June 2011 Indie Games Spotlight

By mancide, 5 years ago
Welcome to the June 2011 edition of the Indie Games Spotlight! We have three games for you this month, as well as an announcement on the future of the Spotlight. The Indie Games Spotlight article will be retooled, and relaunched into a weekly article to coincide with the Summer Uprising Indie Games promotion. We will cover each of the promotion games, and after the promotion ends, we will continue to bring you one spotlighted game per week.

Our first game this month is Cow Catch:

Push your reflexes to the limits with this challenging game of endurance and skill. Featuring four progressive modes of stylish bovine action, defend the Earth against otherworldly invasion by intercepting genetically modified cattle being launched at rural communities. Save the world from destruction with the aid of your trusty wagon and become a legendary folk hero! All of this for the low price of 80 MSP.

RELEASE DATE: 4/3/2011
DEVELOPER: John Mitchell
GENRE: Action & Adventure

FEATURES
Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
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Cow Catch was a great little time-waster for me. The controls, however, do bring back a longing for the paddle controllers of the Atari 2600 era. The quick twitch movements to catch the cows as the UFO drops them randomly around the screen can make for some frantic fun. Endless and Time-Attack modes make for a couple of different challenges to keep you trying to top your previous score.

I saw Toy Stunt Bike in the top downloads list, and since I'm a huge Trials HD fan, I had to check this out.

A fun packed micro sized motorbike trials game.

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

FEATURES
Offline players 1
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.

Last, but not least, we have Lair of the Evildoer; whose box art, I must admit, drew me to the title.

The evil Dr. Odious has you trapped in his lair. He’s also not very fond of you. Make your escape by battling through hundreds of monsters, collecting over 25 weapons and leveling up as you go. Procedurally generated levels will keep you on your toes in this action RPG shooter, ensuring a different experience with every playthrough!

RELEASE DATE: 6/16/2011
DEVELOPER: Going Loud Studios
GENRE: Action & Adventure

FEATURES
Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
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This top-down, dual-stick shooter with trigger controls, has an art-style that really stands out. Even though it was the box-art that attracted me to it, this game has some serious game-play chops to keep you playing. It's a mix between Smash TV and Diablo; you are tasked with going through level after level of "dungeons" in an effort to escape your evil captor. The shooting and melee combat felt great, and I always felt as if I was in imminent danger of being overwhelmed by the zombies if I didn't land a well placed shot or baseball bat swing. Another steal this month for only 80 MSP.

That does it for this edition of the Indie Game Spotlight. We look forward to launching the retooled Spotlight to coincide with the launch of the Summer Uprising campaign!

As always, if you have a suggestion for an Indie Game you feel should be included in a future Indie Games Spotlight, please send a PM to mancide with your suggestion.
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.