Indie Beacon – Issue 2 – 3/11/2014
It’s that time again! Indie Beacon issue two!
This issue is special because someone may win a free copy of GameMaker: Studio Standard! I had an extra key laying around, and figured someone may want to actually use it!
Now to the games!
This little gem popped up on the GMC a while ago, but I just found it before writing the issue. It’s Indie Beacon’s first HTML5 game, which means the link leads to the game! The controls are tight and simple, and the game is just well made. It has very nice menus and audio, and the graphics remind me of the good ol’ Vectrex. If you are looking for a great way to pass some time, this is the game for you!
This is not a game, but if you use GameMaker it is a must! This hany little room editor is so much more accessible than GM’s default one. It can do a lot, so much so I can’t even begin to explain it! I’m going to link to the GMC post where I discovered this beauty so you can see for yourself. I’ve been playing around with it for a while, and still don’t think I’ve found all the cool enhancements it has! GMC POST
Also, clearly not a game. Particle Designer has been helping GM users make fantastically beautiful particles for games for years! Now this is actually kind of old, but it deserves screen time darn it! I am not sure if this will work with Studio 100% of the time as some particle stuff was removed, but the latest release was last year so I’m guessing it works. I have used this in a couple projects and recommend it’s use if you’re bad with coding particles in GM!
Last, but not least!
This game is more of a short interactive novel. I believe the story is open for interpretation, but it made me smile and that’s enough for a Beacon review! I honestly smiled at every little thing in this two minute game. It was very charming with it’s subtle music and chiptune sounds. I love the over pixelated graphics, this is one of my favourite art styles! The controls are really simple, arrows. You have to play this to understand why I have featured it.
I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Indie Beacon, and I hope it showed you some new stuff! If you have anything to say about the article, good or bad, leave it in the comments below!
UPDATE!: teun28 is the lucky person who won the GM:Studio key!
Thanks for reading!