INDIE SHOWCASE: 2012 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:

Beans Quest
Girls Like Robots

Beans Quest

Developed by: Kumobius
Genre: Platform
Platform: iOS

Emilio's girlfriend has been kidnapped and a wizard has cursed him into a jumping bean! Bean's Quest is a 2D retro platformer for iPhone and iPad with physics and easy to pick up controls. The player is constantly jumping but with 3 challenges per stage such as hidden axolotls, gems to collect and a minimum achievable jump par that will make every jump count. Bean’s Quest is easy to pick up yet hard to master. 50 stages across 5 worlds including a final boss fight - Bean's Quest blends the beauty of classic platformers with modern physics gameplay.

Girls Like Robots

Developed by: Popcannibal
Genre: Puzzle
Platform: Android

Girls Like Robots is a game of seating arrangements! Navigate an epic tale of love, adventure, outer space and Abraham Lincoln by putting people into chairs next to other people. Do you have what it takes to seat them all?! Yes. You probably do. It’s not that kind of game. It’s just some good old fashioned adorable tile based strategy/puzzle fun.

Lawnmower Challenge
Not Without You

Lawnmower Challenge

Developed by: Lunar Enigma
Genre: Puzzle
Platform: iOS

A legendary title takes a simple idea and turns it into a spectacular and unique gaming experience. This is what Lawnmower Challenge has done - perhaps in a much too addicting way. The developers at Lunar Enigma have taken an idea as simple as mowing the grass and turned it into an extraordinary puzzle game that anyone can enjoy. With great attention to pacing, Lawnmower Challenge continually introduces more and more challenges and obstacles for the player to overcome. Keys will be collected to unlock gates, seeds will be planted in mud, torches will be lit, and trees will be chopped down; all to allow the lawnmower to be pushed into new areas of overgrown grass. Featuring beautiful cel-shaded art, an original soundtrack, and dozens of smart puzzles, Lawnmower Challenge will have both casual players and veteran puzzle masters giving their neurons a workout, making them begging for more.

Not Without You

Developed by: Bad Pilcrow
Genre: Puzzle
Platform: Windows Mobile

Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, described them as “fluffy blue perfectionists.” These adorable turquoise cryptids are the stars of Not Without You, a diabolically clever game from indie studio Bad Pilcrow (Vanessa Saint-Pierre Delacroix & Her Nightmare). Their most striking feature? They all move in unison! Working collectively, these creatures must occupy all escape hatches simultaneously, in order to flee the well-secured laboratory of Dr. F. W. Nervoso. Not Without You is a fresh, modern take on classic puzzle mechanics. It is accessible to gamers of all ages, yet challenging enough for hardened problem-solvers. Not Without You also features an intuitive drag-and-drop level editor. Upload your creations for the world to enjoy, or play levels submitted by others! Can you solve all 80 crafty, brain-bending puzzles?

Spelltower
Super Crate Box

Spelltower

Developed by: Zack Gage
Genre: Word Puzzle
Platform: iOS

SpellTower is the Word Game For The Rest Of Us. Whether your love word games or hate them, SpellTower’s elegant design and unique blend of word finding and strategy is sure to hook you. Find and eliminate words on a massive grid, but be sure to pick your words wisely! As you work, letters rise from the bottom of the screen, and it’ll take all of your lexicological wits and tactical know-how to keep them down. If any make it to the top row, it’s game over.

Super Crate Box

Developed by: Gentlymad Studios
Genre: City-Builder / Strategy / Simulation
Platform: PC

Endzone is a post-apocalyptic survival city builder, where you start a new civilization with a group of people after a global nuclear disaster. Build them a new home and ensure their survival in a shattered world, threatened by constant radiation, toxic rain, sandstorms and droughts.