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Hidden Indie Gem: Which

Indie games are numerous. With the right knowledge, the PC is a great and easy platform to build games on. If you want to have games on the Xbox 360, there is even the Xbox Live Indie Games section. With these two platforms and so many games, how do you find a good one to play? Every Tuesday, if possible, my goal is to present to you, or bring to your attention a new, and undoubtedly free indie game I’ve discovered.

To start this week, I’d like to introduce Which. The title and game are short and sweet. It’s a perfect title too because the goal is to explore a tiny house and find a way to escape. In the end, there is one way to exit. Depending on your actions, the ending could be different. I don’t want provide too much information or a walkthrough of the game as Which is something you need to experience for yourself.

Much like any horror/thriller game, Which provides a dark and atmospheric gameplay environment. Starting the game I instantly felt chills down my spine. Controls are very easy to follow allowing anyone, whether a gamer or not, to enjoy this game. When close to a wall, pictures will provide vague but useful information to progress. The premise of Which is to explore the very dark house for a way to escape; no story is involved. Players will need to find keys, objects, and complete small tasks for an exit to open. Objects you can interact with will highlight when looked at. Looking everywhere is a must. During the first few times I played, I missed looking high in one location and could not continue. Eventually, with the help of a friend, I was able to continue. Continuing, however, left me constantly jumping at every turn. Get that far and you’ll see what I mean as I don’t want to spoil it. Once you complete the tasks, you should be able to escape. For players that like graphics to pop out, the game can be played in a 3D Red/Blue mode. I couldn’t find my Red/Blue glasses so this mode was not tested but I believe the experience would be quite different.

I can’t remember how I came across Which, but I’m glad I did. It’s a small game which should only take around 10-20 minutes to complete, but the experience you have while playing is scary and satisfying. I believe the game was designed as an experiment to test lighting and a small game engine. Which could have provided so much more, but personally I think it was perfect. For a free game, you get a short experience, but an experience you won’t forget.

To download Which for yourself, check out http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/adventure/which/1523/

If you get a chance to play the game, let us know of your experience in the comments below. Please try not to spoil the gameplay for others though. Embeded below is a trailer for the game.

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