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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143987574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439875742
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."
—RENDEROSITY FRONT PAGE NEWS May 2011

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

"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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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Hiwiller on July 12, 2011
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IndieGames.com's Mike Rose gives an overview of a number of indie games. I was disappointed in this. The analyses pretty much always covered the game's setting and visual theme but rarely did it cover what was mechanically interesting about the game. It contains such insightful analysis as "the story is nice and long." I've seen enough indie games to know that story generally isn't the selling point - it is how the mechanics work in inventive ways. This didn't need to be a book. It could have been one long web page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Hinkley on May 20, 2011
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Awesome book that is very useful for increasing your "gamer IQ" by simply reading about another segment of the gaming industry or if you are looking to find new (and often free) indie games to play. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who considers themselves a gamer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filipe Mendes on February 3, 2013
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This book must be read as a guide and not as a review or as a indiegame "bible". This book takes us into a journey trough the most significant indepent games that were made until the realease of this book. It has straight reviews and lets you decide what would be or not be played by you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on May 12, 2011
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I'll be honest. At first the concept of an Indie Games printed book was strange to me. Indie Games, many on the forefront of new ideas in game design, seem as far from old fashion printed media as you can get.

However, Mike Rose has done an incredible job of providing those interested in Indie Games with a primer -- a collection of games spanning platforms and styles that give you a great overview of what it means to be an indie game!
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