(PRWEB) June 24, 2005
Game Tunnel (http://www.gametunnel.com) has just completed its May Indie Game Round-Up marking the one year anniversary of this feature on Game Tunnel. Each month this feature provides ratings and reviews on 14 of the newest Independent games by a panel of reviewers made up of veterans in the gaming industry.
Over the last year the round-up has reviewed nearly 200 Independent games. Each month's round-up presents awards for the top-rated games of the month and in May a new feature has been added, designating the 'Independent Game of the Month' as determined by the highest rating score from the panel.
The Round-Up provides multiple ratings and reviews for each game, with each member of the panel rating each game to give a variety of view-points on each of the games. The panel, dubbed "The Illustrious Panel," consists of: Seth Robinson who is well-known for his extremely popular BBS game Legend of the Red Dragon in addition to newer projects that have been finalists at the Independent Games Festival, Mike Hommel who has created the Dr. Lunatic series of games, and Mike Kasprzak of Sykhronics.
In the May Round-Up, Game Tunnel focuses on the more casual side of independent gaming with nearly half of the titles reviewed being either casual or puzzle games. The other half of the games come from the more mainstream-oriented sector of Indie games with various developers creating the games 'they wanted to.'
About Independent Games
Many independent games have found their way into the everyday lifestyle of gamers around the world without them even realizing that they are playing indie titles. While the stereotypical indie developer creating games out of their parent's garage still has validity, new computer tools have made the costs associated with creating games much lower and have made it possible for independent game developers to bring their own game ideas to the public.
These developers have created many of the most innovative games available for the mainstream gaming market over the last few years, doing so on very limited budgets and releasing the titles on their own without the help of major publishers.
Though most Independent developers pride themselves on creating new and innovative titles, Independent games are not limited to the 'mainstream' market, but often cross-over into the rapidly growing 'casual' marketplace. In fact, the vast majority of the puzzle games commonly available through the internet are created by independent developers. Nearly all of the games available through sites such as Reflexive (http://www.reflexive), Real Arcade (http://www.realarcade.com/), and MSN Games (http://zone.msn.com) are in fact Independent Games. However the casual games created by independent developers only highlight a portion of the independent gaming world.
About Game Tunnel
Game Tunnel was created in 2002 with the goal of providing news and reviews on the Independent Gaming scene. Game Tunnel focuses on providing information about the mainstream-oriented of the Independent Gaming scene while also covering the majority of the more casual games released. Since its launch, Game Tunnel has done over 200 full-length reviews of Independent (or Indie) Game titles. In addition it has published a variety of independent game-related features including previews, developer Q&As, columns and monthly features, nearly 1000 news stories, and the very popular yearly Independent Game of the Year awards.
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