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IndieCade 2015: The Games


The biggest independent gaming showcase on the West Coast is in Culver City, CA this time of year. As official media to this outdoor gaming convention, the GameFob Network was given the 2015 Media Choice Ballet list upon check-in. Going through the list, the naming of these games are unique enough to grab your attention. Which is exactly the point of naming games by independent developers looking for some exposure.

The minds behind these names should be allowed to contribute to Nintendo naming their next console based on these word-smithing gems. For example, seeing a name like Donut Country puts it at the top of my cat-killing list. Dadbeat Dads is a clever play on words for the “I bet my dad can beat up your dad” debating kids of the world. This title is featured at the IndieCade e-sports section and will no doubt promote exactly that kind of trash talk. Metamorphabet is an interesting one as well…but the concept is not as fresh when placed side-by-side with Typoman. Yet, my juvenile mind is stuck on quite possibly the most eye-catching title of them all – Butt Sniffin Pugs.

Indie developers, the names will get you the curiosity, but we all know what happened to the cat on its ninth life. Ultimately in the end, gamers will invest on something fresh and engaging. Maybe somewhere in the crowd, we will see the next Shovel Knight – still the class of indie games.

Here’s the full list from IndieCade where we are only allow to choose 5 total. Let us know what games you’re looking at.


  • &maybetheywontkillyou
  • 60 Seconds!
  • Aboard The Lookinglass
  • Armello
  • Codex Bash
  • Consentacle
  • Darknet
  • Donut County
  • Eleanor of Ayer
  • Engare
  • Fabulous Beasts
  • Find Maria Rivera
  • Home Improvisation
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Line Wobbler
  • Memory of a Broken Dimension
  • Monarch
  • Museum of Simulation Technology
  • Myriad
  • Nevermind
  • Plug & Play
  • Prune
  • Puzzlets
  • Red & Pleasant Land
  • Seltani
  • Sentree
  • Seven Day Band
  • Story Warriors: Fairy Tales
  • The Meadow
  • Throw Trucks With Your Mind
  • Tribal & Error
  • Waiden, A Game
  • Wonderland, A Solvitur Ambulando Mystery


  • a-part-ment
  • Axiom Verge
  • Butt Sniffin Pugs
  • Captain Forever Remix
  • Cibele
  • Dark Echo
  • Emily is Away
  • Gathering Sky
  • Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora
  • In God’s Hands
  • Lumino City
  • The Magic Circle
  • Maquisard
  • Metamorphabet
  • Operator
  • Overland
  • Oxenfree
  • Parallax
  • Pavilion
  • PRY
  • Pygmalion’s Challenge
  • Read Only Memories
  • Stellar Smooch
  • Temple of Yog
  • Twelve Minutes


  • Badblood
  • Chambara
  • Dadbeat Dads
  • Ectoplaza
  • Ninja Tag
  • Paperbound


  • Awkward Ellie
  • Classroom Aquatic
  • Elementerra
  • Fathoms Below
  • Goliath
  • I Expect You to Die
  • Job Simulator
  • Pixel Ripped 1989
  • XING: The Land Beyond


  • Billionaire Banshee
  • Bring Your Own Book
  • Consensus
  • Contingency
  • Fire and Flora
  • Gruff
  • Roots: A Game of Inventing Words
  • Signum
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Time Barons
  • Ultimate Rock Paper Scissors (aka URPS)


  • aglimpse: friends
  • Big Fist / Little Fish
  • Catnips
  • Caught in the Act Dysforgiveness
  • Hermitug
  • Short Order
  • Sneak N’ Peak
  • spoonbenders
  • Super Ship Sinker


  • Anamorphic Agency
  • Be Witching
  • Bocce Drift
  • Gregor
  • Hotaru
  • In Tune
  • Maze of Heart
  • Patient Rituals
  • Pixel Prison Blues
  • Pleasant Dreams
  • Punk Prism Power
  • Restless
  • Rose MacBeth
  • Scattershot
  • Slam City Oracles
  • Thumper
  • WitchHunt




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