Top Pinoy games honored at GDAP fest

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[/caption] Sponsored by the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the festival featured digital games in various categories. Top game developer companies from the Philippines, including Kuyi Mobile, MochiBits, Anino Games, NuWorks Interactive Labs, Soupware, BL-ED, Zeenoh Games, Kongregate, Komikasi, and Armorgames, participated in the event. Streetfood Tycoon by Kuyi Mobile won the Cultural Award and the Best Handheld/ Mobile Game. Considered the number one strategy game in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Asia, the game allows players to establish their own food cart and sell a variety of street food. Meanwhile, MochiBits? Word Stack, a word association game where the player must group words that are synonyms, antonyms, or compound, received the Innovation Award. Undead Fever and Puzzle Pets Adventure, produced by Anino Games, were honored as the Best PC/Mac Game and Best Browser-based Game, respectively. Undead Fever is a time management game that focuses on putting the undead where they belong while making money for the funeral parlor while players can battle, collect, and raise pets with special powers in the match-3 puzzle role-playing game (RPG) Puzzle Pets Adventure. A video game where mothers and kids can bond, Purefoods Tender Juicy Shop for Mommy developed by NuWorks Interactive Labs won Best Advergame. It was played 38,893 times with 4,720 installations and 2,460 registered users. Because of the game?s popularity, it boosted 57,904 Likes on the Purefoods Tender Juicy fan page. Marvin Apacible bagged the Best Indie Game award for Innkeeper HD. This hotel management game, set on the island of Siquijor, aims to help a family run their business amid mysterious rumors about the aswang (mythical vampire-like creatures). The Open Class award was given to Soupware?s Grav, a 2.5D platform game that revolves around gravity and solving puzzles. Meanwhile, Team BL-ED went home with the GameOn! Master Class award for Noypi Nota, which was inspired by rhythm-based games. GameOn Philippines is a game development competition that allows student teams to team up with industry veterans throughout the development stage. ?We want our game development industry to be as rich and vibrant as that in other countries. This festival is our way of showing how successful we can be,? said GDAP president Alvin Juban. This year?s PGDF, with the theme ?The Power to Create, The Power to Rule?, was supported by the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and the University of the Philippines-Association for Computer Machinery (UP ACM). GDAP also held a two-day event at the Department of Computer Science in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Various international and local speakers from GDAP member companies held conferences and workshops for students. ?The country?s game development industry is getting bigger and more complex. There are about 3,000 creative professionals in our local industry working for about 60 companies. This should have turned over an estimated $70 million by end-2011 to early 2012. About five percent work on console game services while the rest are for mobile and social games, and the latter 15 percent does other services like game design consulting, and game community support,? said Juban. [caption id="attachment_8043" align="aligncenter" width="437" caption="Undead Fever by Anino Games -- Best PC/Mac game"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8044" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Puzzle Pets Adventure by Anino Games -- Best browser-based game"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8045" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Innkeeper HD by Marvin Apacible -- Best indie game"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8046" align="aligncenter" width="384" caption="Purefoods Tender Juicy Shop for Mommy by NuWorks Interactive Labs -- Best advergame"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8047" align="aligncenter" width="421" caption="Noypi Nota by BL-ED -- GameOn! Master Class"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8048" align="aligncenter" width="441" caption="Grav by Soupware -- GameOn! Open Class"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8049" align="aligncenter" width="349" caption="Word Stack by MochiBits -- Innovation award "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8050" align="aligncenter" width="279" caption="Streetfood Tycoon by Kuyi Mobile -- Cultural award and best handheld game"][/caption] ]]>

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