About the Indie Ocean

Me ASCII 8The Indie Ocean began with reviews of releases on the neglected Xbox Live Indie Games channel but as time has moved on, so have the captain’s play habits. Now he plays mostly a combination of PC indies and traditional roguelikes, despite manifestly being bad at all of them. At least he doesn’t have to try and pilot Goolin’s head anymore.

In honour of the site’s origins, the original ‘About’ text remains in all its splendour below.

Unlike PC indie gaming, which has a long and distinguished history, the Xbox Live indie marketplace is a mire of risible excuses for games that have clearly had no effort or care put into them at all. Equal parts generic twin-stick shooter, tacky juvenile dating sim and facile avatar frivolity, sometimes it seems it’s not worth trying to plumb the depths.

Every now and then, though, a gem emerges. Cup of tea in hand, I am here to plunge into the farthest recesses of the indie ocean in some sort of Stingray-like submersible, pointing out the rare and beautiful wildlife while warning you off the barrels of raw sewage.


Alan was trained as a medieval historian and ended up doing work which has nothing to do with it. Funny how that goes.

He has been playing video games since somewhere around 1986, starting with the likes of Game Over and Oh Mummy! on his then-best-friend’s…something. It may have been a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, but a bit of research suggests it was more likely an Amstrad CPC.

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