Throughout the pandemic, we are seeing more and more people are becoming gamers, whether through board games, mobile games, or even video games, which is no surprise.
Some of the more popular games that I always see in friend posts are Overcooked, Valorant, Genshin Impact, etc. And of course, the infamous Among Us which went viral last year.
But not all of this was made locally, although we noticed that more and more local products appeared during the pandemic. In this article, therefore, we would like to highlight some Malaysian games launched during the pandemic that may have been overlooked in the shadow of more popular global games.
Horror lovers would probably appreciate this one. The game is the first in an anthology and it features 3 children living in a low cost Malaysian apartment building, with animation illustrated in an interesting cutout style.
The game is set during the Hungry Ghost month, and it’s a decision-based game with conversations and a storyline that centers around having a mysterious new neighbor play with you. As you play, you are bound to find scenes and interactions that feel extremely familiar to you, and without a doubt, the developers have definitely captured the authenticity of the lifestyles presented.
7 p.m. also Won the Grand Jury Award at the Level Up KL SEA Games Awards last year.
Developer: Vault cellar
Release date: September 2, 2020
How can you play: Pc
7 p.m. is available for purchase here on Steam.
We know we start off with a lot of horror, but trust us when we say it’s not the only genre on this list. Known for its horror game concept of discovering phones belonging to missing persons, Kaigan Games has released another game where you will have to uncover hidden clues and solve cryptic puzzles on a lost phone that is about to go. ‘self-destruct.
You will work with a former scientist to research messages, emails, videos, photographs, and more. in order to solve the puzzles. This game certainly seems more suited to the huge worldwide fandom of the Doctor Who series, and it actually takes place simultaneously with the ongoing BBC series.
Kaigan Games is known for previous releases like Sara Is Missing and Simulacra, which was previously appointed for the best user experience at the Webby Awards in 2019 as well as the 14th International Mobile Gaming Awards.
Developer: Kaigan games
Price: 19.90 RM
Release date: January 31, 2020
How to play : Mobile, PC, PS4, Xbox or Switch
Simulacra 2 is available for purchase here.
Musicians, you’ve gone for a ride with this game. No Straight Roads is an action-adventure game in which the main characters, Mayday and Zuke, must take control of a corrupt EDM empire, Vinyl City, with rock music.
Mayday is played by a local actor we’ve already covered, Su Ling Chan, and Zuke is played by another local actor as well, Steven bones.
No straight roads is the first internal project developed by Metronomik, a Malaysian studio started by Wan Hazmer, known as the lead designer of Final Fantasy XV.
Price: RM 77.99 for PC and $ 39.99 for PS4, Xbox, and Switch (RM 165.56)
Release date: 25 Aug 2020
How to play : PC, PS4, Xbox and Switch
This game is for cooperation lovers. The pandemic cooking mania was not limited to IRI, but is also simulated in this game, albeit in a less direct way. Instead of baking bread normally, you should pick up walking dough characters, toss them into each other until they become a large piece of dough, and toss them in an oven.
Oh, and did we mention there are some slimy enemies that will try to corrupt your dough and hurt you? So you will be faced with multiple obstacles when trying to cook too.
Bake ‘n Switch can be played co-op with up to 4 people, but you can also play PvP to become the best baker. Otherwise, you can always go for the standard single player mode.
Developer: Streamline games
Release date: Aug 21, 2020
How you can play: PC and switch
Bake ‘n Switch is available for purchase here.
It looks like this pandemic is producing more after-effects for beloved local games, and Postknight is no exception. For those who aren’t familiar, Postknight is a fantasy RPG game where you deliver packages like letters or even smelly socks, but you’ll be faced with challenges like wolves charging at you.
The current world, Prism, is set 7 years later after the events of the first Postknight, so you don’t really have to play the first one before playing the sequel. As the game is still in development, you may encounter some bugs during the game, such as UI sizing issues, stuck loading screens, etc.
Release date: March 23, 2021 (early access)
How to play : Mobile
Postknight 2 can be downloaded here.
A company launched in 2018, Forust Studio will launch its very first in-house game known as The Company Man. It’s a 2D action-adventure game where you hit your boring coworkers with a keyboard and beat your evil bosses with emails to clear your way as CEO.
The team was inspired by the popular American sitcom “The Office” and their own experiences working in the corporate world (coworkers who fart are just one example). And almost like in the real world, in-game coffee has healing properties.
Developer: Forust Studio
Price: RM 34.99
Release date: May 28, 2021
How to play : Pc
The Man of the Company is available here on Steam.
Fires At Midnight is about uncovering the story of a (possibly toxic) relationship between a photographer and his living girlfriend in 1999. To do so, solve puzzles, play games, browse their stuff like photos. and their phones, and more.
One thing to note though is that this game includes mature content that may be trigger for some like sexual imagery, alcohol, drug use, sexual assault triggers, and even suicide. For many reviewers, this game’s storytelling abilities were what really made it memorable.
Developer: Personality theory games
Release date: July 9, 2020
How to play : Pc
Fires At Midnight is available for purchase here.
The game follows Kiara, the main character who is able to manipulate flora and fauna to aid her on her journey. For example, you can speed up the aging process of a plant or animal to help you overcome a large obstacle or destroy a wall. The game setup may remind you a lot of old classic Bounce, including its pixelated design.
However, unlike Bounce, Ageless is about Kiara who is on a journey of self-discovery and finds her place in this world amid her struggles with anxiety and depression.
Developer: Another dream studio
Release date: July 28, 2020
How to play : PC and switch
Ageless is available for purchase here.
What to expect :
Although it has not yet been officially released, GigaBash has already won a handle SEA Game Awards and nominations and more.
GigaBash features an arena brawler of giant monsters and heroes fighting in cities and other parts of the world. You can choose to compete with 3 other friends in a game or to fight other opponents online.
Passion Republic has also worked with others renowned studios for Mortal Kombat X, Uncharted 4, Dark Souls 3, Gears of War and Batman: Arkham Knight games.
Developer: Games of the Republic of Passion
Price: To be determined
Release date: Not yet released, but expected to be released in 2021
How to play : PC and PS4
Another game set in the past, Zombie Soup is a top-down shooter set in the 80s, following on from the main character, Ricky, a young freshman.
In the game, you will walk around different places and rooms in a small town full of townspeople who have turned into zombies. And since they are coming for you, you will have to take them all down, including the bosses. The game also includes a story mode in which you will find out who is behind the zombie outbreak.
Developer: AeonSparx Interactive
Price: To be determined
Release date: Launch planned for 2021
How to play : Pc
Zombie Soup is available to add to your wishlist here on Steam.
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From this list, it is clear that there is diversity in the type of games that local developers offer in terms of concept, design, gameplay, etc. with suites.
If you’ve had enough of playing the same popular games over the past year or so, it’s worth trying the ones on this list. There’s no better time to support the local, after all, and you can get started right now.
- You can read more articles related to the game that we have written here.
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Featured Image Credit: No Straight Roads / The Company Man / Bake ‘n Switch