As the indie games market continues to grow, all-stars that depict the best of what critics and players alike have come to expect of indie titles begin to appear. Many gaming fans include Faster Than Light (FTL) and the Penumbra series among the stand outs. Narrative designer Tom Jubert developed much of the experience that those games are known for, and has recently released The Swapper which is receiving plenty of critical acclaim itself for its puzzles and storytelling techniques.
Early Access is a peculiar idea. Gamers pay to test and work out the kinks in games prior to their official release. We’re paying to play unfinished games, which is weird given that many AAA developers have QA testers that get paid to do just that. And yet here we are with plenty of gamers spending money to test out betas and alphas of a game. The practice was frowned upon by many after some companies abused the idea to grab a quick buck, yet Early Access has done a lot to turn itself around, namely increasing the quality of these games and the overall mentality behind it. Some Early Access games even rise from the standard and turn out to be excellent.
On October 27th, developer Oovee Game Studios released a major update to the popular off-road driving simulator Spintires. While the update does address some technical issues, specifically issues with some of the multiplayer functionality, the main feature of this patch is the addition of peripheral support.
Chariot is a game made by a Canadian Indie developer, Frima Studio. It was released at the end of September 2014 and made available free to gold subscribers on Microsoft Xbox One. It was later released on all other next generation platforms. Frima Studio was founded in 2003 in Quebec City, Canada.
Flippfly, developers of procedural racer Race The Sun, have released some rather depressing stats that prove just how important a Steam release is for a small indie game. Race The Sun came out a month ago and has only sold 771 copies, earning the two man dev team about $7400. Their worst day of sales ever was apparently the 16th, with a dismal two copies sold.