INDIE Live Expo II Games
All of the award winners and Nintendo Switch game announcements made at the INDIE Live Expo II with more details added below…
Helltaker wins Best Characters Awards. 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel wins Rules of Play Award. Chinese Parents wins the Local Cultural Representation Award. Hades and Lonely Mountains: Downhill both win the Best Game Feel Award. Not For Broadcast wins the Theme of the Year Award. Craftopia wins Most Stream-friendly Game Award. Hades also won the Grand Prize.
Takumi Naramura (LA-MULANA) reveals his brand new title with the horror action game with MEDIUM-NAUT, a one-man game that is coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam in Spring 2021, with Gotcha Gotcha Games on publishing duties.
A human observation puzzle game by Kenichi Nishi (Moon, Chibi Robo!, L.O.L.: Lack of Love, etc), and his Route24 company. The game sees you place items such as bees and banana peels on the map. Gotcha Gotcha Games will again be publishing with the game coming to the eShop in December 2020.
STEOS -Sorrow Song of Bounty Hunter-
What looks like a side-scrolling shoot ’em up by 125 that is coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam in November for ¥980, published by Gotcha Gotcha Games. The game is in-fact a single screen action game where the main character is not a fighter, but a bipedal cannon. Known as Steos -Yatoware Hougekisyu no Aisyuuka- in Japan.
Dungeon of Nazarick
A challenging 2D dark fantasy action game set in the dark fantasy world of Overlord III! Looks every bit a Famicom game with Gotcha Gotcha Games developing and publishing the title which releases on Nintendo Switch and Steam this month, priced at ¥1,500.
The Witch and the 66 Mushrooms
An 8-bit style 2D action-adventure metroidvania for Switch and Steam, which sees you as a young girl equipped with a magical hat who must take back your brother’s body, stolen by a witch. Developed and published by Gotcha Gotcha Games and available this month for ¥660. Known as Majo to 66 no Kinoko in Japan
Okami no Kaguya-hime
Developed by Serial Games with character design by Ohsaki Pecomaru, Okami no Kaguyahime screen is a vertically scrolling action game where you can acquire different skills and weapons, level-up your character, and even transform into a wolf! Gotcha Gotcha Games publish on Switch and Steam in December.
A chunky 2D side-scrolling Golden Axe-type game for Switch and Steam. It’s developed by CYBIRD and to be published by Gotcha Gotcha Games in March. The aim is to destroy the monsters, find the legendary dragon, and save the human race!
Steel Sword Story S
A Nintendo Switch 2D side-scrolling platformer with a sword-bearing hero also capable of magic, with the gameplay geared towards fans of old-school action games. Developed by 8bits Fanatics (1001 Spikes) and to be published by Gotcha Gotcha Games in 2020.
Buraigun Galaxy Storm
A vertical shoot ’em up for Nintendo Switch inspired by 90s arcade shooters where you take on the alien invaders using three types of weapons, two types of formations, and bombs. The game is developed by ShiN_game and will also be published by Gotcha Gotcha Games in 2020.
A snowball fighting esports action game for up to 4 players. It’s already been released on Steam, with the Switch version adding new stages, new characters, and a story mode. It’s developed by teamTMT and will be published by Gotcha Gotcha Games in 2020.
BLOCK SLIME CAVE
The latest game by WINGLAY where you are lost in the cave of the ruins and must find and ride the block slime to escape. Don’t hold me to the plot line though! Gotcha Gotcha Games will be publishing this new action game for Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021.
Booth: A Dystopian Adventure
The Switch version of Guanpeng Chen’s adventure game is coming at some point in 2021. The game is set in a famine-riddled world of 2036, where you live alone inside a food-inspection booth, and are striving to find truth and peace beyond the borderline.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
Developed by Darjeeling and published by Pixmain on Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android.. An adventure puzzle game based on the bestseller, Pierre The Maze Detective, where you play as the detective Pierre, to retrieve a lost stone from the notorious thief, Mr. X, across 10 different locations.
The fourth Osyaberi game from the Clouds Play Company which has previously seen titles in the Boulderdash and shoot ’em up genres. This game looks like a 2D side-scrolling action game, again featuring pixel art, again starring excavator extraordinaire, Ana, and set for Switch and Steam in February 2021.
The Adventures of Zozo!
A 2D side-scrolling platforming action game from Saudi Arabia! The game looks Mega Man-esque like it would push the limits of the Famicom, where you play a young super hero who must defend the planet. It’s coming to both Switch and Steam in early 2021. Known as Zozo no Bouken in Japan.
A strategic cat-based action puzzle game for Nintendo Switch from Jetman, which was scheduled for Summer this year, but is now releasing next year. The game sees you guide cats into a warp hole using the Joy-Con, where you can drive a car, chase mice, and much more!
Spacelines from the Far Out
A heavily comedic sci-fi party, co-op, rogue-lite, tycoon, space sim, that is almost an action RPG, and blends the golden era of air travel with the utopian space age of the ’60s! It’s developed by Coffeenauts, and is coming to Switch and Steam in 2021.
The first game in the Guilt Trilogy series, which is an interactive novel game played through a cellphone and through social media. It’s already available on Steam, with the Switch version coming to the eShop today, published by PLAYISM, and priced at just ¥498.
A top-down rogue-lite game with RPG elements where the player controls a mecha assembled from four different pieces of equipment, each piece having its unique weight. The game is developed by Whirllaxy Studio and coming to both Switch and Steam. Contact the team if you want to publish.
A kawaii kana match-em up puzzle game by Not Dead Design where you learn Japanese, by matching kana (Japanese letters) with their sounds. The game features over 300 challenging puzzle levels, with both Hiragana and Katakana included.
Figment: Creed Valley
An action-adventure musical puzzle game set in the human mind, where nightmares are spreading chaos, and enemies have overrun once-peaceful lands. Both developed and published by Bedtime Digital Games who will be bringing it to Switch and Steam in 2021.
An old-school retro shooter that soon changes to a completely different genre, taking you through the history of the golden arcade era, boiled down to its core elements of hard, fast, and addictive. It’s developed by Gamechuck and published Chorus Worldwide for Switch and Steam.
A survival game where you are infected by a zombie bite, and must now fight to survive, not for just yourself but for your young son, Cody. Protect him, search for safety, and teach him the valuable skills to survive, at any cost. Developed by Vanimals and coming to Switch and Steam in 2021.
Ruin of the Reckless
A 2D action roguelike game with a focus on fast-paced melee combat, speedy movement, and co-operative play, which features the feel of 16-bit classics while providing a major graphical update. It’s developed by Faux-Operative Games and already available on Steam, with the Switch version to follow.
The early SUDA51/Grasshopper Manufacture murder/adventure games The Silver Case and The 25th Ward: The Silver Case are coming to Switch at retail in Japan as one packaged entitled Silver 2425 on February 18th, priced at ¥6,578, with PLAYISM responsible for publishing.
The hardcore FPP slasher is amazingly getting a Switch release with H2 Interactive publishing the game at retail in Japan on January 28th for ¥4,950. Check out our separate post here with announcement trailer and box art both added.
Other Switch games shown, but what we’ve previously written about, include Star Renegades, Hell’s High Harmonizers, Demolition Robots K.K., Children of Morta, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Eastward, No Straight Roads, World’s End Club, Olija, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, Jump King, TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, Dungreed, Fight Crab, Subnautica: Below Zero, Pumpkin Jack, Super Metboy!, Metamorphosis, Phoenotopia, Manifold Garden, Raspberry Mash, PICK ME UP! – Rescue Rangers –, Akita Oga Mystery Annai: Kogoeru Ginreika, Alwa’s Legacy, and Temtem. Apologies if I missed one!
All of the new game announcements from the first INDIE Live Expo 2020 event are detailed at this post. All of today’s new game announcements will also be added to the Schedule. INDIE Live Expo III was also announced for 2021 (trailer here).