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IGDA Demo Night 2014

Simon and Cindy Last year, Rick and I had the pleasure of being asked to demo a game made by a friend of ours live on stage at the IGDA Demo Night. Well, another year and another friend means that we found ourselves back on stage at this year’s IGDA Demo Night event.

This year the game was Cashtronauts, and this year Rick beat me. Soundly. But that was a minor low point in what was yet another great night on Montreal indie games. And like I did last year, I’m going to round up (in no particular order) my 5 favourite games, plus some honourable mentions.

IGDA Demo Night 2014 Setting Up

Anamorphine:

A surreal first person exploration game where the narrative and the environment are one in the same. Beyond gorgeous and seriously tripy, I cannot wait to see how this develops.

Papercade:

A game about making games for mobile. Cut and paste your own assets and make up game rules around them and share the final results with your friends. Would be amazing for teaching kids how to make games. Or just sharing things with friends.

Puzzle Axe:

PUZZLE AXE GAME TRAILER 2 from Trinôme on Vimeo.

Gorgeous looking mobile game that blends puzzle solving and story progression in a fun and inventive way. I know mobile games are a dime a dozen, but this one definitely stands out.

War Agent:

A game where the objective is to sell the most weapons and make the most money. Casualties, bribes and media manipulation are all just part of the deal.

Slice Fractions:

Another mobile game targeted to younger gamers, Slice Fractions basically takes physics puzzles like the ones found in games like Cut the Rope and adds simple lessons about fractions. Execution is impressive.

Honourable mentions:
Cashtronauts (Obvs)
The Girl And The Robot
In The Woods
Child of Light
Hyper Void
GNAH!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Lady Geek Out
    January 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Wow, going to an event like that sounds really cool! That’s a fun opportunity. Also, Puzzle Axe totally looks like something I would play!

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      Mariko
      January 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, I can’t believe I’ve gotten to demo on stage two years in a row. And yeah, everyone was starting to get a bit chatty just before the Puzzle Axe demo and then quieted down when they saw the game.

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    Stephanie Medeiros
    January 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Omg, Papercade looks pretty fun. Actually, all of these look really fun!

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      Mariko
      January 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      I am very excited for Papercade, I can tell I am going to lose a lot of time to that game.

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        Astrid Rosemarin
        February 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Eep thanks Stephanie & Mariko! We (team Papercade) can’t wait for you guys to try it out!

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    Francois BG
    January 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Big thanks for the mention Mariko. Cashtronauts looks awesome too!

    Let me know if you want a copy of Slice Fractions 🙂

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    Glim Glam
    January 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Papercade looks cute! Must try it!

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      Mariko
      January 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I’ve been watching the development of this one for a while and I seriously can’t wait.

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      Astrid Rosemarin
      February 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      On behalf of everyone working on Papercade: thanks! 😀 We can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

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    Amy
    January 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Anamorphine reminds me vaguely of Myst, in that dropped-into-a-world-and-have-to-figure-it-out kind of way. Will be keeping an eye on it!

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      Mariko
      January 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      More like Myst on a really bad acid trip. And somehow even more beautiful.

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    Fiona
    January 31, 2014 at 5:37 am

    How awesome to demo and two years in a row too, woohooo!

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      Mariko
      January 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah, I’m really not very good at video games, but I still keep getting asked. lol

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    Joie Fatale
    February 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Whoa! Anamorphine and Papercade seem right up my alley!!
    Glad you had fun!

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      Astrid Rosemarin
      February 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Great to hear! All of us at Papercade are really excited to start making story-games together with you.

    Penny for your thoughts...