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 #7 sponsored by Kwalee and Unity. 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 14 battling it out for the crown. As always, the competition was extremely tough with more than half of the games picking up votes in the final round of judging. 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 Against the Storm, a roguelite city builder set in a fantasy world where it never stops raining.
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, Against the Storm, as you already know, was the winner, but if you want to learn more about not only Against the Storm but also our runners-up and honourable mention from The Big Indie Pitch (PC+Console Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #7, then simply read on.
1st Place - Against the Storm by Eremite Games
In this roguelite city-builder, players must guide their beaver, human, and lizard citizens through an endless array of destructive storms and other environmental hazards in order to survive this harsh fantasy land. Described by the developer as Banished meets Slay the Spire, players must guide the Queen's Viceroy on a quest to build up existing and new settlements.
Of course, this means not only thinking about the growth of the kingdom, but also the everyday needs of the multicultured citizens. However, the never-ending rain will mean that whilst the Smouldering City exists as a safe zone against the Blightstorm, gathering the resources needed to survive and prosper will take some skill and smart thinking.
2nd Place - Slime Heroes by Pancake Games
Often in games slime monsters are the everyday enemies that the hero must strike down in their droves. However, Slime Heroes turns that on its head by offering the poor little slimes the chance to be the heroes of their own story.
As such, must take control of these adorable slimes, as they look to save the world from an evil corruption using a range of unique weapons and magical abilities. Additionally, you won't necessarily be alone on this loveable journey, as players can also play together as they explore a curious world filled with colourful and creative inhabitants.
3rd Place - Once a Tale by 2 Igloos
Once a Tale is a game that looks to reimagine the classic fable of Hansel & Gretel. As always, players fine themselves list in the woods before stumbling across a house made of candy that is inhabited by an evil witch. However, as you explore the magical words players will discover that these woods are home to a variety of characters from other tales and fables.
What's more, the game is created using real handmade puppets within miniature terrains, which are all 3D scanned to create an immersive and fascinatingly unique world. As such, alongside creating an immersive and enjoyable experience, developer 2 Igloos also hopes to blur the line between video games and stop motion animated films.
Additionally, one game only just missed out on 3rd place, and as such, so that everyone can check out this amazing game too, we've added the trailer below for our honourable mention.
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