Indie Games Spotlight for December 4th, 2011

By mancide, 5 years ago
This is part one of a three part series where Ergo Me Smart is assisting me in selecting our top Indie games of this past year. We each have selected three titles we feel were the best of the best. This week we detail our third best game of the year, and I will lead off with our guest contributor's pick first:

Blocks That Matter

Combine your platforming and puzzle-solving skills in this incredible mashup! Playing as the Tetrobot, you can collect blocks of matter, recycle them into new shapes and trigger chain reactions. Contains 100% natural Slime extract.

RELEASE DATE: 5/12/2011
DEVELOPER: Swing Swing Submarine
GENRE: Platformer

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Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
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Winner of 2011’s ‘Dream. Build. Play.’ contest, these blocks do indeed matter. This platforming puzzler is best exampled as the unique love-child of Minecraft, Tetris and Mario. You go through the levels, drilling blocks, using these blocks to create platforms and then jumping your way to the next portal, and to the next level.

This game is amazingly well made, with the soundtrack matching the look and feel of the game. The platforms stand out vividly against the backdrop of the levels, with the graphics being amazingly clear. This game could have easily been a XBLA game, and is very much worth it’s 240MSP pricepoint as a result.

And my number three pick of 2011:

Toy Stunt Bike

A fun packed micro sized motorbike trials game.

RELEASE DATE: 12/15/2010
DEVELOPER: Raoghard
GENRE: Racing & Flying

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Dolby Digital
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What could be better than a trials game where my avatar can jump a mini-motor bike with his Mark V Flaming Avatar Helmet? Nothing, I say, nothing. This game plays just like you expect it to. I found a few places where the track design could have been tightened up just a bit to keep the frustrations down, but overall I had a smile on my face the whole time I was playing this game. I love the level design, using hot-wheels-esque tracks, pencils, desks, and chairs as the obstacles you must jump, climb, and drive over. You can get in on this mini-bike fun for 80 MSP.

Be sure to check back next week when we unveil our second best Indie Games of 2011.

If you have an Xbox Live Indie Game that you feel should be featured in an edition of the Indie Games Spotlight, please PM your suggestions to mancide.
Credit for this story goes to Ergo Me Smart
mancide
Written by mancide
When not enjoying video games, our fearless newshound enjoys an nice pint of fermented barley and hops in a variety of styles. India Pale Ales, Stouts, Porters, Witbiers, Saisons, Gose, Lambics, Barleywine, you name it. If it has water, malted barley, hops and yeast in it, I'll consume it. I also enjoy all things technological, Doctor Who, wrasslin, traveling, and spending time with my family.