Enough games to keep you occupied until 2015
January 1, 2014 7:34 PM   Subscribe

freeindiegam.es has posted a bunch of "Best of 2013" lists for your enjoyment. Some of the games can be played in your browser (HTML5/Flash/Unity); others require a download—but they're all free! (And indie!)

Categories include Action, Exploration, Roguelike-Likes, Horror, Sex (mildly NSFW), Puzzle Games, Interactive Fiction, Twine (those hypertext-fiction / choose-your-own-adventure games that all the kids are into), Ensemble / Vignette Games, and ??? (weird, inexplicable, and experimental).

There are also lists of personal favorites from contributors Noyb, Terry (yes, that one), Stephen, Porpentine, and Michael.
posted by escape from the potato planet (22 comments total) 80 users marked this as a favorite
 
that's metafilter's own noyb42 I believe.

also, freeindiegam.es previously
posted by juv3nal at 8:07 PM on January 1, 2014


Ack, site went down.
posted by JHarris at 8:31 PM on January 1, 2014


Yay, HORSEMASTER!
posted by davros42 at 8:41 PM on January 1, 2014


Horsemaster is INTENSE. I won a competition on the second try. But at what cost?
posted by damehex at 8:46 PM on January 1, 2014


Horsemaster is fucking weird.
posted by empath at 9:12 PM on January 1, 2014


Huh, I didn't know you could fail Horsemaster. I won on my first playthrough and it seemed like I was doing all the wrong things and falling apart at the seams.

Also, I'm surprised Porpentine's list isn't 100% thecatamites, since that's kind of dominated her RPS column lately.
posted by curious nu at 9:17 PM on January 1, 2014


oh sweet jesus why did i download jelly no puzzle
posted by Quilford at 9:40 PM on January 1, 2014


Wait, you guys can load it? I keep getting an HTTP error.
posted by JHarris at 10:05 PM on January 1, 2014


Hm, it might have to do with my browser, as Chrome works fine with it. I first tried Waterfox, a 64-bit variant of Firefox, might explain it?
posted by JHarris at 10:06 PM on January 1, 2014


Porpentine chose as her #1 favorite Room Of 1000 Snakes. I knew I liked her for some reason. Hey, and she also likes Candy Box!
posted by JHarris at 10:18 PM on January 1, 2014


Nested is amazing.
posted by xiw at 1:22 AM on January 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


So, Reveal, what exactly is this about?
posted by lovelyzoo at 3:45 AM on January 2, 2014


Is Heroes of Sokoban not loading for anyone else? I tried turning off Ad Block, but no cigar.
posted by taz at 4:14 AM on January 2, 2014


Works for me in chrome.
posted by lovelyzoo at 4:56 AM on January 2, 2014


So, Reveal, what exactly is this about?

Have you played it yet? Because that question could still apply.

It's a short art game. I wasn't impressed.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 5:39 AM on January 2, 2014


Have you played it yet?
Yes, I was likewise underwhelmed after being initially intrigued by the plethora of women's magazine covers. Since it's considered so highly by the site I'd be interested to know if anyone reading similarly rates it and why.

Also, what is twine as a game genre? Is it an engine of some sort?
posted by lovelyzoo at 5:47 AM on January 2, 2014


Yep—Twine is an engine for building text-based browser games of the choose-your-own-adventure variety.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:06 AM on January 2, 2014


Nested is amazing.

Seconded. Everyone, you should spend a few minutes exploring it. Find random people and look at their thoughts and memories. Then try to find a dog and look at its thoughts. Then do it for antelope or similar animals. Then for predators. Then do it for a bear. Then do it for the gas beings hanging out in nebulae. Then....
posted by JHarris at 9:02 AM on January 2, 2014


oh sweet jesus why did i download jelly no puzzle

jelly no puzzle is the worst / best puzzle game I've ever played. Over and over, it gives you a new screen and it not only looks impossible at first glance, but the second thing you do is do a little proof in your head that, yes, it is impossible. And then you solve it and feel like a fool / genius.
posted by straight at 11:13 AM on January 2, 2014


I'm ambivalent about SUPER HOT being listed under action instead of puzzle, but it's great, whatever it is.
posted by straight at 11:14 AM on January 2, 2014


oh woah nested got a lot more intricate since the last time I saw it.
posted by juv3nal at 11:03 PM on January 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ok, Horsemaster. What a good game, but is that not a picture of a dude with his wang hanging out riding a horse?
posted by Literaryhero at 5:36 AM on January 3, 2014


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