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Death Squared is Roundly Challenging, Fun

Posted April 7, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we go into a puzzled frenzy with one of the hits from PAX 2017’s Indie MegaBooth — Death Squared! [Ed.Note: Read the extensive roundup of this year’s Indie MegaBooth.] Death Squared is one of the newest cooperative puzzle games on the market. You can tackle a Story mode solo or […]

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Indie Megabooth Game Highlights From PAX East 2017!

Posted March 26, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! We at Nerd Caliber were once again among the masses of PAX East earlier this month. As in the past, I took a special interest in the Indie MegaBooth, where dozens of self-motivated game developers shared their works of passion with the world. Here you’ll find a list of everything I […]

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Crypt of the NecroDancer DLC Powers Up Already Great Game

Posted January 29, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Almost two years ago, I raved about one of the coolest rhythm games on the market. Today, it’s time to AMPLIFY your interest with a new update — Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED! AMPLIFIED is the first full DLC added to this insanely fun dungeon crawling dance party. As the star of […]

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MAGfest 2017 Indie Games Awesomeness Roundup

Posted January 15, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Hello and a belated Happy New Year to all! This year I was thrilled to return to tradition by spending the post-New Year’s weekend at none other than MAGfest! (It used to always be this weekend, but moved later for a while.) Four days of arcades, tabletop, concerts and great friends — what more could a […]

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LIMBO Studio Hits Again With INSIDE

Posted November 19, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at a game that knows what really counts — INSIDE! Created by Playdead, INSIDE is an eerie side-scrolling puzzle adventure with ZERO dialogue; the entirety of the story is told through action. As a huge fan of their first game LIMBO (which was a big hit […]

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Beautiful, Challenging

Posted August 28, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I finally found the time to cross off one of the games on my most anticipated list of 2015 — it’s time to check out Ori and the Blind Forest! You take on the role of what I can best describe as a white fox-like spirit named Ori. You have been […]

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Overcooked Will Leave You Overjoyed From Fun

Posted August 13, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! It’s been a while. You must be hungry for a review. It’s only appropriate that we take a look at the latest food-based craze — Overcooked! Created by Ghost Town Games, Overcooked is a new couch co-op cooking simulator. I use “simulator” loosely, for if any real kitchens worked like this […]

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Deathstate Delivers Lovecraftian Bullet Hell Shooter Fun

Posted July 2, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Are you a fan of bullet hell and/or twinstick shooter games? What about H.P. Lovecraft lore? Then Deathstate is the game for you! Deathstate stood out as one of my favorite titles from the Indie MegaBooth at PAX East 2016. It is a roguelike monostick shooter based around the mysteries and […]

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NonStop Knight Scratches That RPG Itch On Mobile

Posted June 18, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today, we’re changing things up a little and checking out a cool mobile game that’s taking up my free time lately — NonStop Knight! It’s pretty tough for a mobile game to catch my attention, and even rarer for it to keep it. This one managed to do so in minutes. […]

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‘Binding of Isaac’ Spawns Excellent ‘Afterbirth’ Expansion

Posted June 4, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Last year, we delved into the strange, gut wrenching world of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. It’s time to take another look with its latest expansion — Afterbirth! I simply have to say that I’m overly impressed with how much the expansion has … well, expanded the game. Despite having put […]

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‘Aurion’ Brings African Studio’s Game To The World

Posted May 22, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at what I found to be the highlight of the Indie MegaBooth at PAX East 2016 — Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan! Aurion is a fantasy action RPG, heavily inspired by JRPG elements like the “Tales of” series. It’s a 2.5D world (2D graphics with 3D […]

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Game Greatness In The PAX East 2016 Indie MegaSpotlight!

Posted April 30, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to a special-edition Indie MegaSpotlight! Last weekend I had the privilege of partaking in PAX East 2016, the East Coast’s mecca of game development and promotion. I spent the better part of my time exploring the Indie MegaBooth, a large block in the heart of the Expo Hall dedicated to indie developers from around […]

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‘McDROID’ Brings Fun Innovation To Tower Defense Genre

Posted April 16, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With PAX East less than a week away, we’re taking a look at a cool title that I remember getting promo time on the huge LED screen at the convention entrance last year — McDROID! Created by elefantopia, McDROID is a four-legged robot pal that’s heading to its home planet aboard […]

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‘Titan Souls’ Is A Terrific Challenge

Posted April 2, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With PAX East coming around in just three weeks, let’s start the hype by taking a look at one of the titles from the Indie Megabooth in 2015 — Titan Souls! Created by Acid Nerve, Titan Souls puts you in charge of a solitary hero stuck between worlds. The ruins that […]

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Indie Spotlight Two-fer Touts ‘INK’, ‘Thomas Was Alone’

Posted March 19, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we bring you a two-for-one special that’ll be sure to fill your geometry quota for the weekend — INK and Thomas Was Alone! Both titles are puzzle platformers with simplistic graphics (your characters are all shapes) and extremely easy to pick up and learn. They each bring a very unique […]

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‘Metroid’ Fans – And Everyone – Should Love ‘Axiom Verge’

Posted March 5, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at one of the most intriguing sci-fi action games in recent times — Axiom Verge! Created by Thomas Happ, Axiom Verge is the latest addition to Metroidvania titles (games that emulate the classic style of Metroid/Castlevania). It’s a side-scrolling platformer that takes you through a mysterious […]

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The Indie Spotlight MAGFest Mega-List!

Posted February 21, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

This week we’re coming at you live (well, as live as a pre-written article can be) from MAGFest 2016! I have taken an exciting pass through the Indie Videogame Showcase to see what’s brewing in developers’ minds this year. This is a comprehensive list of as many titles as I could check out! (Note: I’ve […]

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‘Undertale’ Is Over The Top Good

Posted February 6, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re diving into one of the most unusual titles in recent months that has received amazing praise from all over — Undertale! In the world of Undertale, a war has broken out between the two major races: Humans and Monsters. After claiming victory, the Humans sent all of the Monsters […]

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Epic Norse Adventure Worthy Of The Gods In ‘Jotun’

Posted January 24, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Norse mythology has stood out as a popular storytelling theme in games for decades. I have fond memories of trekking through Blizzard’s The Lost Vikings as a kid, and like many across the world I’m enjoying Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today, we take a look at another entry into […]

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2016!

Posted January 9, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome (back) to Indie Spotlight! First off, a belated Happy New Year to all! Some may have noticed that the past few months have had a slight lack of indie reviews (okay, more like all-out non-existence). I’m happy to say that we’re getting right back to it — and what better way than to go over […]

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Halloween Costume Fun at Double Midnight Comics, Part 2

Posted November 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

For Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, Halloween has become almost a second Free Comic Book Day, but in addition to people swarming the store for free comics, they also show up for storewide sales and free candy. Cosplayers from throughout New England also show up to get pictures and take part in a DMC tradition, […]

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Halloween Costume Fun at Double Midnight Comics

Posted November 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Over the course of the past few years, Halloween has become a sort of second Free Comic Book Day at many comic book stores, with publishers putting out special Halloween-branded titles (OK, some were recovered versions of the same titles available at this year’s FCBD). Even before this trend started to take hold, Double Midnight […]

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Real History Informs Really Spooky ‘Blues and Bullets’

Posted September 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we go back in time and take on the mysteries of Mafia America — in Blues and Bullets! Created by A Crowd of Monsters, Blues and Bullets is an episodic noir adventure that puts you in the shoes of retired detective Eliot Ness as he begrudgingly deals with the ever […]

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Send In The Clones With ‘So Many Me’

Posted August 23, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we get a taste of how it would feel to have endless clones of yourself around to get things done — with So Many Me! There is an unknown evil in the world that threatens all. Filo was minding his own business when he was unwillingly dragged into the fight! […]

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‘Vector Thrust’ Makes Aerial Combat a Bit Easier

Posted July 20, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take to the skies in some good old dogfighting – with Vector Thrust! My personal background in aerial combat mostly consists of classics like StarFox and bullet hell games like Ikaruga, but I generally moved away from anything simulator-esque or realistic. Visually, Vector Thrust feels like a happy medium […]

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Browncoats – and Everyone – Will Be Right at Home in ‘Rebel Galaxy’

Posted July 5, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I hope you all had a Happy INDIEpendence Day to all who observed it! As we reflect on our freedoms here on Earth with fireworks and barbecue, I thought it fit for us to dive into a game where we find independence in the vastness of space – Rebel Galaxy! It’s […]

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Kick Butt In This Co-op Fighting Robot Platformer

Posted June 20, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! This week we dive into a familiar year that isn’t what you think it is — 20XX! For those who don’t recognize it, 20XX is a year commonly used in the Mega Man franchise. You’ll find this game is appropriately named, for it is a Roguelike spiritual successor to the Blue […]

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Outland Jumps Around In Color

Posted June 9, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Apologies to all for the lack of new content the past few weekends. Fret not, we are still goin’ at it! Today we take a look at one of the most colorful and mesmerizing titles I have played in recent times — Outland! Developed by Housemarque, Outland tells the story of […]

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Experience The Gravity of ‘VVVVVV’

Posted May 16, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we explore the depths of space in a simple yet punishing platformer – VVVVVV! You are Viridian, captain of The Ship! You are traveling through space when suddenly things go very wrong! You order everyone to evacuate and jump through a teleporter to safety – only you’re the only one […]

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‘Binding Of Isaac’ Has Serious Mommy Issues, Serious Fun

Posted May 9, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re diving into a messy title that’s equal parts gross and ideologically provocative — The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth! WARNING: This game is (very loosely) based on an artistic interpretation of religion and involves no shortage of eyebrow-raising oddities. The content of this game, and thus what is discussed in […]

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Armello Brings Tabletop Battles To Your Desktop

Posted May 2, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we fight for the throne in a magical digital board game — Armello! The King (who happens to be a lion) suffers from the Rot, a deadly plague that slowly eats at your body while twisting your mind into darkness. The fate of the throne is unknown… so you take […]

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Bloodsports.tv: No Kumite, Lots Of Nukes

Posted April 26, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Quick announcement: For the foreseeable future we will be aiming to post up an Indie Spotlight every week! More games for everyone! Today we get a little sadistic with a stylish game that’s mixing old and new (and does it very well) – Bloodsports.tv! Imagine a post-apocalyptic Sweden wherein the leaders […]

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Awesome Arcade-style Fun In This Pair Of Games

Posted April 17, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re getting some back-to-back arcade action with not one but TWO sweet titles — Trace Vector and Particle Mace! Trace Vector Trace Vector brings retro speedy fun to the comfort of your home. You take on the role of Aurora, a pilot thousands of light years away from home, just looking […]

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The Making of Clash Cup Turbo!

Posted March 25, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we have a top tier candidate for ridiculously fun party games – Clash Cup Turbo! In essence, Clash Cup Turbo combines the crazy fast-paced physics of air hockey with arena-style combat, where players take control of an avatar with a paddle. Each player has their own goal zone, initially lined […]

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Indie Games Explosion at PAX East 2015!

Posted March 17, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Earlier this month I had the pleasure of experiencing my third PAX East in Boston. So naturally, I had to spend some time checking out the Indie MegaBooth, a huge chunk of the expo hall dedicated solely to indie developers! Like my MAGFest review, here’s a compilation of as many indie titles […]

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Will Your Interest Die Like Every Character In ‘Vidar’?

Posted February 23, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re checking out a game that makes a full 180 on the norm — Vidar! Vidar is an RPG puzzler where everyone dies. Yep, you read that right. You are an unnamed stranger that finds his way into a town on the brink of destruction. You take it upon yourself […]

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Crypt of the NecroDancer: Indie Diablo Meets Rhythm

Posted February 10, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! The insanity of this year’s Super Bowl left me wanting to dance the night away, so it’s only fitting we take a look at my latest rhythm craze — Crypt of the NecroDancer! Brought to you by Brace Yourself Games, Crypt of the NecroDancer has been highlighted, awarded and recognized by […]

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(Some Of) The Indie Games of MAGFest 2015!

Posted February 1, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I spent this past weekend enjoying the thirteenth annual MAGFest in National Harbor, MD. Besides catching up with college friends, invading the arcade machines and grabbing some sweet nerd loot in the dealers’ room, I made a dedicated round through the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase, and today I’m here with a handy […]

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Shovel Knight — Will You Dig It?

Posted January 19, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we go old school with one of the greatest crazes of 2014 – Shovel Knight! (After months of banter, hearsay and appraisal, it was time to “dig into” this game for myself! GET IT?) As its name suggests, you play through the heroic tale of Shovel Knight, a noble warrior […]

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2015!

Posted January 5, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With 2015 in full swing, it’s time to get ready for all of the great games that will be coming our way over the next year. Of course, there are far too many to squeeze into a single article, so I have picked out my top 5 most anticipated indie titles […]

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Indie Spotlight: ‘Mark Of The Ninja’ Is Killer

Posted December 23, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! This week we step into the shadows and get the drop on Mark of the Ninja! Brought to you by Klei Entertainment, creators of Eets and Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja puts you into the tabi shoes of a shadow warrior that has become the champion of his clan in […]

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Indie Spotlight: Nihilumbra Lights Up The World

Posted November 29, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at a very unique gem from June 2012 — Nihilumbra! Nihilumbra is a casual puzzle platformer that tells the story of Born, a child of the Void. He manages to separate himself from the Void and embarks on an adventure through the real world. Though everything […]

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