The 11 Best Indie Games of 2016

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2. Enter the Gungeon

Genre fusion can be clumsy, but this game works perfectly and is so skillful to utilise all elements of the mash-up. Even judged purely by arcade shooter games, Enter The Gungeon makes the grade; and the roguelike elements add variety, structure and replayability to the base. All this goodness is wrapped up in a delightfully silly, breezy package, set on a distant planet that keeps everyone playing.

Simply, the game is about bullets and shooting some stuff -- ultimately, a giant bullet falls from the sky. Many of the enemies are actual bullets that fire smaller bullets at the character. There is a clear love of arcade shooters and therefore the game is reliant upon dexterity. Fighting bosses is quite unique, in that the boss will either spawn minions or bullets and the player has to juggle between defeating both. But this is really a game about the crazy weapons that can be used, such as a fire-spewing pitchfork or a laser rifle. 

Enter the Gungeon is really sophisticated for a game about shooting bullets at anthropomorphized bullets with guns. It uses elements of one genre in the context of another, enhancing the most enjoyable elements of both and still throwing surprises at players, whilst still being a whole bucket of fun. The game is available for PS4, Xbox One and Steam and was released in April 2016.

Published Dec. 2nd 2016

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