Call­ing all gamers

A pop­u­lar games expo re­turns to Mumbai, bring­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences and thrills, in­clud­ing one made by two teens


ARE you a gamer? Here’s a piece of good news: the In­dian Games Expo (IGX) is back in town with a range of games to try, and even a fun cos­play competition.

IGX will fea­ture com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ments around games like FIFA 18, WWE 2K18, Gran Turismo Sport and In­jus­tice 2, where you stand the chance to win cash and prizes worth over R1.5 lakh. You can also try your hand at Far Cry 5, which will be avail­able at the event a few months ahead of its Fe­bru­ary 2018 re­lease, and for the first time in In­dia.

Among the high­lights this time is a game called Al­ter Army, which has been cre­ated by two teenaged boys from Jaipur who have a stu­dio called Vague Pix­els.

“The game will be out on Steam in Jan­uary 2018. It’s a 2D ac­tion plat­former with pixel art, and will be avail­able for PC and Mac,” says Mridul Pan­choli, who cre­ated the game with his friend Mridul Bansal (the names are a co­in­ci­dence).

He adds, “We were 15 when we started work­ing on the game, which was a year-and-a-half ago. It was a tough phase in our lives, be­cause no one un­der­stood what we were do­ing, and wanted us to fo­cus on our stud­ies. Luck­ily, our game gar­nered a lot of sup­port on Steam Green­light, where peo­ple could vote for in­die games to get them pub­lished. Later, we man­aged to re­ceive fund­ing and worked on the game fur­ther, even sub­mit­ting it at the NASSCOM Game De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence in New Delhi.”

The duo will be show­cas­ing a demo ver­sion of the game on both days of IGX. Apart from Al­ter Army, you can try games by other In­dian stu­dios such as Ogre Head Stu­dios, Nod­ding Heads Stu­dio, Roosh In­ter­ac­tive, and FirstSeed.

More­over, for the first time at IGX, you can ex­pe­ri­ence table­top gam­ing for free, which will be con­ducted in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mumbai Board Gamers com­mu­nity.

As al­ways, there will be a cos­play competition with a gam­ing-re­lated theme. Dress like your favourite char­ac­ter, and you could take home prizes worth R50,000.

Try new games or (left) take part in the cos­play con­test

A still from Al­ter Army; (in­set) Mridul Pan­choli (above) and Mridul Bansal

The event is open to kids and adults

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