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The organizers of Fantastic Fest have announced the titles that are to be showcased at this year’s Fantastic Arcade, an annual showcase of independent games taking place in Austin, Texas.

 

The Fantastic Arcade 2014 lineup have been carefully selected by members of Juegos Rancheros, Austin’s very own independent game collective founded and operated by Adam Saltsman, Brandon Boyer, Wiley Wiggins, Jo Lammert and Rachel Weil.

 

Games showcased at the Fantastic Arcade will be open to the general public and free to play at the Alamo Drafthouse in South Lamar theater, and also at its sister venue, The Highball.

 

Among the twenty games selected for showcase at the Fantastic Arcade are eight Spotlight titles – picks that will have their very own stand-up arcade cabinet created for them, and to be presented free to play at the event as well.

 

The 2014 Fantastic Arcade Spotlight games are as follows:

  • Gang Beasts (Boneloaf)
    One of the most eagerly anticipated tournament and Spotlight games of Fantastic Arcade 2014, Gang Beasts blends cute, doughy character design with shocking, hilarious violence and can’t-put-the-controller-down gameplay.
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito)
    Premiering at Fantastic Arcade 2014, Ben Esposito’s Donut County gives players control over a stylish, Los Angeles-inspired 3D playscape, all thanks to irresistible donuts that, when eaten, open holes in the ground.
  • Banana Chalice (Kyle Reimergartin)
    Fjords creator Kyle Reimergartin returns to Fantastic Arcade with Banana Chalice, a game in which an interdimensional Banana Cat must journey through an endless wormhole on a quest for chalices.
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)
    This frantic 1- or 2-player local co-op action game, set inside a neon spaceship, invites players to work together to man turrets, lasers, shields, and thrusters in order to save animals and stave off interstellar demise.
  • Fotonica (Santa Ragione)
    Fantastic Arcade veterans Santa Ragione have prepared a special 4-player arcade version of Fotonica, an abstract, exploratory first-person runner.
  • Push Me Pull You (House House)
    Push Me Pull You is a two-on-two sports game about friendship and wrestling in which teams must use a shared body to wrap, writhe, and wrestle a ball into their half of the court.
  • Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon (Tiger Style)
    In Tiger Style’s sequel to Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, players take on the role of a spider while uncovering the mysteries of a secret society.
  • Mountain (David OReilly)
    Mountain is an ambient, procedural mountain simulator from animator David OReilly (The External World, Her) with programming by Damien Di Fede (Cosmic DJ).

 

The Fantastic Arcade 2014 announcement of its Spotlight games and the tournaments is here.

Tim Wee

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