“The response to the Indie Showcase has been amazing. The standard of the games submitted has been exceptional and are a real testament to the innovation and creativity of indie developers,” commented Adam Green of Assyria Games and chair of the judging panel. “Needless to say, it was a very difficult decision for both myself and the rest of the judges to narrow the list down to these final ten; if only we could feature them all! However I’m very excited to see what other developers and publishers think of these games when they have a chance to play them at Develop in a couple of weeks.”
Delegates to the conference will be able to play all ten games on 20 and 21 July in the Indie Showcase area situated within the Expo. The winning game as chosen by the judges will be announced at 1.30pm on Thursday 21 July.
There will also be the chance for all attendees to vote for their favourite Showcase game in the People’s Choice Award – voting slips to be provided and awards presented to the winning developer in a ceremony closing the conference at 5pm on the Thursday.
The Indie Showcase shortlisted games are:
The Dream Machine by Cockroach - a point & click adventure game on PC with characters and props made out of materials like clay and cardboard. You play as a couple who’ve just moved into a new apartment and discover that all is not as it seems.
Kairo by Locked Door Puzzle - an atmospheric 3D exploration and puzzle solving game on PC. Enter this lost world and slowly uncover the true purpose of Kairo and fulfil a great destiny.
Skulls of the Shogun by Haunted Temple Studios - this arcade strategy game on PC is an invigorating cocktail of 1960′s flavoured sorcery, arcade button mashing pace and turn based strategy.
Amoebattle by Intrinsic Games - a real-time strategy game developed for the Nintendo DSi. You are a microbiologist with the ability to control amoebas and you must use strategy and wits to defend the microscopic world!
GliD by Spiderling Games - a single player exploration game on PC in which you play as a small robot tasked with exploring and restoring an abandoned world.
Orc Attack by Casual Brothers – a beat’em up multiplayer game for PC, Xbox 360 & PS3. Take the role of a funny and somewhat grubby Orc warrior, who needs to help his mates to recapture their ancestral lands.
The Swapper by Facepalm Games - an ambient puzzle platformer, it features game mechanics centred around the main character’s ability to create clones and swap consciousnesses with them.
Fate of the World by Red Redemption - a PC game that uses scientific models as a backdrop to a challenging and thought-provoking strategy simulation.
Creavures by Muse Games - set in a world with beautiful phosphorescent colours players will take control of five miniature mythical creatures to help them solve mysterious platforming puzzles.
To-Fu The Trails of Chi by HotGen – an iPad game where the player’s main objective is to reach the mystical Fortune Kitty – however, more experienced gamers will enjoy the optional challenge of collecting the game’s 300 emblems.
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About the Develop Conference:
The sixth Develop Conference will take place at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, UK, from 19 – 21 July 2011. It attracts around 1300 game developers from over 20 different territories and has become firmly established as the leading conference in Europe for games developers. Delegates can apply for conference passes at:www.developconference.com.
Delegates can purchase one, two and three day passes to Develop priced at £330, £565 and £680 respectively. Audio track passes are £280. Indie Dev Day passes are £75
Evolve focuses on how to develop games for new and emerging platforms, new technologies and new markets like social and casual gaming. It opens on Tuesday 19 July then continues with individual sessions within the main conference programme on Wednesday 20 July, which are cross-discipline and have a more general appeal.
Indie Dev Day the new day-long conference and networking event running alongside Develop is designed for established independent studios, new start-ups, wannabe indies, freelance developers and students. The sessions will complement the brand new Indie Dev Showcase: a dedicated area within the Develop Expo (20 – 21 July) featuring some of the exciting and new indie projects currently under development.
Chair – Adam Green, Assyria games
Ben Board, Microsoft
Caspar Gray, Square Enix
Sean Murray, Hello Games
Simon Oliver, Hand Circus
Ed Rumely, EA/Chillingo
Games:Edu is a one-day conference taking place on Wednesday 20 July alongside Develop, which brings together the UK’s foremost educators from across all disciplines to connect directly with developers and games producers, to exchange ideas and perspectives.
About Tandem Events:
Tandem Events has over 20 years of experience in organising market-leading exhibitions, conferences and events across a number of industry sectors, including Develop and Evolve in Brighton, Evolve in London, Develop in Liverpool, Games:EDU, Games Marketing Forum and Games Grads.