These are the top 10 games from the first SEA Game Awards that you should take a look and play.
There’s a lot of game awards to recognize best talents in Southeast Asia. Previously, we have International Mobile Gaming Awards SEA that recognizes the best mobile games made by Southeast Asia’s developers.
But what about games from other platforms? To appreciate the best game in Southeast Asia -not only for mobile games, starting from this year, Malaysia Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC) is holding the SEA Game Awards. The main goal of this awards is to recognize the best games made by Southeast Asia game developers, ranging from mobile, PC, to console.
Two games, Infectonator 3: Apocalypse from Indonesia and Simulacra from Malaysia get the highlight with 2 awards. But there are more games to look at from the exhibition floor. So, here are top 10 games from SEA Game Awards that you should take a look.
Infectonator Apocalyps3 (Toge Pro., Indonesia
There’s no doubt that Infectonator is one of the most popular IPs from Indonesian developers. So everybody was very excited when Toge Productions announced that they are making this sequel, Infectonator 3: Apocalypse. Similar to the previous version, in this game, you should spread an infectious virus that can kill human and turn them into zombies.
In this sequel, you have more zombies with different skills to unleash, and also you can experiment to create a unique one! With a great addition such as more than zombie types to unleash, improved graphics and customization options, this game is surely a must to play if you are the Infectonator‘s die-hard fans.
Unfortunately, this game still has no release window. But you can expect to play this game sometimes around early 2018.
Simulacra (Kaigan Games, Malaysia)
After International Mobile Gaming Awards SEA 2017, Simulacra from Kaigan Games continued their success in the SEA Game Awards 2017. Not only one, but they also grabbed two awards in this event; The Best Storytelling and Most Innovative Game. It makes Simulacra on a par with Infectonator 3: Apocalypse that also won two awards.
Simulacra is a mobile thriller game that simulates the experience of looking through someone else’s phone by recreating a fictional mobile phone. A spiritual successor to the award-winning narrative thriller Sara is Missing, Simulacra expands on using the smartphone interface as a game.
You will begin your adventure after finding Anna’s lost phone. Things get messier after you realize that Anna is missing, and something wrong happens to her. Now, with some clues in her phone and helps from her friends, you must find out what happens to her.
Project Xandata (Secret6, Philippines)
Project Xandata is a skill-based competitive, first-person shooter by veteran Filipino developer, Secret 6. If you like to play FPS game like Counter-Strike and Overwatch, imagine that Project Xandata combines the best part of both of them. Because it’s a competitive FPS, it has a potential to be an eSport game also.
This game offers a futuristic theme inspires from Philippines mythology. And also, this game offers varies of futuristic weapons, ranging from melee to ranged. You can also customize each of the characters to suit your playing style.
There’s no release window for this game. But this game has already been in the development progress since 2015 and will be entering the open beta phase sometimes this November 2017.
Project Xandata: Steam Link
Re: Legend (Magnus Games, Malaysia)
Among the other developers that showcased their products in Level Up KL 2017, Re: Legend was one of the highlights. If you missed the news, Re: Legend currently holds a record as the highest funded project on Kickstarter from Southeast Asia with the US $630,700 from more than 7,000 backers.
Re: Legend is a monster raising focused RPG with features such as farming, fishing, crafting, village building, multiplayer and more. They try to combine the best part of monster breeding games like Monster Rancher, with simulation game like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory.
They also have some notable members on the project board. One of them is Shota Nakama, a composer who previously worked on Final Fantasy XV. So, that’s not a surprise if they successfully grabbed the Rising Star Award at the SEA Game Awards 2017.
Exa Dimension 12 (EXA Global, Malaysia)
EXA Dimension 12 is not just an ordinary VR game. In this game, you also play the main character. The developer describes the game as ‘Southeast Asia’s first free-roaming multiplayer hyper-reality experience’. You can play with your friend on a mission to battle the alien invasion in a strange futuristic planet.
This game uses 2 separate devices. First, a VR device that you can use to see the game environment. And then, a gun-like device that you can use to shoot the aliens. These devices are powered by a backpack-style battery that makes those devices need no cable. So, the player can move easily within specific areas.
Now, they are developing a new series that will include PvP feature. So, imagine that you can fight with real people, and it also opens a possibility to be a new kind of eSport game.
My Lovely Daughter (Gamechanger, Indonesia)
It’s difficult to not admire My Lovely Daughter. It has a great story and also nice hand-drawn arts that will remind you of an old journal. This dark-theme simulation game tells a story about a father who wants to revive his deceased daughter. But to revive his deceased daughter, he must do some very controversy rituals, using magic to give lives to some inanimate objects.
The visual art-style really matches the dark and old fantasy theme that makes this game engaging. So it is little wonder that this game successfully grabbed Best Visual Arts award from SEA Game Awards. The game is developed by GameChanger Studio from Tangerang and is also one of the games that will be published by Toge Productions.
Postknight (Kurechii, Malaysia
Although this game did not win a single award in SEA Game Awards, surely this game is still one of the best mobile games out there nowadays. Postknight is a good example of how to implement a complex RPG with rich features in a small and limited device.
The gameplay of the game is what really makes this game so special. It introduces a unique fighting style that no other games have. You basically encounter enemies while continuously move forward.
Of course, there are cooldowns for all of these actions. You can reduce the cooldowns, increase the damage or reduce the damage using specific items that enemies drop.
Stifled (Gattai Games, Singapore)
Similar to the Postknight, this game did not win even a single award. But this game got credits because it implements an innovative mechanic that uses players’ voice. Stifled makes use of your voice (and also the voice from your character’s movement) for the gameplay and helps you solve the puzzle.
Louder the sound, easier for you to solve the puzzle. But you must be careful because your loud voice can also attract your enemy to come closer. This game is more terrifying than other horror/thriller game because they also use the VR technology!
This unique and innovative gameplay attracts Sony to bring this game to PlayStation VR along with PC via Steam. But still, no release date is confirmed for this game.
She and The Light Bearer (Mojiken, Indonesia)
She and The Light Bearer is a visual novel with stunning graphics and enjoyable music. This visual novel tells about fireflies in a search mission to find a figure that they called Mother. They should find it to save the world from destruction.
Although this game didn’t win a single award, this game is one of the nominees in two categories; Best Visual Arts and Best Audio. It proves that She and The Light Bearer is very enjoyable, with a great presentation also for the storytelling.
She and The Light Bearer is one of the PC games that will be published by Toge Productions. You can expect to play this game in 2018.
Rhythm Doctor (7th Beat, Malaysia)
This game has a simple objective. You just press the space button when music plays the 7th beat. At first, you might think “that’s very easy”. But the longer you play, you will face the real challenge. It’s not as simple as press the space at the 7th beat. There will be a lot of signal interferences that will prevent you from hitting the right beat.
This game has a nice audio, including the signal interferences. With this unique sound, this game successfully grabbed the Best Audio Award in the SEA Game Award 2017. If you’re curious about the game, the developer already released a free demo that you can download for free through a link below.
Rhythm Doctor Demo Download: Itch.io
Edited by Devi