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« on: June 28, 2011, 12:02:18 PM »


I've recently been thinking about writing an Indie game feature.

I'm lying.

I've actually been thinking about doing this for a long, long time, but I've just never had the time or energy to do so... which means I've just been far too lazy to look up and buy Indie games. I guess I'm going to start taking steps towards getting together a list of my most anticipated Indie games by writing up a few of these little snippets about Indie games I've found. (And Pug's been trying to interview Indie developers, so it's a win-win situation.)

I was browsing Reddit today and I saw a post about a cool game still in its Alpha stages called Overgrowth. It's being developed by Wolfire Games, who made the predecessor to Overgrowth back in 2005 called Lugaru (pronounced Loo-gar-oo for any of you who are wondering). Lugaru featured Turner, a rabbit whose family was murdered by rabbit raiders. He eventually uncovers a plot between the wolves and the king of the rabbits. After promptly dispatching all of them with his badass martial arts skills, he turns down the offer to become king and goes off to find purpose in his life.

I'll admit that I've never played Lugaru, but the trailers and gameplay videos for it look great. The game's graphics aren't the greatest for its time, but the game certainly features some of the smoothest combat I've ever seen in games. (Youtube them.)

Overgrowth is, according to Wolfire, the spiritual successor of Lugaru. It'll feature a similar combat system, better graphics and textures, and... bunnies. (I don't know about you, but watching a rabbit do martial arts reminds me of Usagi Yojimbo, the biggest bamf rabbit ronin of all time.) Despite the game still being in its nascent stages, the tech demos that the developers have been releasing on their Youtube channel are very impressive. The environment and textures still look quite plain as of now, since I've seen little more than a desert/plain type of environment with drab browns and grays, but all this is completely understandable as the game is still in Alpha.

I can go on about how great the graphics look and such, but one thing I'd like to really highlight is the blood effects. Wolfire isn't shy with the splatters:

Overgrowth Alpha 128 changes - Wolfire Games


The arterial sprays look pretty damn realistic to me already... and the developers plan on tweaking it even more to make it more realistic.

Overgrowth is a damn good looking game. You can preorder the game on their website for $29.95, which is a bit pricey for an Indie game, but considering the visible amount of work that the developers have already put into the game, I'd say it's well worth it. It's only too bad that I'll have to wait until my next payday to buy and try out their alphas.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 12:49:30 PM »

Looks awesome! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 08:16:53 PM »

Looks awesome! Cheesy
Yea, I second that.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 08:43:58 PM »

It really does appeal to me that these "smaller" indie companies are producing such top notch performing games in terms of NEW graphically looks and play.. amazing me how they can create such a good looking game ( some do some dont have the gameplay to go with the looks) yet these larger tiers are releasing shit.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 11:37:13 PM »

Looks amazing.
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