As human beings, we exhibit some behavioyrs that can only be described as self-destructive. As horrible a thing that might be, in Untame Games’ Mushroom 11, the whole point of this puzzle-platformer is advancement through self destruction. I spent a little time watching people play this game and was quite intrigued. Coming in 2015, this is one of those games that I am very much looking forward to playing when it goes gold.
One of the most awesome thing about Gamercamp is seeing some of the cool and unique ways in which developers use existing console hardware. When I first made my way up the stairs to the second floor of Hotel Ocho, I saw a number of people holding Playstation move controllers, playing what appeared to be a very assertive game of legs-only Twister. The mass of bodies undulated as the people within the shifting mass pushed against each other, obviously trying to find the optimal position for their own Move controllers. Welcome to Henka Twist Caper (developed by OriGaminc): one half twisting, one half caper, three halves madness1.
One of my all-time favourite games is Thatgamecompany’s Flower for the Playstation 3. In fact, I have a soft spot for games that have a meditative quality to them (I’m looking at you, Journey). At Gamercamp 2014, on the second floor of the pop-up arcade, indie developer A Stranger Gravity was showing off a new drug for me called Apsis, which I’m sure I will end up playing for hours on end when it hits the market next year. There is still a ways to go in terms of the final product – but what I saw was enchanting, and I’m looking forward to the final product.
The Gamercamp pop-up arcade can be a very overwhelming place. There are so many games that it’s hard to choose which one to play at any given moment. Sometimes, though, the crowd will guide you to your next choice – by the sheer volume of their cheers. This is how I found 13AM Games’ Runbow tucked away in one of the corners of the second floor of Hotel Ocho. One of the few Wii U titles at Gamercamp, Runbow is all about quick reflexes in the face of adversity delivered by random chance. Judging by the screaming and yelling by the folks playing the game, it looked intensely fun!
When I was at Gamercamp this year, one of the first titles that I got to observe was a very cool Oculus Rift title called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. The game puts an interesting spin on local co-operative game-play, not only pitting a team against the clock to solve a series of puzzles, but splitting them into two different groups who each only see a part of the overall picture. This asymmetrical format really turns everything topsy-turvy, and adds a level of tension that is positively addictive.
Two days ago, we posted a bit about Gamercamp. As we mentioned, this is the final Gamercamp – ever. Are you thinking that you want to take part in an awesome weekend of fun and videogame nerdery? Well, the awesome folks at Gamercamp have decided to make it easy for some of you – by allowing us to give away some passes!
Well, folks? This year is Gamercamp’s final year (you can check out our coverage of previous years here. For those not in the know, Gamercamp is a celebration of videogame culture. For three days, Gamercamp hosts talks, presentations, gaming sessions and much more, all in the name of showcasing the talent of the North American games community.If you have never been to a Gamercamp before, you need to go check it out; if you have gone to at least one of these, then you know how special it is – and you need to go check it out.