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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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
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147 of 172 people (85%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
Indie Game: The Movie is not a game, it's exactly what title suggest: a movie. Plus some additional scenes.
A movie about indie games development.
A movie about what means to be a game developer.
A movie which every true gaming fan should watch.
A movie which has more in common with gaming than many video games.

If you dream to be Indie developer, watch it first.
If you think that every game developer is a rich guy, watch it.
If you are CEO of EA, watch it. It will remind you why people make games.

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150 of 183 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This movie is a must see for anyone. Of course it's about video games, but it's also about being artistic and doing your own thing, about failure and success, about living your dreams. This film would give motivation to a dead man.
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144 of 182 people (79%) found this review helpful
258 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Worst game I've ever played
I loved the cutscenes though
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80 of 97 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
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 your average movie/documentary as it allows ANYONE 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. This is often due to corporations or big companies 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 buffoons and were 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 have become big teams and these teams have since sought companies that will fund their 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 people or as small as just 2. Not only was their life sacrificed but money, wellbeing and in most cases, time, that could have been spent looking for a job elsewhere (that wasn't dominated by well-known series and developers).

You will personally 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 long years and a large chunk is spent on Phil Fish. 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 often 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 may never have heard of them before or 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 typically ambitious 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.

If you're even remotely interested in the gaming industry and want to know what it's like to be indie - get this now. The $10 price tag is perfect and shouldn't be a barrier for anyone. I'm giving this documentary a score of 8.5/10.

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56 of 69 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2013
Indie Game: The Movie really has to be a must-watch for anybody either a) involved in the gaming industry or b) is passionate about indie gaming.

The movie showcases a set of indie developers bringing their games to release, providing a unique and inspiring insight in to the emotional turmoil involved with creating and releasing a game.

In particular, my favourite part of the movie was everything to do with Phil Fish, a really awesome creative mind having to deal with so much negativity and stress all the while maintaining his creative liberty and trying to bring his life's work into fruition. A truly inspiring individual.

Check this out, as well as the awesome special features. It's very worth it.

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190 of 294 people (65%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
"Pay us 10 Bucks to see us whine for 90 minutes while becoming millionaires."

In all seriousness, while a good and interesting movie, it's 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.
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50 of 68 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
Great and inspirational documentary. It has nice footage and interesting comments and content.

It is shows the process of make a game (programming, art style, gameplay, level design, ...) and the worries about this profession (publisher, public, presentations, money, ...).

A must see for everyone, especially those who works in industry or is passionate about games.

The DLC is worth to buy as well.
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111 of 172 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2013
"Indie Game Developer: The Movie" would be a more apt title, as the film focuses mostly on the neuroses of the developers, to the detriment of the games themselves. Phil Fish seems to have some serious issues, or else he just really likes being melodramatic. Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes aren't too far behind him. Jonathan Blow seems to be the most normal of the bunch, although it's hard to tell, because the documentary basically forgets about him during the second half. The film was an interesting watch, to be sure, but I would have liked to see more about how the games were actually developed. I also imagine that not every indie game developer is as off-putting as this bunch can be at times.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
I personally like the idea of game-industry related movies and documentaries on Steam, and “Indie Game: The Movie” is definitely a good way to get that ball rolling.

The thing I like most about this movie is just how personal it is. It really gets in deep into these developers and you really get to know them (or at least it feels that way). Its great being able to have a name, a face and a personality to games that we know and love. They’ve been a hit, affected people and I’m glad these guys got some recognition for their hard work and everything they put into it. It’s something I would like to see more of.

The thing with indie games is that unlike AAA titles, they have personality. They weren’t factory made just to make money. Most of the time it’s an idea that grew into something that became a part of them.

Hearing their side to the story, being able to support these people morally and financially (I’m guessing they get a cut from this) is nice. Some people might not think Steam is the platform for this kind of thing but it’s unusual and I like it!

If you want to look a bit further into indie games and their developers as a whole, this is a definite watch. Not only is this movie a great inspiration to normal everyday people like myself, but I imagine it’s a nice push in the right direction for other people that are looking or wanting to be in game development.

I watched this movie a long time ago, I only just now listened (and/or watched, in ways) the commentary tracks. They have one by the directors and one by Team Meat (who are honestly my favourite part of this movie) and they are both nice to listen to. It’s nice additional content to the movie. The directors are informative and you see things a little more from behind the cameras. Whereas Team Meat are just plain funny as f***.

Achievement wise, this is an easy 100%. Although there is a little hidden mini-game which you get an achievement for which was a tad bit frustrating. Only because I don’t actually know enough indie games off by heart to be able to do it. There was a lot of trial and error for me!

All in all this is an awesome and inspiring movie and I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

TL;DR: Good movie, good commentary and easy an 100%. BUY IT, PLEB.
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57 of 83 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2014
Not only the efford, the risk, the fear developers feel...
This documentary shows much more, and it is touching.

It's not only the film every gamer should watch, but also the perfect movie for a non-gamer to understand a whole universe we enjoy so much.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
Product received for free
My playtime: 4h (based on steam).
Grindy Achievement: No.
Optional Achievement: Yes (4 achievements).
Difficult Achievement: No.
Developer Response: No (last response is in 28 Aug 2016).

* You need to buy Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition DLC to 100% the achievement.

Indie Game: The Movie is a ~1 hour and 43 minutes documentary movie about how the makers of Super Meat Boy, FEZ, and Braid think and feel when they are developing and publishing the game. There are also some extra movies about 2 other game developers and some movie trailers about the DLC Special Edition movie.

Although there is only a few music in the movie, I still love the music. The music gives off a relaxing vibe and the sfxs didn't ruin the movie.

As i said before, the movie tells about the makers of Super Meat Boy, FEZ, and Braid when they are developing and publishing the game. The setting sets in a few days before PAX, a video game expo. The story is about what they want put in the game, how they execute it, and their childhood, which inspires them to make games. They also talk about what they feel when they are about to publish the game. The story compiles perfectly and neatly which can make you cry because of the emotional behind the scenes story. If you are an aspiring game developer and (or) curious about how a game is being developed, you'll surely like this movie.

The "game"
Although it is a movie, Indie Game: The Movie has its own application which serves as a wrapper for all videos. It lists all videos (even the DLC Special Edition ones) and plays the movie in it. There are two commentary tracks and a subtitle for the main movie (but there is no subtitle for the commentary tracks) with no commentary tracks and subtitle for the extras. However, there are only two out of nine extras which interest me, because the others look like a trailer. Two extras roughly last for 5 minutes while the others last for around 3 minutes. Some extras starred other game developers, which are the maker of Aquaria and Cannabalt, while the others are just a short trailer about specific things, like how the movie is being made and how a game jam looks like.

Speaking of a game, this "game" actually has a game. You'll be asked to find some game characters out of several game characters in a screen. You'll have 30 seconds in total and you'll get a penalty of 2 seconds if you click the wrong character. Personally, i like the ending animation where all animations are popping out like a bubble. However, this game is hard, especially if you don't know much about indie game character. Even if you know a lot about indie game characters, the game itself isn't that interesting to begin with (except for the animation).

- 1 full length movie (~1h 43m) and 9 extra short "movies"
- 2 commentary tracks for the main movie
- 1 short game

- No subtitle except for the main movie

This is a documentary movie about indie game developers and how indie games are being made. It's featuring the creator of Super Meat Boy, FEZ, and Braid, although there are other developers in the extras.

Should you buy this game?
That's if you want to know about indie game developers and how indie games are being made. Otherwise, you better skip it.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Brilliant. Great documentary showing "behind the scenes" during indie game development.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: September 29
There is no propaganda.

It was fun to watch, though. :-)
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2.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Even though this movie is about a struggle, it focuses only on the realy big successes.
Nevertheless I really enjoyed it.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Phenomenal documentary. Does a great job reflecting on games as a medium for expression, and provides some fascinating insights into the world of game development.
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Save the Queen
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 6
Product received for free
No reason to buy this for $10, but the movie is good, I'm glad I watched it.
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Double Uppercut
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
Well, this is certainly new. I've never reviewed a film on Steam before. I feel like I should be going through my credentials:

Hi! I'm Double Uppercut. Along with having played nearly 300 video games in my life so far, I have also watched over 600 films...

This sounds too formal. Let's just review the movie.

Indie Game: The Movie follows the stories of three well-known indie games- Super Meat Boy, FEZ, and Braid- along with their developers and their personal stories tied into the making, release, and reactions to their games.

It's weird thinking this, but I only started using Steam more often about a year and a half ago, around the time I started reviewing games here too. And I never thought that in that span of time I'd be exposed to so many indie games. I love to rag on my least favorites, like Woodle Tree Adventures or Slaughtering Grounds or Manhunter... but I'm sure their developers put some amount of effort and time into making these games as best as they could.

Didn't stop them from sucking a** though.

I like a lot of Jonathon Blow's hindisight on the release of Braid. It really shows how your own mentality can be inserted to a game, and that polishing it too finely can make it lose that value of feeling genuine. It's one of the reasons why I personally love the thriving indie market here on Steam. I love to see what smaller teams and people can bring to the table that might even be better than the best that EA or Ubisoft can craft.

People out there have their reasons for hating Phil Fish. And I won't lie by saying that I laughed seeing him mock all of his "haters" in a childish tone at the beginning of the movie. But I think this film does an excellent job of making him feel relatable. He's such a perfectionist and wants to capture peoples' attention so desperately, that he can't feel like FEZ is just going to be a good game when he releases it. He has to be absolutely sure that it is the best it can be.

Edmund and Tommy's parts are probably my favorite. I don't love Super Meat Boy as much as other people, but I enjoyed what time I spent playing it. I could see where some ideas of Ed's personality came in through the level design... but I didn't see it in the character design until he fully explained who Super Meat Boy is, and why Bandage Girl is so important to him. The game itself didn't explain it the way he did, but I think whenever I return to play Super Meat Boy again, his thoughts behind the game will stick with me the whole time.

Jim Guthrie is fantastic. I've yet to play Sword & Sorcery, but if Indie Game: The Movie showcases at least an ounce of his musical talent, then I cannot wait to see what this game has to offer. It's quiet, somber, and exciting when the scenes that contain music need it to be.

The cinematography is also wonderful, despite some shaky impromptu moments. But the angles and positions of the camera all entail what each creator is thinking during the process of making their games, while also viewing them at their most vulnerable moments.

Despite a few cheesey moments, the film is incredibly solid. It add a new insight to indie games that I didn't recognize there was before. It's tight, heartfelt, intelligent, and most importantly of all... unique. I am more than happy to have Indie Game: The Movie in my library, and it is definitely going into my favorites. This is a fantastic film- 9/10.
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16.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Beautiful, heartfelt look into the world of Indie Game Development. Would heavily recommend.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
A well made and informative documentary about legen - wait for it - dary indie developers. Get the special edition. The bonus content is definitely worth it.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
♥♥♥♥ phil fish
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