This is part two 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 second best game of the year, and I will lead off with our guest contributor's pick first:Aban Hawkins & the 1000 SPIKES
"Aban Hawkins & the 1000 SPIKES" is an 8-bit retro style Hardest Extremest Craziest Platform Action Puzzle Adventure. Simple & intuitive rules. Elaborate level design. Various fierce traps, traps, traps! Return to the Golden Years of Video Game. No one can BEAT this game...except YOU!!
RELEASE DATE: 1/18/2011
DEVELOPER: JPN 8bits fanatics
GENRE: Action & Adventure
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Think of Super Meat Boy
. Now make it 8 bit and remove Meat Boy, and replace this with an Indiana Jones-lookalike. Finally, take the difficulty and make it ten times harder. The end result is Aban Hawkins and the 1000 SPIKES
. Around every corner is another spike you didn’t see before, another dead end leading to death and another pit to fall down.
In other words, the game is difficult. However, it isn’t impossible, with trial and error forcing you through the level resulting in a huge sense of achievement when you finally beat the damned thing. And anyway, you get 1000 lives for the whole game so it’s not like you’re going to run out anytime soon.
For my second pick for this year I revisit one of the only RPG titles I actually enjoyed playing this year, Doom & Destiny
Doom & Destiny is a conventional Japanese style RPG with an unconventional mood. Strange events bring four friends in a fantasy world made of cliche, strange people and a lot of humor. Help them in the battle against the evil villain and to find their way home.
RELEASE DATE: 8/25/2011
DEVELOPER: HeartBit Interactive
GENRE: Role Playing
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I am going to be perfectly honest here: RPGs are not my favorite type of game to play. I've tried to get into them. I've tried lots of them, but I have played very few of them to the very end. I do appreciate the "chillax" mode this game offers, as that seems to be a bit more my speed for RPGs.
This game has several references to "nerd humor", such as letting players cast magic missile
, and overall the story seems coherent. Our heroes are on their way to a game of D&D when something goes terribly wrong, and they are transported to a world where they must fight an unnamed evil. Yes, this sounds fairly generic and cliched, but that seems to be the mood the game is going for.
You will be presented with many different locations, from lava-filled dungeons to icy peaks. The battle system of the game encourages new strategies, giving the player the ability to choose the party leader and simple battle tactics: cast powerful fireballs with Nigel, quickly backstab unaware enemies with Francis, summon powerful Noodle Gods to heal your friends with Mike or slash your opponent to pieces with Johnny’s powerful sword.
Overall, this is a great, traditional RPG that features an easy-mode for those of you, like myself, who have struggled in the past with these types of games.