IndieCade will be demoing a curated selection of independent games at E3. This is always a really interesting experience, E3 is such a sensory overload of AAA studios with huge marketing budgets, showing off new titles and costumed booth babes, and so the indie games area stands out . In all, more that thirty indie games will be displayed at this year’s E3 expo. The selected games were all submitted for this fall’s IndieCade festival in Culver City, and show off the wide diversity of indie development across different platforms. The fall festival, though, will include even more independently developed games.
Last year’s IndieCade awards included so many indie hits and thoughtful indie games. This year’s showcase lineup includes many promising games, including Double Fine’s Hack N Slash and Aran Koning’s collaborative please be nice :( I’m also nterested in Phosfiend Systems’ musical exploration and puzzle game Fract-Osc .
For tabletop, I’m intrigued by a card game called What?!? Oh… from Games Without Strings is a card game playing with conversation. The game begins with random Starter Emotions, Settings, and Comments and then players try to generate a conversation with phrase cards from their hands.
I’m not usually a huge fan of platformers (Somehow, jumping and trying not to die is both not challenging enough and too stressful for me), but I’m intrigued by PC game Long Take from Turtle Cream . The game is described as a “platformer that is not a platformer. A player that isn’t really the player,” since the player takes on the role of a camera operator, trying to make a cool gameplay video of the jumping and running hero.
Cave! Cave! Deus Videt! by We Are Muesli is an amazing narrative game, based around the works of the 16th-century artist Jheronimus Bosch. I played Cave! Cave! Deus Videt at this year’s SXSW , and really got caught up in the art and mystery. The game combines text choices with fascinating art, from both We Are Muesli and Bosch.
Fans of independent games can check out the whole lineup on IndieCade’s site .