Indigo is a Dutch Indie game event, organised by Dutch Game Garden. For this year's edition, 32 games were selected to be put on display. These games were chosen because they have something special and original to offer and are developed by an independent game studio. Reason enough for Dumeegamer.com to check things out at this unique event.
The first game I really wanted to see was Action Henk by Rage Squid. The game is about a has-been action hero, who let himself go and is, to put it nicely, a little out of shape. But that doesn't stop him performing amazing stunts. You'll have to complete various obstacle courses in order to earn medals, so you can unlock skins, more characters and other extra's. Lex Decrauw explains: “Action Henk is a game you will play for a short duration at a time, like when you're on your way home in a train or bus. You can play this game by yourself, but you can also challenge your friends or even the world's best players. “At this time the only playable level is a children's room filled with toys. But there are plans for tropical beach levels and levels set in a Halloween theme. Rage Squid hopes to launch Action Henk in early 2015.
My eye caught a glimpse of a game using the Oculus Rift DK2, so naturally I went over immediately to experience this nifty apparatus. Super Man or Monster by Xform, is one of the few games (for now) which you can play, using this gear. It's a third person shooter in which you can play a man or a monster. I played as a man and had to defeat the monster. To help me slay this big ass monster, I was able to place different kinds of tanks. And if that isn't enough you can also fly around instead of just walking to shoot this disproportionately large beast. There will be ten different cities with their own monster. London, for instance, is being torn apart by a large wolf while New York is terrorized by a giant gorilla. The plan is to launch this game in the summer of 2015 for PC and Mac.
Sometimes a board game can be the inspiration to develop a videogame. That's the case with Ortus by FireBrush Studios. This game will be available for mobile devices (Android, iOS and Windows). The board game Ortus is so cool, it was worth the try to create a mobile game similar to the board game. The goal of this game is to conquer five energy sources or be the first to place your guide on the tile in the middle of the board. The apprentice version will be free and has two types of warriors. The Master version offers you special warriors, with really cool abilities. You have to plan your strategy carefully in order to win, a little bit like chess. Ortus' launch is planned for the end of 2014.
Are you up for a little one-on-one dodgeball match where both players play on the same mobile device? Jolt by Keep Games offers you a spectacular match of sci-fi dodge ball. Before the game starts you decide how many times you have to hit your opponent in order to win. You can turn the odds in your favor by manipulating the environment. Martijn Postma came up with the concept of this great game and asked Sjoerd Buikema and Alexander Wttwaal to help him. It took only four months to develop a great game to play together. You can already buy this game for your Windows or Android device for only €1,49.
Pocket Quest by Firi Games combines the best of both Final Fantasy and Magic the Gathering. Your ultimate goal in this awesome adventure to slay the big, black Dragon. You'll start out with one character, but in no time you'll build a party to complete the quest. When you're in the map area, you can upgrade your characters and equip your gear. When you're ready to enter a fight, you can decide which character with which skills you want to take with you. The actual fight is presented like a cut scene. You can watch it and discover if your tactic did the trick. I hear you think: Isn't that a little dull? I can assure you that Pocket Quest is really cool. It has beautiful cartoony graphics and it's actually exciting to see if your strategy was good enough to win the battle.
There are still new ways to play games and Pillo Games surprised the gamers at Indigo with the Pillo Controller. Yes, this is a pillow, which you use as a controller. It is most effective for agility games and fun when you play together with a friend. At Indigo, we played a game where we needed to collect jewels by pulling a rope with a stone up and down. One player controls the left side and the other the right side of the rope. When the stone touches the jewel, new ones will appear. But there are also skulls, which will cost you points. The game becomes increasingly more difficult when reaching new levels. If you're a developer yourself you can already purchase a developer kit for this Pillo Controller. Luuk van Angelen: “It's a new market to explore and we're open for cooperation in order to bring a Pillo Controller into everyone's home."
We also saw some old acquaintances like Roche Fusion by Amulware, a game we already tried at Epicon Summer 2014. But what happened since then? Well, there are new enemies, the behavior of some enemies changed and (this is absolutely the coolest new addition) they added a Rainbow of Doom. The space ships are also upgradable, so everyone can adjust things to their personal playing style. And it's fun to play together, because if you're playing with someone less experienced the enemies will focus on the better player. That gives the newbee some room to breathe and learn how to play. The closed Beta is already open to anyone who's interested in making this game the best it can be. So if you like to play this game and tell the developers what's good and where there's room for improvement? Then sign up and maybe we will meet you there.
Indigo is a fantastic Indie game event where you can see and experience new indie games and have a chat with the developers. It's big enough to enjoy yourself for two days and small enough to have an opportunity to actually play games and meet the creators. If you'd like to know more about all the games present at Indigo 2014, then you should take a look at the showguide. If you're into Indie games, Indigo is the place to be!