Five Indie Developers to Watch out for

1) The Game Bakers

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An awesome indie games studio based in Montpellier, France. The Game Bakers are actually situated atop a bakery, hence the name. Despite being independent, these guys have developed several world class games such as Combo Crew,the first beat’em up for mobile to have touch controls and asynchronous multiplayer and the Squids’ franchise, a series of games featuring action, strategy and RPG. The Squids’s games allow you build your team of Squid heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps. All of these games are available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

With a very impressive track record the game bakers are set to outdo themselves once more with their upcoming game Furi. Fight your way across this all-boss hack-and-slash medley of mayhem and discover what awaits in the final boss round. With a unique mix of fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting the Game Backers have promised ultra responsive controls to mirror real life reaction times. The best part, Character designs by Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai!

2) Lab Zero Games

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Best known for creating Skullgirls, a fast paced 2-d fighting game reminiscent of old time classics like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. According to Lab Zero, Skullgirls features the most frames of animation per character of any fighting game out there. It also features a classic six-button play giving characters a massive selection of attacks and special moves. This playground of fists and fury is available on the playstation consoles, Xbox 36o and Steam.

Lab Zero games house a very diverse team of developer so they try to reflect through their gaming narratives. Their upcoming game Indivisible is one of the most multicultural narratives I’ve come across in gaming featuring characters from every continent across the world. Inspired by classics like Valkyrie Profile and Metroid, Indivisible follows the story of Ajna, a young warrior seeking retribution for the destruction of her home. indivisible is still in development but the prototype is available for free on the official website and you can preorder the game via indiegogo on demand.

3) The Brotherhood

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The name is actually quite self explanatory, two brothers (Chris & Nic Bischoff) who make adventure games that take players on an intense and often frightening cinematic journey. The South African duo are best known for creating Stasis, a 2D isometric, point-and-click horror adventure game, set in the distant future on a desolate spacecraft. The world of Stasis is inspired by Sci-Fi classics like Alien, Event Horizon and Sunshine.

Having played Stasis, I still find it impossible to believe that the team behind it only consists of two people! Of course they have the support of some 500+ Kickstarter backers that helped fund the game in 2013. Nevertheless Stasis is far more impressive that what many larger studios have come up with over the years. However, don’t take my word for it check out some of the gameplay footage and the raving reviews from the likes of Forbes, Kotaku, IGN and many more. The game is available on Steam however, the brotherhood are currently offering a 40% discount directly from their official website.

4) Notion Games

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Founded by Andrew Augustin, an award-winning 2d illustrator and game designer Notion games boasts an impressive line up of titles. My favourite thus far has to be Super Ubie Island, a 2-d adventure game inspired by Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and other classic platformers currently available on PC. Other titles include Up Up Ubie Remix, Team Notion, and several upcoming games in development (all on PC). Andrew Augustin was listed in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2015 and has been published in various magazines including Pure Nintendo, Nintendo Force, Black Enterprise, The Source, and Advanced Photoshop magazine.

5) Culture Shock Games

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Culture Shock Games are best known for their upcoming title We Are Chicago, a game that explores the harsh realities associated with growing up on the south side of Chicago. Having performed extensive research Culture Shock Games are building the narrative of We Are Chicago around  a collection of several in-depth first person interviews with people living in some of the most brutal areas of Chicago. However, the aim of the game isn’t to overwhelm players with gang violence but rather to give players and in depth understanding of life in Chicago today. Therefore, the game will feature several beacons of positivity allowing where players and other characters will be able to make positive and empowering decisions.

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In an age of mass media, many of us have become somewhat desensitised to the harsh reality many people experience today. Thus, the aim of this game is to help circumvent this by allowing people to personally connect with these stories. “The focus of the game is really to tell the personal stories behind the statistics you hear on the news,” lead programmer Michael Block told iDigitalTimes. Ultimately the goal of We are Chicago is to inspire change Therefore, a portion of the profits will go towards non-profit groups working to curb violence and provide opportunities to people living in Chicago. Culture Shock are yet to release an announce date but have said that the game will be available at some point in 2016 on PC, Mac and Linux.

If you think there are any indie developers that should be on this list, then please make your suggestions in the comments section and we’ll factor these in when next we update this list.

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