We love our indies at PLAY Expo Manchester! This year we've got our biggest indie zone ever bringing a variety of games across all formats. Here are the first twenty games that will be playable at the show with more to follow...
Akuto: Mad World - Hut 90
Akuto: Mad World is an award-nominated fast-paced arena action game with swords and guns set on isometric diorama levels. Death is common but by using your weapons and the environment, you can survive to fight another day.
All Contact Lost - 1st Impact Games
All Contact Lost is a Sci-Fi survival FPS where you are put in charge of building an outpost on the moon, backed by a team of four, you must build powerful defences, strategise your team and fight to endure the horror below the surface known as the Acari.
Balance of Kingdoms - WoksOn Studios
Balance of Kingdoms is a party style multiplayer strategy game where you must build your kingdom balanced on top of a beam while trying to defeat your opponent.
BeeBeeQ - Popup Asylum
BeeBeeQ is an Asymmetrical VR Party game. Take flight with your friends as a squadron of bees protect your home from the gargantuan chef! Or take on the role of the Chef, it’s not going to be easy, all you want is a quiet Sunday afternoon, but these pesky bees are relentless.
Boom Boom Barbarian - Silo Black Games
Boom Boom Barbarian, a rhythm action, tower defence game. Think Golden Axe meets Guitar Hero, with a twist of Orcs Must Die. Coming together in a blend of dynamic music and visceral action.
Bullion - Leda Entertainment
Bullion - the Curse of the Cutthroat Cattle is a local multiplayer game of fighting, looting and bovine piracy by Leda Entertainment. Captain Long John Silverside and his crew of scurvy sea-bulls have landed on the legendary Islands of Ser-Lloyn and incurred the wrath of the gods! It's every bull for himself in a back-stabbing, treasure-grabbing struggle, and only one may survive the curse of the cutthroat cattle...
Ersatz - All iN
Ersatz is a speed focused, hardcore action platformer, featuring a unique, electronic soundtrack spanning multiple genres. See levels move & your controller vibrate to the beat as the music dynamically builds as you progress. Can you Jump, Dash & Survive the beat? All created by one man, Paris Stalker.
Evade - Electronic Moon
Evade is a high-octane 4 player local arcade game. Each player is equipped with a gun, a dash and their wits. Jump into the frenzy and battle your friends off the stage, last neon battle ball remaining wins! Compete across 8 unique stages with various traps, triggers and dangers.
Glo - Chronik Spartan
Glo is a puzzle platformer where the majority of the world is hidden. Using blind faith, glowing projectiles and memory use your skill to escape the dark world. Provoked by writing on the wall the story unravels as the mystery of the environment is revaled.
Hyper Sentinel - Huey Games
A face-melting, pixel-pumping, Neo-Retro arcade shoot 'em up featuring awesome power-ups, epic boss battles and spectacular effects at a blistering 60fps in 4K and HDR. Blast through hordes of Alienoids in Arcade Mode, tackle endless waves of invaders in Survival Mode and battle epic level guardians in Boss Run mode.
Nippon Marathon - Onion Soup Interactive
Nippon Marathon is a 4 player runner like no other! Up to 4 players race through crazy physics obstacle courses littered with dynamic hazards, weapons and power ups. You'll jump, fall, crash and smash through the courses in extremely competitive, entertaining and comedic style. Win the Nippon Marathon from your couch and claim victory for eternity. It's a Local-Multiplayer Video Game spanning the whole of Japan, the hugely varied courses are inspired by Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo and more.
OAOA - Ginger Biscuit Games
OAOA tells the story of a dying computer system where you are the Hero who must reboot time to before the world became corrupted. Switch parts of the world off and on to change the landscape, solve puzzles and overcome all obstacles in your quest to save the world. 2-4 Player mini games allow players to compete against each other in Deathmatch, Elimination, Invasion and Break it.
Razed - Warpfish Games Limited
Razed is a fast-paced single player platform racing game where you must guide our hero to the end of each level in the quickest time possible. He is strapped into a pair of power shoes that give great abilities like super-speed, huge jumps and drifting, but these features come at a price – if the shoes run out of power they will explode! Luckily the shoes are recharged simply by moving quickly, so just don't slow down!
RetroStar - SinisterSoft
RetroStar is an arcade 3D retro space combat simulator.
Space Toads Mayhem - LimeVibe Games
Space Toads Mayhem is an arcade-style, topdown shooter paying homage to classics from the 1980s - some say it tastes like arcade-flavoured ice cream with laser blast sprinkles :) It's a challenging, reflex-based game, rewarding a player who enjoys fast-paced action and can utilise enemy behaviour to his / her advantage.
Super Lumi Live - Gemi Games
A deceptively simple yet challenging neon platformer that's fair but doesn't hold your hand. Feel your mastery of the game improve through each and every world as you navigate 60 uniquely themed levels.
Tetra - OceanSpark Studios
Tetra is an adventure role-playing game which see's the player delve into the fantasy world of The Forgotten Isles. What makes the world so unique is that it is based upon the periodic table, meaning that each island plays host to a wealth of different experiences for the player; from beautiful ever-changing visuals to exciting and reactive game-play.
The Tension - Hope for Hopeless Studios
The Tension is a horror based puzzle game. You, as player, control a child who got kidnapped by aliens. You are in their mother ship and trying to run away by avoiding the enemy and solving the puzzles.
Time Runner - Noskyvisible
Take control of the Time Runner, manipulate time and space, as you navigate this innovative platformer.
Wulverblade - Fully Illustrated
Wulverblade is a hardcore, bloodthirsty, side scrolling beat-em-up that brings back the glory days of games such as Golden Axe, Sengoku, and Knights of the Round! Battle with a friend in an 8 level campaign or against hordes of enemies in the deadly arenas.
We will confirm the remaining indie games and studios next week.