We brought together six of the most talented indie developers from around the world to create new games, all of which made their debut at our ninth-annual indie game festival, Fantastic Arcade, which took place in Austin, TX, October 25th through 28th, 2018.
All proceeds from the sale of this bundle benefit our non-profit organization. Help us showcase more amazing games both here in Austin and a city near you, and commission more fantastic developers to create new games like these!
Included in this bundle are all six games you see here:
Grass Stains, by Nina Freeman / Star Maid Games
(2 Controllers recommended to play)
Grass Stains is a local multiplayer game about two little kids, their dog, and a soccer ball on a summer day. Kick the ball too hard at your friend and you might just knock them over. Will you play fair and help them up, or tease them while you score point after point? It’s up to you!
Contributors to Grass Stains include Nina Freeman, Aaron Freedman, Diego Garcia, and Amos Roddy. Nina was the designer for Lost Memories Dot Net, Cibele, how do you Do it? and Kimmy, as well as part of the Fullbright team (Tacoma).
Paper Planet Pop, by Tyriq Plummer
Brave robot Pop is in trouble! Stranded on a strange planet and hunted by the Hand of Hate, he must fend off wave after wave of threats: Coinsteroids, pinvaders, cosmic jellysquid, and space pirates galore! Though Pop is no pushover, the presentiment persists: How long can our plucky protagonist persevere in this petite planetary predicament? Find out in: PAPER PLANET POP!
Tyriq Plummer is a developer and game artist best known for their work on the roguelike platformer Catacomb Kids. Tyriq also has a reputation as a inventive game jam participant, with numerous Ludum Dare titles to their name.
WiFi Robots, by George Buckenham
Did you know: your phone is secretly also a robot? And everyone else in the venue’s is, too! Connect them together and hack them all.
George Buckenham is a prolific programmer for games (Beasts of Balance) and procedurally generated text (Cheap Bots, Done Quick!), as well as one of the minds behind rogue party-game revelers The Wild Rumpus.
Breaker, by Daniel Linssen
Daniel Linssen is an Australian developer and artist best known for the games Roguelight, Windowframe and numerous Ludum Dare jam games. Daniel’s games have consistently inventive play mechanics and lovely, muted color palettes.
Kaiju Super Datetech, by Powerhoof
A Giant Monster has appeared in Kyoto II! The city’s only hope is for you and your company to construct a Colossal Robot, maneuver your creation to the target creature, and… ask it out to dinner? Or a film? Or something?
Cooperate in building a perfect match for the kaiju, and compete against rival companies to romance the lonely monster in KAIJU SUPER DATETECH!
Powerhoof are Australian indie developers who delighted attendees with their surprise Fantastic Arcade tournament of Regular Human Basketball. With their multiplayer dungeon crawler Crawl, they’ve become known for a keen artistic style and multiplayer action.
ComPETition, by Catt Small
(Controller required to play)
ComPETition is a competitive cat petting game for two players. Who will win the cat’s affection before it gets bored? Who will be scratched into shame? Grab a friend and find out in this fuzzball extravaganza!
Catt Small is an interactive designer and developer who works in user experience and games, as well as organizing and advocating for marginalized groups in tech. Catt previously created the multiplayer game Breakup Squad, as a part of NYU’s 2016 No Quarter Exhibition.
We’ve announced 30+ games coming to this year’s Fantastic Arcade — and want to give you an early peek at some you still can’t play anywhere else!
Games appearing on Thursday will include:
Cricket Through the Ages Free Lives
Over a thousand years ago the human race teetered on the edge of extinction. They were helpless against the mighty behemoths of the land. And then, salvation… Cricket was invented! Go alone, or take a friend of your choice, on a journey through the rich, and exquisitely accurate, history of cricket.
Levedad is a game about capturing time through the contemplative gaze of long exposure photography. It is finding beauty in an ever-changing space where time passes with you and through you.
Russian Subway Dogs Spooky Squid Games
A fast-paced systemic arcade game inspired by the real-life stray dogs of the Moscow metro. Can you steal enough food to survive? Juggle vodka, cook wildlife, bark fire and more in this surprisingly deep arcade game!
Dino Game Sokpop
Dino game is about ladders, systems, and tall things. You fell from your UFO. Learn the rules of a foreign place, and find a way to get back to your space-ship!
You can play all of these games and more Thursday, October 4th, at 7:00PM North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Visit fantasticarcade.com for all the info!
Created by duo Nyamakop, Semblance is described as a “true platformer”. What does that even mean? Well you can literally manipulate platforms with your body in this soft and squishy world. Come check out one of the first games from South Africa to be released on the Switch.
Every play a dialogue driven narrative game, but only wanted to respond to every character by giving them the finger? Well in Helping Hand you can! Along with a variety of different hand gestures you can navigate this Adult Swim show-esque game with just the use of 5 fingers.
Known for their breakout hit BROFORCE, the SA collective known as Free Lives decided to run a game jam on a remote island. It’s kind of like survivor but with game developers and no one actually gets voted off. Frog Smashers is the only game to come out of Game Jam Island. It tells the tale of a simple misunderstanding at a bus stop that leads to the end of frogkind.
We’ll be showcasing all these games and more Thursday, September 6th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is excited to share HOT LOCAL FLAVORS, a collection of upcoming and recently released games created in and around our very own Austin, Texas. Join us this Thursday, August 2nd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door for a look at Red Star Azimuth, The Indie Game Legend 3D, Imperishable Memories, and more!
We’re mesmerized by the visual landscape in Red Star Azimuth. Manuela Malasaña is creating a first person hacking puzzle game with am 80’s vaporwave aesthetic. Manuela has been posting some stunning images on her twitter feed. Come see why we’re hyped at getting a first look of the memory prism inside of “Vaporland”.
Continuing in first person perspectives, we’re excited to show Jeff Lindsay’s The Indie Game Legend 3D. A cult-classic dungeon shoot em ‘up created during the early days of the TIGSource forum is reimagined and expanded as a first-person shooter-vania. Come learn the history and explore the future of this underground labyrinth. Try to rescue captured indie game creators in this quirky underground adventure.
Previous Juegos Rancheros artist resident Jennifer Raye returns! We’re excited to show the near-final release of her Imperishable Memories. Journey through this narrative shoot ‘em up and explore unforgotten emotions and experiences. Can you grab a hold of the past…or perhaps enemies on your way?
All of these local developers will be here to show off their latest creations. Come say hi!
We’ll be showcasing all these games and more Thursday, August 2nd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Without further ado, we proudly introduce the newest additions to the Juegos Rancheros Board of Directors— Saam Pahlavan, Rusty Moyher, and Autumn Taylor. Here’s a little more information about each one of our new board members:
With a passion for bringing people together, his projects often focus on local multiplayer experiences including his long-running Astro Duel series and the critically-acclaimed party game BLOOP He also co-created, kickstarted and released the seven-part Retro Game Crunch collection and runs the nightly tournaments at Fantastic Arcade.
Autumn Rose Taylor is a community organizer and business/communications professional that lives and breathes virtual reality.
In addition to her community efforts with JUEGOS RANCHEROS, Taylor co-organizes VR Austin, the annual VR Austin Jam, and focuses her community work on diversity and advocating for women/non-binary individuals in the video game and virtual reality industries at large. She is currently Studio Director at Owlchemy Labs.
These good people applied to board membership during our recent call for new members. That application is now closed, but we are looking for help with committees working on Fantastic Arcade around the corner on October 25-28, as well as our local monthly events highlighting the best in indie games from around the world and in our own backyard. To find out more information about about getting involved in these committees, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited for the contributions of our new board members and future contributions of committee members to the Juegos Rancheros organization, the indie games community in Austin, and beyond.