THE International Mobile Game Awards (IMGA) has always had an eye for quality. Besides showcasing new developments and trends in the mobile gaming industry, it also claims to be the first entity in mobile gaming to recognise the quality of games like Angry Birds, Infinity Blade, Candy Crush and studios like Supercell (Clash of Clans, Clash Royale).
This year, IMGA introduced its first Southeast Asian edition. Launched in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the first International Mobile Game Awards Southeast Asia (IMGSEA) was held yesterday.
Thirteen prizes were handed out during the night. Malaysia ended up the biggest winner, bagging four awards including Best Upcoming Game (Sara is Missing), Best Meaningful Play (ChemCaper), Best Quickplay Game (Super SteamPuff) and the Jury’s Honorable Mention (Sara is Missing).
“In this region, we found amazing creativity and world-class skills,” stated IMGA founder Maarten Noyons. These winners represent the best of the best in Southeast Asia today, with mobile games that are ready to be discovered by players worldwide.”
This year’s ceremony forms part of Level Up KL 2016 conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, an initiative by MDEC which aims to drive growth of Malaysia’s gaming industry.
Director of the Creative Content & Technologies Division at MDEC, Hasnul Hadi Samsudin added, “The breadth of genres and stories to be found within these games is huge and unique. MDEC is grateful that a partner like IMGA has helped to unearth the best of the best from Southeast Asia. We’re excited to have everyone know these winners and experience their games.”
The biggest winner at IMGA SEA’s inaugural installment was Boomzap Entertainment‘s (Philippines) strategy game Legends of Callasia which nabbed the coveted Excellence in Gameplay and Best Multiplayer Game prizes. Elsewhere, Inzen Studio‘s (Singapore) action-shooter Dark Dot scored Excellence in Innovation while Indonesian tofu business simulation Tahu Bulat was crowned the night’s Guilty Pleasure.
Winner: Best Quickplay Game
About: Super SteamPuff is a frantic, adrenaline-charged vertical-scrolling shooter set in a universe of infinite nonsensical improbabilities. Pit quick-wit and dextrous-handling against an endless horde of zany renegades and bosses for the elusive Hexachron artefact or challenge players in local multiplayer match for universal superiority!
Download: Available for RM2.99 (RM12.56) on iTunes.
Developer: Monsoon Lab
Winner: Best Upcoming Game, Jury’s Honorable Mention
About: Experience first hand a found footage style mobile game. Sara is Missing (SIM) is all about the horrors of mobile technology and touches upon the voyeuristic pleasure that one gets from prying through another person’s personal items. We store so much information about ourselves on our mobile devices that deducing what we really are like in real life becomes as simple as tapping on a screen.
Download: Pay whatever you want for Mac, Windows or Android versions.
Developer: ACE EdVenture Studio
Winner: Best Meaningful Play
About: Learning and studying have a bad reputation among students. ChemCaper rebuilds the love of learning in a ninja-like fashion. The aim is for players to have “Hey, I know this!” moments. ChemCaper makes full educational use of a medium that everyone loves and delivers Chemistry with fun in mind.
Download: Available for $2.99 (RM12,56) on iTunes.
List of winners
Jury’s Honorable Mention: Sara is missing, Jeremy Ooi, Malaysia
Excellence in Innovation: Dark Dot, Inzen Studio, Singapore
Best Multiplayer Game: Legends of Callasia, Boomzap Entertainment, Philippines
Best Quickplay Game: Super SteamPuff, Weyrdworks, Malaysia
Guilty Pleasure: Tahu Bulat, Own Games, Indonesia
Best Meaningful Play: ChemCaper, ACE Ed-Venture Studio Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
Excellence in Gameplay: Legends of Callasia, Boomzap Entertainment, Philippines
Excellence in Storytelling: Opus: The day we found earth, SIGONO INC., Taiwan
Best Technical Achievement: The World 3: Rise of Demon, Good net technology co. Ltd, Taiwan
Excellence in Audio: Lanota, Noxy Games Inc., Taiwan
Excellence in Visual Art & Design: Eraser: Deadline Nightmare, Hiker Games, Vietnam
Best Upcoming Game: Sara is missing, Jeremy Ooi, Malaysia
People’s Choice Award: Sky Garden: Farm in Paradise, VNG GAME STUDIOS, Vietnam
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