Over the past six or seven years, independent or “indie” games have grown from low-profile diversions for killing time between bigger releases into a major tour de force in the bustling games industry. Perhaps the biggest example of this is Minecraft, which was created by one person and now has millions of players all over the world. There are now more indie studios out there than ever before, with tons of new projects both big and small coming out at a steady pace across the entire gamut of consoles and handheld systems. Read More
The question “what is your favorite color” is especially difficult in The Last Tinker: City of Colors. You are trying your darndest to reunite the people of Colortown and fight the Bleakness, which is sucking color and joy from their world. The Last Tinker’s gameplay is creative, with puzzle elements and hidden objectives. There are several difficulty levels and customization options, including controller use and an easy mode for kids. The art style and whimsical touches drew me in from the first trailers.
However, I have some pretty big issues with this game. Issues that, frankly, put me in a position to not be able to truly recommend the game as a “must play,” especially for children. I know it’s adorable, and it’s smart and innovative in a space that desperately needs all of these things. I want to love it—but I just can’t.
Trinket Studios is a independent developer that, since 2012, has made two of the most interesting, colorful mobile games we’ve seen (Color Sheep and Orion’s Forge—check them out now!). Now they’re diving into PC and console games with the upcoming Battle Chef Brigade—a magical cooking game with a dose of monster-slaying and Iron Chef-style competition.
It is slated for release in 2014, and we’ve already written about how excited we are. The studio itself has a superhero-worthy origin story; Tom Eastman, Eric Huang, and Ben Perez took a risk to found Trinket and make the kind of games they wanted to play.
So we reached out and asked Trinket to answer a few questions to shed some light on the studio, and what motivates them. Trinket Studios President Tom Eastman obliged.
If you want to check out the indie game scene, there is perhaps no better way to do so than by seeing what the latest game bundles have to offer.
A game bundle is when multiple games are sold together at a discounted price. It’s a familiar concept: two-for-one sales are all over grocery stores, after all. But game bundles, specifically indie game bundles, tend to operate a little differently. Read More