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These Are the Best Indie Games of 2011 Just as its sister site ModDB picks the top PC gaming mods of the year, IndieDB rounds out the year with a countdown of the top independently developed games of the year. Think of it as a shopping list to help establish your indie gaming cred. How many of the top ten have you played?



Me? I've only gotten around to experiencing half of the ten games voted by IndieDB community members as the best independent games of the year. I've spent a great many hours exploring the world of Bastion, as everyone should. Stephen got me into SpaceChem after raving about the iPhone version of the game. Trine 2 from Frozenbyte was a no-brainer, considering my great love of the original, and Minecraft-meets-FPS Ace of Spades was personally responsible for several near-oversleep situations over the past few months.



As for the number one game, the 2D building, exploring, and surviving action of Terraria...I'm ashamed to say I hadn't played it at all, at least until this morning, when I plunked down five dollars for a copy on Steam. I'm enjoying it so much right now that this post was nearly incredibly late.



Hit up the list to see not only the top ten, but the top 100 indie games of 2011 and beyond, and start building your shopping list.



IOTY Players Choice - Indie of the Year [IndieDB]


Product Release - Valve
X-Mas Carnage, an all new holiday themed map for Sanctum, is now available for free on Steam!

Engage in 4-player co-op Tower Defense action as you unwrap your presents underneath the Christmas Tree while fighting off hordes of alien invaders!

Product Update - Valve
Sanctum Update - THE OLD CITY

• 3 new game modes!
• Bounty - Building phases will come with a time limit. Kill enemies to gain resources.
• Pre-built - A number of pre-built towers will be scattered across the map; how will you build your maze now?
• Stamina - You only live once. Start the game with an absurd amount of resources. Be wise in your spending. You'll never get a cent again. Now, presevere.
• NEW Weapon - The REX
• NEW Tower - The Kairos
• Client side hit detection (we like lag as much as yo udo)
• Localization support!
(German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish included with patch, more to come)

Maps
• Complex
• Chargers will no longer spawn on the map.

Towers
• NEW! Kairos
• Slows down flying enemies
• Holo
• Level 1: 30% -> 28%
• Level 2: 60% -> 56%
• Level 3: 90% -> 84%
• Level 4: 120% -> 112%
• Level 5: 150% -> 140%
• Level 6: 180% -> 168%

Weapons
• NEW! REX
• REX is a rapid-fire rocket launcher.
• Secondary fire is a target lock-on.
• Assault Gun
• Heat generation from secondary fire has been lowered from 60% to 50%
• Spread down slightly

Enemies
• Spore Pod
• Delay between enemy spawns have been reduced by 0.2 sec
• Enemy strafing reduced by 200 units
• These changes will make them more vunerable to splash damage.
• Walker
• Delay between enemy spawns have been reduced by 0.5 sec.
• HP has been reduced by 5%
• These changes will make them more vunerable to splash damage.
• Soaker
• Weak spots will now pulsate the way they should.

• Hoverer
• HP has been reduced.

General
• Field of View option added.
• Client side hit prediction.
• Localization support.
• English
• German
• Spanish
• French
• Swedish
• Danish
• More forthcoming..

• Facebook button for the menus.
• Community button in the menus.
• Explosives will now hurt the Bobble Heads where it hurts most.
• Pathing particles are bigger
• Gib sizes have been increased dramatically.
• There's now a tiny camera shake when you land after an inappropriately high jump.
• Version sensibility
• You will not see games hosted on other Sanctum versions anymore.
• Resolution Detection
• You should now get your default resolution when entering Sanctum

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)
What’s going on? Is everyone alright? What are the arguments of the day? I’ve been on holiday (but travelling no further than my own front room, alas) for the last week and all this seems bewildering and strange. Big, blank white space to write words about PC games into, a buggered RSS feed to try [...]
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)
The indie scene is full of what a corporate sort might call Price-Costing Thought-Thinks. There’s an increasing trend wherein developers are offering early versions for sale to fund development, as well as offering ‘pay what you want’ initiatives and joining collections like The Humble Indie Bundle. Now, the indie aficionados behind Indiegames.com and the fine [...]
Product Release - Valve
New Maps and Towers are now available for Sanctum!

Two new maps: Aftermath and Aftershock add all new thrills to be discovered!
New Towers: The Violator, Penetrator, and Killing Floor offer all new traps to decimate your enemies!

The free "Elysion One Overrun!" update has just been released for all Sanctum owners. This update includes a new map, a new Shotgun, and two new towers for your customization system.

New to Sanctum? Get up to speed with the Sanctum Collection for 10% off until October 3rd at 10AM Pacific Time!

Community Announcements - @AntonWestbergh
Go check on how to access it on the forums.
Announcement - Valve
Midweek Madness! Grab a special collection of Indie titles for one low price!

The Indie 2D Bundle includes: Swords & Soldiers HD, Bit.Trip Runner, World of Goo, NightSky, and NyxQuest.

The Indie Strategy Bundle includes: Revenge of the Titans, Sanctum, Sol Survivor, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and Anomaly: Warzone Earth.

Offer ends Thursday at 4PM Pacific Time.



Community Announcements - @AntonWestbergh
We're excited to be able to announce that a Beta of the latest patch is now live on the Steam servers!

Read more about how to access the beta by visiting this thread.

Best
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Come shoot creeps with us! And in the game.Sanctum, the ludicrously pretty first-person tower defence game which we exposed to our critical bits just here, can be won right here, right now! Yes, a dozen lucky RPS-reading webnodes will be able to plug themselves into the game by emailing us the answer to this question: the word “sanctum” means holy site. What is your holy site, readers? You know, the one you would defend with towers. Tell us, and the most interesting answers, as judged by an RPS editor, will win Steam codes.

Usual rules apply. Closing date is midnight of 30th of August.

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