Indie Game of the Week: AirMech

We’ve covered a number of top tier, processor hungry games that have a multitude of options to mod, customise or play online in multiplayer format.  But we also like to cover smaller titles from independent developers or games that don’t require a lot from your system.

Today we have come across what can be called the spiritual successor to Herzog Zwei, a 1989 Sega Mega Drive time that is credited by some as being a precursor, to some of the contemporary real-time strategy games around.  The key difference with Herzog Zwei, is that rather that giving you the typical top-down view, it gave you direct control over a mech.  From this, you took control by issuing orders, transporting units and fighting directly.  This style of gameplay has been bundled up into this new title.

AirMech is great as somehow, developers ChimneySwift 11, have managed to package up what you might expect to have in a download only game, into something that can be played within the Google Chrome browser.  I should be less surprised by this feat, as there are already games like Angry Birds, Cordy and even Bastion available to play in the Google Chrome store.  Nonetheless, this is a great achievement and is another channel for indie developers to get their content out to as many people as possible.

The route that has been taken for AirMech is a little different.  An official forum thread has been set up, and the guys have asked that you leave a comment with a few details on the thread and they will then give you access on a first come first served basis.  These steps have been taken to ensure that the guys testing the alpha, are genuinely keen to give it a thorough going over.  And if you’re into RTS Games, you should be keen, as this is shaping up to be a thoroughly enjoyable game.

Give it a go, and be sure to let me know what you think.

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