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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,193 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

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Reviews

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.

Update

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.

Features:

  • 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.

Festivals:

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4Ghz or faster x86-compatible processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core™ Duo 2.4Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Worst game I've ever played
I loved the cutscenes though
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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. 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.

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.
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112 of 185 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Witness the birth of a monster called Phil Fish.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Phil Fish Simulator 2012
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This Movie shows how hard it is to be a indie game developer and how much time and work goes in to the games it also shows the life of these indie game developers and what it takes to get rid of the bugs in the games it shows all the things they need to give up to make games and how they are just like us they smile at the reviews and laugh they are not just indie game developers they have family it shows that and friends and the music is great in the movie we get really close to what they are trying to put in to the games and how the games are some parts of their childhood.

Game: 8.5/10
Graphic: 9.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This documentary isn't about indie games, it's about 4 developers. If you're looking for some overview of indie development this isn't the film for you: it's an extremely personal look at how creating games can be both intensely damaging and rewarding, and as such, sometimes gets pretty intimate with the subjects of the film.

Overall, an engaging watch that really gave me insight into the lives of those featured.
The price is honestly fairly high, be sure to grab it on sale.

Update: The commentary from both Team Meat and the Directors are really great reels. The Special Edition has a huge load of extra content, including interviews with other devs that didn't get into the film.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Get to know the masterminds behind the indie smash hits: This emotional documentary sticks close to the people and their bumpy road to success. Witness fear, law suits, proposals of marriage, frustration, pure tension and finally some life changing sales numbers. It's an indepth look behind the scenes and absolutely recommended if you have ever played an indie game, especially Super Meat Boy, Braid or FEZ.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Overall the movie is good, except the parts where the creator of Fez came in :D
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I watched the game on Netflix. Yes, you can do that for the price of your Netflix membership. What this adds is all the extra content and a very quick little matching game. Is it worth $10? In the spirit of many of the designers in this, it is up to you. Rohrer asks on his site about a game to buy - what is it worth to you?

I bought this via an auction during the Winter 2014 pre-sale auction for about 4200 gems, which at that time was about $4-5, but really was no cost to me because I converted a bunch of items from badge creation and it wasn't direct real money. If I had put down an actual $4 was it worth it? I think so. The minds of these developers is something you get to look into for a small entry fee, and its alot of content not on Netflix.

Oh and there are achievements on steam too, if you like those (I do - bonus!)

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Indie Game: The Movie isn't exactly about Indie Games. Instead, it tells the emotional and heart-felt journies of 4 game developers trying to show the world what they are made of. Include extras, achievements, trading cards, a secret game and additional commentary and you got a pretty good Steam package.

It doesn't go to much depth on talking about Indie Games, but suceeds with flying colors in providing a very emotional and amazing documentary.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
It's an absolutely fantastic movie. Except the story I enjoyed wonderful music and its whole style.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
I own all these games, and they are awesome. They makes the movie so much more understandable and relatable. It's very touching, and if you know the "behind the scenes" of coding a game, this really gets to you. You feel all the anger, annoyance, fear, nervousness, and happiness. Absolutely wonderful directing, 10/10; Would watch again. :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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*
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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.


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In all seriousness, awesome movie. Team Meat is great and hearing the stories of all these guys is interesting and touching.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I saw Phil FIsh when he made that one game before he completely destroyed everybody's hopes of a sequel to that game and then called gamers terrible people.

Amazing documentary.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Worth it for the Team Meat commentary alone.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
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.


10/10
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
100.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Must have seen this film like 50 times!
Just an awesomely inspiring film also funny and touching in places.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
I thought it was going to be an informative, behind the scenes look at indie game development. What I got was 94 minutes of crying and ♥♥♥♥♥ing. It shouldn't even be called a documentary. It's a video journal. The worst offender is Phil Fish. I literally thought he was going to break down and cry any time he was on screen. I didn't learn anything from this. I could've gotten more from reading a Wikipedia page.

Waste of time/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
gay
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