Published on October 11th, 2013 | by James Maxwell0
Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #16
It’s surprising to see that it we’re already approaching the middle of October. Just a few more weeks until Halloween, and then not to long after that we’ll be fast approaching Christmas. I guess that has nothing to do with this Round-Up, so I’ll stop and just let you take a look at the week’s best indie picks. Check them out below, and be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page!
Audionaut from Horizon Productions
Audionaut is an interstellar rhythm-based runner that has you gathering musical notes as you fly through the galaxy to the beat of the songs stored on your device. Your goal in Audionaut is to collect as many musical notes as possible, and if you score high enough you might just make it to the top of the leaderboard.
Developer note: “This game is currently in beta. Only tablets are currently supported, however we are working to also support phones.”
- Exciting fusion of rhythm and running
- Instantly generate unique levels from your own music
- Includes pre-generated levels in low, normal and high difficulty
- Variety of challenges
This great indie developed musical runner is available for free on Google Play, so there’s no reason to skip over on this one.
Bytes Runner from Insomniak Dev
Bytes Runner is an endless runner that puts you in the shoes of a tiny pixelized runner. You find yourself on a disk that is being formatted, and your only option for survival is to run through this disrupted data while using different applications along the way. Tapping the left side of the screen causes your runner to switch sides on the platformer, and tapping the ride side will cause your runner to jump. The controls are simple to learn but the gameplay is frantic and provides a lot more challenge than the typical runner you’ll find on Google Play.
This totally bizarre and incredibly challenging endless runner is available as a free download on Google Play.
Candy Splash from Epic Pixel LLC
From the indie studio that brought us the breakout hit Grow comes Candy Splash, an addicting new puzzler that will put your reflexes to the test. Featuring fast paced match style gameplay and persistent global leaderboards, Candy Splash puts an intriguing spin on a beloved genre.
- See your how you compare with players around the world
- Compete with friends online
- Three super sweet power up
Puzzle aficionados will definitely want to check Candy Splash out. You can pick it up for free on Google Play.
Cube Defender from Park Posse Games
Cube Defender is a fast-paced twin stick shoot’em up that places you in a 3D landscape and in control of a tiny block-like space ship. You’ll fly your ship around the arcade inspired world using very responsive dynamic controls. Blast your way through waves of enemy invaders with powerful futuristic weaponry.
- Battle against enemy forces in 3D landscape arenas
- Five different game modes with three difficulty levels
- Scalable graphics quality and effect settings to support slow and fast devices
- Supports Xperia Play touch pad controls
- Supports bluetooth gamepads / controllers
If you’re a fan of 3D arcade shooters you’ve definitely got to give Cube Defender a look. It can be yours for just $1 on Google Play.
Dead Rushing HD from Dancing Cat Development
Dead Rushing HD is an arcade brawler that takes place in a sidescrolling 2D arena filled with multiple zombie opponents. Where it differentiates itself from other games in the genre is how it has the player literally run through the levels punching giant spiders and blasting zombies in the head using mechanics you’d normally find in a survival horror game. This design philosophy permeates every aspect of Dead Rushing HD and gives it a uniquely appealing flavor.
- Fast arcade game-play
- Easy pick-up and play controls
- Large campaign with story across 5 stages
- Normal zombies, special zombies and boss zombies
- Random level generation
- Player power-up system
- Three difficulty levels
- Varied and high-quality SFX and music
If you’re a fan of runners, beat-em ups, or zombie games you’re going to want to sink your teeth into Dead Rushing HD. It is currently priced at just $1.99 over on Google Play.
Energy Collector Grid Wars from Into-It Games
Energy Collector Grid Wars is an action packed retro-styled arcade game! You fly a triangular spaceship through a maze of deadly enemies while collecting orbs and power-ups. As you play you will gain score multipliers and special abilities that will help boost your high score. Energy Collector Grid Wars sports seamless Facebook integration which makes it easy to start up some competition with your closest friends.
- Test your reflexes by dodging enemies!
- Fast paced addicting gameplay!
- Collect power-ups like double-points and shields for superior abilties!
- Share your highscores with your friends on Facebook!
- HD Graphics with stunning particle effects!
Fans of retro space shooters should definitely check out Energy Collector Grid Wars. It is set at the low price of $0.99 on Google Play
Fat Dragon from Tuna Bowl Software
It’s time to help a cute Fat Dragon put one a few extra pounds. This dragon loves desserts, but to get to them he needs help to avoid the spikey balls and deadly holes that are in his path. You’ll need to draw a path through the level that will get the dragon to his goal. But there’s a catch; once you enter draw mode the obstacles and desserts disappear from sight. You’re going to need to use ground references and your short term memory skills to draw the best path that you can. If you can avoid all of the obstacles and grab each piece of dessert to win each level.
This cute puzzler is available as a free Lite version or you can grab the full game off of Google Play for just $1.02.
FieldBattle from Sergey Laytful Games
FieldBattle is a new 3D single-player arcade-puzzler that has just landed on Google Play. You play against a computer opponent and you’re both fighting to take over the most area of the playing field. FieldBattle has easy to learn controls and there are 10 levels of ever growing difficulty to play through. You’ll have to think strategically to conquer the level before your opponent does. Do you think you have what it takes to outplay your opponent?
Grab this unique 3D puzzler either as either a free download or get the full version for just $2.07 on Google Play.
Kunundrum from Hope This Works Games
Kunundrum is a unique new puzzle game that is sure to give your brain a real workout! In this game you guide a spark and fling orbs towards the many colourful goals in order to move onto the next stage. These stages start off relatively easy, but as you progress through the 12+ hours of gameplay you’ll notice they get to a point of mind numbingly difficult! There are 200 levels to be played through in Kunundrum, and each will require a certain amount of strategy and logic to complete. As you move along you’ll even encounter new obstacles like Teleporters, Direction Changers, Blockers, Gates and Switches that greatly increase the game’s difficulty too.
- 200 levels
- Gradual difficulty going from super simple, to mind challenging
- Ongoing updates featuring new map packs and game play mechanics
If you’re looking for a fun new puzzler you really can’t afford to pass up Kunundrum. Best of all the full version of this game is free, so slide on over to Google Play and check this out today!
Naughty Bricks from Puck Loves Games
Naughty Bricks is a cheeky new physics-puzzler from a one-man indie developer out of Australia called Puck Loves Games. As it turns out our once peacefull solar system has just come uner attack by a relentless army of Naughty Bricks. These Bricks have already decimated the moon, and their next target is… EARTH! You’re going to be making use of the game’s clever physics system to bounce off chunks of the moon, slingshot around black holes, and even rewind time itself in your attempt to save the planet from an untimely demise. Do you have what it takes to destroy these dastardly Naughty Blocks and avenge the destruction of the moon?
- Over 70 hand crafted puzzles spread across 4 delightful episodes.
- Trajectory-bending Black Holes and portals to play with.
- Direct manipulation of TIME ITSELF. Who needs causality?
- Universal support.
- No in-app purchases.
Naughty Bricks is a great new physics-puzzler that sports gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay elements that are unique to the genre, and a cheeky sense of humor that makes it stand out as something really special. Head over to Google Play and grab Naughty Bricks for merely $1.92.
Neon Tanks from LittleBit
Neon Tanks is a modern revival of the classic NES tank combat game Battle City. Neon Tanks takes the classic formula and adds a beautiful neon graphics style, a wicked sound track, and still keeps the classic gameplay style intact. This game is sure to give gamers a nice nostalgic kick.
- Two game modes
- A wide variety of tanks and bonuses
- Excellent graphics and a great soundtrack
- Optimized for the XPERIA PLAY, MOGA, and other joysticks on the market
- Connect your device to a TV for even more fun!
Fans of the classic tank battle simulator Battle City really can’t afford to pass over this neon-ized remake. It’s available for just $1.45 on Google Play.
Orris HD from Tim Schroeder Games
Orris is a challenging 2D platformer with a stunning minimalistic style. The levels have been designed to be played in short spurts as the level of challenge is very high. The time you spend playing and the deaths you encounter are all tracked and aggregated to tally up your final score. This score can be shared with others via the game’s leaderboards.
- 51 Level
- Challenging Gameplay
- 2 Game Modes
- Movable Controls
- Google Play Games support (Leaderboards & Achievements)
- Minimalistic Style
- Direct Movement
Tim Schroeder’s Orris HD is an addicting platformer with imaginative level design and a flair for the challenging. Super Meat Boy fans should definitely check this one out. It’s available now on Google Play in both free to play and paid forms with the latter going for $1.01.
Prehistoric Worm from Ross Games
Prehistoric Worm is a Super Mega Worm-esque game that puts you in control of a giant hungry worm that has just emerged from the deepest depths of the Earth. You are very hungry after your long slumber and you’re willing to eat anything and everything that gets in your path. As you play you gain coins that can be used to unlock new worms, levels, and powers.
- Highly addictive gameplay
- Different worms and themes
- Upgrade your worm to get stronger!
- Compare your highscore with your friends or with the world (Google+)
- Different enemyie (Police, SWAT, etc.)
If you’re a fan of games like Super Mega Worm you should definitely give Prehistoric Worm a serious look. This game is developed by one of my favorite indie developers and I’m sure it will be well worth your time. It’s a free download on Google Play so definitely check it out.
Prohibition 1930 from Anuman Interactive
Prohibition started out as a hit game on the Amstrad CPC way back in 1987. The game received near universal acclaim for its immersive first person gameplay, and the release of Prohibition 1930 seeks to emulate that success. Prohibition 1930 is an over the top on rails shooter that takes cues from arcade classics like Time Crisis and House Of The Dead while still maintaining the distinct noir vibe of the original. You’ll be blasting your way through hordes of enemies while chaining together kills and pulling of special trick shots. A number of abilities become available over the course of the game like ducking for cover or even engaging “bullet time”.
- Adrenaline-fuelled shootouts
- Tons of devastating weapons
- A wide variety of enemies
- Your choices affect the plot
- Dozens of trophies!
An action packed remake of a defining video game classic, Prohibition 1930 is available now for $1.99 on the Amazon Appstore and is expected to make its way onto Google Play soon.
PinWar from Prank Entertainment (Published by BulkyPix)
PinWar is a psychedelic spinoff on classic pinball that incorporates interesting new ideas like pinball style deathmatches, mind bending level design, and a bevy of never before seen applications. Rather than simply launch balls at ramps and bumpers, players will face off against either an AI or human opponent in a battle of wits and reflexes to see who can win by causing the other to lose. This radical twist on pinball completely changes its dynamic with a feel that’s both a radical and completely natural progression for the genre.
- 2 players on the same device
- 3 unique game modes
- Amazing 3D graphics
- Super-realistic physics
- Collectible power-ups
- Multiballs and multiflippers
- Tons of tables available + more coming on every update
- From the creators of the universally acclaimed Ant Raid
- Google Play Game Services Achievements & Leaderboards
A ridiculously fun spin on classic pinball, PinWar is innovative and addicting while still remembering its roots. You can pick it up now for $1.99 on Google Play.
Type:Rider from Cosmografik & ARTE (Published by Bulkypix)
In Type:Rider you will be guiding two dots through the ages and across a wide variety of typographic styles and techniques. You’ll be faced with some challeging puzzles as you make your way through the unique and stunning world that lies before you. Type:Rider brings the adventure-puzzler genre to a whole new level and delivers a gaming experience that you wont soon forget.
- 10 worlds echoing key periods of the typograhy’s history
- Breath-taking artworks and musical vibes
- Immersive and intriguing atmosphere
- 3 types of controls: accelerometer, buttons and intuitive
- Great historical archives and paintings
Type:Rider is One of the most unique games that I have come across this year. It has a truly stunning art style, a beautiful atmospheric soundtrack, and some really innovative puzzle-platforming elements that mesh into one solid looking game. If you want to get your hands on one of the most vivacious games of the year you’ll want to head over to Google Play and grab Type:Rider for just $3.78.
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