INDIE SHOWCASE: 2018 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:

Bouncy Smash
Hexland Heroes

Bouncy Smash

Developed by: IV Studio
Genre: Arcade / Action / Platformer
Platform: iOS

Bounce and smash across expertly designed levels bursting with color and light in Bouncy Smash! Perfectly time your bounces to crush wave after wave of evil enemies – or unleash powerful smashing abilities to take them out in one single blow. Choose arcade mode for endless fun – or intense daily and weekly challenges to earn special outfits, skins, and skills. Bounce and smash your way to victory in this addictive arcade game with roguelike tendencies.

Hexland Heroes

Developed by: Niebla Games
Genre: Strategy / Puzzle
Platform: iOS

Hexland Heroes is a puzzle-strategy game for mobile and web. It was inspired by lengthy and hardcore 4X Games, but boiled down to short and sweet puzzles. The goal of each puzzle is to capture the enemy bases. Place Hexagons along the grid and create a path between the bases. Each turn, allied units will spawn from player controlled bases, and enemy units will spawn from enemy bases. Match the colors on the hexagon's sides to generate movement points to be able to move allied units along the path to fight enemies and capture their bases. Enemies will attack your units and hexagons, and you get a limited amount of hexagons to complete the level, so plan carefully. Rescue stranded heroes to get their help and increase your score. Players can progress along the world map to uncover more challenging levels. Each level attempt will cost them a life, which are replenished over time or purchased from the store. Players can also purchase power ups with in game currency to help them overcome the harder challenges. Each level takes a few minutes to complete, and the cute characters and challenging puzzles will keep players coming back for more.

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu
Warhammer: DOOMWHEEL

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu

Developed by: Mografi
Genre: Murder Mystery Adventure
Platform: iOS

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu is a small town sci-fi murder mystery. It’s also a game about detectiving, friends, and choosiness.

You play as Jenny LeClue, an aspiring young detective and obsessive pursuer of the truth. But nothing exciting ever happens in her small town, and she longs for a real adventure. Jenny gets more than she bargains for when her mother is accused of murder. And she begins an unexpected journey to uncover the truth. Jenny must use her skills of deduction and face her demons to find the real killer and unravel Arthurton’s darker mysteries.

Warhammer: DOOMWHEEL

Developed by: Katsu Entertainment
Genre: Endless Runner
Platform: iOS / Android

Pilot your Doomwheel as it rattles through the battlefield at breakneck speeds in this fast-paced infinite arcade adventure. Dwarves got you down? Doomwheel. Rival clans done you wrong? Doomwheel. Goblin grief? Doomwheel. Shatter, skewer, shock and bounce foes of all shapes and sizes as you claw out territory for yourself across the Old World. Develop a deadlier Doomwheel in your workshop while fending off the vengeful plots of your backstabbing rivals.

The Skaven underworld is a rat's nest of deceit, danger, and backstabbing. As an up-and-coming warlock enginseer of clan Skryre, your only goal is to rise through the ranks of the ratmen by building the ultimate engine of destruction: the fastest and most powerful Doomwheel ever made!