It feels like an age since we began hosting digital pitches in response to the global situation.
However, despite the circumstances that necessitated this move, our digital pitches have only gone from strength to strength. Allowing us to host an ever-increasing range of diverse brand new gaming experiences from some of the world's most exciting indie developers.
Most recently that meant hosting our PC+Console Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #6 sponsored by Kwalee. An event we hosted in part due to the overwhelming demand from talented indie developers for the previous pitches.
This time around we saw even more exciting and interesting indie developers pitch their latest works to some of our most established judges and journalists, with 12 battling it out for the crown. As always, the competition was extremely tough with only 2 votes separating the top 2. Nevertheless, the judges did, in the end, settle on the top games from the pitch, with the winner finally being settled on. That winner was TrickShot, a game that looks to combine Tony Hawk's Pro Skater with the likes of the best multiplayer shooters into an amazing battler that looks for skill and style in equal measure.
For those not in the know, 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 opportunities to promote their game.
Of course, TrickShot, as you already know, was the winner, but if you want to learn more about not only TrickShot but also our runners-up from The Big Indie Pitch (PC+Console Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #6, then simply read on.
1st Place - TrickShot by Meddling Kids
What would you get if you crossed all the action and style of Tony Hawks Pro Skater with the frantic survival battle action of the best competitive multiplayer games? Well, TrickShot of course. As such, in TrickShot players must dodge oncoming bullets and take out opponents all whilst pulling off complex and stylish tricks and picking up the most kills. All of which contribute to your final points tally.
Embracing the intense nature of the game, players won't be tied to the laws of physics. Nor will they be tied to skateboards either, as players can pick between either hoverskates or hoverboards. The final build is planned to include the likes of Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Downhill Racing, and many more game modes that emphasise team-based skill and solo style.
2nd Place - Paper Trail by Newfangled Games
Paper Trail is an absolutely gorgeous puzzle adventure centred on the themes of leaving home and finding yourself as you explore the world around you. Set in a charming paper world, players must help guide Paige on her journey of self-discovery whilst using a range of distinct gameplay mechanics including the ability to fold and tear your way through the sometimes harsh world in front of you.
Throughout the adventure, Paige will be introduced to a range of unforgettable characters, be challenged by challenging puzzles and be faced with having to piece together the literal Paper Trail, as she journeys deeper into the folds of space and time.
3rd Place - PuckOff by Kuura Playhouse
PuckOff is an upcoming hockey-themed game developed by Finnish based Kuura Playhouse. However, this is no normal Hockey game, as this time around, the rules have been thrown out of the rink. Described by the developer as “hockey with no rules”, in PuckOff players will be able to use any amount of trickery, deceit and battle strength in order to claim victory. In fact, there are actually two ways to achieve victory, as you can either outscore or outlast your opponent to take the win.
Players can also look forward to both traditional and environmental based arenas allowing an even more diverse range of skills. Alongside this, a single-player campaign is planned with a story that will take you from a childhood pond all the way to the pro underground league. Of course, finally, there will also be a multi-player mode so that fans can take each other on, and put their differing approaches to a no-holds-barred form of hockey in order to see who's strategy and strength reigns supreme.
Want to show off your exciting new game? We host Big Indie Pitch events throughout the year, so be sure to keep an eye on our events page for an event near you.
Upcoming Big Indie Pitch Event Pages & Registration
May 19, 2021 - The Digital Big Indie Pitch (Mobile Edition) #7
July 12-13, 2021 - The Very Big Indie Pitch (PC+Console Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2021
July 12-13, 2021 - The Very Big Indie Pitch (Mobile Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2021