Greenlight Special: Izle and Monochroma

Hello once again, intrepid internet explorers. In my quest this week, I wanted to shake things up a bit and “go for the funny” which is something I pathetically chase in my day-to-day life. However, I found my initial search parameters of “funny” to lead me to some disturbing, albeit amusing games. Twitch chat was horrified, which is a feat unto itself. In any case, I was luckily handed one of the games this week, Izle, in a nice email from my Managing Editor. The other game, Monochroma, I discovered going through the annals of Greenlight history.

Greenlight Special: A.N.N.E. and Black Ice

This week for the Greenlight Special, I revisit PAX East (I know, all the way back in March) and some of the indie devs we visited while there. There wasn’t nearly enough time to delve into the IndieMega Booth, so I feel it only right to go back over the video notes we did grab. You know, for science reasons. That applies, right?

Greenlight Special: Boss Wave and Edge of Space

Hello trusty readers! I have returned and we are back to our regularly scheduled programming. Onwards! This week, I decided to loop back around to some of the games ZAM checked out while at PAX East this year. The Indie MegaBooth had so much crammed into it, and we barely scratched the surface. We managed to compile a video of 30 developers into an Indie Megabooth Megamix video, which you can check out here. Edge of Space is featured at 6:34. It’s got a shark.

Greenlight Special: Neptune and Stanley

This week on my adventures through Greenlight, I continue to learn about games that no longer have that New Game smell, but are nonetheless worth delving into for a myriad of reasons. Unlike my preceding articles that seem to have some semblance of direction and organization, this week I relied on my Twitch stream chat to help me choose which game to play. May God have mercy on our souls.

Greenlight Special: Space Mechanic Joe and Besiege

Hello intrepid gamers. We’re back for another Greenlight Special. This week’s games focus on physics-based builders. I find game physics to be endlessly amusing, and I’m fairly certain many of you out there do as well, if r/GamePhysics is any indicator. I also decided to stream my adventures on Steam, and I was pleasantly surprised by the community’s interest. Onward!

Greenlight Special: Albert and Otto & Salt


I happen to have an incredibly well-versed boss when it comes to indie games. I draw a lot of inspiration from him, and often put myself in his shoes near as I can in order to make better decisions when it comes to work. At gaming trade shows, we spend a great deal of time checking out what’s new with the indie scene. In anticipation of GDC and PAX East, coming up in a few weeks, I thought I’d delve into more adventurous puzzle games since the theme of 2015 seems to be Adventuretime. I’m not complaining.

This week’s Greenlight Game is Albert and Otto, created by Nikola Kostic. Posted on Greenlight January 27th, this game already has a bit of a buzz surrounding it, and the community seems excited that this is in development. They have a working demo, and you have to email them to request a key, which I thought was smart. So, going through my Greenlight queue this week, Albert and Otto popped up and immediately stood out because of the stunning art style: minimalist 2D side-scrolling platformer with dynamic background, a monochromatic color palette, and creepy ambience tempered by moody, reverb-inundated music? Yes, please!

Greenlight Special: Orion Trail & Papers, Please

Welcome to the Greenlight Special.

I love that word. Greenlight. To me, it represents possibility. Hollywood began greenlighting movies decades ago, and Valve’s Steam Greenlight seems to have perfected it: putting the release – heck, even the fate – of a game into the hands of the community. What you get are a multitude of community-supported adventures, creating diversity and driving innovation forward so what we aren’t left with as the only forms of entertainment are large, cookie-cutter carbon copies of the same buggy AAA-titles. Kinda makes you wish Hollywood would do a “Steam”.

Each week, I’ll dive into that seemingly endless pool found on Steam Greenlight, and bring you the best two games I can find before that looming deadline of Tuesday shows up demanding payment. Without any further ado…

The first game on our Greenlit Game list is Orion Trail, by Schell Games. From the Steam page: “Orion Trail is a single player choose-your-own-space-adventure where you must rely on your wits, your officers and your shit to cross the deadly Orion Trail.”