Indie Prize Berlin 2017: New Discoveries of the Gaming Industry

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Indie Prize Berlin 2017

There has only been one event in the history of the Indie Prize (IP) Showcase that has stood out with the sheer number of classic games that are still talked about and played to this day. We are talking about Berlin 2017, where the authors of indie titles decided to show a huge number of really intriguing and high-quality projects. And although not a large number of investors in the form of KGDA, Tenjin, Amazon, IBM was not very good for the event itself, but the hype among the players was incredibly high. Well, let’s take a look at these games and find out exactly why they are so good.

Pathologic 2: Philosophical Horror

Developed by Ice-Pick Lodge, “Pathologic 2” is a story-driven survival game that explores complex themes such as morality, existence, and the nature of humanity. The setting, a town crippled by an unforgiving plague, is the stage for a deeply layered narrative that unravels around every decision you make. The sequel’s punishing survival mechanics demand strategic thinking, while the profound narrative keeps players invested. “Pathologic 2” was nominated for “Most Innovative Gameplay” at the Indie Prize 2017 and Games for Change Festival 2019, reflecting its unique contribution to the genre.

Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2: Bigger, Better, and More Chaotic

The sequel to the much-loved “Guns, Gore and Cannoli,” this title brings back the comedic narrative and fast-paced action of its predecessor, but with new gameplay elements and an expanded story. It’s mobsters versus zombies once again, this time in the midst of World War II. Known for its exciting gameplay, engaging story, and excellent hand-drawn art, “Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2” was a finalist in the “Best Game Art” category at the IP Showcase. 

Clustertruck: Platforming Chaos

“Clustertruck” presents a unique take on the platforming genre, where players jump from one moving truck to another in an effort to reach the level’s end without touching the ground. Its dynamic, physics-based gameplay and unpredictable levels provide a chaotic and addictive experience. The title’s original concept and execution have been praised, cementing its place in the pantheon of indie gaming gems. To this day,Clustertruck” is remembered as an impressive project that had a huge amount of interaction with streamers around the world.

Ary and the Secret of Seasons: Adventure Across Seasons

“Ary and the Secret of Seasons” delivers an innovative action-adventure experience by allowing players to manipulate the seasons in real-time. The protagonist, Ary, can summon spheres of winter, spring, summer, and autumn to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.

The project’s unique seasonal mechanics, compelling narrative, and enchanting visuals led to its nomination for “Best Indie Game” at Gamescom 2018 and “Critic’s Choice” at Indie Prize Berline 2017.

Dex: Cybernetic RPG

“Dex” is a side-scrolling RPG set in a cyberpunk universe. Players assume the role of Dex, an AI, navigating both physical and virtual landscapes while unraveling a global conspiracy. The game uniquely blends side-scrolling, shooting, and RPG elements. “Dex” has received praise for its detailed world-building, multi-layered narrative, and flexible gameplay. It was also a participant in the Indie Prize showcase.

The Bunker: Interactive Horror

“The Bunker” is an interactive horror game that employs live-action footage, making for a cinematic experience. As the last survivor in a nuclear bunker, players must navigate their fears and unravel dark secrets. Known for its innovative use of live action, compelling storytelling, and tense atmosphere, “The Bunker” was nominated for “Best Performance in a Comedy, Adventure or Drama” at the National Film Awards UK in 2017.

Figment: A Journey Through the Mind

“Figment” is an action-adventure game set in a human mind, manifesting concepts like courage and doubt as physical beings. Its blend of exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat set within an extraordinary setting marks it as a standout indie title. “Figment” was awarded “Best Console/PC Hardcore” at the IP Berlin, demonstrating its unique creative vision.

Slayaway Camp: Killer Puzzles

“Slayaway Camp” is a unique puzzle game with a horror movie theme. Players control a serial killer, strategically navigating grids to terrorize camp-goers. Its mix of gore, humor, and challenging puzzles sets it apart. The game has been praised for its clever design and won at the Indie Prize for “Best Game Narrative”.

Serial Cleaner: Stealthy Clean-up

“Serial Cleaner” puts players in the shoes of a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. The game combines stealth gameplay with a vibrant 70s aesthetic, creating a unique juxtaposition of theme and visual style. The game is known for its original gameplay mechanics and striking art direction, and was recognized as a finalist at the Indie Prize USA 2017 for its innovative gameplay and distinctive style.

Bulb Boy: Light-Up Horror

“Bulb Boy” is a point-and-click horror adventure distinguished by its unique art style and unusual protagonist – a boy with a glowing bulb for a head. The project blends horror and humor to deliver an experience that’s both eerie and whimsical. “Bulb Boy” was awarded “Best Art” at the Indie Prize Berlin 2017, and its distinct visual design continues to impress players and critics alike.

Concluding the Indie Exploration

Each of these games brings something unique to the table, whether it’s a fresh take on gameplay mechanics, an innovative narrative approach, or an unusual artistic style. All have participated in the Indie Prize and they embody the creativity with originality that the award celebrates.

With their varied genres and gameplay styles, these projects offer experiences to suit every gamer, promising hours of entertainment and immersion in rich, carefully crafted worlds. Whether you’re a fan of horror, action, adventure, or puzzles, you’re sure to find a title that captures your imagination among these standout titles.

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