Vancouver-made strategy game seeks top prize at indie game expo

by Liam Britten

Today marks the first day of IndieCade 2010, the world’s premiere exhibition of independently developed video games. Games that make a big impression at the festival in Culver City are certain to attract notice from investors, big name studios and of course, video game aficionados.

One such game seeking the limelight is Canada’s lone entry into “The Final 32,” Castle Vox. Castle Vox is a charmingly old-school board game that harkens back to thinking fellers’ games like Risk, Axis and Allies and Diplomacy. It takes absolutely no time to pick up, has impressive multiplayer features and is uniquely customizable to different settings; you can play the game against the backdrop of medieval times, World War II, the American Revolution and even outer space all with the same game mechanics.

The developer, Vancouver-based Sillysoft, has produced other strategy games, including the award-winning Lux Delux, a Risk-style game.

To make it to the Final 32, Castle Vox was chosen by 160 international judges out of 350 hopefuls. The game will be available to the public at terminals around Culver City so it can be played and tested by IndieCade attendees of all stripes. If Castle Vox wins, it will be further exhibited at events with IndieCade presence, including the prestigious E3.

If you’d like to give Castle Vox a try, check out the demo here. But be careful; if you’ve got something important to do, don’t even bother downloading this thing. Taking out that douche King Voxley III could eat up your whole day.

Sillysoft Games
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sillysoft Games was formed in 2002 to release the first version of Lux. Since then it has grown in leaps and bounds to become a cult classic. The community has helped write an epic Lux History. more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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