Friday, 21 April 2017

Coming soon: AdventureJam and Super Fan Jam

2 game jams coming soon courtesy of GameJolt:

AdventureJam 2017

AdventureJam is making its third annual return! Develop a game within 14 days that encompasses what "adventure" means to you. From traditional point & click adventures to completely experimental creations, let's gear up and go on some unforgettable adventures together!

5th-19th May 2017 

Super Fan Jam

Super Fan Jam is here to satisfy all our wildest fandom dreams! Shower your favorite media with love and support by creating a fan game within a 10-day period. You're sure to meet others who share your passions along the way!

5th-15th May 2017 


Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

AppGameKit DLC released to capture GameGuru assets

The Game Creators today released GameGuru Loader for AppGameKit providing a great and efficient way to convert & load GameGuru levels into AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader lets you link the easy building features of GameGuru with the smart coding commands of AppGameKit.

The easy to use editor in GameGuru allows you to create 3D scenes and assets such as terrains, skies, vegetation, buildings and everyday objects. Now all these assets can be converted and then loaded in and displayed in AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader allows you to go mobile too! GameGuru Loader includes a converter that scans all your GameGuru media, and optimises it to a format ideal for mobile use.

Rick Vanner, Development Director at The Game Creators, said, "The DLC adds yet another dimension to AppGameKit. What you see in GameGuru you will see in AppGameKit! GameGuru Loader provides an easy way for game developers to bring their 3D ideas to life in AppGameKit."


The Game Creators used AppGameKit to develop Driving Test Success Theory, Hazard Perception and Highway Code apps for UK publisher Focus Multimedia, deploying them onto the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon - all from AppGameKit's executable code. These Driving Test Success apps are now one of the UK's #1 ‘Learning to Drive' apps.


Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

Ummagumma Games Unveils The Worldmap Prototype For Abadon: Guardians Rise

In their first update for the year, developers Ummagumma Games have unveiled a prototype of The Worldmap, a top-down, shoot ‘em up gameplay mode that will connect Abadon’s various 2D platformed levels together.

Essentially as players progress through the game – completing levels and their corresponding objectives – The Worldmap lets them scour the planet of Abadon in search of their next mission, collectables and other random happenings.

Check out the video below:



Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

Save the Ninja Clan - Xbox One


Summary
Save the Ninja Clan is a platformer for casual players as well as speed runners.  There are two ways to play this game: play through the normal story mode or find secrets/"bugs" in the game to annoy the Game Manager watching.

Story
An evil ninja kidnapped your friends. You must collect scrolls in order to find your friends and save them. You will play as different ninjas as the journey progresses. Each ninja has a different ability: Green ninja has a double jump, Purple Ninja has a sprint, and the Grey Ninja has a dash (with temporary invincibility).



Alternate Story
You can annoy the "Game Manager" by finding secrets/"bugs" in the game. Eventually he will get tired of you breaking the current level and send you off to the next one.


Features:
  • 30 Unique Levels.
  • Secrets/Bugs in all non boss levels.
  • 3 Ninja types with different abilities.
  • 3 Boss Fights.
  • Game too hard or too easy? Adjust the game speed.
  • You can unlock knife modifications.
  • Many stats are tracked.
  • Replays that show previous attempts.
  • Secret ending which unlocks something secret.

Xbox One store page (game will be released on May 5th for just 2.99$, pre-order already started).  Current release date is only for ESRB regions. PEGI regions release delayed to the end of 2017.




Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Nordic Game Awards 2017 – Nominees revealed

A highlight of the annual Nordic Game conference, this year's edition of the Nordic Game Awards takes place in the Unreal Theatre, the main auditorium of Slagthuset, on Thursday, 18 May at 18:00.

Here are the games nominated for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards

Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen
Nordic studios make great games in all formats, and mobile platforms in particular have seen many stellar Nordic titles. Some of the latest standouts have been nominated for the “Nordic GotY – Small Screen” award, including Supercell’s smash hit “Clash Royale”.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Mekorama”, Martin Magni (SE)
Space Marshals 2”, Pixelbite Games (SE)
Twofold Inc.”, Grapefrukt Games (SE)

Nordic Game of the Year
Nordic GotY – the most prestigious award of the show and highpoint of the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. A fun fact is that all of the nominated studios have previously taken the stage at Nordic Game. This year, Playdead opens NG17 with an “insider” tech talk about their multiple award-winning title “INSIDE” (here), veteran hit-maker IO Interactive will delve into the AI of “Hitman” (here), Massive Entertainment CEO David Polfeldt joins legendary Japanese game designer Fumito Ueda in a much anticipated “fireside chat” (here), while both EA DICE and “Owlboy” creator Jo-Remi Madsen have spoken at past Nordic Game conferences.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Audio nominees
As with all the categories, the competition here is fierce. The “Battlefield” series is well-known for its striking audio, and the latest chapter is no exception, being nominated for several awards already. This is also the case for Playdead and their award-winning title “INSIDE” - and with three other very strong contenders, it's looking like a tough decision for the jury:

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)

Best Fun for Everyone nominees
A special award for the best children’s, family, social or casual game that's suitable (and enjoyable) for a wide range of people and ages. The headliners in this category include “Clapper”, which took the "Indie Sensation Award” at NG16, as well as the latest “Salon” release from veterans at Toca Boca and the crazy sports game “Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”:
Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Fuzzy House”, Fuzzy House (DK)
Mussila: Musical Monster Adventure”, Rosamosi (IS)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Toca Hair Salon 3”, Toca Boca (SE)

Best Debut nominees
The "Best Debut" award goes to a Nordic studio that has released its first game in 2016, not counting beta or early access. Five very talented and promising studios are competing in this category, among them Antagonist with “Through the Woods”, a chilling third-person psychological horror game set in a forest on Norway's western coast.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Manual Samuel”, Perfectly Paranormal (NO)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Through the Woods”, Antagonist (NO)

Best Technology nominees
Nordic games are famous for many reasons, not least for their high-tech polish. Just look at some of the titles in the running for this year's "Best Technology" award: breath-taking VR design in “EVE Valkyrie”, multiplayer innovation in “Tom Clancy’s The Division” and ground-breaking AI programming in “Hitman”. Every nominated game has a very good reason to be here.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
EVE Valkyrie”, CCP (IS)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Game Design nominees
The nominees for “Best Game Design” include five of the past year’s most successful and critically acclaimed Nordic games. Competing with the four AAA heavy hitters on the list is “Owlboy”, a slick homage to old-school 2D adventures that took Norwegian developer D-Pad Studio eight years to complete.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Art nominees
Games in this category are nominated for their high level of artistic achievement. Headliners this year are “Battlefield 1” and “INSIDE”, but look out for the “dark horses” – not least of all the beautiful, “yarn-made” art of “Unravel”.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Unravel”, Coldwood Interactive (SE)

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. See you at the show!
About the Nordic Game Awards
The Nordic Game Awards is organised by the Nordic Game Institute in cooperation with Nordic Game Resources and the Nordic Game event team.

The Nordic Game Institute consists of the following game producer associations in the region: Dataspelsbranschen (SE), Icelandic Gaming Industry (IS), Neogames (FI), Spillprodusentforeningen (NO) and Producentforeningen (DK).

The organisers appoint the NGA jury, this year with the following members: Bjarki Thor Jónsson (Iceland), Juho Kuorikoski (Finland), Rune Fjell Olsen (Norway), Niklas Sintorn (Sweden) and Astrid Mie Refstrup (Denmark).
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2017 is its fourteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Learn more about Nordic Game 2017, 17-19 May at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com.

Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

Forts, Cartoon War Action RTS, Now Available on PC

BRISBANE, Queensland - April 19, 2017 - Forts, the physics-based RTS from EarthWork Games in which players construct custom bases, arm them to the teeth with a cutting-edge arsenal and blast their enemies' headquarters to rubble while repelling opponents' attacks, is available now on Windows via Steam and the Humble Store.

Forts adds base building and real-time combat to the classic cartoon artillery strategy game formula of the 90's. Managing resources to develop tech-trees and to unlock bigger and better weapons is essential for constructing a dominant base. Selecting one of nine commanders, each bringing special abilities that best fit particular strategies, can also turn the tide of battle.


Up to 8 players can enter battle together in LAN or online multiplayer, teaming up and sharing resources in Co-op Multiplayer or dominating their friends in Team Deathmatch. Latecomers can drop in and take over from the A.I., or observe the destruction raining down upon their friends.
A 28-mission single-player campaign follows Earth's three remaining factions in their final battle for the world's resources. Skirmish mode pits players against AI opponents in classic and pre-built battles, as well as custom maps and mods made by the community.
"We've packed Forts full of features to provide countless hours of entertainment that can be enjoyed alone or with friends," says Tim Auld, founder of EarthWork Games. "This is our love letter to the games we grew up playing, combining all of their different elements to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind experience."

About EarthWork Games


EarthWork Games is a three-person team in Brisbane, Queensland that united to bring Forts to the world. Drawing experience from working on previous games likeAlien Isolation, Hand of FateTotal War and Assault Android Cactus, EarthWork Games strives to create fun, high-spirited experiences that bring players together.



Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!

New screenshots / animations from "Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure"

This is looking very impressive indeed.







Want to help us keep bringing you indie game news and also make our own games?
Become a Patron!