The Indie Dev Grant

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Key of Ethios

KeyOfEthios

The Project:

Key of Ethios is an Action-Adventure game that takes inspiration from games like The Legend of Zelda, Okami, and The Lost Vikings. It focuses on Ellie, Gil, and Van: of a party of companions, each with their own unique abilities that allow them to traverse the world and overcome a wide array of obstacles and enemies.

The game begins with our heroes discovering a mysterious young girl resting within the ancient Wysteria- A vast forest said to be as old as the world itself. They then become the target of an organization knows as the Court, who is dead set on capturing the girl for unknown purposes.

Gameplay focuses on combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving, all of which center around controlling the party members either as a group or individually. You must utilize each heroes’ abilities in tandem with one another to defeat cunning enemies or traverse perilous obstacles.

The Team:

I’m Keith Farnsworth and I’m currently going solo on developing this project. I’ve always been interested in making games, and figuring that application is the best way to learn, one day I simply decided to start. I’ve since spent the majority of my free time planning out Key of Ethios and honing my skills to their current state.

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhu-V3op6-0

The Demo:

http://www.indiedb.com/games/key-of-ethios/downloads/key-of-ethios-pre-alpha-version-00002

The Link:

http://www.indiedb.com/games/key-of-ethios

Running Cyborg

running_cyborg

The Project:

Imagine Tron meets Terminator in purple!
Running Cyborg is an arcade game that features FPS and endless runner elements.
The game is based on a high score system and set in an abstract virtual future.
It will be released for Android devices in 2014. A PC version is planned for later.

The Team:

My Name is Marcus Horn and I am addicted to making Games! I tried to make epic games and failed miserably.
Now I make fun games!

The Video:

http://youtu.be/_VQgELfXTqA

The Demo:

http://siactro.com/webbrowsergame/runningcyborg/Web%20Player%20Build.html

The Link:

http://siactro.com/

Glorious: Companions

GloriousCompanions

The Project:

Glorious: Companions is a vast, multi-player strategy & tactical game, inspired by titles such as Mount & Blade, Heroes of Might and Magic series and Tactics Ogre. It’s a project that has been in the works for the past 4 years and even longer if we count the concept and mechanics that existed before in Dushan’s original fantasy pen-and-paper RPG system.

You start off as a Lord Commander of one of the factions of the Navaroth world. You get your basic troops, basic gear and you fight your way up to gain influence in the game’s online world. And whether you are from the Kingdom of Anderia, lands of the wild Scarres or perhaps from one of the Valrenay cities, you will want to get more power.

Joining a powerful house, family or alliance, winning a city siege, sitting right next to the other Family Heads in the Council, or even becoming a king and making decisions that will affect everyone in the game – there are lots of goals that each player can set for himself.

The battles are played out in a classic turn-based format. The mechanics, that have been tested and designed for years, are demanding and yet rewarding for both sides.

There are lots of complex aspects that players need to learn if they want to get an edge on the battlefield.

Different weapons pierce different types of armor and have different characteristics (some can even one-shot certain units), wounded units have a number of negative effects on them, your attacks differ based on what part of the body you hit, hell, even a Deployment Phase plays a big role.

But don’t worry, my friend. You’ll have plenty of time to hone your skill. Even if you so happen to lose a game or two, you’ll still enjoy the small victories of your soldiers (Like your favorite archer scoring a meaty headshot, or your mighty gladiator going on a killing spree. All of which resulting in bonus experience points.).

The Team:

We are a 3-men, Polish team – Spiffy Goats. We’ve left the college to be able to continue developing this ambitious project on a shoestring budget.

The Link:

http://spiffygoats.com/games/glorious-companions/

Final Slam 2

FinalSlam2

The Project:

Final Slam 2 is a PC fighting game that allows you to create your own fighter and play through the official Final Slam championship. The game is packed with over 40 fighters, but you can create your own fighters. Create casual guys, ninjas, movie stars, wrestlers, shaolin monks, kung fu fighters, boxers, warriors, robots and even monsters.

Creator

You can create a wide variety of fighters. There are tons of different body parts, attire, and moves to choose from. The fighting moves are animated following several martial arts, brawling and wrestling moves. The special moves comprise of different styles such as magic, elemental, Kung Fu, gadgets and wrestling. You can also control the actions of the fighters by changing the AI settings. You will have 250 slots to save your created fighters. All fighters can be stored/exported, so you can save them or share them with other players.

Story and Versus

Fight the evil that is threatening Earth, or fight individual matches against the computer or a friend in versus mode.

Final Slam

Enter the Final Slam mode and fight up the rankings.

The Team:

Formed right now by just 2 persons, the “PR guy” and Josh Tam, the developer. Josh has been making casual games since 2005, obtaining various awards at Newgrounds and publishing more than 50 free games before trying to develop comercial games.

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v24ctnBiZPM

The Link:

http://tamugaia.com/finalslam2

SwapQuest

SwapQuest

The Project:

SwapQuest is a mix of rpg and puzzle game elements. You have to swap the tiles to build a road for the prince/princess. Collect gems, fight monsters, buy or find equipment, avoid traps, but above all don’t get caught by the evil horde at the bottom of the screen. The game features an epic journey through over a dozen different areas, each with their own unique enemies, special tiles and graphics. A branching path through the game world, two playable characters each with their own strengths, and a customizable character development allow for multiple playthroughs. A New Game+ will present an even greater challenge for all the SwapQuest experts. Add massive boss fights, character classes with powerful and diverse abilities, and an enchanting soundtrack and you’ve got a game that will keep you busy for hours and hours. A release is planned for February 2014 for iOS, Android and WinPhone.

The Team:

Rebusmind is a team of young indie game developers based in Berlin, Germany. We create games for mobile devices. We place our focus on well-known and loved concepts and improve upon them by adding a unique twist. So far we have developed and released four games for Android devices and one game for iPad. There’s also our first Windows 8 game ScapeGhost, which can be found on the Windows Store.

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2TiVBk9ToM

The Link:

https://www.facebook.com/SwapQuest

Battle of Tau Ceti

BattleOfTauCeti

The Project:

Battle of Tau Ceti is a team-based multiplayer space combat game. Pilot ships from small one-man fighters to a huge six player battleship or hop into a turret to shoot down enemy ships. Capture sectors to gain resources for your team, use resources to buy better ships and ultimately destroy the enemy flagship.

The Team:

Software Engineer by day, Indie Dev by night.  I’ve always wanted to make games and, despite working outside of the industry, I eventually came the realization that there was nothing stopping me.  I’ve been developing this game solo in my spare time for over a year and I’m finally at a place where I feel like I can show off my work and hopefully get some exposure as well as some positive feedback!

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYBosz65epU

The Link:

http://www.indiedb.com/games/battle-of-tau-ceti/

Savage: The Shard of Gosen

ShardOfGosen

The Project:

Savage: The Shard of Gosen is equal parts inspired by the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, my fascination with Zelda II (the black sheep of the Zelda family, hehe), other games of its ilk (like Gargoyle’s Quest) and a healthy dose of general barbarian fetishism.

The final product will (hopefully) include a varied, somewhat open world to explore, an interesting little tale filled with machismo, magic and muscles, day/night cycle, overworld hunting/tracking, lots of action/platforming, fun melee system and some mild RPG elements (item use, leveling up, gear, crafting and the like).

The Team:

My name is Matt Fitzgerald and over the last year I’ve taken up work as a freelance artist, working on projects involving music, animation and film. I have been working on Savage: The Shard of Gosen for almost 4 years. It started out as a hobby project, trying to make a game for my then 5 year old brother. It’s grown in scope since then and is nearing completion, despite all sorts of wrenches thrown at it including an apartment fire (the game survived: yay!). The grant would help me cover things like submission and copyright fees, and living expenses.

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pit_EbwtLHk

 The Demo:

http://www.indiedb.com/games/savage-the-shard-of-gosen/downloads/savage-the-shard-of-gosen-second-public-alpha

The Link:

http://www.planettobor.com/savage

Sky Arena

SkyArena

The Project:

Sky Arena is an arena flight shooter in which you become the most powerful jet pilot that the 90s ever saw. By now the demo includes a local multiplayer, a trench run mode, 3 different maps, various characters and jets, as well as an unique soundtrack that will get you pumped. In a nutshell, it reminds of the legendary Star Fox 64, but it is more than that – try and see yourself! Gather your friends and play four-player split screen to demonstrate your mastery over the controller. Besides working on the PC version, the demo is also available in the Ouya store.

The Team:

Hammer Labs is a small indie studio that was officially founded in May 2013 by Oliver Eberlei and Andreas Bendt. By now we released one commercial game, which was awarded at the German Developer Award 2012 in the category Newcomer. For different projects, like Sky Arena, we work together with some friends who help us out with the art and audio design.

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLjDRAZnhR4

The Demo:

http://skyarenagame.com/download.html

The Link:

http://www.skyarenagame.com/

Odium

Odium

The Project:

This game is the story of Odium, the hatred module, who manages to escape the corruption of his home, the Main Core. Him being the last chance for restoring the Main Core, left alone, Odium needs to rescue his fellow modules – Tristis(Sadness), Metus(Fear) and Gaudium(Joy) – and restore the Core from their corruption by playing through fun action-packed music-fueled levels that take place in four different and challenging environments, each representing a certain emotion linked to the function of the module it represents and defeat the corrupted module bosses. There is a total of four modules, each representing a certain emotion of the Main Core.

Influenced by Saul Bass’s style and color, the art style aims to have simple but effective shapes. Each environment including the gameplay and music reflects the dominating emotion of the upcoming boss.

The Team:

Dark-1 is a team of 5 young and aspiring individuals with one passion: Games.

The current state of team has been formed in late 2012 and the current members are:
Kristijan Trajkovski – Team Leader and Programmer

Simon Stojanovski – Lead Art and Modelling

Nenad Stojanovikj – Programmer

Marko Zarev – Modelling

Andrijan Apostoloski – Music and Sound
We have completed several small games and demos while practicing our skills. These games are:
Odium (Global Game Jam demo)

Dream Island (Ludum Dare 26 small game)

AEC (wowzapp demo)

Alchemy (cgsociety fpscontrol challenge short FPS game)

The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Omq542TM4

The Demo:

http://www.unicorn7.org/games/game/116/

The Link:

http://dark-1.com/

Hyphen

Hyphen

The Project:

Hyphen is a must have addition to any puzzle/action game lover’s collection. Navigate a rotating stick through intricate and fiendish neon mazes while trying to avoid the walls and obstacles. Although it sounds extremely simple, it’s fun and infuriatingly challenging at the same time. Coupled with an awesome soundtrack and gorgeous glowing visuals this game will blow your mind in more ways than one.

The Team:

FarSpace Studios is a software development company founded and operated by Marc McCann and Robert Blackburn. We make professional quality software and games independently of a publisher and don’t feel the need to spend millions of £’s on production. Playing games has been a lifelong passion of both Marc and Robert, coupled with our 20+ combined years of software development experience and sheer drive to succeed we believe we can make a positive impact on the market and create high quality titles that stand out from those created by other independent developers. Being small isn’t an excuse for making sub par software, it is just another obstacle to work around and in a lot of ways beneficial.

The Link:

http://www.farspacestudios.com/games/hyphen