International King of Wine (at Pleasingfungus.com)
Relatively recently, indie games have really enjoyed a huge uptick in being brought to the general masses. From amazing deals such as the Humble Bundle (going on now!) to Steam promotions for indie packs, there has never been a better time to be an indie developer.
It’s a unique position – one that inspires creativity through the management of limited resources. Usually “resources” include junk food, sleep, and vespene gas, and I wanted to highlight one such developer and his game which I very much enjoyed because of it’s uniqueness. Disclosure: This guy is my apartment, and hence the main reason how I came to know about the game. But boy am I glad I got to discover it!
This game is a platformer of sorts that has you collecting bottles of wine to inspire the writing of a review, which you see written as you play, and changes depending on what bottles you “drink” (red bottles = negative reviews, green/blue = positive). You win once you achieve a desired rating or time runs out – sometimes it’ll be to give glowing, others to give scathing reviews. But drink too much and your liver fails, so you have to make sure to collect hors d’oeuvres on the way, or else you get tipsy and the controls get quite drunken.
It’s definitely worth a play through on your browser, if anything just to learn a few new phrases to impress your friends with newfound wine-wisdom-snobbery.