Everything’s terrible again, so let’s brighten up the week with a good old-fashioned #BelgianGamesIndustry achievements overview post. Let’s go!
There’s physical events again and one studio that’s certainly glad about that is our proud member Happy Volcano. The expert drivers behind You Suck at Parking took their game on the road to the UK to meet fellow dangerous drivers at EGX London and Develop Brighton, where they won the Indie Showcase. Honk-fives for everyone on the team!
They had to beat fellow countryman Studio Waterzooi’s Please, Touch The Artwork to get there, but the relaxing puzzle game about art got a special shout-out from the jury, so that’s nice. The title could also be big in Japan (sorry), as it was one of the winners at the Sense of Wonder Night during Tokyo Game Show.
Speaking of Japan: solo developer Casper Croes released his Resident Evil inspired horror video game Alisa last month. As you’d expect, escaping from those freaky mechanised dolls isn’t a walk in the park, but fans of 90’s retro games know how to grind their teeth.
A lot of card releases in the past months. Maratus kicked off their card driven visual novel Arisen and our proud member Cybernetic Walrus launched an all-out robot attack with Rise of Humanity. The pc version of deck builder Roguebook has been out for a while, but we’re still anxiously awaiting the console versions.
A more recent release that’s worked out quite nicely is Midnight Protocol. Developer and longtime member LuGus Studios always knew an abstract looking hacking game would be a hard sell, but most people who do take the plunge (which now includes The Verge) are very excited about the game, resulting in a current 94% rating on Steam.
“My next game doesn’t have to be a hit”, said Bart Bonte in a recent Flanders DC interview (link in Dutch). That’s nice and all, but at the same time the solo developer keeps on releasing one banger after another. His latest release Sugar is his most succesful release to date. Considering how popular his colour series was, that’s quite a feat.
While he isn’t one for fast growth, we’ve got plenty of Belgian video game companies who are. Triangle Factory and Next Apps join regulars AppTweak and CrazyGames as nominees in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50.
Not a video game, but we’d also like to offer some major props to our proud member CREATE for their exhibition at the recent Light Festival in Ghent. They created a cool 3D projection on the tower of an old electrical plant, showcasing the launch of a rocket. Take a look, it’s truly spectacular!
Whew, that was fun! Tell you what? Let’s continue on Friday, because there’s plenty more where that came from. Take care and see you then!