From TodayOnline: Singapore indie game titles get boost from MDA

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This is a clipping from TodayOnline. Written by Hiranand Sunny Naresh

SAN FRANCISCO – Gaming juggernauts Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo may have dominated headlines at last week’s Electric Entertainment Expo (E3), but thanks to www.singaporegamebox.com, Singaporean game developers have their own soapbox for the international gaming community.

The portal, an initiative under the Singapore Game Box outreach programme by the Media Development Authority (MDA) designed to promote Singapore-made games, features the best of local productions and serves as a platform for gamers to experience games developed on this tiny island.

There are currently 25 games available on www.singaporegamebox.com and next month, the portal will welcome the addition of Dark Dot, a development by GAMBIT Game Lab Singapore and the only local game to be featured in the IndieCade showcase at this year’s E3.

To further celebrate the indie gaming community in Singapore, the MDA has also teamed up with the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association to launch the Singapore Game Box IndieCity Competition 2012.

The competition, which runs from June 6 to July 6 this year, will invite participants to play four specially selected games, Call of Hens, Sarah Ghost: The Sewer Defenders, Deep Quest and Armor Valley, all made by developers in Singapore and available for free download at http://www.indiecity.com.

Two players will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to Singapore to compete in the Singapore Grand Finals held in December, where the three top players stand to win up to US$2,300 (S$2,900) in prizes.

IndieCity Project Lead Chris Swan said: “IndieCity has always been focused on promoting indie development, and we believe that it’s important this should happen not just on a local scale, but globally as well. The Singapore Game Box competition not only highlights the creativity and the passion of Singapore-based developers, but proves that IndieCity is a global portal which can bring together gamers and developers from across the world.”

Gamers can visit www.indiecity.com to download the games and take part in the Singapore Game Box IndieCity Competition 2012. Winners will be announced on the IndieCity website and blog.

 

The Games

Call of Hens: A casual strategy game in which the player assumes the role of the mother hen tasked with defending her chicks against a menacing eagle. Players can make use of brick walls and crates to eliminate the eagle while keeping the chicks safely in game.

Sarah Ghost: The Sewer Defenders: An action adventure where players assume the role of young scientists working their way within the sewers to unravel the mystery of Sarah’s parents disappearance. Players have to defeat mutated creatures in the sewer in their quest to discover the truth.

Armor Valley: Armor Valley combines the thrill of a fast-paced shooter with the intrigue of real-time strategy. Players will have to deploy troops while overseeing the whole warzone, and get the right mix of attack and defence if they want to have any hope defeating the enemy.

Deep Quest: Deep Quest takes you to the watery realms of the Deep, where an epic battle between Abyssians and Gordlons is underway. You will command the Abyssian Defence Force and undertake 10 Quests, each with unique maps and challenges.