Developers from Malaysia are converging in Cyberjaya this weekend for the Astro #GOInnovate conference. There’s going to be a mobile game showcase, keynotes and panels by industry figures, and even a hackathon. Malaysia is home to some pretty awesome games and there’s no doubt that several more will be given life this weekend.
In the meantime, here are 12 Malaysian games you really need to play.
Developed by Penang’s Dilectus Games, Protect Teddy is an endless runner with a combat feature. The titular Teddy has escaped his castle home and is gallivanting through a very dangerous world, and it’s up to you, his trusty knight to keep him safe from harm. Your task is to slice and dice up baddies as they hone in on Teddy, who flies onward with a magical leaf. Combined with a catchy soundtrack, cute visuals, and addictive gameplay with attractive in-game rewards, Protect Teddy is a game you shouldn’t miss. It’s available on iOS.
Developed by Sunnyside Interactive, a graduate from the 1337 Accelerator, this arcade-style game for the iPad may at first seem like it’s made for kids, but playing on will show you otherwise. It’s a gesture-based romp through a wild, nightmarish world, wherein you are the hero tasked with keeping evil at bay. Dreamcatcher is available for the iPad only so if you don’t have one, just check our review out.
If you identify as a “maso-core” gamer, then Velocibox is right up your alley. A running game unlike any other we’ve seen, Velocibox needs quick reflexes and a strong stomach from its players. The game’s objective is to get this one box through a series of corridors littered with obstacles, all at terminal velocity—hence its name. Velocibox is available on Steam and will eventually make it to the PS Vita.
(See: Velocibox in action at Casual Connect Asia 2014)
King’s League: Odyssey
If you enjoy management sims, but need more of a challenge than running your own restaurant or farm, the strategy sim King’s League: Odyssey may be just the game for you. Developed by Kurechii Studio, King’s League: Odyssey has you training up a team of knights to take on the king himself in a bout of royal joust. This premium game is highly polished and will provide you with several good hours of fun. King’s League: Odyssey is available on Android, iOS, and on your browser.
This is a hospital management sim unlike any other. While as cute and expansive as the Theme Hospital we all know and love, Doctor Life one-ups the classic by including tons of content taken from the real world. Expect to see actual diseases and to be able to learn about them in-game, on top of managing your very own hospital filled with smiling doctors and nurses. Developed by WIGU Games, Doctor Life is available for iOS.
Now this is a really cool game. 1337 Accelerator graduate Undercover Entertainment’s Agent RX makes use of touchscreen gestures to provide you with a truly native iOS experience—think Metal Gear Solid, but for mobile. You’re a secret operative in Agent RX, who has to solve puzzles in order to recover the floating fortress, ARIES. This top-down stealth game was even paired with the Oculus Rift at Casual Connect Asia 2013! It’s available on iOS, or you could also read our review.
Tell No One
Tell No One is a PC horror game in development. Created by the 1337 Accelerator’s Spacepup Entertainment, Tell No One is a freaky first-person exercise in scaring people to death. It’s the first PC horror game to be developed in Malaysia, too, and the local press went bananas over it when it was first revealed. There’s only a short five minute demo of it out now, but that was terrifying enough that I played with only half an eye open. Tell No One is sort of on hiatus now as Spacepup Entertainment works on its adventure game Boboiboy. Try the demo here, or read about what we thought of it.
Jump Smash Legend
Development studio Mediasoft’s Jump Smash series is the badminton equivalent of FIFA and NBA 2K. It’s that damn good. The Jump Smashmobile games from 2013 and 2014 have been Mediasoft’s first steps towards building a world-class sports game franchise, and boy, are they huge. If you’re a badminton fan and you own a mobile device, just play this. You won’t regret it. Jump Smash Legend is the latest version in the series, and is available for Android and iOS
(See: Forget NBA 2K and FIFA, Jump Smash is the next big video game sports franchise out of Asia.)
Vertical Drop Heroes HD
This is a procedurally-generated platforming RPG with roguelike elements. What’s not to love? The adorable Vertical Drop Heroes HD is an updated version of the original Vertical Drop Heroes and while it’s not the most visually-impressive game ever, it’s a lot of fun. There are LAN co-op and split-screen local co-op modes, and it costs just RM 17, or about $5.20. Vertical Drop Heroes HD was developed by the Sarawak-based Nerdook, and is on Steam. We’ve also reviewed it on Games in Asia
I was part of the horde that went into a frenzy over EA’s Spore, but what I loved most about the game was its first stage, where you were an amoeba swimming around eating up other amoebas. Lightopus from Appxplore brings back that magic of swimming in an unknown sea. As the lightopus, you’ve got to break open egg sacs to release fry, who then help keep you safe from other monsters. It’s a very soothing game with just enough challenge to keep things interesting, and boy, it’s also gorgeous to boot. Try it on Android and iOS.
Also from Appxplore, Alien Hive is a sliding puzzle where you must combine tiles to evolve different aliens. It’s got a very zen vibe to it, a lot like Lightopus mentioned above. Moves in each Alien Hive grid are governed by energy, which can be replenished by combining crystal tiles. Overall this game can last for as long as you want, with no time limit on how long you take to make your next move. The aliens you nurture are adorable, from their salmon-like eggs to their strange adult forms. Try it on Androidand iOS.
Bonus: Ballistic Wars
Developed by Easy Only! Games about seven years ago, Ballistic Wars is a flash game that combines the physics of browser-based pool games with Advance Wars. You’re in charge of ball-shaped soldiers who must attack and take down bombs laid by a mad professor. Ballistic Wars is definitely dated, but is also pretty fun. Give it a go here.
We’re sure these aren’t the only awesome games developed in Malaysia, especially since most of these games were developed in the western part of the country. If you’re a game dev with an awesome new game, reach out to us at news[at]gamesinasia[dot]com! We’d be happy to try your game out.
See: 17 famous games you didn’t know were made (or partially made) in Singapore
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