Tag: maturation of games

Bastion – The Indie Folk Game

Bastion is a fantasy game in a fantasy setting. There are the remnants of pagan religions, confused monsters, and a beautiful but broken country that exists in the sky. Yet, somehow it feels familiar. Almost like it’s somehow our story. The audio is such an important part of this puzzle. The smooth cool narrator tells the story while music plays. It sounds like Americana. I can’t help but feel like this game qualifies as American indie folk: a game that shines some light on what it means to be American.

The Unfinished Swan Pseudo-Review

Monroe woke up in the orphanage to find the swan missing from his mother’s painting. As he went looking for the bird, he found himself inside the empty painting. This is where we begin our adventure through Monroe’s eyes. We toss black paint everywhere. This helps, since the world is entirely white. Entirely. Black splatters distinguish ground from sky. And bench from tree and statue versus frog. ¬†And so we make a wonderful mess of things, discovering the playground of the Unfinished Swan.

Upcoming: Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons

A game is coming out soon that sounds more like a parable Jesus told than a videogame. The synopsis goes something like this: two sons embark on a journey to find the Water of Life. This water is the only cure for their dying father. The brothers have to work together to overcome dangerous situations. One brother lacks bravery. The other lacks strength.

The Creativity of Indie Video Games

In my earlier letters to you, I’ve tried to welcome you to the world of indie games. I shared Indie Game: The Movie, a feature length documentary that gave a very unique look into the creation of an indie game (by the way, that film is now on Netflix Instant). But that movie wasn’t for everyone. And if all you’re looking for is an introduction to indie games, it’s a little too rich. Enter PBS’s Off Book episode on The Creativity of Indie Video Games. It’s one of the best synopses I’ve seen yet. Enjoy.

Upcoming: The Unfinished Swan – A Game About Loss

The Unfinished Swan is an upcoming PS3 game that follows the story of a boy who lost his mother. She was an artist who left him one painting of an unfinished swan. This swan leads him into a strange world where everything has lost its definition. The boy must use his black paint to discover what lies around him.

Tearaway is a Papercraft Videogame

It’s always great to see imaginative games that cater to the heart of creativity. Plus, there’s something extremely exciting about literally poking your fingers into the game world for the benefit of the characters.