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by Liz on July 31, 2014
Last week Liz & Dave headed to San Francisco to demo Bigfoot Hunter in the Indie Prize Showcase, pitch the game in the Pocket Gamer Big Indie Pitch -- and Dave even found time to speak on Game Jam methodologies at Casual Connect!
Monday, we pitched Bigfoot Hunter to an awesome panel of judges including journalists, game critics, and Samsung. Bigfoot Hunter got 2nd place, with The Phantom Pi (an awesome iOS game that launched last week, which you should check out) coming in 1st.
Tuesday morning we set up shop in the Indie Prize Showcase to demo Bigfoot Hunter next to an awesome team from Toronto, Skunwerks Kinetic, who were demoing a very cool multiplayer iOS title, MEG: RVO!
We had a blast demoing Bigfoot Hunter, getting feedback on the game, and seeing people's reactions when they first spin around trying to capture Bigfoot on camera! We met a few devoted 'squatch fans, and quite a few Pokemon Snap fanatics. We were this close to winning the audience choice award. Thanks to everyone who voted for Bigfoot Hunter with their Indie Prize stickers!
The Indie Prize Showcase awards ceremony was quite the spectacle -- as part of the App Annie + Upsight after party, City Hall made an incredible back drop for some well deserved Indie Awards. We earned a nomination in the Best Family Friendly Game Category!
Not too shabby, San Francisco City Hall!
Back at Casual Connect USA 2014, Dave spoke on the Indies track about using Game Jam Methodologies to unlock the true creative potential of game design on mobile devices. We've only just begun to tap the potential of the hardware, and here at The Tap Lab we're campaigning for more interesting uses of mobile's unique abilities, from location to AR, VR, second screen and more.
Here's Dave's presentation on using game jam methodologies to innovate like an indie studio!
We had a blast in San Francisco -- it was Liz's first time in the city! -- saw a bunch of old friends, made new ones, won a few prizes, and got some great feedback on Bigfoot Hunter. Thanks to everyone who made it so memorable!