Mixtape 2: Obscure

My last mixtape was intended for non-gamers – this one is more of an insider thing.

Mixtape 2: “Obscure”

Over the long term in this medium, I think people tend to only remember the highlights. The best games on a system. The best games in a genre. The best games in a given year. A developer’s best game. In the process, a lot of flawed, interesting games get forgotten.

We’re long enough into this whole solo-indie developer thing that there are now quite a few prolific developers out there with a substantial body of work – in many cases, a body of work that includes extremely interesting games overshadowed by more famous productions. You could make many mixtapes like this one.

This mixtape is a collection of early or lesser known works by designers I like. (The title, “obscure”, wasn’t quite the word I was looking for, but I struggled to find a better one.)

Click here to download the entire collection for windows, or play the games individually below:

TRACK 1: “Operator Status” by Nifflas
Better known for: Knytt Stories, NightSky
[Download for Windows]
TRACK 2: “Striptease” by Increpare
Better known for: English Country Tune, Mirror Stage
[For Windows] [For Mac]
TRACK 3: “Calamity Annie” by Anna Anthropy
Better known for: Dys4ia, REDDER
[For Windows] [For Mac]
TRACK 4: “Enemy Of The Solid State” by Bento Smile
Better known for: Air Pressure, Tanaka’s Friendly Adventure
[Win] [Mac] [Linux]
TRACK 5: “Exploit” by Gregory Weir
Better known for: The Majesty of Colors, How to Raise a Dragon
[Play online]
TRACK 6: “Night Raveler and the Heartbroken Uruguayans” by Daniel Benmergui
Better known for: Today I die, I wish I were the moon
[Play online]
TRACK 7: “Moneyseize” by Matt Thorson
Better known for: Give up Robot, An Untitled Story
[Play online]
TRACK 8: “Painter” by Jonathan Blow
Better known for: The Witness, Braid
[Download for Windows]
TRACK 9: “You Shall Know The Truth” by Jonas Kyratzes
Better known for: The Infinite Ocean, The Sea Will Claim Everything
[Play online]
TRACK 10: “Barista 1″ by Blendo Games
Better known for: Thirty Flights of Loving, Flotilla
[Download for Windows]
TRACK 11: “Tekkyuuman” by Ikiki
Better known for: Nikujin, Hakaiman
[Download for Windows]
TRACK 12: “Precision” by Cactus
Better known for: Hotline Miami, Norrland
[Download for Windows]
TRACK 13: “Randy Balma Municipal Abortionist” by Messhof
Better known for: Nidhogg, Flywrench
[Download for Windows]
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4 Comments so far

  1. ThePaSch on November 24th, 2012

    “Exploit” was actually how I first discovered Gregory Weir. It’s a pretty good game!

  2. unless on December 4th, 2012

    I think the term you’re looking for is “deep cuts”.

  3. [...] Mixtape 2: Obscure (distractionware: devlog) “Over the long term in this medium, I think people tend to only remember the highlights. The best games on a system. The best games in a genre. The best games in a given year. A developer’s best game. In the process, a lot of flawed, interesting games get forgotten. We’re long enough into this whole solo-indie developer thing that there are now quite a few prolific developers out there with a substantial body of work – in many cases, a body of work that includes extremely interesting games overshadowed by more famous productions. You could make many mixtapes like this one.” [...]

  4. Souleye on January 26th, 2013

    Operator status! I made the music for the hidden supar secrit bonuz level for this! :-D

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