IndieCade @ E3 2011

June 12th, 2011 -

On day 2 we stopped by the IndieCade booth to check and see if they had any cool Indie games, and to our surprise, a few of them captured our attention for quite some time. Hit the jump to check out some of the games that caught our eye.

Where is my heart?

http://bushghost.blogspot.com/

Where is my heart? is a puzzle platformer for the PSN. At E3 they were showing it on a PSP Go, but it will also be playable on the PS3 since it’s a Mini. The general idea is to use multiple characters (one at a time) and platform your way across the screen. The tricky part is, the screen has been chopped up into small pieces and are then rearranged on the screen. So at one point you may jump towards a platform only to fall and land on a tree, because the correct tile is actually above, not next. It’s hard to explain, so check out our video of Chris playing on the show floor at E3 2011.



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Ibb and Obb

http://ibbandobb.com/

Ibb and Obb is a physics based team platformer. In Ibb and Obb you use portals to transfer gravity much like Portal or Portal 2. As you go through the portals in the ground, you gain speed, allowing you to make larger jumps. Within the team gameplay, at some point you will get to a section where enemies are blocking your path, if one player goes below and collects the white orbs it will destroy the enemies and both players will be able to continue. In some cases you may need to use one or another as a platform to jump up large steps, in which case the player that was the platform would back track, go under and follow from below. Ibb and Obb looks like a great game if you enjoy platforming and puzzles. It is currently slated for PC only, but they are looking into publishers for consoles. It should be released some time in 2012.


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Scribble shooter

Developed by one of the Home devs in his free time using Home’s new game engine.

Scribble Shooter is a Playstation Home exclusive arcade game. There really isn’t much to say about this other than the fact that it’s a classic vertical shooter game from the 80’s with a hand drawn art style which was created by a 12 year old (well, he was 12 when the graphics were made), with sound effects made solely by a person’s mouth. If you have played arcade games in Home, its what you would expect from its simplicity, but being a tried and true formula for gameplay, it’s something you’re most likely going to come back to.


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FlyWrench

http://messhof.com/flywrench/

I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to play this because the gentlemen playing it (in the video below) was apparently determined to beat the whole game at E3. However, I did watch him for a bit, and because of the simplicity of the game, it’s pretty obvious how this works. You are a Pong Paddle, or are you a bird? Maybe both? Pressing what would normally be a jump button, you float up fighting the gravity that is constantly pulling you down. You navigate various level layouts trying to get your way to the spiral at the end. Simple yet fun, which pretty much sums up all “Indie” games, but Flywrench has that going on for sure.



  • Scribble Shooter has a demo up on Home in the E3 booth if anyone wanted to check it out.

    Comment by Jason on June 12, 2011

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