Five Must-See Games From BitSummit

There were many impressive games on display at BitSummit, but these five stood out as the most interesting of the bunch.

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Choosing which games to highlight from the dozens present at BitSummit wasn't easy, but we've selected five of the very best present at first conference for independent game developers in Japan, and packaged our discussions with their respective developers in brief videos below.

Gero Blaster is the product of Daisuke Amaya and Studio Pixel, best known for the cult smash-hit Cave Story. As the blaster-toting Gero, you're on a mission to rescue your kidnapped girlfriend in this pixelated 2D action game. It doesn't deviate too far from Studio Pixel's previous work, but it's designed for mobile iOS devices and features an entirely new control scheme suited to the platform. It's estimated to be available sometime in May of this year, with the potential for a port to the Nintendo 3DS further down the road.


This iOS puzzle game from the Winning Blimp indie duo may appear all too simple, but appearances can be deceiving. In Mosaique, you control a colored block and fire it across the screen to whittle away at the remaining blocks in the middle. You can destroy a block only by hitting it with another of the same color, and hitting more than one block in a single swipe yields a power multiplier that eventually lets you clear blocks in a more efficient manner. Each level is grounded in Mosaique's music, and it's up to you to make the most of the time allotted before a level and its song come to an end. Winning Blimp's previous title, Ambi-ON, is also featured in the video above and is currently available in the Apple AppStore for iOS devices.


Tengami is an adventure game with a relaxed pace and a captivating art style that's set within the confines of a pop-up book. You have to flip virtual pages to solve puzzles and progress further into the game's minimalistic story. The atmosphere is influenced by Japanese designs that, when coupled with somber colors, invite you into the relaxing, puzzle-filled world. Nyamyam plans to ship Tengami for iOS devices by fall 2013, with potential support for Windows and Mac PCs further down the road.


Indie developer Lexaloffle has harnessed the power of voxels (3D volumetric pixels) to create Voxatron, a work-in-progress 3D shooter with a built-in editor that lets you create your own destructible levels with an intuitive interface and toolset. Voxatron is still evolving as Lexaloffle continues to push the once-simple arcade game into the adventure realm (among other genres), but there are prerelease versions of the game available from the company's website, and it was part of an Indie Humble Bundle in 2011.


La Mulana isn't a new game, but it's the first Japanese-developed game to find success in Valve's Greenlight program, and a shining example of what BitSummit's creators are hoping to accomplish by bringing Valve and Japanese indies together at the event. It's also an excellent 2D adventure game with an intimidating level of difficulty and lots of secrets to uncover, built around the popular formula established by modern Castlevania and Metroid games: navigate an expansive world while collecting hard-to-find items to enhance your abilities in combat and exploration. You can currently find La Mulana on Nintendo's eShop as a WiiWare title, and on the PC through the Good Old Games and Playism distribution services.

Discussion

29 comments
kuaikukia
kuaikukia

That Tengami is the only caught my attention

Prats1993
Prats1993

Looks like Alan from the Hangover is behind voxatron.

Lei_11
Lei_11

Tengami and Voxatron are really surprising :O Awesome, promising concepts

Succumbus
Succumbus

Voxatron looks sick. I'd keep my head up for that one.

nate1222
nate1222

I hate to be a party pooper, but, La mulana has been on GOG (DRM-free) for months now. Steam is late to the party here.

aloufika
aloufika

That Voxatron guy sounds nervy

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

Wow!!! That Voxatron guy talks like a virgin nerd trying to get laid for the first time!! LOL!!! I hate people who talk like that!! LOL!!

ahpuck
ahpuck

oh boy, nostalgia overload! I gotta trade my dumb phone for a smart one.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

the iPhone's screen is too small for games. The Galaxy is perfect.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I think it'd be great if the first three games also go on Android devices, but Tengami is the only one of the three I'd be willing to buy and play on my PC. The other two are too casual for me to turn on my PC and sit in front of it. I hope Voxatron will develop features that Minecraft doesn't yet have and be another success story.

rogerpenna
rogerpenna

La Mulana is actually based on old KONAMI games developed for the MSX computer plataform, like Kings Valley 2 and specially The Maze of Galious (Knightmare 2).

Thyasianman
Thyasianman

Tengami and Lexaloffle seem to be shaping up pretty good. La Mulana looks great as well. I hope things go well for these indie developers because I have a lot of respect for the people doing this. 

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

It's telling that three of the five games on this list are iPhone titles, then again, the guy who created this is a major Apple fanboy of the worst kind...

wilhelmalexis
wilhelmalexis

Gero Blaster = Mario. Voxatron = Lego. La Mulana = Donkey Kong.

Scarab83
Scarab83

Voxels aren't a new thing.

ramey2049
ramey2049

Damn, Thanks for the 30 second advertisement before every video GAMESPOT. You really make it a joy to come to your site.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

La Mulana is a great game if you haven't already played it.

That Voxel game looks cool and I don't have to play it on a stupid smart phone/mobile OS.

King9999
King9999

These games look great!  Out of these games, I like La Mulana the most.

goodlooper
goodlooper

@Succumbus It's already out, but still only in alpha.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

@Zacmaccraken Having sex with your own hand is not sex actually, so you two must sound alike.