The Big Indie Pitch – Develop – Retrospective

The Big Indie Pitch at Develop in Brighton was an exciting opportunity for Indie developers from all over the world to grab a drink, show off their game, and maybe even take home one of the top three prizes while at the main Develop event held just down the road.

This wasn’t my first time at The Big Indie Pitch but so you know it is an event run by Pocket Gamer for developers to show off their future games and ideas to a panel of eager and knowledgeable judges.

Here are all 20 entrants in no particular order, remember these are my thoughts and I welcome anyone to reach out and ask me for more details reasonings if they want :).

 

Diamonst

By: Zenko Games s.r.l.
Date: September 2017, iOS

Diamonst is an Augmented Reality adventure which takes place in the real world, and has an immersive and interactive story-driven experience that will see the player face virtual enemies and tricky challenges while exploring his neighbourhood in the real life.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • A good attempt at an assessable Augmented Reality title.
  • Cute mascot.
  • could be played with or without a play mat.

The Cons –

  • Didn’t get a chance to play the game.
  • The pitch was lacking.
  • The scaling was very ‘off’.

 


Abbey’s Flight
By: Stuart Mclean
Date: Out now on iOS

Abbey’s Flight is a bee flight simulator with 12 flying levels and three bonus level types: perform waggle dances, keep the hive warm, and land on flowers.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Like using a game to educate while playing.
  • Graphics were ok.
  • Pitch was alright.

The Cons –

  • The gyro controls need a lot of work.
  • Unsure of my goals.
  • Felt players would lose interest in title very quickly.

 


Dragon Queens
By:

Kaludoscope

Date: Q3/Q4 2017, iOS/Android

Dragon Queens is a non-military, multiplayer game of influence and prosperity. Become the most beloved monarch in the realm by transforming cities into prosperous centres for culture, joy, and luxury goods.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Cool concept.
  • Likeable team.

The Cons –

  • Really unsure what I was doing.
  • No game flow.
  • Pitch needed to be more concise.

 


Jigscore
By: Moonjump
Coming: Autumn 2017, iOS/Android

Jigscore is a cross between dominoes and jigsaws, and can be played either as a casual game or by focusing on puzzles and missions. There are currently 100 missions, multiple game modes, and seven puzzles.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Very clever concept.
  • Loads to do.
  • Great to hear it will be a physical game also.

The Cons –

  • Can at times get very confusing.
  • No accessibility i.e. colour blindness etc.
  • Really basic graphics.

 


Snexagon
By: Ben Wells
Date: September 1st, iOS/Android/PCSnexagon merges ‘Snake’ gameplay with air traffic control games as you move your snake over an area and collect pellets to earn points and grow. After it gets to a certain size, your snake will then split in half and you’ll have to try to manage both bodies.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Interesting spin on a classic.
  • Solid look.
  • Good pitch.

The Cons –

  • Game modes change without warning.
  • Needs to consider adding more social aspects.

 


Space Krieg
By: We Heart Dragons
Date: 2019, iOS/Android/PC/Console”Space Krieg is a tactical space dog-fighting MOBA in which two teams of five players take each other on in the combat zones. Rather than brute force, the key to success here is through team work and strategy.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great concept.
  • Lovely graphics.
  • Great pitch.

The Cons –

  • I didn’t get to play it for long enough.

 


The Almost Gone
By: Happy Volcano
Date: Q2 2018, Mac/PC (maybe mobile someday)

“The Almost Gone is a narrative-driven exploration game where a young girl’s spirit looks for a way out of the afterlife as she tries to understand her own death.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Wonderful concept.
  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Top pitch.

The Cons –

  • I didn’t get to play it.
  • Needs a little work on navigation.

 


The Boxing Promoter
By: Angry Fez Games LTD
Date: July 2017, iOS/Android

The Boxing Promoter puts you in charge or hiring and building a stable of fighters, training them, upgrading their skills, booking their fights, negotiating contracts, and helping them grow through rankings.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Reminds me of Championship Manager 2.

The Cons –

  • No game play.
  • Super confusing.
  • Poor pitch.

 


Boom Boom Barbarian
By: Silo Black Games
Date: Summer 2018, iOS/Android/Console/PC

Boom Boom Barbarian is a rhythm action/tower defence game which works like a classic rhythm matcher to a point. Instead of matching descending beat bars to music, however, you’re matching enemy units to their weaknesses.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Fun pitch.
  • Fun game.
  • Great music.

The Cons –

  • Needs to be synced better in time with the music.

 


The Mystery of Woolley Mountain
By: Huey Games Ltd
Date: Summer 2018, iOS/Android/Console/PC

Inspired by games like Monkey Island, The Mystery of Woolley Mountain is an otherworldly, point and click adventure game which follows five renegade audio scientists as they try to rid their beloved mountain of an evil witch.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Good look.
  • Loved the easter eggs throughout.

The Cons –

  • Needs to more polish.
  • Need more time to play it to better review.

 


Touch ‘n Drag Rally
By: Nikomus Games
Date: Android

Touch’n Drag Rally is a top-down racing game that features new, procedurally generated rally tracks and networked high-scores to keep things competitive.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great idea.
  • Like the social aspect.

The Cons –

  • Needs to more polish.
  • Need better controls.

 


Bertram Fiddle: A Bleaker Predicklement

By: Rumpus Animation
Date: iOS/Android/PC

Bertram Fiddle: A Bleaker Predicklement is the point-and-click mystery game sequel to The Adventures of Betram Fiddle. You’ll play as Bertram Fiddle, a self-proclaimed explorator searching for his next big adventure.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great art.
  • Great pitch.
  • Lovable characters.

The Cons –

  • needs more time with the game.

 


Your Room

By: Unreasonably Good Software,

ltd

Date: Spring 2018, Daydream VR/Cardboard VR

Your Room is a non-violent mobile VR game for 5-13 year-olds which allows children to interact with different toys. Each interaction will allow for a different sort of experience, i.e. riding on a toy train.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great concept.
  • Using VR right.
  • Learning as you play.

The Cons –

  • Need better navigation.
  • Needs to be pitch slightly differently.

 


Save the Seeds
By: A Little Red Panda
Date: 2017, iOS/Android

“In the not too distant future, the world has finally succumbed to the change in temperature and can longer sustain human life. Your mission is to re-enter the atmosphere and retrieve seeds from different biomes in the hope of resurrecting the plants of days gone by and slowly restoring the earth to its former glory.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great art.
  • Lovely game to get stuck into.
  • Solid pitch.

The Cons –

  • Need more challenges.
  • Needs more consequences on failure.

Balls
By: Jason Tuyen Games
Date: Summer 2017, iOS/Android

Balls is an endless arcade game in which you keep a coloured ball in the air for as long as possible, whilst collecting coins and avoiding obstacles.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great improvement on the last build.
  • Gets addictive.

The Cons –

  • Need more modes.
  • Needs to be more socially focused.

 


INOPS
By: ZRZStudio
Date: August 2017, iOS/Android/Nintendo Switch

INOPS is a 2D side-scrolling puzzler where you’ve got to keep all of the Inops alive as you guide them through each level.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Great improvement on the last build.
  • Gets addictive.

The Cons –

  • Need more modes.
  • Needs to be more socially focused, leader boards etc.

Advance Soccer

By: Gentlemen Of Science Limited
Date: August 2017, iOS/Android

Advance Soccer is a turn-based, tactical five-a-side football game with cross platform multiplayer.

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Solid idea.
  • Great for football fans.

The Cons –

  • No gameplay.
  • Needs more substance to the game.

 


Taps Aff! The Scottish Summertime Simulator
By: Ant Workshop
Date: 2017, iOS/Android

“Taps Aff is a celebration of Scotland’s favourite summer activity – exposing pasty white skin to the sun. Help the tiny little computer people in your phone get appropriately attired for the current weather by tapping on them. But, you’ll have to be quick as the weather in Scotland is very changeable.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Such Fun.
  • Addictive.

The Cons –

  • Left me wanting to spend more time on it.

 


Lost Words
By: Sketchbook Games
Date: Unspecified, PC/Console

“Lost Words is a narrative adventure game starring our young protagonist and aspiring writer, Izzy. While dealing with the loss of her grandmother, she writes a fantasy story in which she quests to prove herself between the pages of her diary.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Lovely.
  • Inventive game style.
  • Great pitch.

The Cons –

  • The crossover of styles needs to be less abrupt as it affects the game flow.

 


Vostok Inc.

By: Nosebleed Interactive
Date: 2017, PC/Vita/Console

“Vostok Inc. is a casual game for a hardcore audience and a hardcore game for a casual audience. The premise is that you’re a corrupt, narcissistic yuppie, out to make as much money as possible. Think the Wolf of Wall Street…in Space.”

 

My Thoughts

 

The Pros –

  • Fun mini games.
  • Can get challenging.

The Cons –

  • No really sure on what the end goal is.
  • Rushed pitch.

 

References - Images and Game info from Pocket Gamer
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