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Published on October 18th, 2013 | by James Maxwell

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Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #17

Once again it is Friday, which means it is time for another one of our Indie Game Round-Ups. This week we’ve got a huge list of extremely awesome indie games that all of our readers should check out. There are tonne of quality action games, puzzle games, reflex games, and more – so check them all out below! And while you’re here you might want to check out the video feature at the bottom of the page and also vote for your favorite indie title in the poll located just below it.

Thanks for checking out this week’s round-up. We really hope you enjoy the games we have listed. Enjoy!

Blokk Panikk from Phivesoft

Blokk Panikk is a unique action puzzler that is full of surprises. As you play through each of the game’s unique areas you will encounter new enemies, items, tools, puzzles, characters, twists, and obstacles. You’ll also enjoy a well written and very humorous dialogue that is told by a variety of very unique characters like Rob the Rabbit, Sunny the Starfish and Turbo the Turtle. Blokk Panikk currently features the 3 unique zones with 10 zones in each. The devs plan on releasing 12 new areas in the months to come which means the game will soon consist of 150 Zones! That’s a crazy amount of content that will keep any puzzle game content for a long time to come.

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Blokk Panikk is a unique puzzle game that is available as both as a free download (with a limited amount of content) and as a full paid version that is available for just $2.05. This is a must buy for fans of action-puzzle games.

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Briquid from Gamious

Briquid is a unique retro-styled puzzle game that really stands out from other games in the genre. In Briquid you will be moving water around a level by breaking bricks or building new ones. While this may sound easy the game is anything but. Some puzzles might only take you a few minutes to solve, but as you progress further into the game’s 100 levels you’re sure to notice the difficulty steadily rise and provide you with some serious challenge.

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Briquid is a challenging but hugely entertaining puzzle game that shouldn’t be passed up by fans of the genre. Grab Briquid off of Google Play as either a free download or grab the full game for just $1.25.

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Circle Squared from John Nelson Rose

Circle Squared is a unique puzzler with a fantastic minimalistic theme that has been inspired by the iconic Rubik’s Cube. At first glance you might think Circle Squared is just another “match game”. However, if this is your mindset you are very wrong. In Circle Squared you slide the rows and columns of circles up and down, left to right, to create two-by-two squares. The concept is simple and the game is easy to pick up, but as the number of colours increase, your moves become limited, and you come across the dreaded triangle obstacle you’ll realise this isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

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Circle Squared is a gorgeous minimalistic puzzler that needs your attention. Grab it for just $1.01 on Google Play.

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Dot.Stop.Run from OmNomCom

Dot.Stop.Run is a unique dystopian runner from the awesome indie development team OmNomCom. Dot.Stop.Run is more-or-less a sequel to the teams previous release “Dot“. Dot.Stop.Run shares similar mechanics to the first game, but tonnes of improvements have been implemented to make this a far more superior release. What really sets DSR apart from other games in the runner genre is how it gives you the ability to manipulate time. It’s a unique challenge that adds a whole new level of challenge to games of this type.

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Features:

  • Campaign
  • Endless mode
  • High scores
  • Stunning visuals
  • Tablet support
  • and much more!

OmNomCom has stated that they will be supporting Dot.Stop.Run for months to come, and I’m sure some of the updates they have planned will be awesome. This game is a unique runner that fans of the genre are sure to fall in love with instantly. Grab it from Google Play for just $1.64.

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Fist of Awesome from I Fight Bears

Fist of Awesome is a game that starts off when Tim Burr’s family mysteriously vanishes and his house spontaneously bursts into flames. Just when Tim thought his day couldn’t get get any worse his hand becomes self-aware and tells him that the world is now being ruled by bears! Tim sure isn’t going to stand for this, so you’ll have to help him on his epic battles across time and space to put an end to this madness. Fist of Awesome’s gameplay has been inspired by classic beat em ups like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage and Final Fight –but with far more bears. So get your thumbs warmed up for the most epic time-travelling bear punching beat em up of all time!

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Features:

  • Humour – A delirious sense of humour reverberates throughout the whole storyline and action packed gameplay.
  • Revolutionary Touch Controls – On mobile platforms the gesture based combat system allows for fast reactions, huge combos and an unparelled move set.
  • Amazing Graphics – The fast paced action is brought to life with gloriously retro-style graphics and animation.
  • Bombastic Soundtrack – Showcasing the incredible talents of Echolevel aka Brendan Ratliff the FIST OF AWESOME music brings back hazy memories of feeding coin after coin into cabinets in smokey arcades.

If you’re a fan of beat em ups or you’re just looking for a truly unique gaming experience you MUST download Fist of Awesome right away. The game has a great pixel art style, a humorous storyline, and a fantastic soundtrack that makes it stand out as one of the best games available on Google Play. Head on over and grab this crazy game for just $3.99.

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Ice Escape from Corey Drake

Ice Escape is a puzzle game that has you helping three prehistoric creatures escape from a glacier they’ve been frozen in for millions of years. Each of these characters has their own special abilities, and at times you’ll have to combine their abilities to escape certain mazes. Puzzles are solved by swiping your finger in the direction you want your creature to go and you will send it sliding across the ice until they hit a wall and stop. Levels start out pretty easy to get you warmed up to the game’s mechanics, but as you play through Ice Escape’s 100 hand crafted levels you will definitely start to notice an increase in the puzzle’s difficulty.

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Features:

  • Free
  • Not a single advertisement
  • 100 hand built levels
  • Cute, colorful characters
  • Creative 3d graphics in a 2.5d world
  • Very indie two-man team

Ice Escape is a puzzle game that is great for players of all ages. The game’s mechanics are easy to learn but hard to master, and the 100 levels will keep gamers busy for a long time to come. The game is also 100% free (yes, no ads of IAP’s!), so there’s no reason not to check out this charming prehistoric puzzler.

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Kitty Crush from Supertapp Interactive

Barry Dog really has it out for innocent little kitties. So much so that he has designed and built his very own automatic Kitty destroying machine. Lucky for the kitties this machine has one weakness: it always leaves one kitty sized space free of deadly blades of death and giant metal squishers. Do you have what it takes to keep these kitties safe from Barry?

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Features:

  • Fast paced Kitty recuing action
  • Gruesome HD graphics
  • Will you be Kitty rescuing champion – check the leaderboards to see
  • Unlock achievements as you progress

Kitty Crush is a bizarre but highly entertaining reflex-puzzler. It’s free on Google Play so definitely check this one out.

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Lucha Zombie from Subversive Studios

Lucha Zombie plays out as a mix of action fighting games and wrestling games but throws in a tonne of zombies to make things a bit more interesting. Upon starting your first match you realise that your opponent isn’t exactly who you’re used to fighting. He smells kind of gross, his skin tone is green, and he’s trying to take a big bite off your head! You quickly notice that the fans in the arena have also turned into zombies, and you are completely surrounded. You’re your only defense, so pull on your spandex and great ready to fight in the biggest battle royale of your life.

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Lucha Zombie brings a tonne of over the top zombie annihilation to the wrestling ring. If you’ve ever wanted to lay the smack down on some nasty zombie scum look no further than Lucha Zombie. You can grab it off of Google Play for just $1.03.

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Max Rush from Dark Spark Studios

Max Rush is a new fast-paced action-puzzler that is a combined effort by Evodant Interactive and Dark Spark Studios. The gameplay in Max Rush is a mixture of down-scrolling arcade action and elements of the always addictive match-3 formula. The method used to solve these puzzles is pretty old school too… well, if you consider medieval to be old school. Take your arsenal of  sharp pointy weapons and launch them at your enemies! Clear out some of your enemies to push back the horde, and activate wicked power-ups to help out along the way. Does it really get any better than that?

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Rush over to Google Play to get your very own copy of Max Rush. It is a free download, so don’t let this one slip by you.

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Meatballphobia from Protomni Multimedia

Meatball Phobia is a gorgeous new retro-styled (both through it’s great 8-bit graphics and an awesome chiptune soundtrack) 2D-physics-puzzler. Your goal in each level is to roll a large meatball through a complex puzzle with the ultimate goal of hitting the hysterical head at the bottom of the screen. This is easier said than done though as you’ll have to contend with challenging physics based obstacles along the way. The game starts out relatively easy but as you get into the higher levels you’ll be up against even more challenging elements.

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Features:

  • Addictive 2D physics-puzzler gameplay
  • 50 brain-teasing puzzlers of increasing difficulty
  • Takes a relaxed approach to problem solving
  • A gorgeous 8-bit graphics style
  • An engaging chiptune soundtrack

Fans of physics puzzlers and gamers looking for a truly unique retro experience can’t afford to pass up Meatballphobia. It can be yours for the low price of $1.50 on Google Play.

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Mosquito Island from Bit Ate Bite

Mosquito Island is a game that shares a similar to that found in Fruit Ninja. You are under attack from a tonne of pesky mosquitoes so you’ll need to frantically slash away at them to keep them away from your precious blood. You have three lives and your goal goal is simply to stay alive for as long as you can while building up the best high score you can muster. You’ll need quick reflexes to succeed against the many types of mosquitoes, but luckily you have some helpful power-ups (Poison Gas and Lightning Strike) that will give you a foot up on your enemy. How long do you think you’ll be able to fend off these annoying mosquitoes?

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Fans of frantic slash ‘em up games like Fruit Ninja are sure to fall in love with Mosquito Island instantly. Bit Ate Bit are well known for their high quality game releases, and Mosquito Island looks to continue this trend. Fly on over to Google Play and grab this addictive game for the nice low price of free.

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Not Pinball from Sunny Chow

Not Pinball is most easily described as an endless “runner” that has a unique pinball feel to it. Your goal in Not Pinball is to shoot a pinball through an infinite randomly generated environment without letting the ball touch the bottom of the screen. You simply tap on the ball to direct it towards the top of the screen, and each time your ball bounces off a bumper, knocks down a drop target, or slide over a rollover spot you gain points towards your high score.

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If you’ve been looking for a unique take on the endless “runner” formula you really have to check out Not Pinball. It’s totally free on Google Play so make sure you don’t pass it up!

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Nova Maze from Prisma Code

Nova Maze is a hodgepodge of the action, arcade, and puzzle genres that utilizes the touchscreen environment to its benefit rather than detriment. Players are tasked with drawing their finger in a line from one end of each level to the other, a simple yet engaging gameplay mechanic that is continuously reinvented over the course of Nova Maze‘s seventy level campaign. Without lifting their finger off the screen or crashing into a wall, players must literally draw their way through topsy-turvy stages filled with shifting platforms, deadly laser grids, and brain twisting logic puzzles. This uniquely implemented design choice makes Nova Maze the most creative action puzzler in recent memory.

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Features:

  • Mind and reflex challenging puzzles around every corner!
  • HD neon style graphics and effects!
  • More than seventy action-packed puzzles, with even more coming soon!
  • Six different level groups!
  • Fourteen unlock-able achievements!
  • Dynamic obstacles that make for surprising discoveries!
  • Much more!

An addicting arcade mash-up that towers above its peers, Nova Maze is available now for $1.45 on Google Play.

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O.G.A : Bullet Hell Shooter from Doodah Productions

O.G.A is undoubtedly one of the most challenging bullet-hell shooters available on Google Play. Along with it’s intense gameplay O.G.A also sports some of the best looking graphics ever seen in the genre. The game also features 3 gameplay modes which means you’ll be kept busy with this one for quite some time.

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Fans of bullet-hell shooters need to get their hands on O.G.A. This wicked experience costs only $2.99 on Google Play.

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Roll Mania from Larfco

Roll Mania is an extremely fun and challenging true-to-life physics puzzle-platformer that is all about rolling different spherical objects. Each level in Roll Mania provides the player with 3 different rolling objects which they must use in the most efficient way to solve each of the level’s puzzles. Getting used to the rolling objects’ unique properties will help you find the quickest way to roll past obstacles and reach the exit is the key to success in Roll Mania. The game makes use of simple touch controls: roll left and roll right. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Roll Mania is one of the best true-to-life physics puzzlers that has ever hit Google Play. So what are you waiting for? Roll over there and grab this game for free! (Oh, and the game even makes use of the Google Game Services, which is always a huge plus in my books).

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Terrible Monster Run from IDKY Developments

Terrible Monster Run is a 3D platform-runner that takes a unique spin on the traditional 2D platforming game. While it has been inspired by games like Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Temple Run, Terrible Monster Run adds a lot of its own unique gameplay elements that make it something very special in its own right. It also features a whole cast of cute and cuddly characters and a gorgeous 3D environment that has been designed using some of the latest technology out there. Best of all the devs have also implemented cloud saves, leaderboards, and achievements through Google Play Games Services.

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Features:

  • Google Play Games Services including cloud save, achievements, and leaderboards!
  • Simple, addictive game play
  • Tap to jump
  • Tap power up button to unleash the power ups
  • Jump on monsters to collect item drops
  • Multiple paths per level
  • Challenging levels
  • Simple and easy to play; kids will love this!
  • Cute characters
  • Awesome Power ups
  • Beautiful 2-D characters in 3-D
  • Crazy surprises

Terrible Monster run is a game that kids will love but will still be a blast for older gamers too. Head over to Google Play to get this fantastic platforming-puzzler for free!

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The Simple Game from adSalsa

The Simple Game is a unique puzzle game that is based off of simple gameplay mechanics . Simply it is a visual precision game in which you must find a color matching the highlighted square and move it in the direction that square is indicating. And that’s it. You have three lives and when you hit zero you are awarded with a high score. It’s a really simple concept with really simple controls, but it’s also quite challenging and a whole lot of fun.

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Features:

  • Stunning design.
  • Fast and infinite Gameplay: Go as far as you can get!
  • The game becomes harder as you go further.
  • Old fashioned Top 5. Just your initials. Just 5 entries.
  • Best players can get up to 5 badges proving their amazing skills.
  • Relaxing and evolving sound.
  • HD Graphics.
  • Ideal to improve your eye-hand coordination.
  • Gamers of all ages can enjoy it.
  • Ideal to share with friends in real life.
  • Really addictive, really simple.

For such a simple game The Simple Game has an addictive formula that will keep gamers coming back for more. Slide on over to Google Play to get this gem for free!

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Travelling Tribal from Hellboy Studios

As a curious young tribesman who’s always wanted to leave his village and explore the world, players will embark on an epic journey around the globe filled with danger, mayhem, and mysticism. As if traversing long expanses of ocean on nothing but rickety platforms wasn’t dangerous enough, players will also have to contend with monstrously large killer bees, hungry sharks, and a mysterious pair of spell casting twins. It’s not all doom and gloom however as our hero is not only particularly adept at gymnastics but also boasts his own arsenal of spells and more than a few tricks up his sleeve. This gives Travelling Tribal an action adventure vibe that feels like a cross between a sidescrolling Doodle Jump and Super Mario Bros.

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Features:

  • Limitless endurance gameplay
  • Stunning 2D cartoon graphics & animation
  • Achievements
  • Highly polished

Travelling Tribal is an imaginative platformer filled with addicting gameplay and genre challenging ideas. It’s available now for $.99 on Google Play alongside a free to play version.

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Trouserheart from 10tons

Trouserheart is best described as being a mix of Legend Of Zelda and Diablo. Trouserheart is a tongue-in-cheek riff on the classic tale of a lone knight who’s been tasked with a perilous quest in order to save his kingdom. Players will fight their way through hordes of goblins, zombies, and other baddies as they attempt to reclaim the most precious thing in all the world; Their trousers. Along the way they’ll collect tons of loot, upgrade their abilities, and unlock crazy awesome new weapons.

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Features:

  • Meet and defeat peculiar enemies
  • Hoard treasure and upgrade your sword, shield, and armor
  • Slay 10 unique bosses
  • Gain more than dozen GameCircle achievements
  • Choose between two difficulty levels plus the perma death mode

A hilarious action-rpg that defies stereotypes, Trouserheart is yet another amazing game from the fine folks at 10tons Ltd. It’s available now for $2.99 on the Amazon Appstore.

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