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Mike Rose
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Book Description

4 May 2011

With a surge in popularity recently and an increase in great downloadable games, there has never been a better time to learn about independent "indie" games. 250 Indie Games You Must Play is a guide to the exciting and expanding world of indie gaming. Whether you are a veteran of the indie game scene or have never played an indie game before, this book helps you experience the best in indie gaming and further your understanding of why indie games are so important in the entertainment industry.

The wide range of games highlighted in the text encompasses concepts and ideas that will change your perspective of what video games can be. The book covers puzzlers, platformers, beat ‘em ups, shoot ‘em ups, role-playing, and strategy.

Apart from being fun, indie games can be experimental, emotional, nostalgic, and occasionally just plain bizarre. Some make you sit back in awe, while others have you thinking, "Why have I never played a game like this before?" Better still, the majority of these games are completely free to play and even the commercial releases are incredibly cheap. Once you start playing indie games, you may not be able to look at your big-budget blockbusters the same way ever again.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press (4 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143987574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439875742
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Rose is a UK-based freelance games journalist, specializing in indie gaming. He currently writes for Gamasutra, Pocket Gamer UK and IndieGames.com, amongst others.

When people ask him "So... you just play games all day?", he usually replies "Well, not all day..."

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"... fine guide to the creative world of indie gaming and highlights concepts and ideas that expand the boundaries of video gaming. Such games can be experimental, emotional or strange, and some make you think. This volume gathers over two hundred influential and fun indie video games, describes them and includes screenshots, and provides web links so users can play the games. Any gamer interested in video gaming will find this a key choice."
—California Bookwatch December 2012

"Responding to the expansion of the independent gaming field, Rose has compiled a record of its best programs. … A fun briefing for gaming enthusiasts."
—Library Journal, August 2012

"...presents 250 recommendations, describing each game, including color screenshots, and providing direct web links for playing. Game enthusiasts will find it a 'must have'."
—Midwest Book Review

"... a book I’d recommend to anyone who’s a gamer or a game developer ... also be a one-stop resource to know what indie developers are doing around the world."

"250 Indie Games You Must Play is an excellent guide to the growing world of indie gaming."

"The attention to detail is superb… he really knows what he's talking about. ...9/10"
—Go! Gaming Giant

"250 Indie Games You Must Play is a book you must have in your possession if you enjoy video games. ...4.5/5"
—Blog Jeux Video

"It picks out some of the very best games released over the last few years and presents them together consistently, concisely and away from the clutter of chaff and non-playable content"
—Game Maker Blog

"250 Indie Games is the best physical format compilation... I'm happy with the purchase"
—Pixels Mil

"A retro look tempting with games that are simple in concept but devilish in their addendum"
—Purple Tentacle

Other mentions

Author Mike Rose as Guest Speaker on the BoingBoing Podcast

About the Author

Mike Rose is a freelance games journalist and one of the editors of IndieGames.com, a popular indie gaming news site. He also writes for Gamasutra, Pocket Gamer UK, and Strategy Informer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game Related Coffee Table Book 19 May 2011
If you're a love of the indie gaming scene this is a must buy for three reasons. First, while I try to keep up on all the great indie games out there this book introduced me to many great games that I had never heard of. Second, this book is a great way to get your friends and family introduced to indie games. The colorful images and easy format beacon people to pick it up and leaf through it. Then before long they are asking about a game, and would like to play it. Third, indie gaming is such a web based phenomenon its rare and wonderful when you can hold a piece of it in your hands. This book lets you hold 250 colorful little pieces at once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top reference 13 May 2011
There's some amazing indie games out there many of them free but it's hard to know how to distinguish the signal from noise. This is a really good reference to help you do that. It doesn't just cover the same indie darlings you'll see in many online "best of" lists. It covers a whole range of games from some really talented developers.

If you like playing games and you want to find some great stuff you've probably not stumbled across yourself this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful time saver! 17 May 2011
By c1ask0
I've always wanted to try indie games, but there are so many out there that I couldn't figure out where to start. This book is very handy because it introduces a plethora of new games and the reviews make it easy to figure out what I would enjoy playing. Plus, there are lots of useful pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 13 May 2011
A visual chronicle of the current golden age in independent videogame development, this makes a wonderful 'pick up and read' book for the coffee table or the bedside table. This is 'The Shock Of The New' for the videogame industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a super book! 19 May 2011
By charlie
After my initial disappointment had faded (i bought the book thinking it would have a picture of Arcade Fire playing hopscotch, my current masturbatory fantasy), i discovered a great book which serves as a fantastic reference to some of the best indie games you can play.

Thoroughly recommended!
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