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Introducing the Finalists from Latin America for Indie Prize

December 22, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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The entries for Indie Prize during Casual Connect USA at Disneyland® Hotel from Latin America cover a number of different genres, although the majority emphasize some type of fighting or battles: brawlers, warfare, battling monsters for treasure. But there are also games that have a lost character trying to return home, a game with a character trying to find the way along a forest trail before it grows cold, and even a game to teach children with cancer about the disease.

Game Title: Manzana Misteriosa
Developer: Estudio Escabeche
Platform: Desktop Win
Country: Argentina

The central character of Manzana Misteriosa is Nina, a woman lost inside the Parque Neighborhood. She can only find her way out by interacting with other characters she meets, but the type of interaction she chooses alters the course of the game.

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Casual Connect USA 2018 Indie Prize Participants from North America Part 2

December 21, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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This set of games from North America are more exciting entries for Indie Prize at Casual Connect USA 2018 at the Disneyland® Hotel. They include incredible variety, from arena fighting to digital board games; shooters and puzzle platformers to arcade adventures; beautiful explorations of orbital mechanics and collaborative art games to trivia games, games that extend the AR genre and even games designed to explore empathy and communication. Indie Prize will definitely be a great experience!

Game Title: Rumble League
Developer: Lorraine Studio
Platform: iOS
Country: United States

Rumble League is a real-time PVP game taking place in 1987 in a internationally sanctioned fighting competition. You can assemble a team of brawlers, travel to exotic locations around the world and fight other teams for glory and cash. You will enjoy the hand-crafted arenas and fighters, as well as the retro-futuristic synth soundtrack.

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Casual Connect USA 2018 Indie Prize Participants from North America Part 1

December 20, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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This year’s entries from North America for Indie Prize will certainly be highlights at Casual Connect USA at the Disneyland® Hotel. These innovative games range through a variety of genres – puzzles of various kinds, dancing, fighting, shooters, even genres that may be unique combinations, such as horror-sports-tragedy. The games are fun, intense, and challenging.

Game Title: CubeWorks
Developer: TinMoon Studios
Platform: VR desktop/console
Country: USA

Could you solve puzzles in a VR environment? CubeWorks gives you the opportunity to find out with challenging spatial puzzles in a fully immersive VR experience. As you progress, you discover new environments and you aim for the top with the highest score on a leaderboard.

CubeWorks launched into early access the same day it had a playable demo at New York’s PlayNYC convention. There is was voted a fan favorite and the top VR title.

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Developers Will Learn Ins & Outs of Kids Games At Casual Connect USA 2018

December 8, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Kids games are a major segment of the games industry – yet they often require a balance and finesse that other games don’t. And it is almost a given that kids games must hold some educational value. At Casual Connect USA 2018, the Kids & Family track will dive deep into these issues and more so that game developers can build games that kids will play and parents will buy.

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Games Publishing & Funding To Take Center Stage In Casual Connect USA 2018 Business Of Games Track

December 7, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Games are fun, but at the end of the day, building games is a business. It’s not all design and development. Funding and publishing must also be taken into consideration when building or running a studio. Luckily, independent developers looking for insights on these topics will find everything they need in Casual Connect USA 2018’s Business of Games track.

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Casino Gaming Will Be Highlighted With 3 Days Of Insights At Casual Connect USA 2018

December 6, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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At Casual Connect USA 2018, experts in social casino and real-money gaming (RMG) will be tackling major issues for both independent casino gaming developers and the casino industry as a whole. The conference’s casino track will span three days of content – including over 20 sessions from more than 40 speakers. The conference itself will include over 200 speakers and be attended by roughly 2,000 games industry professionals who work largely within the content-creation pipeline.

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Casual Connect USA 2018 To Host 3 Days Of Gamedev At Disneyland® Hotel In California

December 5, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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There’s roughly a month and a half left before Casual Connect USA 2018 comes stateside – this time taking up residency at the Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, California. The game development conference, taking place January 16-18, is expected to host over 200 speakers, 2,000 professionals, 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and 60 Indie Prize Showcase teams.

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Winners of the 20th Indie Prize at Casual Connect Kyiv 2017

October 30, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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Casual Connect Kyiv 2017 has been going strong in beautiful Kyiv, a city known for its history, creativity and culture, October 24, 25 and 26. And now we have the results of the exciting 20th Indie Prize competition.

Best Game Audio

Best Game Audio was awarded to Kenshō developed by FIFTYTWO, a Russian game studio. Kenshō is a mysterious game that takes place within a ruined room with doors opening onto beautiful landscapes. It is an addictive puzzle game with the player matching blocks and overcoming challenges to unfold the narrative.

Best Game Audio Kenshō developed by Fiftytwo was awarded by Natalie Portier and provided with prizes from Amazon and Appodeal at the 20th Indie Prize Awards during Casual Connect Kyiv 2017

Nominated for Best Game Audio were Melody Streaks by Beeble Games of India, a game where the player creates music with every move the character makes; Talking ABC by Hey-Clay of Ukraine, which uses animal characters to make learning fun; and Guns ‘n’ Stories: Bulletproof VR by Mirowin of Ukraine, bringing VR to the Wild West Era.

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