Wednesday, February 8, 2012

EXP IndieCast #10: Gods, Cats, and Clones

Scott and I have returned with another selection of independent games that deserve your attention for more than a few reasons. We begin with two browser-based MMO's, the first a bullet-hell RPG the other a surreal cat roleplaying game, both of which will tickle your... fancy feast (YEAAAA!) We round out the show with a more serious look at Triple Town, Yeti Town, and the dangers of clones and patent laws. You can find links to all the games in the show notes below along with a few articles of interest. As always, we encourage you to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Show notes:

- Run time: 39 min 55 sec
- Realm of the Mad God, by Wild Shadow Studios
- Chatchat, by Terry Cavanagh and Hayden Scott-Baron
- Triple Town, by Spryfox
- Yeti Town, by SixWaves/LoLApps (and allegedly Spyrfox)
- "The Bulldog and the Pegasus," by Ian Bogost via Gamasutra
- "Attack of the Clone Attackers," by Jamin Warren via Kill Screen
- Music provided by Brad Sucks


  1. Developing and tuning a new game mechanic is a ton of work, so it does seem like there should be some kind of protection in place, so that someone with more money can't just slap a new coat of paint on it and out-advertise you. But games are also iterative, and we need to let people expand on the ideas of others. It's a tough call.

    Except for the Triple/Yeti Town case. That is really, really shameful on 6Waves' part.

    Also, did you know that Spry Fox co-developed Realm of the Mad God? And that half of Spry Fox is Dan Cook, of the Lost Garden design blog?

  2. I knew about the Dan Cook/Spry Fox connection, but not the Spry Fox/Mad God connection. It's a small world, huh?

    Amusing that the critics he bad mouthed last summer are coming to his defense now. His call for actionable advice from critics is more understandable now; Jorge and I actually thought up some things that would make Triple Town more competitive with Yeti Town...