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Indie Fund backs Hollow Knight

Monday, February 13th, 2017

In game development, some rabbit holes are well worth going down. The vast and intricately animated 2D metroidvania, Hollow Knight, proves that this applies even to dung-encrusted caverns full of fungus and insects. We’ve been lost in this game for hours on end, and are very proud to have helped it come together.

Hollow Knight was inspired by Metroid, Zelda 2, and Faxanadu, but has added modern platforming elements and the risk of losing resources upon death, as well as some interesting new design twists, like tying magic and health replenishment to successful melee attacks. Combine this all with tight controls and a deeply engrossing world, and it’s an absolute joy to play.

Hollow Knight is a passion project and first commercial release for Team Cherry, a three person group in Adelaide, Australia. They set out to make a 10 hour game in one year, and, two years later, have completed a 40+ hour epic which includes more unique enemies than Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Things didn’t go exactly according to plan, but the result is truly magnificent.

“Even in its infancy, Hollow Knight was a fantastic looking game and funding it was an easy decision,” said Indie Fund member and Humble Bundle co-founder Jeffrey Rosen. “Team Cherry has poured an incredible amount of love into the game since then and it shows. We are very proud to help Team Cherry launch!”

Hollow Knight is coming to PC and Mac on February 24th, with Linux and Nintendo Switch versions coming later. You can learn more about the game on their site, or follow them on Twitter.

Old Man’s Journey

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

About a year ago, Felix and Clemens of Broken Rules approached us about funding for a prototype he and the team have been working on. It had rudimentary programmer art and not much in the way of content, but the core interaction felt juicy and because of their history of making gorgeous games, we believed they can execute on their vision for the visuals of the game. So we helped fund the game.

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A year later and the Old Man’s Journey‘s visuals have earned it a nomination for Excellence in Visual Art in the 2017 Independent Games Festival. You can get a sense for the game’s look with the screenshot and teaser video in this post, but it also does magical things with visual story telling and that’s something you will just have to wait and experience for yourself.

Indie Fund Backs Event[0]

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

What would you say to a computer if your life depended on it? Event[0] explores this question by introducing you to an uncomfortably realized artificial intelligence, alone in space, on a ship where something has gone terribly wrong. The seemingly sentient software displays a troubling range of human emotions, and what story unfolds depends on how you choose to respond. But unlike how most narrative games work, these conversations aren’t some multiple choice quiz. Players are free to type in whatever they want, and must live with the ambiguous consequences of those words. Event[0] is an entirely unique experience that Indie Fund is proud to support.



Event[0] is the first game by Ocelot Society, a Paris-based team that began working on this ambitious project in 2013 as graduate students at the National School of Video Game and Interactive Media. The project has been recognized for innovation and narrative at numerous international festivals, and is also being supported by the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).

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“Event[0] takes me back to the kind of magic I felt playing Zork as a kid,” said Indie Fund co-founder Ron Carmel. “There are moments where I can suspend disbelief and feel like I’m actually having a conversation with an advanced AI, probing its inner workings with words.”

Event[0] is coming to PC and Mac in September, 2016. You can learn more about the game at their site or follow them on Twitter.

Indie Fund backs Miegakure.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

(by Jonathan Blow)

I am happy to announce that Indie Fund, continuing our tradition of backing interesting and innovative games, is funding Miegakure by Marc ten Bosch.

“Miegakure” is a Japanese term meaning “hide-and-reveal”, and refers to an art of garden design that creates an illusion of a larger garden within a smaller space.

Miegakure, the game itself, is a puzzle adventure that takes place in four spatial dimensions. Our everyday world has only three spatial dimensions, but there’s no limit to the number of dimensions we can simulate on a computer. Miegakure simulates a higher-dimensional space and invites you to solve puzzles inside that space. The hiding-and-revealing happens because, though Miegakure’s world is 4D, we can only see three dimensions at once; as we play the game, we are finding different vantage points from which to see the four-dimensional world, revealing something new each time.

This makes for very interesting puzzles. But it’s also just mind-expanding and trippy.

Here’s a video showing the way the game handles movement and visibility:

This video goes deeper into the technical foundations:

I am deeply interested in games that help us see the world in new ways, and that make new mental states available to us. Miegakure is the best example I know of such a game. By the time you finish playing, you may feel your mind has changed, and that you now understand 4D in a new way, a way that is intimate but difficult to fully grasp.

Also, the puzzles are very cool. They are fun to play.

I first saw Miegakure years ago when Marc demoed it at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop in 2009. Back then, the game was very new; though only a few months of work had been done so far, Marc had already put together the basic gameplay. He could have released the game then, but instead he’s worked on it for years, making it as beautiful and as interesting as possible. You’ll feel all this effort when you play the game.

Ron Carmel, one of the chief instigators of Indie Fund, has also played Miegakure. He says, “When i play the game I feel like my mind is at the cusp of understanding something profound about the 4th spatial dimension, even though it never quite gets there.” It’s a very interesting feeling!

For more information about Miegakure, you can visit the game’s site.