The emotional journey of four developers as they sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their games with the world.
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Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

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June 12

Indie Game: The Movie Steam Bundle 75%off (Movie, DLC + Games)

The Indie Game: The Movie Steam Bundle is currently on $9.99!

The Bundle includes...
  • Indie Game: The Movie
  • Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition DLC
  • Super Meat Boy
  • FEZ
  • Braid

Click here to check out the bundle

It's part of the Two Year Anniversary of the film happening over at

Also, if you've ever been interested in an IGTM Poster, T-Shirt, DVD or Blu-Ray, you may want to check out the IGTM Shop Sale also going on.

Thanks for reading!

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June 11


IGTM turns two this week!

...yikes! That happened quickly. We have some fun birthday stuff happening. Including a live event on Twitch, This Friday!

We'll be streaming the movie with live commentary/AMA from Edmund & Tommy of Super Meat Boy and hosted by Northernlion.

Should be a lot of fun. Read about it all here:

Here are the details...

What: IGTM Screening Event with Team Meat Live Commentary
Date: Friday, June 13th
When: 4pm PST
Schedule: 4-5pm, Video AMA with Ed, Tommy & Northerlion, 5-7pm IGTM Screening.

Hope to see you there!

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One of the top-rated movies of 2012. 93% RT Score
Rotten Tomatoes
“There are victories, defeats, tears and smiles. Indie Game: The Movie is a MUST-SEE doc for anybody that fancies themselves a gamer or for anyone who gets sucked into a good underdog story.”
Ain’t it Cool News
“'Indie Game: The Movie' lays bare the passion behind the pixels, revealing the sweat, tears and sleep deprivation that go into trying to make the latest gaming sensation”
New York Times

Special Edition DLC

Special Edition DLC now available. With 100+ minutes of new epilogues & short films, the Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition DLC is another film's worth of stories, crafted by the directors of the original award-winning feature documentary. Find out about what happened after to the developers of Super Meat Boy & FEZ, and about other games and game creators.


Indie Game: The Movie has been updated with new languages, directors' commentary, trading cards & achievements.

About This Game

Follow the creation of the games Super Meat Boy, Braid and FEZ through this Sundance award-winning feature documentary. Critic’s Pick of the New York Times and declared a “Must See” by Ain’t It Cool News. Watch the full theatrical cut in 1080p HD.

After almost two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.

First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these developers as they sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their games with the world. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.


  • 1080P, full HD video application.
  • ‘Team Meat’ Audio Commentary Track: Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes provide their various insights throughout the film. Hilarious, informative and sometimes outright lies. It’s a great compliment to the film.
  • Subtitle / Language Support: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukraine.
  • Video Extras: Assorted video pieces produced during the production of the film.


  • 2012 Sundance Official Selection World Documentary Competition

  • 2012 Sundance Winner for Best Editing in World Documentary Cinema

  • 2012 South by Southwest Official Selection

  • 2012 Hot Docs Festival Official Selection
  • 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest Official Selection

System Requirements

    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 3; Windows Server® 2003; Windows Server® 2008; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2
    • Processor:2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4Ghz or faster x86-compatible processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • OS:Mac OS X v10.6
    • Processor:Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Additional: Not compatible with OSX 10.7.3
    • Processor:Intel Core™ Duo 2.4Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Before you ask "Why is a movie on Steam?!", allow for me to give you an explanation:

Indie Game The Movie is so much more than a movie or a game. It's a tool that allows ANYONE even remotely interested in the gaming industry to gain some powerful insight into the world of programming and creativeness as well as the obstacles that often come with it. What makes this so much more special is that it's all coming from indie developers (indie = independent).

Video games today are becoming arguably less interesting, unique or fun. A prominent example would be the Call of Duty series. Corporations or big companies that are pressuring developers to not take risks, to follow a formula or to indulge in what has been termed "shady game practices". I'm talking about controversial DLC or downloadable content (now associated with small content cut from the main game and sold for a large price afterwards), lack of support after a title's release, paid reviews, and more. Go back roughly 2 decades and there was a time when: developers were always seeking to create unique experiences for all platforms, there was never any hesitation to release free additional expansion packs and the consumer base weren't treated like bafoons and engaged with directly.

Indie games or indie developers are essentially a revival of that golden age of gaming. It's true, the indie scene have been around even in the early 1990s but due to advancing technology, growing expectations and an increasingly competitive market (consoles, PCs and other gaming platforms) -- small teams became big teams and big teams sought companies that would fund such large projects. Viewed initially by many as a good thing, it's attributed to what the majority now term a "gradual decline in game ingenuity". Indie is the response to that.

So that's what Indie Game The Movie is all about. It showcases what it means to be indie and some of the big names behind the indie rebirth in the late 2000s. Braid; Super Meat Boy; Fez. Video games which are now extremely recognizable but only because of how different they were to what else was being offered to gamers at the time. "Different" comes at a cost though. Risk. The teams behind these 3 video games contained groups as big as 5 or as small as just 2 people. Not only is their life being sacraficed but money, wellbeing and in most cases time that could be spent looking for a job elsewhere (that isn't dominated by well-known series and developers with precedented reptuation).

You will see the payoff in making something that's your own and that you can share; despite how impossible it may seem at first or the light at the end of the tunnel appearing dimmer than ever. This is especially true with Fez. Fez took 5 years and a large chunk is spent on Phil Fish and his life. Sympathy, disappointment and joy is what I felt when I saw the development journey or rather, development hell, of Fez. At the same time, Fish is also tackling the ongoing stigma against video games and hoping to prove it wrong. For example: video games are viewed as a lower form of entertainment and that they can't express ideas and concepts as well as any other medium.

Incredibly, all 3 indie games later go on to be some of the most critically acclaimed video games of all time. You might not have heard of them or before never realized that something like Minecraft or Amnesia was made with very little manpower but after this experience: you will hopefully begin to respect and appreciate this great twist in the gaming industry. I've always supported indie games and my expectations are time and time again blown away due to the chances taken by the amazing people behind these projects. Being indie was something that was initially laughed at or not taken as seriously as it should've been, and Indie Game The Movie goes to great lengths to make you believe and feel like you're a part of the indie scene.

That's why Indie Game The Movie is so good. I've never witnessed anything like it before, let alone for something video game-related. It's professionally made, has a great soundtrack and if you buy the Steam version: has tons of extras, additional commentary (from the developers themselves) and a hidden video game! If you do like Indie Game The Movie: buy the DLC "Special Edition DLC". It focuses on more lesser known indies and also follows up the 3 main indie game teams after Indie Game The Movie was finished in production.

TL;DR - If you're even remotely interested in the gaming industry and want to know what it's like to be indie: get this now!!
Rating: 9.3/10.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
This is a really great game. The story is engaging, gameplay is very intuitive (though there is no control-remapping) and the characters are so deep, you almost feel they are real.


In all seriousness, awesome movie. Team Meat is great and hearing the stories of all these guys is interesting and touching.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This is a must see feature film for anyone who is interested in the Indie Games Scene or would possibly like to do this as a future job. I most certainly wouldn't but I think tht this film showed me a lot of the indie scene I'd never seen before. I give this film a 9.5/10
Posted: October 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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9.2 hrs on record
Oh yes, the indie documentary that shown light on the hard process many kids dream of completing.

This game is what turned me on to indie development. It was acually what I wanted to do with my life for a long time. I still have a massive goal to publish a decent game. But this movie has probably turned a lot of people off to the idea as well.

Featuring great developers like John Blow, Phil Fish, and Team Meat... it shows the in-process story as well as the success stories. It portrays some of the developers as narcisstic and sometimes a bit suicidal. But all in all, this movei is one of the best documentaries I have ever watched, and I have watched it multiple times on Steam and off.

I highly recommend this movie.
Posted: September 27
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3.9 hrs on record
Great film with a beautiful soundtrack. A real pleasure to watch multiple times.
Posted: October 12
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2.5 hrs on record
A 100-minute documentary movie which follows the footsteps of the developers of successful indie games: Braid, Super Meat Boy and Fez. An inspiring eye-opener which allows you to get personal with Fish, Edmund, Tommy and Jonathan and experience the emotions of an indie game developer as you follow their game development journey from their failures to their success.

Get this movie when it's on discount or something. I got it with a Humble Bundle so it's pretty worth it.

I recommend this movie but not at USD9.99
Posted: October 6
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1.6 hrs on record
This is my favorite movie of all time.
Posted: October 18
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1.4 hrs on record
It is a great movie
Posted: October 16
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59 of 94 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Witness the birth of a monster called Phil Fish.
Posted: August 20
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100 of 169 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
"Pay us 10 Bucks to see us whine for 90 minutes while becoming millionaires."

In all seriousness, this movie is too shallow for my liking. It focuses solely on 3 lucky hits and ignores the whole Indie Gaming and Dev community and its background. There is so much material, so much to know and learn and talk about, yet it still ends up as being only fanservice for those four devs.
The movie could have been so much more, but... it just did not deliver. It's not worth the 10$ or even 10€ (~14$) depending on where you live. Watch it if you get the chance to do so for free or very cheap, you won't be bored.

McMillen is hot though.
Posted: May 20
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32 of 51 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Well-crafted and intelligent, this film is an illumination of the agony of creation – the self-doubt, the obsession, the life sacrifices – that are the core, not merely the side-effects of those define themselves through "art."Video-game developers: Geeks, nerds, socially adrift obsessives. Indie Game thankfully gets past such base introductions in a flash and graduates to far more engrossing levels – levels which open up into the real worlds of the best independent game developers working their craft.The movie scores big points by drawing a sharp distinction between corporate vidgame programmers and indies.It makes a compelling case for games as not only clever hand-eye coordination exercises, but also as manifestations of their creators' emotional and philosophical viewpoints.This is a movie about a subculture, made for that subculture. It's a must buy for all indie fans and people interested in game development.
Posted: June 16
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
86.8 hrs on record
Must have seen this film like 50 times!
Just an awesomely inspiring film also funny and touching in places.
Posted: August 15
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
if you want some drama and sappy stories of the uninteresting geeks behind the actual indie games, give this movie a shot.

really..why isnt this ♥♥♥♥ about the games? its ♥♥♥♥ing called indie game: the movie not indie developer: the boring melodramatic snorefest.
Posted: June 13
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Every gamer should watch this movie!
Posted: June 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Irrefutably one of the best purchases I've made on Steam. A very emotionally raw insight into the hardships, risks and sacrifices that independent developers face behind the code.

In a way, Super Meat Boy is a self-reflexive game about its own development.
Posted: June 17
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Hm, not too sure if this is a Movie review or Game review, oh well just do both. Indie Game: The Movie is about the creators of Super Meat Boy, FEZ, and Braid and how their lives affect on making just one game. I kinda feel bad for the creator of FEZ cause it takes 4 years to make a game and his partner will literally take all the money. This movie is apparently on Netflix!? I just had to put it there. Indie Game: The Movie contains coarse language, Viewer discretion is advised. Indie Game: The Movie contains love, violence and sadness.
I give this Movie game review 9 out of 10 because it only talks about 3 games with their creators. They shouldve added a few more games and their creators who had trouble making their game.
Also this movie game has a DLC!? Thats it im out. *breaks computer monitor*
Posted: July 6
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Film can be described in two words: Tense and Emotional!!!

The film will tell an emotional and enlightening story about the struggles and seemingly impossible goals that independent game designers are forced to deal with as they carve a path toward releasing the fruits of their labor.

Posted: July 24
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Overall the movie is good, except the parts where the creator of Fez came in :D
Posted: August 13
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Decent, informative documentary about the struggles of Indie developers. Helps you realize what Indie games actually are.
It's only sucks that you cannot get all achievments without the Special Edition DLC.
Thumbs up.
Posted: May 14
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