AUSTIN, Texas—Genre-celebrating Fantastic Fest may strech wider and weirder than any other film festival when it comes to screenings (see new zombie-high school-Christmas musicals or 90s-Japanese TV-crossover mockumentaries, for instance). And back in 2010, the eventuality combined a gaming arm.
Needless to say, it gets weird, too.
Put on by internal eccentric gaming organisation Juegos Rancheros, Fantastic Arcade has developed from a showcase for 10-20 games in its early days to now braggadocio closer to 50 showcase titles from several hundred submissions. In 2017, Fantastic Arcade grew so much—and captivated such an audience—that it indispensable to turn its own standalone event. More than a month after the latest film apportionment wrapped, indie diversion enthusiasts congested into a internal Alamo Drafthouse last weekend to see some of the many singular titles coming from developers in Texas and beyond.
While there were several tangible names on the line-up (see Nidhogg II), the eventuality is all about find for the infrequent gamer. Above, you can see a handful of the titles that held the eye from an afternoon of symbol mashing and instruction reading. And if anything in sold speaks to you, know that we may have a few follow-up equipment in the works formed on what we got to experience.
For now, those meddlesome in some-more info can find many of the developer’s explanation sessions uploaded to YouTube. Plus, the now available 2017 Fantastic Arcade Indie Bundle includes Pipsqueak, The Stakes Are Too High, and Banana Chalice from the titles above if you wish to test ‘em first-hand.
Listing picture by Sam Machkovech