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Indie of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Singleplayer Indie

Posted by Henley on Dec 21st, 2010

2010 the was a great year for singleplayer indie releases, its difficult to list only five. To be nominated for an award in Best Singleplayer Indie projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and have a Singleplayer portion. Here are the Editors of IndieDB's and our judges top selection of 2010.

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.

is a 2D sidescroller, incorporating a physics system that governs environmental objects and the player character. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps while searching for the boy's sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution.

Super Meat Boy
take on the role of a small animated cube of meat named Meat Boy who must save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the evil Dr. Fetus. Players must use sharp reflexes to guide Meat Boy to the end of each level, using his wall clinging ability, while avoiding buzzsaws, salt, and other various death bringing obstacles. The game will contain about 350 levels, which are split across various chapters.

is a 2D puzzle platform video game, built using Adobe Flash for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Featuring a gravity flipping game mechanic, the game was developed by Terry Cavanagh and was released in 2010 alongside an online demo.

Amnesia: The Dark DescentAmnesia: The Dark Descent
puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring the eerie pathways, you must also take part of Daniel's troubled memories. The horror does not only come from the outside, but from the inside as well. A disturbing odyssey into the dark corners of the human mind awaits. A sound of dragging feet? Or is your mind playing tricks on you?

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X4VI3R Dec 21 2010, 3:05pm buried:



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Spycon_Fighter Dec 21 2010, 3:08pm replied:

Out of all these games.. which have you heard/seen the most.

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X4VI3R Dec 21 2010, 7:17pm replied:

I mean... it's a very good game.
But Amnesia is FAR much better in SO many aspects...
It's a puzzling choice.

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Kizzycocoa Dec 21 2010, 3:12pm says:

In all fairness, minecraft is a very good singleplayer game. The freedom, crafting and unlimited potential of creation are probably the reasons it won this.

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Centaur1um Dec 21 2010, 8:44pm replied:

The only new thing it really offers is an early form of DMM

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infl1ct1on Dec 21 2010, 3:16pm says:

Minecraft definitely deserved this award.

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wiiandthekid Dec 21 2010, 3:18pm says:

would i be called crazy if i say i haven't played minecraft and i'm really not excited to. i'm probably missing out and will kick myself later. oh well.


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Mkilbride Dec 21 2010, 3:20pm buried:


Minecraft? For ***** sake, it's not even a SP game of any kind! There's no story or anything, it's like THE SIMS.

AMnesia crafted atmosphere I was so afraid I kept taking off my headset and looking around the room and could only play in short bursts.

Poor Frictional Games, they got ****** in the Editors Choice. Minecraft is cool for what is it, but Best SP? FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU.

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Expack Dec 21 2010, 3:39pm replied:

Definition of a single-player game (according to Wikipedia): a one-player game is a battle solely against an element of the environment (an artificial opponent), against one's own skills, against time, or against chance. (see En.wikipedia.org)

If you still think Minecraft should be disqualified from the Single-Player category, just fill out the contact form at Indiedb.com .

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Canoso777 Dec 21 2010, 3:32pm says:

Great Minecraft Wins :D

Minecraft really deserved this award 100%
And Minecraft will win the Indie Of the Year :D

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Mr_FJ Dec 21 2010, 3:41pm says:

I love Minecraft and it deserves the recognition, but: "To be nominated for an award in Best Singleplayer Indie projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and be Singleplayer only."

"...be Singleplayer only."

Minecraft has a multiplayer mode.

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Tatsur0 Dec 21 2010, 3:47pm replied:

Quick, edit description! But love the list none the less. Honestly a difficult one to choose just one for me.

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UltraJacob Dec 21 2010, 3:52pm replied:

It may have a Multiplayer, but it is still under development and plays almost exactly like singleplayer, but multiple people happen to be in the same world.

Unfortunately, pointing this out just makes you look like a ****. :\

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Expack Dec 21 2010, 4:04pm replied:

...then why was Minecraft a nominee for "Best Multiplayer Indie"? (See Indiedb.com)

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Henley Author
Henley Dec 21 2010, 4:05pm replied:

Thanks for pointing that out, made the changes to reflect the new rules for the awards (literally taken from the MOTY 09 SP requirements).

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ThyReaper Dec 21 2010, 7:09pm replied:

You should not be changing the rules after having chosen a winner. That's an incredibly poor way to run a competition.

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Henley Author
Henley Dec 21 2010, 7:16pm replied:

Ah no, all I said was the top writing was taken from the 2009 MOTY award page, not that the rules were changed "just now".

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cW#Ravenblood Dec 21 2010, 3:48pm says:

Before someone complaints about, that in the video minecraft is told as an alpha:
The video was made 90% before beta, so its alpha there.

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JabbaTheHuman Dec 21 2010, 4:03pm says:

well.. i own all of this games.. exept Limbo, but i have to say: I like Amnesia much more than Minecraft, Amnesia is REALLY scary and just so innovative... well... anyways

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Pennypacker Dec 21 2010, 4:13pm says:

I was hoping for Amnesia, but Minecraft is definitely a worthy winner.
in fact, all of these games are.

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Maruhai Dec 21 2010, 5:18pm says:

Super Meat Boy more deserved this, Minecraft isn't THAT fun in single player.

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Kizzycocoa Dec 21 2010, 5:27pm replied:

I myself have thought of murdering the creators when playing SMB. especially on Cotton Alley. suffice to say, after a while, it gets to be a job, more than fun. however, that should change with the level editor.

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Awesome_ninja Dec 21 2010, 6:01pm says:

REALLY??? Moddb just lost all respect for me....damn fanboys -_-
Like Mr.FJ said, it's not even a single player game (it is, but the main component is the online, other wise all the work you do is useless).... And yes, I do hate Minecraft from the ground up, biggest rip off of the year! Other indies deserved this title much more, especially SMB, or Amnesia.
Can't wait for real awards, with the player vote.

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Kizzycocoa Dec 22 2010, 6:35am replied:

you sir, have lost all respect from me. fair enough, say this deserved better than that, but you do not know a thing about the game, yet you have a passion of hate towards it. multiplayer is still buggy as hell, and many, many people play and stick to singleplayer, myself included.

and I too cannot wait. if Minecraft wins, that'll be based on the community, and you will see just how wrong you are.

should ModDB pick Minecraft, of course.

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Awesome_ninja Dec 22 2010, 4:37pm replied:

then they shouldn't pick a game that is laggy and buggy as hell, and pick a game that was actually released and people can play it! And the game was in beta at the stage of voting, while all the other games have been released, and fully playable....

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Kizzycocoa Feb 1 2011, 12:44pm replied:

and so, that makes Minecraft more than worthy. If it can be this good at beta, imagine the full game.
and laggy? it's a beta. there is bound to be room for improvement.

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xXMaNiAcXx Dec 21 2010, 6:48pm says:

The winner and all the nominees are great games. Congratulations to get there.

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Zetsaika Dec 21 2010, 7:14pm says:

The only game i did not play yet is Minecraft. After everything i've seen and heard about it i will try to get it as fast as i can.

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Zlandael Dec 21 2010, 7:30pm says:

Eh, I don't know what to say. My fail rant seems useless. Minecraft is more multiplayer-ish than singleplayer...

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Kizzycocoa Dec 22 2010, 6:30am replied:

not really. Multiplayer is buggy and still not 100% good. Singleplayer is much better, and handles entities better.

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l0p Dec 21 2010, 8:30pm says:

That vids old cus Minecraft is now in Beta and not alpha which is cus it owns!

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Centaur1um Dec 21 2010, 8:47pm says:

I wish VVVVVV won.

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macacos2 Dec 21 2010, 9:43pm says:

Hard to believe that joke of a game minecraft beat both Amnesia and Meat boy.

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Awesome_ninja Dec 22 2010, 1:09am replied:

its because ModDB staff were crying that it didn't won the Best Multiplayer Game award, so they made it win this...stupid fanboys -_-

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Kizzycocoa Dec 22 2010, 6:36am replied:

or, just maybe, they -liked- it. god forbid they like a game over your personal choice! that would just be crazy and wrong, wouldn't it?

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Acetyl Dec 22 2010, 12:29am says:

Minecraft won....honestly you've got to be joking me its already well know and has generated a great profit, let another dev thats probably just kicking off get some spotlight. I bet anything the editor was paid off to do this

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Kizzycocoa Dec 22 2010, 6:56am replied:

I am a seventeen year old who is good at mapping and modelling for games, in a country with next to no game companies.

AKA I'm broke. I could not pay off the editors, even if I wanted to, which I wouldn't. that would be cheating.

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Tatsur0 Dec 22 2010, 1:50am says:

Seriously quit the crying. It's called "Editor's Choice" not "Let's cry and invent conspiracy theories Choice". Cry when all the true fanboys vote for their favorite mod for this years "Player's Choice Indie of the Year" heh.

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Awesome_ninja Dec 22 2010, 4:41pm replied:

We'll see about that....

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Kizzycocoa Feb 1 2011, 12:45pm replied:

we have seen about that. predicted 100% correct.

Always with the "why do people like what I don't". quite honestly, I have played or watched each game up there, except limbo. they all deserve credit.

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SPTX Dec 22 2010, 3:48am says:

Though I voted myself for minecraft and not amnesia, i'd have seen amnesia for this category.

Minecraft being sandbox, you can hardly claim it as the best singleplayer though it gives a lot of what you may want from a singlerplay game.
But Amnesia just gives more of this "singleplayer experience".

I am curious to see the player's choice.

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Kizzycocoa Dec 22 2010, 6:42am replied:

I completely agree. I think the awards should change/include a story-based award. the story is one of the many elements that make up the core of the game.

However, that being said, it is a "best singleplayer game" award, and while amnesia is a disturbing and immerse experience, Minecraft's re-playability factor is just beyond scale. every new world is a limitless map of possibility, and always different.

I personally wish amnesia had won somewhere. it's got a special place in my game preferences.

the place entitled "I will never play this game as it's way too scary, but I love watching others get scared like hell".

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Hangman2TW Dec 22 2010, 4:21am says:

I've never played any of the other games but they all look fantastic. but minecraft is a truly epic and beautiful game and it deserves 1st place with all the work the team put into it! congrats!!!

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Hangman2TW Dec 22 2010, 4:25am says:

so you really expect the public vote to be any different? Minecraft is one of the most popular indie games ever created and its not even fnished. not being a fanboy or nothing but thats pritty impressive

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HounderKnight Dec 22 2010, 9:41pm says:

Congrats to all the contenders.

Was hoping for Amnesia since it's near and dear to me, but...oh well. Nice job, Minecraft.

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FirgofUmbra Dec 23 2010, 2:05pm says:

(edit: whoops; for some reason comment parenting didn't work here)

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Clamburger Dec 27 2010, 2:26am says:

Valve is independent... I assume we'll be seeing Portal 2 in the running for Indie of the Year 2011 then?

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FirgofUmbra Dec 27 2010, 3:02am replied:

According to some, it isn't unfair to pit wealthy independent developers against others as the awards should be unbiased so I bet they would welcome both Rocksteady and Valve to the competition next year.

I expect either Arkham City or Portal 2 to take every category. :p

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FirgofUmbra Dec 31 2010, 12:05am says:

drat, reply-to broke again.

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FirgofUmbra Jan 15 2011, 1:18am says:

NoScript + Reply system = Redundant post, yet again.

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