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IndieGames.com is presented by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, which runs the Independent Games Festival & Summit every year at Game Developers Conference. The company (producer of the Game Developers Conference series, Gamasutra.com and Game Developer magazine) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

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Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 2

December 31, 2012 2:00 PM | John Polson

andy hull.png[More developers from our Top 10 Indie Games of 2012 (+2!) list have agreed to share their must-play games of 2012. Today's list features the picks of Andy Hull, Derek Yu, Dean Dodrill, Robin Hunicke, Jamie Cheng, Nels Anderson, and Jonatan Söderström.]

Spelunky HD developer (pictured right) Andy Hull's picks:

Hotline Miami by Dennaton Games

"GTA: Vice City is one of my favorite games of all time, in large part due to its amazingly stylish setting. Hotline Miami turns that up to 11, and complements it with fast, brutal and fun gameplay. Cactus has such a unique creative vision. His games always seem to have an authentic coolness that I just can't get enough of."

Perspective by Team Widdershins from DigiPen

"I was worried this game would be big on concept but not that fun in execution. I'm glad I was wrong. This worked my brain in all the right ways, and I quickly fell into a comfortable rhythm of switching between the 3D world navigation and the 2D platforming. The simple and intuitive rules allow you to traverse levels that look impossible at first glance."

Octogeddon by George Fan

"George Fan's Ludum Dare 24 entry is a small little gem that really shows how much awesome you can squeeze out of a simple but tightly designed game. Once I started playing, I couldn't stop until I had built my ideal octopus of doom."

Top Indie Games of 2012: Dev Redux Part 1

December 25, 2012 12:00 PM | John Polson

jonas.jpg[The developers from our Top 10 Indie Games of 2012 (+2!) list have agreed to share their must-play games of 2012. Today's list features the picks of Jonas Kyratzes, Anna Anthropy, Vince Twelve, Jim Crawford, Justin Ma, and Matthew Davis.]

The Sea Will Claim Everything creator (pictured right) Jonas Kyratzes' picks:

Dys4ia by Anna Anthropy

"A painfully honest look at life in today's society from the perspective of someone demonized by that society so it can keep ignoring its actual problems. Classic game mechanics illustrate human life with elegant simplicity."

Frog Fractions by Twin Beard

"A game made with enthusiasm and carefully deployed insanity."

Top 10 Xbox Live Arcade Games of 2012

December 21, 2012 10:00 AM | Danny Cowan

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Between Xbox Live Arcade and the Xbox Live Indie Games service, Xbox 360 owners have no shortage of great indie games to choose from. While XBLIG represents an untamed frontier largely suited for experimentation, Xbox Live Arcade is a haven for polished, focused efforts from some of the industry's most talented creators.

This year saw the release of many great indie-produced efforts for Xbox Live Arcade. These are our favorites.

Top 10 Indie Games Of 2012 (+2!)

December 18, 2012 6:00 PM | Staff

spelunky gama.jpgA Top 10 Indie Games of 2012 list just couldn't fit all of our must-play titles of the year. Instead, we're shoehorning the industry standard by adding two more, because we can and more importantly, because we must.

If 2011 represented an "indie boom" for the scene, 2012 was an indie-vasion on all fronts. Free, paid, and free-to-play indie games revitalized aging Sony and Microsoft consoles, were often the highlight software of new gadgets such as the Wii U and PlayStation Vita, and even overwhelmed Steam to the point of Valve restructuring its entire submission process.

Free and paid indie games continue to spawn from a variety of game jams and competitions. These games take up residence in more online stores, browser-based mega sites such as Kongregate and Newgrounds, mobile devices led by Android and Apple, and every other platform that has now warmed up to "indie." Social gaming, however, remains occupied by mostly indie tumbleweed.

We needed to increase the residence of our own top 10 indie games of 2012 list to 12 because these developers deserve the recognition, and our readers deserve a chance to learn about the diversity and opportunity that presently exists. We are here to celebrate games that challenge our skills as much as they challenge our beliefs and expectations.

These are our top games of 2012.

Top 10 Xbox Live Indie Games of 2012

December 15, 2012 12:00 PM | Danny Cowan

01bleed-2.jpg[IndieGames begins its extended year in review across all platforms, starting with its top 10 XBLIG titles of 2012.] This year was perhaps the best year the Xbox Live Indie Games service has ever seen. It was packed so full of surprises, in fact, that I had to make major revisions to this list just a few days before it was set to be published.

To date, no other console platform can compete with the Xbox Live Indie Games service in terms of providing a steady stream of weird and wonderful creations from a pool of talented indie developers. Here are my picks for the top 10 XBLIG titles released this year.

Games Like Spelunky That Do Not Require An Xbox 360

July 4, 2012 11:00 AM | John Polson

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With the blessing of Spelunky developer Derek Yu, we've prepared a list of games like Spelunky for people to play, in celebration of its XBLA release.

Of course, those who have an Xbox 360 should purchase and play Spelunky. Those who have friends with an Xbox 360 should be communing to enjoy its local multiplayer. However, these prescriptions help anyone without an Xbox 360 nearby. So, here's a list of 10 Spelunky-like titles, and even some semi-Spelunkies, to consider:

Feature: 10 iOS Adventure Games You Must Play

June 28, 2012 7:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Apple's iPhone and especially those amazing (and rather expensive) iPads truly make for an excellent adventure gaming platform that's very indie friendly indeed. The large memory and multi-touch screen of the iOS devices, combined with the low asking prices and reasonable development costs have already provided us with more than a few excellent and at times innovative takes on the genre. Here are the 10 adventure games you really shouldn't miss:

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
sword sworcery ep.pngA huge indie hit on numerous platforms and a digital art manifesto all wrapped up in one innovative game that started its life on iOS. Intrigued? Well, you should be, for Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery is a rare game indeed, that effortlessly combines point-and-click gaming with simple combat mechanics, well-paced exploration and a ton of highly experimental ideas. It's artistically impressive too, what with its incredibly stylized visuals and downright brilliant soundtrack.

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Top 10 Indie Games Of 2011

December 16, 2011 4:00 PM | Michael Rose

dredmorbig.jpgWe don't need to tell you that the gaming industry is currently experiencing an 'indie boom' -- the evidence has been piling up throughout 2011, with numerous developers at AAA studios leaving their jobs behind to work on exactly the kind of games they want to make.

You only have to look at the Independent Games Festival record number of entries to know indies mean business this year. This time around, nearly 570 games were entered into the competition, marking an increase of more than 45 percent compared to the previous year.

We say this every year, but we genuinely mean it -- having to choose just ten titles from the incredible batch of indie titles this year was not only next-to-impossible, but also excruciatingly heart-breaking, as we had to knock favorite after favorite off until there were only ten remaining.

But never fear, as a good number of those titles that we close, but just missed out on a top spot, have been compiled below the main list as honorable mentions.

Feature: Top Freeware Platformers 2010

January 13, 2011 1:00 AM | Tim W.

[From now until mid-January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2010, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category. Previously: Top 10 Experimental Games, Top 10 Shoot 'em Ups, Top 10 Role-Playing Games, Top 10 Freeware Puzzlers, Top 10 Freeware Adventure Games, Top 10 Browser Arcade Games, Top 10 Freeware Arcade Games, Top 10 Browser Platformers]

The last of our in-depth 2010 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog (after the overall Top 10 we did for Gamasutra and the 10 Indie Games for '11 article), we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware platformers released in 2010.

We've got tons of 2D platformers for you in this installment of the best indie games of the year. Among our picks you can find a new game from Knytt Stories creator Nifflas, a premium iPhone release that's actually free to play on Windows, Mac and Linux, a Spectrum ZX-style game by the developer of Hydorah and 8-Bit Killer, and the usual Metroid-inspired platformers that'll keep players glued to their screens for some time.

Here are the top freeware downloadable platformers of the year:

Feature: Top Browser Platformers 2010

January 10, 2011 7:00 PM | Tim W.

[From now until mid-January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2010, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category. Previously: Top 10 Experimental Games, Top 10 Shoot 'em Ups, Top 10 Role-Playing Games, Top 10 Freeware Puzzlers, Top 10 Freeware Adventure Games, Top 10 Browser Arcade Games, Top 10 Freeware Arcade Games]

The eighth of our in-depth 2010 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog (after the overall Top 10 we did for Gamasutra and the 10 Indie Games for '11 article), we're proud to present ten of the best Flash-based platformers released in 2010.

Super Meat Boy helped usher in the renaissance of indie games in 2010, and it's no surprise that 2D platformers make up a large percentage of browser games available to play on casual game portals as well. Here's our guide to some of the more notable run 'n jump games that you shouldn't be missing out on.

Here are the top browser platformers of the year:

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