I've been playing PAINKILLER OVERDOSE as I've made another topic. I think that counts as an indie FPS game. While it might be very linear and one dimensional in terms of circle strafing, its well worth the $4 that I bought it for. 2PS with crisp graphics. It feels very arcadey and smooth.
GAME DEV TYCOON oh what a darling it is. You play as a game developer from the 80s til today. There have been other games that use this formula. More indie than this even. Its a text based game even if there are barely any visuals. Once you figure out to make everything a young RPG and change between Mid-Eval and Sci-Fi genres the game is just so easy. Too easy. It gets so tedious. I want to like this game a lot, but after playing through it so much its just a chore. Nothing is ever different. The consoles that come out are always the same, they always seem to die the same time. So in other words.... Sega will never beat Nintendo. So you always know what to invest your liscenses in. People in your team might get overworked, but nothing interesting happens to them. No one is suddenly out for a month because they had a kid. There are little things that happen, but they don't seem to have any impact on the game.... you just pay for new security or pay for new air conditioning. There is no consequence or deviation. Oh and always you'll make your big game that sells a million copies no matter what to sort of tell you the tutorial phase of the 80s is over. Since it just gives you a hit game no matter what, it feels insulting. Like you don't have to work for the hit game. But oh well.
GAME OF DWARVES is just like Dungeon Keeper 2, but without voice acting, charm, fun or anything of interest really. The game is less pick up and play than Dungeon Keeper 2, because there is a lot of text that needs to be read and well supplies that you buy with gold. Supplies like wood to build stuff... you buy it, you don't chop it down. No this game is completely under ground like Dungeon keeper 2. And you play as Dwarves on a grid. Your dwarves dig out walls along this grid, but unlike Dungeon Keeper 2, you can dig up and down instead of just north, south, east and west. You hire new dwarves and assign them roles or jobs. Its just so much like Dungeon Keeper 2, but less faceted and a lot more boring. Not to say that every FPS is like Doom, with a new coat of paint, but imagine if a game released 10 years after Doom, used a modified Doom engine, yet had less interesting things than Doom. This game just feels so dull, incomplete and uninspiring. The only plus is that playing custom games will generate a random underground world for you to explore.
ANOMALY WARZONE EARTH is surprisingly entertaining, with great tutorials. Its a top down somewhat tower defense game... only in reverse. You lead a squad of vehicles that must take clear cut streets through enemy defenses, but you select the route and your caravan just keeps following the path you set for them. So imagine a train on a tracks with multiple paths. If something blocks your train track, you divert your train at the next intersection by going to a tactical route map and just clicking on the intersection to point their next direction to head in. Its really as easy as that. You don't control the vehicles so much as just point out the route to take.
Since you're going through a warzone, the enemy has turrets, and other defenses setup to slow you down. So this is like you play the part of a GPS and they'll do the fighting as they come upon enemies. You can buy more vehicles for your caravan and assign their formations. Like do you select a less defensive more offensive vehicle to go first or do you select a more defensive less offensive vehicle? Another thing to consider is range of attack.
As a commander, you have abilities to repair your vehicles as the train keeps rolling. Your player character isn't limited to staying with the caravan, he can go out and wander to find things. This is a very simple yet engaging. The only downside is the controls could be better. A lot of times my commander was accidentally walking all over the place when I wanted him to repair things. Just because you hit the abilities menu, then select the ability with the mouse. Well when you use the mouse it makes your player character walk.
It is definitely worth a play. Good instructions, good voice work explaining everything in a simple manner.
Last edited by geo on 07-01-13 at 00:41