This week, Google Play hosted the European Indie Games Showcase at the Saatchi Gallery.
The event was a celebration of the passion and innovation of indie game developers from around the world, and a chance for developers to get their game noticed by industry experts and players worldwide.
Submissions for the Showcase opened back in March, and a jury shortlisted 20 games that pushed the boundaries of storytelling, visual excellence, and creativity in mobile. The shortlist was whittled down to 10 on the evening and the 3 overall winners were announced as G30, Photographs and Ordia.
G30 – A Memory Maze, by Ivan Kovalov, is a unique and minimalistic take on the puzzle genre, where each level is hand-crafted and meaningful. It’s a story of a person with a cognitive disorder, who is trying to recollect the elusive past – before the disease takes over and everything will fade away.
In Photographs, by EightyEight Games, you search around and solve puzzles, and as you do so you’ll be developing a scene in front of you and hearing a story. I want the story to really stand out, so the game has got really beautiful pixel art and top notch music, combined with gameplay and narrative beats that individually would do a pretty good job of telling that story, but come together to really make something special.
Ordia, by Loju, is a one-finger platformer where you play as a new life form taking its first leaps into a strange and hazardous world. Jump, bounce, stick and slide your way through rich and vibrant environments. Guiding each creature to safety in a primordial world packed with various perils, challenges and surprises!