250 Indie Games You Must Play

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With a surge in popularity recently and an increase in great downloadable games, there has never been a better time to learn about independent "indie" games. 250 Indie Games You Must Play is a guide to the exciting and expanding world of indie gaming. Whether you are a veteran of the indie game scene or have never played an indie game before, this book helps you experience the best in indie gaming and further your understanding of why indie games are so important in the ...

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Overview

With a surge in popularity recently and an increase in great downloadable games, there has never been a better time to learn about independent "indie" games. 250 Indie Games You Must Play is a guide to the exciting and expanding world of indie gaming. Whether you are a veteran of the indie game scene or have never played an indie game before, this book helps you experience the best in indie gaming and further your understanding of why indie games are so important in the entertainment industry.

The wide range of games highlighted in the text encompasses concepts and ideas that will change your perspective of what video games can be. The book covers puzzlers, platformers, beat ‘em ups, shoot ‘em ups, role-playing, and strategy.

Apart from being fun, indie games can be experimental, emotional, nostalgic, and occasionally just plain bizarre. Some make you sit back in awe, while others have you thinking, "Why have I never played a game like this before?" Better still, the majority of these games are completely free to play and even the commercial releases are incredibly cheap. Once you start playing indie games, you may not be able to look at your big-budget blockbusters the same way ever again.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"... fine guide to the creative world of indie gaming and highlights concepts and ideas that expand the boundaries of video gaming. Such games can be experimental, emotional or strange, and some make you think. This volume gathers over two hundred influential and fun indie video games, describes them and includes screenshots, and provides web links so users can play the games. Any gamer interested in video gaming will find this a key choice."
—California Bookwatch December 2012

"Responding to the expansion of the independent gaming field, Rose has compiled a record of its best programs. … A fun briefing for gaming enthusiasts."
—Library Journal, August 2012

"...presents 250 recommendations, describing each game, including color screenshots, and providing direct web links for playing. Game enthusiasts will find it a 'must have'."
—Midwest Book Review

"... a book I’d recommend to anyone who’s a gamer or a game developer ... also be a one-stop resource to know what indie developers are doing around the world."
—RENDEROSITY FRONT PAGE NEWS May 2011

"250 Indie Games You Must Play is an excellent guide to the growing world of indie gaming."
—Examiner

"The attention to detail is superb… he really knows what he's talking about. ...9/10"
—Go! Gaming Giant

"250 Indie Games You Must Play is a book you must have in your possession if you enjoy video games. ...4.5/5"
—Blog Jeux Video

"It picks out some of the very best games released over the last few years and presents them together consistently, concisely and away from the clutter of chaff and non-playable content"
—Game Maker Blog

"250 Indie Games is the best physical format compilation... I'm happy with the purchase"
—Pixels Mil

"A retro look tempting with games that are simple in concept but devilish in their addendum"
—Purple Tentacle

Other mentions

Author Mike Rose as Guest Speaker on the BoingBoing Podcast

Library Journal
Responding to the expansion of the independent gaming field, Rose (ed., Indie-Games.com) has compiled a record of its best programs. He opens with a discussion of the accepted, if difficult to explicitly define, character of "indie" games and explains their influence. The subsequent game profiles are organized into three categories: downloadable, browser-based, and commercial. A page devoted to each game lists developer name, concept inspiration, overall objective, level numbers, and accompanying audio. Each profile also includes a web link and a full-color screen shot, providing readers with an idea of game graphics. VERDICT A fun briefing for gaming enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439875742
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Rose is a freelance games journalist and one of the editors of IndieGames.com, a popular indie gaming news site. He also writes for Gamasutra, Pocket Gamer UK, and Strategy Informer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

What Are "Indie" Games? viii

What Does It Mean to Be an Indie Developer? x

Why Have Indie Games Become so Popular in Recent Years? xii

Indie Gaming Resources xiv

Indie Game Festivals xv

What You'll Need to Play xvi

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 Download Games 21

Part 2 Browser-Based Games 143

Part 3 Commercial Games 225

Index of Games 277

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