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Features » Indie
The Secrets of Promotion for Indies 35
by Erik Sebellin-Ross [01.03.13]
How do you connect with reviewers and bloggers to build buzz around your game? This simple guide will show you the basic steps you need to follow to get people interested in your project.
Business/Marketing, Indie

The Case for Casual Biometrics 7
by Stefano Gualeni [12.20.12]
Plenty of triple-A productions use biometric testing of players -- but can it work for casual games, too? Developer Stefano Gualeni writes here about how he and his team tested iOS puzzle game Gua-Le-Ni using a simple lab setup.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

Endless Space: When Triple-A Developers Go Indie 8
by Jeff Spock [11.29.12]
The story of how a studio formed by ex-Ubisoft developers decided to take on a niche genre -- 4X strategy games -- and see if it can make its fortunes by listening to its community, including details about the composition of the team, the budget, and more.
Business/Marketing, Indie

Postmortem: McMillen and Himsl's The Binding of Isaac 19
by Edmund McMillen [11.28.12]
How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) discusses how he added religion to The Legend of Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

Postmortem: State of Play's Lume 3
by Luke Whittaker [11.14.12]
What's the process for building a game out of cardboard? In this unusual postmortem, State of Play creative director Luke Whittaker lays bare the paper and glue creative process behind acclaimed indie game Lume.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

The End of the Journey: One Indie Studio's Tale 24
by Tristan Clark [11.06.12]
Many indie developers try their luck in the market, but what does it look like when a studio goes from naive ideals to harsh realities? In this feature, founder Tristan Clark, now of King.com, writes about the origins, games, and fate of Launching Pad Games.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

How to Design Your iOS Game to Grow: Learning from the Style of Tiger Style 5
by Wagner James Au [11.01.12]
In this excerpt from Game Design Secrets by Wagner James Au Randy Smith from Tiger Style (Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor and Waking Mars) shares the story of how he and David Kalina built a successful mobile game studio building thoughtful, artful, genre-defying games for iOS.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

The Evolution of Puzzle Craft 7
by Artur Ganszyniec [10.25.12]
On the road to smartphone success, there significant are challenges -- game design, business model, and look and feel. How did one developer navigate those waters? This candid look back examines all of these crucial elements of building a mobile game.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet

A Game Studio in the Clouds 11
by Emeric Thoa [10.19.12]
How does an indie studio come together -- and ship games together -- if they're not located in the same city? Emeric Thoa, former Ubisoft developer and current creative director of The Game Bakers, explains what tech and techniques can make it work.
Business/Marketing, Indie

Guerrilla Multiplayer Development 5
by Ernest Woo [09.13.12]
What's the best way to get a networked game up and running on a smartphone? For his space battle game ErnCon, Ernest Woo investigated existing network techniques and integrated them together, coming up with a solution useful to iOS and Android developers, which he shares within.
Design, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet