Fotonica is an infinite runner like no other. With a mostly white on black worrisome style, and a first person view with moving arms similar to parkour games, this game is a mashup of elements from many types infinite runners which come together beautifully. This game's visuals and soundtrack give it an echoing and ethereal feel to it. This has beautiful, strange, and abstract music and sound effects. It has three different modes: arcade (level-based), endless, and versus, where to players play in split-screen on opposite ends of the same device. Though this game is about running in a straight line, jumping, and landing, don't dismiss it as another infinite runner. This game is a unique experience, and its stunning visuals, excellent soundtrack, and intuitive controls make it worth every penny of its $2.99 price. You can get it on the App Store. The PC version is in development, but you can pre-order it from Humble or Desura. You can also look at the game's Steam Greenlight page here.
Melodive is a beautiful procedurally generated game. In this game, you "dive" into a randomly generated 3D world filled with bright colors and strange flora and fauna. This game is an infinite falling game, wheeler you cannot hit the ground too many times or you will become "out of tune", and then it's game over! The most interesting feature of this game is its procedurally generated soundtrack. The world is filled with little crystals that fly around, and whenever you come near one, it pops and makes an instrumental noise, like a flute note or drum beat. These small crystals are everywhere, and they travel in groups, so you are constantly popping dozens of them as you fall, effectively creating a random soundtrack. The soundtrack sounds more like random noise than music at first, but it grows on you, and adds to the game's open feel. This game gives you a serious feeling of flight and its completely open-world, combined with its breathtaking audio and visuals, make this game more than worth $.99. You can get this game on the iOS App Store here.
#1: Spout: Monochrome Mission
Spout is a 2D monochromatic pixelated fast-paced mobile game. You are a space ship trying to get as far as you can. You shout fumes out your ship which destroy everything they touch. If your ship touches any of the randomly generated black shapes around you on your journey, you die! This game is extremely difficult and a ton of fun, and is definitely worth downloading from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Mountain is a zero-player mobile and PC game made by one of the CGI animators from the movie Her who decided he wanted to make a game. You start off by being asked some questions and being told to respond by drawing. When you are finished a random mountain is generated. You spend the rest of your time with this game watching this mountain. It has trees that grow, it rains, has clouds, and even changes over the seasons. If you zoom out, you can observe your mountain from space, which looks quite pretty. Your PC keys or the bottom half of your screen serve as a piano that you can serenade your mountain with. Besides that, the piano serves no purpose. As time passes, random objects ranging from spears to cake from space, crashing into and embedding themselves in your mountain. You can then move them around your mountain. And finally, cryptic phrases appear on your screen from time to time. That is literally all this game is about. It is strange, but also peaceful. The ambient noise and piano music are beautiful, and make me feel serene. I feel like this game is worth 99¢, but you can find out for yourself. The App Store link is here, the Google Play link is here, and the Steam link is here.
P.S. Sorry it took so long for me to get a post out guys, my life has been confusing, and I'm trying to get back on schedule. Thanks for your patience!
-Jared, The Author
Rymdkapsel is a minimalist isometric strategy game set in space. It's akin to a survival game in that your goal is to build up your base to survive waves of enemies with increasing difficulty. Just like games like Clash of clans, you build different buildings that accomplish different tasks, and you "train" more units to defend your base. Unlike Clash of Clans and similar games, though, Rymdkapsel isn't interested in keeping you playing all day. The game isn't going for detail and the developers instead opted for simple, beautiful, minimalist graphics. The game is singleplayer only, and you'll be done with one session in a few hours, because after around wave 40, the enemies become nearly impossible to beat. While this may all sound bad, these features all actually contribute to the meditative feel of the game. While in other strategy games, you may rage as your base is destroyed, this game maintains a calm atmosphere. For every minute of those three hours of play, your mind will be absorbed in the game, calmly thinking about your next move. This game is short but worth every minute, and for that, you should definitely try this game. This game is $1.99 on Google Play, $3.99 on the App Store, and $3.99 on Steam.
LIMBO is a minimalist platformer with dark, creepy graphics. You play a boy who descends into Limbo to try to save his sister. On the way, he'll face many challenges, from men with blow guns to a giant spider. The game has a sinister soundtrack, and dark, blurry visuals, leading to an eerie, depressive atmosphere. This game is not really a horror game, but the atmosphere and surprise attacks make it rather scary at times. Above all, this game is difficult, and forces you to think on the spot to escape enemy onslaughts and make it through this horrifying world. This game will immerse you and force you to think. This game's atmosphere is one of the best I have ever seen, and for that, above all, this game is definitely worth the money. You can buy the game on Steam for $9.99 here, or get it on the iOS App Store for $4.99 here.
SuperBrothers: Swords and Sworcery is a high-quality pixelated adventure game created by a gaggle of different developers, the Superbrothers community (artwork) Capybara Games (code) and Jim Gutrhie (music). This game blends pixelated style with high-quality effects to create sprawling, beautiful landscapes that please the eye. The soundtrack is one of the absolute best I have ever heard, and matches the overall mood of the game well. This game has a strange, abnormal storyline that requires you to forget reality, and immerse yourself in the story of the game. You play as The Scythian, a warrior from a faraway land who seeks a book of all knowledge called the Megatome. From there, the story gets even weirder, but it doesn't matter, because the gameplay is a blast. It involves exploring the huge world, fighting epic battles (with intuitive controls on mobile devices) and singing magical Songs of Sworcercy. This game will change how you view pixelated games forever, and is an absolute delight to play! You can get it on Steam as well as the iOS and Android stores.
Don't look back is a short, pixelated, 2D flash game made by Terry Cavanagh, the developer of the famous indie game VVVVVV. Its graphics are simple but beautiful, and its soundtrack complements the game well. This game is a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus (or so I read) but it is its own story altogether. While difficult, this game retains a sad, halfhearted atmosphere. Don't let this game's low resolution fool you, though. This game is immersive and will grow on you as you venture further into it. This game is short, but is well worth playing until the end. You can play this game in your browser here or download it for iOS and Android.
Kairo is a linear, story-based puzzler made on the Unity engine. It has simple, minimalist graphics, and a dark backstory of the world you wander begins to unfold as you venture throughout the huge map. The game has a completely predetermined world, but you can wander it and return to rooms as much as you like. Most of the rooms have puzzles in them that you have to solve to move on, such as a room where you have to avoid walls that disappear into the ground. This game has a dark soundtrack for the majority of the game, adding to its immersive, oppresive atmosphere. The game's ending, though, features light, happy music and beautiful visual effects, painting a picture of forgiveness and a second chance. This game is filled with quality animations, meaning it lags terribly on less powerful devices (ie. my old android), but it is worth it. Altogether, this game's challenging, clever puzzles, quality graphics, beautiful soundtrack and excellent ending make it one of the best game I have ever played. You can get it on Steam for $4.99 here. It is also available on iOS and Android for $.99.