Team Indie (PC) Review

By Liam Cook 26.10.2014

Review for Team Indie on PC

Team Indie is a platformer that takes characters from several indie games in order to create a team with unique abilities to help Marvin the cat traverse various levels - think of this team as The Avengers of the indie game world. Following a glowing hands-on, Cubed3 teams up with Marvin and co. to find out if Team Indie is Awesomenauts or just plain Badland.

Team Indie is home to a handful of indie characters, ranging from some in well-known games to those that are from lesser known titles. To start off with, probably the most recognisable character in Team Indie is Commander Video from the Bit.Trip series, but there's also J. Jitters from The Great Jitters: Pudding Panic, Clunk from Awesomenauts, Super Crate Box guy from Super Crate Box, "Black Fluff Ball" from Badland, Tiny from Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers, Mi from Knytt Underground, Dustgirl from Dustforce and finally Tim from Braid. That sure is a lot of games!

Leading this pack of indie heroes is Brightside Games' original character, Marvin the cat who also happens to be the only one in this group who lacks possession of any unique skills; he can just run, jump and well… that's it really.

Screenshot for Team Indie on PC

Commander Video plays just like he did in his own games; he runs constantly but can also slide and jump over hazards, which will clear the way for the next character in line. Jitters can create platforms for himself and the rest of the crew, but must collect small yellow orbs if he wishes to create more in the current run. Super Crate Box guy can shoot and attack enemies, whilst Clunk can blow obstacles up. Tim from Braid can still manipulate time, so when they all work together, this team is a useful bunch!

The objective is to get Marvin to the exit portal of a level, each being split up into several runs. This works out by playing through a certain portion of the stage as one of the familiar (or not so familiar) indie characters, making a clear path for the feline protagonist. These characters can then pick up an item with Marvin's face on it and control will be given back to him. This time, ghosts of any previous runs with other characters will show up, allowing Marvin to follow the heroes and navigate his way through the environment safely.

Sometimes runs can require pinpoint routes and jumps in order for Marvin to progress, but thankfully there is a rewind feature that will undo the previous run when activated. This feature can be triggered at any time and can also be used to return to the starting run of that level.

Like with most platformers, the difficulty increases at a steady pace and due to precision platforming in later levels, it is recommended to play Team Indie with a controller. There is native Xbox 360 controller support, but other pads should also work.

Screenshot for Team Indie on PC

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Whilst Team Indie is not a bad game by all means, there are a few things that stop it from being a great game. For fans of platformers and indie games alike, this is a good crossover to check out. Brightside Games should also be applauded for getting permission to use these characters and keeping their mechanics similar to the games they originally starred in.

Developer

Brightside Games

Publisher

Brightside Games

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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