Indie Showcase: Brazilian Indie Game Festival Awards finalists revealed Brent Botsford May 18, 2017 Gaming, News You might not know it, but Latin America is becoming something of a star in the indie gaming circuit. This is primarily observed by BIG, the Brazilian Indie Game Festival, the fifth annual incarnation of which is being held this year, from June 24th to July 2nd. The event, currently the biggest indie gaming festival in Latin America, has received over 600 game submissions for the International Awards Competition, and if you’re into indie games, this may be a good chance to learn about beloved indie titles that you might have missed in this increasingly crowded corner of the gaming industry! BIG also has many other arms as well, such as BIG Booth, where 20 Brazilian games that didn’t make it to the finals are showcased, BIG Venture, where startups and investors attempt to unite creative and business-minded game development, and BIG Impact, where development projects with a positive impact on society are spotlighted. The Deadly Tower of Monsters, developed by Chile-based ACE Team, leads the BIG nominations for Best Game, where five games compete for a $3,000 USD prize. The Deadly Tower of Monsters, an homage to 1950’s sci-fi classics that’s available for PC and PlayStation 4, saw decent reception from critics, but found a strong community following that has made it a favourite at the festival. Another fan-favourite nominee, popular co-op game, Overcooked, has also entered the running for BIG’s best game, coming by way of British developer, Ghost Town Games Ltd. Overcooked is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version of the game releasing later this year. The other three nominees include Wuppo, a sleeper hit 2D action game from Netherlands-based developer, Knuist & Perzik, which is currently available for PC, and headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Summer, Death Squared, a multiplayer puzzle game from Australian-based SMG Studio, which is now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will release for Nintendo Switch soon, and Figment, an upcoming action-adventure game from Danish developer, Bedtime Digital Games, which is not yet publicly available, but is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Wuppo and Death Squared both have Positive to Very Positive reviews on their Steam pages, and both have received overall good reception from critics, with Wuppo being a particular critical favourite. The complete list of BIG Festival finalists has no shortage of great, under-the-radar indie gems, both currently available and in development, to spotlight, all of which are certainly worth at least a look from indie game enthusiasts. The complete list of the finalists is below: Best Game Prize US$ 3.300 / R$ 10 mil – The Deadly Tower of Monsters (ACE Team), Chile – Death Squared (SMG Studio), Australia – Figment (Bedtime Digital Games), Denmark – Overcooked (Ghost Town Games), Great Britain – Wuppo (Knuist & Perzik), Netherlands Best Brazilian Game Prize US$ 3.300 / R$ 10 mil – Esquadrão 51 (Márcio Rosa) – Necrosphere (Cat Nigiri) – Starlit Archery Club (Rockhead Games) – NEXT JUMP: Shmup Tactics (Post Mortem Pixels) – Warlock’s Tower (Midipixel) – Distortions (Among Giants) – In Extremis (LNDFRR) – Keen (Cat Nigiri) – Sword Legacy: Omen (Fableware Narrative Design and Firecast Studio) – Legend of the Skyfish (Mgaia Studio) Best Latin American Game Prize US$ 3.300 / R$ 10 mil – 64.0 (Rebel Rabbit), Perú – The Deadly Tower of Monsters (ACE Team), Chile – ETHEREAL (Nonsense Arts), Argentina – Sweet Meat (OneEyeAnt), Argentina – UnderHero (Paper Castle Games), Venezuela Best Educational Game Prize US$ 1.600 / R$ 5.000 – Sponsored by Dow Chemicals – Ishmael (Necessary Games), United States – Jump, Step, Step (Thang Phung Dinh & Dzung Phung Dinh), Vietnam – Leis para Todos (Supernova Games), Brazil – Lucro S/A (Universidade Feevale – Laboratório de Objetos de Aprendizagem), Brazil – Orwell (Osmotic Studios), Germany Best Virtual Reality Game Prize US$ 1.600 / R$ 5.000 – SUPERHOT VR (SUPERHOT Team), Poland – A Lost Room (Cruel Byte), Brazil – Redout (34BigThings), Italy – The Price of Freedom (Construct Studio), United States Best Art – Figment (Bedtime Digital Games), Denmark – The Deadly Tower of Monsters (ACE Team), Chie – Esquadrão 51 (Márcio Rosa), Brazil – Beat the Game (Worm Animation), United States – Four Last Things (Joe Richardson), Great Britain – Vignettes (Skeleton Business), France – Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules), Austria Best Narrative – Detention (Red Candle Games), Taiwan – Beholder (Alawar Entertainment), Russia – A Place for the Unwilling (AlPixel Games), Spain – An Afternoon Rippling (Mars Lizard), United States – Milkmaid of the Milky Way (Machineboy), Norway – Wuppo (Knuist & Perzik), Netherlands – Figment (Bedtime Digital Games), Denmark Innovation – Orwell (Osmotic Studios), Germany – Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules), Austria – Necrosphere (Cat Nigiri), Brazil – Vignettes (Skeleton Business), France – YANKAI’S PEAK (Kenny Sun), United States Best Sound – Aaero (Mad Fellows), Great Britain – Beat the Game (Worm Animation), United States – The Deadly Tower of Monsters (ACE Team), Chile – ETHEREAL (Nonsense Arts), Argentina – Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play UG), Germany – Guns of Icarus Alliance (Muse Games), United States – She Remembered Caterpillars (Jumpsuit Entertainment), Germany Best Gameplay – Death Squared (SMG Studio), Australia – Overcooked (Ghost Town Games), Great Britain – Celeste (Matt Makes Games Inc.), Brazil – Nidhogg 2 (Messhof), United States – Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavor Games), Canada – Necrosphere (Cat Nigiri), Brazil – Starlit Archery Club (Rockhead Games), Brazil Many of these games may be unfamiliar to even frequent indie game enthusiasts (though names like Nidhogg, Superhot and Redout certainly need no introduction to indie gaming fans!), but we did review at least one of these nominees recently, that being ‘Best Sound’ finalist, Aaero by U.K.-based studio, Mad Fellows. We scored the game an impressive 85%, citing its superb soundtrack and addictive score-chasing gameplay, even if we did note that the game is quite challenging, and demands a fair degree of patience. Keep recognizing Eggplante for all major news and updates on indie game showcases. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.