The wait is over; we are now pleased to announce the eight digital games selected for this year’s Nordic Game Indie Night showcase and nominated for the Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award at Nordic Game 2015.
The jury included Copenhagen Games Collective members, past winners as well as game analysts and critics; their task has been to evaluate each entrant on their own merits. The process has been a tough one, as over 100 fascinating and diverse Nordic games were submitted.
This year’s titles were chosen based on a number of criteria ranging from visual strength to gameplay innovation, with each of the selected games deserving special attention and representing the diversity of the Nordic indie scene. The jury has not determined these titles to be the “eight best Nordic indie games of 2015”, but rather believes that each of these games has something very unique worth showing.
Unfortunately there were many more interesting games submitted than could be showcased at this year’s Nordic Game Indie Night, and the jury wishes all the applicants who were not chosen the best of luck. Applicants with titles not selected this year are of course welcome to apply again next year with the same, further-developed or new games.
The eight selected games will be showcased Wednesday 20 May from 18:00 at Slagthuset in Malmö. One of the games will be selected by public voting during Nordic Game Indie Night to receive the “Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award” at this year’s Nordic Game Awards.
Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award 2015 nominees:
Awkward Ellie by Team Awkward (Denmark)
All eyes are on you as you become “the elephant in the room” in this awkward tea party simulator. Utilising both the Oculus Rift and PlayStation Move controller, this Nordic Game Jam title by six Danish students puts you in the trunk of “Ellie the Elephant” as she struggles to be civilised at her first tea party. An elephant never forgets, and you certainly won’t forget this experience!
Learn more about Awkward Ellie and Team Awkward here.
Foot-To-Ball N+1 by Neat Corporation (Sweden)
Self-described as a “Twinstick Clusterfuttball Simulator”, Foot-To-Ball N+1 reinvents tried-and-true football gameplay “to give FIFA a run for their money”. Both controller thumb-sticks determine the density and movement of your team, and the bumper buttons also cause the entire team to jump or kick in unison – a “mad” control scheme that feels great and provides just the right amount of chaos.
Learn more about Foot-To-Ball N+1 and Neat Corporation here.
Interplanetary by Team Jolly Roger (Finland)
Interplanetary is an interesting take on the turn-based strategy genre that throws “gravitational pull” into the mix. Players wage “planet-to-planet” wars by developing their “home planets” and bombarding the others with missiles. The gravitational pull of the planets has to be taken into consideration when planning the trajectory of the missiles.
Learn more about Interplanetary and Team Jolly Roger here.
Manual Samuel by Perfectly Paranormal (Norway)
The “illegitimate love child” of QWAP and Monkey Island, Manual Samuel has you manually stepping, breathing and even blinking your way through “Samuel’s” 24-hour “deal with death”. Manual Samuel is filled with bizarre and morbid humor; just remember to breathe!
Learn more about Manual Samuel and Perfectly Paranormal here.
Myriad by Bifrost Entertainment (Norway)
Myriad is an explosion of colors and shapes. It’s possibly the “visually-stunning-next-illogical-conclusion” of Asteroids. To be honest it’s difficult to describe; you’ll just have to experience it for yourself!
Learn more about Myriad and Bifrost Entertainment here.
Pavilion by Visiontrick Media (Sweden)
Pavilion is a beautiful “fourth-person” puzzle adventure game in the vein of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. The player uses lights and bells to help direct a character that will otherwise “walk around as he pleases”. The whole setup of the world and mechanics leave you with a sense of intrigue and mystery…
Learn more about Pavilion and Visiontrick Media here.
The Gentleman by Cape Copenhagen (Denmark)
The Gentleman is a feel-good rhythm adventure game, drawing inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood musicals. As you strut down the street, tap your feet and spray the world with confetti, The Gentleman will have you grinning at the screen with a sense of joy that is all-too-often missing in the games medium.
Learn more about The Gentleman and Cape Copenhagen here.
Zero-G by Søren Trautner Madsen (Denmark)
Zero-G by Søren Trautner Madsen
Zero-G is a fast-paced futuristic sports game in “zero gravity” that includes a 1-3 player cooperative campaign and 2-6 player competitive “quick-match” party mode. Featuring music from Danish cult geek-band “Press Play on Tape”, Zero-G is a side project of Søren Trautner Madsen, whose day job is game programming at Playdead. Zero-G was initially created in 1993 for the Commodore Amiga and has now been re-implemented in Unity. All three players in a Zero-G team are guided with one controller, which makes for some incredibly fun and intense matches as team members run up walls and float through the air!
Check out the Zero-G trailer from Søren Trautner Madsen:
About the Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award
The purpose of this award is to recognise new talent from the Nordic region. The nominated games in this category are chosen through an application process led by Copenhagen Game Collective, curators of Nordic Game Indie Night.
Eight games are nominated, and they can be play-tested and voted for by the public during Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 on Wednesday 20 May from 18.00 at Slagthuset in Malmö.
Important! Nordic Game Indie Night is free and open to the public, and will feature inspirational speakers as well as an “all-night” party. More information about Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 will be released very soon – stay tuned!
About the Nordic Game Awards
The Nordic Game Awards is organised by the Nordic Game Institute in cooperation with Nordic Game Resources and the Nordic Game conference. The Nordic Game Institute consists of the following game producer associations in the region: Dataspelsbranschen (SE), Icelandic Gaming Industry (IS), Neogames (FI), Spillprodusentforeningen (NO) and Producentforeningen (DK).
The organisers appoint the NGA jury, this year with the following members: Bjarki Thor Jónsson (Iceland), Jon Cato Lorentzen (Norway), Kerstin Alex (Sweden), Sonja Ängeslevä (Finland) and Søren Staal Balslev (Denmark).
Expect this and much, much more at Nordic Game 2015. So don’t delay – get your pass now!
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