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IndieFAQs: Update 2

A minor update to IndieFAQs with five new games – all Yahtzees. They are the Chzo Mythos games 5 Days a Stranger, 7 Days a Skeptic, Trilby’s Notes and 6 Days a Sacrifice, and also Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment.

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IndieFAQs: Update 1

I’ve added 12 new games to IndieFAQs: Cave Story, Covert Front 2, Earl Mansin, Heartland Deluxe, Joe Gunn, La Mulana, Move or Die, onEscapee, Psychosomnium, Spooks, The Infinity String, and The White Chamber.

Dunno if I’m going to keep doing news updates about it like this – it seems like a good idea for the moment 🙂

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IndieFAQs

IndieFAQs is up. I was hoping to add a bit more content before I “launched” it, so to speak, but I’ve come down with some sort of bug and haven’t really been in the form to do a whole lot since the new year. (I still have to write my new years resolutions, as silly as that sounds). Anyway, hopefully this will end up being a useful resource – right now there isn’t a whole lot there, but it’s only getting started.

Right so. That’s one more thing off my 2007 list… Still have TIGStory and that application to take care of.

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Walkthroughs

My traffic from google searches has gone way up recently – why? Apparently because I mentioned the word “walkthrough” on this site.

  1. 17.34%   art of theft walkthrough
  2. 12.11%   trilby art of theft walkthrough
  3. 7.13%    happycat [yeah I dunno what’s up with that]
  4. 4.28%    trilby the art of theft walkthrough
  5. 2.61%    passibility
  6. 2.38%    the art of theft walkthrough
  7. 1.66%    trilby art of theft
  8. 1.43%    an untitled story walkthrough
  9. 1.43%    trilby walkthrough
  10. 1.19%    trilby walkthrough art of theft
  11. 0.95%    indygamer
  12. 0.95%    trilby: the art of theft walkthrough
  13. 0.95%    untitled story walkthrough
  14. 0.95%    walkthrough art of theft
  15. 0.71%    art of theft minigame
  16. 0.71%    art of theft walkthrough trilby
  17. 0.71%    distractionware
  18. 0.71%    la-mulana walkthrough
  19. 0.71%    mcdonalds
  20. 0.71%    trilby:art of theft walkthrough

Well, I’m convinced. The world needs an indie game walkthrough database.

I’ve installed MediaWiki to the site and I’m currently working on getting it all setup. If anyone would like to help me administrate it, leave a comment! I’m pretty new to Wikis and there’s a lot of stuff I want to do that I don’t know how to do yet.

Also, I’ve added a board to the forums for requests.

For anyone looking for an Art of Theft walkthrough, you can find a very good one here. I’ve also got a playthrough up on TIGSource which might be helpful.

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Just a random idea

There’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for the last couple of weeks, but I’m not really sure if it’s worth the effort.

There are a lot of really hard indie games out there – usually I can get through them, but every so often I go looking for a walkthrough to get past some really tough part.

Finding them usually isn’t all that easy – sometimes the author’s site links directly to one, but sometimes it’s tricky. They’re usually hosted on free sites and the like that don’t show up on google for some reason, and the only way to get them (usually) is to find a forum about the game and start trawling through it. There’s a good La Mulana walkthrough, for example, but it’s not exactly easy to find – and recently I’ve been playing An Untitled Story to get 100% completion, but the site that was hosting that walkthrough’s gone down…

It really would be quite nice if there was some little site somewhere that specialised in walkthroughs for indie games, and hosted them. I know I’d find it a useful resource.

I’m thinking of putting one up. I suppose I could write the framework myself (it would give me an excuse to finally learn PHP and MySQL coding like I’ve been meaning to), but I’d prefer to use a premade solution, if one exists…

Any ideas? Anyone like to help? I could use a good web designer’s assistance 🙂 Or even if you know where I can find some indie game walkthroughs, please post a link in the comments!

Here are a few walkthroughs that I already know about:
“An Untitled Story” knowledge base – Currently down for some reason 🙁
The “La Mulana” blog – Contains resources and maps from the game.
Let’s Play La Mulana – A complete video walkthrough of the game in over 70 parts.
“Jet Set Willy Online” Map – A map of JSWO, including all the new areas.
“Trilby: The Art of Theft” walkthrough – A relatively new walkthrough for the game.
“Cave Story” guides – A couple of very good guides to the game available here.

Also worth looking at:
JayIsGames – JayIsGames puts together walkthroughs of a lot of difficult flash games.
Baf’s Guide to the IF archive – The IF archive lists walkthroughs for various IF games if they’re available. A lot of newer puzzle IF now actually include walkthroughs in-game, accessible by typing “help”.

…Or maybe this whole thing is unnecessary. After all, you don’t really need a walkthrough for most indie games, and if you do, there’s usually one available if you don’t mind looking for it.

…On the other hand, because I’ve mentioned walkthroughs on this site before as well as various indie games, I occasionally get search results looking for walkthroughs to games that I would have never imagined needing a walkthrough for. “Knytt Stories”, for example. Or “Poizoned Mind”, which was particularly baffling, considering that all you have to do to finish that is talk to everyone over and over again.

Anyway, just throwing the idea out there.

In other news, can you believe I’ve updated the site practically every day this month? 😯 Because I can’t.

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