The Games of Festival Past: Part 3

With the Perth Games Festival now less than a month away it’s time to saddle up, ready our lances, and charge ahead with Part 3 of our Games of Festival Past series!

 

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Since featuring at the festival last year Valiant – the mounted medieval combat game for the Oculus Rift – has thundered across the local development scene, leaving a cloud of praise in its wake. After being Greenlit in January the developers, Offpeak Games, received a placement in the Amcom Upstart program, and more recently were awarded a grant from the new OOMPF! Games fund!

Valiant has been a popular download on Oculus Share, and the team will be launching their Kickstarter for the final game very soon! So keep an eye out, because OffPeak Games will be back again for the 2015 Festival, and you will once again be able to get your hands on the ultimate medieval madness VR experience.

 

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A source of constant temptation to the volunteers staffing the welcome desk at last year’s festival, this squaretastic multiplayer arena shooter proved immensely popular with PGF attendees. The game was launched on Desura in October 2014, then cornered the market on Greenlit and released on Steam earlier this year.

Square Heroes has been highly successful since release, having received a nomination for Best Game at the 27th West Australian Screen Awards. It is currently available right now on Steam for PC, Mac & Linux, and they will be bringing their 4-player mayhem back for this year’s festival. Woo!

 

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Imagine the love child of Seinfeld and The Secret of Monkey Island, raised on a diet of sunshine and salt from our very own locale of Fremantle, Western Australia. Imagine that and it may get you some way to understanding this comedic adventure game, renamed One Night Only since last year’s PGF.

After festival goers were introduced to the life of stand up comedian Nelson Jones, local developer Oscar Brittain has continued work on his project, with release expected in the near future. One Night Only was also recently featured at Playup Perth, a regular playtesting event for local game developers, and the developers are continuing to work on more unique gaming projects.

 

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Ever wondered what sharks, heavy metal and a handful of dice have in common? Yeah, neither did we, but that all changed when we heard about The Awesome System by Shark Punch Studios! This Role Playing Game system let players experience a “reckless game of boundless, terrifying power”, which we imagine must feel something like strapping on an Evil Dead-esque chainsaw hand, pushing back a pair of mirrorshades, and hacking our way Stallone-style through a horde of flesh eating zombies. Or sharks. Heck, why not both!?

After its initial release in 2013 The Awesome System has undergone a few updates, with a revised edition out in January this year. Both physical and digital copies are available from Sharkpunch Studio’s website, so you can grab it now if you’re keen for an intense RPG adventure.

 

And with that we have reached the end of Part 3 of The Games of Festivals Past! Now there’s not long to go until the big day, so to get yourself in the zone for some great gaming times, why not check out the first set of titles we’ll be showcasing in 2015!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, who have helped make this free community event possible…

♥ THANK YOU Autodesk, City of Perth, Game City, Binary Space, Sentient Computing, Hungry Sky, AIE and Surprise Attack!  ♥

 

The Games of Festival Past: Part 2

There’s less than two months to go until the 2015 Perth Games Festival, so we’re back with post #2 of The Games of Festivals Past. We’re asking the big questions here, like “Where are they now?”, and “How can I play them?” so that you get the most out of the gaming experiences that Perth has to offer.

So with that, our tale begins not that long ago, in a galaxy somewhere… probably pretty far away…

 

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Set in orbit around the planet Novus, this ‘WEGO’ turned-based strategy drew attendees into battle against an unknown squid-like enemy. Developed by Black Lab Games, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy was showcased at the 2014 Perth Games Festival prior to its official beta test, and it caught the eye of strategy and space fans alike with an impressive take on 3D space battles.

Since then the game has continued to expand, with even more levels, refined control schemes for an optimal space-commanding experience, and a new skirmish mode to keep the numerous nautilid enemies at bay. Then in June this year, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy successfully launched on Steam for just $19.99 USD. The game will also be making its way onto the iPad soon, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on a copy early you can sign up for the Beta test now through the Publisher’s site.

 

Down to One at PGF2014Down to One

This multiplayer game is all about surviving, pitting up to 42 players against one another in an open-world environment. Although a single booths at PGF cannot accommodate such a massive number of players, those we could fit around a table to battle it out certainly enjoyed the experience. Developers Gadget Games have built up a solid community around the game, and are continuing to improve it with regular updates and tournaments.

Down to One is now available via Steam Early Access for $14.99 USD if you’re keen to get in early; The game is also available in packs of 2 and 4 ($24.99 and $44.99 USD respectively) so you can get your friends in on the action and find out who is the ultimate survivor.

 

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As the handsome face of the mutant ‘Paradigm’ welcomed players to his post-apocalyptic world of Krusz, so too did the creator Jacob Janerka welcome them to his booth. The alpha demo of this point-and-click adventure game shared a world with the best and worst of 70’s and 80’s flair, an intriguing Eastern Europe edge, and such curious characters as a beat-boxing beetroot, an evil sloth, and pantless superhero THE CONE.

Following a hugely success Kickstarter campaign that got the internet talking, Paradigm smashed its goals and earned 35k allowing the developer to work on the game full time. Jacob has even added games within his game, in the forms of side-scrolling punch fest ‘Boosting Thugs’ and an unnamed post-apocalyptic dating simulator. Paradigm has since been Greenlit on Steam, and is set to come out early next year. You can keep up to date on the game’s progress right here.

 


 

And here we have reached the end of Part 2 of The Games of Festivals Past. Stay tuned for more updates on the games featured at last year’s event, plus announcements on the new games hitting the stage in 2015. And don’t forget…

If you are a developer, studio, student or game-making hobbyist, and you want to showcase your game/s at the 2015 Perth Games Festival, Applications are now open for Exhibitor Booths for PGF2015!

The Games of Festival Past: Where are they Now? Part 1

Last year saw the Perth Games Festival open for the first time to a sea of people eager to delve into the vibrant world of games and game development that we have here in Western Australia. In the lead up to the 2015 Festival this November, we’ll be taking the opportunity to look back at some of the games and studios featured at last year’s inaugural event.

Which games are available now? What has been updated? Let’s take a look behind post number one….

 

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Gun Dash

This local multiplayer game took over the big screen at PGF 2014, challenging 4 players with a race to the finish line using pistols for propulsion and protection. This title is one of many arcade games developed by local studio SK Games, and features custom-built fluffy cow-hide style controls to match the Western theme.

Thankfully, as most living rooms cannot accommodate 4 cow-hide control consoles, the crew from SK have also created a standard PC & Mac version of the game for your playing pleasure. Gun Dash is available now from the studio’s curated store Backyard.SK as either a Digital copy ($6+) or Physical copy ($15 on CD or USB).

 

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Cogz

In the foyer of the Perth Town Hall sat a giant game for the evil genius in all of us. It took the form of the ludicrously large edition of COGZ, a boardgame by RAEZ. Combining evil scientists, steampunk and puzzles, COGZ is a game for 2-6 players that is colour-blind accessible and Mensa approved!

While unfortunately the super-cool-but-equally-enourmous ‘ludicrous edition’ of the game has sold out, the normal tabletop-sized version out now following a successful Kickstarter campaign. If you’re keen to grab your very own copy of Cogz, it is available for just $42 (with free shipping) at the RAEZ store.

 

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Dead End Alley

Armed with an Oculus headset and plastic chainsaw, Festival attendees were tasked with mowing down colourful cartoon zombies in virtual reality. Developed by Cry Havoc Games in association with Stirfire Studios, Dead End Alley is actually a mobile game – but lucky for us they took things one step further and at PGF 2014 we got to see some great real-world chainsaw action.

This pocket-sized zombie slaying simulator is available now with a free demo on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. You can test out your chainsaw skills, and if you’re keen for more carnage it doesn’t cost much (≈ $1) to upgrade to the full game!

 


Well that wraps up Part 1 of The Games of Festival Past. We at Let’s Make Games are all about supporting the local game-making scene, so we’re super happy to see local developers and their creative works doing well.
Stay tuned for more updates on the games featured at last year’s event, plus announcements on the new games hitting the stage in 2015. And just one last reminder…

If you are a developer, studio or student interested in sharing your games at the 2015 Perth Games Festival, we are currently taking expressions of interest for exhibitor booths!  Applications are now open for Exhibitor Booths for PGF2015!