Scots indie video games set for Dundee debuts

TITLES from some of Scotland’s leading independent developers will be available to play months before their official release thanks to the latest installment of the successful Drop In and Play event in Dundee this weekend.
Drop In and Play returns this weekend. Picture: NEoNDrop In and Play returns this weekend. Picture: NEoN
Drop In and Play returns this weekend. Picture: NEoN

The initiative, organised by Dundee Contemporary Arts, the NEoN Digital Arts festival, and Quartic Llama, features work from several companies made up of students and alumni of the University of Abertay Dundee.

Among those exhibiting, Too Easy Games will present DUST, an arcade shooter about exploring the vastness of space. Space Budgie will give attendees the chance to try their new puzzle game Glitchspace as well as 9.03m, a title exploring the Japanese tsunami, while Future Fossil will have a version of High Steaks! available, a fun educational game which teaches children about healthy eating.

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Award-winning Dundee-based design studio Denki will return to Drop in and Play to preview its new work Monster Force 5, while Quartic Llama showcase Other, created in collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland.

This edition of Drop in and Play has attracted developers from across Scotland. Critically acclaimed Fife-based games designer Michael Brough will be showing his unreleased and highly anticipated games Smesport and Helix, while Edinburgh’s Lucky Frame return to DCA to show two local multi-player arcade games, Gentlemen! and the ROFLpillar. Glasgow-based developer Niall Moody will be showcasing his abstract work in Dundee for the first time.

Malath Abbas, an artist at Quartic Llama, said “Drop in and Play is a great opportunity to meet the public and show them off our latest projects. It’s the ultimate test to see if a game is fun when people get the chance to play and give you feedback.

“Likewise we get to talk about our games and share our creative process and explain how the magic happens.”

Clare Brennan, the NEoN festival organiser, added “NEoN is so pleased to be teaming up with DCA again this year to deliver Drop in and Play, and with Quartic Llama on board it’s sure to be the best one yet! This event has become a real highlight of our annual festival programme allowing NEoN to work in partnership to support and nurture new artists and designers working in the digital field.”

Clive Gillman, director of the DCA, said “This has been a really exciting event for us over the last couple of years and this year promises to bring together some even bigger names in the world of indie-gaming to show their work. There’s a real buzz and energy around this event that reflects the great games design work that is going on the city and this year will definitely also have a few fun surprises in the games on show.”

Drop In and Play takes place this Saturday between 4pm and 6pm at DCA to coincide with the final day of the NEoN festival.