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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.

 

Paradigm Releases to Positive Reviews

Text: "Paradigm" and Russian/Cyrillic script translation "Парадигма". Image Description: Behind the text are the faces of mutant main character 'Paradigm' (facing forward) and antagonist toupee-wearing sloth 'Olof' (Looking to the right)

Sliding onto Steam earlier this month, the locally-made Paradigm is pulling in rave reviews thanks to its unique humour and phat beatsies. Created by Jacob Janerka after a successful Kickstarter, the high praise heaped upon it so far includes a 9/10 from Destructoid, 9/10 from Press Start, and an 8/10 from IGN.

Paradigm is as traditional a point-and-click as I’ve played in a while, with a design, structure, and sense of humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in the genre’s heyday of the early ‘90s. Channelling the anything-goes spirit of LucasArts and Sierra’s comedy classics like Sam n’ Max Hit the Road and Space Quest with a touch of the truly surreal, it presents a fun story that I won’t soon forget. Because hey, a talking sloth named Olaf wearing a Trump-like toupee that vomits candy bars is inherently unforgettable.
 – Kosta Andreadis (IGN)

So if hanging out with handsome mutants like Paradigm sounds like your kind of thing, simply head on over to Steam and let the point-and-click adventure begin.