Game Development Graz @ Button 2018

Game Development Graz @ Button 2018

16. – 17. March 2018 :: Seifenfabrik Graz

On 16-17 March 2018, the button Festival will return to Graz for 2 days of gaming culture.

This year with Game Dev Graz will organize many subevents and programme points:

  • Talking Dev :: Talks from Game Dev Professionals (Friday evening 2nd floor, free entry)
  • Meet’n’Play :: Local Game and Indie Game Exhibitions -Talk to Local Developers (all day in Game Dev Area)
  • SAGA Award :: Second Styrian Games Award will be presented at Button Festival!




  • 15:00 – 03:00 Meet’n’Play – Play local games! – loc::GAME DEV AREA
  • 19:00 – 22:00 TALKING DEV EXTRA EVENT – loc::2nd floor! 


  • 10:00 – 22:00 Meet’n‘ Play – Play local games! – loc::GAME DEV AREA
  • 20:00 SAGA AWARDS – Main Stage 




Talking Dev @ button 2018:

Special Event: Friday, 16.3. 19:00 – 22:00: TALKING DEVS  GameTalks_900x300

Free entry!


    • 19:00 – Official Opening
    • 19:15 – Alexander Grenus, Game Industry Roles and how to get a job in the industry + Q&A
    • 20:30 – Rainer Angermann, Rarebyte

Meet’n’Play:: Here is a list of games which will be showcased at the game exhibition @ button 2018:


Accidently Awesome presents Pixel Soldier
Pixel Soldier is a fast-paced game about fighting frantic bosses, while quickly dodging their attacks. Disregard gravity while walking on walls and jumping from one side of the room to another. With a minimalist yet dynamic 4-color aesthetic that doesn’t distract from the pure arcade action gameplay.
Have a look at the game here.

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Giggly Mill Productions presents The Tower of Egbert
The sorcerer Egbert needs a new home. Unfortunately he is too clumsy to build it himself. That’s why he opens a portal to the magic device of his new helper – the player. The Tower of Egbert is a physics-based tower building game with a magic twist. Unlike in most building games, there is almost no limit on how many elements can be used to construct a tower. It’s possible to use thousands of blocks (bricks, arcs, roofs, decoration items, …) to build quite impressive towers and discover interesting areas as the buildings grow towards the endless vastness of space.
Have a look at the game here.

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Rarebyte presents Seeds of Sol
Stranded in a long-forgotten corner of space and time – and your best hope for survival is an AI-companion with multiple personalities… so what could go wrong?
Have a look at the game here.

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Wolfgang Tschauko presents Goliath VR
Goliath VR is a local multi player game that makes use of one player’s body to extend the level for the other player to explore and to overcoming the obstacles of the game. One player plays the giant Goliath who is immortal the other player plays David who is small and vulnerable. Together Goliath and David must collect coins and keys to escape the lava cave.
Have a look at the game here.

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ILIKESCIFI Games presents Space Avenger & Space Cowboy
Space Avenger is super fast paced top down arena shooter that will soon be available on Steam and other platforms. We combined a decent story with fun- action-packed gameplay. Space Cowoboy is a long time ILIKESCIFI project. It combines a top down space exploration game with procedurally generated platformer sequences on planets & space stations. Be the Captain of your own topdown pixel spaceship, discover new galaxies, trade, jump & gun & be like a leaf on the wind… To sum it up: Spaceship in your pocket!
Have a look at the game here.

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Tuna Dragon Studios presents Summonent
A truly free to play digital trading card game with an auction house and actual trading in it. You duell with your opponent in a 1v1 match. You each summon hoards of minions, cast powerfull spells or change the board with unique enchantments to kill your opponent.
Have a look at the game here.

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Free Monkeys present Monks Island
Monks Island is a VR experience where you help to prevent a little village from nocturnal intruders. Chop down trees, light up fireplaces and build some good defense to keep away the threat.
Have a look at the game here.

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SAGA Finalists:: These five games will be exhibited in the Game Dev area as well @ button 2018:

SAGA Award :: Second Styrian Games Award will be presented at Button Festival!

You can vote for the finalists to get the Audience Choice Award at the Game Dev area. The awards will be announced on Saturday 20:00.

International Jury: 

Tara J. Brannigan, Flaregames, DE
Foaad Khosmoos, Global Game Jam, Cal Poly, US
Sithe Ncube, Ubongo Game Lab, A MAZE Johannesburg, Zambia
Dan Da Rocha, Toxic Games, UK
Philomena Schwab, Stray Fawn Studio, CH

Get to know the five SAGA finalists here:

Title: Kemono Heroes  (Mad Gear Games)

Tsukigami, the Moon God is mad at the inhabitants of the forest and has transformed all of them into stone. The 4 Animal Ninja Masters are the only ones that can fight against Tsukigami’s hordes of evil spirit minions to reach Mt Fuji and confront him in time to break his magic Spell.

Join 3 friends in an arcade-platformer game like those you used to play in the arcade rooms. Every character has different abilities and there are different weapons to unlock and upgrade. You’ll also fight giant monsters at the end of each world, beat them and reach the final boss before the time goes up and the curse becomes permanent!

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The game is different every single day of the year!
Lots of fun and action!
4 different characters with different abilities
Unlockable weapons & powers
5 worlds with 3 sub-stages each


Watch the pitch video here

Title: Asymmetric  (Klemens Strasser)

Asymmetric – Enhanced Edition is a heartwarming puzzle game coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Groopert and Groopine, two poor creatures, were trapped and torn apart. You have to reunite them by guiding them through labyrinths. Because the characters share a deep connection they can only move at the same time, but always in opposite directions.
 In more then 70 levels, Groopert and Groopine must face off many obstacles – from holes to portals over speed pads. This includes obstacles never seen before in a previous version of Asymmetric. Also new is the addition of a local multiplayer mode. Two players are confronted with different levels – whoever can adapt to the different challenges faster wins. 

With an charming art style, challenging puzzles and a beautiful piano soundtrack, Asymmetric – Enhanced Edition will try to find its way into the the heart of many Switch players later this year.


Watch the pitch video here

Title: Path Out (Abdullah Karam / Causa Creations)

Path Out is a unique experience that is full of surprises, challenges and paradoxical humor. In this narrative adventure game , the Syrian refugee and artist Abdullah recalls life before the war, a family decision that led to his departure and the perilous journey from his hometown Hama to the Turkish border through the war-torn Aleppo province. Path Out is giving insight in this real-life adventure, on which Abdullah comments through youtube-style videos in the game.


Watch the pitch video here

Title: Once Upon a Nightmare (Manuel Metzger, Florin Metzler, Valentin Winkler, Patrick Zimmermann)

Once Upon a Nightmare is a story driven 2D-platformer with puzzle elements. Join a little girl on her journey through her nightmares. Feel the terror Emily experiences, as she is haunted by her fears, feel Emily’s courage, as she finds the strength to stand up to them and feel her relief, as she finally prevails over them.


Watch the pitch video here

Title: Pomg (Stuffed Wombat)

Pomg is a new take on one of the oldest video games.

You are the ball.
Trapped in an endless hell of being pushed around, you finally take matters into your own hands and try to escape.

This will not be an easy journey, but with the help of determination, reflexes and a single button, you at least have a chanche at freedom.


Watch the pitch video here