IGR’s Top 10 Best Indie Games of 2013 and Honorable Mentions


9. 7 Grand Steps

Windows PC, Mac, Steam

Keith Nemitz (Mousechief) is to indie games what a Florentian master cobbler is to dress shoes – making unique, high quality, limited edition products that require a certain sense of refinement to appreciate fully.

Much like the grand machinations that whir away behind the face of an antique arcade attraction, Mousechief’s 7 Grand Steps has a lot going on in the background. The charm of the diminutive interface is immediate, but the sheer depth of strategy isn’t fully realized until you’ve lived through several generations of your family’s history.

7 Grand Steps screenshot
7 Grand Steps screenshot

While raising and educating your kin, you must also plan a strategy that may involve becoming a social mover and shaker, rising up as a legendary warrior clan, or leading monumental innovation – all by depositing tokens in slots. Work closely with your neighbors, or hoard your wealth. It all depends on how you want your family to be remembered, and it can all come back to haunt you, regardless of how deftly you spend your coins.

Before long, you’re cheering on your fictional lineage, and feeling the frustration of a branch of the family tree that bears no fruit. The temptation to take one more generation for a spin is great, and each one further enriches the story. I had a hard time stepping back from this title, and it’s certainly the most unique game I’ve played this year. ~ Callabrantus


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3 comments on “IGR’s Top 10 Best Indie Games of 2013 and Honorable Mentions

  1. “Gone Home accomplishes a remarkable feat – building up a series of narratives in the player’s mind through mere suggestion, but ultimately proving none of them to be true.”

    Gragh! Why would that be the first sentence?! And I can’t let myself read the rest to get any sort of context, so now I’ll be assuming everything goes to pot, and whenever I get around to playing GH, it’ll likely be a niggle in the back of my mind, not allowing me to attach to anything that seems to have gone on. sigh, It feels like single-player experiences are more important to play “day one” than multiplayer, in this digital age. So hard to keep myself away from spoilers (or what I take as spoilers), y’know?

      1. Not to play devils advocate to much here but the game has been out for months and making press every day like crazy AND this is a GOTY article all kinds of red flags flying around if you don’t want spoilers my man 😉

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