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Here are the Nominees and Winners of Indie Prize at Casual Connect USA 2018

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

SIMULACRA from Kaigan Games, Malaysia successfully grabbed an award as the Best Mobile Game and got nominated in three other categories. Congratulations!


Three Southeast Asian games competed in Indie Prize Casual Connect USA 2018 that was held at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim-California on January 16-18, 2018. Among them was SIMULACRA from Kaigan Games, Malaysia which successfully grabbed an award!

Sixty developer teams vyed for 10 trophies during the 21st Indie Prize Awards at Casual Connect USA 2018. “It is always a pleasure to watch how excited developers are about showcasing and networking – as well as seeing the energy and inspiration that comes from new connections that are made during the conference,” said Indie Prize Director Yuliya Moshkaryova in the official press release.

Three Southeast Asian Games Ready to Compete in Indie Prize Casual Connect USA 2018

Two developers from Malaysia and one from Vietnam will exhibit and compete in Indie Prize Casual Connect USA 2018. Who are they?

ZPLAY Ads was the platinum sponsor for Indie Prize USA – and provided $10,000 in UA via playable ads to the Most Innovative Game winner and a mobile phone to the Best In Show winner. Additional prizes were provided by silver sponsor DeepMotion – as well as Amazon Appstore, NVIDIA, OMUK, Inlingo, Photon, Intel, Tenjin, and Appodeal.

SIMULACRA from Kaigan Games is among the winners and were titled as the Best Mobile Game in Indie Prize Casual Connect USA 2018. It also managed to get nominated in three other categories: Best Game Design, Best Game Narrative, and Most Innovative Game.

The other game, Kluno: Hero Battle from Gameka, Malaysia was also nominated as Best Multiplayer Game.

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Here are the nominees and the winners of Indie Prize Casual Connect USA 2018

  • Best Game Audio
    • WINNER: Floor Kids (MERJ Media, Canada)
    • Stack & Crack (Jambav, India)
    • Orbit – Playing With Gravity (HIGHKEY Games, USA)
    • Rumble League (Lorraine Studio, USA)
  • Best Game Design
    • WINNER: Molecats (Vidroid, Ukraine)
    • SIMULACRA (Kaigan Games, Malaysia)
    • AntVentor (LoopyMood, Ukraine)
    • The Raven and Orion (Always Player 2 Studios, USA)
  • Best Game Art
    • WINNER: AntVentor (LoopyMood, Ukraine)
    • Past Cure (Phantom 8 Studio, Germany)
    • Brave Hand (Heart Shaped Games, USA)
    • Molecats (Vidroid, Ukraine)
  • Best Game Animation
    • WINNER: Bushy Tail (Fuero Games, Poland)
    • Floor Kids (MERJ Media, Canada)
    • Zebrainy ABCs (Zebrainy, Malta)
    • World Creator! (Lionbird Limited, Hong Kong)
  • Best Game Narrative
    • WINNER: Bushy Tail (Fuero Games, Poland)
    • SIMULACRA (Kaigan Games, Malaysia)
    • Past Cure (Phantom 8 Studio, Germany)
    • Skye (Puny Astronaut, Scotland)
  • Best Multiplayer Game
    • WINNER: King of the Hat (Hyroglyphik Games, Canada)
    • Massive Warfare: Rush (TinyBytes, Chile)
    • Kluno: Hero Battle (Gameka, Malaysia)
    • Imposter Drawster (Up at Night, USA)
  • Best Kids & Family Game
    • WINNER: Zebrainy ABCs (Zebrainy, Malta)
    • Pets Race (Kooapps, USA)
    • Drawing for Kids (Bini Bambini, Ukraine)
    • Skye (Puny Astronaut, Scotland)
  • Best Mobile Game
    • WINNER: SIMULACRA (Kaigan Games, Malaysia)
    • Corecraft (Retro Principles, Malta)
    • Warhammer: Doomwheel (Katsu Entertainment, USA)
    • Grapple Gum (Ali Mehrez, Tunisia)
  • Most Innovative Game
    • WINNER: Molecats (Vidroid, Ukraine)
    • SIMULACRA (Kaigan Games, Malaysia)
    • Floor Kids (MERJ Media, Canada)
    • Vocaline (Flatgames, Turkey)
  • Best In Show: Audience Choice
    • AlphaBeatCancer (Mukutu Game Studio, Brazil)

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SIMULACRA recreated a fictional mobile phone and it shows on your phone screen. As a result, the interface makes it look like you’re really holding someone else’s phone. That makes this game feels so real.

Before being awarded in this Indie Prize, previously this game grabbed some regional awards last year, including Excellence in Storytelling (IMGA 2017); and also The Best Storytelling and Most Innovative Game (SEA Game Awards 2017).

“On behalf of Casual Connect and Indie Prize, we congratulate all the finalists, nominees and winners,” said Yuliya. “We are looking forward to discover and support new industry talent at our upcoming 2018 shows in London, Belgrade, and Shenzhen/Hong Kong!” she continues.

Interview with Kaigan Games: How a Great Game Design Can Engage Gamers

Kaigan Games is a rising star company from Southeast Asia with its game, SIMULACRA. Read the backstory and also some tips for a game design process.

If you’re curious about the story behind the SIMULACRA development process, you can read our interview-based article here. Congratulations again, Kaigan Games!

Edited by Devi. Photo Source: Casual Connect Official Page

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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.