The Eurogamer Expo is always full of big games and new systems and this year will be no exception, but one of my favourite areas is always the Indie Games Arcade, where our curator-hero David Hayward puts together an amazing line-up of exotic games that you probably haven't seen before, let alone played.
This year's line-up is full of beautiful, thrilling, touching and above all interesting games, many of which offer a unique, elegantly presented take on traditional themes. Here's CHROMA, for example, which is a puzzle-platform game based on light and shadow.
Other games take themes that are often located at the fringes of blockbuster games - if they're even officially recognised - and blow them gorgeously and incredibly out of proportion. Cloudbuilt, from Coilworks, is a pretty good example of that, combining 3D platforming, speed-running and incredible supernatural landscapes to stunning effect.
In addition to 16 fascinating PC games, this year we also have a selection of mobile and tablet games. Indie games are often playful and cheeky as well as smartly constructed, and FIST OF AWESOME, which is one of four iOS titles in the Indie Games Arcade, certainly captures that. The Streets of Rage or Final Fight nostalgia and bear-punching lumberjack aspects will draw you in, then the immaculate controls will hold your attention.
Really, though, everything on the list is worth checking out if you're heading to the Eurogamer Expo which, as I'm sure I don't need to remind you, takes place at Earls Court in London from 26th to 29th September. Tickets are pretty much sold out now, but there's a little availability left on Thursday and Friday, so hit up the official website if you're interested and haven't got a ticket yet.
Here's the full line-up of Indie Games Arcade titles courtesy of David Hayward. Thanks David!
- Assault Android Cactus, Witch Beam Games
- CarTank, RichMakeGame
- CHROMA, Mark Foster
- Cloudbuilt, Coilworks
- Eden Star, Flix Interactive
- Endlight, Bigpants
- I Get This Call Every Day, David S Gallant
- Master Reboot, Wales Interactive
- MirrorMoon EP, Santa Ragione
- Myriad, Erlend Grefsrud
- Shiftlings, Rock Pocket Games
- Skipping Stones, KO-OP Mode
- Teslagrad, Rain Games
- Three Monkeys, Incus Games
- Tomb of Rooms, Idle Creations
- Xenolith, Snowbolt Interactive
- Anima, OutOfTheBit
- FIST OF AWESOME, I Fight Bears
- Framed, Loveshack
- Out There, Mi-Clos Studio
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