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Top 10 Indie Games of 2015

 2. Her Story

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The third FMV game to feature on our list, but undoubtedly the best and most creative, Her Story is a detective/puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of a police officer, trawling old interview recordings to piece together an unsolved murder case. The game gives you little explanation before you’re thrown in, and at first the video clips you watch seem very fragmented and nonsensical. The story soon begins to come together though, and before you know it you’ll be thoroughly absorbed in this interactive movie masterpiece.

Created by Sam Barlow, the concept here is simple: you type a keyword into a search console, and videos containing that word come up. It’s your job to pick up on key words and names that you can use in future searches to gain as much understanding as possible. It’s not a very long experience though; you’ll be done in about two hours, but the time with the game is truly unforgettable largely thanks to the fantastic yet haunting acting by Viva Seifert. If, for whatever reason, you’re yet to check out Her Story, now’s the time.

1. Axiom Verge

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It’s no secret that we love Axiom Verge. Hell, this is the fifth time it’s found its way into one of our Top 10 lists; it even made it onto Top 10 PS4 Games of 2015 alongside all the big AAA games. When we reviewed it back in April, we deemed it as “the best Metroidvania-style title since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and that still stands true.

Developed solely by Tom Happ in his spare time, Axiom Verge draws inspiration from old classics such as Metroid and Castlevania to deliver a sprawling adventure across an alien world, rewarding exploration with upgrades and collectibles.

Being honest, as a retro-style indie title made single-handedly by one man, we didn’t expect much from Axiom Verge, but after being totally absorbed in its eerie yet beautiful pixelated world we feel it really is something quite special. Everything from audio to enemy design is so perfectly implemented that any fan of side-scrolling adventures simply has to give Axiom Verge a go.

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Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.