E3 is often about the pomp and circumstance of some of the biggest and most hyped games to come. But if you’re a hipster-gamer like me, read on, dear one. Based on Kinda Funny Games’ 2019 E3 indie showcase, I present to you my very own arbitrary awards ceremony for the indie games that caught my eye:
The “I DON’T CARE WHAT THIS GAME IS – I JUST WANT TO BUY IT BASED ON THE TITLE ALONE” Award:
One Night Stand
After a night of fun, passion, and one too many drinks, you wake up the next morning to find a complete stranger lying naked beside you in bed. What do you do? Explore the unknown bedroom and seek out clues to identify who the stranger is and what happened to bring you both together. You may resort to some unusual methods to find the answers you’re looking for, but take care not to prod and pry too much – a nosy guest quickly becomes an unwanted one! Will you stay and explore your relationship with this stranger, or will you escape when the opportunity presents itself? With 12 unique endings to discover, can you keep up the act long enough to find out what really happened?
The “YOU HAD ME AT ‘ACCESSORIZE YOUR OWN FALCON’ ” Award:
Developer: Outer Loop
Set in a dying world that’s been invaded by machines, Ara’s been wrongfully thrown in jail for a minor infraction. While she awaits her fate in a lonely cell, she passes the time by befriending a young falcon. Together they escape and set off on an adventure to help the resistance reclaim their freedom and drive off the invaders. Falcon Age will arrive on the Epic Games Store later this summer and will be playable in Non-VR and VR, with or without motion controllers.
The “I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS GAME EVER SINCE I CLOCKED OXENFREE” Award:
Developer: Night School Studio
You play Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: out-drink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth. What adventures will you stumble through in the underworld? Every step is up to you. Time to go on the best bender ever, uncover the mystery of why you’ve been damned, and drink the big guy under the table.
The “GET READY TO SQUEE BECAUSE I’M SO FREAKING CUTE” Award:
Developer: Muse Games
You hold the power to start a revolution in your paws, and only you can bring justice to the mean streets of Hamsterdam! Will you be the hero your town needs? Will you become the Hamster-fu master you were born to be? Will you defeat the whisker twister in chief, the vile Chinchilla Marlo? You bet your bushy tail!
The “WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST SEE” Award:
A multiplayer deathmatch where you play a customizable naked man and run around hurling spoonfuls of ramen to defeat your opponents. A third person “shooter”, where food is not just ingested, it’s a weapon of mass consumption. Serve morsels of sweet revenge to your friends, eliminating them with a wide range of crazy unpredictable items and pickups. The fast-paced wacky gameplay provokes laughs and yelps of emotions, encouraging moments of revenge-fueled trolling to heroic displays of comradery.
And last, but definitely not least,
The “I CAN’T SAY ONE SARCASTIC THING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IT’S TOO DAMN BEAUTIFUL” Award:
Explore ancient ruins and forgotten memories as a wolf with the ability to possess any animal you meet in order to find out what happened to humankind and your trusted spirit companion in a past life.
If you’d like to have your own awards ceremony, check out Kinda Funny Games’ full showcase of indie games. What awards would you give? What are you excited for? Let us know below!