As the video game convention circuit begins to gear up, one of the best events out there is IndieCade. This event, referred to by many as the “Sundance of the video game industry”, supports independent game developers around the world, and there’s going to be one coming up right away. IndieCade East is going to be held from February 14-16 in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image.
One focus this year is on indie eSports titles. Here is a full list of the titles which are going to be featured:
Laza Knitez: A free-for-all twitch shooter where up to four players steer a speeder to line up shots from a precision laser lance, from developer Glitchnap.
Particle Mace: A physics-based, last-player-standing, free-for-all deathmatch for up four players. This arcade-style game from Andy Wallace supports multiple offiensive styles and encourages rhythmic motion and nuanced spatial control.
Foiled: a two-player fighting game with a great dueling system (think Nidhogg meets Super Smash Brothers) from developers Gabe Cuzzillo and Aaron Taecker-Wyss. In Foiled, players steal a fallen enemy’s soul and dunk it to score.
Stikbold: A whacky, fast-paced dodgeball simulation for six players, with a twist from the Reign Bros. Downed players have a chance to influence the game in chaotic and calculated ways unique to each level.
Gunsport: A combination of volleyball and lasers from developer Necrosoft. Need we say more?
Nidhogg: The granddaddy of competitive indie games emerges as the award-winning, side-scrolling, two-player fighting game will include new maps, animations and moves, from developer Messhof.
Videoball: Three-on-three minimalist hockey with a generative playfield from developer Action Button.
In addition to eSports, IndieCade East will also be holding an event called Night Games, which will feature the following titles:
Crypt of the NecroDancer: A rhythm game where players move to the beat of the game’s epic soundtrack while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more
Surround: a local multiplayer tactical game with four classes (Assault, Support, Sniper, Medic) each with their own unique abilities
Tether: Four players are attached to chains and must work with their opponents to be the first to collect ten orbs
Zombie Ward: Players can experience the zombie apocalypse first-hand in this turn-based action game. A siren will sound and the first zombie will be identified; players will need to escape the ever-growing zombie horde and find a key hidden in the play area to unlock the gates and let the humans free.
Soundself: Players can explore a personal world of light and sound as it emerges from their own bodies; no two playthroughs are the same!
ART BOY Sin: Magnetic Poetry meets street art as a series of 8.5″ x 11″ letters are taped up, allowing players and passersby to rearrange them into street poetry.
If you happen to be in the New York area in mid-February, you should check out IndieCade East. It’s full of interesting new games, as well as friendly and creative people all over. You can learn more about it here.