INDIE SHOWCASE: 2013 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:

Little Chomp
Major Magnet

Little Chomp

Developed by: Clutchplay Games
Genre: Action / Arcade
Platform: iOS, Android

The Chompwood Kingdom is loaded with fruit, but it's going to take a daring caterpillar named LITTLE CHOMP to get it! One part classic platformer, one part physics puzzler, ClutchPlay challenges you to brave three unique worlds in a quest to chomp the tastiest fruit and collect the rarest butterflies. Take aim, fling from leaves, spring off mushrooms, collect all the loot and solve every challenge, all while dodging dangerous enemies in this fast-paced touchscreen climber! Little Chomp features 54 levels, 162 skill challenges, and 108 unique butterflies for hours of climbing, collecting, and chomping!

Major Magnet

Developed by: Pagadowawest
Genre: Orbiting Platformer
Platform: iOS, Android

A new hero is making his way to mobile devices soon and although he doesn’t know it yet, he’s going to save the world with an all new style of platforming! It’s up to you to swing, toss, and boost Major Magnet through an adventure unlike any the mobile world has seen before.

Orion's Forge
Saturday Morning RPG

Orion's Forge

Developed by: Trinket Studios
Genre: Puzzle Narrative
Platform: iOS, Android

Orion's Forge is a brain-teasing puzzle narrative where players help the celestial smith Orion create new stars. As each challenge is completed, a whimsically illustrated alien fable unfolds to become a new constellation.

Saturday Morning RPG

Developed by: Mighty Rabbit Studios
Genre: RPG
Platform: iOS

Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic role-playing game set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. Players take the role of Martin “Marty” Michael Hall, an average high-school student who has just been granted an incredible power. This power leads him to attract the ire of the world’s most notorious villain, Commander Hood. Saturday Morning RPG features a turn-based battle system that incorporates interactive events to keep players on their toes. As Marty, the player fights battles by wielding magical powers associated with nostalgic items.  Such items include a stuffed bear which launches a deadly rainbow from Marty’s chest and a transforming action figure which turns Marty into a semi-truck to run over his enemies. Saturday Morning RPG also features an amazing soundtrack by legendary composer Vince DiCola (Transformers, Rocky IV) and his composing partner Kenny Meriedeth.

Spaceteam
Third Eye Crime

Spaceteam

Developed by: Sleeping Beast Games
Genre: Party
Platform: iOS

Spaceteam is a co-op iOS party game for 2 to 4 players who shout technobabble at each other until their ship explodes.  Each player is assigned a random control panel with buttons, switches, sliders, and dials. You need to follow time-sensitive instructions. However, the instructions are being sent to your teammates, so you have to coordinate with them before the time runs out. Also, the ship is falling apart. And you’re trying to outrun an exploding star.  Good luck. And remember to work together… as a Spaceteam!

Third Eye Crime

Developed by: Moonshoot Games
Genre: Puzzle / Stealth
Platform: iOS

Master art thief Rothko has a unique gift: the ability to read minds. With this talent he can infiltrate any location, make off with any prize. But he has attracted the attention of a shadowy master criminal known only as “Caravaggio,” and he is about to be pulled into a city-wide conspiracy. But who is behind it all? And who is playing whom? Third Eye Crime is Moonshot’s unique take on the stealth/puzzle genre. Use Rothko’s telepathic abilities to sneak your way through 8 chapters of sneaky, heisty fun. Outplay and outwit clever AI that are hell-bent on keeping their stuff! Featuring gorgeous noir-inspired graphic novel interstitials and a soulful jazz soundtrack, Third Eye Crime is a fiendishly clever stealth puzzle game with a serious noir twist.

Time Surfer
Gatewalkers

Time Surfer

Developed by: Kumobius
Genre: Action / Arcade
Platform: iOS

The end of time is after you. Everything will end, again and again. Time Surfer mashes up two very different game ideas: Tiny Wing’s simple physics slingshot gameplay and Braid’s mind-bending time reversal. The result? A twitch-based time rewinding action game following the inevitable march of time, the universe and everything in between. Surf until your doom catches up - then rewind time and keep going! Avoid spikes, pits and the end of the universe - it’s a typical, never-ending day in the life of a trans-dimensional cosmic time god!