SAAM Arcade 2017
This past weekend was the third annual SAAM Arcade event at the Smithsonian American Arts Museum. It was a weekend packed full of all different types of games. I was there working behind the scenes to help show two indie games, Mystic Melee and Burley Men at Sea. I did, however, get to walk around and try a few other indie games as well. Here are my top pics for indie games shown at the SAAM Arcade 2017.
Pixel Noir was a game that I was excited to see. I had previously heard about the game and was excited that they were at the SAAM Arcade. Pixel Noir is the story about a private detective trying to clear his name. He was blamed and punished for a crime he didn’t commit and now 10 years later, he’s a private detective haunted by the unanswered questions of the past. However, something has happened where he now has a chance to clear his name and figure out what happened. I’m really excited for when this game is finished.
More info: http://www.swdtechgames.com/
I first saw Epitaph at EVO 2016 in Las Vegas. It was a game that stood out for the uniqueness of its linear game play and the graphics. I was excited to see how far they had progressed in a year. I loved the graphics in this game and they only got prettier. If you’re a fan of strategy games but like fast paced fighting games, you will enjoy Epitaph. It’s definitely a game worth trying out. It should be coming out sometime in September.
Slime-san is the adventures of a little slime that was minding his own business when he was gobbled up by a worm. In order to escape, Slime-san has to avoid the wall of stomach acid coming for him and slime his way back out of the worm’s mouth. It’s a platformer game where you play a ball of slime, jumping to safety to avoid death. What drew my attention to this game is the pixel art. I love the colors and the art of the towns in this game. It’s currently out on Steam, Humble and Switch.
More info: http://slime-san.com/
Out of all the games though, Sole totally stuck out the most to me. I a world inhabited, you are a ball of light that brings back color to the surrounding environments, meanwhile uncovering the mysteries of this land. It’s absolutely beautiful and totally triggers my perfectionism. I have to color everything. It definitely is a relaxing game to play and one that gave me a sense of hope. I can’t wait to see where this game ends up. It’s currently on Kickstarter, check it out!
Overall, the SAAM Arcade 2017 was a blast. Over two days, there were around 19,000 people who came to see this wonderful exhibit. I can’t wait to see what kind of games they show next year.