Posted by Bret Hudson October 28, 2015
IndieCade 2015 flew by so much quicker than the previous year, and I'm just now getting around to writing up my day 2 and 3 recaps. This post is meant to highlight the greatest games we ran into on Day 2 of IndieCade. You can also check out our day 1 recap in case you missed it.
Overland by Finji
Adam Saltsman gave me a pitch of this survival tactics game last year at IndieCade, and it sounded super promising. Just a year later, he's brought the game to the festival, and it's both very similar to the way I imagined it, but so, so much more amazing than the version in my head. Overland has a very simple premise: you're in the aftermath of the fall of civilization, and you need to collect resources while strategically making your way through the world, giving up things and leaving people behind to make sure you survive.
Donut County by Ben Esposito
Donut County's smooth and soft visuals provide a relaxing experience as you consume the world around you. Donut County is also the name of the virtual donut shop in the game, which is where most of the story takes place. A teenager girl receives a package of donuts from some raccoons, which end up creating holes all over the the city. Gameplay consists of players taking control of the holes to swallow objects, each making the hole bigger and bigger as you progress through each level. What consequences do consuming certain areas have on the overall city and its inhabitants? That, my friend, is a question you can only answer by playing through Donut Country yourself.
Aboard the Lookinglass by Henry Hoffman
Created as part of the 2014 Leap Motion 3D Jam in just over a week, Aboard the Lookinglass not only took home the first place prize, but has continued to leave a legacy at other festivals and shows. For those unfamiliar, Leap Motion is a virtual reality peripheral that tracks hands and other objects around you. After strapping on the Oculus with the Leap Motion attached to it, you find out you've been sent on a rescue mission, somehow possessing two opposite powers, each within your own hands. The story unfolds as you use your newfound powers to play with time: your left hand allows you to reach into the past, your right hand the future.
I Expect You To Die by Schell Games
I found out about I Expect You To Die, part of the VR Zone, just days before the festival. It quickly made its way to the top of my must play list, and am I glad I was able to get through the packed tent and become a spy myself. I Expect You To Die is a quirky Oculus based game where you play as a spy that has to use your wits to try to use items around you to escape the area you're contained it. It's very reminiscent of the old Escape The Room flash games from years ago, but in a first person perspective with a much more polished experience. The mission featured at IndieCade revolved around escaping a plane while you're trapped in a highly rigged spy car keeping you safe from poisonous gasses outside.
Codex Bash by Alistair Aitchenson
Alistair Aitchenson strikes again with another game that's rooted in the purest form of fun. The game uses four big bluetooth buttons that Alistair hopes to use in more games in the future. Codex Bash is the first of the "big bluetooth buttons" series that evolved from a single player experience to a team game, challenging players to use clues from the screen to find the perfect sequence of button presses to solve puzzles. Alternating between using your mind to solve puzzles and your body to lunge across the space to press the buttons, Codex Bash was a game we hope to run into again in the future!
Smooth Operator by Beardo Games
We bumped into Paige Ashlynn, who we had on indie(Radio); back in Season IV, and was introduced to the developers behind Beardo Games. Smooth Operator is their current title, and while they weren't showcasing it at IndieCade, they had a build available on their iPad. After explaining the concept to me, I gave it a try, and am super excited to bring it to parties when it releases this upcoming Valentine's Day. Smooth Operator is a two player game that takes place on a touch screen, where each player must try to follow an arrow moving around the screen with their finger. By successfully following the arrow and being in sync with your partner, the two avatars in game kiss and tongue each other, finishing with a move that gets more ridiculous per level.
We unfortunately weren't around for much of the Night Games, so we didn't have any of them on the list. We'll be posting the rest of our favorites from IndieCade tomorrow, but for now, check out the games above and get ready for fun!