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Juggler Games: Exploring the Difficult Stories

November 21, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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The winner of Indie Games Poland (an Indie Prize Partner Event) is a game studio based in Warsaw, Poland. As a winner, Juggler Games had the opportunity to participate in Indie Prize Kyiv 2017. Although Juggler Games is relatively new on the game scene, it was formed by industry veterans who collectively bring more than twenty-five years of experience to this company. The three founders, Mikolaj Pawlowski, Jakub Jabloński and Łukasz Janczuk, discussed the possibilities for more than a year before taking the leap to start the company. The undeniable fact that led to forming the company was that when you work for someone else you have limited opportunities to explore your own ideas for games. In order to make their own dream game they had to have their own company.

What Sort of Company?

During their year of preparation they spent a great deal of time analyzing what sort of company they would have and what their first project should be. They also looked for an investor to help them get started. In February, 2016 they founded the company and by August they had a working prototype of their first project to take to GameCom.

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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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Paweł Jędrysiak: Joining the Indie Masquerade

October 27, 2017 — by David Radd

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Paweł Jędrysiak is the Co-founder/Game Designer at Digital Melody. The indie developer created Masky, which was honored with the IGJAM 2016 mobile game category award.

“Participation in game jams let’s you test your skills under pressure of time. It’s also a lot of fun,” said Paweł. “Winning IGJAM 2016 in mobile game category was a truly great award! People appreciate our work while we had tons of fun – for what more could you ask for?”

“Game Jam is an extreme test of our skills as game developers,” Paweł continued. “Working as a team can be compared to a factory. To keep it productive every one needs to focus on their job that’s why we need to understand each other clearly. This kind of experience improves our everyday work. Especially process management and we improve our work as a team.”

The Expanding Polish Development Scene

Digital Melody is supported by Indie Games Polska, a game developer organization in Poland. The organization works to help developers, particularly indies, with support as needed.

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Artem Savotin: Find a New Homeland in Sayri Adventure

October 26, 2017 — by David Radd

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Artem Savotin, a Ukrainian developer, is the owner of Vidloonnya Reborn. He says that he got into the IT business more than 12 years ago.

“Games and game business always were a hot theme for me. I’ve created my own game projects at school and in the university along with my artist friend. I was a developer,” said Artem. “After graduating from the university I was working on enterprise development and outsourcing, where I went from a developer to a leader of a German IT company in Ukraine.”

Artem Savotin is the owner of Vidloonnya Reborn

Artem says that #DevGAMM 2016 in Moscow where he really started to understand game development. “I’ve decided there that I want to work on premium games, not F2P, since the creation of a fully functional commercial product was closer and clearer to me,” he detailed. “After the Moscow #DevGAMM in May 2016, we’ve started to experiment, and the first idea was based on evolution theme. The first prototype wasn’t very successful, alas. We’ve experimented with the control methods, and that appeared to be a typical beginner’s mistake, though the idea appeared to be very interesting from first sight.”

Early on the development team was Artem and Vasyl. At the time, Vasyl was still working with Unity, but he was experimenting with Unreal Engine during evenings and weekends and pushed that it was much better.

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Lost in the Sky: The Power of Story

October 21, 2017 — by Rachel Rayner

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At Ludum Dare 39, Game Factory named the game Lost in the Sky winner of its Discovery Contest. Winning this prize also earned them a chance to compete at Indie Prize Kyiv from October 24-26, 2018.

Game Factory is affiliated with nearly every international gaming event, such as Global Game Jam or Ludum Dare, a game jam in which developers spend the weekend creating a game based on a theme. At each of these events, Game Factory holds Discovery Contests.

George Maidansky, one of the leaders of the Lost in the Sky Team, thanked their friends at Game Factory for the opportunity and said, “We think we will find new friends, first players and truly useful feedback on Indie Prize.”

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India, Iran and Malaysia Will Be Represented at Indie Prize Kyiv

October 17, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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Indie Prize and Casual Connect are going to be in Kyiv for the first time in 4 years! It is going to be a great event. This article will highlight the independent developers from India, Iran and Malaysia that are coming to compete at the event.

The Indie Prize participant from India is a game that brings a new twist to musical games on mobile platforms to encourage experimentation with creating music.

Game Title: Melody Streaks
Developer: Beeble Games
Platform: iOS
Website: www.melodystreaks.com

Peggy Mallet, the character in the game Melody Streaks, creates music with every move she makes. Each of her turns plays a musical note. The player can tap in harmony with her turns on the track and experience the joy of making musical melodies as Peggy somersaults through the tracks.

Melody Streaks combines one tap game mechanic with musical sheets, allowing anyone to become a musician.

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Indie Devs from Spain, Tunisia, France and Paraguay Coming to Kyiv

October 16, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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One independent development team from Spain, one from Tunisia, one from France, and one from Paraguay will compete at the swiftly coming Indie Prize and Casual Connect Kyiv 2017.

The only participant in Indie Prize from Spain is fittingly named Solo. It combines the best of puzzle adventure with introspection.

Game Title: Solo
Developer: Team Gotham
Platform: Desktop Win
Website: http://www.teamgothammadrid.com/

In Solo, you are exploring a dream-like archipelago while contemplating your love relationships. This metaphoric puzzle adventure invites introspection and reflection.

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Finalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Russia and Moldova Coming to Indie Prize Kyiv

October 10, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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Indie Prize and Casual Connect are returning to Kyiv in Ukraine this month! Here are a few of the finalists that will compete in Indie Prize from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Russia and Moldova.

The participant in Indie Prize at Casual Connect Kyiv 2017 from Bosnia and Herzegovina is a puzzle adventure in a collapsing world. The player must face the worst things that can happen and still bring order to the world.

Game Title: The Enchanted World
Developer: AI Interactive
Platform: Android
Website: www.ai-interactive.net

The Enchanted World is a world torn asunder. The player, the hero of the game, is searching for his lost love. As he searches, he brings order back to the world, one puzzle piece at a time. The characters he meets along his way have all been impacted by the collapse of the world and represent the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). The characters help him overcome the obstacles he meets and he helps them find their place in the world.

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Indie Developers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and The Netherlands Flock to Kyiv

October 9, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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Indie Developers from Northwestern countries in Europe including one team representing each of these countries: Sweden, Denmark, Finland and The Netherlands will compete at the 20th Indie Prize which will be held in conjunction with Casual Connect Kyiv 2017.

Sweden’s participant in Indie Prize is an unusual adventure game that is already attracting attention in several categories in the app stores.

Game Title: Castle Cats
Developer: PocApp S
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Platform: Android
Website: http://www.pocappstudios.com/

Castle Cats is a cat collection adventure. The player takes the role of the guild leader and works to defeat the ultimate enemy: The Evil Pugomancer. But you will have to play the game to find out how cat collection is such an adventure.

Castle Cats was featured as 8th in the New and Updated category of Google Play and 20th place for New Games We Love on Apple. It also received 15th place in the Action and Adventure category at launch on June 15th 2017.

Denmark’s entry in Indie Prize 2017 is an endless runner that adds the twist of music to the excitement of surmounting obstacles and defeating enemies.

Game Title: Disco Flip
Developer: ALL CAPS
Platform: Android
Website: http://www.allcapsgames.com/

Do you like action? How about music? Disco Flip combines the two with an endless runner world. There are countless characters, each with their own music and visuals. And the player must navigate both obstacles and enemies to succeed in this game.

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Ukrainian Indie Developers will Represent at Indie Prize Kyiv!

October 8, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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The Ukraine is bringing a wide variety of games to participate in Indie Prize at Casual Connect in Kyiv. They range through the genres from point-and-click adventures, shooters, puzzles games and a game that takes you to the world of mental disease. There are especially intriguing educational games for children.

Game Title: Foxtail
Developer: Gingertips
Platform: Desktop Win
Website: http://foxtailgame.com

Foxtail, a classic point-and-click adventure, has a world of complex and variable tasks. The main character is a fox named Leah who faces a long and difficult journey through mines, mountains swamps and a dangerous night forest. But each character has its own life and the player must interact with them all in some way. The player must also assist Leah in defeating her fears and helping those she meets along the way.

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