Rick’s been playing games since before he could walk. I went from an NES to a PS3 with nothing in between. We love to game together, but finding games we can both enjoy can be tough. Indie Game Date is our quest to find great indie games that both of us will love.
This week’s Indie Game Date is another envelop pusher (hey, it’s my feature, I can bend the rules where I want!) in that it’s not even an XBL title. In fact, this week’s game isn’t even $1. It’s free. That’s right, Super Crate Box is totally free to play on Windows or OSX, or $2 if you wanna shell out to get it on your iPad.
Which you probably do if you have one.
An insanely addictive combination of twitch platforming and twitch shooting, Super Crate Box seems to have been created specifically to be as addictive as possible. Load times are practically non-existent and starting a new game after you die is also twitch responsive. You die, you hit one key, you do it all over again. And again. And again. And again.
Gameplay is also dead bloody simple, but so satisfying it’s like twitch gaming crack. You land in an arena area with platforms. You can jump and run. When you pick up a crate, you get a weapon with which you can shoot enemies. Crates are also your score. New weapons, levels and suits are unlocked when you collect a specific number of crates. Enemies spawn at the top of the arena and move downwards towards a fiery pit. If they get to the pit, they turn red and angry and respawn at the top until you kill them. That’s it.
That’s all there is to it.
Not being particularly good at platformers or shooters, my longevity was limited to about 2 crates per game, which limited the actual playing appeal for me. However, when I showed it to Rick, I lost my husband to the game for a good hour before I finally had to intervene and reclaim my laptop. When our friend Tom came by later that evening, we showed him our new game and completely lost him for a good fifteen minutes while he exclaimed “I. Can’t. Stop.” at which point he went home and promptly downloaded it himself.
The style is old school and fun, the soundtrack is killer and there’s always something new to unlock, giving it replay value way beyond the score attack factor. It is THE perfect time killer, either on PC or iOS.
Just be careful before you start a game because you will mostly likely end up killing a lot more time than you’d planned on.
Still not convinced? Check out the trailer below: