This Week In Indie: Hybris, Edmund McMillen’s Mew-Genics And The Button Affair
This week we cover a whole host of indie games from Hybris, to Edmund McMillen’s new game called Mew-Genics, to The Button Fair. Indie games have never been as diverse, and it’s enlightening to see such variety from indie developers. This is definitely a good start to 2013. But now on to actually discussing what these games are about, and where you can find out more about each respective game.
One of the biggest pieces of news posted this week involved Edmund McMillen, of Super Meat Boy fame, revealing news of his new game called Mew-Genics. A few screenshots are out and they give us a sign of what the game will look like. Besides that matter, this is what McMillen describes the game as:
Mew-Genics revolves around Cats, obviously. We knew tending to these cats in a simulated “cat lady” environment would be the foundation of our design, but the core of what we are trying to do is make a game that feels alive, a game that creates stories as you play where consequences actually mean something…
You can read McMillen’s blog to understand exactly how complex the game can become. Mew-Genics definitely feels like it will be a compelling and an addictive game to play. The game is now in beta, and there is no release date as of yet.
So do you enjoy psychological puzzle thrillers? Well, then Hybris is right up your indie street. Simply put, Hybris is a psychological puzzle/platform thriller about a boy trying to survive after entering a forest to escape his parents fighting. This is how the developers, called Monsters, describe the game:
The world of Hybris is dangerous, claustrophobic and frightening. You will play the most important night of Kevin’s life and discover how far you would go to survive; and that some truths should remain hidden. Hybris is the first chapter of the trilogy, a psychological puzzle/platform thriller like nothing you have seen before. Drawing inspiration from classic adventure games and fusing some of their best parts with modern gameplay techniques, we have created a gripping experience that will challenge and thrill you.
Grammy nominated Austin Wintory, known for his work on Journey, is producing music for the game. The game itself is very promising and with a great story, and some talented staff behind it, the game could be a huge success. There is no definitive date scheduled, but expect the game some time this year.
An indie game which has released this week, called The Button Affair, has an entertaining concept. It is a very reminiscent of The Pink Panther, except this time around you play as the jewel thief. This is what the developers had to say about the game:
The Button Affair is the story of the infamous Enzo Gabriel on his quest to steal the priceless Button Diamond. Feel the Latin Music vibe, experience the Vintage Jet-Set Poster Art style and be challenged by the ‘just one more go!’ gameplay. The makers believe in the arts, respecting players time and that games are for everyone. By bridging the arts to find brand new experiences the button affair is about trying to find rich seams of entertainment. The game is a side on running, jump and roll adventure. The full game will include three levels with a fiendishly addictive difficulty curve. As with the makers first game, The Cat that Got the Milk. The Button Affair continues with the philosophy of 15 minutes of quality entertainment. No more. No less.
The Button Affair draws inspiration from Another World and Flashback. This game is trying to push the bar high, in terms of quality. The game itself is freely available for download from their site. So do give the game a go, and tell us what you think about it.
Another week of indie goodness has passed. Hybris, Mew-Genics and The Button Affair are all promising games that you should look out for. Remember to check out This Week In Indie regularly, for more updates and information about what’s going on in the indie scene.