-Rithwik Rajeev – B.Tech S3
Whether you like it or not, video games are a pretty popular thing for us. There are those who love it and those who think it’s child’s play (which it is not). But the thing is, most folks tend to look down on and hate smaller and less realistic looking games. Well let me just tell you an unknown genre not known amongst many of us, and even if you’re a gamer or not, you might end up liking this!
Indie games, are games made by the smaller companies or a group of people or even just a single guy. And from my experience with them, it’s sure to say that they are downright amazing. Indie games aren’t as graphically amazing like the Triple-A titles releasing nowadays, that’s simply because of the fact they don’t have production values of millions or they do not have professionals of the best degree in all fields required for making a game. But in turn, Indie games are cheaper.
Well, you might ask, buy games with money? What? Well yes, if you didn’t know you’re actually supposed to pay for them to play them (there’s a lot of labour in making a game, and people aren’t stupid enough to just give it away). Well, the truth is, most of us pirate. You know, the illegal way Cracked games. Which is kinda obvious. It might be illegal but no one cares and everyone’s doing it and hence we do it ourselves. I myself also have pirated a lot. Heck, 80% of you mostly have your PC with the cracked Operating system unless you’re a laptop guy or a Linux guy. Well, people pirate ’cause games cost like hell. I do end up buying them when they’re on a steam sale (FYI: Steam is like the Amazon for games and software and there are occasional steam sales and everything is 50% off or more). But Indie cost very less and with steam sales, they’re practically the cheapest pieces of entertainment you can get.
But what I love about Indie games is the experience. Huge gaming companies today simply fool the gamers, make new games with as sequels to popular titles, put in no effort and though it’s kind of good but totally not worth the money (Some games are). But Indies give you a whole new type of experience. The thing is they surprise you, you never expect much from these small games.
Yet you’ll get hooked. Some have amazing rush-to-them, immense replay value, eg. DeadCells. Some have amazing stories, so amazing that you’ll fall in love with them. Stories which break the fourth wall, eg. Undertale. Some have amazing online experiences, eg. PUBG. Some are amazing survival adventure, eg. Subnautica. Some are early access and you’ll get to play them as they are being developed and unlike bigger companies, your feedback is highly taken into consideration. They may not have any 3D amazing graphics but some have extremely stunning visuals while some have cute pixel arts. You’ll be amazed at how good an Indie game will make you feel.
To start off with come good ones, I’d suggest Undertale. It’s pretty cheap or you can just pirate that as well ( I don’t care). Its visuals will turn you down, people around you will probably make fun of you for playing what looks like a kids’ game. But it’s extremely humorous and the story is great! It’s got multiple endings and you’ll have to play through it multiple times to complete it fully. It’s hard to explain but the game kind of knows you, it knows what you’ve done. Delete the saved file and start a new game, nope it knows you. The game breaks the fourth wall like crazy and there are some spooky parts in it, which actually scared the hell out of me. There are 3 routes – normal, pacific, and genocide. Not gonna explain what they are but you’ll have to play the game like 3 times to really get an idea out of it ( Well twice actually. 3rd time is another ending which you might wanna look up online and yeah, doing one run and then while going for the other run, all the things that you’ve caused will be there waiting for you, not directly but it’s hard to explain). So yeah check out Undertale. And just discover for yourselves some new Indie games and if you can, support the developers and buy some! Enjoy! Indie games are a genre which you are missing out on, dear gamers! You need to discover them by yourselves!