Indie By Design Art: Stories of Indie Game Creation: Book Review.

Indie By Design Art celebrates indie developers for being a major part of modern gaming. Because of these talented people, we as gamers get to experience some great games which has great playability and good visuals. I have played some Indie games that could rival AAA titles and the best part is at a fraction of the cost. This book written by Stace Harman & John Robertson is aimed to give some insight into the world of Indie development.

Within the cover of this book you will find 240 pages of insights into many of the most renowned Indie development teams from around the world. It is full of astonishing facts and stories from the various Indie teams that we know and love. Besides all the great information the book also contains a lot of detailed concept documents and original artwork for games such as Prison Architect and Hotline Miami to name just a few.

The amount of time that has gone into this book with all the research and interviews must have taken many months. The detailed insights into the various Indie devs in this book is simply amazing. I learnt quite a lot about the Indie scene and found out about quite a few games that looks really great which I hadn’t heard of before. While there is a lot of information in the book, it has all been written so that you get bogged down and struggle to understand what the chapter is talking about.

There are over twenty Indie teams mentioned in the book including The Chinese Room, Failbetter Games, Vlambeer, Lucas Pope, Chris Hecker are among those that feature in this great book. Dennaton from Sweden who created the Hotline Miami Series had this to say on the games they make:

“I guess we just made the kind of game what we wanted to play ourselves, so we didn’t really think about how people might feel about it”

The quality of the printed book is also excellent. It is printed on 170gsm Silk paper with a hardback cover. While this is may not be a book about retro games, it is still a very interesting read and as we all know a lot of Indie developers create games in the style of the old, vintage games. If you are into your modern gaming and would like to learn more about the Indie scene, then Independent By Design Art: Stories of Indie Games Creation is the book for you.

  • 9/10
    RVG Rating - 9/10


While not a retro gaming book, if you have any interest in the Indie scene then this book is definitely for you.


Webmaster of Gaming-Corners. Astronomy, PC technician, Retro and modern gamer, and photography. Work as a Designer / Printer

%d bloggers like this: