Old Man’s Journey Grabs the Grand Prix Award in Indie Game Award 2018 Taipei Game Show

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

Two Southeast Asian Games, Cat Quest, and Songbird Symphony also successfully brought home an award in this competition. Congratulations!

Once again, Old Man’s Journey shows that it deserves the best Indie Games 2017 title. The game developed by Broken Rules from Austria successfully grabbed two awards in Indie Game Award 2018 that was held during Taipei Game Show 2018!

Indie Game Award (IGA), now in its fourth iteration, was created by Taipei Game Show to encourage and discover outstanding indie game developers around the world as a way to help them make a global appearance.

This year, a total of 86 games were enrolled and 22 made their way into the final round to compete for awards in eight categories including Best Narration, Best Visual Art, Best Audio, Best Design, Best Innovation, Best VR Game, Best Mobile Game, and IGA Grand Prix.

Old Man’s Journey from Broken Rules continues its success by grabbing two awards: Best Visual Art and the most notable award, Grand Prix. These awards make them one of the best indie games released in 2017 along with Cuphead from Studio MDHR.

The awarding night itself was held coincidently with the first day of Taipei Game Show 2018 Thursday, January 26, 2018. The good news is, some games from Southeast Asia also gained success in this year Indie Game Award, including Cat Quest from The Gentlebros and Songbird Symphony from Joysteak Studios.

Here are the winners of Indie Game Award (IGA) Taipei Game Show 2018

IGA Grand Prix & Best Visual Art

Title: Old Man’s Journey

Developer: Broken Rules Interactive Media/Austria

The double-award winner Old Man’s Journey is as much a game as an illustrated book, which tells a story of life experiences. Though brief, the game brings us a story with deep meanings of life.

Without a single word, it evokes rich and powerful emotions through sounds and images, while preserving a smooth and whole gameplay experience. An old man with furrowed brow embarks on a lonely journey of memories.

As a third person, the player gets to see through the eyes of the old man, touch the objects along the way on his journey, and take a peek at the memories he holds dearly. Time never ends, but life does. What would be the last scene you remember when your life reaches its destination?

Before its success in IGA 2018, Old Man’s Journey has made a long list of awards that it got. Some of them are Best Art in Sense of Wonder Night TGS 2017, Apple Design Award 2017 Winner, and also a nomination for the Best Mobile Game in The Game Award 2017.

Best Narration

Title: OPUS: Rocket of Whispers

Developer: SIGONO/Taiwan

OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is a sequel to OPUS: The Day We Found Earth. This game has garnered 3 million downloads for SIGONO and is the winner of “Excellence in Art” at IMGA SEA.

The game depicts a world with only two survivors who scavenge the snowy wasteland for parts to build a rocket for the “space burial”,  sending all the remembrance remained in this world back to the Galaxy of Whispers, a place which is believed to be the origin and final destination of life.

A story with deep and long-lasting meaning, with rich and refined music and a plot cast in an apocalyptic world, plus delicately balanced game pace, all make this adventure even more enjoyable.

Best Audio

Title: Songbird Symphony

Developer: Joysteak Studios/Singapore

With brain-washing rhythms, Songbird Symphony provides simple yet addicting challenges that earned it the Judge’s Choice in GameStart Indie Awards 2017. As a little “songbird” in the game, the player must listen to the rhythm and then jump up and down to the beat.

This seemingly simple side-scrolling game is hidden with unexpected frustrations that could really challenge your skill and patience. It is a perfect blend of music and gameplay.

Songbird Symphony is still under development, but you can play the demo through its itch.io page.

Best Design

Title: Qinoto

Developer: Studio Flip/Australia

Paper folding on mobile devices! The ever-lasting fun of paper folding has gained an interesting twist in this mobile game from Studio Flip. In Qinoto, the player needs to solve a picture puzzle in each level by folding the paper on the screen. Simply fold the paper to create a new picture to unlock the secret hidden in the picture. Join Qinoto and the little witch on an exciting adventure of paper folding fun.

The game currently in Alpha state, and planned to be released on iOS, Android, and PC via Steam.

Best Innovation

Title: Un-Destined

Developer: Zinno Studio/Taiwan

An IndieCade 2017 nominee, Un-Destined is an escape room game that combines VR with physical electronic equipment. In the game, the brain of the protagonist starts to develop anomalies because of the pressure and emotion built up as he gets older.

The mission of the player is to steer a submarine into the brain to remove the anomalies and bring the brain back to health. It is a job that requires teamwork between the VR world and the physical world, thus creating an exciting mixed reality gaming experience.

Best VR Game

Title: Luna

Developer: Funomena/USA

Winner of the biggest award in 2017 VRCORE Awards, Luna, presents the circle of life on a planet. It brings puzzle solving in a VR world with intriguing mechanics and a rich environment that the player can interact with.

It also boasts incredibly beautiful music and art, which are as enjoyable as the gameplay itself. No verbal guidance is provided throughout the game, so the player needs to follow a young bird, which has caused all this chaos, to restore the Moon.

Best Mobile Game

Title: Cat Quest

Developer: The Gentlebros

The Visitor’s Choice winner in GameStart Indie Awards 2017, Cat Quest is a 2D open-world ARPG. As a cute little cat, the player is tasked with all kinds of missions.

The game has received considerable high comments for its highly finished game world, fluent and enjoyable gameplay, and fast-paced and action-packed combats.

Cat Quest takes you to the world of Felingard, where you -as the hero- take on quests to eventually save your beloved sister. It’s an action RPG with simple controls and movements yet needs more thinking to strategize. The story also has some twists and turns that can make you intrigued and wishing for more.

Edited by Devi




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Febrianto is the Senior Editor of Duniaku.net and the Lead Editor of Gameprime.org. He started his career in game industry as a game journalist since 2008, and was one of the initial members of Duniaku.net since 2011. His biggest interest is local game developer scene. Currently, his mission is to spread the news about Indonesia’s game industry to both local and international game and creative industry’s enthusiast.