RallyAllyAlly’s unique and visually appealing hypercasual action takes the final Big Indie Pitch crown of 2020
Discover all the indie games pitched at our most recent digital Big Indie Pitch
The mobile games industry has long been known for all of the unique and different independent games that can be found around every corner within the various app stores. From the likes of Florence, to former Big Indie Pitch winners like What The Golf!?, we’ve seen many go from breakout hit to stardom. Nevertheless, with the potential next big thing hidden behind every corner, it can sometimes be somewhat hard to discover that next indie gem.
Well, this problem is exactly why we set up our regular international competition for indie developers, The Big Indie Pitch, around 8 years ago. From San Francisco to Hong Kong and everywhere in between, we currently run around 20 of these global events a year in order to showcase all the amazing new indie games in development. Of course, there are prizes and international recognition, but the reward is the chance to show all of you readers some of the latest games in development.
Understandably, 2020 has proven to be a challenging year for all in the industry. As such, we felt it was important to continue to highlight all of the indie talents in any way we can and took the Big Indie Pitch digital, with our first digital pitches taking place earlier this year during our Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #1 conference.
Much like with our previous digital pitches, the demand for our next digital pitches was as high as ever, with 13 of the most exciting developers battling it out for the crown. Nevertheless, three games rose to the top, with United Kingdom-based Hairy Heart Games’ Rallyallyally being crowned the winner.
Of course, Rallyallyally, as you already know, was the winner, but we always award prizes for the top three. So read on to not only find out more about Rallyallyally, but also our runners-up and honourable mention from The Big Indie Pitch at Pocket Gamer Connects Digital #4 (2020) sponsored by our season sponsors, Kwalee and G-Star, alongside event sponsors Plug-In Digital.
1st Place - RallyAllyAlly by Hairy Heart Games
Rallyallyally is a casual focused mobile racer with a very unique twist. You see, in this racer, at the start of each round, one player literally builds a track by driving around a trackless environment, and whilst this is happening, players must adapt to this living racecourse as they all jockey for position.
As such, in this last-man-standing racing game, slow and fast players are constantly eliminated until only the smartest and those with the quickest reflexes are left racing. To say it's a new twist on the racing genre is an understatement, and as such it's a game that had everyone at The Big Indie Pitch very excited for.
Joint 2nd Place - Dashero: Sword & Magic by Trefle & Co Game
Set in an expansive fantasy setting, and with just a sword and magic staff to hand, Dashero sets players off on a quest to explore this region and uncover its treasures. Of course, as is to be expected this will mean delving into the darkness of a variety of dungeons, alongside facing hundreds of monsters.
Much like any game like this, whilst players only start off with a sword and staff, the game features a range of ways to customize your battle experience, alongside intuitive controls that are accessible to newcomers and veterans of the genre alike. Dashero really is a casual action that can be enjoyed for long plays or small bursts depending on your preference.
Joint 2nd Place - Studio Killers 404 Style Battle by Visible Realms
Through Studio Killers 4040 Style Battle, developer Visible Realms is taking an IP described as "Sailor Moon meets Rick & Morty" and adapting it to mobile screens. The story sees Cherry and the Studio Killers having to put together a band of misfits in order to take down Pornica, the Evil Algorithm after being thrown into the Cyberverse and left for dead.
The gameplay will take the form of a midcore RPG Style Battle Dress up game. One which promises a huge amount of comedy, an engrossing world, a diverse array of loveable characters, and of course more powers than you could shake a stick at.
Honourable Mention Runner-Up - Melbits World Mobile Style Battle by Melbot Studios
Melbits World Mobile is a complete cute overload, and a game filled with a plethora of adorable creatures of all colours and sizes. However, they are sadly in trouble, and this is where you come in as you'll have to help them in recovering sacred stones whilst avoiding traps, enemies, and viruses in engaging 3D puzzle-platforming gameplay.
The game features six different worlds full of challenging and innovative stages, crazy power-ups, and a range of game modes. Moreover, you can also customise your Melbots too, increasing the cuteness factor, and giving players increased individuality.
Sharkania by Angry Cat Studios
In this turn-based strategy title, you command an army of Dragons as you look to take control of the board and overwhelm your enemy. The core gameplay itself is something akin to a mix of classic strategy titles Chess and Go, and focuses on outsmarting your opponent rather than overpowering them.
Additionally, the game is filled with a variety of cute and adorable dragonlings, helping, in turn, to make the game as accessible as possible. It’s also still in Early Access with a variety of updates and additions planned for both the gameplay and the wider player engagement.
Atomic Invaders from Below by Silver Stream Studio
Atomic Invaders from Below is a top-down shooter designed from the ground-up for mobile. Taking inspiration from sci-fi movies of the 1950s and distinctly embodying images of the like of The War of the Worlds, Silver Stream Studio hope to create a stylised, story-driven action-packed bullet-hell shooter.
Within the game itself players will take on the role of Col Mackenzie and a squad of her Longhorn Rangers as they do everything in their power to protect the secretive base from the Argutoid; a race of mutant insects capable of devouring all living matter in their path. Stages will take the form of short, yet fast and frantic action, combined with puzzle elements such as mazes to traverse and strategy focused battles. The final game is still some way off, but the prospects certainly are exciting for this title.
Attactic by Robox Agency
Attactic is a real-time strategy that takes place literally where you stand thanks to its integrated augmented reality presentation. In order to claim victory, you’ll have to choose your physical cards, prepare your invasion tactics and take down your opponent's tower.
Of course, this can be done both solo, or alternatively, you could invite a friend over and take them on in real-time. Finally, for those worrying about whether their space would accommodate this kind of experience, Robox Agency will also offer a non-AR experience so as to maximise accessibility.
Bad Guy / Good Guy by Salad Hunters
How easy is it to decide whether someone is good or bad? Well, that’s exactly the questions that Salad Hunter’s latest game poses as it challenges you to work with the gaming community in order to challenge pre-existing character descriptions and work out how you truly see someone when emotion is removed.
Would The Dark Knight’s actions truly be viewed as heroic without the mythos around him? Would world leaders truly be viewed as bad without politics? This is all for you to decide, before seeing how your thoughts lineup with everyone else’s.
Turtoa: Global Rhythm by Sillysoft Games
Turtoa is a game that presents players with a musical wonderland. One that allows players to escape to a peaceful environment filled with turtles, aquatic dragons, musical instruments from all over the world, and some stress-free rhythm gaming.
The gameplay itself takes the form of addictive yet soothing rhythm gameplay that offers a variety of difficulties that range from all-out soothing to a Maestro setting for those looking for a little more action. Nevertheless, even with the Maestro setting, gamers can look forward to a sensory experience that will take you on a global musical adventure whilst hopefully giving players a little bit of rest and relaxation at the same time.
Nodeshifter by Bottled Galaxy
In Nodeshifter players will be transported back to 1986 as they are tasked with defending the newly emerging tech world from computer invading digital aliens. As such, players can look forward to a comfortable blend of nostalgia and modern sensibilities both in terms of the gameplay and the presentation.
Talking of gameplay, this promises to be an addictive arcade-inspired roguelike game. One that has been built with mobile devices in mind right from its genesis and featuring a simple UX, one-handed gameplay, a variety of power-ups and enhancements, and even the ability to permanently upgrade your fallen foes through the use of that relic of the 80s, the cassette.
Crazy Planet by In2uitions
In this planetary exploration title, players must traverse the furthest reaches of a rather chaotic planet, whilst battling against its many obstacles. Of course, these aren’t your usual obstacles, and instead, players will have to take on anything from houses, trees, and even meteors.
In order to survive, players will be able to use a range of weaponry, though they’ll have to be careful to avoid their firepower entering the planetary atmosphere and coming back to hit themselves. Finally, there will of course be a leaderboard system which will display how many points you earned on your quest to become the best survivor in the world.
Earth Rage by Aqal Studio
In Earth Rage you must help a range of tiny heroes achieve great things as they race to escape nature’s rage. To do this you’ll have to dodge obstacles, grab power-ups, and utilise special powers in order to survive that little bit longer.
Of course, as with any good endless runner, the final game will offer the chance to boast about your exploits and leaderboards so you can aim for that place at the very top of the world.
World of Mazes: Chapter 1 - Saving Princess Maya by RiseAngle
Through World of Mazes RiseAngle hopes to create a morally strong episodic adventure series that focuses on a wide variety of genres. These include puzzle, role-playing, exploration, dungeon crawler, and escape room elements.
This will, of course, all be linked with strong storytelling and a brand new IP, with the first chapter focusing on saving Princess Maya from the obscure world that players find themselves in. The first chapter initially saw a limited release on Oculus Go, with this version being the series debut on iOS and Android.