I tend to be a big supporter of indie developers. Maybe this is because my day job is being a small comic publisher, and I understand how tough pursuing your own path can be, or maybe it’s just because I like smaller games with fresh concepts. Whatever the motivating factor, when I read about beta.indievania.com this weekend, I knew that I’d have to dig in and see what the site had to offer.
There’s lots to like with this still-in-development distribution platform. At the top of the list is the fact that all proceeds go to the developers. There’s no middle-man cut what-so-ever. This means that supporting indievania and the developers on it means more money in the pockets of those making the games, which in turn means they have more resources for future development.
For a site in beta, everything’s looking really smooth and polished thus far. The ui is easy to navigate, everything’s laid out in a fashion similar to steam, or gog.com, and handling payment is as easy as linking your paypal account via email. I was really impressed with the overall presentation indievania has put forward. It’s everything you want a welcoming, easy-to-navigate gaming website to be.
Being that the site is still in it’s early days, the selection is limited, but I’m sure that will change rapidly over the coming weeks. As it stands, the cream of the crop include Blocks That Matter, the Lunar pack, and the Cthulhu/Breath of Death combo pack.
Indievania is a huge first step in the right direction for independent game developers, and those who enjoy their products. Stop by the site, and pick up a few titles. Supporting the site, and developers who take part in it, is the best way you to ensure they’re future endeavors, and voice a desire for more diverse gaming experiences.