Organisers of the IndieCade festival, the annual celebration of independent games held in Culver City, California, have announced the 36 titles that have been selected as finalists.
A hundred-strong global jury whittled down 446 submissions to 36 finalists whose developers hail from all over the world. Each game will be playable at the festival, which will also feature talks from indie luminaries, networking events, and previews of upcoming games.
Stephanie Barish, CEO, said: "Each year, we present ten awards that honour excellence of teams and individuals across the wide range of creative disciplines required to create games, as well as the prestigious Jury Award, selected for its overall excellence and potential for impact in the game industry.
"But all the finalists stand out, and with previous years as a guide, they're all going places."
The selected finalists are as follows:
Application Crunch (Collegeology Games, The Game Innovation Lab)
At a Distance (Terry Cavanagh)
BasketBelle (Michael Molinari)
Bistro Boulevard (Fugazo Inc)
Bit.Trip Flux (Gaijin Games)
Black Bottom Parade (SCAD)
Deepak Fights Robots (Tom Sennett)
Desktop Dungeons (QCF Design)
Fez (Polytron Corp)
Gamestar Mechanic (E-Line Media)
Hero Generations (Heart Shaped Games)
Hohokum (Honeyslug and Richard Hogg)
Johann Sebastian Joust (Douglas Wilson and Friends)
Kiss Controller (Georgia Tech)
Loop Raccord (Nicolai Troshinsky)
Ordnungswissenschaft (Till Wittwer, Marek Plichta and Jakob Penca)
Papa Sangre (Somethin’ Else)
PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew (Incredible Ape)
Play Kalei (Load Complete)
Proteus (Ed Key)
Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure (Untold Entertainment)
Skulls of the Shogun (Haunted Temple Studios)
Solar 2 (Murudai)
StarDrone (Beatshapers, TastyPlay)
Super Hypercube (Polytron and Kokoromi)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Superbrothers, Capybara Games, Jim Guthrie)
The Bridge (Case Western)
The Depths to Which I Sink (Bigpants)
The Dream Machine (Cockroach Inc)
The Swapper (Facepalm Games)
The Witch (Elizabeth Swensen)
Way (Coco & Co (Carnegie Mellon))
Access to the festival costs just $12 in advance, or $15 on the door, with the entry fee giving access to all festival sessions and the closing party at which the award winners will be announced.
Professional Conference badges, which also give access to the keynote address from Uncharted lead Richard Lemarchand, educational and networking sessions, and the creator's lounge, cost $195 in advance or $250 on the door. IndieCade runs from October 8 to 9 across multiple Culver City venues. For more, follow the source link below.