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Rabbit Story Bounds From Simple Concept to Complex Game

Posted June 16, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re taking a journey into an unusual world of friendship, emotions and carrots — in Rabbit Story. Created by Viacheslav Bushuev, Rabbit Story is a point-and-click adventure told through a cast of talking animals. You play as Rabbit, a bunny who just missed his best friend Kitty’s birthday. You want […]

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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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‘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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(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: You’ll Get A Charge from ‘Transistor’

Posted December 9, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at one of the most stylish action RPGs of the year — Transistor! Supergiant Games, creators of critically acclaimed Bastion, spent well over a year advertising and promoting their second title Transistor, most notably with a main show floor booth during the past two PAX East events. […]

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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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Indie Spotlight: Magicite Is Multiplayer RPG Magic

Posted November 12, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at a great contender for my favorite title of 2014 — Magicite! Released in June 2014 via Steam Greenlight, Magicite is a Roguelike RPG platformer with a retro/pixelated graphical style that sends you deep underground in hopes of stopping what is known as “The Scourge” from destroying […]

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