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 The Big Indie Pitch (PC+Console Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital NEXT sponsored by our season sponsors Kwalee. An event we hosted in part due to the overwhelming talent coming from indie developers at this time.
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 11 battling it out for the crown. As tough as the competition was, not only were the judges able to settle on a top three, but they also unanimously gave maximum points to our undisputed winner. A rare feat in the Big Indie Pitch. That winner was Filthy Animals Heist Simulator, a comedy filled physics-based heist-em-up featuring anthropomorphic animals.
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, Filthy Animals Heist Simulator, as you already know, was the winner, but if you want to learn more about not only Filthy Animals Heist Simulator but also our runners-up from The Big Indie Pitch (PC+Console Edition) at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital NEXT, then simply read on.
Filthy Animals Heist Simulator is a game centred around a team of anthropomorphic mutant animals who have somehow got themselves involved in a number of intricate and comedic heists. Taking orders from the mad scientist (and getaway driver) Tony, players can inhabit one of 8 unique animals, all with their own skills, before attempting to pull off some of the most audacious heists ever.
Of course, if this wasn't challenging enough, the game features physics-based ragdoll mechanics in order to add to the challenge and the comedy. Alongside this, there's also a funky soundtrack, the ability to team up with up to 4 of your friends, and a range of mini-games and bonus levels. So, are you ready to maybe rob a bank, or steal from a Nuclear Train? How about raiding an Ancient Temple, or launching into space? Well, it's all on the table if you can pull it off.
USC: Counterforce is a turn-based squad focused RPG title. Featuring a top-down view, sci-fi inspired strategy and tactics, and even fully interactive maps, this is a game that meets that perfect sweet spot of being easy to understand and jump into, but also highly tactical and challenging at the same time.
What's more, developer Angry Cat Studios also has a wealth of additional touches that promise to help the game stand out from the crowd. These include light and dark mechanics, a range of retro-inspired mechanics modernised for today's strategy and RPG fans, and even swarming AI that your Alien opponents will take advantage of in order to try and break your strategies.
Set within a stunning comic book-inspired world, Universe for Sale features a sci-fi narrative adventure that delves into the deep and emotional nature of human relationships and the challenges of self-acceptance. Throughout this experience, players will follow the tales and stories of both the enigmatic cultist the Master, and the vendor of the universes Lila.
From the street stalls of Jupiter, to larger than life characters, and even the ability to craft your very own universes and stories, Universe for Sale promises to be an encapsulating adventure for anyone interested in exploring beyond what they know.