1. The Unseen (Drexel University)
The Unseen is a science-fiction first person horror game where you play as Anala Warren, a scientist left behind on an evacuated research station in space. With the Portable Energy Generator—the only tool at your disposal—you must survive against an unknown enemy as you try to find a way off the station. Be warned—avoid the enemy at all cost!
Dr. Paul Diefenbach
2. Vinyl (Drexel University)
Vinyl is an arcade-style runner about creating an audio/visual sensory experience where the player’s music makes the level, and the level changes the music. The driving theme of the game is how it would feel to experience music if you were the needle of a record player. We believe, in Vinyl, when music creates your environment it enhances player engagement through the manipulation of familiar sounds.
3. Shady Dealings (Rochester Institute of Technology MAGIC)
Shady Dealings is a mid-core, top-down mobile game in which the player takes control of two “shady characters” as they carry out all manner of mischievous deeds in a Greco-Roman world. Gameplay largely involves episodic stealth and puzzle sequences, during which the player must cleverly implement each of the characters’ seemingly basic abilities synergistically in order to solve complex problems.
Rochester Institute of Technology MAGIC
4. The Maestros (USC)
The Maestros is an online multiplayer real-time strategy game set in a humorous fantasy world where you control a commander and his squadron of wildy cuddly and mildly vicious minions. Play as either the dieselpunk Knights of Teutonia with their clunky, transforming robots or as the futuristic Genoman Alchemists with their adorable, mutating monsters.
5. Bloom (USC)
Bloom is a 2.5 adventure platformer where you play as a Seedling named Sprout who must wield the powers of nature in order to reclaim Earth from the dangerous robots who have taken over. The game features a gesture-based nature ability system, drop-in drop-out networked cooperative play, and a unique toon-shaded art style.
Khaled Abdel Rahman
6. Cyber Heist (University of Utah)
Cyber Heist explores co-operative play like never before, where each person plays a different styles of game in their individual roles. Play as the top-down 2D Hacker, rerouting power to unlock doors, reveal sensitive information, and provide intel. Or play as the first-person 3D Thief, a stealth-infiltrator who uses only his wits and skills to avoid drone detection, recover passwords, and dupe the security detection system.
University of Utah
7. Arc (DigiPen)
Arc is a competitive multiplayer racing game set in a mythic Sci-Fi world. Players race through the deserts and alien constructs on a distant planet, under the blue glow of an alien sky, attempting to out-maneuver their opponents and complete the race. Racers employ their EMP missiles, boosting and driving skills in this fast-paced game.
8. Chained (DigiPen)
Chained is a 2.5D narrative platformer that experiments with using game mechanics to tell the story about negative dependencies. Players take on the role of “That Guy” as he moves through his continually collapsing inner psyche, progressing through this world only by using the physical representation of his dependency: the Ball and Chain. “That Guy”, and the Players themselves, must learn how to end their reliance on the Ball and Chain in order to be truly freed from their negative dependencies, before they do something they can never fix.
9. Kraven Manor (Guildhall)
Turn out the lights, take a deep breath, and prepare yourself.
Explore the depths of the immersive, atmospheric world of Kraven Manor. Uncover its secrets, solve its mystical puzzles, and face the growing threat within. Kraven Manor challenges the player to explore an expansive manor to discover the mysteries that lurk within its walls. The player has the power to dynamically alter the layout by interacting with a miniature scale model of the manor, located in its extravagant entryway.
Ben Roye Dustin Davis
10. Siege Breakers (UC Santa Cruz)
Siege breakers is a co-op base defense game for up to four players. Team up with your buddies to defend castles around the world as the Siege breakers Mercenary Company - castle defenders for hire. Mine for resources and build defenses in a fully destructible environment, then bring the smack-down to the oncoming goblin army! Featuring an innovative dynamic split screen camera and an in-game level editor, Siege breakers brings a unique twist to the classic fun of hack-and-slash, base defense, and co-op. Grab your pick and warhammer and go bash some goblin skulls!
UC Santa Cruz
11. Museum of Simulation Technology (Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center)
Picture a large building off in the distance. Suppose you hold out one hand and pretend to pinch the building between your fingers. By doing so, you are creating an optical illusion based off of the ambiguity of depth. This optical illusion is called “forced perspective.” Now, suppose you rip this tinybuilding out of the ground and hold it in the palm of your hand. This trick of perspective is at the heart of exploring the Museum of Simulation Technology.
Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center
12. Hymn of the Sands (Guildhall)
Hymn of the Sands is an isometric action game/ dungeon crawler with light RPG and puzzle elements. As Egyptian god Osiris awoken from the dead, you battle your way through your tomb on a quest to regain immortality. You can regain your lost powers, upgrade abilities, and shift between the realms of the living and the dead.
13. Plushy Knight (The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at UCF)
You are Plushy Knight, guardian and protector of a child in crisis. After her father's passing, Gemma fears she'll forget the things she loved most about him. Together, Plushy and Gemma venture into the forest of her memories, fighting fiends and shadows to keep the cobwebs from spreading.
The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at UCF
14. Stompster the Apologetic Monster (Drexel University)
Drexel University’s Digital Media Graduate Game Design. We are second year graduate students making a game about a kaiju and its subjective sensitivity to urban devastation.Stompster loves the people of Monster City. The only problem is, he's a fifty-story kaiju. Try to save them from the alien invaders abducting the populous, but be careful: Stompster gets emotional when he accidentally harms citizens and their homes.
15. Stellar (UC Santa Cruz)
Stellar is a beautiful and scientifically accurate game that pushes HTML5 technology to the limit to give the player a galactic garden of stars to farm, grow, and detonate. Harvest hydrogen and helium from the galactic dust between stars, and forge basic elements into more precious materials deep in the fiery heart of a star. Create safe and hospitable planets for life to grow, or blow up supernovae to spread new matter into the galaxy. How will your galaxy grow?
UC Santa Cruz