Here Are 4 Malaysian-Made Games You Don't Want To Miss At Visual Arts Expo 2018

By Intan Mawarni on Jul 22, 2018

Visual Arts Expo (VAX 2018) returns again for its third year at Shah Alam Convention Center (SACC) on 21 and 22 July 2018! Recognising the talents in animation, games, arts and cosplays, VAX 2018 has invited both local and international key players in the industries this weekend!

Visitors can look forward to various activities on the second day of VAX 2018 such as stage panels (and special interests panel happening in other room at SACC's 2nd floor), attend a comic workshop by international comic artist Dave Ross and visit the gallery that houses Houseki no Kuni and Ross' DC and Marvel arts. You can also shop till you drop and support your local artists in the artist booths.

As for gamers, you can play a wide range of games with your friends at Kitamen Gaming Lounge and most importantly, you get to play video games made by Malaysian game studios! Here are 4 local games you don't want to miss out at VAX 2018.

1. Nightstream

Streamline Games associate producer Izzal Amaani wants to create a game that highlights the Malaysian element in Nightstream
Streamline Games associate producer Izzal Amaani wants to create a game that highlights the Malaysian element in Nightstream

Streamline Studios is a Malaysian-based game studio that has an amazing portfolio in developing triple AAA games from Final Fantasy XV to Street Fighter V. This time around, Streamline Games is developing its own mobile game called Nightstream. This is the first appearance of Nightstream in an event.

Nightstream is an endless running game, similar to Temple Run and Subway Surfers. In the gameplay, players can choose three characters that represent three main races in Malaysia: Zara (Malay), Tarun (Indian) and Song Wen (Chinese).

The screen's interface of Nightstream
The screen's interface of Nightstream

While Temple Run only presents a linear run controlled by one hand, Nightstream is controlled by both of your hands, which the game allows your character to move 360 degrees to collect gems and power-ups while avoiding obstacles. To make the gameplay more challenging and unique, players have to pass through three different Mark stages, which gets harder with various obstacles to face such as shooting drones and ring of death.

Nightstream is slated to launch on 15 September 2018 for Android and iOS.

2. Neva Logik

Check out brilliant works of arts for Neva Logik
Check out brilliant works of arts for Neva Logik

Having developed in its second year, Studio Kamii is also apart of local creatives to showcase their game, Neva Logik. This year's VAX 2018, you will get your first chance to see the artworks of Mystic Forest and the floating island of Fragmentacia come to life in the game at their booth!

Neva Logik is an action-adventure RPG game that will be coming out to consoles. So far, there is no release date revealed by the studio.

3. Banzai Escape 2

Banzai Escape 2 beta demo is yours to play at VAX 2018
Banzai Escape 2 beta demo is yours to play at VAX 2018

Previously, we have featured Mr. Aisam from Xenoaisam Studio to share his thoughts and experiences in Banzai Escape. From what we know, Xenoaisam Studio is currently developing its sequel, Banzai Escape 2.

If you love the first game, you have to visit their booth to play Banzai Escape 2. The beta demo of Banzai Escape 2 sees the return of the characters from the first game and more puzzling gameplay in this third-person Moe action shooter. 

They are also offering a reduced price for Banzai Escape at their booth. The release date for Banzai Escape 2 has yet to be confirmed.

4. Rhythm Doctor

7th Beat Games programmer Hafiz Azman will be gladly accompany you in Rhythm Doctor
7th Beat Games programmer Hafiz Azman will be gladly accompany you in Rhythm Doctor

Are you detecting irregular heartbeat patterns in the patients, doctor? Be prepared to play one-of-a-kind indie rhythm game developed by 7th Beat Games known as Rhythm Doctor at VAX 2018. Inspired by Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Doctor emphasised on one-button rhythm that requires your full attention.

The gameplay goes into various stages, which you have to feel the flow of the music and catch its 7th beat. As you progress further into the game, you will find it harder to pinpoint the exact beat due to its distorted visuals that designed to throw you off. Although it may not sound so hard as it sounds, the game relies on your muscle memory a lot.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, THAT'S THE BEAT, 7
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, THAT'S THE BEAT, 7

Feeling the beat? You can enjoy a special offer of the game by visiting 7th Beat Games booth and be among the first to play the full version of Rhythm Doctor when it's released. Rhythm Doctor is coming soon on PC (Steam) for now.

For those who wish to visit VAX 2018, make sure you play these innovative games made by Malaysian-based studios ranging from mobile to PC to even consoles.

Be sure to visit our booth, Gamehubs Edge in the local creatives section. We are conducting a survey in order to provide you with the best gaming content in Southeast Asia. After participating in our survey, you are eligible to enter the lucky draw contest and stand a chance to win prizes such as limited edition Call of Duty watch, Animal Crossing Amiibos, games buttons and badges and many more! See you there!

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Intan Mawarni
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