Welcome to the 3rd annual Indie of the Year awards, a celebration of the best independent games released in 2012 as well as the up and coming whom we hope edge towards release in 2013. For the next 30 days, it's time to recognize the dedication and creativty of so many developers who have given everything to their craft (which, in many cases amounts to years of development).
We expect the 2012 Indie of the Year to be our biggest yet - so make yourself count by finding your favorite indies and voting for them! Who will join Terraria and Minecraft previous winners who continue to be as popular as ever. Up until Jan 1st 2013 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. Welcome to the 3rd Annual Indie of the Year Awards (also check out our App of the Year awards and Mod of the Year awards).
Year in Review Quarter 01 January through till March 2012.
Posted by Henley on Dec 4th, 2012
Wow 2012 you were certainly a feature packed year. Every indie game that flew the flag of release this year expanded our horizons, crushed expectations and fulfilled fantasies. In order to make the battlefield for the 2012 Indie of the Year awards even we have compacted a whole year into 4 different articles to make it easier for you at home to cast your votes. Here is the first article covering January right up until the end of March for twenty dozen.
Towns brings a fresh new take on the citybuilding/management genre by introducing many RPG features. Drawing inspiration from games such as Diablo, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress, the game has you managing a settlement on top of an active dungeon. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, how about playing the town that houses and caters to the hero's needs? Both the RPG and strategic aspects will be fleshed out over a series of sprawling dungeons. Craft unique weapons, obtain randomized loot and build a settlement capable of holding back the forces that come up from the depths!
Pineapple Smash Crew is a fast paced and tactical blast-em-up, featuring tight squad formation shooting, aliens, robots, zombies and lots of grenades! As your team level up you can choose from an assortment of devastating grenades, including (but not limited to): rockets, laser grenades, machinegun grenades, suction grenades, mines, teleporters, holo-bait and bullet shields! also including rare powerups such as speed boost, bullet time, armour and super-laser! Smash through derelict spaceships, grab the loot and kill anything that moves! PSC draws on many classics for inspiration: Alien Breed, Cannon Fodder, Chaos Engine, Gain Ground and even Worms, Toejam and Earl and Speedball 2 . Warhammer fans may detect a subtle Space Hulk vibe in the mix too!
Welcome to the world of pixelated chivalry, where your courage, your reflexes and fame will encorage you to reach the dream of every self-respecting knight. Our protagonist travels to Pixelville to fulfill his greatest dream and to marry the beautiful young princess Arianna Annabelle di Grandigund Hyacinthe. To do this he must prove himself a horsemen winning the championship of "The Big 5", recognized as the unbeatable knights of the realm. According to the king, "who manages to defeat in combat will be a good suitor for his daughter!" An epic adventure set in medieval ambient and the world of chivalry, where our protagonist must acquire new and increasingly better equipment to achieve his mission.