Pixel Awards Europe 2022 has announced this year’s nominees

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Pixel Awards Europe 2022 has announced this year’s nominees

Over 150 titles were submitted for this year’s Pixel Awards Europe. The jury has chosen 13 titles which will compete for the awards in several categories. The winners will be announced during a special gala on June 11th at the Pixel Heaven Festival 2022 in Warsaw. Attendees of the festival will be able to check out the nominated titles during the event.

This year’s edition of the Pixel Heaven Festival will take place in SOHO Warsaw (ul. Mińska 25, halls 19, B58, and Chrono Lulu bar) on June 10th-12th. Guests may expect an action-packed agenda – from retro consoles, arcades, and computers to exciting panels. Éric Chahi, the creator of Another World, Jordan Mechner, the author of Prince of Persia and Karateka, and Marty Brown, one of the developers behind the original Worms game, will all be special guests of the 10th edition of the festival. A long-time fan of Pixel Heaven – Jon Hare, founder of Sensible Studios, will also be present.

On the second day of the festival, the winners of Pixel Awards, the largest European indie-focused competition, will be announced. The jury has chosen 13 games to compete for this year’s awards. These are:

BEST ART NOMINEES

OPUS: ECHO OF STARSONG – FULL BLOOM EDITION

Sigono 

OPUS: Echo of Starsong is a space opera that follows Eda and Jun, two star-crossed adventurers who team up to uncover the source of a mysterious outer space radiance known as “Starsongs”. Its gameplay moves between visual novel, space navigation, musical puzzle, and 2D exploration to tell a story about self worth, and timeless love. 

SIFU

Soclap

Sifu gives players 24 hours to enact revenge for the death of their family, set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city where players uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that test their skills to the limit. To overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, fighters need to rely on a mastery of Kung Fu and a magical pendant that revives them after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and drastically ages a fighter with each revival: time is the price paid for revenge.

TREK TO YOMI

Flying Wild Hog

As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward.

BEST GAMEPLAY NOMINEES

DYING LIGHT 2: STAY HUMAN

Techland

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a story-driven open world action role-playing game. A sequel to critically acclaimed Dying Light. This time players are visiting Villedor – mankind’s last stronghold in the fight against the virus. Developed parkour mechanics enable players to explore the vast open world and master tactical combat. Gameplay shifts during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to plunder abandoned lairs of infected at night and discover the dark secrets of those in power by day.

SIFU

Soclap

Sifu gives players 24 hours to enact revenge for the death of their family, set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city where players uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that test their skills to the limit. To overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, fighters need to rely on a mastery of Kung Fu and a magical pendant that revives them after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and drastically ages a fighter with each revival: time is the price paid for revenge.

TANDEM: A TALE OF SHADOWS

Monochrome

Tandem : A Tale of Shadows redefines the puzzle platformer genre with a unique gameplay and exceptional aesthetics. Help Emma and the teddy bear Fenton solve the mystery of the disappearance of the famous magician Thomas Kane. 

BEST AUDIO NOMINEES

DYING LIGHT 2: STAY HUMAN

Techland

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a story-driven open world action role-playing game. A sequel to critically acclaimed Dying Light. This time players are visiting Villedor – mankind’s last stronghold in the fight against the virus. Developed parkour mechanics enable players to explore the vast open world and master tactical combat. Gameplay shifts during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to plunder abandoned lairs of infected at night and discover the dark secrets of those in power by day.

SHADOW WARRIOR 3

Flying Wild Hog

Fallen corporate shogun Lo Wang and his former employer turned nemesis turned sidekick Orochi Zilla embark on an improbable mission to recapture an ancient dragon they unwillingly unleashed from its eternal prison. Lo Wang must traverse uncharted parts of the world to track down the dark beast and push the apocalypse back yet again. All it will take is the mask of a dead god, a dragon’s egg, a touch of magic, and enough firepower to hold off the impending cataclysm.

TREK TO YOMI

Flying Wild Hog

As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward.

BEST STORY NOMINEES

BEST MONTH EVER

Klabater, Warsaw Film School Video Game & Film Production Studio

Take part in a roller coaster of emotions with Louise embarking on a road trip of a lifetime through the late 1960s USA, trying to show her son Mitch how to navigate the often cruel modern world. Your choices matter!

GROWING UP

Vile Monarch  

This is the story of your life. Experience the entire journey from toddler to adulthood. Go to schools, learn new things, meet new friends, and have wild adventures! Every choice you make will influence your future career, and decide who your romantic partner will be. Who will you become?  

OPUS: ECHO OF STARSONG – FULL BLOOM EDITION

Sigono

OPUS: Echo of Starsong is a space opera that follows Eda and Jun, two star-crossed adventurers who team up to uncover the source of a mysterious outer space radiance known as “Starsongs”. Its gameplay moves between visual novel, space navigation, musical puzzle, and 2D exploration to tell a story about self worth, and timeless love.

RETRO ROOTS NOMINEES

ASTRAL ASCENT

Hibernian Workshop

Choose one of four heroes and explore the Garden, an astral prison guarded by 12 powerful mystical bosses: the Zodiacs. Challenge them with dozens of unique spells and faithful friends by your side to unfold the story of this platform rogue-lite with lightning-fast combat.

MCPIXEL 3

SOS Sosowski

The protagonist knows what makes perfect chaos – it’s his favorite tool for dealing with other catastrophes. Unconventional and funny methods of overcoming problems in the most ludicrous situations one can imagine – that’s McPixel 3  

SUPER CATBOY

Pixelpogo

Super Catboy is not your average tomcat! Together with his crazy sidekick – a charming young lady armed from head to toe – he leaves nothing but chaos while trying to thwart the shady plans of his evil creator. Experience an action-packed platformer in a high-bit pixel art style which combines the best elements of the golden 16bit platformer era of the 90s – enhanced with new ideas! But most importantly: CAT CONTENT!

BIG BANG! NOMINEES

TREK TO YOMI

Flying Wild Hog

As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward. 

MCPIXEL 3

SOS Sosowski

The protagonist knows what makes perfect chaos – it’s his favorite tool for dealing with other catastrophes. Unconventional and funny methods of overcoming problems in the most ludicrous situations one can imagine – that’s McPixel 3  

UNABLES™

9unz

UNABLES™ is really something else. A brand new comedy game with innovative, arcade gameplay, set in a cartoon world inspired by golden 80’s & 90’s. A world unfortunately spoiled by extreme laziness. Diverse cast of classic heroes seem to have their “do nothing” skill maxed out. What do you do when characters are so lazy that even you are unable to control them? Play UNABLES™ to find out!

INDIE GRAND PRIX NOMINEES

MCPIXEL 3

SOS Sosowski

The protagonist knows what makes perfect chaos – it’s his favorite tool for dealing with other catastrophes. Unconventional and funny methods of overcoming problems in the most ludicrous situations one can imagine – that’s McPixel 3

TANDEM: A TALE OF SHADOWS

Monochrome

Tandem : A Tale of Shadows redefines the puzzle platformer genre with a unique gameplay and exceptional aesthetics. Help Emma and the teddy bear Fenton solve the mystery of the disappearance of the famous magician Thomas Kane.

UNABLES™

9unz

UNABLES™ is really something else. A brand new comedy game with innovative, arcade gameplay, set in a cartoon world inspired by golden 80’s & 90’s. A world unfortunately spoiled by extreme laziness. Diverse cast of classic heroes seem to have their “do nothing” skill maxed out. What do you do when characters are so lazy that even you are unable to control them? Play UNABLES™ to find out!

BIG FISH GRAND PRIX NOMINEES

DYING LIGHT 2: STAY HUMAN

Techland

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a story-driven open world action role-playing game. A sequel to critically acclaimed Dying Light. This time players are visiting Villedor – mankind’s last stronghold in the fight against the virus. Developed parkour mechanics enable players to explore the vast open world and master tactical combat. Gameplay shifts during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to plunder abandoned lairs of infected at night and discover the dark secrets of those in power by day.

SIFU

Soclap

Sifu gives players 24 hours to enact revenge for the death of their family, set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city where players uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that test their skills to the limit. To overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, fighters need to rely on a mastery of Kung Fu and a magical pendant that revives them after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and drastically ages a fighter with each revival: time is the price paid for revenge.

TREK TO YOMI

Flying Wild Hog

As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward.

CODE, COMMAND AND CONQUER WITH CURVE AND DENKI’S MOULD-BREAKING NEW TITLE, AUTONAUTS VS PIRATEBOTS  

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