Play Expo 2014: Ones to Watch

We’re now only a day removed from the North’s biggest video game exhibition, with Play Expo kicking off tomorrow (October 11) at Manchester’s EventCity.

Power Up Gaming staff members Chris Mawson and Adam Lloyd will be on-hand to bring the biggest news and happenings coming out of the event throughout Saturday and Sunday, which is shaping up to be one of our busiest weekends for quite some time.

Although gaming giants Konami have stolen a lot of the spotlight leading up to the show – with the announcement of a Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 tournament as well as other unspecified new-gen titles set to be showcased – it’s a slew of intriguing indie games that we’re most excited to be playing.

Worms creators Team 17 will be in attendance, and are showcasing a number of games including Flockers – a Lemmings-inspired puzzle game recently released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One – 2D brawler Overruled!, circus extravaganza Penarium, and Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Number one on our list of titles to check out at the West Yorkshire-based studio’s booth, though, is The Escapists, an indie prison break-out game created by Mouldy Toof Studios – out now on Steam Early Access and set to arrive on Xbox One in 2015.

Another game we’re eager to check out is Beyond Flesh and Blood, a recently green-lit third-person shooter by Pixelbomb Games; set in a dystopian version of none other than the city of Manchester. We’re hoping to get hands-on with the first demo of the title of the Expo, which a spokesman promises to be “rather gory” to say the least!

We’re also looking forward to indie studio Hidden Armada demoing their chaotic pirate brawler Mutiny!, a game of treasure and treachery for up to eight players (16 in the final game). We’ve already had a quick play through of the title, in which you form a crew with friends to defend your ship from invading enemies, stealing gold and sinking ships as a team to progress. However, only the richest can claim the crown as King of the Pirates, so you’ll end up fighting your friends as much as your foes.

The Dundee-based developers, headed by Will Wright, are hoping to raise awareness at Play Expo for the game and its Kickstarter project, which has seen nearly £3,000 pledged to date towards a goal of £25,000.

Rounding out our indie anticipation, we’ll be getting hands-on with Dojo Arcade’s Creature Battle Lab and Digerati Distribution’s unique puzzle-platformer The Sun and Moon – due for release on October 31.

Indie games aside, Play Expo will feature five unique areas:,,, and; offering gamers access to current and retro games, meet and greet sessions, competitions and tournaments. We’re particularly looking forward to entering the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 contest, hosted by Electronic Dojo.

E-tickets are still available via Play Expo’s official website, and you’ll also be able to pay on the gate (subject to availability). The event runs from 11am–7pm on Saturday and 10am–6pm on Sunday.

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