Just as death is an inevitable part of life, having your house smashed up is an inevitable part of home ownership – or it is in the therapeutic Destroy Your Home, at least. This week's round-up is also dedicated to an aristocratic jerk who murdered your entire family, a small square haunted by his past, and a Pop Tart. Indie games, everybody.
If nothing else, it's a pleasure to finally see the world from the Pop Tart's point of view in Max Glockling's Stencyl Jam 2013-winning platformer Mr. Tart. To the sugary breakfast treat, it turns out the world is full of spikes and toasters – which sounds about right, considering. Thankfully, the rather basic platforming of the early tutorial stages soon gives way to tricky co-op, either with yourself or another player, if you can both fit round the keyboard. Mildly diverting stuff, but it won't fill you up – a bit like a Pop Tart, it has to be said. (Via Indie Statik )
In the minimalist platformer Stockholm, your greatest enemy is you, you, you and you, albeit at different periods in time. As you run, jump and wall-jump your way through each stage – rather than finding your way to an exit, you're picking up collectibles – you're soon followed by a ghost constructed from your own past movements. Take too long completing the level and another ghost appears – and so on. Make contact with any of these spook clones and you'll meet your blocky maker, meaning you need to plan your route meticulously to avoid double-backing on yourself. Though it doesn't seem to like my computer very much, Stockholm is nevertheless a thoughtful mish-mash of ideas, delivered with a great amount of care. (Via IndieGames )
I can't help but feel that more games should devote over half their available viewing area to a sneering aristocrat villain, who narrates (and mocks) everything you do. Without this conceit, Je Suis [I'm not typing the whole thing] would be a fairly standard, slightly rough sidescrolling action game, albeit one with a cool sliding move. Thankfully, it does have a sneering aristocrat villain who narrates everything you do – and a fine job he makes of it too. There's also some appropriate piano accompaniment and a rather high difficulty level – one jab from an enemy and you're toast. (Via IndieGames )
If your house was made out of Jenga pieces, Destroy Your Home is what would happen the moment you walked through the door. It's less of a game and more the best episode of Cowboy Builders ever – the rogue traders that constructed your dream home having neglected to stick any of the bricks together (really, even blu-tack would have been done). As such it sways and threatens to topple with every minute movement – and that's where the fun begins. Destroy Your Home is as therapeutic as the name suggests, and there's even a hidden minigame once you've turned your dream house into a pile of Lego. (Via Indie Game Hunt )