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September Indie Game Round-Up 23

cyrus_zuo brings us the latest set of reviews for recent independently-produced games. A panel of reviewers takes a look at 10 games, including The Spirit Engine 2, an action RPG which receives high marks, the humorous Strong Bad game, and Eternity's Child, which has earned quite a big of negative press recently. "Despite what some may have said, EC certainly isn't the disaster it is made out to be, not by a long shot. However, it feels like it is brushing up against greatness only to have its wings burned and that makes the short-comings feel all the more painful."
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September Indie Game Round-Up

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  • Ah, TSE (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Starayo ( 989319 )
    There's a name I haven't heard in a while. I was surprised at how fun the original game was. Not sure I'd pay USD$18 for it though...

    I'm glad to see it scored highly. The original seemed to have a more involving storyline than other, 'professional' games at times.
    • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )

      It sure was interesting but the limited combat system felt problematic at times, especially when I got stuck because I couldn't deal with the enemies I had to fight and there wasn't much opportunity to level at that point.

      • In TSE2 it's usually more effective to change your combat strategy than to go level up. That is still quite tricky, especially due to a quirk with targeted abilities and enemies that go somewhere that they can't be targeted. I'd prefer if that would cause your guys to wait until that enemy comes back, but instead the targeted attack simply hops to the next enemy - which can be utterly useless when you're trying to coordinate a particular type of attack on a guy. I ended up getting stuck in the snowy mounta
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 24, 2008 @07:30PM (#25144911)

    I'm surprised that such an innovative indie game didn't make the cut. Then again, I guess it obviously would have gotten a 10, so there was no need to review it ;)

  • The following games support Linux:
    • Atomic Worm
    • Martians vs Robots
    • Fullmetal Soccer

    Dizzy and the Other Side claims to come with the source (bottom of the page) but all I can see are the data files. Perhaps if the source is available someone can port it (for learning purposes).

    • Re:Linux synopsis (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Wednesday September 24, 2008 @08:02PM (#25145231) Homepage

      True, but Strong Bad runs great under wine if you install d3dx9_36.dll (or probably the whole thing). Played through the first two eps already, in general Telltale's game are quite Linux-friendly if you get the actual game launched. E.g. on Sam & Max season 2 all works if you set OS version to Vista which disables the whole copy protection crap :).

  • I for one will welcome our Japanese emo-enabled warrior child-men with open arms and a good swift kick in the pants ...

  • The review of Eternity's Child I saw described it as horrible. Unresponsive controls, really annoying battles and graphics that fell apart the moment they started moving. IIRC you were required to jump to platforms you couldn't see at times (i.e. guess if there's something offscreen you can land on or just bottomless pits).

  • They apparently didn't notice th11: Subterranean Animism.

    Too bad.

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