2017 Competition Entrants

by Awesome Games Studio
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Badass Hero is a roquelite platformer shooter set in a comic book universe. The game features fast-paced hit and run gameplay, procedural generation of levels and random items that make every playthrough different! All in extremely polished, modern and high-resolution 2D art.

In Badass Hero you shoot enemies with various guns while avoiding projectiles, traps and obstacles. Collect ink from defeated enemies to upgrade your hero. Play dynamically and aggressively and take risks like a badass to get greater rewards! Stay focused at all times or you'll die sooner than you think. Become proficient with your character's skills and master each enemy to succeed!

by Fernando Cordoba / MeNic Games
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In BalanCity you must build the tallest towering city over a balancing platform while keeping your citizens happy. You can build residences, offices, power plants, train stations, airports, landmarks and more. Beware of disasters, as your city will eventually face doom in the form of fires, earthquakes, meteor strikes, UFO attacks and monsters ! Will your city survive the test of balance? See it for yourself!

You can play in different game modes:

Free Build:A sandbox where your only limit is gravity.
Missions: Levels that have a goal to achieve and limited resources.
Scenarios: Based on real life cities, you must build all the landmarks before the city collapses.

BalanCity was selected as one of the Finalists in the Best Latin American game award at BIG Festival 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The game was also featured at Indie Prize Tel Aviv 2016 showcase.

by Bomb Shelter Games
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Did you watch those stick figure flash videos of the 2000's? Are you a fan of Newgrounds, Xiao Xiao, or Stick Death? If so, Ballistick is right up your alley. An homage to this generation of flash videos, Ballistick offers compelling 2D combat combined with tactical gameplay and hyper-realistic gun mechanics.

Infiltrate enemy strongholds
Massacre enemies with ten different weapons/gadgets
Stealth or guns blazing, you decide
Live the animations that you loved as a kid
Intensely realistic gore and gun mechanics
Manually add shells to your shotgun, drop the clip out of your M4, or toggle your safety

Relive the glory days of flash stick animation and kill some stick figures while you're at it.

by sokpop
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Bamboo ball is a silly game in which players try to hit their opponent's bamboo with a ball, bamboo ball.

by Sokpop Collective
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Bamboo Heart is a game about a man that got banned from his land, his heart ripped out and replaced with a bamboo one. Scared that you grow cold-blooded you start a never-ending quest in search for your original heart - but you will never succeed. Instead, you turn into the cold-blooded killer you were afraid of becoming.

by Stoic. John Watson (Tech Director), Arnie Jorgensen (Art Director), Drew McGee (Lead Writer),
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Banner Saga 2 is a merciless strategy role-playing game where your choices really matter. Lead your Viking clans across hostile country on the brink of collapse. Make bold leadership decisions, manage resources wisely and strike skillfully in battle to survive another day in the harsh wild.

KEY GAME FEATURES
• Hand-drawn visuals – Gorgeous 2D combat sequences, animations and effects
• The saga continues – Carry on your story and choices from The Banner Saga
• Viking mythology – A truly epic setting inspired by real Viking myths
• Tactical combat – Improved, turn-based battles demand precision and strategy
• RPG upgrades – Level up your characters' stats and unlock devastating new moves
• Hard choices – Choose wisely in and out of battle as danger lurks around each corner
• Real consequences – Permanent loss of characters will weigh heavy on your mind
• New characters and a new race – New faces, including the new Horseborn race, join your epic journey
• Manage your caravan - Your role in building and managing your caravan is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization
• Evocative score - Soundtrack by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory
• Includes Survival Mode - a new game mode which challenges players to survive over 40 turn based combat battles!

by Trow Road Productions / Mark A. Hahn
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A fast paced game where you try to keep wave after wave of hungry farm animals at bay. Fend off chickens, goats, sheep, pigs and cows from busting out of the barnyard seeking greener pastures! Simple tap and swipe controls to drop apples and collect gems! Fill you power meter to engage various power ups to help increase your score.

by SE Project
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This game was created based on the book "Oku no Hosomichi", written by historical Japanese haiku poet Basho Matsuo. During his life, Basho Matsuo visited many famous places in Japan, leaving his magnificent poems at those locations. In "BASHO", the player takes on the role of a god who protects travelers, resolving various obstacles encountered along Basho's journey.

The game also includes expressions of perspective that use the distinctive light and dark tones of ink paintings. By adjusting the shade of ink, the player will be able to manipulate elements in the background or foreground. This is a game that allows players to enjoy its unique characters, relaxing music, and the scenery of famous Japanese locations in the setting of "Oku no Hosomichi".

by Trinket Studios
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Battle Chef Brigade combines equal parts brawler, action puzzle, and RPG. In the land of Victusia, Battle Chefs hunt dangerous monsters and concoct culinary masterpieces from those ingredients' elemental tastes. Play as Mina Han as she steals away from home to try her luck at joining the Brigade. To best her rivals in each duel, she must serve exquisite meals to finicky judges before time runs out. Will Mina be able to battle to the top of the food chain?

by Lionbird Limited
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Battle Shot! - A social action game with highly replayable fast-paced core gameplay, featuring challenges among players with their friends and other players. Eliminate all opponent's soldiers by tapping correct battle lines in limited time. Fast-paced, short time. 30 sec per stage.

Lionbird Limited an indie developer based in Hong Kong. Founded in 2012, a mobile game studio formed by five energetic game creators aiming at creating innovative games for players.

by Sensible Object
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Beasts of Balance is a game of strategy and dexterity that brings together the best aspects of digital and tabletop play. Players work together to stack magical Artefacts on a sensing platform on their tabletop. As each piece is stacked, it appears in and evolves a world on the screen of a connected iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The object is to make the most fabulous world possible before the tower falls.

Beasts of Balance is made by a small team of game designers, artists and engineers who live in a vault under London's Waterloo Bridge, who used 3D printing and the Arduino prototyping platform to design and bring Beasts of Balance to manufacture and release in November 2016!

by SendPie Studios
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Beat Breakers is a rhythm fighter where you groove, move and fight your opponents to the beat. In this local multiplayer game, you're a contestant in a high stakes dance show where you literally battle each other. Players fight on the Grid, a specialized dance floor that rewards precision with extra energy for stronger attacks. Strategically outperform and crush your competition!

by Drew Wallace
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Behead is freeform platformer swordfighting at breakneck speeds.
Behead is reptilian reflexes.
Behead is machiavellian strategy.
Behead is double jump dash cancel to swinging parry wavedash to reverse spin back-throw counter-slash.
Behead is fun with swords.

by Lohengrin
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You come here for a legend of the old sword of the swan knight Lohengrin. When the night starts, when the opera sings across the lake, the legend reveals itself. Follow the lead of the sound, drive the boat, head to the legend and find out who you are!

by Team Future
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"Listen carefully to my directions. Look to your right. There are two agents behind that door and they will reach you in 5 seconds. They just heard you. RUN!"

Black Hat Cooperative is an asymmetric multiplayer VR stealth game that pits you and an ally against robot agents that seek to remove you from the system. Explore complex levels filled with hidden dangers and work together to survive.

by Sand Sailor Studio
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Black The Fall is an atmospheric puzzle game set-up in a communist dystopian era. Playing as Black, an obedient factory worker, you get one chance to outsmart the oppressive system, but the road to freedom is paved with puzzles, pitfalls and manipulation. A door malfunctions, an opportunity arises. Once out, what will you do to survive?

by Team Blacksea Odyssey
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Enter the Blacksea Odyssey, a violent top-down rogue-lite space shoot 'em up RPG brimming with colossal creatures and runic technologies. Explore dangerous, interstellar spacescapes as you hunt enormous space-behemoths with a harpoon and rune-infused spears. Unlock fierce space-huntsmen and collect runes to customize your spear and space-board to hunt as you please in the deadliest competition in the universe - the Blacksea Odyssey!

Once a decade, the greatest huntsmen in the universe gather to compete in a legendary tournament known as the Blacksea Odyssey. Steeped in blood, ancient treasures, and a madness that wills them to delve deeper into the black abyss, these huntsman compete for a chance to claim the ultimate glory of facing a creature of such insatiable ferocity and magnanimous size that its wingspan has been said to stretch across galaxies while it's breath consumes black holes. A creature rumored to exist only in legend, the Titan of the Stars!

by Ian Campbell
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Bleed 2 is a relentless arcade action game featuring air-dodging, bullet-reflecting, and tons of bosses.

Wryn is the world's greatest (and only remaining) hero. Help her battle an invading force of villains and live up to her title as the Greatest Hero of All Time!

by nextReality Games
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You are trapped within the perception of a mysterious Eye; everything it sees is a reality for you. But a curious thing happens when its eye closes, the world disappears around you and anything brightly lit up leaves an afterimage burned into the vision of the Eye. To you, these afterimages are solid objects, and you can use them to get to unreachable places and accomplish impossible feats. Use lights to your advantage when the eye is open. Flip switches, rotate lights, carry lanterns to light up the world, and close the eye to create afterimages where you need them to overcome the many puzzles and challenges in this world. Explore hand drawn landscapes and discover ancient technology while uncovering the secrets behind this strange power.

by DADIU Team 5
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The game is a precision platformer where you control blobs with different powers and abilities. The objective of the game is to reach the end goal with as many blobs and shell coins as possible, while hunting and avoiding other blobs on the way to the top.

by Dodo Built
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Twist and turn two balls to avoid getting hit by an onslaught of incoming blocks. Experience one of the most intense and brutally difficult games you will ever come across.

With several modes to unlock, patterns to master, and the constant desire to achieve a higher score, Block Havoc provides an endless amount of entertainment. It will leave you dazed with its mesmerizing patterns and unforgiving difficulty, while putting your reaction skills to the ultimate test as you attempt to survive in the beautiful chaos.

by Dr Davient Ltd
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Illegitimate love child of Space Invaders and Tetris.
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Blockships is game about blasting your buddies, while building a ship, and stealing their blocks - a local multiplayer party-arena game that challenges you to strike the right balance between speed, power, and size! Build, blast, and rebuild your ship - all in the heat of battle.

by DIVR Labs
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VR only, Blue Effect is a horror-survival FPS game that will thrill you with excitement, test your endurance and your bravery. The player is alone and armed with Blue Effect high-tech weapons and must fight for survival.

by Bobby Farwell
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HighSchool Arcade Race mobile game. 100% Free game. Discover and collect all the characters by winning them one by one. How to win? Eat their favorite food and get their last transformation, they will bring you to the Podium! Fun, Cool and Crazy, Welcome in the BoardyJump's Univers!

by Persistant Studios
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Boiling Bolt is a 2D scrolling shooter with breath-taking 3D graphics and stunning PopcornFx effects.

You are a young rebel battling the slavers that took over the world decades ago. You found a ship impregnated with a Boiling Bolt fragment, a mystic relic that finds the source of its power from the creation of the World.

Take on the waves of enemies coming to get you with your arsenal:

A short range Plasma Whip that deals greater amounts of damage with the tip
The Magnetic Field, a zone that deals damages to nearby enemies
The powerful Warp Launcher that creates black holes that distort your enemies in before releasing a devastating explosion.
and more

Choose your weapon wisely; your enemies will come together organized with strategies to take you down. Switch accordingly between your arsenal to surpass them. In case of emergency, you can always use your secret weapon, a time distorting energy that slows everything besides you: the Time Breaker.

by Rice Cooker Republic
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Bokida is a peaceful first-person 3D game where you experience freedom while exploring a vast, beautiful, and peculiar world.

You will journey through the world of Bokida using your abilities to reunite two stars who were separated a long time ago.

As the player, you toy with the ability to generate and sculpt geometry, messing with simulated physics in a stark monochrome environment.

Bokida's world is defined by two Stars : The Light one, the surface of which the player explores; and the Dark one, visible in the skies above. These two gigantic entities have been separated for a very long time, but the player's arrival marks a turning point in this equilibrium.
Like two lovers longing to reunite after having been kept apart against their will, these two stars finally have a chance to merge once again through the player's actions.

Exploration revolves around the playful manipulation of a set of digital "tools" that allow the player to engage and harness the virtual environment. The player can create unique, colorful structures or compositions and colonize the canvas of the computer screen. Hence, the dormant world of Bokida gradually turns into a territory, where the player toys with the simulated physics as she discovers the majestic landscapes it has to offer. As the player explores and manages to bring the two Stars closer together, transformations begin to affect the environment, allowing her to catch a glimpse of times when this world might not have been so dormant...

The game is also partly inspired by Daoism.

by Studio Avante
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From the roots of arcade gaming, inspired by early mechanical pinball machines, Bolly bring the tables back, with a shiny modern style.

by Producer : Grégory CASSINI / Game Design : Adrien BARIAU and Vincent RIGITANO / Game Art : Xavier D'ESPINAY SAINT LUC, Thomas GOUBIER and Jonathan LOOSVELD / Game Design & Programming : Frédéric WAX / Game Programming : Alexandre TRAN / Music & Sound Desi
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In Bolt, 2 players play as robots able to send a lightning ball to each other. The ball inflicts damage to whatever it goes through, gaining size as it is thrown. The ball allows the robots to progress through the dungeon in a positioning- and cooperation-based gameplay.

Engine : Unity 3D
Number of players : 2

by Fatcat Games
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Bombs'n Zombies is an apocalyptic brain teaser that utilizes an all new match system combining Tetris like shapes with Bomberman blasts.
Use your wits to fend off zombie hordes while searching for the origin of the outbreak. Along the way you'll meet fascinating characters, rescue survivors, scavenge supplies, harvest medicine and much more. Enjoy more than 8 game modes of zombie blasting fun as you journey through hand drawn maps and post-apocalyptic backdrops. But beware, the zombies aren't the only things lurking at night.

by Likely Dance Studio
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Dance with your beloved virtual idols in VR! What you need to prepare is just your computer and a smartphone in Google Cardboard.

by Thing Trunk
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Hack & slash distilled to its purest form. Devilishly charming and fun as hell. Slay the armies of darkness in the dungeons below the Old Cathedral and save the terror-stricken Paperverse from the clutches of the Archdemon himself.

by Neonable
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Bootleg Systems™ is a Cyberpunk First-Person Shooter and Puzzle Platformer. The game features a Single-Player Immersive Storyline, a Retro Sci-Fi Universe, and the Game-Changing Clone Gun™.

by Ian Snyder
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A beautiful new multiplayer game from The Floor is Jelly creator Ian Snyder, BOTOLO is a fast paced mindreading competition, a dance inside the negative space between your opponent's thoughts. Mind-wrestle your opponents into submission inside hypnotic fields of pattern and color. Steal the ball and protect it from your opponent in this hybrid game of keepaway and king-of-the-hill.

by Tale Studios
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Who would be faster: a cookie or a carton of milk? A strip of bacon or an egg? Ok, true, you may have never considered these questions, but the good news is that you may now find out the answers!

Because Breaking Fast proposes frenetic races between pieces of breakfast food. Cool, uh!? Or maybe more crazy than cool, but anyway, IT'S RIDICULOUSLY FUN!

by Stellar Jockeys
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Brigador is an action game focused on challenge and replayability, set in completely destructible isometric environments. Tactical combat with a revamped sprite-based graphic style reminds you of what classic 90's games would look like now, set to a massive soundtrack by synthwave musician Makeup and Vanity Set. A huge variety of playable vehicles and weapons, deep tactics and high skill ceiling all contribute to accommodating a wide variety of play styles.

by Bring it Back! Team
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Bring It Back is a multiplayer cooperative party game in which four players control a team of burglars. In each mission, they'll have to steal valuable objects from unexpected places. From chemical components to rare animals: they're out to steal everything they can!

Between planning the burglary, carrying heavy objects and avoiding guards, communication and team play will be the players' most valuable tools on their way to unlimited wealth!

by Team Brobot
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BROBOT BEAT DOWN is what you've really wanted ever since you were a wee babe. It's Mad Max meets Robot Jox meets Bloodsport with a healthy helping of ridiculous weapons and excessive explosions, all in glorious virtual reality. This is finally the robot fighting game you've been waiting for.

Fight your friends in intense head to head matches with networked multiplayer. Compete for the quickest kill and try to get the ultra-powerful Brobomb before your opponent.

Make your way through the constantly changing environment, complete with moving buildings, pools of acid, lasers and electrified platforms and a malicious but lovable announcer narrating your every move.

by Lucid Dreaming Games
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First/third person shooter-sport multiplayer hybrid where players battle using gauntlet weapons as well as control large deadly spiked balls that are also shot into goals to score and win matches. We wanted to create an intense shooter experience with sport type goals to motivate cooperative team play. Brutal Ball not only gives players new ways to kill, but new ways to satisfactorily achieve success. Own the pain...rule the game.

by Trent Steen
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Solve puzzles with different sounds in each ear.

A game about music, relationships, and growth.

by Bulbware
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One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves.

Bulb Boy is an intuitive 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head (alright, it's a bulb...) inspired by Machinarium and Gobliiins. Solve puzzles, defeat wicked monsters and reveal bulby's abilities to unfold a twisted tale. Ohhh... And don't forget to save your Grandpa-raffin and Mothdog from the frightening darkness.

by Brain&Brain
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Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure.

Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes as they set sail for the unknown.

by Brandon McKinney
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Burst is a level based puzzle game where you swipe cubes around a grid in pursuit to make them collide into each other. Sounds easy enough. Except for the fact that they move inversely of each other. Using the stationary blocks, navigate the main two cubes through the levels in order to make them crash into each other. Challenge your mind in this unique and minimalist puzzler.

by Teku Studios
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Candle is a 2D adventure game with challenging puzzles. Play as Teku, a young man on a dangerous journey to rescue his tribe's shaman from the evil tribe of the Wakcha. The way is littered with sinister traps and difficult obstacles: to master these challenges, you need to have keen eyes and a good sense for your environment, or your next step may be your last.

But Teku has a special gift: his left hand is a candle. Let it be a bright beacon to drive off your enemies or to shed light on dark places.

Gorgeous truly hand-painted watercolor visuals give Candle that special flair, as all backgrounds and characters for the entire game have been carefully drawn and painted using real watercolours, then scanned, picture after picture. The game consistently feels like a living painting.

· Pay attention to all details to solve challenging puzzles
· Always be on guard, the next trap lies in waiting
· You hold the power of the flame in your hand
· Hand-painted watercolor drawing, a painting coming to life
· Classic frame-by-frame animation animations
· Gorgeous soundtrack with South-American flair

by Defacid
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Cannonauts is an arena brawler for where you turn into a cannon and fire yourself out of yourself. Local multiplayer recommended.

by Andrew P. Bilyk & friends
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Captain Dynamite and the Fallen Hero is a radio drama about heroes and villains, with rhythm gameplay during the action scenes. The story focuses on the title character, a jaded sidekick-turned-hero who reluctantly filled the shoes of his righteous mentor who died in battle. When our hero and his new sidekick are called into action, the player will control their moves and (hopefully) lead them to victory by playing repeat-the-pattern style rhythm gameplay.

The initial release of the game, which will include the first 2 chapters of the story, is planned for iOS in 2017.

by TiNYTOUCHTALES, Max 'Mexer' Fiedler, Oliver Salkic
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Card Crawl is a solitaire style Dungeon Crawler played with a modified deck of standard cards.
Clear the Dungeon of 54 cards by using item-cards, slaying monsters and managing your limited inventory. Each run you can use 5 ability-cards (mini deck building) which will give you unique skills. By collecting gold from your runs, you can unlock additional ability-cards which enable new tactics and even better highscores.

by Loju
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Causality is a tile based puzzle game, where players manipulate time, change events and alter the final outcome of each level.

Set across strange and intriguing landscapes, players must help a group of stranded astronauts find a route to safety, with each level representing a brief but hazardous moment in time.

Levels are completed by guiding each astronaut to an exit that matches their colour, within a limited time frame. When all astronauts reach an exit the level is complete.

Packed with time travel, paradoxes and past selves Causality is a gripping & challenging puzzler.

- Unique time based puzzle mechanic.
- Control time and alter the outcome of each level.
- Work with your past selves to solve puzzles.
- Set across colourful and diverse alien landscapes.

by Extinct Angel
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Charlotte is a game about the 19th century writer and suffragist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her famous short story, the Yellow Wall-paper. Part walking simulator and part exploration game, Charlotte puts players into the role of a 19th century woman undergoing the rest cure for hysteria. What is it like to live in a world that restricts your agency? Where you can't vote? Where you are thought to be less intelligent? Has the world gone mad? Or is it you?

by Cardboard Utopia
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Children of Zodiarcs (CoZ) is a story-driven, single-player tactical RPG that combines traditional strategic gameplay with collectible cards and craftable dice. CoZ was inspired by our deep love of tactical RPGs, namely Final Fantasy Tactics and the 16-bit Shining Force games, as well as board games and collectable card games like Magic: The Gathering. We decided to bring these two passions together to make a game that would resonate with fellow fans of tactical RPGs, and also to push the genre in fun and exciting ways.

CoZ uses a dynamic system that pulls the experience of tension, anticipation, and adaptation from cards and dice. Cards take the place of abilities and attacks in CoZ and are drawn at random. Dice are thrown every time a card is played and dictates how that card will perform. While luck is a factor in combat, it is a factor that the player will influence through dice re-rolling, buffs and debuffs, deck building, and dice customization (crafting).

Like all of our favourite tactical RPGs, CoZ features a single-player campaign whose story will reveal a tale of rebellion, familial bonds, and unexpected wonders.

Expected release date: Early 2017
Platforms: PC, Mac, PlayStation 4
Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

by North Games
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"Reuniting the family, one limb at a time."
Chimera Genesis is a local multiplayer, cooperative 2D adventure game where you play as animals who can learn to change their limbs to gain different powers. The players confront other chimera from their lives and fight as a metaphor for resolving personal conflicts, and each time you defeat them you claim one of their limbs. Using these new limbs changes your abilities and customizes your animal body. The gameplay has an emphasis on being accessible to new players, so all sorts of families can play it together.