The best part about working in the gaming industry in New York City is the several meetups, demo nights and panel discussions in the area.
One of the most notable groups in New York is the NYC Games Forum, which regularly hosts all kinds of events that allow people to come together and share ideas.
The group’s massive Playtest Night is Tuesday, and the event will feature more than 40 developers who will be showing off their latest creations.
Like every demo night, this will feature a great mix of games, including classic arcade games, sports games, numbers games and a few fairly bizarre concepts (which are usually pretty fun/awesome).
One game that will have old-school gamers excited is Arcade Basketball Blitz Online on iOS. The game brings users back to the time when they could walk to the arcade with a pocket full of quarters and shoot baskets for hours.
Now, instead of picking up a flat basketball, gamers can simply swipe up on their iOS device and knock down shots like the old days. If you’re looking for the thrill of competition, the game has a multiplayer mode that allows you to compete with other gamers around the world.
Simple Machine describes Digits as “a hypnotic numbers game,” and that’s an incredibly accurate description. The game requires similar strategic thinking and planning as the wildly successful 2048, but Digits is definitely more aesthetically pleasing and has a good variety of charming music that doesn’t get annoying or repetitive. Also, Digits won't bother you with obnoxious full-page interstitial ads, which is an awesome move by Simple Machine.
If you’re not into challenging numbers games and you’re looking more for cute, cuddly, cartoon cats, the NYC Games Forum did not forget about you, either.
Kitty in the Box is a unique game that dares users to accomplish one thing: slide a kitty into a box. Gamers hold the screen to make their kitty run and then let go for the feline to essentially baseball slide into a box.
The colorful artwork and smooth animation looks great, and the gameplay is quite entertaining — even if the premise is a little odd.
The Playtest Night will also feature several games that haven’t yet been released. So, people looking for the next mind-bending challenge on iOS will get an early look at Got Light? — the grand prize winner at the MIT iOS Game Competition in 2013.
The NYC Games Forum does a great job of creating a fun, collaborative environment at all of their events, and Playtest Night is sure to be no different. The gaming starts at 6 p.m. in the phenomenal Microsoft Offices not far from Times Square.
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