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Mod of the Year 2009 Editors Choice - Best Indie Game

Posted by Henley on Jan 30th, 2010

2009 saw many new Indies to arrive on the ModDB turf and many updates for those who where already here, to be nominated for an award in Best Indie Game projects need to have been updated significantly during 2009 and be Indie or a stand alone release. Here are the Editors of ModDB's top selection of 2009.

A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
is loosely based on the sport of base-jumping. In the game, you gain points by swooping within an eyelash of buildings, scoring extra points by kissing the surface, all while going as fast as you can! You can score extra points giving a thumbs-up to spectators as you fall past them or be a rebel and gain points by flipping them off at just the right moment.

is an ambient game of space exploration and conquest that employs surprising themes of plant growth and bio-mechanical evolution. Conquer asteroids in space and use their resources to literally grow and nurture new semi-organic plants and creatures to do your bidding.

Smokin' Guns
is intended to be a recreation of the "Old West's" great atmosphere. It is being developed on IoQ3's implementation of Id Softwares IdTECH3 engine. This Total Conversion of Q3 includes weapons created with historically correct information about damage, rate of fire, reload time, etc. It also includes gametypes and maps inspired mostly from western styled movies.

Zeno Clash
is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game blends the first person genre with the fighting game genre and the combat is generally up close and brutal. The original visuals, which make full use of the Source engine features, are a refreshing deviation from traditional fantasy games.

SYNSO: Squid Harder
Squids with guns! Pink Robots! Devils from the 4th dimension! Shopping Trolleys and Lasers. When 4 worlds collide, only SYNSO (he's a squid, not an octopus!) can save the day. Psychedelic arena shooter action with visual and aural overload. Just the way sir likes it. Critically acclaimed and star of the Eurogamer Expo 2009 Indie Games Arcade, Squid Harder is an arena shooter like no other.

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GhostEdge Jan 30 2010, 7:04am says:


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cW#Ravenblood Jan 30 2010, 7:08am says:

Zeno CLash and Smoking GUns FTW!

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vfn4i83 Jan 30 2010, 10:14am replied:

+1 all the way

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Tatsur0 Jan 30 2010, 7:11am says:

Dys...Eufloria would be my choice. Zeno Clash was attractive and definitely original but I lost interest fairly quickly. Eufloria is both unique and provides plenty of entertainment. Was a great idea.

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Robok Jan 30 2010, 7:36am replied:


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DuckSauce Jan 30 2010, 7:14am says:

Interesting selection, this'll be an interesting one!
Grats for all the developers of these games for making it up here :)

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Dragonlord Jan 30 2010, 7:18am says:

Can Zeno Clash even be nominated a second time? Whatever the case ZC or ARDG I think take it this time. But again a close one. All have their interesting sides.

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Twitwi Jan 30 2010, 7:38am says:

something tells me that zeno clash wins but every time I have guessed, I have been wrong

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nosfer4tu Jan 30 2010, 7:40am says:

Zeno clash rocks!!!1 :3

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Mastix Jan 30 2010, 8:00am says:

Great nominees.

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BigPapaSmurf Jan 30 2010, 8:28am says:

Zeno Clash better win, I don't think I can take all these 'out of nowhere' award winning games / mods?

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Newbez Jan 30 2010, 8:29am says:

zeno clash. they worked sooo hard to polish this game up :D

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Dnst Jan 30 2010, 8:32am says:

Concerning the Gameplay, Dyson is my favourite. Concerning graphics, I would choose Zeno Clash.

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MAX76549 Jan 30 2010, 8:42am says:

A Reckless Disregard for Gravity IMHO.

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altercuca Jan 30 2010, 8:53am says:

i would give this ti Eufloria but something tells me that Smokin Guns is gonna take it!

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um-tiki Jan 30 2010, 9:50am says:

I know I love Zeno Clash. But smokin' guns looks great.

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INtense! Jan 30 2010, 10:23am says:

Eufloria FOR sure... pure gameplay... not bloat just game!

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Jokerme Jan 30 2010, 10:53am says:

Absolutely Eufloria. A GAME, really, pure GAME!!!

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Headcrusher Jan 30 2010, 10:55am says:

GO Zeno clash GO.

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Bon. Jan 30 2010, 10:56am says:

Zeno Clash !

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Metalspy Jan 30 2010, 11:09am says:

Yay for ARDFG!
I still enjoy playing that game, congratulations!

The other nominees are cool too, though. (don't know about SYNSO:SH, never played it, but it looks cool)

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ammd Jan 30 2010, 12:08pm buried:


not reckless stfu

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DuckSauce Jan 30 2010, 12:27pm says:

Congrats Reckless Disregard of Gravity, now go jump off a cliff and scream: WE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN... oh **** I'm falling!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Good job guys!

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MrTambourineMan Jan 30 2010, 12:32pm says:

Wow that was a damn tough category full of excellent games, congratulations to AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and to all other competitors (can't remember a year when there were so many excellent products in a single category).

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Wills Jan 30 2010, 12:45pm says:

Bought it on the strength of this. Better be good Dave! :D Congrats Reckless!

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MrMattWebb Jan 30 2010, 12:50pm says:

I thoroughly enjoyed Dyson... I mean Eufloria. :D

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altercuca Jan 30 2010, 12:51pm says:

wow, that was so much unexpected!!! congratulations are in order i think!!!

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BRKNnode Jan 30 2010, 1:07pm says:

Aaaa! all the way! (huge fan of this game) :D

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Mularac Jan 30 2010, 1:13pm says:

Woow... congratulations Smoking guns to get to the nominees! it is a truly amazing to see a freeware game there (well... two actually :P)
So, congrats to the smokign guns team!

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cW#Ravenblood Jan 30 2010, 1:21pm says:

not this aaaaaaa ******* game!
Btw, congratz all nominees and (...) winner

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MatthewD Jan 30 2010, 1:30pm says:

aaaAAAaaa, while not as polished and compelling as something like zeno clash, does looks really fun.

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diesal_11 Jan 30 2010, 6:54pm replied:

ive bought ARDFG and played it since the alpha this game is the best one ive seen in awhile now with such a unique gameplay, unique art and it's simply fun whenever i have 10 mins to spare i always fire it up. congrats Dejobaan Games

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nosfer4tu Jan 30 2010, 1:32pm buried:


WTF!?!?!? How can be aaaaa better than zeno clash!?!? zeno clash is much better lol

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Delusibeta Jan 30 2010, 2:04pm says:

Having played the demo of Reckless Disregard, I approve of this development. Remind me to buy it sometime.

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Wiweeyum Jan 31 2010, 1:07am replied:

Consider yourself hereby reminded. :)

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█Black/Brunez█ Jan 30 2010, 2:14pm says:

Congratulations Aaaaaaaaaaaaa! I think that Zeno Clash just didn´t win because it has lost much attention while the year was passing.

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Killer_man_1996 Jan 30 2010, 3:24pm replied:

Yeah... but Zeno Clash stills being a good game...

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Pardner Jan 30 2010, 2:17pm says:

Thanks for the votes. Very fun games all around.

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KUB3ISM_GAMEWORKS Jan 30 2010, 10:03pm says:

Congrats to all the nominees and AAAAAAAAAA for winning :)

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Cozmin95 Jan 31 2010, 6:11am says:

I like A Reckless Disregard for Gravity 'cuz it's something new that nobody else done before(from what i know)the idea of a game where you fall and get points while avoiding buildings sounds good to me!
Now,about Zeno Clash,i am amazed by a FPS/Fighting game in a prehistoric era and cool guns,cool graphics,cool weapons,cool enemies!I like it!
The last game that i like is Smokin' Guns!I wasn't very impressed by Call of Juarez/Bound in Blood or any other westerns until now but this one really got me 'cuz you get your weapons and start shooting the others!That's awesome!

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dejobaan Feb 1 2010, 1:13am says:

HOLY COW! I have an enormous, big grin on my face. :D I'm hollering at the rest of the team about it now. THANK YOU!

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RoRoDejobaan Feb 1 2010, 9:44am says:


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PsySal Feb 1 2010, 12:30pm says:

Congrats Dejobaaneers!

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Newbez Feb 3 2010, 10:29am says:

im gutted zeno clash lost

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ReD_NeCKersoN Feb 9 2010, 7:18pm says:

Truely an honor to see Smokin' Guns nominated in the Editor's Choice category. Thanks MoDDB & congrats to all games that were in the running, especially the winner!

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