As such, more than 200 developers were given the chance to present their games to a variety of expert judges, gain feedback, meet fellow developers, and possibly take away one of the prizes for coming in first, second or third.
Not wanting to be stood up, we’ve kicked off 2018 in much the same fashion as 2017, with our flagship bumper edition Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018. This competition saw 27 developers stand up to pitch their game to a record 16 judges, and was as close a competition as we’ve seen.
Nevertheless, there had to be a winner, and on this occasion that was FINIFUGU && friends with their 3-player-and-up party game Too Many Cooks. Second place was then taken by OIL, a game which managed to beat its third place prizes from the Big Indie Pitch in Dundee, and finally third place runner up was Z War 1, a game which you may recognise from a few of 2017’s Big Indie Pitch round ups.
First place: Too Many Cooks
- By: FINIFUGU && friends
That’s not all though, as the game looks absolutely gorgeous and is filled with life and character. It’s also great fun for all ages too, whilst also being really intuitive and easy to pick up and play. This is definitely one that fans of co-operative party gaming should keep their eyes closely peeled for.
Second place: OIL
- By: Wee Door
Where OIL differs from classic board games though is in its innovative use of a space and shared resources. Players must strategically compete for the oil on the board without giving away too much to their opponent. Set for release this year, OIL will be shipping with 10 unique levels alongside both single and multiplayer game modes.
Third place: Z War 1 : The Great war of the Dead 1918 -1927
- By: Ether Games
With a really high production value, lots of action, and even an appearance from Cthulhu, Ether Games certainly earned their 3rd podium appearance at the Big Indie Pitch. All that’s left now is for the game to be released so that everyone can enjoy its frantic action gameplay.
Fourth place: Stack & Crack
- By: Jambav
Created by one of the most exciting teams we’ve ever seen at The Big Indie Pitch, the game includes a high amount of polish, diverse gameplay mechanics, and beautiful handcrafted levels. It also has a graded learning curve, meaning that the game grows with the player, offering them a challenge whilst never being frustrating.
Fifth place: War Duels: Fire in the Hole!
- By: AdoreStudio
Within the game, players will have to conquer territories, take control over oil deposits, and wipe off your opponents. All whilst managing your own military base and beating your friends in tactical PvP battling.
- By: Panzerdog
The game is also built from the ground up for mobile devices too despite its large scale ideas, and as such incorporates mobile friendly mechanics such as auto running and aiming, and left and right thumb-tap controls.
- By: Lorraine Studio
Inspired by the likes of Clash Royale, Rumble League allows players to assemble bespoke crew of fighters to take to the arena in order to destroy the other team in fast paced PvP matches. That’s not all though, as the your team is fully customisable too, allowing players create a team that works to their gameplay style.
Super Speed Runner
- By: Jambav
Sounds simple right? Well unfortunately for the Super Speed Runner, it’s going to take some precise movement and pixel perfect to survive in this innovative and intuitive hardcore action platformer, one which invokes the greatest of the genre. Surviving may be tougher than you think.
- By: Pixel Trip Studios
That’s not all though, as players can also expect a DeLoreon’s worth of nods to 1980s too, including movie, gaming and tv references, polished retro graphics, and an 8bit inspired soundtrack that pays homage to the golden era of gaming.
- By: ZRZStudio
Inspired by the likes of quirky classics such as LocoRoco, Inops also sees players having to scour levels for lost Inops. Once awoken and collected these can then be combined in order to become one big Inop or split further into smaller pieces, all of which allows players to approach levels in unique ways. With 3 different worlds, an inviting art style and interactive gameplay, Inops is set to bring a unique and immersive experience!
- By: Greg Sharpe
Designed by the developer with quick 1 - 5 minute breaks in mind, the game acts as both a casual game to fill those extra minutes, but also as a brain-exercising tool.
- By: RosyMoon
Inspired by the idea crossing RPG greats like Final Fantasy 7 with psychotherapy and word games, Spells offers gamers a chance to pit their creative wits rather than their muscle against each other.
- By: Vadim Strutsenko
From exploring the history of this phenomenal capital city, to learning where the best places to eat and drink are, and even as far as securing discounts with local businesses Secret Path promises to challenge you to see everything Tallinn has to offer.
- By: Mule Kick Applications
From Endless all the way through to Colour Switching mode, Orb Attack promises players a fresh, accessible and captivating arcade game experience.
- By: SinisterSoft Limited
Built completely from the ground up utilising custom code in just 6 weeks, Retro Star promises 60Hz action even on slow devices, alongside a cross platform high-score leaderboard, a deep storyline, and even Elite style exploration mechanics.
- By: Pyrognomic Software
That’s not all though, as Wire Up also offers more than 600 challenges, tons of unlockables, a high amount of customisation and even PvP multiplayer. It’s also an incredible amount of fun too!
- By: Hora Games
Described by the judges as Angry Birds crossed with Golf, in Ego Chicken players will have to utilise a range of different flick mechanics, such as curving and ground shots in order to make Ego fly right into the heart of Bean’s caterpillar army, and later directly onto his zeppelin throne too.
- By: Sloyd
Overall, Cecile is promising more than 40 hard as nail levels, a variety of different power ups that constantly add depth and variety to the gameplay, alongside an intriguing story set within an apocalyptic future where AI robots have taken control.
Dead End Job
- By: Ant Workshop
You control Hector Plasm, an expert in paranormal pest control, as he patrols town rescuing citizens and sucking up ghosts in his trusty vacuum. You’ll have to watch out though, as Hector has a ghost or two from his past that aren’t quite finished with him yet.
Don-Ay Adorable Runners
- By: Affinity Project
Of course though, that’s not all there is to Don-Ay Adorable Runners, as besides raising their own pet dog, players will also be able to see how long their virtual pet can last with in the endless runner mode too. A mode in which every run generates a donation that will save animals in need.
- By: Erno Lehtonen
That’s not all though, as the game is also et to feature a range of collectibles including new cats, cute kittens and character skins. The developer is also promising gameplay altering power ups and management elements before release too.
Over the Alps
- By: Stave Studios
Described by the developer as 80 Days meets The Great Escape. Over The Alps takes intense and engrossing interactive story and wraps it within gameplay that combines interactive fiction and point and click adventure mechanics. All in all, this is definitely one that fans of storytelling should keep their eyes peeled for.
- By: Beeast Games
A clear honourable mention from the judges, Beeast Games really are promising to bring the same level of depth and quality you would expect from an action RPG, whilt also making sure it has that mobile flavour through continued updates, social elements, and even tournaments to name but a few aspects.
- By: Oney Labs
However, achieving this won’t be easy, as the dark forest has more than one trick up its sleeve, including obstacles and traps. Luckily though, Sworm has a few tricks of its own too, which include the ability to slow time.
- By: Retro Principles
The game also includes that trademark fast and frantic action that retro fans will excite both retro fans looking for a traditional experience, and modern fans looking for something more than just a passive casual experience.
A Journey Towards Jesus
- By: Kupina.Me
Set upon the backdrop of a bother trying to save his sister from a fatal illness, Eliab's heads on a quest to find a mysterious preacher names Jesus, not knowing whether he is real or fake. On this quest players are challenged to answer more than 2.000 questions, alongside exciting challenges and mini-games. All of which will test your knowledge of the Bible.
- By: Gogo Games
All in all the game offer players a chance to challenge their multitasking abilities by keeping your balance and jump, all whilst also collecting power-ups and coins. The latter of which can be used to buy upgrades and unlock secret items.