INDIE SHOWCASE: 2010 GAME INDEX

We’ve received over a hundred game submissions, all from worthy indies eager to show off what they’ve been working on, and fed them to our judges. They are analyzed, critiqued, poked, prodded, and judged until only a few remain.  For this year, those few are:

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Dearth

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Developed by: Dejobaan Games
Genre: Action
Platform: PC

Dearth

Developed by: MIT Gambit Game Lab
Genre: Action Puzzle, Multiplayer
Platform: Windows / Macintosh / Linux

Dearth is an exciting co-operative action-puzzler. The Tribal Lands have been suffering through the worst drought in many lifetimes. Plant-life is withering away, and people fear the approach of a great famine. Rumors spread of the awakening of monstrous creatures who the ancestors warned would one day rise to drain the land and its people of their water. As the thirsty beasts emerge, worried villagers turn to the Tribal Lands’ two great shamans and ask them to restore the water to the land.

Miegakure
Slam Bolt Scrappers

Miegakure

Developed by: Marc ten Bosch
Genre: Strategy
Platform: PC

Miegakure is a game where you navigate a four-dimensional world to perform miraculous feats and solve puzzles.

Slam Bolt Scrappers

Developed by: Fire Hose Games
Genre: Brawler / puzzler
Platform: PC

Slam Bolt Scrappers features a never before seen mix of a beat 'em up brawler with exciting building elements. Tackle a new building challenge each level while defeating baddies in a wacky, cartoony world. Cooperative and competitive 4-way multiplayer Slam Bolt Scrappers will keep you and your friends coming back for more.

Turba
Waker

Turba

Developed by: Keith Morgado
Genre: Puzzle / Rhythm
Platform: PC

Turba is a puzzle game that is influenced by the music the player chooses. The game consists of 4 colors that can be made into combos of 3 or more. Combos can be made anywhere on the board at anytime, but the player is limited to one combo of each color at a time. There are several different game modes in Turba, as well as a handful of special abilities to choose from to alter gameplay. Music affects the game differently in each mode, and there are some aspects, such as clearing on beat for more points, that are present in all modes.

Waker

Developed by: MIT Gambit Game Lab
Genre: Puzzle-Platform
Platform: Windows / Macintosh / Linux

Waker is a puzzle/platform game set in the world of a child's broken dream. As the Waker, the player uses both mind and reflexes to solve puzzles, creating platforms to form a safe path through the dream worlds. Forming the paths, however, is the trick - it is up to the player to figure out how to create each path, and to manipulate the Waker and the world to travel safely through each level. With dynamic obstacles and three difficulty modes, the game offers continuing challenges even for experienced players, while allowing beginners an easier path to the end.