Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
by Jericho Burke
Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world, but many people only know about mainstream titles. Games that aren’t attached to a big name publisher are commonly known as “indie games.”
Many indie games can be found for free online and the paid ones tend to be cheap. Although these games are made by enthusiasts, many of them feature compelling gameplay and beautiful artwork.
Here are three of my favorites.
Fear Less! (free)
Fear Less! is a side-scrolling runner based on the legend of Little Red Riding Hood. You play as a girl who is chased through a forest by the wolf-like specter of death every night. Your objective is to survive for as long as you can, collect power-ups, and eventually outwit the grim reaper. Play it at this link.
Slender: The Arrival ($10)
The follow-up to the hugely popular indie horror game Slender features input from two Marble Hornets creators and a whole lot of scares. Slender Man is after you for reasons unknown, and you must try to escape while piecing together what happened to your friend. If you’re feeling brave, play it with the lights off. You can buy it at this link.
The Republia Times (free)
The Republia Times places you in the shoes of a newspaper editor who is tasked with running a paper for a dystopian regime. If you don’t comply, you will never see your family again. But what do you do when the rebel movement contacts you for help? This brilliantly simple game has a twist ending that will leave you thinking about it for days. Play it at this link.
If you like these games, be sure to search the web for more indie games you may like and show the creators some support. My go-to site for finding new games is Free Indie Games, a blog that is updated on a daily basis.