Following our announcement of brand new games from the artists behind Breakup Squad, Catacomb Kids, Beasts of Balance and Cibele making their debut at Fantastic Arcade, we have just announced more than 20 additional games rounding out this year’s showcase lineup.
The games join the 10 previously-announced Spotlight games coming to Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse Mueller this October 25th-28th, and were chosen by JUEGOS RANCHEROS from the hundreds of games submitted from developers around the world.
The following games will be included as part of our official Fantastic Arcade selection:
Wrong Box Dev. Molly Soda, Aquma
What’s on that old ~2003 computer at your parents house?? Does it even work? Wrong Box is a love letter to a time when PCs and the Internet were a little less awful.
Semblance Dev. Nyamakop
Semblance is a puzzle platformer where your character and the world it inhabits is made of playdough. Squish, squash and deform your character and the world to solve puzzles in Semblance’s soft, bouncy world.
Russian Subway Dogs Dev. 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!
Joggernauts Dev. Space Mace
Joggernauts is a cooperative switching game about trying NOT to kill your friends while jogging through an ugly-cute alien universe.
Holedown Dev. grapefrukt
Balance your plan between ball bouncing patterns and unpredictable, surprising bounces in this mesmerizing and curious game oozing with charm. Immerse yourself in a world of extravagant minimalistic art while jamming out to an original space acid soundtrack as you keep digging further underground.
Fortune 499 Dev. AP Thomson
Fortune-499 is a game about money and magic. You play a fortune teller working in the magical resources department of a large corporation. You engage in day-to-day office activities such as forwarding emails, attending meetings, fighting back hordes of monsters, and dealing with printer jams. With some tricky magic up your sleeve and your job on the line, it’s up to you to build a future out of the hand you’ve been dealt.
dino game Dev. Sokpop Collective
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!
Deity Driving Dev. Graceless Games
DEITY DRIVING is an adventure car game where you chase raspberries, deal with dim gods, bowl in cyberspace, all with the goal to become less and less intelligent – go shrink that IQ!
Consume Me Dev. Jenny Jiao Hsia, AP Thomson
Consume Me is about the cut-throat competitiveness of dieting where the opposing team is yourself.
Bill Hates Videogames Dev. Saam Pahlavan, M.James Short
Bill Hates Videogames is a game about an asshole named Bill that gets sucked into a videogame and is trying to find his way out.
As we do each year, we’ll be bringing the worlds most unusual tournament games to the big screen each evening of Fantastic Arcade. In addition to previously announced games and secret titles from Catt Small and Powerhoof, expect this year’s tournament lineup to include:
Jar Wars The four-player VR hit of 2017 is back, with a custom Fantastic Arcade arena and new surprises! “Jar Wars is like a 2v2 VR nerf-fight where all the fighters had to chug half a bottle of bourbon before they were allowed into the arena” - Adam Saltsman
Red Hot Ricochet Dev. Wyatt Yeong
It’s high noon in this barren wasteland, and only one of you is making it out alive. Sure, you could try and shoot them right between the eyes - but where’s the fun in that? Red Hot Ricochet is an intense game of ricochet duels, and you’ll need wise shooting, lucky bounces, and a bit of triggernometry to win.
Sausage Sports Club Dev. Luckshot Games, Chris Wade
Sausage Sports Club is a physics game about floppy animals playing sports!
Sloppy Forgeries Dev. Jonah Warren
Sloppy Forgeries is a fast-paced, two-player local multiplayer painting game. Each player is given a mouse, a blank canvas, and a few simple paint tools. Each round, a famous painting from art history is revealed. Players race to copy the painting as quickly and accurately as possible.
Sticky Cats Dev. Team Sticky Cats
Sticky Cats is a fumblecore party game in which each player controls a sticky cat with a craving for fish. Players must traverse a house, steal a fish, and make a dash for the exit while sticking to everything and causing mayhem along the way.
Friday night we’ll be journeying to Real World: WI†CH H⏀US∃ - courtesy of our pals at The Museum of Human Achievement!
“This is the true story of seven witches picked to live in a house (game together) and have their lives on display to find out what happens when witches stop being polite and start getting real.”
You’ll be treated to a tour of each witches room complete with specially selected Fantastic Arcade games plus a performance by Void Egg and 98 Dads Creative Suite 2018.
Here’s some of the cursed games that will be available for play:
Cyberpet Graveyard Dev. Nathalie Lawhead
At some undocumented point in the early 00’s there was a critical malfunction in the cyberpet factory. This meltdown led to the miss-creation of several unlikeable and unwanted cyberpets. Nobody knew what to do with them. They never made it past quality assurance, and therefore never made it to CD-ROM.
Due to the unsettling nature of these virtual companions, they were eventually banned to the cyberpet graveyard. The cleanup crew hired to capture and ban everything did a groundbreaking job, because these cypberpets would never to be loved or loved by again. It is only until now that digital archeologists have uncovered the remaining files of these strange unwanted creatures. Thanks to their efforts you can download this forgotten relic.
Warning: Rejected cyberpets. Download at your own risk. Disclaimer: We accept no liabilities if you download these little punks.
Data Mutations Dev.
“a renunciation of the hyper-individualization data mutation is open source art/the open source artist we embrace the genepool we mutate each other until we find a better solution”
Diana the Huntress Dev. Stefanie Franciotti, Morgan Cira
Mystics, Murder and Missing Heads! Diana the Huntress is a true crime RPG, inspired by a cold case worked by one of the co-creator’s grandfather.
In the small town of San Marcos, Diana Martinez must use her wit and strength to solve the mysterious murders of her roommates before becoming the next victim. Can you take Diana from the hunted to the Huntress? It’s a wild ride as Diana navigates small town jerks and the town’s own psychic cult. But revenge is on her mind, and nothing will stop her.
Diana the Huntress is a lo-fi thriller, featuring the art and music of Austin’s Stefanie Franciotti. Morgan Cira is the brains behind the story, picking up where her grandfather left off.
Ghost Dentist VR Dev. Jerry Belich
a humorous body-horror experience where you, a ghost with a dental practice, possess your incoming patients in order to to their dental work. Of course, since you have possessed them, you are actually performing the dental work on yourself. Your patient is still aware, reacting with their eyes, tongue, and expressing pain. Too much and you’ll get kicked out of their body!
Jazz Mickle’s Pro Cap Wearer Dev. Jazz Mickle
Jazz Mickle’s Pro Cap Wearer is a vignette dress-up game, built to evoke the very particular feel and aesthetic of early-2000’s skateboarding games, and similar games of that era. In Jazz Mickle’s Pro Cap Wearer, the player designs a baseball cap for their avatar (a skull)
Levedad Dev. solimporta
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.
Tender Mystic Hotline Dev. Rachel Weil
An unusual dial tone, a television psychic, electric dreams. Tender Mystic Hotline is an interactive installation piece by Rachel Simone Weil, whose work in obsolete electronics, love, nostalgia, and the divine come together to form a familiar-yet-alien interactive experience.
The Static Dev. Pol Clarissou
The static has come for our enclave, and as our sight is enshrouded, we too start to forget.
Tuned Out Dev. Shallow Games
A collection of 15 arcade games for 2-4 players that can be switched between instantly like the channels of a TV, challenging players to juggle all games at the same time to achieve the highest possible score.