Generally we try to avoid negatively highlighting indie games for a variety of factors.
- They’re more likely to be conforming to market expectations set by big companies than to influence the trend of the market in general
- They’re often being made as a singular creative vision rather than for-profit focus of making a marketable product
- Since they’re not working for profit and raising capital, indies often can’t afford to make their own assets and just have to use whatever’s available
- They’re often made by people still working out how they want to make games, and so commit all kinds of beginner mistakes
With the exception of a few games that get wide spread attention due to hilarious juxtaposition between what they promise and what look to they deliver (eg Haydee and Axe Princess) we tend to leave them alone.
So why am I bingo’ing The King’s Heroes? Because, well while Aldorlea Games claims indie status, it’s a bit confusing if you look at their Steam listing sorted by date (showing the oldest here)
They’re less of an Indie studio and more of a shovelware factory, and while this game does pretend (kind of) to have some male empowerment it also makes the ratio pretty obvious: