The time has come for the seventh-annual Fantastic Arcade, and this year we’re doing things a little bit differently! In order to gauge how big our audience will be, you’ll need to get a free ticket for all of our Fantastic Arcade events.
To make this process easier, we’ve split all of our events into individual blocks, which are listed in full below, split out day by day. If you’d like to see one of these events, simply visit the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse ticket counter, and ask for a ticket to that specific block!
You do not need to have a Fantastic Arcade badge to get one of these tickets — all of our events are all ages and open to the public!
Can’t make it to Fantastic Arcade? Get all of the original games created for this year’s festival (like nium, above) with our exclusive Fantastic Arcade 2016 bundle, with new games from the creators of DOWNWELL, KATAMARI DAMACY and much more!
Below the fold is our day-by-day guide to all of our events — pick out any & all blocks you want to see and pick up your tickets any day this week!
Want to bring this year’s Fantastic Arcade home to you? We’ve got the perfect way! We’ve just launched a bundle of five amazing and exclusive games making their debut at our seventh-annual indie game festival, Fantastic Arcade.
Thanks to our distribution partner itch.io, 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 five games you see here, along with extras & bonus materials! Here is what you’ll get:
NIUM, by Moppin & Nemk
DOWNWELL creator Moppin has partnered with Nemk (one of our favorite artists working in games) to present NIUM: a post-apocalyptic action game where players will crawl through a ruined, abandoned, STALKER-esque exclusion zone inhabited only by a variety of mutated wildlife. (Windows, Mac)
ALPHABET, by Keita Takahashi & Adam Saltsman
Originally available only to select Kickstarter backers, ALPHABET is a slapstick marathon footrace for 1- to 26-players from Keita Takahashi (renowned creator of KATAMARI DAMACY & NOBY NOBY BOY) and Adam Saltsman (designer behind CANABALT & OVERLAND). Run, jump, eat, sing, poop, and sleep through silly obstacle courses!
(Windows, Mac, Linux)
INSPECTOR WOOF, by Klondike
From Klondike — France’s upstart super-collective of indie game stars — INSPECTOR WOOF & THE VEGETABLE HIGH SCHOOL is a procedurally generated mystery adventure game where every student is hiding terrible secrets. Armed only with your freshly-printed hints sheet, dig deep into their guilty consciences and expose the truth! (Windows, Mac, Linux)
F2OGGY, by Nathalie Lawhead
F2OGGY (Only one survives!) is a Brute-Force Frog-Combat Simulator, by the IGF-winning creator Nathalie Lawhead, made for a growing audience of competitive frogfans. Each player is divided into a faction (a Frog-Faction), and must defeat their opponent using High-Velocity Amphibian Impact Lunges. (Windows, Mac)
LASSOS, by SOKPOP
From SOKPOP — the the Dutch collective behind indie cult classics like the low-fi sci-fi exploration game BERNBAND — comes LASSOS, a game fit for its Texas debut: throw lassos, get money! (Windows, Mac)
Following our announcement of brand new games from the studios behind Downwell, Tetrageddon Games, Bernband and Orchids to Dusk making their debut at Fantastic Arcade, we have just announced 20 more games rounding out this year’s festival lineup.
The games join the 10 previously-announced Spotlight games coming to Austin, TX’s South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse this September 22nd-29th, and were chosen by JUEGOS RANCHEROS from the nearly 250 games submitted from developers around the world.
Below the fold are details of the 20 Showcase games coming to this year’s festival, followed by the official Fantastic Arcade press release announcing our featured speakers & tournaments (Multibowl! Downwell with creator Moppin in attendance! & more!), as well as details on our opening night party at Empire Control Room, and our VR Lounge coming on the final day of the festival.
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is pleased to announce Robby Kraft as the Fall 2016 arcade of anything resident.
Currently residing in New York City, Robby Kraft is a software developer and origami master with a special interest in geometry and scale. His time at the arcade of anything residency promises to combine these passions and translate them into a digital landscape—we can’t wait to see what unfolds!
Kraft’s residency will conclude with a public exhibition on Friday, September 30 at JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s indie arcade space, the Museum of Human Amusement. This exhibition falls on the day after Fantastic Arcade ends, so plan to stay in Austin for the week and catch both wonderful events!
The month-long arcade of anything artist residency, created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, encourages participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts. You can read more about the residency program here.
Please join us in congratulating Robby Kraft, and stay tuned for more details on his exhibition event on September 30.
Robby Kraft is an origami artist and engineer from Texas now living in New York City. He creates open-source tools that reinscribe relationships between computer algorithms, nature, and music.
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As you may have seen by now, we have just announced our plans for this year’s Fantastic Arcade — the yearly games festival we curate and organize at the Alamo Drafthouse alongside the theater’s renowned genre film fest, Fantastic Fest.
Most excitingly, as we did last year, JUEGOS RANCHEROS has commissioned brand new games which will premiere at the festival, from some of our favorite devs, many of whom will be familiar to attendees of our recent meetups (this was our secret orientation plan!).
This year’s cabinets will include new games from: Ojiro ‘Moppin‘ Fumoto, creator of Downwell (above left), together with his frequent collaborator Momo ‘nemk‘ Murakami (who created the Downwell illustration at top), as well as Nathalie Lawhead, a new festival mainstay behind the Tetrageddon Games series (above right), which took home the Nuovo Award at the 2015 Independent Games Festival.
We’ll also have a new game from Netherlands collective Sokpop, made up of the devs behind games like the incredible low-fi sci-fi exploration game Bernband (above left), as well as Klondike, the French indie supergroup whose members include the devs of games like Mu Cartographer and the KO_OP-published Orchids to Dusk (above right).
In addition to that, we’ll also be constructing a brand new cabinet for ALPHABET (above), the game co-created by Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy designer Keita Takahashi and JUEGOS RANCHEROS co-founder Adam Saltsman. The game was previously only available to Kickstarter backers, and is now being given a wider exhibition for all Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Arcade attendees.
Below the fold is the first press release for the upcoming 2016 Arcade with more information on our arcade cabinets and the first ten games we’ve chosen as our Spotlight selections.
I’ve taken the liberty of adding a number of links, images and videos to all the games detailed below for better context — scroll to the bottom to take a longer look! All of us here are looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Arcade!