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Indie Zoe: Raider of the Lost News (5 September 2013)

 
Yup, it’s already Thursday. Sort of like a fake Friday, it’s that point in the week when we realize the weekend isn’t quite so far away. So here is your weekly indie gaming news – you better appreciate it as I had to tear myself away from playing Papers Please in order to write this for you!

First up, we have news that Xbox One’s indie program, ID@Xbox, will allow independent developers to self-publish using any business model that they like. Yup, this means that indie gamers can chose whether they want to use free-to-play, micro-transactions or premium pricing. 

Staying with indie game distribution, Midnight City is a new indie publishing label founded by Casey Lynch, previously editor-in-chief at IGN, and Doug Kennedy, who headed Reverb Communications, a video game marketing and public relations company. They have announced 10 new games – check out their promo video where you can see someone pushing a fake Oculus Rift.

Next, local is lekker with Thoopid, an indie mobile game company based in Cape Town. I’m seriously intrigued by their physics-based puzzle game releasing soon on iOS and Android. Gotta love the graphics and design of Snailboy: An Epic Adventure. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one:

Speaking of cool looking games, I’m feeling some serious chemistry with Sokobond, a game looking for love on Steam Greenlight. Maybe it’s because bonding was my favorite part of higher level chemistry, but this description makes me far happier than it should:

Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. The puzzles involve arranging atoms into molecules. It’s logical, minimalist, and crafted with love and science.

Mmmmmm, love and science. What more do we need?

Looking to pick up some cheap indie games? Well, there’s the Groupees bundle which includes games like Super Sanctum TD, Three Dead Zed, Sanctum 2 – OST and Turba. Or, finishing today, there’s the Humble Weekly Sale, featuring a variety of games from Paradox Interactive such as The Showdown Effect and Magicka.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!
  • TiMsTeR1033

    I must say Zoe thats a great header!!! I couldnt of done a better job myself!

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      told you i was going to use it – it’s awesome!

    • CrasH

      Must…. stop… myself… too…. tempting…….

      DAT ASS…
      dammit, i tried…

      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me :P

        • Weanerdog

          I’m all for a good whack with a riding crop or paddle, but that whip will take the skin from your body. Not a pleasant prospect.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        0_O

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      Haha, its brilliant actually, well done

  • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    Okay that’s actually a huge step up!!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    ID@Xbox – I wonder if the person who decided on that name ever considered that there may be a negative interpretation.

    • ElNicko

      what , kind of like ID10T ??

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Inderdaad.

  • Admiral Chief Awesomenaut

    Lekker midnight city music, had me jammin’

  • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    I went to a Microsoft sponsored Indie dev meeting 2 months ago (I actually invited @umarbastra:disqus and he turned me down like the cheap whore he is ) where they showed off snailboy, I even got 5 minutes of play time, AWESOME! Flip it looks amazing! Interestingly, a lot of people had some harsh words for the devs because they only showcased the final product, thus leading many to jump to the conclusion they were using the meeting as a marketing tool. Either way, damn beautiful game.

    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      I’m not a cheap whore okay. My rates have just fluctuated due to the crappy economy

      • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

        Riiight, that’s what your MEGAMOM said last night! BOOM!

        • Sageville

          Suig sy nogsteeds vir busgeld?

  • CrasH

    Seems that Papers Please getting a lot of all round good reviews, and for a game that seemed so easy to click past.

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      it is seriously awesome! look forward to a review soon – i can’t stop playing it!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I approve of Indie Zoe! Now if only we can get Dub Step Brenda… wait….

    • TiMsTeR1033

      why thank you

  • PS4H1P5T4

    Zoe getting in some Indie news before she goes all Indie withe the Indiestation 4. Nice one!

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