The biggest overall change to this year’s Nordic Game conference, 18-20 May, in Malmö, Sweden is that the popular Indie Night event has been expanded to an entire Indie Day & Showcase on 20 May, dedicated to the vibrant indie scene in the Nordic region and abroad.
Highlight of this new format is the Indie Sensation Award, handed to one of the eight indie games selected by Copenhagen Game Collective.
The 2016 Indie Sensation Award nominees are:
Wartile, by Playwood Project (Denmark)
Wartile is a unique digital table-top game, where you lead your band of miniature figurines to battle on gorgeous diorama battle boards.
Figment, by Bedtime Digital Games (Denmark)
A “dream-punk” Zelda-like adventure game with musical elements (“musical” as in the characters actually sing and dance!).
Klang, by Tinimations (Norway)
Named “SXSW’s most interesting indie” by Polygon writer Brian Crecente, Klang is an innovative take on traditional rhythm games that pushes the genre beyond pressing buttons to tempo into a world of fast-paced exploration, platforming and combat.
Fugl, by Team Fugl (Norway)
Fugl is an exploration game where you role-play as a bird in beautiful “voxel” worlds, interacting with the environment and its inhabitants to uncover portals to new levels.
Through the Woods, by Antagonist (Norway)
Through the Woods, a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shore of Norway, is about a mother and her missing son. Through reactive narration, you play the mother’s re-telling of the events surrounding her son’s disappearance, in a setting heavily inspired by Norse mythology and Norwegian folk tales.
ClusterTruck, by LandFall Games (Sweden)
ClusterTruck is a parkour/free-running game where you jump between speeding trucks, hoping to God not to fall off before you get to the goal.
Clapper, by Bridgeside Interactive (Sweden)
Clapper is all about fun for the whole family, with a focus on children. Clapper introduces music and rhythm in new, amusing and interesting ways never seen before; and with four different difficulty levels, Clapper suits both beginners and rhythm game veterans.
Neon Chrome, by 10tons (Finland)
Neon Chrome is a top-down cyberpunk shooter with rogue-like elements, including procedural levels and ruthless gameplay. Blast your way through with guns, explosives and cybernetic abilities. Destroy whole floors and finally defeat the “Overseer”!
Play & Vote!
All Nordic Game 2016 attendees will be able to play the eight nominated games during the conference and vote for their favorite. The winner will be revealed on the evening of 20 May in the Dining Hall of NG16 venue Slagthuset – and will also receive a 7-inch Netsurfer 4G dual-sim tablet, courtesy of our sponsors Ixty. The Netsurfer tablet is a high quality, Google-certified tablet manufactured by “indie” mobile tech company Future Mobile Technology.
Besides all this, Indie Day also includes:
Indie Day Program
Created in cooperation with Copenhagen Game Collective, the Indie Day program features a strong line-up of some of the hottest and most interesting indie names. Speakers include Vander Caballero (Papo & Yo), Alen Ladavac (The Talos Principle) and Martin Fasterholdt, gameplay designer at Danish Playdead. Check out all the Indie Day sessions on 20 May right here!
Indie Discovery Session
Selected independent Nordic developers as well as representatives from the global game development community will present their projects to a string of publishers and investors in the Indie Discovery Session at NG16.
NG16 Indie Showcase
On 20 May, part of the NG16 Dining Hall will be transformed into the Indie Game Showcase area, where you can try exciting new indie games and meet their developers.
Nordic Game 2016 Indie Day will culminate with a final after-party in the evening. Full of games, fun and surprises, this is not to be missed!
Welcome to Indie Day
All Indie Day events are accessible to NG16 conference pass holders – but you can also buy stand-alone tickets to Nordic Indie Day for only 60 EUR each – right here!