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
Ronin is a simple 2d pixelated platformer made with GameMaker: Studio. In it, you are a ninja who runs and jumps from building to building with a sword and a grappling hook in tow. Your objective is to kill people, and you get points for doing so as stealthily as possible. You can do all sorts of really cool moves such as hanging adversaries from the ceiling. If you are caught, though, actual combat is turn-based. Each turn, a red line denotes the trajectory of the bullets about to be fired, and each turn you must avoid them whilst trying to tackle and kill your adversaries. This game is huge fun and a great challenge to play, and that is all that needs to be said! You can download this game for free here.
Perspective is a great little platformer that turns out to not be so little. This game is another stab at combining 2D and 3D into one game like Fez or Monument Valley, and this one is the most interesting implementation yet. In this game, you control a little man who runs on little blue blocks to try to reach a portal at the end of the level whilst avoiding dangerous red blocks. The catch: whenever you click, you go from 2d view to a First person 3D view of the room. The man is on the wall, but whenever you move around, his location changes based on your (you guessed it!) perspective. This explain may not make sense to you right now, and when you first play the game, your mind will be blown. That's okay, and as you play more, you'll become accustomed to this game, and you'll enjoy it that much more. That's about all I can say about this game. It's amazing, so download it for free for PC here.
Outer Wilds is a unique open world space exploration game with a dark twist. The game is set in a solar system (not our solar system, and the system is not randomly generated) that is completely to scale, meaning all of the planets are their real-life (or close) sizes. That means that when you liftoff from a planet, there's no warp sequence or anything, you're simply in space! You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want. You can crash into the moon, go on a spacewalk, or visit the watery core of the Giant's Deep. But there's a catch. You can die, and no matter what you do, you will die, because 20 minutes after you start the game, the sun that all the planets orbit will supernova, killing you. But that's fine, because the world is on a time loop. Just like the movie Groundhog Day, you start the same day over again, except that you remember the events of the previous loop, and all of the ones before that. The difference here is that the ship's computer remembers all of the planets you've been to previously also. Each time, you get a new chance to explore, document and possibly try to stop the sun from imploding. This game is a beautiful game with intuitive, original zero-gravity mechanics and an excellent sense of scale, and for that, you should download it free for your computer from here.
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.
Coma is a beautiful browser game supposedly made by the developer of the game LIMBO. This game has absolutely stunning graphics, and the music is excellent, contributing to a calm, happy atmosphere (most of the time). The game's story is common among 2D games like this: your sister has been locked up, so you team up with a friend (a bird) to try to save her. But this is no common sidescroller. Your path to reaching your goal is strange, and involves all sorts of. This game therefore requires a little suspension of disbelief, but it is well worth it. This pretty little game will make you smile and absorb you in its frequent cheerful and dark moments. You can play it in your browser here.
Orbitor is a beautiful 2D exploration game made with Unity. You play as a small space ship who flies around in space, jumping in between large bubbles which act as gravity fields, pulling you back towards them. You can accelerate with the spacebar and turn yourself to the left or right using the arrow keys. Inside of the larger gravity bubbles there are smaller circles which you will begin to orbit rapidly when coming near to them. You can then press space to slingshot away from them and pick up speed. This game is highly physics-based, and even allows you to slow down time by pressing z! In this game, you can shoot from bubble to bubble as much as you want, but recently the game became level-based with a large warp device (4th picture below) attached to the final bubble through which you can warp to the next level. The game is a 2D Unity game with awe-inspiring graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, and hours of replayability, this game shows serious potential, and in its development phase is already one of the best 2D games I've ever seen! You can download the free demo here or play an earlier version in-browser (with Unity Web Player) on the same page.