Yodo Game Award 2016 brought together Ukrainian games created in 2015. Although some of them are still in development or in closed beta like steampunk Deadline Runner, some are available exclusively for iOS (caRRage, how could you? :) and a few are in genres I don’t like much, there’re still several titles among contestants that caught my attention.
PC: mostly on the darkside
Mad Nords: Probably an Epic Quest by Dragon’s Games is a parody single-player RPG with a free playable demo that made it through Steam Greenlight. Your jorney starts with a search for cucumbers your wife needs to prepare a perfect dinner for your mother-in-law who is going to pay a visit.
Game uses pixel artwork and has some cute monsters. After you win a battle with yet another beast, you see a message saying: “This was a glorious victory indeed. Poor monster was guarding these 19 coins.” — pretty cool, don’t you think?
In fact, Mad Nords has many nice touches for people with a sense of humor which makes it pretty lovable. I hope full version of the game will be available sometime soon.
First-person horror adventure Lumber Island – That Special Place by DeanForge seems to be appreciated by Steam community, but I’m personally in a festive mood right now and would save this kind of a gloomy game for autumn. It looks interesting though: think The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Dear Esther but with simple game models and less smooth storyline (at least that’s what let’s players say).
Party Hard is another pixel game, this time by Pinokl Games. Your character shows up at a party to kill participants one by one either by stabbing them or using traps but he should remain unnoticed while doing it. Otherwise cops turn up and you’re busted. Hilariously silly & simple — probably that’s why many find it to be fun.
Mobile: not so original but wait… There’s a sheep
Maybe it’s a problem with mobile games in general but many Android and iOS games submitted for Yodo Game Award lack originality. Nonetheless, there’re a few I like. First of them is a math puzzle Divide by Sheep from tinyBuild (there’s a PC version too). The mechanics is pretty simple: you drag-and-drop groups of sheep between tetris-shaped islands to safely put them in a boat with a certain number of seats. You have to move the sheep in a certain order and even drown some of them to match the number of seats.
But the story behind it all is hilarious! Death itself wants to have some companions, but since it can only be friends with (surprise-surprise!) the dead she floods the Sheepland for all sheep to die and join her in the world of dead. And that’s why we’ve gotta solve those puzzles and save animals.
The next one is called Falling Egg by Nova Games and resembles lots of similar games on Google Play. But I found the art to be nice and the gameplay engaging so it’s fun to play nonetheless. The idea is to protect the egg that should be placed into the nest using stuff like moving and disappearing platforms, springs and teleports:
And the last mobile game that caught my eye is Mad Day by Ace Viral. It seems too hard to play but runners aren’t exactly my thing. In Mad Day you drive a car and need to shoot aliens, and jump once in a while to avoid various obstacles.
And you won’t believe what your final goal is :) You’ve got to save your pet octopus called Fluffy!
And what titles come to your mind when you think of Ukrainian games?