GameDaily Connect USA 2019: Indie Prize Finalists, North America

GameDaily Connect's Indie Prize initiative aims to highlight the work of indie developers from around the globe, ranging from games developed for the mobile market to titles geared towards flagship consoles. Some of these games have made appearances at Dreamhack Dallas, Play NYC and more, so we're very excited to announce the Indie Prize finalists from the USA.

The Indie Prize submissions from North America come from all over the U.S. and Canada. Whether you’re a fan of simulators, nostalgic for the childhood games of yore, or gunning for a little Puzzle Bobble, you’re going to want to keep a close eye on these upcoming titles. We’ve previously covered the European Indie Prize finalists, and will continue to introduce you to passionate developers from other regions in the lead-up to GameDaily Connect. 

Trigono

Developer: Sergey Myachin

Country: USA

Platform: iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

You are the little Trigono who wants to survive in hazardous triangle world. Avoid the red, or you explode. The good thing is you have an unlimited number of lives in this game. If you made a mistake – just restart a level. Trigono cannot stand still and is always moving because he is scared. Don't worry; the first levels are explicitly made to teach you to reverse and jump.

Controls are unusual but straightforward. It feels like learning to eat with chopsticks: confusing at first but after some time pretty interesting. In the game you will dodge from red triangles, moving walls, burning lasers and flying comets. Stay calm no matter what, and you will surely succeed. Just don't give up!

Collapsus

Developer: Wraith Games

Country: USA

Platform: Android, PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Collapsus is an award-winning puzzler by Wraith Games focused on resource-management. Join Leon the Chameleon as you solve endless hours of mind-bending puzzles! Tilt, twist & turn your way to victory! Collapsus TURNS the genre on its head!

Dump! Trump!

Developer: Cavemen Games

Country: USA

Platform: Android

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

It's election season!

Do you find yourself once again being bothered by narcissistic, bullying billionaires? Want to punch them in their ugly faces? Drop them off a cliff? Run them over with a freight train? Well, now you can!

In an unpresidented experience, all it takes to save your pussycat is a series of 45 fast-paced, exciting mini-games! With just a few swipes, you can stop your pussy from being grabbed by the deplorable businessman-turned-politician, Ronald Dump! What are you waiting for? Tapp that covfefe!

Animal Fury

Developer: Ignicion Games

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS, PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

In Animal Fury, a community of animals protects the source of the magical water that sprouts from the sacred highlands. They constantly fight against the sorcerer who represents the forest´s evil spirit. Who will be capable of unspeakable things to take possession of the sacred highlands, and thus, open the bidimensional portal that will allow him to take control of the whole forets?

OtherWordly

Developer: IDEA.org

Country: USA

Platform: Mac, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

OtherWordly combines the cleverness of a crossword puzzle with the agility of an arcade. Gameplay utilizes a match-3 mechanic, where players throw core words out of a sun and into related orbiting target words. Gravity brings the core words back to the sun.

Covens: Tournament of Witchcraft

Developer: Raincrow Studios Inc

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

A real-world game of magic and witchcraft linked to the rhythms of nature, Covens wraps vivid, top-of-the-industry art and an original score around a compelling narrative from the creators of Raincrow Studios. Join seasonal tournaments of witchcraft as a customizable witch and explore the magic lying just beneath the surface of our world. Claim real-world Places of Power and master hundreds of otherworldly spirits - all inspired by the major cultures of the world. Practice basic spellcraft or learn the signature ingredients to give your spells extraordinary effects. Master the unstable art of summoning to call upon the spirits you have collected. Connect with witches across the world to form covens of 13 or hives of hundreds. While the game is rich with lore and story, the free nature of the game allows players to realize the witch they were always meant to be.

Kachinko

Source: Indie Prize
Source: Indie Prize

Developer: Max Gaming Studios

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Representatives from the evil Ka-Ching! Co. are terrorizing the globe! Since smashing their way into Sunset Cove, their pirate brigades have been ransacking homes, kidnapping your friends and stealing all the Fungachinos they can find! The only way to stop them is through match-3 mayhem! So, what are you waiting for? Get out there, and save the world!

Embr

Developer: Muse Games

Country: USA

Platform: PC, Mac

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Do you feel the fire in you? Want to break free from the 9-5? Are you between the ages of 18-85? Then become an Embr Respondr™ today!

Embr is a fire-fighting (un)simulator set in a hyper-capitalist alt-present where firefighting funding has run dry. The Respondr is the last stand in a world ablaze.

Doggone Hungry

Developer: Codeworms

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Doggone Hungry is a casual PC game made for all ages. You play as DOG, a lovable but large Labrador Retriever whose only goal is to relax with his favorite toy, Quackerjack. Unfortunately, Quackerjack is always being stolen. Save your toy by eating food, getting larger, and become an unstoppable force!

Fourzy

Developer: MindIsle

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Fourzy is a strategic board/puzzle game set in a fantasy setting. Collect and herd lovable magical creatures called Fourzies and engage in a battle of wits on a game board filled with strange and dangerous obstacles. Fourzy has simple rules, similar to classic 'four-in-a-row' games, however in Fourzy, every game is a bit different. Elements such as themed areas, procedurally generated boards, puzzles, magic spells and tokens provide interesting new game mechanics to keep the game feeling fresh and new.

Alluris

Developer: 562 Interactive

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

What if someone mixed Oregon Trail, D&D, Hearthstone, and Tinder? The answer is Alluris, an adventure game with nearly limitless opportunities yet only two inputs: swipe left or swipe right. Swipe your way through an adventure that is uniquely your own!

The inspiration for the project was accessible gamers. We wanted to make a game that ANYONE could play without having to compromise on the fun of the experience.

The Lighthouse

Developer: Shadow Knights

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

The Lighthouse is a uniquely crafted thriller with glimpses into psychotic, alternate dimensions. Private Investigator James Irvine finds himself lured into a haunting, neo-noir world in search of a missing young woman, named Lily Beaumont. Traverse the abandoned property of Maine’s wealthiest family, the Wescotts, as you search for the truth.

PING REDUX

Developer: Nami Tentou

Country: USA

Platform: PC, Mac, Xbox One

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

PING REDUX™ is a challenging ping pong puzzle game, remade from its older sibling PING 1.5+™. It's not for the weak at heart. Bounce off the walls and obstacles and reach the succulent tasty orange. It boasts an excellent techno soundtrack that's so good, it'll stay in your brain for days. PING REDUX has 100+ levels including 12 bosses that are inspired by classic games to help keep the gameplay varied. With bombs, lava, moving hazards, and other sorts of blocks to get in your way, do you think you can beat it?

Wonhon – Vengeful Spirit

Developer: Seungwhan Shin

Country: Canada

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Wonhon is a paranormal stealth game set in 1920’s Korea. You play as a girl with ghost powers, helping independence fighters and exacting revenge against the ones who murdered you.

As It Is

Developer: Egghouse

Country: USA

Platform: PC, Mac

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

As It Is is a watercolor, storybook-like 2D narrative adventure game about socially anxious Hedgehog and disillusioned former champion flyer Hawk. This game features a conversation which simulates social anxiety.

Thunder Rally

Developer: Thunder Rally

Country: USA

Platform: PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Thunder Rally is a chaotic demolition derby party game with crazy physics and nonstop explosions. Knock your enemies out of their cars and run them over, use outrageous power-ups, avoid hazardous environments, and dodge the explosive barrels launched by your fallen foes.

Stitched

Developer: Fluffex Studios

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Stitched is a horror adventure game that strings together the thrilling story of Catherine Stockholmes, an otherwise ordinary girl. The story begins with Catherine waking up in an eerie doll factory. With a great desire to escape, Catherine is forced to venture through the factory. But little does she know that terrible fates always befall the curious ones. Will Catherine muster enough courage to needle her way out of the factory? Or will she fall into sheer despair and perish?

NOVI: A Game of Visual Intelligence

Source: Indie Prize
Source: Indie Prize

Developer: Novi Games LLC

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

NOVI is a game of visual intelligence. It’s a new puzzle challenge for spatial pattern recognition skills, with uniquely designed black and white tiles that are played using a simple universal play mechanic – match like sides. The look and feel is contemporary and artistic. As with great classic puzzle games, NOVI is easy to learn yet difficult to master.

Delphyq

Developer: Beyond Red Wave Arts LLC

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

DELPHYQ is a real-time strategy tactics game that puts you in a “mastermind” position where you analyze each situation, evaluate the available resources, plan the attack, and execute the plan. DELPHYQ provides a more realistic tactical combat experience not found in any turn-based strategy game.

Evilibrium: Soul Hunters II

Source: Indie Prize
Source: Indie Prize

Developer: Orc Work Games

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Inspired by art-style and atmosphere of the Darkest Dungeon and books of Howard Lovecraft comes this first adventure in the Evilibrium Universe. The game invites you to the alternate reality at the end of the 19th century full of mystics, adventure, horrific creatures, dark rituals and secret cults. We bring the players to the world where souls are real and material enough to be extracted and used as a source of energy. Souls have become a hard-to-get but expensive merchandise that many desire.

Pew Pew Puzzle Defense

Developer: Roppy Chop Studios

Country: USA

Platform: PC, Mac

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Inspired by action puzzle games like Puzzle Bobble and tower defense hybrids, Pew Pew Puzzle Defense combines multiple genres for fast-paced arcade fun. Build and upgrade towers, shoot colored blocks, collect money, and go for that high score. Switch between different field sizes, difficulty levels, single-player, and local co-op modes!

BeachcomberVR

Source: Indie Prize
Source: Indie Prize

Developer: Beachcomber Team

Country: USA

Platform: PC VR, VR consoles

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

BeachcomberVR is a virtual reality metal detecting adventure game. Use your simulated metal detector to explore a mysterious remote island. Collect trash and treasure and recycle items to earn new VR beach toys, locations, and narratives.

Torn Asunder

Developer: Farhan Qureshi

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Torn Asunder is a first person melee and parkour action game. Descend through hell as you fight demons, tear off their limbs and use them as weapons while performing deadly melee and aerial parkour attacks.

Neon Noodles

Developer: Vivid Helix

Country: Canada

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Neon Noodles is a cyberpunk kitchen automation game where you program robots to make food.

Primal Carnage Assault

Source: Indie Prize
Source: Indie Prize

Developer: Hashbang Games

Country: USA

Platform: Android, iOS

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Primal Carnage Assault is a squad-based 3 on 3 mobile combat title featuring humans and dinosaurs competing in short 8 to 12 minute battles. Season Pass adds additional challenges and rewards to help you progress to higher combat Tiers. New Tiers unlock killstreaks like Drones, Anti Air missiles, Mortars, and Bomb Runs.

eCheese Zone

Developer: Seemingly Pointless

Country: USA

Platform: PC

Nominated by: Indie Prize judges

Cowabunga cheese freaks! Do you like long wait times? Reading rules? Harsh punishments? We have good news for you! The eCheese Zone is a crowd punishment party game. Make new friends as you collectively struggle to follow basic directions! Becoming a point of communal gathering, you only have so many hours to win before the game shuts itself off, leaving you and everyone else itching for the next gathering to try again. Are you a big enough cheese fan to beat… the eCheese Zone?

Be sure to come back throughout the week as we highlight even more Indie Prize USA finalists. 

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Ginny Woo is a freelance journalist from New Zealand and yes, she's been to Hobbiton at least twice. She's usually tweeting about MMORPGs on Twitter at @ginnywoes, or having unsolicited takes on whichever League of Legends match is currently airing. 

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