Indie April is my personal way of celebrating everything the Philadelphia community creates independently. Philly is the home of American Independence, so naturally it's also got a thriving indie game community. Featured below is the compendium of every single thing I'm using this month, from the games I play, the communities that create, to the music in between.

This whole month is about independent Philly creators!

Music - DJ Cutman

Dj CUTMAN is a producer and live performer of video game remixes and chiptune music.

Philly Dev Night
Facebook - Patreon - Twitter - Twitch

Starting in 2012 with just two members, Dev Night has helped support the growing game development scene in Philadelphia. It is an intersection of students, hobbyists and professional artists, developers, designers, musicians and tons of other creatives. Everything is run by volunteers (Dev Knights) and on almost no budget. 

Cipher Prime

Jawns is a more combative, less structured take on chess that arms two players with 15 lil tiles spread across a board. To win, the victor must destroy his opponent’s “main jawn” by lawing a tile on top of it. 

Steam -
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Steam - $9.99
In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage. 

Fractal: Make Blooms Not War
Steam - $6.99
Push, Combo, and Chain your way through a pulsing technicolor dreamscape all the while expanding your consciousness at 130 BPM. 

Steam - $9.99
Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level ("strand") consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves ("splices").

PHL Collective

Steam - $9.99
Introducing ClusterPuck 99, a sporty competitive sports game about sports based on athletics! Featuring 8-player local competitive action for PC, Mac and Linux. 

IRIS free
The eXo Research Lab is in turmoil. Its AI, the Intelligent Robotic Information System, known as IRIS has turned on its creator, attacking and killing him. Now unstable, IRIS has begun to devour all organic life and has deployed a viral countermeasure to attack and kill all organic life.  The safety of the entire world is at stake and only you and the rest of the Genesis Crew are its only hope. 

Knight Strike: Knightfall
Android free
Liberate the Kingdom of Westerberg! Knight Strike is a single player survival game that puts players through an old school arcade experience with RPG elements. 

Bro Boys
The idea behind Bro Boys was to create a game for theme of "Brotherly Love," a phrase most commonly associated with the studio's home town of Philadelphia. In this 2-player co-op action fighter, two bros, Brad and Chad, make their way through the streets of Philly, using the power of friendship to convert sad, lonely businessmen into fellow chill bros.

Wimbus Studios

Island of Eternal Struggle
Steam Greenlight
The Island of Eternal Struggle is a 2D, turn based adventure RPG based in a world gripped by the control of powerful beings caught in a war with one another. You control the fate of four would-be heroes caught in the crossfire, with the only means necessary to stop a terrible catastrophe.

Heavy Key Studios

Blind Blades
Steam -
The art of the sword is death by one stroke. The art of stealth is proximity with the unaware. In Blind Blades, players must master both. No special button combinations. No life bars. Just player against player. Skill against skill. Winner take all.

QuadraTron Games

Super Rock Blasters!
Steam -
Ready up a space ship and destroy your friends in this frenetic multiplayer Asteroids reimagining! In Super Rock Blasters, up to 4 players will wheel around space rocks, dodge ricocheting bullets and blast each other into tiny neon colored giblets.

Steam - $4.99
Monsters! is a dual stick shooter with a retro feel complete with pixel art and leaderboards to achieve that good ol’ arcade feel. 

Ghost Crab Games

Steam -
Hastilude is a competitive and co-op action game for 1 to 4 players. Climb atop your mount and soar into battle using your wits, reflexes, and an array of weapons and special abilities against your opponents. Dismount your foes and swoop in for the score! 

Space Whale Studios

Cool Dog Don't Care
In Cool Dog Don't Care, there's a dog. He's wearing sunglasses, and riding a motorcycle in the desert. Why? Who cares! He certainly doesn't. He's just going to drive his motorcycle forward. He's going to fall off or hit something if you don't shift the world around him.

Return All Robots
Return All Robots! is an action-puzzle game released by Space Whale Studios in November 2010 for PC and the XBox 360. There are blue robots that you need to guide into a teleporter. They'll always move towards you (as best they can), when you call them. Watch out, though, because there are dangers in the world that you have to keep the blue robots away from! There are also dastardly red robots that behave like blue robots, but cause havok if they get their hands on a blue robot, a teleporter, or even you! 

Shovelnose Screamer
Shovelnose Screamer was made by the Space Whale team at the 2008 Philly Game Jam. It's a puzzle game where you must lead all the blind baby bats out of the cave using the sound of your voice. When you call them, they will move towards you as best they can. Watch out, though, because there are nasty spiders that will eat the babies if they touch them! 

Grimm Bros, LLC

Dragon Fin Soup
Steam - $19.99
Dragon Fin Soup seamlessly blends genres to create a fresh experience: half story-driven tactical RPG and half high-stakes roguelike, with a pinch of crass humor and a heaping helping of murder & madness set in a procedurally generated fantasy world.

Backward Pies

Let There Be Life
Steam - $5.99
Let There Be Life is an award-winning relaxing and creative experience that allows you to build trees and play with wildlife...just don't put too much shadow on the plants below!

Island Officials

Queen of Space
Google Play store - Apple App Store -  free
Use easy to master touch controls to navigate your Prism through space collecting like colored Orbs, and avoiding all others, in this epic game of color matching.

You've Been Sentenced
Google Play store - free
This sentence-building game uses unique five-sided cards with multiple conjugations of a base word. With a hand of 10 cards, players try to score the most points per round by constructing the longest, grammatically correct, and sensible sentence.

Broken Crayon Games

Wizardous: An Apprentice's Betrayal
Google Play store - Apple App Store -  $2.99
"A perfect 8-bit experience" –MWeb's GameZone
"Retro mobile game of my dreams" –The iPhone App Review
"Retro style gaming got a shot in the arm" –Super Game Droid

Final Form Games

Steam - $9.99
Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony is a neo-classical top-down shooter for up to 4 players, set on 17th-century British Colonial Mars. It features all the intensity, depth, and lovingly handcrafted pixels of a classic arcade shooter, with a modern twist: deeply-integrated cooperative gameplay.


Why are we running?
Android & iOS
Why Are We Running? is a top-view, run-til-you-can't-run-anymore, fast action running game for iOS and Android. In a candy-colored world full of surprisingly peppy (and vicious?) followers, you must run, and keep running while you ask the questions:
Where am I? 
What is this Place? 
Who are these People? 
Why are they clapping?...
...and why are we running??

Web - Free
An homage to QWOP, this is the story of a guy just trying to get some food into his mouth.
This was made for Eat This Jam, a food-inspired jam. It won!

Pinkerton Road Studio

Moebius: Empire Rising
Steam - $14.99
Moebius: Empire Rising is a contemporary adventure that merges classic point-and-click puzzle solving with Jane Jensen’s sophisticated storytelling. Travel the world using Malachi’s unique deductive powers to analyze suspects, make historical connections, and uncover the truth behind a theory of space and time.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition
Steam - $19.99
Revisit of one of adventure gaming’s greatest classics by master storyteller Jane Jensen! Struggling bookstore owner Gabriel Knight investigates the sinister Voodoo Murders in New Orleans, discovering the secrets of his family history and unfolding his destiny in this tale of horror

A Sharp, LLC

King of Dragon Pass
Steam - $11.99
Revisit of one of adventure gaming’s greatest classics by master storyteller Jane Jensen! Struggling bookstore owner Gabriel Knight investigates the sinister Voodoo Murders in New Orleans, discovering the secrets of his family history and unfolding his destiny in this tale of horror.

Revelations Studios

Beyond Equilibrium
Beyond Equilibrium is a psychological horror that focuses more on the psychology of the main character rather than jump scares - using the horror of life to introduce horror in the game.

Jake O.

Web - Free
** Avoid if you are sensitive to flashing** 
A rage-filled trek from the bottom left of your screen to the top right through a moving map designed exclusively to make you angry. This maze hates you.