Monthly Archive for October, 2017

BrambleLash branches out and takes Tokyo Game Show’s Indie Grand Prize

Image text reads: Tokyo Gam Show 2017 A poster for the game Bramblelash, with a large sticker stating "Indie Prize Nominee: 4Gamer.net". The Bramblelash banner image depicts two of the games playable plant-creatures with vines outstretched towards each other in a style mimicking Michelangelo's famous painting "The Creation of Adam".

Taking the world by storm, Perth-made game BrambleLash was recently awarded the Indie Grand Prize by 4Gamer.net at the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, alongside another Australian title Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles! The purpose of these awards is to ‘discover new stars’, and local studio Bytesprite have no doubt ensnared a thicket of new fans from their travels.

Here’s what 4Gamer.net had to say about it…

“「BrambleLash」は,2人のキャラクターの間に生まれるゴムのような物体を敵に当てて倒していくアクションゲーム。マルチプレイではもう一方のキャラクターと息を合わせてのプレイが必要で,試遊台では初対面のプレイヤー同士の間でも笑顔や歓声が生まれ,非常に盛り上がっていたのが印象的だった。”

BrambleLash is an action game where you destroy the enemy by stretching a rubbery object between two characters. In multiplayer, it’s necessary to breathe alongside the other character, and smiles and cheers were born even between players who met for the first time at the test stand; it was impressive how exciting it was.”

(Note: This is a very loose translation; don’t hold us to the exact wording!)

If you’re interested in some co-op chaos of your own, Bytesprite is available now on Steam! You can also check out some of the photos from the event below, with thanks to the Bramblelash crew and Abylight Studios on twitter.

Two West Australian titles win at the Australian Game Developer Awards!

A series of AGDA award trophies laid out horizontally across a table, Each trophy is made up of waves of metal, with four golden concentric circles at the center of each one.

Image via Melbourne Int Game Week

Walking onto the stage to great applause, two of the nine winning titles at the 2017 Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) were from Western Australia. Congratulations to Black Lab Games, who won an award for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock (pictured above), and Jacob Janerka with a win for point-and-click adventure Paradigm!

Held on October 25th, the event saw a wide Array of Australian developers come together at the end of Games Connect Asia Pacific (as part of Melbourne International Games Week). There were not distinct categories for the games this year, with each being judged as a whole based on such aspects as “visual aesthetic, design and innovation, technical excellence, audio and compositional aesthetic, narrative, accessibility and representation”. That being said, their unofficial award titles were…

  • “Most Absurdly Confident Game Award” for Paradigm, and
  • “Strategic Deployment of Cylons Award” for Battlestar Galactica

We would also like to give a special mention to another excellent local title that was nominated; Symphony of the Machine by Stirfire Studios.

The AGDAs even got a mention on game news site Kotaku; feel free to check it out for details on all the other wonderful winners. You can also peruse the #AGDA17 feed from the night on twitter, as well as feast your eyes on photos of the event below as shared by Melbourne Int Games Week, Black Lab GamesJon Hayward, and Jonny Roses.

 

Desert Child races onto Kickstarter

An animated image from the game Desert Child. A character dressed in jeans and a shirt races across the desert of mars on a hoverbike, swerving past catci, with dust trailing and explosions flying past. The bike speeds past the words "Kickstarter"

Dust off your hoverbike, because Desert Child is up on Kickstarter and needs your help to race to the finish. Created by Oscar Brittain, the developer behind World’s Fastest Pizza and the Fremantle-featuring One Night Only, it got a lot of love as part of Indiecade @ E3 and this Kickstarter campaign is set to take it to the next level.

Desert Child is a Racing RPG set in a dusty world where your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. ​

A screenshot from the game Desert Child. A plain-clothed character is riding a hoverbike across the water in a large underground tunnel. Water sprays up behind the bike, as they avoid passing pillars and fire off laser shots.It’s the rags-to-riches story of a broke young racer who fights through gangsters, bounty hunters and pancake cravings to enter the Championship and get off Earth before it E-X-P-L-O-D-E-S (metaphorically).

Feast your eyes upon the Kickstarter video below, try out the demo on GameJolt or head straight on over to the main page to get behind it.

eZone announces two new Augmented Reality titles for iPhone

Header: Mammoth Mini Golf AR

Bridge the gap between games and the real world, with two new augmented reality titles from eZone! Watch as a prehistoric putting arena rises from the ground in Mammoth Mini Golf AR, or put your aiming skills to the test in Beer Pong AR; either way you can grab your friends for a quick game anywhere, anytime.

Mammoth Mini Golf AR

The magic of augmented reality with Apple’s ARKit brings a wacky caveman themed world of mini golf right into your home! Place the course anywhere you like, grab your friends and let the fun begin! Move around to get the best angle, set direction and power and putt for glory! But watch out for the crazy cast of characters trying to stop your ball from reaching it’s home: mammoths, dino-birds, cavemen and volcanos, just to name a few!

Tee off on iPhone by grabbing Mammoth Mini Golf on iTunes. To get an idea of the primordial perils that are par for the course, check out the preview video below or over on youtube.

 

Header: Text reads "Beer Pong AR" with two 3D pints of beer behind it.

Beer Pong AR

Beer Pong AR is big time fun for you and your friends! The magic of augmented reality means you can play Beer Pong anytime, anywhere! Place the beers anywhere you like, grab your friends and let the fun begin! Move around to get the best angle and simply swipe to launch the ball into the cups! Who will be the Beer Pong AR Champion?!?

The test of skill that is Beer Pong AR, is now available on iTunes for free. Don’t let your time get wasted, and check out the preview video below or over on youtube for a sneak peek of the gameplay.