Melbourne - December 30, 2011 – At the beginning of this month, IndieDB and ModDB commenced their search for the best of 2011 by inviting gamers and developers to vote for their favorite indie games and mods.
170,000 fans voted and now just before we enter 2012, it is time to celebrate the winners in 2011. Scott Reismanis, the Founder of ModDB and IndieDB, commented "For the first time in a long time, it was hard to argue with the 2011 winners, with even the staunchest critics agreeing every game featured deserved its place."
2011 Indie of the Year is Terraria
- Runner Ups:
- Frozen Synapse
- Trine 2
2011 Mod of the Year is Multi Theft Auto
- Runner Ups:
- Third Age – Total War
- No More Room in Hell
- CoH: Eastern Front
Fly me to the moon
And let me play among the stars
Let me see what summer’s like
On Jupiter or Mars…
Erm, yes. Well anyway:
There once was a man called Kan
He thought “a computer game to make I can"
An epic story to span
And an indie game reviewer came up with a plan
To interview this man called Kan
Can Kan fit in with the plan?
He certainly can!
All of which leads me rather neatly into an interview I did with Kan Gao, creator of the story-driven game “To the Moon”, of which you might also want to read my review.
The Wreckless was developed by Duct Tape Games and is available for PC and Mac, and costs $9.99. At this price it’s definitely quite good value for money, and if for instance new missions are ever added as a free DLC, it could become excellent value for money. (If this happens you will of course hear about it on IndieGameNews.com!) If you liked Tie Fighter, Elite (albeit without the trading) and that sort of game, you’ll definitely enjoy The Wreckless.
-Free Control Ball, the ball has inertial free movement and you’ll need to control it first.
- Total control of height, direction and effect in each pass and shoot you make.
- Play the World Cup!
- Local Multiplayer option up to 4 players in cooperative or rival mode.
- Choose any available National Team.
Set in the late Cretaceous Period, the game tells the story of a small team of scientists (from the future), imprisoned in a prehistoric jungle, struggling to both fix the timeline they broke and surviving the wrath of Professor Nigel Racik, to whom dinosaurs should have ruled the earth forever. In Dino Palooza, the player does more than watch the guns take care of the bad guys. Players actively fire the cannons, place the barricades, slow the enemies down, and much more.
* Gather resources, build mazes and place traps on more than 18 levels
* 16 dinosaur species
* Earn credits and unlock tons of new weapons
* Game Center leaderboard support
* Full Retina Display support
* Amazing soundtrack
* In-game comics
* iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch 3rd gen or later
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 44.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Dino Palooza 1.0.1 costs only $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and will be available worldwide on the App Store in the Games Category. Launch Special Price $0.99 USD is being offered for a limited time.
Located in Brazil, Cat Nigiri is a startup indie games development studio focused on quality mobile apps.
You have been banished to this underworld, never to see the light of day. While the surface continues to suffer under the iron fist of Emperor Hawthorne, you will enter into a battle for survival in Avernum, a hungry and fragile nation deep in the underworld. The people of this world have not given up, however, and they are forging a new nation of their own with steel, magic, and dreams of returning to the sun. Join them, explore a huge game world, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, choose from hundreds of quests, and become the hero of the underworld!
Avernum: Escape From the Pit is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in a unique and deadly world. Fight to complete up to three game-winning quests. Explore a massive nation of tunnels and caverns, seeking out eighty towns and dungeons. Master over 50 spells and battle disciplines and hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts. Originally known as Exile: Escape From the Pit and released in 1995, this remastered version of Avernum: Escape from the Pit will contain immense overhauls to the system, graphics, compatibility, and interface of the indie classic.
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later
* 144 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Avernum: Escape from the Pit 1.0 is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Spiderweb Software, Inc., an independent game company based in Seattle, WA, is fanatically dedicated to creating fun, exciting fantasy role-playing games for Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad. Past titles include the award-winning Exile, Geneforge and Avernum series. Copyright (C) 2011 Spiderweb Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Rocket Splash Games Inc. today is pleased to announce the launch of Meme Kart, a new kart racer for the iPhone and iPod touch. This racer features eight of the most popular meme characters, re-imagined for a mobile generation. Complete with a nostalgic feel, this game is similar to the amazing kart racers of the 1990's. Join your favorite meme characters across 12 tracks, four Gran Prix's and battle it out on the track using special abilities. Meme Kart is available now on the iTunes App Store.
Join Courage Wolf, Advice Dog, Hipster Kitty, Inglip Minion, Insanity Wolf, O Rly Owl, Socially Awkward Penguin and Longcat in the race of the forever! Race across twelve different tracks with your favorite racers. Complete four different Gran Prix's and additional mirror mode for each Gran Prix's as well.
Battle it out to race ahead of your enemies using fireballs, oil spills, lightning and other abilities you pick up. Gameplay has been developed so the game is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Three different difficulty settings are included to help all players succeed, yet create a challenge for themselves. Play through many different race modes, including Gran Prix, Mirror Mode Gran Prix, Time Trial Mode and Free Play Mode. Tracks offer an old-school feel, with raceways, ice tracks, dirt tracks and more:
* 8 Meme Characters: 8 of the top meme characters are included and rendered in 3D. Including specialized karts, like a scooter for Hipster Kitty and a Red Golf Kart for the Inglip Minion. Every character corresponds to their own acceleration, top speed, handling and weight classe.
* 12 Tracks To Master:
Including themes like raceways, ice tracks, swamps, dirt tracks and castle tracks.
* Special Abilities:
Including oil slicks, fireballs, and lightning.
* Gran Prix:
Four different Gran Prix's, and once you finish those there are Four Mirror Mode Prix's.
* Difficulty Setting:
Choose your difficulty: Easy (50cc), Medium (100cc) or Hard (150cc).
* Time Trial Mode and Free Play Included:
Compete your race times, or just race on the tracks solo with these two modes.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 17.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Meme Kart 1.0 is $0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rocket Splash Games Inc. was founded in 2011 by Ben Cousins. Rocket Splash Games makes games for gamers on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.
Developers Can Now Enter the Unity “Flash in a Flash” Creation Contest with a $20,000 USD Grand Prize
San Francisco, CA - December 22, 2011 – Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity development platform for game, app, simulation and interactive 3D for the web, iOS, Android, consoles and beyond, is happy to announce the release of the Unity 3.5 open beta including a developer preview for the highly anticipated Adobe® Flash® Player deployment add-on. To celebrate the sneak peek of this add-on, Unity Technologies will be hosting a Flash platform game development contest where contestants can enter their Unity-based Flash titles for the chance to win the $20,000 USD Grand Prize.
The Flash deployment add-on, one of the most eagerly awaited features within the Unity development community, empowers developers to push their interactive 3D content to the web through Adobe Flash Player. Unity Technologies constantly seeks to provide the best avenues of deployment for developers using Unity and this release gives those developers an exciting peek at months of hard engineering work to make Unity compatible with Adobe Stage3D web technology.
“Our vision has always been to let developers take their games to as many places as possible – and Flash deployment greatly furthers that,” said Nicholas Francis, Chief Creative Officer at Unity Technologies. “While we normally wait to ship our software until it’s rock solid, the Flash publishing option is just so awesome that we had to do a developer preview. I can’t wait to see where our new and existing users will now take Unity.”
Unity Technologies is also thrilled to introduce the first Unity “Flash in a Flash” Creation Contest, which will start when the open beta begins on December 22, 2011 at 16:00 GMT. The fast-paced competition challenges developers to create and submit a Unity authored Flash platform game between December 22, 2011 and January 5, 2012. The best entry will be awarded the Grand Prize of $20,000 USD with more prizes going to the runners-up. Find all the contest rules and details at: http://unity3d.com/preview/contest
Anyone can download the Unity 3.5 open beta and help test the technology starting December 22, 2011 at 16:00 GMT. Those interested can find the beta download at: http://unity3d.com/preview
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, an intuitive and flexible development platform used to make wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D and 2D content. The “author once, deploy everywhere” capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms. Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of 750,000 registered developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists. Unity Technologies aggressively re-invests in its award-winning 3D development tools and democratization initiatives, such as the Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game distribution service, in order to remain at the forefront of innovation. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Japan and Korea. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.
Adobe and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe is not sponsoring nor is in any way affiliated with the contest.