Posts Tagged ‘indie games’

Extreme Evolution: Drive to Divinity

I’d been looking forward to this game for about a year. I’d expected it to be unique and psychedelic, which it is, but it also excels in ways I wasn’t expecting.

From the sound design and music to the expansive world to the many distinctive forms of the player avatar, this is a profound step forward from Sam Atlas’s earlier Space Hole games. And abstract as it is, I found it to be oddly affecting at times.

Something like this deserves a wide audience more than many of the big-budget games with painfully formulaic design that get all the attention. But I’m glad Extreme Evolution exists and I’d recommend it to anyone who thinks it looks intriguing at all.


Anthology of the Killer

I mentioned a free computer game called Space Funeral in a previous post about ten years ago. The creator of that game, thecatamites, has since released several other creations that are worth a look, such as 10 Beautiful Postcards.

But what I wanted to focus on here is something new, a series of eight horror-themed freeware games that are collectively titled Anthology of the Killer.

Although they are horror games, the style is cartoonish and the games are not particularly scary or disturbing. What violence there is is mostly implied. There’s a nice, unsettling atmosphere at times but even that is tempered by the playful writing (which includes occasional strong language).

These are all short games, each of which can easily be played in one sitting. You follow the same protagonist through them all, but it doesn’t really matter what order you play them. I’d recommend the whole series, but I think my favorites are Blood, Drool, and Ears of the Killer. Hands and Heart are up there as well.

The individual download links are on the page but I’ll also include them here:

Finally, if you like the music from these games you can also get the soundtrack for free.


Remembering Sparlatacus

My game developer friend Kim Okkerstrøm died in 2014. I’d found his games inspiring and I’d gotten to know him a little over the years. I’ve created a tribute page with some thoughts about his work and our interactions.

A Sparlatacus Retrospective