It’s Party Time!

End of Year Party 2016. <sub>Original Image with thanks to Just Bens Photos

 Nintendo Gameboy Pocket by Just Bens Photos  

It’s that time of year again, where Perth game-makers and aficionados can unite to catch up, relax and talk shop at the excellent End of Year Party! In 2016 we’re holding the event with the wonderful folks at FTI and The Nostalgia Box, so look forward to playing locally-made games and having a good time together.

THE PLAN:

Catching up with other developers is only part of the fun, as there will be be food, games, cheap drinks, and a whole lot of fun! There will even be a dev Kris Kringle (bring along a little $5 gift to give, and you too will be provided with a present).

What: End of Year Party!
When: Friday Dec 9th, 6pm till late
Where: The Nostalgia Box, Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10* Entry ($7 for FTI Members) via Eventbrite.

Extra Details: Spaces are limited, so get your tickets ASAP! Also please note that this is an 18+ Event.

*(Ticket prices go towards hiring the venue, but for devs unable to cover the cost of entry, please get in and we’ll ensure you are able to come along)

BONUS: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are keen to ensure that there’s food and fun for everyone on the night, but as a volunteer-run organisation we need your help. If you are a local studio or developer, this is a great opportunity to support the games community and have some fun; In return you get your logo shared with a special thanks on the night, plus through the LMG website and Playup Perth’s mailing list, and of course you will a ticket the party!

PLAYUP PERTH GAMES FOR THE NIGHT:

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Here’s a look at the local games you’ll get to play on the night. Special thanks to FTI’s Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie for her hard work behind the scenes coordinating the evening, and of course the devs who will be sharing their wares with us on the night.

Be sure to grab your tickets asap because space will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on the night and celebrating another year in the games industry together!

Asymmetrical card game Banishment slays on Kickstarter

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Dark Mirror Games are taking their demon-fighting card game to the world, with Banishment summoning a Kickstarter campaign and swiftly destroying its target. Created by the minds behind the Dream of the Djinn RPG adventure, this entertaining exorcism simulation saw the light of day at the 2016 Perth Games Festival and proved to be a bewitching experience.

An asymmetrical, semi-cooperative card game about exorcism for 2-5 players. Embrace your dark side.
In Banishment, one player takes on the role of an accursed Demon, and the rest are Exorcists trying to banish them. This is a fast, highly interactive card game involving strategic thinking and eternal damnation.

If you’re a tabletop game kind of person, head on over to the Kickstarter page to get all the details and get everything you need to start exorcising demons!

Take a moment to Make 4

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Apex Creative are back again with MAKE 4, a new puzzle game for quick moments of colourful fun. Great for when you have a spare second to play while you wait, but be careful not to get too caught up in the action~

MAKE 4 is an action packed new arcade puzzle game. Different coloured balls fall from random positions at the top of the screen. Swipe the balls to swap their order, get 4 of the same colour in a row or column to destroy them. Try and keep the board as empty as possible, because when the balls reach the top, it’s game over!

This latest piece of puzzling goodness is available for free right now on Android.

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Join the simple fun of Join the Dots

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The team at Ezone are at it again, having released another entertaining title for mobile… Join the Dots! It’s quick, easy, and you can tap right into the fun now!

It’s a simple premise that really tests your reflexes and strategic thinking – tap on the dots to connect them before they move off the screen, while avoiding the squares. New themes are unlocked by collecting stars during gameplay. Whether you are a score chaser or a collector ‘Join The Dots’ has you covered!

Get a sneak peek of the gameplay below, or join in right now on iOS and Google Play.

Last DriverZ beta rolls out on Android

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Following a successful showcase at the Perth Games Festival, local studio 42 Bytes continue to test survival skills in their mobile beta for Last DriverZ. If you have an Android device, you too could be running down zombies, seeking out supplies, and upgrading a wide range of weaponry right now (not to mention playtesting a yet-to-be-released game).

Dive into the post-apocalyptic world of the DriverZ trying to make your way through beat up streets, threading through wreckages, running over zombies, and pillaging old warehouses and general stores trying to upgrade your vehicles and recruit more people for your group of survivors!

You can get the beta for Last DriverZ now via Google Play, and stay up to date with all their news via 42 Bytes’ twitter. BONUS: iPhone users will soon be able to get in on the apocalypse action by signing up to the closed beta.

Symphony of the Machine set for Playstation VR & HTC Vive

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Having playtested Symphony of the Machine locally for a while now, Stirfire Studio have recently announced that their new game will be hitting the Playstation VR and the HTC Vive in Q1 2017!

An ancient machine controls the weather and its mysterious creators have long since disappeared. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops. This is a calming, explorative virtual reality experience which emphasises serene, non-violent play over hair-trigger reactions.

This puzzling virtual reality game now has its own facebook page to keep you up to date, and you can check out the Teaser Trailer below~

Crazy Coaster Beta combines Adorable Animals and a Deadly Rollercoaster

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Super Cookie Games have returned with more super cute animals, but this time with a hint of death and destruction. The beta for their upcoming game Crazy Coasters is on Google Play, so if you have yet to join in the rollercoaster chaos (complete with entertaining game-over gifs) be sure to check it out.

Catch a ride on the Crazy Coaster, make sure you slow down for the tight turns otherwise it could end up messy…

There’s a sneak peak of the gameplay below, and if you’re keen to start testing out this adorably evil game, simply head on over to Super Cookie’s Google Play page.

 

The 2016 Perth Games Festival Wrap Up!

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The Perth Games Festival is over for another year, and now that we have all had a good, long rest it’s time to take a look back at the day that was! This year more than 30 exhibitors filled out the Perth Town Hall, showcasing a truly diverse range of 60+ games. Over 1600 people braved the blustery October day to play a game or two (or three!), chase down some achievement badges, and settle into the comfort of the City of Perth Library to listen to a panel.

To wrap up this wonderful event we have a timelapse video for you, a huge collection of photographs, the social media buzz, plus the Perth Games Festival feature on West TV’s Undercurrent. See if you can find yourself on the amongst the games and gamers!

The Timelapse


The Photos

Despite stormy weather and other events around town, the festival once again drew a huge crowd of game lovers to the Perth Town Hall. There are plenty more than the photos below, be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab any pics of yourself), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album.


 In the News

The Perth Games Festival has once again caught the attention of a number of sites, and has even been featured on WTV’s UnderCurrent. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews that we have seen around:


The Tweets on the Streets

The people of Perth were keen to spread the festival love, taking to social media to share their experiences of the event. Here are just some of the cool things that were shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

 


Final Word

Let’s Make Games would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to the festival committee for organising the event, the volunteers for lending their time to help the day run smoothly, the developers for making such amazing games, the panelists for sharing their knowledge and experiences, the sponsors for supporting the event, and last but not least the over 1600 people who attended the festival. Thank you all for coming out to support Western Australian game developers, and for showing how much games mean to the community!

Don’t forget to visit the Perth Games Festival Facebook page to stay up to date on post-festival news, and to keep an eye on news for next year!

Knowledge Week: VR, AR & Games

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Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.

Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.

What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99  (includes light refreshments) available here.

For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.

Final Days now on Steam Early Access

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Shooting onto Steam in a blaze of bullets, locally-made zombie slaughter game Final Dayz is out now in early access. Created by +7 Software, this killer title was Greenlit early this year and proved popular at the recent Perth Games Festival. But more importantly, this upcoming title is killer training material for anyone planning to survive a zombie apocalypse – so be sure to check it out.

Final Days is a fast-paced and intense multi-player shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. It attempts to blend retro arcade style with modern elements. The design goal is for the game to be quick and simple to play while providing an enjoyable challenge. Inspirations include titles such as Smash TV, Gauntlet, Killing Floor, and Left 4 Dead.

Can you survive?

Head on over to Steam now, to get in early on an excellent undead experience and prepare for humanity’s final days. You can also check out the action in the alpha video below.