CheatCC's Cody Awards 2018

Best Indie Game:

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Benjamin Maltbie
Contributing Writer

 

Towerfall was fun, but it left no indication that its creator was capable of something as heartfelt and refined as Celeste. This game has satisfying, yet excruciatingly difficult, platforming sections with unique mechanics and a somber tale that touches on themes of perseverance and depression. It’s beautiful.

  


Sean Engemann
Senior Contributing Writer

2D pixel art platformers have become standard fare nowadays, but Celeste reaches way beyond the average offering. The protagonist Madeline's inner struggle is as arduous as her heroic attempts to scale Celeste Mountain, but also contains scenes heartwarming enough to melt the snowy peaks. Apart from the story and award worthy soundtrack, the platforming is unforgiving to fledglings, but supremely satisfying for those with endurance, as well as being a speedrunner's dream game.

  


Lucas White
Writing Team Lead

As closely as Castlevania fans have been watching Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, nobody expected a second game in the series to appear out of nowhere. Dropping as both a surprise backer reward and separate release, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is not only a prequel to Ritual of the Night, but a fun-sized tribute to Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. It's awesome in almost every way, full of challenge, creativity, and of course a dope soundtrack.

  


Jenni Lada
Site Editor

Yoku’s Island Express is this incredibly charming game that is a bit like a slice of life story, but also happens to be about a dung beetle pushing around a pinball as he completes his job as a postal employee on an island. As he goes about his business, which involves using pinball and Metroidvania mechanics to reach new places, you eventually get caught up helping everyone around you!

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