The VGU Awards are here and with it comes the nominees for the best indie game of the year. While we have had extreme AAA games like The Last of Us we have had small indie wonders like Gone Home and Guacamelee.
This indie title is thanks to Steam Early Access. Quite simply put, this is the indie version of Left 4 Dead. It has a cast of characters and currently four modes to play as the game is still in its early beta stage. Zombie enthusiast Allan Muir scoured the Steam store looking for Left 4 Dead style zombie games and he found one in this. It may look a lot like Left 4 Dead except for the fact that there are no fast zombies or special zombies, just zombies. The escape level that plays out in the Roanoke Police Department is fantastic. If Left 4 Dead did not exist, this would definitely take its place.
Gone Home tells the story of a young woman returning home to find her entire family gone. The game is an interactive first person adventure title by The Fullbright Company. This indie company has sold 50,000 copies of Gone Home as of September 2013. The game touches upon the young woman’s memories of her family, friends, and time away from home. The story is really told through Kaitlin Greenbriar herself via the audio logs that are found in the game. The game simply wasn’t about why the family isn’t there but about Kaitlin herself. Upon release, the game gained universal acclaim and awards.
How to Survive
Kovac’s Rules! You start things off awakening on a beach after a storm wrecks your boat and leaves you as the sole survivor. Unfortunately you are stranded on an island with “monsters” and by “monsters” I mean zombies and other real monsters. This indie game saw you, as the title suggests, learning How to Survive and staying alive at that. The game features a day & night cycle that even requires you to sleep every set amount of hours and there is a crafting system that allows you to make homemade guns, shotguns, bow and arrows, and even crossbows. Since you are struggling to survive, every day could be your last as you need to monitor your hunger, tiredness, and thirst. Without food, water, and healing plants you will not make it in the world and will last only a day or two. You needed to have a plan for survival and how you were going to do it.
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs is a very scary game, and an indie game at that. It took all the scariness of the predecessor and amplified it. Horror game connoisseur Allan Muir tried to be a tough guy and play the game, but he could only make it twenty minutes without quitting out of pure fear. The game was released in early-mid September to mixed/positive reviews. But if there is one thing that can be said about this indie horror title, it is definitely that it ups the scare level seen in The Dark Descent.
Guacamelee is a 2D side-scrolling indie beat-em-up that came out earlier this year on the PS3 and Vita and was a smash hit with gamers. You play as a down on his luck Mexican farmer who then becomes a luchador when El Presidente’s daughter is kidnapped by an evil skeletal horseman. You swap between the “The Living World” and “The Dead World” two different dimensions. The game also featured same-screen co-op multiplayer throughout the entire story.
Those are VGU’s nominees for the best indie game of 2013 but what do you think? Vote in the reader poll below and we’ll reveal our winner and the results of that poll this Friday!