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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.
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 the 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

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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
131 of 150 people (87%) found this review helpful
255 products in account
7 reviews
9.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
I recommend Indie Game: The Movie. I'll admit, when I first got this, I thought that this was a video game, not a movie. Turns out, it's a really good documentary! Indie Game: The Movie goes into detail about several Indie Titles that have gotten a lot of hype in popularity in the past year. A few mentions are Super Meat Boy, Fez, and Braid. Great games all-in-all, and you get to hear a lot about the back-story of the developers!
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
8.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: December 15th, 2013
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
Behind every great game there is even greater backstory.

With the rise of Independent titles more importantly in the digital gaming market like steam. Almost everyone could make a indie game but only very few create a masterpiece.Filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have captured how the indie game market is both successful and growing, but as well hard to be a part of. Through a very intelligent, informative, and emotional documentary following the indie developers Jonathan Blow creator of Braid, Tommy Refences and Edmund McMillen creators of Super Meat Boy, and Phil Fish the creator of Fez. And their ground breaking stories behind each game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhaT78i1x2M
Posted: October 29th, 2013
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
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51 reviews
2.3 hrs on record
Only movie on Steam that currently has achievements (seem that the documentary from Valve "Free to play" might get them as well). It is a decent time to watch if you are interested in the workings behind the making of indie games, even more if you are a fan of the games in question (SMB, Braid and Fez mostly). It has a special edition DLC that feels fairly overpriced, but adds some decent content and an actual game to the mix.

The achievements are mostly for watching all of the games content (but can be triggered by simply watching the end of each section if you are after quick rewards. The special edition does add an achievement for getting a perfect in the knowledge-game it adds but its quite easy after some replays to learn and practice the different characters.

Time to 100%: 1-4 hours
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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Awards

Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival

Official Selection
SXSW Film Festival

Best Editing
Sundance Film Festival

'Critics' Pick'
New York Times

Best Documentaries of the Year
iTunes

Best Documentaries of the Year
Film School Rejects

Best Documentary of the Year
Utah Film Critics Assoc.

Top Reviewed Documentaries of the Year
Lettrboxd

Top Ten Films of the Year
Crave Online

Top Ten Films of the Year
Slash Film

Top Ten Films of the Year
Cinesnob

Top 10 Films of the Year (You haven't Seen)
Wired Magazine

Top 10 Films of the Year (You May Have Missed)
NME