Indie Games and Mew-Genics!!

Over the last few months I’ve been getting more and more into indie games. I’ve even toyed around with the idea of trying my hand at a super simple indie-indie game (just to see what the whole cycle is like). I’ve not stopped playing games from big studios but I do find many if the indie games to be much more satisfying either due to the unique mechanics and new ideas or from the retro feel sending me back to why I started playing games in the first place. Who would have thought I could have so much fun watching a fleet of ships run away from my managerial skills?

And fun indie gaming brings me to Team Meat, the creators of Super Meat Boy. Team Meat announced development on a new game called Mew-Genics. Right now there is very little information other than the blog post and the teaser image. Though even with missing specifics I’m not any less excited about this great indie duo pumping out another fun to play game with a strong dose if uniqueness!

If you are unfamiliar with Team Meat or have not watched Indie Game: The Movie, watch it now!

Humble Indie Bundle 6

A few years back I learned about the Humble Indie Bundle from a coworker. “Name your price, help charity and download” he said. My initial reaction at the time was to read about the package and nicely say “good for you for supporting them.” Why? Because I wasn’t sure what price to select for the games. I had been so desensitized to the general commercial distribution channels that the idea of picking my own price sounded to good to be true. I thought “sure, it goes to charity and indie developers but the games must not be that great if I can pay 10$ and walk away with 5+ games.

Fast forward. When the time was told a new bundle was released I decided to give it a shot. Worst case I’m out 20$ or so. I paid, downloaded and played. Then played followed by playing some more. I believe I played Bastion the most out of all of that bundle but I had a lot of fun with many of the games. It was obvious I had been missing out.

When 6 was released I didn’t hesitate. I bought the bundle the first day it went up. I even bought a second giftable bundle. I’ve not been disappointed.

There is one more awesome feature: The games run on Linux and Mac’s as well as the commonly supported Windows. For people like me who spend most of the time in Linux (because I like it) it’s so nice to play in the same OS I live.

So far I’ve spent the most time in SPAZ. It’s my kind of game for sure. In some ways it reminds me of Solar Winds which was one of my favorite games from my childhood though I’d say SPAZ is more action oriented. Torchlight is a close second followed by Dustforce. I’ve yet to try the latest 4 additions to the bundle (seriously, more AFTER you buy!) but can’t wait to try Jamestown, Wizorb and Gratuitous Space Battles as they all look right right up my alley.

TL;DR
The Humble Indie Bundle 6 is worth the cost and you can help charity at the same time. What’s not to like?