Indie Links Round-Up: Giant Chicken!

kaiju_combat_battle_promo_by_kaijusamurai-d5klv6s

The games in today’s Indie Links take you inside a blazing fireplace, through a dinosaur-haunted valley, to the west with Lewis and Clark, and, of course, through the inevitable mechanical complex full of coins and deadly traps.

Kickstarter Katchup – 8th December (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)
“Almost everybody was a winner last week so it would be greedy of us to expect a stocking packed with success this week as well. There is something in my threadbare footwear though and it’s a project I sadly etched into the ‘losers’ column so recently that I didn’t even have time to recognise its return before it passed its new goal. Antharion shot past its $10,000 target after just six days of its second campaign had passed. In other developments, Meriwether emerges from the wilderness and knocks both of my socks (distinct from my stockings) straight off my feet, David Braben and Chris Roberts indulge in SpaceChat and Peter Molyneux’s GODUmentary continues to raise smiles and eyebrows.”

Meriwether: An American Epic (TIGSource)
“I’m guessing most of you learned what dysentery was at a young age, and I’d also bet that your teacher wasn’t the reason why. MECC found a way to incorporate real history and fun gameplay into a groundbreaking educational game to teach players not just what happened, but what it was like to be there. What The Oregon Trail did for the Oregon Trail, Sortasoft’s Meriwether aims to do for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”

Little Inferno Was Inspired By Yule Log Channels (Polygon)
Little Inferno, indie studio Tomorrow Corporation’s game about a fireplace, was inspired by a TV channel featuring a burning log, founder Kyle Gabler told Red Bull.

Review: The Escapist (Indie Game Reviewer)
“The competition for indie platformers is abundant at the moment and so a game has to demonstrate some impressive gameplay or innovative ideas to stand out from the crowd. The Escapist wields a couple interesting gameplay features and classic high difficulty platforming. This is wrapped in a cartoon-based visual style. So how does it match up to its peers?”

Recommended Game: The Valley of Gwangi (Independent Gaming)
The Valley of Gwangi, from seasoned indie developer Mike MacDee (http://deadendsolutions.wordpress.com/games/), is inspired by The Valley of Gwangi, the movie. In the 1969 film, which featured stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen, a cowboy ventures into the Forbidden Valley to retrieve a tiny prehistoric horse and comes face-to-face with dinosaurs–including Gwangi, an ill-tempered Tyrannosaurus Rex (or is it an Allosaurus?) In the movie, Gwangi is eventually subdued and captured (for a time), but that’s not quite how it works in the game.”

Interview with Adam Spragg – Developer of Hidden in Plain Sight (Indie Gamer Chick)
” Adam Spragg, creator of the cult-hit Hidden in Plain Sight, became the second sponsor of my leaderboard when he donated to Autism Speaks.  I couldn’t have been happier to have him aboard, because Hidden in Plain Sight is one of the true hidden gems of Xbox Live Indie Games.  An extraordinarily fun multiplayer experience unlike anything I had played before.  It’s also one of the rare XBLIGs that has had great success spreading by word-of-mouth.  I was anxious to ask Adam how he feels about the response to his game, which is one of the most critically acclaimed on the platform.”

Indie Games – The Mega List (PixelProspector)
“I have just created a board on pinterest called Indie Games – The Mega List. There are currently ~250 games showcased…Check it out :)”

The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Kaiju Combat (Joystiq)
“Indie developers are the starving artists of the video-game world, often brilliant and innovative, but also misunderstood, underfunded and more prone to writing free-form poetry on their LiveJournals. We believe they deserve a wider audience with the Joystiq Indie Pitch: This week, former Godzilla dev Simon Strange is back to bring some mega-monster pain to Kickstarter with Kaiju Combat.”