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by ARCWuLF

Bumblepig

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There's a gem hidden in the flowers...

Bumblepig by Kindling Games is not only an amazing game, but it's also one of those shining gems that will be completely overlooked by most hardcore players upon downloading the demo. "But ARCWuLF," one might say, "you're an idiot! I can tell if I'm going to like a game by the scant few moments a demo gives me. Also I'm peeing in my pants right now." (That's what you get for calling me an idiot!)...

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by ARCWuLF

Oozi: Earth Adventure Episode 1

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An impressive but flawed game

The first thing that I noticed when I played Oozi: Earth Adventure was that the artwork had a level of polish that is rarely seen when you trawl the ocean of Indie titles on Xbox Live. It invoked a setting not dissimilar to Ubisoft's original Rayman from the old 32-bit era of games with its colorful sprites, lush backgrounds with multiple levels of parallax scrolling, charmingly animated characters, and some of the tightest controls I've...

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by SimianLogic

Slingstar

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Action Meditation

In real space, almost everything is monumentally far away from everything else--so much so that collisions rarely happen. In Slingstar, you play a little spaceship in a black void full of things that love running into you. To prevent these collisions, your ship is equipped with "wingmen"--tiny little indestructible ships that do their best to stick to a close orbit around you. Why you bought indestructible wingmen but failed to get even a shred of...

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by savamizz

Storage Inc

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Puttin' the 'Hip' Back into 'Shipping'

Lately, the perplexing trend in casual games involves turning repetitive, nondescript, and otherwise mundane (or completely shitty) real-life jobs into games that somehow, people seem to enjoy. Seriously, there's a captive audience that just fucking LOVES tending fake farms, flipping virtual burgers, running imaginary sweatshops and feeding digital fish. Ok, I made one of those up. Well, I mean, it doesn't exist... yet. But I digress.   Anyways, in such a bizarro gaming environment, I...

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by savamizz

Avatar Drop

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Ragdoll Plinko Never Hurt Anyone (Important)

Avatar Drop is a campy little ragdoll physics game that has bravely ventured out of its natural habitat in Wii-ville all the way to XBLIG. Though this title seems a little thin on content, even by indie game standards, what it does offer- a free-falling, pinballing, plinko-style adventure- is fairly enjoyable if you've got a few friends hanging around. The premise of this title is pretty straightforward; You and three of your best human or...

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by savamizz

Bennu

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Can't Shake the Old Ball and Chain

Bennu is a quirky, lovable little puzzle game peppered with Egyptian mythology. You play as the title character, Bennu, a bird-like creature (similar to a phoenix) who inhabits the afterlife. He wields the Sphere of Ra and the Chains of Osiris, swinging and rolling around the world and solving puzzles along the way. This game is an enjoyable exercise in physics and momentum, definitely refreshing in the wake of many formulaic side-scrolling puzzle games. You're...

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by SimianLogic

Shellblast HD

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Bastard Child of Minesweeper and Sudoku

Shellblast is kind of like a cross between Sudoku (where columns have to tally) and Minesweeper. Each bomb is a puzzle with randomly placed "pistons" which must be properly identified in order to diffuse the thing. Though the game is played on a grid, each puzzle uses a different "shape" for its bomb. Though there's no real difference between a tile which isn't used in the puzzle and one which is used in the puzzle...

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by savamizz

Track Architect

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The Little Hoopty That Could

Track Architect is a simple game that brings simple fun, much like a tiny wind-up car you might snag at a dollar store. The graphics are pretty basic and unexciting, the background music is initially catchy but gets a bit redundant after about five minutes, and your adorable clunker only faces left-to-right as it travels across the screen. Yet despite this rather mundane description, there is an innocent charm to this game- the kind of...

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by savamizz

Veks and Silence

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Cream of the Zombie-Obliterating Crop

If the year was 1993, there is not even the slightest chance in hell that you could purchase this game for a measly $5. You would gladly shell out $40-50 from your hard-earned lawnmowing income for the chance to play this exhilarating, superbly-polished platform shooter into the wee hours of the morning on your Sega Genesis. Veks & Silence is my current nomination for best XBLIG ever created, especially when it comes to overall production...

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by SimianLogic

Fishing Girl

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Delightful Little Game Snack

While most games try to do a bit too much, Fishing Girl is content with being a bite-sized little mini-game. Two young lovers are separated by an ocean, and you have 10 minutes to re-unite them. This can be accomplished by casting your line all the way to the next island and reeling the whole thing back in. To be able to cast that far, you'll need to upgrade your rod all the way (I...

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