Trends of Indie Games 2017

To make this list, I’ve viewed over 100 games on itchi.io, but it remains to be only my opinion.

1. Original idea:

A good game shouldm’t have deep mechanics, but it needed to be creative.

There are many simple games on itch.io, that are well-bought by players.

2. Simple:

I mean graphics.
I don’t see any games, that look like AAA project, or try to be looking like it.
Pseudo-3D or 2D are still popular due their simplicity for developer.

3. Short:

There are not so many really long games, which could be interesting for couple of hours (like Dota).

Other good games to play:

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Ravenfield review

Hi.

Today I saw interesting battle sim in itch.io and decided to play it. During one-hour test, I found this game pretty interesting to write article about it. So, let’s begin.

Game is like Battlefield with easier graphics and harder gameplay. I am serious. Controlling those characters is difficult. When your spawn point is attacked by all enemy’s forces – you will die in few seconds. But this game is better than Ancient Warfare 2.

AI is pretty handsome. It can play in team (if you are watching ally vehicle with empty seets – they will stop for you). But they are stupid in attacking and defending. If sniper’ll found good position for shooting – he can kill whole enemy formation, as they are simply walking in column. And you can kill allies. Without any penalties.

Vehicles are ruling on battlefield. I mostly played as sniper, shooting groups of people, but one helicopter can do more. But vehicles are spawning only on captured points. So more points -> more vehicles -> you’re winner. That works. In last video we were winning, but enemy suddenly captured 2/3 of our points and we lost because of more heavy tanks and helicopters on enemy side.

Now game passed Steam Greenlight. It is really good game, but Planetside 2 is better (in my opinion). Multiplayer battles would be really great. Or better AI for those cubic men.

All gameplay videos [thanks for good recorder by Xbox Live, Windows 10 is really good :) ]:

Thanks for reading,

Always yours

SneakBug8

 

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Ancient Warfare 2 review

Well, there a new review of Indie game, for you, on itch.io!

Why I have downloaded it?
Hm, a good question.
I have done it because, I have seen so many similar battle simulators and thought, that it would be funny to playing it for free :)

Awful handling makes it very difficult to play. I would say – you schould be drunk to play it realy good.
Enemies, that you would “meet” there, are just stupid, as allies.
That is good for you, but after some minutes of playing with them, its not funny any more.
One other thing, that would make you unhappy, is fightning balance.
Ther is no balance there at all – lots of enemies and very few allies are on the same place or just opposite.

If you like to play as archer, sorry guy, they’re useless and uncontrollable.

Guys, this game only have realy nice and colorful screenshots. And its only one of many other points, that I would like to see in this type of games.

All in all I would say – only 1 of 10 points.

I won’t play it second time. Well, only if someone would pay me for that.

Yours,

SneakBug8

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7 Best Assets for Unity

 Recently I’ve been asked to make a list of my favourite Unity assets. So, to begin with, these are 7 of my favourites!


NGUI

1. NGUI– as Unity GUI is not that great and Unity 4.6 is still no there you should have a frameworks to make good and robust GUIs. NGUI has evolved greatly since it was released and I can tell that I am a big fan of this framework.

Purpose: User Interface Framework

Great alternatives: Daikon Forge GUI,  Autodesk Scaleform (cool, expensive and complex)Verdict: MUST HAVE   It may be not very intuitive at first but support, documentation and community are awesome. It allows you to implement GUI of almost any complexity.


uTomate

2. uTomate – this one is my favourite. It allows you to automate almost every process in Unity. In my case it allows to make 10 builds for different platforms in one button click. Tool is also extensible. First thing when you start a production project – buy this one, it is worth every penny spent on it.

Purpose: Editor processes automation. (Builds, baking lightmaps, scene and objects manipulation, etc.)
Verdict: MUST HAVE

SmoothMoves

3. SmoothMoves – despite having some minor drawbacks this asset will help you to animate easily. Especially useful when you need to animate 2D Characters. It provides really convenient editor. Big plus – integration with Playmaker.

SmoothMoves Animation Editor

SmoothMoves Animation Editor

Purpose: 2D Skeletal animation Tool. Great Alternatives: Puppet2D Verdict: Useful when using skeletal 2D animations


4. Editor Console Pro– the default console if very inconvenient – no filtering, no coloring, almost nothing. So this one is a huge time saver – it provides a highly configurable console with all the info you need.

Editor Console Pro

Verdict: MUST HAVE for medium and large projects.


5. Playmaker– one of the most famous and widely used assets from the Assets Store. Why? Because it is awesome. It’s a visual scripting editor which consists of state machines and events. It can be used to write a complete game without a single line of code or it can be easily integrated into existing project to simplify some routine work.

Playmaker

Great Alternatives: uScript Visual Scripting Tool

Verdict: Situational but highly recommended for projects with state machines.


6. SoundManagerPro 3 – A sound manager that deals with almost everything related to managing  music and sounds. Big plus – integration with NGUI and Playmaker.Great Alternatives: Easy Sound Manager – simple and lightweight sound manager (much simple and only $2).

Verdict: Situational but highly recommended for projects with complex audio solution.


7. iOS Native and Android Native – the simplest and the best documented assets that provide integration with all iOS and Android features you can ever need. The support is great and fast. Absolutely must have for seamless iOS and Android integration.

Verdict: Situational but highly recommended for projects with iOS and Android Native feature. Even though there are lot’s of alternatives these two will save you lots time.

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