Play NYC 2018 All Articles

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Platforming Perfection and Competitive Glee: A Chat with Fabraz Company

It's tough to be both an indie developer and an indie publisher. Apparently no one told that to Fabraz Company. At Play NYC 2018 they brought a pair of games with them. Slime-San is one they…

October 3, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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Making Meat Beats For Meat Mechs: A Chat with Extreme Meatpunks Forever's Composer

I have a real love for the little games you see on At one point recently I happened to take a look there and saw Extreme Meatpunks Forever. The game caught my attention thanks to... well it'…

October 2, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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The Non-Fiction Behind Colorfiction's Virtual Vacation Simulator 0°N 0°W

I need a vacation. I knew I needed a vacation when I took a trip to Play NYC and honestly had a fun time hanging out in the hotel room relaxing and eating weird things from the 7-Eleven next door.…

September 8, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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Meet Walking Sign Golems and Traffic Knights in Scrap Bringer

Animation and art style can do a ton to bolster a game. One game I saw at Play NYC 2018 was Scrap Bringer, a top-down action beat 'em up that really caught my eye. The game's great character design…

September 7, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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Journey Through Evolution In Cells To Singularity

Cells to Singularity was a game at Play NYC that I happened upon purely by chance. The developer from Computer Lunch was wearing a Rupie t-shirt and I had thought that he was with that company.…

August 28, 2018 | 01:30 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Hero: Tales of the Tomes

Play NYC had a lot more tabletop games this year than in its inaugural year. The basement had a couple of neat titles set up with plenty of room to play, one of which was Jimmy Ellerth's Hero: Tales…

August 28, 2018 | 09:17 EDT

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Treasure Adventure World Looking To The Future

Treasure Adventure World is a game I first heard about earlier in 2018. I didn't get to experience it myself, but we reviewed the game not too long after its release and found it generally a pretty…

August 27, 2018 | 01:30 EDT

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Hands-On With The Delicious Delights Of Chef Umami

Chef Umami is in a class of games that I had seen at previous Playcrafting events but didn't have the time to check out. Thankfully, the TechRaptor team spent over 20 hours on the ground at Play NYC…

August 27, 2018 | 12:30 EDT

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ESC Games Brings Great Entertainment To Big Events

ESC Games is a company that I first learned about after 2017's Playcrafting Bit Awards. The afterparty was hosted in a small Manhattan location and featured several original multiplayer titles…

August 26, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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Sumer Sees Success On Switch While Development Continues

Sumer is a title that holds a dear place in my heart for neatly combining tabletop games and video games into one fun package. It first debuted on Kickstarter in 2016 before eventually making its way…

August 26, 2018 | 01:30 EDT

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Rupie Sets Out To Be A Game Changer For Indie Development

Play NYC 2018 had over a hundred developers and nearly twice as many games. Rupie was a company that I was particularly keen on talking to, if only for the fact that they apparently sponsored fifteen…

August 25, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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In Starflower I Nuked a Planet to Save it from Wasps

Physics based survival games aren't exactly a new concept. However, there's a joy in growing your own eco system. While wandering the floors of Play NYC 2018, Starflower caught my eye because I saw a…

August 24, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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From The Cove to Your Home: A Quick Chat with Tigertron About Jupiter & Mars

If you haven't seen our best of Play NYC article yet, one of the games chosen for this was Jupiter & Mars. While fellow writer Courtney is the one who wrote about that game, I also got a chance…

August 24, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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Galactose: Pastries In Space Still Cooking

It's been two-and-a-half years since I first wrote about Galactose: Pastries In Space, an upcoming space combat game where the forces of dinner and dessert clash in gigantic stellar battles. In that…

August 23, 2018 | 12:30 EDT

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Saturday Morning Games Preview - Laser Swords & Mouthy Robots

I first met Saturday Morning Games developer James Seetal at Play NYC 2017 where he was showing off his game at a tiny, dark table in Manhattan's Terminal 5. It seemed like an interesting premise,…

August 23, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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Cooking Up A Good Time In Kaedama: A Ramen Story

Like most Americans, I had my fair share of "Chinese food" growing up. Granted, a lot of it is wildly different than what you'd actually see in Asia, but it was still pretty good. It was only until…

August 22, 2018 | 01:30 EDT

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The Best of Play NYC 2018

Play NYC 2018 has passed, and four of us checked it out. We got to see a ton of upcoming games, most of which were indie, and came away with various impressions that will still be going up on the…

August 21, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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Cede Brings Weirdly Fun Combination of Combat Farming to PC

While wandering the show floor at Play NYC, many games caught my eye. Cede was one such game. It had a unique style that really made it stand out. Furthermore, it was advertised as "combat farming."…

August 21, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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Unleash Your Wild Side In Origin Of Storms

Origin of Storms was one of a handful of fighting games at Play NYC 2018. I checked it out on Sunday morning, winning a decent victory against a random attendee of the convention. The game seemed…

August 18, 2018 | 05:00 EDT

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Punch Planet - Hands On With A Nostalgic Fighting Game

On the second day of Play NYC, I was up on the second-floor balcony checking out the dozens of games jam-packed into one tiny area. One particular exhibitor saw that I had finished another fighting…

August 16, 2018 | 12:30 EDT

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Hands On With Haiduc, A Narrative-Building Card Game

Tucked away on the third floor of the Manhattan Center was Haiduc, a card game created by Haiduc LLC where players are trying to build a backstory for their character. The word "haiduc" is Romanian…

August 16, 2018 | 12:00 EDT

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Play NYC 2018 Recap - NYC Busts Out Its Best Games

Play NYC has come and gone yet again. The second year of this Manhattan-based gaming convention created by Playcrafting's Dan Butchko had a lot of changes including a new venue (the Hammerstein…

August 15, 2018 | 02:30 EDT

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A Simple Chat With Simple Machine About Simple Games

This year at PlayNYC I got to see plenty of games that did weird things. However, a game that took Tweets, mixed them up, and asked you to unscramble them? I knew I needed to play that. Thus, I…

August 15, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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Show Up Late To Work In The Worst Grim Reaper

The Worst Grim Reaper is a game developed by Moon Moon Moon that I was certainly interested in checking out at Play NYC 2018. The game is simply the tale of the grim reaper Sebastian and his sapient…

August 15, 2018 | 12:30 EDT

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The Fun of Feeding Llamas With Alpaca Games at Play NYC

Who would have thought feeding Llamas would be so relaxing. It seems like a strange premise for a game at first: riding a trolly, picnic basket full of food while you are surrounded by hungry Llamas…

August 14, 2018 | 04:58 EDT

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127 BPM - Dance Pad Racing On NYC Streets

The second-ever Play NYC had six "Graffiti Games" on display in the opera boxes of the Manhattan Center. Each of these games was created by immigrant developers and specially commissioned as an…

August 13, 2018 | 08:00 EDT

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From Somber to Frivolous, A Look at Co-Op Card Game From Rust by Razbury Games

Amongst the sea of games showcased at Play NYC, Razbury Games From Rust is perhaps the biggest tone shift from a previous work. Razbury Games is known for the unique RPG Vidar, a dark tale about…

August 13, 2018 | 05:21 EDT

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Play NYC 2018: Saturday Morning Games

Saturday Morning Games was one of a handful of tabletop titles that made its debut at the inaugural Play NYC in 2017. This year, we set out to catch up with the game's creator James Seetal to see how…

August 11, 2018 | 11:31 EDT

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Play NYC 2018 Coverage Hub

Play NYC is a gaming-focused convention based in the Manhattan Borough of New York City, NY. A production of Playcrafting, the 2018 show will feature over a hundred different exhibitors showing more…

August 11, 2018 | 11:00 EDT

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See 100+ Playable Games At Play NYC, August 11-12 In Manhattan

Play NYC, a gaming convention run by Playcrafting with a strong focus on indie games, will be happening on the weekend of August 11-12, 2018, in New York City's Manhattan borough. New York City has…

August 6, 2018 | 07:57 EDT

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Play NYC Returns With Great Games & Ambitious Goals

The world of gaming conventions grows ever larger, and for the longest time there was a distinct void in the New York City area. Despite being a major city on the east coast, New York really hasn't…

July 26, 2018 | 01:00 EDT