Gravity Ghost Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gravity Ghost RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Odd and Otherworldly: A Gravity Ghost Review https://www.gameskinny.com/d9han/odd-and-otherworldly-a-gravity-ghost-review https://www.gameskinny.com/d9han/odd-and-otherworldly-a-gravity-ghost-review Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:41:49 -0500 Stephanie Tang

If you had to imagine a papercraft ghost girl with magical hair and the power to slingshot her around the galaxy to save animal spirits, restore them to their bodies, and usher them into the beyond... your first thought may not necessarily be of Tiny Tina.

(see Borderlands 2 Takes Tiny Tina to New Heights)

But that's almost exactly what you get when you dive headfirst into Ivy Game's spectacular new physics-based puzzler, brought to life by such vocal talents as Ashly Burch, the lady behind BL2's Tina, and Logan Cunningham, the narrator from indie gems Bastion and Transistor

With a distinct and downright beautiful art style, Gravity Ghost offers a low-key challenge in a relaxing bed of melody.

This was the first game in a long time that I plunked down the money for a digital copy of the soundtrack for, and I haven't regretted it. Composed by Ben Prunty, the man behind the award-winning FTL: Faster Than Light soundtrack, the musical backdrop manages to be at once pleasant, tranquil, and a little lonely. 

From the first, this game took me by surprise and only hooked me tighter as I played on. I'm not sure what I expected, but after watching a short gameplay trailer, I had the impression it would be a singular, if atmospheric, kind of experience.

This was not the case.

At first, I was annoyed - the contrast between the dreamy gameplay and the quirky shadow puppet cinematics was like a slap in the face. Was this what I had been promised? From the website:

"Gravity Ghost is a game to soothe your senses. There's no killing. No dying. No way to fail. Just hours of blissing out to buttery-smooth gravity goodness."

Was listening to Ashly Burch's extremely distinctive voice giving a Simpsons-like delivery about ham (it comes up a lot) a catalyst for blissing out? Was the extremely ordinary and rather gloomy smear of gray on more gray a sign of soothed senses at work?

Probably not. 
"I want to sleep under the stars. With a rifle. To shoot things. For money."

But then I got curious. What was the story behind our little flying ghost girl, and how was it all connected to the choppy deadpan humor of the early cutscenes? 

It is an interesting sensation to have a game teach you all over again that it does not have to play by whatever arbitrary rules your initial expectations dictate. 

A very satisfying story unfolds quite rapidly, spliced in through the hundred or so quick puzzle levels in the game - and while it is an unfortunate truth that many indie games don't always have the best voice acting as a general byproduct of shoestring production budgets, Gravity Ghost only raises the bar, delivering a spot-on punch to the feels. 

Meanwhile, the gameplay lives up to its promise - a whimsical dance through space that has you hurtling in crisp, swirling patterns as disproportionately small planets exert their inexorable pull on your little ghost body. 

When the game first appeared on the scene circa 2013, early reviews called Gravity Ghost the little 2D indie Super Mario Galaxy that could. In spite of its deep space motif, I would shy away from describing it as a platformer and actually focus in on its aspects as a puzzler. 

Most of these are fairly simple, and the game does a very good job of teaching you the basics of play cleanly and without becoming obnoxious.


It's also important to address that if you were concerned that this was another Chinese Room-esque foray into interactive fiction a la Dear Esther or Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, have no fear. 

Although there may not be deaths or time limits, there is still a distinguishable success/failure mechanic - at all times you feel like you are playing, and when you complete a level, you feel that sense of accomplishment too.

Available now on the Gravity Ghost website or on Steam for $14.99 USD, this is a splendid release supported by a talented cast and utterly worth the long wait. For those of you who have fallen in love with the music as much as I have, the soundtrack is also available from both outlets for an additional $4.99 USD

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IndieCade Announces Finalists For 2013 Show https://www.gameskinny.com/pnc2o/indiecade-announces-finalists-for-2013-show https://www.gameskinny.com/pnc2o/indiecade-announces-finalists-for-2013-show Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:27:23 -0400 Amanda Wallace

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Word Realms 

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A combination word-puzzle game with RPG elements, World Realms combines humor and creative play to craft a unique experience. 

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Developer Asymmetric says; "Combined with thousands and thousands of lines of written banter, gameplay is challenging and funny in equal proportions." 

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City 

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A 2D side scrolling exploration platformer from Endless Fluff, Valdis Story: Abyssal City is game that promises complicated and rewarding combat and customization. 

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You can play as one of 4 characters in the war against demons and angels in an attempt to uncover the truth. 

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Tenya Wanya Teens 

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A game about rocking out, Tenya Wanya Teens is about that "awkward transition from childhood to adulthood." 

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The game is a party game with two players with 16 buttons each and a custom LED controller. 

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Tower No Tumble 

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A game that combines tabletop shuffleboard and Jenga, Tower No Tumble is a party game meant to be played with 1-4 people. The game gives you points for jostling the precarious tower, but knock it down and you gain no points. 

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The game has three modes, including Cooperative, Competitive and Silly. 

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SoundSelf 

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Inspired by an experience taking acid (LSD) at Burning Man, Robin Arnott created a game about the sensual exploration of sound and image. 

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The game is designed to sort of lull you into a trance, and is about the "pleasure of playing instead of the rewards of winning." 

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Sim Cell

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An interactive look inside cells, SimCell asks you to play the part of a nanobot, manipulating organelles and cell structures to help save the cell from a virus attack. 

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With multiple levels of zoom, SimCell creates a diverse array of options and interactions. 

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SCALE 

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A first person reality manipulation game, SCALE is all about manipulation of size. In a fresh take on size. 

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Make a flower large enough to stand on. Forget think in Portals. Think in terms of SCALE. 

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Project Holodeck 

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A embodies VR gaming platform, Project Holodeck seeks to combine the Oculus Rift with "motion tracking hardware" with the goal of creating a "playspace for two players." 

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Potatoman Seeks the Troof

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A PC/Mac/Linux advneture game, Potatoman Seeks the Troof promises to be a surreal experience in short form. 

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The 'Troof" is always out of grasp as you help Potatoman search for the riddle across a myriad of environments. 

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Pivvot

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"A thrilling game of strategic avoidance," you can find Pivvot in the iOS app store as well as on Steam Greenlight. 

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A two button game, Pivvot promises to test your reflexes and reaction times. 

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Outer Wilds

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An atmospheric space exploration game, Outer Wilds allows you to embark on a comic expedition. 

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The game allows you to experience an alien world for 20 minutes. During that time, you get to see the world through a first person perspective as it evolves and grows. After those 20 minutes, however, the sun goes supernova. And the universe ends. 

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Mainichi

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An experiment by the artist and designer Mattie Brice, Mainichi is about sharing a personal experience through a game system. 

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Mattie Brice is a multi-racial transgender woman, and the game explores a day in her life. It's a study in mechanics and in empathy through action. 

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Journal

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An interactive game set inside a journal about exploring a world through character interaction and dialogue rather than puzzles. The game has you decide the fate of a lone girl character, with her decisions in the past shaping her life in the future. 

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Created by Richard Perrin, the game is meditative and grounded. 

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Gravity Ghost 

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Correctly called the indie Super Mario GalaxyGravity Ghost is about a 12-year old ghost girl searching for her lost friend. 

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The game is anti-penalty, and features a beautiful watercolor like backdrop, music from the composer of FTL, and a mechanic that will have you exploring for hours. 

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FREEQ

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An audio-adventure game set in the future, FREEQ's premise is that your mobile device is an antenna, which allows you tap in and eavesdrop on signals from the future. 

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FREEQ operates with a "unique storytelling engine," which allows you experience a wide variety of situations and controls who speaks to whom. With a nod back to classic radio dramas, and an eye towards the distant future, FREEQ 
promises to be a unique experience. 

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Dominique Pamplemousse

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Some games defy simple explanation. Dominique Pamplemousse is one of those games. From Deirdra Kiai, it is an innovative interactive, stop-motion musical comedy. It's also a noir. About a woman detective trying to locate a missing pop-star. 

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It's a one of a kind game. 

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Color Zen

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A puzzle game by Large Animal Games, it is another game that features no points and no penalties for failure. In Color Zen, you are taught a simple mechanic which then morphs into puzzle challenges. 

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With a meditative soundtrack and distinctive design, you are meant to simply melt into the Color Zen

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BUDLR 

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Intended to be played in a large public space, BUDLR is controlled by text-message. A "four player bomb blasting bonanza," anyone can participate if they text to the phone number associated with their character.  

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7 Grand Steps

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"An intimate, board-like game, just for you," 7 Grand Steps promises to allow you to experience your own successive generations. 

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Melded into this games DNA is a narrative, board-game like structure, and elements of historical simulation games. 

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Movers and Shakers

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A "serious" two person tablet game that intends to create conflict outside of the scope of the tablet it's being played on, Movers and Shakers involves two people controlling the movement of lava through the center of the Earth to get the Earth back on track after a disaster. The game involves real time strategy, individual goals, and a boardgame-like interface. 

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Upgrade Soul

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An "immersive digital graphic novel," Uprgrade Soul tells the story of a couple of wealthy science buffs that decide to spend their money creating a cure for their old age. As long as they are the first in line. 

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Towerfall

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The Ouya exclusive (for now), is a couch fighting game for up to four players. With archery based combat, it evokes a retro Super Smash Brothers.

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Developed by Matt Makes Games, Towerfall was also featured in the PAX 10 this year at PAX Prime. 

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That Dragon, Cancer 

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A biographical journey, this game follows the story of Joel as he endures his sons three year battle with cancer. The game takes place inside a Children's Hospital. 

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Having seen the game being played at PAX, it's incredibly moving experience. "With poetry, spoken word, light puzzle solving, and immersive sound design with a sparse orchestral score, we aim to create a poem the player can get lost in emotionally." 

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Super T.I.M.E. Force 

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With the original concept created in a brief amount of time, Super Time Force is a fascinating game that will "melt hearts and minds." 

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An XBLA shooter, it utilizes a unique mechanic of movement through time. When you die, you can go back and try again, but your previous self will still be there. In this way, you can create a great deal of insane action. 

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starseed pilgrim

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A game about exploration and "tending a symphonic garden," Starseed Pilgrim involves learning your surrounding and escaping an encroaching blackness, while building up to create a larger and larger garden. 

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Created by Droqen and Ryan Roth, the game is incredibly melodic and calls upon the idea of embracing fate. 

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Spin The Bottle: Bumpie's Party 

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A party game for 2-8 people, the game has all participants sit around the Wii  U Gamepad to "spin the bottle" before two players are selected to participate in physical challenges involving the Wiimote. 

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Spaceteam 

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If you've ever looked at a room of people all on their cell phones and thought, "hey, they could be playing a game together," than Spaceteam is for you. 

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Created by Henry Smith, it's a cooperative party game for 2-4 players where each player needs to be on a mobile or tablet device. 

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soundodger 

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A game about bullets and music from Studio Bean.  "Each level features hand-crafted choreography of bullet patterns that must be dodged in order to perform for the entirety of a song." 

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Sokobond

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"Crafted with love and science," Alan Hazelden & Harry Lee created a game that combines chemistry and thoughtful puzzles. 

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Sokobond is available now on Mac/PC/Linuxs. 

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simian.interface

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From developer vested interest, simian.interface is a game that "has no time limits, no way to lose, and no controls besides the mouse." 

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The game promises to be fun for all ages, and combines a lot of things traditionally found in tabletop puzzles, but also in other forms of gaming. 

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Save The Date

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An experimental meta-narrative game from Paper Dino, featuring unconventional storytelling techniques and a just having dinner with friends. 

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Rollers of the Realm 

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From developer Phantom Compass, Rollers of the Realm features an innovative take on the RPG, combining it with pinball. 

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Rogue Legacy

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A 2D rogue-"LITE" from Cellar Door Games, Rogue Legacy operates on a innovative concept where every time your character dies you get to replace them with an heir. 

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The game features several interesting quirks, including characters that are colorblind or suffer from vertigo, which affects the way you play them. 

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Reus 

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A 2D PC God game, Reus recently gained a great deal of popularity during the Steam Summer Sale. 

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In this game by Abbey Games, you play as 4 giants that affect the ecosystems and surface or your world. 

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Quadrilateral Cowboy

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Blendo is one of the more distinctive game companies out now, with games like Atom Zombie Smasher and 30 Flights of Loving. Their IndieCade submission is Quadrilateral Cowboy, about navigating security systems in a cyberpunk world. 

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As they put it, "Armed with a 56.6k modem and a staggering 256k RAM, it means only one thing: you answer to the highest bidder." 

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Porpentines Twine Compilation 

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Porpentine is a queer game creator who predominately utilizes the tool Twine. Her IndieCade submission included a couple of 10-25 minute experimental hypertext games. 

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They are as follows: 

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  • Howling dogs
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  • CYBERQUEEN
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  • Cry$tal Warrior Ke$ha
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  • Naked Shades
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  • ALL I WANT IS FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS TO BECOME INSANELY POWERFUL
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  • Parasite
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  • Ultra Business Tycoon III
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Pico 

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In Pico you play as the title character, trying to track down Father. 

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The game incorporates pop-ups and a multi-window experience that is quite innovative, and involves moving multiple windows to solve puzzles. 

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Perfect Woman 

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A strategic dancing game for the Kinect. The game, created by Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder, incorporates making life decisions as well as dancing. The difficulty of your performance will be based off of the decisions made. 

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Other 

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Made with a partnership between Quartic Llama and the National Theater of Scotland, Other is an alternate reality sound game. 

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You pick up sounds through your phone while traveling through the real city of Dundee, and combines the commonly loved elements of an ARG with an engaging soundscape. 

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NIDHOGG 

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Messhoff, the creator of NIDHOGG is perhaps best known for his part in creating last years indie smash hit Hotline Miami

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NIDHOGG is a fencing game that involves battling back and forth across multiple screens. It's acrobatic, and elusive. 

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Luxuria Superbia 

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A predominately mobile game from Tale of Tales, Luxuria Superbia is about the playful exploration of pleasure.  Utilizing music and pleasurable themes, Luxuria Superbia invites you to "bring color to the temple of love." 

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Kulak 

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From Indiecade; "We often take fairness and equality in games for granted, but Kulak introduces an asymmetric game mechanic that forces players to make difficult decisions about betrayal and self-sacrifice, competition versus cooperation."

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In Kulak, you play as either the Baron or a member of the proletariat and much decide whether to band together with your fellow man to end your economic hardship or join with the Baron.  

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Kentucky Route Zero

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Created by Cardboard Computer, Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist exploration into the caves of Kentucky. 

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Kentucky Route Zero is an episodic point and click adventure featuring a incredibly unique art style and soundtrack. 

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Hermit Crab in Space 

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You must fight your way through the galaxy in this story about a hermit crab that warped its way to the wrong part of space. Made by Golden Ruby Games, Hermit Crab in Space puts you in an improvised spaceship that is always just shy of falling completely apart. 

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A modular shooter, you can find Hermit Crab in Space on Playstation Mobile. 

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Gunpoint 

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A 2-D stealth game about "rewiring things and punching people," Gunpoint also features a level editor and a three hour story mission. 

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A sidescrolling game with a unique concept, Gunpoint has been called "the most exciting piece of game design in a long, long time." 

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Gone Home

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 Unfortunately best known for backing out of PAX Prime after what the developers, the Fullbright Company, perceived as transphobic comments, Gone Home is a snapshot of the nineties through the eyes of a teenage girl and her older sister. 

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Played out through the exploration of an empty house, you must discover what happened to the people who lived there. 

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Ephemerid 

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A game about plants, insects and music, Ephemerid is a game about helping a Mayfly discover its destiny. 

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Ephemerid was made by Super Chop Games and features an original soundtrack and paper cut details. 

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Extrasolar 

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A game that intentionally blurs the line between fact and fiction, Extrasolar allows you to control one of the first probes to land on a planet outside of our solar system. Utilizing realistic graphics and images, Extrasolar also builds a story back on Earth and invokes a conspiratorial feel that will slowly grow as you continue to play. 

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Edgar Rice Soiree 

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An installation game played with 20 hanging Playstation Move controllers. Each player has a color, and need to activate their colored controllers. When you get down to one activated controller, your health slowly drains, so you have to have at least two controllers. 

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This incorporates a real world competitive nature to the game, and you can physically move to block other people activating their controller. 

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Dog Eat Dog

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Subtitled "A game of imperialism and assimilation in the Pacific Islands," Dog Eat Dog is an RPG from Liwanag Press. 

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In a group, you create an describe one of the Pacific Islands. Then one member of the team breaks off to assume the roll of the occupying force, from military to tourists. Liam Burke, the games designer, is a half-Filipino living in Hawaii and used his history to inform several decisions about the game. 

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Dog Eat Dog is designed with novice and advanced RPG makers alike. 

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Deadbolt 

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A pen and paper game, Deadbolt is a in person game that has been played three times (as far as I can tell) and only at conventions. 

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The game is based off of of  "this thing that happens on Twitter sometimes where people play games that involve emotional honesty and connection over the distance of the internet, both through directed private conversations..and in public." Deadbolt is the in-person version of that experience. 

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Cube & Star: A Love Story 
The game is about a monochrome world that you begin to stain or populate with color. As game designers Doppler Interactive puts it, "Fill your heart with joy, and leave the world a more colorful place than when you entered it." 

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You can communicate with other similar squares, and the environment is very much alive and interactive. 

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Constellation 

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The game is an interactive gallery experience, intended to be communal and to invoke the experience of our ancestors looking into the night sky. 

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You create stories through constellations through abstract shapes, akin to a connect the dots. The game delves into a form of myth creation, as well as a shared experience. 

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99 Tiny Games 

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Created by Hide&Seek, 99 Tiny Games is a collection of location specific games played in the real world utilizing digital networks. 

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The games were featured on large posters around London, "three in each of the 33 boroughs," and were utilized using an app. The games were also featured in the 2013 Brighton Digital Festival. 

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[code]

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An incredibly unique game, [code] is a single player experience where you play as a "@." 

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The player goes through the game manipulating codes and gaining clues from the commented out sections to solve puzzles, learn computer science principals, and "eventually call the "NextLevel()" function. 

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IndieCade is a jury nominated indie games festival that celebrates the best indie games from the year. Nominated games (which have gone through a four-juror selection process) are then eligible to win top awards, including Audience Choice during the Closing Awards. 

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The following games have been selected as being the best of the best. 

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Gravity Ghost is the Meditative Physics Indie You've Been Waiting For https://www.gameskinny.com/m2uqa/gravity-ghost-is-the-meditative-physics-indie-youve-been-waiting-for https://www.gameskinny.com/m2uqa/gravity-ghost-is-the-meditative-physics-indie-youve-been-waiting-for Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:51:32 -0400 Amanda Wallace

Gravity Ghost is a joy. 

It's a difficult game to place. There are the basics to understanding it. It's a physics based game about galaxies, where your main character is a ghostly girl. It's been rightfully compared to games like Mario Galaxy, especially in terms of physics, but it's as if the game was spawned in some strange coupling with well-known indie Fez

Why the association with a platformer? Much like in Fez, Gravity Ghost is a game that does not punish you for failures. There is no death. There are no boss fights or killing of enemies. If you wanted to spin around the same formation of planets, gently floating through the orbits of an ice level, you can do that. 

Controls

The game controls are appropriately floaty and simple. You use arrow keys and the space bar to navigate miniature galaxies, populated by planets, power-ups and stars. The stars are the only indications of progress. In order to access later guardians you must collect a certain amount of stars, and outside of giving up on a level, they are the way to exit the level. 

Since the game doesn't punish failures, it's hard to get truly frustrated by the floatiness of the controls. You are easily pushed by the orbits of traveling planets, and it can be difficult to control the location and direction of your ghostly character. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. In the hours of play, there wasn't a moment where I grew sick of the game, or overly frustrated by my inability to reach certain flowers or stars. 

For me, one of the weakest and strongest parts are when the game deviates from the basic floating around planets. The positive example would be when you are introduced to breakable ice. There is nothing more enjoyable than crashing into a wall of ice globes, that shatter gleefully beneath you with the happy tinkle of breaking glass. That said, the maze levels were for me tedious and some of the only moments where my interest waned. I'm not good at mazes in real life, and definitely not good at them with an incredibly basic control scheme.

Atmosphere 

The music and graphics are one of the best parts of an already solid indie game. With a a lovely hand painted style that is unique among a sea of independent games that seem to rely solely on retro-graphics, Gravity Ghost sets itself apart. The creature design, such as the Salamander that greets you at the end of level one, are exquisite. They are somehow soft and playful, and still detailed and beautiful. The constellations and galaxy backgrounds are subtle and well imagined, the perfect backdrop to a planetary game. It's the perfect environment for you to shoot across, your ever-increasing tail cutting a swath through a detailed night sky. 

The music was composed by Ben Prunty, whose work on FTL garnered him a nomination for Best Overall Music and Best PC Sound of 2012. The music contributes to the ambience and atmosphere, and is one of the stand outs of the game. 

Pre-Order Now

You can currently pre-order the game through their official website. For now, there is a discount of 33%, and it's well worth the $9.99. It's available on Mac, PC, and Linux. and is DRM free. You can also get the soundtrack, which is blissful goodness, for 40% off, or about $3. 

Gravity Ghost has the potential to be this years independent sensation, and from what I've played the game is exactly the right thing if you're into meditative game, physics games, and fantastic video game music.

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