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 (1,324 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

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"While not actually an anime, I feel that Phil Fish has some serious yandere moé appeal to him that makes this OVA worth watching."

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
79 of 90 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
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.

VERDICT:
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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64 of 92 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Phil Fish Simulator 2012
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
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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29 of 48 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I payed money for a movie on steam !
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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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19 of 34 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Better than Michael Bay's movies. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
An amazing documentary. Shows the ups and downs of indie developers and their inpirations for the games they create, as well as their opinion on how and why games should be done. It follows mainly 3 developers, which created 3 amazing games. I recommend also the dlc, this is one of the best documentaries I have watched because of its content, which is of my interest. Recommended for gamers, but also for anyone interested in looking on how things are made and crap they have been through to publish their game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This was a compelling journey into the opportunities and challenges of the Indie Game Developer. We recently watched this as part of a local indie game dev meetup, and everyone had a smile on their face - though for varied reasons. I knew that in that room, we had a number of people who shared the same kind of passion for games, but who had also experienced like challenges.

For my students, I want to point out 2 things:
- Look at the amount of sacrifice made by these developers... emotional, finanacial, family pressures and so on. This is a rough career path even if it can be personally rewarding. Think about the successful and the damaging behaviours you see in this film, and consider your own approaches to getting your projects done (for example).

- For the love of goodness, can you PLEASE review what 'Code Freeze' means!!! I felt so upset for Phil Fish at his big demo when Fez is dying from. as he described it, a bunch of things he changed the night before. Blowing a product demo can be fatal to your project.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I won this in a giveaway, and i really enjoy it! Nice movie/documentary
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Review Type: Normal

A movie about the development of indie games, with a little game at the end. An interesting look behind the scenes at the life of indie game developers.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Worth it for the Team Meat commentary alone.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
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 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
This is a movie, obviously. Mostly a documentary, really, though a pretty interesting one on indie game development. There were definitely a lot of scenes, comments, notes, emotions, and such that I could really relate to given my work in game localization.

Definitely reccomend it to anyone and everyone who doesn't know what it's like to develop a game.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
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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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I made $0.26 from the cards I got for leaving this running while I ate dinner.

10/10

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
A small glimpse into what independent game development is like, wrapped up in a very well made movie. If you haven't watched it yet, you should.
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185 of 222 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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144 of 176 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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74 of 88 people (84%) found this review helpful
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 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. The $10 price tag is perfect and shouldn't be a barrier for anyone.
Rating: 8.8/10
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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.2 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.

Nilesy
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