Research 50 games: LeveL

Published on November 10th, 2013 | by Nidde


50 indie games that are changing the world


In the 74th issue of LeveL, a Swedish gaming magazine, they had a multi-page article on the subject of indie games. They talk about the new wave, Super Meat Boy, Fez, heart, teams and all the hurdles and hardships that comes with making an indie game. They tell the story of Team Meat and Phil Fish, about people that made it and those that never do. The articles range from analyzing the stereotypes and discussing the lessons that the AAA-industry are ignoring learning from the small teams. It’s an interesting read and we can recommend it. However, what we found interesting were the last pages of this section, and we thought we could do something with it. So we reached out the publisher and got permission to publish scans of said material.

During the next coming weeks we’re gonna take a look at the games they named in their list “50 Indie Games That Are Changing The World”.

The article contained a list of 50 games listed in the current state they were in when the article was written. Monaco wasn’t out yet, Shadowrun Returns had recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign and FTL: Faster Than Light was waiting for its release.

What we’re going to do is look at what they said about the games at the time, then update what has happened those games since then. Have they been released? Did they disappear? Did they actually change anything? We’ll find out.

If you know Swedish we can heartily recommend reading the entire article in issue 74 of LeveL. We can also recommend a subscription in general, as we find it to be the best publication for video games in Sweden that addresses the entire industry and all platforms. All the images below, and the two above, are scanned from that issue.




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For 500 days, from January 1st, 2013, until May 16th, 2014, Nidde will set aside all AAA-titles and only play indie games to find out if the indie scene can replace the big budget landscape.

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