January 20, 2013 7:00 PM | John Polson
The Nordic Game Jam 2013 concluded with, as of this writing, approximately 80 games completed at the reported 470-person event. Nifflas' multiplayer game Spaceship with a Mace was crowned the Grand Prize winner of the event. Stikbold, another multiplayer only game, was crowned "most fun game."
Fortunately, the Nordic Game Jam 2013 also saw several single player games created that I could actually play. Judges Vlambeer and Dennaton chose Stalagflight as one of their favorites. It works with a controller or mouse/keyboard, with the goal of aiming the leaping scientist away from the erupting volcano. Players can rotate the chunk of land the scientist is on to get a better angled leap.
A game I enjoyed single player was 3:15am (pictured above). Players use the unique abilities of a stretchy computer chair to escape through the window of an office/flat.
In other, not-yet-playable news, the best board game winner was Made in China, and the most innovative game was Twisted. Vlambeer and Dennaton's other chosen game,
Rami's own game Cart Lyfe is playable; "players compete to drag and bend the roller coaster to their wills. Then the trains launch and collision is inevitable." I must say that the tracks bend with rather fluid physics.
Dragon Pussy (pictured above) is a very attractive looking sidescrolling rocket-platformer. Unfortunately, it has only two stages for now.
Those wanting some top-down gore can check out Buddy Builder (trailer above). It's a "crazy arena-style game where you try to slay as many patients, hope for the right body parts to drop and at the same time indirectly harm the other doctor through various drops."
There are several more games to try now, and hopefully all of the games will become available soon. Those Nordic devs who are adding games, feel free to let everyone know when yours go live (and what it's hook is) in the comments below!
[source: Jesper K.Kristiansen]