More than 90 games were submitted in this year’s SEA Game Award 2019. The winners were already announced in the Level Up KL 2019’s closing ceremony last Friday, 8 November 2019. Gigabash stole the show with its four awards, including the highest achievement, Grand Jury Award. Meanwhile, Indonesian studios Freemergency surprised everyone by bringing home two awards.
But there are more games that you should take a look at. In this article, we select 10 best games from SEA Game Awards 2019 that you should play. Some of these games are already available in the market, but some of them are still on the development or beta phase. Some of this game also can’t make their way through the winner’s list, but we think there’s potential in them.
Note that the ordinal numbers do not represent position or rank in terms of quality. So, here you go!
Gigabash (Passion Republic, Malaysia)
For a long time, Passion Republic is known for its collaboration with overseas studios to create AAA games. Some of them are Days Gone, Marvel’s Spiderman, and also Gears of War 4. This year, it stole the attention with the announcement of Gigabash, an arena brawler featuring giant monsters and heroes that will remind you of Rampage.
In this game, you can play with up to three other players in a competitive brawler game. Each of the players can control unique giants inspired by classic monster films. You are not only competing with other players to be the last one standing. You can also use the environment as your advantage, such as throwing the car to your opponent or destroy a building to find a power-up.
Don’t forget to collect the Giga Points to level up your monster and evolve it bigger than before. The game is still in the development phase, and it didn’t only steal the awards judges’ attention, but also the audiences both in Level Up KL 2019 business day and public day.
Bake 'n Switch (Streamline Games, Malaysia)
Looking for a party game that you can play with your whole family member? Bake ‘n Switch from Streamline Games should be on your list. In this game, you can play with three other players both in competitive or cooperative mode. Your main objective is to score points by baking the adorable (and strange) dough as much as possible.
But you should pay attention. Every stage comes with different obstacles, such as the moving platform and creatures that can make your dough stuck in a place, or, even much fun, a river that you can throw your opponent into it! You can combine the same dough into a bigger one, and it means a bigger score too if you can successfully bake it.
The game now is preparing its early access launch earlier next year. You can start wishlist it on its Steam page.
When the Past Was Around (Mojiken Studio, Indonesia)
It’s no doubt that Surabaya-based Mojiken Studio is well known for its game that always has unique art. It has won the Best Visual Art award in two consecutive years (2018 and 2019) with two different games. Last year, it won the award with the She and The Light Bearer, and this year, When the Past was Around impressed the judges with its beautiful art.
When the Past was Around is an adventure point and click puzzle game created by the creator of She and the Light Bearer, Brigitta Rena, based on the prose that she wrote. The game tells a tale between a girl and her lover in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms from memories and time. With each gathered clue, solved puzzles, and unlocked door, the girl will find her way, unraveling the secrets between her and her lover.
The game’s prologue is now available for free both in Steam and Itch.io.
The Last Bug (1Moby Studio, Thailand)
The Last Bug didn’t win anything from the SEA Game Awards 2019. But we think it deserves our attention and clearly has the potential to become a hit when it released. The Last Bug is a turn-based online battle arena game where you take the role of bugs from across the universe and compete with each other. Imagine this game as a modern take of a Battleship-style turn-based game, but with bugs.
In this game, your objective is being the last man standing. Eliminate other players using some of the weapons that you can find by blowing the specific tile. You can eliminate them brutally, bluff them to turn the situation around or mess with them.
The game is now still in the development phase with no exact release date announced from the developer.
Rising Hell (Tahoe Games, Indonesia)
Escape the hell with heavy-metal style. Rising Hell is a vertical rogue-lite game where you should fight your way through hordes of blood-lusting demons and escape the hell. Every level is procedurally generated, so it will provide you a different experience every time you play it.
Chaining combos, jumping maneuvers, and talent building will be your key to help you climb your way out of hell. The game is available in two different modes, campaign and challenge modes with its leaderboards.
The game is now entering its Early Access phase and you can get it now from Steam.
Jack Axe (Keybol Games, Philippines)
Jack Axe has something unique in terms of its 8-bit pixel art visual and platformer gameplay. It also has a unique mechanism where you can throw your ax and dash into it to cross the platform.
Another great feature in this game is the multiplayer mode. In this game, you can play with up to three of your friends in open-world level design. I also appreciate the level design that contains some puzzles to test your throw-and-dash skill.
Jack Axe will be available on Steam and Nintendo Switch in April 2020.
DeLight (DreamTree Studio, Malaysia)
DeLight is a story-driven adventure game about a blind girl named Sammy who goes on journeys to reunite with her parents in time of war. She gets help from a stray dog named Deli, her only companion in this journey.
Together, they will face many challenges: sneaking through danger zones, learning about new characters, and facing tough dilemmas. With a blind main character, you can only use other senses from Sammy, such as hearing, smelling or touching.
This year was the second participation of DeLight in SEA Game Awards 2019. With more than one year in development, the game looks more polished than before. DreamTree Studio has a plan to release this game for PC, Android, and iOS.
Retrograde Arena (Freemergency, Indonesia)
With two awards in one night, surely Retrograde Arena is one of the SEA Game Awards 2019’s rising stars. Not only offering retro-style graphics and music, but it also offers a great game feel in form of physic-based twin stick brawler.
It also offers a unique twist: your bullet can’t kill other players. You can only kill them by pushing them to the red wall or object. So you can take advantage of the environment to eliminate the other players and win the match.
Retrograde Arena can accommodate up to 6 players in online mode and 4 players in offline mode. In the recent trailer, Freemergency also confirms that the game will be published by Another Indie for PC.
VALZ (Klappanome, Indonesia)
VALZ is an example of how Klappanome can combine two different genres in one mobile game. This game tells us about the story of a young Tole and his rock band fighting off monsters to free his homeland from the terror of Valz, a being manifested from the inharmonious sound.
Not only the game offers addictive gameplay but also VALZ also offers a beautiful, handpainted motion comic storytelling. With more than 18 original song compositions, this game is one of the games that you should play if you are fans of rhythm games.
The game is now available on iTunes App Store and you can download it here.
Earth Atlantis (Pixel Perfex, Thailand)
Earth Atlantis is one of the good looking games in SEA Game Awards 2019. This Thailand game has a nice old-sketching visual style, combined with a side-scrolling shooter gameplay. In this game, you should search and hunt down dreadful sea monsters and explore the post-apocalyptic underwater world.
With this unique graphics and gameplay, this game once was a timely exclusive title for Nintendo Switch back in 2017. Then one year later, Pixel Perfex also released this game for PS4, Xbox One, and iOS.
Gigabash from Passion Republic went home with three awards. Meanwhile, Indonesia's rising star, Retrograde Arena surprised everyone with two awards.
Unfortunately, Earth Atlantis didn’t win anything in SEA Game Awards 2019. But, before competing in this award, Earth Atlantis won multiple prestige awards, including the Grand Jury Award at BitSummit (Japan) and Excellence in Arts Award at BIC Festival (Korea).
Edited by Devi