5 Game Dev Startups Spotted at Jakarta Game Show 2012 [UPDATED]
Yesterday marked the second day of the Jakarta Game Show 2012. We will take a look specifically at five game developer startups that were exhibiting there.
This game developer (pictured below, left) was one of two game developers that represented Indonesia at the Tokyo Game Show’s Asia New Stars Area this year. Aditya Sumantri, the business IP manager of Altermyth said that they are looking to launch an iOS fishing game called Pancipon Fishing as early as next week! Do stay tuned for an update about that.
This game developer’s name is quite interesting. The team’s (pictured below, right) name uses a common vegetable ingredient in Indonesia called toge, or bean sprout). They were showcasing games such as Infectonator and Relic of War, the latter having won the best 2D PC game prize at the recent Indonesia Game Show.
Nightspade (pictured right) was promoting an interesting iOS game sponsored by the candy brand Chupa Chups. It’s called Give a Dam. The gameplay is simple – you stack various characters and make sure that they don’t fall off to the waterfall.
The team said that it didn’t take too long to finish the game development, just around four months. This is because the Chupa Chups game adapts similar gameplay to Nightspade’s previous game Stack the Stuff. Nightspade is looking to launch the game soon in Bandung with Chuck Studios acting as the game’s publisher.
This game developer (pictured below, left) also won a prize at the recent Indonesia Game Show, as the best feature phone-based game Trigger Knight. The game can be played on both feature phones and smartphones, and it looks like a lot of fun. Mintsphere is looking to launch the award-winning game into the brand new Windows Phone 8 platform in near future.
Sangkuriang is a unique name that showcases the game developer’s love of Indonesian legend. Teguh Jati Nugraha, a representative of Sangkuriang (pictured below, right), showed me the team’s newest game for iOS and Android called Gori Lost. The gameplay requires you to deliver items safely to the finish line using Indonesia’s traditional vehicle, the becak.
It seems like Sangkuriang does more than just build games. The company is divided into four main IT services, and one of them is Sangkuriang Game Studio. You can check out more details about them at the company’s website here.
Another Indonesia Game Show winner (this time in the best smartphone game category) was also present: Touchten. The team was showcasing two of its latest games – the puzzle train tracks building game Train Legend, and a zombie-themed game which hasn’t yet been given a final name. The former is already available for Android, and the iOS version should be available later this month.
As for the zombie game, we play as the big sister who’s holding a baby and is running away from a horde of zombies. While running, the baby will help shoot the zombies that are trailing you. The game is still, we’re told, at the quality testing stage in the studio, and the team says that they are still figuring out a name for the game. Anton Soeharyo, the co-founder of Touchten, also explained that they are building the sequel to its award-winning game Infinite Sky.