The Develop in Brighton Conference has announced the ten games shortlisted to be on display within the Indie Showcase, which features a wide range of game categories.
Running on 9-10 July within the Develop in Brighton Expo, the Indie Showcase, sponsored by Unity, highlights independently-developed games selected by a judging panel of industry experts. The process takes into consideration graphics, gameplay, technology achievement and originality of each game with the panel also choosing the overall Indie Showcase winner, to be announced on Thursday 10 July.
Delegates can play all ten games in the Indie Showcase area and vote for their favourite Showcase game in the People’s Choice Award. To complement these two awards, an Editor’s Choice award will be given out for the third year running.
“The quality of the entries into the Indie Showcase this year has been exceptional,” commented chairman of the Indie Showcase judging panel, Adam Green. “The ten shortlisted titles represent the best of what was already an outstanding bunch of games submitted.”
“The imagination and creativity of the indie community has been fantastic to see. I have no doubt the Develop in Brighton Conference delegates are going to have a lot of fun checking out this top 10 as there are some truly enjoyable and inspiring titles among them!”
“Since we launched the Indie Showcase four years ago, we have always had an incredible response and the quality of games is a real testament to the creativity of indie developers.” commented Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events.
“We had a record number of submissions again and I know it’s been a tough job for the judges to decide on the final ten.”
“We’re delighted to have Unity on board as sponsors for another year, and everyone involved is excited to see the industry reaction when they have a chance to play them at Develop in Brighton in a few weeks.”
The shortlisted games for the Indie Dev Showcase 2014 sponsored by Unity are:
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (PC), Draknek
A puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.
SwapQuest (Android), Rebusmind
Play as Prince Wilbert or Princess Wilma to find the holy sword Sturmwind in order to defend the kingdom from the Evil Horde that has invaded the land.
Robocraft (PC), Freejam
Robocraft is a Free-to-play online game where you build your own Sci-fi Tank, Plasma Hovercraft or Battle Blimp from cubes and components and take it online to fight against thousands of other players from around the world.
4PM (PC), 4PM Game
4PM is an experiential, narrative driven game that explores the subconscious and the complexities of human relationships. It is a short, intense thriller trying to engage people in a new way.
Among the Sleep (PC), Krillbite Studios
A first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child. After waking up in the middle of the night to mysterious sounds, you start exploring the dark looking for comfort.
Darklings (iPhone), MildMania
Darklings is an epic endless adventure through magical worlds. Lum, face of light, tries to save the world by purging the darklings and retrieve the stars. Play as the face of light, Lum, only piece of hope left on the universe, and purge all the Darklings to their pits, and begin to save the world!
Myriad (PC), Bifrost Entertainment
An action game about creating and destroying a world that shapes itself around your actions and decisions, designed for performance and streaming.
Action Henk (PC), RageSquid
His name is Henk, Action Henk. Most beloved action figure of all time. Henk might not be in the same shape as back in the 80s, but he’s about to prove that he can still run, jump, and butt-slide through tricky tracks and complicated constructions!
Ether One (PC), White Paper Games
Ether One is a first person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind. With two paths in the world to choose from, its core is a story exploration path free from puzzles wher you can unfold the story at the players own pace.
Rush Rally (Android), Brownmonster.co.uk
Inspired by the old fashioned top down racers, Rush Rally has realistic physics, tyre model, great graphics and competition against friends all presented in the retro style of the classic games that everyone loves to play!
The judges also wanted to give an honourable mention to the following games that were submitted:
Words Warrior by Below The Game
CLARC by Golden Triangle
Extrasolar by Lazy 8 Studios
Cosmonautica – A Space Trading Adventure by Chasing Carrots
Inside My Radio by Seaven Studio
Sokobond by Draknek
Freaking Meatbags by Wild Factor
Alpha Muse by Current Circus