By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on July 3, 2018
Every year, Dutch Game Garden organizes Indigo; THE indie gaming festival of the Netherlands! It is here that a selection of indie developers can show off their games in public. Friday, June 29, 2018 marked the ninth edition of Indigo and visitors were able to play the magic number of forty games while visiting. And okay, we didn't actually have enough to play all of them, but we've seen enough cool stuff to tell you about!
Ferry and I started our day by playing a very cool multiplayer game by indie developer Napalmtree: Space Vikings. Up to four players can join this game and we had the honor to play with two of the developers. So we took the role of a battle-hardened Space Viking and we entered the arena. For three of the four players, the objective is to gather as many crystal shards as they possibly can and bring them back to the ship three at a time. The fourth player however, has a very different objective; it is his or her task to thwart the other players' plans by setting off a series of traps. There are several paths that lead to the coveted crystal, so choose whatever path you think is best! But beware, because when the fourth player sets off one of the traps and you get hit by it, you die instantly and will have to start all over again. Space Vikings does not have a release date as of yet, but you can visit the developer's website (currently under construction) in the near future to keep yourself updated about this cool game!
Cube Escape: ParadoxWe have told you many times over about the amazing games of developer Rusty Lake. Every time they make a new game, they manage to come up with something new. For their tenth game, Cube Escape: Paradox, they went the whole nine yards. Cube Escape: Paradox will be released together with a short movie which includes hints and clues that you can use in the game. And the guy who plays the role of the main male character, really looks the part, by the way! The film was shot in Prague and shooting took an entire week. The latest installment in the Cube Escape series transports us, once again, to the eerie and surreal setting of Rusty Lake. And trust me when I say that you'll really, really, REALLy want to be there! Cube Escape: Paradox is scheduled for a September 2018 release for PC and mobile devices. Visit the official Rusty Lake website for more info.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
To our surprise, Indigo 2018 featured a stand at which you could play a short demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider! Now, we all know that this is definitely not an indie title, but developer Nixxes is located in the Netherlands and they are hiring. Indigo is a great place to expand your professional game-related network, so their presence was twofold. You could check their current vacancies and play a demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This demo starts with Lara entering a cave. If you have played previous Tomb Raider games, you'll immediately recognize the game mechanics and the many collectibles. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks awesome and plays really well. We can all expect another amazing adventure in the Tomb Raider series! For more info, please visit the official Nixxes website. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on September 14, 2018.
I love a good story driven game, and it just so happens that the developers at Gamious promised me just that with their new game: Lake. And after playing their demo, I'm so enthusiastic about this game! In Lake, you take the role of Meredith Weiss, who resides at her rustic lake home town, somewhere in Oregon. She gets hired as a mailman or, in Meredith's case, mailwoman. During the demo I played at Indigo 2018, I got a list of addresses and a bus filled with mail to deliver. The driving part works smooth and the environment looks awesome. It reminded me a little of the Life is Strange series. During your rounds you can also talk to people, so you'll get to know a bit more about Meredith's story; why did she come back to her home town? What happened to her and will she stay this time? There is no release date announced yet, but you can always visit the official Gamious website for more info.
Let's go for a crazy, crazy ride! Fromto is a physics-based party platform stunt racing game, in which up to four players compete to get from point A to point B in the shortest time possible. But wait, there's a twist. When you start a course, you can't get to the finish just yet! There are some pretty huge gaps in the track and it's up to you to overcome them. So, after your first round of putting the pedal to the metal, it's building time! Everything is possible in this racing game, because you can add ramps, platforms, traps and more. The fun thing is that you can actually thwart your opponents' plans by putting an extra obstacle in their way. After everybody finishes their building turn, you can try to get to the next checkpoint on the course. So you can probably imagine that you'll never be sure who the winner will be until someone definitely crosses the finish line. What makes the game unique and outstanding, aside from the chaotic and truly awesome gameplay, is the artwork. Fromto's look is inspired by the childhood drawings of developer Erik Habets. Erik's four year old daughter is responsible for the background drawings, so Fromto is a true family effort! Do yourself a favor and check out the official Studio Erikson website and learn more about this unique game!
It's time to get our creative juices flowing and start drawing! Drawing game Mish Mash by indie developer KwaQua Games lets you do just that and, better yet, lets you work together with other creative players in a unique way! You will recieve a nearly blank canvas, of which only the edges are colored. These edges represent the edges of another player's drawing. It's up to you to add your imagination to this masterpiece and send it on to the next player who, in turn, will add their inspiration to the collective. Once everyone has added all their creativity to the project, you get to see how your drawing connects to the complete drawing. Basically, it's a game of turn-based coloring and it's a lot of fun! Mish Mash truly is a fun and one-of-a-kind game that aims to bring people together and celebrate creativity To learn more about Mish Mash, please visit the official Kwaqua Games website.
This is not an actual game, but it is a brilliant project by Studio Bleep to make "scary" environments like, for example, hospital less scary for children. It's a combination of an app and a wallpaper and works with augmented reality. When you open the app and aim the camera at the animals displayed on the wallpaper, the animals will come to life on your screen. Now, the kids can play with them and even play mini games in this colorful world. The goal is to reduces stress and pain and after their visit, the children take a AR bravery sticker back home, so they can continue playing with their new AR friends. Talk about a contribution in making this world a happier place, right? If you like to know more about this project, please visit the official Studio Bleep website.
Swords & Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon
First, there was Swords and Soldiers. Then, there was Swords and Soldiers 2! But now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready for: Swords and Soldiers 2 - Shawarmageddon! This new installment in the Sowrds & Soldiers series is basically the same awesome game as Swords & Soldiers 2, but will contain a brand new online multiplayer mode! Also, improvements and tweaks will be made to the gameplay and new challenges have been added. Oliver from Ronimo Games tells us that the team (which is made up out of approximately 15-18 people) paid special attention to making the game feel more balanced. The release of Swords and Soldiers 2 - Shawarmageddon is scheduled for a as of yet undisclosed release date, later this year. You can still back this game on Kickstarter and find more info at the official Ronimo website.
Arboreal started as a student project and has grown into a fully fledged game by newly formed Nomad studios. It is an open-world farm / adventure game, in which players try to keep their land healthy and their enemies at bay. During their travels, players will also be able to collect items that will help them on their quest. Arboreal caught my eye because it looked so good, and during my play through I discovered that it also plays very well. I love the small details of a game, like how, in Arboreal, the environment will be affected by the seasons. When I started to play Arboreal, I spent some time in a village, where I helped a citizen, slew a couple of enemies and collected different types of seeds. Now, these seeds are important, because it's possible to grow plants and trees in this game! After running through town for a bit, I was led to a dungeon, which is definitely a less friendly environment compared to the sunny town, so it's tiem to get my sword at the ready! I had a lot of fun playing Arboreal and am really looking forward to see (and play) more of this cool game! Curious about what this game has to offer? Then please visit the official Arboreal website for more info.
Looking for a thoroughly challenging and tactical game? Then you really should keep an eye out for Bolt Storm! This dungeon crawler, developed by Kuality Games, looks amazing and lets you build your own army to aid you in your quest to face the dangers of various dungeons. And if you die and enter the same dungeon again, its layout will be changed thanks to the miracle of procedurally generated environments! This really spices things up because it's not a question of just repeating the same round over and over again until you manage to pull through. And, talking about spicing things up; it can be tricky deciding on what to spend your money. Should you invest your hard-earned money on more knights, or should you bring archers? Or, should you spend cash on bigger and badder gear and weapons for yourself?! On the other hand, buying weapons automatically means less troopsyou're your army. Trying to reach the perfect balance between gear, weapons and troops is a challenge in itself, and really adds to the tactical aspect of the game. Also, when you're on the battlefield, do you want to be the tactical mastermind and give commands to your army, or are you the first one to charge headlong into enemy troops? Remember that when you die, it's game over! See what I mean? Visit the official Kuality Games website, to learn more about this challenging and fun game!
We here at DumeeGamer.com would like to thank all the awesome people we met at Indigo 2018 for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk with us and show us their amazing games!
July 29, 2016 - Utrecht, The Netherlands