I recommend everyone take a look into the local Indie game scene around your home town. If it's even a fraction of the mad craze in Portland then you are in for a treat. Recently a lot of really great games have been announced here in Portland and I wanted to wrap a few of them up for you to chew on. All of these games are being made by my friends from PIGSquad which makes this post double cool.

Laser Lasso BALL

Laser Lasso BALL is a local co-op game where two players go head to head in alien deathsport. Featuring some of the fastest mutiplayer matches I can remember, Laser Lasso BALL is a really fun experience that is easy to understand and hard to master. The amazing Alex Yao is the games creator, artist and programmer. If you are interested in trying this game out, I recommend you head to an upcoming PIGSquad event and voting for the game on Steam Greenlight.


Mimic Arena

Mimic is a local couch multi-player game featuring a clone mechanic I haven't really seen in a game before. Everything you do the game is logged so when you die the game spawns a copy that fights alongside you doing everything you did before you died. I'll snip a bit from the game description to better illustrate the concept:

"Everything the player does, wherever they go, and where ever they fire; is recorded and then played back again as a Mimic. These clones will be an integrate part of any players arsenal. Providing distractions and supporting fire for new players and enabling more advanced strategy such as zoning and coordinated attacks for veterans. Throughout the battle players and Mimics will be able to equip themselves with an assortment of weapons."

Mimic Arena features the work of developer Tyler Edwards local artist Hagen Deloss. If Hagen Deloss sounds familiar it's because he worked on the amazing Cheerful Ghost mascot Spright art. I've played quite a bit of Mimic and, to me, this game feels like early Unreal Tournament.



I may be a bit late to the game but I would be a bit remiss if I didn't mention XO, a retro sci-fi strategy game that was recently Kickstarted. I haven't had time to sit down and play this one yet as it's early but everything i've heard of it is very good so far.

"Command a ragtag fleet of starships to escape an unbeatable enemy and save what's left of humanity."