How to create an indie game?

Rohan Mathew

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Indie games or indie games are computer games that were created independently of the financial support of major game publishers. Very often these are free or cheap games that are small in size and distributed over the Internet as freeware or through digital distribution. A lot of free games also fall into this category.

Since 1998, within the framework of the Game Developers Conference, the Independent Games Festival has been held, and since 2005, the IndieCade Festival has been held.

The game development path has never been easy and light-hearted, especially if you make games alone. We will tell you about the path of an indie developer, as well as how you can achieve success in this case.

Large projects are created by companies that employ hundreds of people. By creating games yourself, you will face constant problems and tasks that will need to be solved exclusively by yourself.

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In this article we will talk about how to make indie games, about publishing them on various sites, as well as about special tools that will greatly facilitate the developer’s life.

What do we do?

The very first stage in creating a game is to decide what you want to get in the end result. It is very difficult to think over all the details, but you must be aware of how your game will look like, what functions it will have, how it will interest the players, and how the gameplay will be built.

Having drawn all this in your head, or better on paper, you can safely proceed to the first lines of code of your future masterpiece.

Choice of technology

Surely you know how to work in any game engine or have already looked after the technology you need. Everything seems pretty simple here, but in fact, choosing a game engine is a very important point that should not be overlooked. We’ve already written an article on the best game engines, but let’s add a few more words.

When building a big game, you will need a large team. If you have it, then feel free to take the Unreal Engine, which has incredibly large functionality for projects that are difficult to implement. If you are working alone, your best bet is to use Unity, a free engine with a wide range of different features for creating both large projects and small 2D games.

If you want to create games, then it is best to use game engines – the written games will look much prettier and more dynamic than those created in a programming language. Plus, they’re easier to implement.

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Making the game itself

Keeping the idea in mind and choosing an engine, you can safely start creating a game. This stage is the most difficult and longest: 

  • you need to register all the functions;
  • create a menu and training;
  • think over a beautiful interface and in-game logic. This stage can take months or years.

But even after making an indie game, you will face additional problems, such as icon design, monetization, adding an in-game store, working with the user (authorization, player ratings, etc.), as well as promoting and promoting the game.

How do you succeed?

Making a game is only half the battle and success is not at all in it. To be successful, you need a good idea, beautiful implementation, good functionality, proper promotion and game development services by Whimsy.

You will have to come up with an idea yourself, but you can implement it by taking good courses, lessons or webinars on the technology you need.

At the same time, if we talk about promoting and adding functionality, then here I advise you to use professional company. It certainly won’t solve all your problems, but you certainly won’t have to empty your wallet. Plus, you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for the plugins you need.

Although it is difficult to achieve success, it is possible. The tips presented are not a panacea, but they helped me a lot and, I hope, will help you too.