The winners of the eighth Indie Showcase have been announced, they are
People's Choice award as voted for by attendees:
Skybolt Zack (PC)
Devs Must Die
Skybolt Zack is pure arcade game, a fast-paced platformer with a combat mechanic inspired by rhythm games. Rocket Punch through one enemy to another and destroy everything that stands in your way! Blast the music out with your increasing combos! The gameplay is easy to understand: press the button with the same colour than your target to rush at them with a Rocket Punch.
Video link: https://youtu.be/Gz8spdCQMC8
Indie Showcase overall winner as voted for by the judging panel:
What the Golf? (PC)
The golf game for people who hate golf. Golf is boring, but hitting stuff is fun. Golf a cat, a horse, or a house! A silly physics-based golf parody where every golf course is a new surprising type of golf, some brilliant or hilarious, others so absurd they will make you go: WHAT THE GOLF?
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ehC96ytKNI
Alistair Aitcheson, chair of the Indie Showcase judging panel, commented, “This has been a fantastic year for the Develop Conference Indie Showcase. All ten of the selected games showed an incredible level of technical ability and imagination, and it was a delight to be able to play them at the conference and meet the developers behind them. Choosing a favourite was a tough decision, but one game in particular captured all of the judges' hearts.
This year’s Indie Showcase Winner is What the Golf? by Triband. It’s a fantastically wacky and unpredictable golf game, bouncing from imaginative twist to imaginative twist at an incredible pace. It is a game overflowing with whimsy and personality, which harnesses games’ power to surprise and create laughter. An absolute delight!
Thank you to the organisers of the Develop Conference for providing a space for these fantastic games. I recommend everyone follow the developers as they work towards release!”
Of the nearly 100 entries received by the conference organisers this year, ten were shortlisted for the showcase and have been on display at Develop:Brighton.
Each studio received a complimentary booth on the expo floor, free expo passes and the chance to demo their game to more than 2,000 top developers and games industry professionals from all over the world.
Develop:Brighton - Europe's leading conference for the game development community returns next year to the Hilton Brighton Metropole from 9-11 July 2019.
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About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
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