In 2019 we took The PC Indie Pitch to new heights as we visited nine different locations, and saw more than 130 developers pitch their latest game to our panels of international experts. However, in 2020 we’re set to go bigger, as we invite console developers to join is the brand new and updated Big Indie Pitch (PC / Console Edition), starting with our flagship Pocket Gamer Connects London 2020 conference.
In fact, in our first-ever pitch with console developers being invited too, we saw 19 developers battle it out to be crowned the winner of the PC / Console edition of The Very Big Indie Pitch, a title that was eventually taken by Bristol-based developer James Makes Games, with his game Scramble, a simultaneous turn-based airplane based dogfighting game set during the Battle of Britain.
For those not in the know though, The Big Indie Pitch is a regular event run by the makers of PCGamesInsider.biz. It gives indie developers the chance to pitch their games to industry experts and journalists in a speed-dating-style format. Teams get the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their games, as well as win great prizes such as promotional packages and the coveted Big Indie Pitch baseball bat.
Teams get the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their games, as well as win great prizes such as promotional packages and, more importantly, the coveted Big Indie Pitch baseball bat.
Of course, Scramble! Battle of Britain as you already know was the winner, but we always award prizes for the top three. So read on to not only find out more about Scramble, but also our runners up too.
First place - Scramble! Battle of Britain by James Makes Games
Set during one of the most fierce battles of the Second World War, Scramble! Battle of Britain is an innovative and deep Simultaneous Turn-Based multiplayer dogfighting game set in the skies above the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain.
Within the game opposing players take it in turns to issue commands against the clock for multiple aircrafts, before seeing those commands play out in real-time action. This allows players to control an entire complex aerial battle with multiple aircraft in three dimensions through deep strategic gameplay, one in which consequences will be felt instantly.
Additionally, in a nice touch, once the battle is over, James Makes Games have added a cinematic replay feature where you can watch the entire battle back uninterrupted, allowing players to enjoy the battle, or possibly, use it to analyse their successes and mistakes.
Second place - Tiny Money by Tiny Money
Tiny Money is a jaw-droppingly beautiful stop motion Clay stop motion animation, point and click game. The game itself takes place in which socio-economic gaps not only influence citizen's lives but where it also directly affects their height.
This interesting story addition means that the lead character Pete, who only earns a modest living, must try to survive a world in which he stuck between poverty-stricken microscopic people who are viewed as parasites, and larger than life financial tycoons who wouldn’t think twice about standing on him. As such, Tiny Money promises not only some of the most beautiful visuals we’ve seen at the pitch but also a deep story that looks into the very fabric of how society runs.
Third place - Cold Paradise by Storm Candle
Now, unfortunately, due to its top-secret nature, we’re not allowed to tell you much about Cold Paradise for the time being. However, we can tell you that the judges thought that the game looks set to present players with a deep and involved story-driven experience, one that promises to be unique to each and every player. Not only that but it was absolutely stunning to look and was filled with a tremendous amount of character.
For now, that will have to do, but we’ll be updating this article as soon as we can with more information about our third-place prize winner from The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2020 (PC / Console Edition).
Want to show off your exciting new game? We host Big Indie Pitch events throughout the year, so be sure to keep an eye out on our events page for an event near you.
Upcoming BIPs include:
- March 18th - The Big Indie Pitch at GDC 2020 (Mobile Edition)
- March 18th - The Big Indie Pitch at GDC 2020 (PC / Console Edition)
- May 11th -12th - The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle 2020 (Mobile Edition)
- May 11th -12th - The Very Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle 2020 (PC / Console Edition)