Welcome to the Innovation Showcase, an “art-gallery” style exhibition in which we display ten games that we consider innovative. In hope to inspire you to come up with great games ideas, we invite you to come and play these select games for Web and iOS platform at the Innovation Showcase.
Innovation Showcase will take place near the Bronze Sponsor area, between Starbucks and registration desks, accessible on July 24-26 from 9am until 6pm.
Battle Panic is the fastest, craziest RTS under the sun – build units, collect resources, fight, heal, and smite all without a single click! Super streamlined RTS play makes the battles fast, furious, and all about where your cursor hovers. Our team used mouse hover to good effect in our Hungry Sumo game, and we wanted to push this idea further by doing all of the troop and resource management with hover – the player just points at what they want and the right action happens.
Beyond more awesomer controls, we wanted to have heaps of units on screen. We were used to doing lots of units with our zombie games, but this time hordes with swords was the right fit, along with big fantasy bosses. Upgrades are streamlined in unit production, and we added extra awesome to our skills, which make gameplay quite different depending on where you spend your skill points. Music was also incredibly important, and we spent significant effort on original, interactive game music that intensifies and swells when it gets really panicky. Definitely play with headphones if you can, and hope you enjoy Battle Panic!
- Ninja Kiwi
Clockwork is a puzzle game based on the idea of “freeing” a specific piece of the puzzle by rearranging the others.
I originally saw the concept in a board game called Rush Hour, and later in computer games using a grid based system. I decided to use the same concept with a system of circular pieces, which would spin about a central point rather than slide around a grid. From there, I thought a lot about the timing of piece movement and mechanical systems, and made the pieces move together in synchronization. This way, each level seems more like a large, complex mechanism rather than a series of single parts, hence the name, Clockwork.
- Mr. Beud
Shoot and Roll your way to victory in this unique puzzle shooter in only 50x50 pixels.
You control the gun-brick, a square block that can rotate left and right. One surface on the square block has a shield and the opposite side has a gun and by orienting yourself into the correct direction, you can shoot things, block things, shunt yourself sideways and even rocket jump!
Because the game had to fit within the icon, we have had to squeeze the game into just 50x50 pixels! It was both a lot of fun and a challenge to see what we could do within this limitation. The game can be played in both its tiny icon size of 50 pixels or blown up to a larger size of 550x550 at any point during gameplay.
- Nitrome Ltd
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First, I didn’t like upgrade games at all and thought it was a cheap way to stretch a short game. Funny enough, I found myself playing some of these more and more and even got a bit addicted. Most of these games are tossers and I thought it’d be funny to take the upgrade theme to a platformer… where you even have to upgrade such basic things as the running speed and time limit. It rather started as a kind of persiflage but turned out to be a really great game.
Old Man Baby was developed over 48 hours for the What Would Molydeux game jam where the idea was to make a
game based of a tweet from Peter Molydeux (the parody Twitter account of game designer Peter Molyneux).
The tweet we based the game off was "You grow from baby to old man and back to baby and this keeps looping every 10 seconds. Small gap? Time it so you can go through as a baby."
Essentially, we aimed to make a short but challenging puzzle game that had a few interesting mechanics.
- Andrew Brophy, James Rhodes, Guy Noble, Matt Parsons
The game was made as an entry for Ludum Dare 23. My inspiration for the game was I Saw Her Standing There and previous LD22 entry,
Midas. The theme for Ludum Dare 23 was Tiny World, so I created levels that get smaller as you progress. To be able to beat those levels,
I introduced new mechanics every level like This is the Only Level, and then I used romantic words to give the hints.
I wanted something cool cliffhanger for the ending, so I just left it like that, with a sad ending which surprisingly hit the hearts
of many players.
Shark Dash is Gameloft’s latest physics based puzzle game featuring amazingly accessible gameplay for casual gamers of all ages. With a unique cartoonish style design, gamers are invited to play along with Sharkee and his merry band of toy sharks as they take on a series of mischievous ducks that are set out to ruin their peaceful little bathtub world. Having been made a little loopy from the chemicals they are produced with, these rubber ducks decide to tease the sharks and kidnap Sally (Sharkee’s girlfriend). Now it’s up to you to save Sally and rid over 96 increasingly challenging levels of these pesty rubber toys.
Ski Safari is a whacky “endless skier” with rideable animals and a relentless avalanche.
You play as Sven, a deep sleeping mountaineer, as he skis, jumps, slides, glides, rides
and tumbles his way down a snowy slope.
Ski Safari came from a couple of hobby gameplay prototypes. The first was a singlebutton side-scrolling flying mechanic where you glide and collect things as a paper airplane. The other was inspired by Tiny Wings and involved some procedural terrain and a rock rolling and jumping down smooth hills. Those prototypes combined, with the gliding from the airplane prototype and the custom terrain physics, to form the basics of a humble skiing game.
- Brendan Watts and Shawn Eustace, Defiant Development
Slingshot Racing is an original racing game developed exclusively for iOS devices.
The game has unique controls for a racing game: controls are tap and release as you go around turns, to grapple and sling your racer along. This way the screen isn’t blocked because of each pointer finger on the corners – not in the way of the gameplay.
Behold a beautiful steampunk environment with ice tracks, grappling hooks, snowmen and more!
- Published by Crescent Moon Games, Developed by Snowbolt Interactive
Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts is a unique puzzle adventure. The player is tasked with guiding our brave,
yet shockingly dim, protagonist (Questy) through the dangerous kingdom of Talesworth. Players must use a limited set of tools
in each room, such as loot bags and one-way gates, to help Questy obtain the key and exit the room.
My biggest source of inspiration for this game was my love for graph paper maps.I grew up playing D&D and computer RPGs, and tile-based maps have always been a work of art in my eyes. Talesworth Adventure started on graph paper, with all the original maps being play-tested before a single line of code was written. Keeping the entire world connected, from room to room, was an early and important design decision. My goal was to slowly reveal one giant, interconnected map to keep the player immersed.
The key principal that drives my game design, especially puzzle games, is simplicity. I believe that it is easy to design a complicated game. However, designing a game that is fun, and yet elegantly simple, is quite difficult. As any game design flourishes, exceptions inevitably just beg to be made. When that happens, I force myself to rethink the rules.
- Sean Gailey