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Game Prime Editorial’s 10 Best Southeast Asian Games in 2018

By Febrianto Nur Anwari

Here are our best picks from 2018. Which one is your favorite?


6

Caravan War: Heroes & Tower Defense (Hiker Games/Vietnam)

The first time you try this game, you might remember about Clash of Clans. The art style may be similar, but Caravan War offers very differently from that Supercell’s mega-hit.

Caravan War: Heroes & Tower Defense is a tower defense game combined with some Kingdom building game. You are not only given a task to defend your castle but also to seize other player’s caravan to get more resource.

But watch out, your caravan can be seized by your enemy, too. To minimize the risk, you can develop your Kingdom, equip more powerful caravan, or join a clan so other players can help you finish your mission.

Caravan War: Heroes and Tower Defense: Android/iOS

7

Nightstream (Streamline Games/Malaysia)

For a long time, Streamline Studios has known as a video game development and art outsourcing company. The company partnered with other big companies to develop AAA games such as Street Fighter V and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. Nightstream is a debut title for Streamline Games, a subsidiary that will focus to build its own IP.

Nightstream is an endless runner game mixed with WipeOut-style gameplay. You will play as Runner who can grab a board to hover, jump, and glide along the way. When you slide, you can also collect orbs and power-ups to level up your skill and, maybe, buy a new board. But watch out for the obstacle, as you can find some bottomless pit and drones that will kill you.

This unique gameplay combines with a sci-fi comic art-style that looks nice. But sadly, this game is only released in Malaysia for now. But we can expect that Streamline Games will release the game soon for worldwide gamers.

Nightstream: Android/iOS

8

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds (Semisoft/Indonesia)

If you’re a big fan of 90’s JRPG such as Legend of Dragoon or Suikoden, you will like this game. Inspired by those game, Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds was created and combined with beautiful 3D art and cutscene.

Because it is mostly inspired by 90’s JRPGs, Legrand Legacy has similar gameplay in which it is a turn-based with quick time event element called ACT (Action Circle Tempo). In ACT, you have to act by pressing a button at the right time and your timing plays a role in how much damage you deliver. The better your timing is, the more damage you will deliver and the higher the chance you won’t miss.

Legrand Legacy was already released for PC through Steam. But the developers confirmed that the game will also be available on consoles, ranging from Switch, Xbox One to PS4.

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds: PC (Steam)/Switch (Available from 29 January 2019)

9

Eximius: Seize the Frontline (Ammobox/Malaysia)

Although it’s still on Early Access state on Steam, Eximius: Seize the Frontline already shows it big potential. This game is FPS/RTS hybrid that focuses on squad-based combat.

The game features an intense 5v5 multiplayer experience with one player on each team leading as a commander. If you choose to play as the commander, you can do some things like building a base, training infantry squad, and assisting them to players. You can also command vehicle, air support, and acquire powerful abilities. The main purpose of your tasks is to support your team to win the battle against the enemy.

In single-player mode, you can switch from RTS mechanic to FPS (or vice versa) anytime. With this ability, you can directly jump into the battlefield like other FPS, or go back to arrange a strategy.

Eximius: Seize the Frontline: PC (Steam)

10

Umiro (Diceroll/Singapore)

Starting from a University student’s project, Umiro proves that experimental project can be a big thing if you can direct it right. This game offers a unique path drawing mechanic that’s easy to understand but hard to master.

In Umiro, you will play as Huey and Satura who find themselves lost in the colorless world with no memory of their past or how they arrived in this mysterious place. Your main task is to guide them through striking labyrinths and puzzling landscapes to recover the sacred crystals, return the Umiro’s life back and also their memory piece by piece.

As a puzzle game, surely this game will challenge your brain a lot with all of its levels. Moreover, you should control two characters at the same time. If you like Monument Valley and are searching for another game that shares a similar atmosphere, you should try this game out.

Umiro: PC (Steam)/Android/iOS

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.