For the first time ever, with help from Humble Bundle, this year’s Fantastic Arcade will include six brand new games exclusively premiering at the festival from some of indie gaming’s top developers. Included in this premiere showcase, and detailed at greater length below, are games from the creators of Desert Golfing, Nuclear Throne, Gardenarium, MirrorMoon EP and Perfect Stride.
In addition to the selection of freely playable games on display throughout the entirety of Fantastic Fest, Fantastic Arcade will once again feature a number of special events, panel discussions, developer talks, and game tournaments from September 28th through October 1st. All games and related events at Fantastic Arcade are, as usual, free and open to the general public at the newly-renovated Alamo South Lamar theater and the Highball. More information about this year’s special events – including the fourth annual Gamemaking Frenzy competition – will be released in the coming weeks.
“Fantastic Arcade is to the world of indie gaming what Fantastic Fest is to genre and cult film,” noted Wiley Wiggins, Juegos Rancheros co-founder and Fantastic Arcade Director. “It’s not like any other festival or trade show. It’s a party where the best and brightest outsider talents come to enjoy the company of their audience: both die-hard fans and newcomers. This year, we’ll feature new games from developers whose work has caught our eye again and again with its ingenuity, uniqueness, and artistic flair.”
This year’s six original Fantastic Arcade game cabinets, presented with help from Humble Bundle, will include:
Wheels of Aurelia (Santa Ragione)
Wheels of Aurelia is a narrative road trip game set in the roaring Italian 70’s from the creators of Fotonica & MirrorMoon EP. Half racing game and half interactive fiction, it tells the story of Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous Via Aurelia.
Hellmouth (Thu Tran and Ivan Safrin)
Hellmouth is a competitive cooking game where players collect ingredients from a hellish death course and cook it to perfection to feed Satan. Hellmouth is co-created by developer Ivan Safrinand Thu Tran, the mind behind the Independent Film Channel television show Food Party, and host of the ‘Barfcade’ at Fantastic Arcade 2014.
Hoky (Jan Willem Nijman and Kitty Calis)
Hoky is arcade action on ice for up to four players, from the developers who separately helped bring you Nuclear Throne and Action Henk, and who together created Adventure Minute, the winner of Fantastic Arcade’s Adventure Time Gamemaking Frenzy in 2012.
CRAP! No One Loves Me (Arcane Kids)
“My morning ritual is pretty simple: I check my phone and scream. Then I crawl into my coffin, it’s all warmed up… let’s go for a ride.”
CNOLM is a daily affirmation & multiplayer coffin bobsledding journey into the afterlife from Arcane Kids, the creators of Zineth, Perfect Stride, Bubsy 3D: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective & the Sonic Dreams Collection.
Risky Bison (Justin Smith)
Risky Bison is a game about managing the financial affairs of a herd of buffalo, created by “the game developer’s game developer” Justin Smith, best known as the designer behind Enviro Bear 2000 and Desert Golfing.
Co-created by Cale Bradbury,CailaThompson-Hannant, and Paloma Dawkins, the latter best known as the artist behind KO-OP Mode’sGardenarium,Alea is a hiking simulator & experience of infinity, and a reminder of the endless light and darkcurrently occurring in all directions, at all times. Just don’t die and youshould be okay._____________________
In addition, ten Arcade Spotlight titleswill be highlighted from this year’s nearly 250 game submissions during Fantastic Fest. The 2015 Fantastic Arcade Spotlight selection consists of:Secret Legend (Andrew Shouldice)
An homage to classic games with undeniable polish and style, an accompanying illustrated instruction booklet describes it as ” …an adventuresome TRIANGLE-SEEK set in that place just beyond the farthest you’ve ever been. To avoid damaging your saved game, remember to hold the RESET button when turning the power off.”
Beglitched (Alec Thomson, Jenny Jiao Hsia)
Beglitched is a game about insecurity, in our computers and ourselves. In a pastel world of networks where nobody truly knows what they’re doing, hacking is a magical art and the notorious Glitch Witch is the most premium archmagi of the net. By random circumstance, YOU are her new apprentice.
GNOG (KO-OP Mode)
GNOG is about exploring giant monsters and their inner worlds. Each head is part of an interconnected world filled with tantalizing secrets. Created by Montreal’s experimental game collective, KO-OP Mode.
Strawberry Cubes (Loren Schmidt)
Strawberry Cubes is an experiential open-world game which uses a cryptic set of glitches and magical transformations to abstractly evoke the feeling of losing a family member to alzheimer’s disease.
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build (Alan Hazelden)
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build is an adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.
A romantic evening of speed dating. With pugs.Versnoof (Kyle Reimergartin)
Fantastic Arcade award-winning developer KyleReimergartin and The Floor is Jelly creator Ian Snyder return with a gameReimergartin describes as “PARASITIC SYMBIOSIS AND PROPAGATION THROUGH PREEXISTING AMBULATORY MECHANISM”. We describe it as an experiment that will create shimmering mnemonic architecture in your mind, as you navigate a labyrinth using only your sonar-like extra senses.Froggy (Nathalie Lawhead)
In this ‘no holes barred froggame’ you frog as FROGGY, a seasoned frog veteran with a strong inner-voice but no moral conviction, surviving one day at a time on Armageddon Highway.
Shelter 2 (Bastian Leonhardt Strube)
In Shelter 2, you play the life of a mother lynx, pregnant at first, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her four cubs is paramount for their survival.
TheTAMPERDROME COLLECTION (G.P. Lackey)
The TAMPERDROME COLLECTION is a suite of procedural generation experiments which allows you to create random dogs, islands, ghosts, cats, and other strange things.
Dozens more additional games will be announced as part of the full Fantastic Arcade lineup in the coming weeks, alongside special nightly tournaments – an annual fan-favorite tradition – exposition plays, panel discussions, and developer talks.