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Introducing the Indies from China Competing at Indie Prize Part 2

November 6, 2018 — by Catherine Quinton

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Introducing the Indies from China Competing at Indie Prize Part 2

November 6, 2018 — by Catherine Quinton

An astounding number of games by Indie Developers from China are participatng in Casual Connect‘s Indie Prize in Asia 2018. There are so many that we split the games into two articles. This will be part 2. You can view part 1 here. In these games, you have the chance to journey into the underworld, voyage the oceans, explore a juicy realm, and many others, Do not be fooled by the fact that these games all come from the same country. They are full of adventure and intrigue.  There is something here for everyone to enjoy!




Game Title: Annie
Developer: PixelRice
Platform: Desktop Win, Console PlayStation 4, Console Xbox One
Website:
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2yOKvU2

Annie is a third person shooter game in an eschatological genre. Annie lost her lover to save his lover during a corpse crisis caused by a biochemical disaster. Annie has no survival skills. How will she deal with this disaster that will test the environment and human nature? What is the conspiracy behind it? Follow Annie on her journey to the end of the world.

The game Annie features a unique art style, destructive gameplay, diverse weapons options, exquisite game design and battles full of fun and challenge. And it has the most moving story you will find in a shooting game.

Game Title: Incredible Mandy
Developer: Dotoyou Games
Platform: Desktop Win, Console PlayStation 4
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2zoW182

Incredible Mandy is a 3D action adventure puzzle game. This game has a stylized art design that creates a beautiful world of wonder. The game is based on dreams, and Mandy, the game’s central character, is looking for memories buried deep in the dreams. Mandy’s journey takes her from mountain tops to deep canyons, and from seahorses to inside hidden corridors. She must challenge the fear from her heart and finally overcome huge foes.

When playing this game you must search for clues and solve creative puzzles. Can you see through the mist of the dreams and discover the unexpected truth?

Game Title: Tales of the Neon Sea
Developer: Palm Pioneer
Platform: Desktop Win




Tales of the Neon Sea is a retro-style pixel art adventure set in a cyberpunk cityscape. The humans and sentient robots that inhabit the city must rely on each other for survival despite growing distrust and increasing tension. In this game you become a hard-boiled retired detective whose wits and puzzle-solving skills determine the course of the story. Frustrated and disillusioned, the detective spends his time drinking and taking on occasional jobs as private detective. But then he becomes involved in a missing person case, one that holds the key to tracking down a monstrous killer who long ago escaped justice. He must unlock his memories, decode the truth and avoid drowning in a wave of conspiracy that has engulfed the city.

Tales of the Neon Sea was funded with Kickstarter. This game won Best Action/Adventure at Dreamhack Austin 2018.

Game Title: BACTERIUM
Developer: Dragon Whisper Game
Platform: Desktop Win
Country: China

BACTERIUM is set in the middle of the 21st Century, when powerful diseases have become rampant. The earth’s environment has deteriorated and the chances of being infected with a serious disease are high. Pharmaceutical companies are investing large amounts of money and manpower into developing nano-machine technology, and the result is the NCR – the Nano Core Robot, a highly effective weapon against illness. But is something deeper lurking beneath the surface?

In this game, you are behind the controls of an NCR machine and become a front line fight in the war against the diseases.

At Indie Play 2017, BACTERIUM received the awards for Excellence in Game Design and Excellence in Innovation. It was a finalist for Best Game at GAD 2017.

Game Title: My Time at Portia
Developer: Pathea Games
Platform: Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch, Console Xbox One
Country: China

My Time at Portia is a 3D simulation role-playing game. It is set in a post apocalypse world where there are few humans but relics from the past are plentiful. You are trying to make a new start in a town at the edge of civilization called Portia. There are many ways to gather what you need – cut down trees, forage for herbs, mine in the ruins, fish in the sea, grow a farm, breed cattle. But you may also need to battle monsters in dungeons. You will need these resources to craft and complete commissions to grow your workshop into the best in Portia.

My Time at Portia won the Best Game Grand Prize at 2017 IndiePlay. After early release it ranked 4th in global top sellers and had over 70,000 downloads in its first week.

Game Title: Protoform
Developer: Pathea Games
Platform: Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch, Console Xbox One
Country: China
Video: https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArZKIQwVK4WmuXY5tMCBkUNl56DC

Protoform is a 3D story oriented puzzle solving game with an open world. The player’s character is a small girl who encounters a variety of dangers: sentinels, anti-gravity environment and others. To solve puzzles, the player will need to use both hearing and sight. Every move in the puzzle is plain and simple, yet it is still challenging to solve. Players will experience tense and creative gameplay.

Protoform will be released in early access next April. The final build will be released on PC and Mac. It will also be released on all console platforms.

Game Title: Juicy Realm
Developer: SpaceCan
Platform: iOS, Android, Desktop Win, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch
Country: China

What if humanity were no longer at the top of the food chain? Think of a future with plants that had evolved to take over. Would you fight to regain humanity’s position of power? This is the world of Juicy Realm.

In this game you are one of the first explorers of a newly discovered plant empire, and you must go deeper and deeper into their territory. You must defeat bizarre fruits and retrieve the gear, weapons and resources to defend yourself and expand your base camp.

This game is filled with random treasures, monsters and zones, plenty of weapons and the ability to expand your camp and unlock new features. You will enjoy the unique and detailed art style. And you can play it solo or local multiplayer.

Juicy Realm won the award for Excellence in Visual Art and was nominated for Best Game Grand Prize at Indie Play 2017. It was also an official selection at Indie Mega Booth GDC Showcase 2018 and an official selection at Bitsummit vol. 6 2018.

Game Title:Muse Dash
Developer: 
Li Hao Qi
Platform:
iOS, Android, Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4
Country: 
China




Muse Dash is a combination of a parkour game and a traditional music game. But even if you do not have nimble fingers or excel at action games, you will still enjoy Muse Dash; you overcome these difficulties by dancing to the music. The word movement has been tampered with by a mirror image code with three beauties. You choose one beauty to go through the romantic backdrop with you and get started on your journey to wipe out the adorable monsters.

Muse Dash was nominated for the Excellence in Sound Design Award at Bitsummit vol. 6 2018. It was an official selection at the Taipei Game Show 2018.

Game Title: Moester X Monster
Developer: SmallOne Studio
Platform: iOS, Android, Desktop Win
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2Dn17WI

The core of Moester X Monster are the monster elements. The player is searching for monsters to resettle them and raise them well, giving them a good environment, giving them social partners and enhancing their moods – if their mood is not good, the player is in trouble.

The player can hire employees, either as breeders or security. They must repair buildings, feed monsters, and, of course, recapture the high risk monster when it gets loose.

Ordinary tourists are essential to the business. The player can build restaurants, shops of different kinds, and provide entertainment. But most of all the tourists want to see monsters. Keep the visitors happy and they will spend more. The monster park may attract special visitors, such as the wealthy man, the goblin or the poacher. The player will have to decide how to deal with these visitors.

Game Title: PAPER Anne
Developer: 北京玉米网络科技有限公司
Platform: iOS, Android
Country: China

The fairy tales are misaligned and Anne has fallen out. She has forgotten where she came from. She must travel across the fairy tales and find her way back to her own story. She must stand against the Queen of Spades’ magic. She will go through adventures with the Ugly Duckling; she will see the love between the Tin Soldier and the Ballerina. Will you be able to get her back to her own story?

Paper Anne received the Gold Prize at GMGC Indie Pitch. It has been featured worldwide in the App Store.

Game Title: Elemental Dungeon
Developer: Combo Travellers
Platform: iOS, Android
Country: China
Video: https://www.taptap.com/app/91201

Elemental Dungeon is a fascinating action game with rogue-like elements and randomized dungeons. The little wizard is determined to enter the dungeon and defeat the evil monsters. She cannot use the helmet and armor, but she can combine the elements to cast spells or use the environment to defeat the enemy. But the adventure she is going to meet will not be easy.

Game Title: Dimension of Dream
Developer: kiifstudio
Platform: iOS, Android
Country: China
Video: https://www.taptap.com/app/133529

《梦境彼岸》一款结合了卡组构筑与策略冒险的Roguelike游戏。游戏中,你将扮演一名冒险者,在梦境旅途中挑战形形色色的怪物,寻找梦境的出口

Game Title: RainTown
Developer: CottonGame
Platform: iOS, Android, Other mobile platform, Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch, Console Xbox One
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2PJKIRS

RainTown is a puzzle game with a main theme of protecting the environment. The main character is a kitten searching for his sister. The sister disappeared while investigating why it keeps raining in the city. The kitten is looking for clues at the hotel where his sister was staying. The kitten goes to a factory where his grandfather lives on the roof, a factory that the grandfather secretly controls. He is keeping the sister underground in an abandoned machine. The kitten is determined to save his sister, the factory workers and their sisters, and, finally, to destroy the factory.


RainTown has more than fifty watercolor style art scenes, cute characters and compact stories.

RainTown was developed by CottonGame, who have also produced Mr. Pumpkin Adventure, Isoland and Little Triangle.




Game Title: Isoland 3 the dust of the universe
Developer: CottonGame
Platform: iOS
Country China
Video: https://bit.ly/2F5FsnH

When you play this game, you are asking, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” You will explore every part of the island and discover one secret after another. You will learn the island’s past and present, and even a unknown past as you solve the puzzles.

Isoland 3: the dust of the universe has vintage 2D hand-painted images, brain-burning puzzles, mysterious plots, repeated gameplay, and integration with many sci-fi books and movies.

Isoland 3: the dust of the universe is a sequel to Isoland, and has more outstanding art scenes, additional brain-storming clues and random puzzles.

Game Title: Mr. Pumpkin: Kowloon
Developer: CottonGame
Platform: iOS, Android, Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch, Console Xbox One
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2JGnQx3

Kowloon is a legendary place in Hong Kong. But in the past it was a big slum; it was not until 1987 that it was removed. Although this was a chaotic and tragic town, it still left many touching and extraordinary stories.

This game is made by CottonGame who have produced the Mr. Pumpkin Adventure</em., Isoland and Little Triangle. Mr. Pumpkin: Kowloon is part of this series.

Game Title: Alien Cruise
Developer: CottonGame
Platform: Desktop Win, Desktop Mac, Console PlayStation 4, Console Nintendo Switch, Console Xbox One
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2PgWZy0

Alien Cruise is a cross-platform flight shooting game. It looks like traditional gameplay with cross-board vertical flights, weapons upgrades, and constantly advancing skills. But it also has a unique, eye-catching art style, various monsters and strange interstellar scenery. Players face one fierce battle after another and wonderful journeys. The game has machines, space jungles, oceans, shrines, caves, deserts, magical scenes and shocking creatures. It is not just an airplane shooting game, it is one epic drama after another. Enjoy it even more with a friend in the two-person battle mode.

Game Title: Dad’s Monster House
Developer: Cotton Game / Lilith Games
Platform: iOS, Android, Desktop Win
Country: China
Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DKcoEW7UHwtO5tGmZG9CObHxmbC0v1Pk/view?usp=sharing

Dad’s Monster House is a point-and-click adventure set in a spooky mansion filled with scientific experiments and strange creatures. When you play this game, you are trying to learn the real purpose of Dad’s work. You must decode cryptic messages, collect arcane items and solve puzzles to open secret passageways. And you must cook up obscure recipes, repair equipment, and interact with monsters, robots and animals that inhabit this house.

Dad’s Monster House is another surreal adventure game from Cotton Game, the creators of Mr.Pumpkin Adventure, Little Triangle and the Isoland series.

At Intel Level Up, The White Laboratory received Best Strategy Game.

Game Title: Starena
Developer: Gamera Game
Platform: Desktop Win, Desktop Mac
Country: China
Video: https://bit.ly/2RzTm2E

Starena is a voxel style BOSS challenge ARPG that focuses on stage performance. As a player, you are an intelligent machine gladiator named J3. You fight against machinery and creatures across the universe. You win spectator cheers, support and bounties. Your goal is to become champion.

The people of this universe love exciting entertainment, including the gladiator contests. J3 is planning to participate in the most popular contest, in a space station called Starena. J3 will face unexpected challenges and the audience reacts differently depending on how he fights. The Bosses have different vulnerabilities which he must find to overcome them. But he can engage in VOXEL weapon building, for example, creating a sword with different properties or customizing each cube into a weapon.

Starena received third place at GMGC 2017 Chengdu IPA.

To view all of the Indie Prize finalists for Casual Connect Asia 2018, visit indieprize.org.

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Catherine Quinton

Catherine Quinton

Catherine Quinton is a staff writer for www.gamesauce.org. Catherine loves her hobby farm, long walks in the country and reading great novels.

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