iFEST, a free festival for the public to try-out new independent games and an opportunity for local indie game makers to show off their games will return to a spring schedule and take over the 2nd floor food court in the Seattle Center Armory on Saturday May 3rd.
While over 400 attended iFEST in November, 2013, this new high-traffic location should put the Seattle-are indie game industry even more prominently in the public eye. In addition to the chance to interact with the new games, there will be a lecture series on industry-related topics and the ability to cast a vote for your favorite participating game.
AIE sponsors iFEST at all of its campuses. Watch this site as we post details of the upcoming Seattle iFEST. If you are interested in displaying your new indie game at the festival, contact Judith Frey:
Please use Eventbrite to register for iFEST
Twenty-two games were showcased at iFEST Seattle. Each of the following games received a $250 cash prize sponsored by the Living Computer Museum.
People’s Choice Award
Buddy & Me won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the close to 400 attendees. Buddy and Me, a family-friendly “endless adventure about friendship” is the work of Sunbreak Studios for iOS and Android tablet and mobile devices. This “endless runner” game was funded in the Spring of 2013 through a successful Kickstarter Campaign. As a boy (or girl) falls asleep every night a mysterious golden light appears outside; his house shakes and he sees a giant familiar orange face looking in his window encouraging him to come out and play. This is his best friend, a magical flying creature named Buddy, with whom he has a different adventure every evening.
Best Art Award
The black and white puzzle game The Bridge from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild won the juried prize for Best Art. The Bridge was released on Steam earlier this year. Described by its creators as “Isaac Newton meets M.C. Escher,” the Bridge features a hand-drawn art style and physics-based puzzles. The player has to figure out how to twist and turn through the possibly impossible environment.
Best Innovation Award
Ironclad Tactics from Zachtronics won the juried Best Innovation award. This fast-paced, card-based tactics game features steam-powered military robots in the American Civil War. Just released on Steam, it blends the precision of tactics and card games with the spontaneity of a fast-paced strategy game.
VRcade Demonstration @ iFEST from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm www.vrcade.com
Please register for this event via Eventbrite @ https://ifest2013seattle.eventbrite.com