5: Dead Cells!

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for another Indie Essentials!

Dead Cells is an Early Access metroidvania game with Souls-lite combat, created and published by the French studio, Motion Twin. I can already tell that this is a game that’s going to devour my time, and I couldn’t be happier! It’s got a beautiful pixel-graphics style with modern graphics effects on top. The soundtrack is neat, but that and the graphics both take a back seat to the combat – it’s absolutely spot on, and super satisfying! The game advocates playing with a controller (as you can see in the screenshot that is this post’s featured image), and I absolutely agree with that.

The game is $/€ 16.99, and can be bought either through Steam or Humble.

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Indie Essentials 4: Capsized!

Indie Essentials 4: Capsized!

I had an involuntary break from creating videos last week, due to a malign case of man-flu, but I’m back now! This week’s Indie Essentials video is about the 2011 Alientrap Games’ game, Capsized!

The game has gorgeous environments and overall design, even if the lurking monsters are sometimes annoyingly hard to spot until you’re right up close and personal with them. As I mentioned in the video, this is the first indie game that opened my eyes & ears to electronic music, eventually leading me down the path of loving chiptunes & synthwave!

Do you have suggestions for indie games I should cover? Hit me up @NerdEssentials or @Barl0we on Twitter, or leave a comment on the post on Instagram!

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