More Hidden Gems in Gaming

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After a great amount of response to our story about hidden gems of indie games and many requests for more, we are happy to present a second short list of free games that will leave you wanting more.  These are games that challenged, confused, and astonished me, and now I pass them along to you.

mad father

Discover a Dark Family Secret in Mad Father

Mad Father is a 2D adventure/horror survival game in which you play a young girl whose mother has died.  As the game progresses you uncover the dark, twisted secrets surrounding her disappearance and discover that your life has not been as happy as it had once seemed.

This game caught my attention and stood out above other indie finds because of how story driven the plot is.  Gameplay is simple, navigation is not difficult, but the emotions you feel while venturing into the darkness are undeniable.  When I first started the game I was doubtful of whether or not I would have the drive to finish it.  I soon found that Mad Father is extremely entertaining and engaging.  It is a game that I want to tell you all about, but don’t want to spoil because I want you to experience it.  If that isn’t the mark of a good game, what is?

If you enjoy horror games, or simply enjoy being a part of a memorable story, you should pick up Mad Father here.  It is absolutely free, so there is no excuse not to.

8bit killer

Relive the Glory Days with 8Bit Killer

Do you remember the days of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, back when first person shooters were less about tactics and perfect grenade bounces and more about a run and gun attitude?  You can be transported back to the days of balls out gaming, with conveniences of modern games, by 8Bit Killer.

8Bit Killer is a first person shooter where you play a commander in the future who is combating the forces of Master Brain (yes, that really is his name) who is trying to kill off the human race and rule the Earth.  I’ll just come right out and say it, this game is all about the nostalgia.

The graphics and color palate are kept true to the style giving you the illusion of playing a game from the early 90’s, but you are able to shift your view with the mouse as is now common in any modern day game.  There are no save points (they’re for wusses anyways, right?), so to defeat Master Brain you have to run the gauntlet and complete the game in one sitting (takes about an hour of gameplay).  The music, oh the music.  The game is scored with all original 8-bit style music.  Each level has its own fitting song which, I kid you not, is good enough to put on your iPod.

There is also everything else you would hope for from a FPS:  A variety of guns, many different enemies, and unique boss fights at the end of each level.

You can pick up 8Bit Killer for free here.

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Combine an Old Classic, with a Modern Marvel in Mari0

 Mari0.  Oh Mari0.  This game is one that I feel every gamer can enjoy, but to varying degrees.  The concept is excellent.  You are literally playing the original Super Mario Bros. except Mario has a Portal gun.  Yeah, you read that right.

This ambitious project which involved a from scratch recreation of Super Mario Bros. was developed by Stab Yourself.  A company known for making odd “parody style” games such as Not Tetris.

Mari0 allows you to play the classic game, but create new routes and problem solve in ways that would have blown the minds of early gamers.  Gameplay is smooth and operates under a tweaked physics system allowing for flawless movement and precise portal placement.  You can launch yourself into the air, appear on the other side of enemies, make Goombas appear over a pit, honestly your creativity is the biggest limiter.

On top of the classic levels, there is also a level editor and user generated levels and content.  And you can change hats, you know if you’re into that kind of thing.

Mari0 is a game I’ve poured hours into and continue returning to when I have 10 or 15 minutes to kill.  You can also get this excellent game completely free here.

Once again, thank you for all the support and the requests for more games.  It is nice to know that there are people out there who appreciate indie games as I do.  If you missed the first article, you can check it out here.

Are there any games we missed that should be on the list?

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