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Best Of Indie Games: Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound

Best Of Indie Games: Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound

September 4, 2009 | By Staff

September 4, 2009 | By Staff
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[Every week, The Weblog editor Tim W. will be summing up some of the top free-to-download and commercial indie games from the last seven days, as well as any notable features on his sister 'state of indie' weblog.]

This week on 'Best Of Indie Games', we take a look at some of the top independent PC Flash/downloadable titles released over this last week.

The delights in this edition include a couple of one-switch arcade games, a puzzle platformer that features an unlikely duo, a challenging Ludum Dare competition entry, a block-sliding puzzler, and an adventure game that stars (out of all things)... a frying pan.

The top titles for the week are as follows:

Game Pick: 'Little Space Duo' (Jugilus, commercial indie - demo available)
"In Little Space Duo, you play as a young girl named Lucy who was captured by an alien cargo ship after being wrongly mistaken for an Earth specimen. She befriends a small robot on the ship (which she nicknamed Sunny), and the both of them set out to fix things and find a way to send Lucy back to where she came from."

Game Pick: 'Canabalt' (Adam Atomic and Danny Baranowsky, browser)
"A simple one-button action game where you are in control of a well-dressed man who can't stop running, leaping from the top of one building to another as the city is being attacked by giant robots and futuristic-looking ships. Canabalt was created by Adam Saltsman for Experimental Gameplay Project's August theme, 'Bare Minimum'."

Game Pick: 'Beacon' (Chevy Ray Johnston, freeware)
"Depending on how good you are at overcoming difficult challenges, Beacon can be a rather lengthy platformer that will take some time to beat. Shadows are lurking in every corner waiting for our protagonist to make a wrong move, but as luck would have it a beacon of light appears out of nowhere to help him illuminate the way forward. You can download this and many more entry submissions from the latest Ludum Dare competition."

Game Pick: 'Tower Climber' (Skipmore, browser)
"In Tower Climber, a princess has been turned into stone and held captive at the top of a tall tower. And as the hero of the kingdom, it is up to you to save the day by collecting all one hundred gems inside the tower and casting a spell to turn the fair maiden back to her beautiful self again. This one-button arcade game is simple in design, yet fun enough to last you for at least an hour or two."

Game Pick: 'Guardian Rock' (Stefan Ahlin, browser)
"A great new browser game title that makes full use of sliding block puzzle fun. The idea is here to slide the 'Guardian Rock' around the levels and crush all the explorers. Once old G Rock starts moving, he can't stop until he's crashed into something solid. It's a hard life, this 'protecting the ancient temple' thing."

Game Pick: '78641 - A Targ Adventure' (GZ Storm, freeware)
"In 78641 - A Targ Adventure, you play as a walking, talking frying pan, sent back post-death after an accident to live your life properly. The problem is, it's not exactly clear what you're meant to be going back in time to do. Cue randomly trying different things, finding the best outcomes and crashing your car repeatedly to restart time again in a very Groundhog Day-esque style."

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