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Indie of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Multiplayer Indie

Posted by Henley on Dec 20th, 2010

2010 was a great year for multiplayer focused Indie players, with many new exciting projects and new mp expansions it was a good set of releases. To be nominated for an award in Best Multiplayer Indie projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and be multiplayer focused. Here are the Editors of IndieDB's and our judges top selection of 2010.

Mount & Blade: WarbandMount & Blade: Warband
expands on the original game by introducing a sixth faction, increasing the political options, allowing players to start their own faction, and incorporating multiplayer modes. Reveiews of the game were generally favourable, with the addition of multiplayer the most highly praised element.

Frozen SynapseFrozen Synapse
is the ultimate tactical game: you have full control over your strike team, directing their every movement. At the same time, your opponent is plotting to defeat you. Plan your moves, then hit the "Execute" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously. Bite-size, hardcore strategy: a touch of X-Com and Laser Squad, with a striking sci-fi aesthetic.

is a sandbox construction game. It involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. The player takes an avatar that can destroy or create blocks, forming fantastic structures, creations and artwork across the various multiplayer servers in creative mode, or fending off zombies, skeletons, spiders and creepers in survival, indev/infdev or Minecraft Alpha game-modes.

Shoot FirstShoot First
is the offspring of a run-n-gun and a roguelike. Featuring 2 player co-op and multiple themed levels. Exploring the floors of Shoot First is the core of the game. You can take a careful, attentive approach or take a gun-blazing, death-dodging approach to get to the exit as quickly as possible or to fully explore a floor.

is different. It's a little bit FPS, it's a little bit MMO, it's a little bit RTS, it's a little bit adventure game. The basic deal is as follows: it's an online cooperative game, based around the notion of building and defending player-run settlements and rewards exploration, teamwork and creative problem-solving. So here's the kicker: the game world is procedurally-generated. It's highly ambitious, and also incredibly beautiful

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figaroFI Dec 20 2010, 1:09pm says:


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Wulfburk12 Dec 20 2010, 1:17pm says:

Warband yep

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█Black/Brunez█ Dec 20 2010, 1:19pm says:


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lukutizzz Dec 20 2010, 1:20pm says:


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ReLiFeD Dec 20 2010, 1:46pm says:

minecraft must win :D

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Juffe Dec 20 2010, 1:46pm says:

Minecraft or Warband! :)

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Dante2500 Dec 20 2010, 1:54pm says:

minecraft :x

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cortez666 Dec 20 2010, 1:58pm says:

i hope Frozen Synapse is going to in

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marsgreekgod Dec 20 2010, 1:59pm says:

honestly minecraft is likely

it did just have a big update today

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Mkilbride Dec 20 2010, 2:44pm says:


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axidal Dec 20 2010, 2:50pm says:

Minecraft or warband

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Light08 Dec 20 2010, 2:56pm says:


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Dr.VX Dec 20 2010, 3:01pm says:

what the heck? NS2 wasnt even nominated? oh well, maybe it'll win the PLAYER's choice, any way, MINECRAFT :D

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Hatel3reed Dec 20 2010, 6:17pm replied:

NS2 isn't released yet is why I'm assuming it wasn't nominated. :S

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Theon Dec 21 2010, 9:17am replied:

NS2 isn't any less released than Minecraft. Pre-ordering gives you access.

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plasmasword Dec 20 2010, 3:05pm says:

That is SO disappointing, I thought minecraft will won anyway...

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Speed74 Dec 20 2010, 3:06pm says:


Minecraft! :(

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nosfer4tu Dec 20 2010, 3:13pm says:

MINECRAFT!!! Cmon guys we must get the chocolate cake in minecraft!!1

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SteveZombie Dec 20 2010, 6:14pm replied:

Obey this guy.

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ithilienranger Dec 20 2010, 3:17pm says:


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Bakscratch Dec 20 2010, 4:35pm says:

Minecraft will win indie of the year

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d2king10 Dec 20 2010, 5:42pm says:

How did Wanderlust not make this list?

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Heaney Dec 22 2010, 8:15pm replied:

Never heard of it :P

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altercuca Dec 20 2010, 6:26pm says:

congratulations guys!

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Prez Dec 20 2010, 7:27pm says:

Really no contest - Warband is brilliant, and easily as good as many big publisher releases.

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Anddos Dec 20 2010, 10:36pm says:

warband is not indie lol

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dsi1 Dec 20 2010, 11:14pm replied:

You sure proved Prez's comment correct.

Also Minecraft bluh bluh.

(my vote was for Frozen Synapse personally)

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DarkLiberator Dec 21 2010, 12:32am says:

Minecraft awesome.

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l0p Dec 21 2010, 8:29am says:

Warband is retarded

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Theon Dec 21 2010, 9:20am says:

I haven't tried Warband, but Mount&Blade was...ok. Didn't notice any multiplayer there, though. Does it have multiplayer?

Also, why didn't you show any MULTIPLAYER gameplay from Minecraft? Did you guys even TRY to join a multiplayer server?? XD

MinecraftFTW :D

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a2ny Dec 21 2010, 9:21am says:

not my cuppa tea, but none the less, good job on the award and the game definately looks well polished and thought through

Matt "aRny" Murdoch
TA Dev Team, PR Manager

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geokes Dec 21 2010, 9:21am says:

Frozen Synapse looks good.
Also Natural Selection 2 and Cortex Command are some good multiplayer indie games that come to mind.

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Mkilbride Dec 21 2010, 9:54am says:

Good job, Warband. You deserved it.

And guys? It's made by two people, a husband and wife, so I consider that quite awesome.

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lukutizzz Dec 21 2010, 10:05am says:

Minecraft was better :(

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RickTheStickman Jan 1 2011, 5:07pm replied:


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P4TRICK Dec 21 2010, 10:12am says:

Minecraft will def. win next year, now you have to think that Minecraft just entered Beta, just wait for Minecraft Gold! :)

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TheGameSquid Dec 21 2010, 11:13am says:

I would have personally gone for Frozen Synapse, but I think Warband definitely deserved it.

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CaptainLagfail Dec 21 2010, 11:19am says:

Frozen Synapse was my favorite to win, though I am surprised at NS2's absence... Minecraft, NS2 and Frozen Synapse are all still pre-release, after all.

Congrats to all the nominees, and special congratulations to Warband for making it fun to hit people with large sticks again.

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Noesis_Interactive Dec 21 2010, 12:23pm says:

Another great winners showcase video!

(and another great example of Henley quoting himself in the video he edited, heh heh)

Congrats to the winner and finalists!

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formerlyknownasMrCP Dec 21 2010, 2:52pm says:

Congrats Taleworlds. For those saying "minecraft should have won" Warband multiplayer is intense and probably one of the most enjoyable multiplayer experiences I've had in the indie genres, Minecraft is still missing a lot of features which impacts on its multiplayer in a huge way- once it goes to release I'm sure it'll win heaps of awards but its still in Beta and its multiplayer isn't perfect- this is why I think Warband deserved it more because Warband is a complete product with amazing features.

Congrats to Mode 7 as well for getting on the list ;)

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keiya Dec 21 2010, 3:18pm says:

I think Warband taking this one is fair... I like Minecraft more, but I never got into Mount and Blade to begin with, really. From what people have told me, Warband was a very good multiplayer 'extension' of the Mount and Blade gameplay.

(Incidentally, Warband is a great example of why Notch had to change the 'all updates' thing. I, and a number of others, would consider Warband an 'update' of Mount and Blade, not a new game...)

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Refleax Dec 21 2010, 3:42pm says:

Congrats Taleworlds. Warband does indeed deserve the award.

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janpec Dec 21 2010, 5:48pm says:

Lol so Mount and blade was in judging this year too? How come that it didnt gather more awards? Its obvious winner at many areas.

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Nilth Dec 21 2010, 7:34pm says:

TOTALLY utterly deserved. I'm already drooling if I think what they can do with a possible sequel.

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dtog97 Dec 22 2010, 11:54am says:

As much as I wanted Minecraft to win, Warband deserved the honor.

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XManXHunterX Dec 29 2010, 8:03pm says:

warband deserve this price
they are a little company that make a good game in the first try but in the second try wardband show to us that this game has a lot of potential and all the improves in warband (in graphics,gameplay,multiplayer, and a lots of fun with epic battles)

makes mount&blade:warband the best indie game of 2010

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bstm300 Feb 20 2011, 12:17pm says:

GET OWNED MINECRAFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm about to throw four throwing axes into Minecraft's FACE!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

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