Twenty-two games were showcased at iFEST Seattle. Each of the following games received a $250 cash prize sponsored by the Living Computer Museum.
Buddy & Me won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the close to 400 attendees. Buddy and Me, a family-friendly “endless adventure about friendship” is the work of Sunbreak Studios for iOS and Android tablet and mobile devices. This “endless runner” game was funded in the Spring of 2013 through a successful Kickstarter Campaign. As a boy (or girl) falls asleep every night a mysterious golden light appears outside; his house shakes and he sees a giant familiar orange face looking in his window encouraging him to come out and play. This is his best friend, a magical flying creature named Buddy, with whom he has a different adventure every evening.
The black and white puzzle game The Bridge from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild won the juried prize for Best Art. The Bridge was released on Steam earlier this year. Described by its creators as “Isaac Newton meets M.C. Escher,” the Bridge features a hand-drawn art style and physics-based puzzles. The player has to figure out how to twist and turn through the possibly impossible environment.
Ironclad Tactics from Zachtronics won the juried Best Innovation award. This fast-paced, card-based tactics game features steam-powered military robots in the American Civil War. Just released on Steam, it blends the precision of tactics and card games with the spontaneity of a fast-paced strategy game.