I attended Philly Game Showcase, which is a part of Philly Tech Week again this year. Things were a bit different. I wasn’t helping any exhibitors so I was free to roam as I pleased. I got to play a few games and talk to a few game developers.
I played Chiaroscuro by Greg “Banov” Lobanov of Dumb and Fat Games. It’s a really neat puzzle game made with Unity. The objective is to find a way to bloom all the flowers in a level with balls of light. It get’s pretty challenging quite fast. He also had some other games on display, such as the game to the right in this screenshot, Phantasmaburbia.
Before this showcase the only Cipher Prime game I spent a significant amount of time on was Auditorium on Flash and iOS. At the showcase I got to play Fractal, Pulse and Splice. I can honestly say I want all of them. It’s just a shame Pulse is iPad exclusive. It’s probably their most simplistic game (all the others are puzzle games whereas Pulse is strictly a rhythm game), but it’s a lot of fun. They were giving away free copies if you signed up on their mailing list. I hope my copy of Fractal comes soon!
Shawn Pierre demoed his game Tone Def a rhythm tower defense game that you can play on Kongregate. I was familiar with the game, because Shawn had posted on the IGDA mailing list soliciting feedback. I played it but I, and I’m guessing others did as well, failed to provide any feedback (doh!). I really wanted to try this new version, as the first version was a bit rough. This new demo version has a lot more polish, and some new features. I think it’s fascinating to see a project evolve over time since prototypes can be so different from a finished product. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m that good at the game just yet.
I also played Battle Lines by Reflective Layer. It puts a military spin on the Flight Control formula. Red Light, Green Light by Little Wins is a strangely addictive free game for iOS. I also checked out Velociraptor! Cannibalism! and signed up for a free PDF. Looks like a fun board game I can’t wait to try out. I hope I’m not forgetting anything. I didn’t even get to play all the games and I was there from start to finish.
Seeing all these games on display makes me think I should probably hurry up and release something. Sigh.